Kimberly Ann Frankele (June 27, 1990) is an American professional wrestler, valet, and model currently signed with Impact Wrestling under the ring name Kimber Lee. Frankekle was previously signed to WWE on the NXT brand under the ring name Abbey Laith. She was trained by Combat Zone Wrestling and is the first female to ever graduate from their training school. She was also the first woman to ever win the CHIKARA Grand Championship.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 In wrestling
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 External links
Professional wrestling career
Combat Zone Wrestling (2011-2014)
After moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend college, Frankele began training at the Combat Zone Wrestling Academy. The first woman to graduate from the school, she debuted as a wrestler in 2011, using the ring name Kimber Lee. Her first match for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) came on October 9, 2011, in which she defeated Austin Uzzie in an intergender match. In February 2012, she defeated Nevaeh, before losing to Alex Colon. In June 2012, Lee joined Drew Gulak's faction, A Campaign for a Better Combat Zone. As part of the faction, Lee and Gulak feuded with Greg Excellent, defeating him and Mia Yim in a mixed tag team match in September. Two months later, Lee defeated Excellent in a singles match, before Excellent and Momma Excellent defeated Lee and Gulak. Throughout 2013 and 2014, Lee continued to compete in CZW, participating in both women's and intergender matches. She faced wrestlers including Neveah, Christina Von Eerie, Candice LeRae,Alexxis Nevaeh, and Jessicka Havok in women's singles and tag team matches.
Lee made her CHIKARA debut at King of Trios 2014: Night 1 in September 2014 as Princess KimberLee. She had previously made several appearances in Chikara's "Wrestling Is" sister promotions in 2013 and into 2014, both as a wrestler and temporarily as a valet for "Knight Eye for the Pirate Guy", the team of Jolly Roger & Lance Steel, whom she would eventually team with at the King of Trios tournament, losing in the first round to Gekido. She would later wrestle her first Chikara singles match, against Missile Assault Ant, in a losing effort.
2015 would become a much bigger year for the Princess, as she would partake in a 10-man match in the season debut event. When the new "Challenge of the Immortals" double round-robin tournament was announced, she was picked as one of the ten team captains, much to everyone's surprise given her rookie status. She then drafted what many considered to be a very motley crew as her team, in the form of her friend Jervis Cottonbelly and the previously comedic "jobber" duo of Los Ice Creams. This team were the definite underdogs of the tournament, spending multiple months without a win. But about midway through the tournament, inspired by Lee's leadership, they started picking up wins, and eventually went on a major surprise winning streak to close the season, bringing them within a stone's throw of being one of the final two teams. After the points-leader "Dasher's Dugout" had to forfeit their points, that put KimberLee's "Crown and Court" team in the finals.
On December 5, 2015, at the season finale "Top Banana", "Crown & Court" won the Challenge of the Immortals tournament, defeating the monster "Wrecking Crew" team in the process. Later in the night, she then cashed in her "Golden Opportunity" after the main event, going on to defeat Hallowicked to win the Chikara Grand Championship. With the win, she became the first female wrestler to hold the top title in a major non-female promotion, but she lost the title back to Hallowicked on May 30, 2016.
What Culture Pro Wrestling (2016)
Frankele made her first appearance whit WCPW on October 6 when she challenged Nixon Newell for the WCPW Women's Championship at the WCPW Refuse To Lose Pay Per View event; Newell won the match after a controversial ending making Kimber Lee, who teased a face (Good guy) character during the match, attack Newell whit a chair after the match ended, establishing herself as a Heel (Villain). The next day on the fourteenth episode of WCPW Loaded Kimber Lee defeated Little Miss Roxxy in less than two minutes getting the 3 count after hitting a powerbomb; as Kimber tried to attack Roxxy whit a chair after the match, Nixon Newell went to the ring trying to stop her but failed and was attacked by Kimber whit the chair. The following day at WCPW True Legacy Kimber Lee challenged Nixon Newell for the WCPW Women's Championship once again this time in a street fight whit Melina being the special guest referee; Newell defeated Kimber getting the 3 count after hitting a Canadian Destroyer and retained her championship; Melina attacked Kimber after the match. This was Kimber Lee's last appearance in WCPW that year.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Frankele made an appearance on the December 7, 2016 episode of NXT wrestling under the name of Kimber Lee and losing to Ember Moon in a 3 minutes match. On January 4, 2017, WWE announced on their official website that Kimber Lee signed with the company and started training at the WWE Performance Center. On January 14, 2017 she made her return to the NXT rings in a house show teaming with Heidi Lovelace in a losing effort against the team of Aliyah and Liv Morgan in a tag team match. In the May 3, 2017 episode of NXT Frankele competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship, but was eliminated by Ruby Riot (formerly known on the independent circuit as Heidi Lovelace). In a NXT house show on May 13 she competed once again in battle royal to win an opportunity to face Asuka for the NXT Women's Championship later on the day but was unsuccessful, with Bianca Blair being the winner. She continued participating in house shows wrestling under her real name of Kimberly Frankele until she competed on the June 24 episode of NXT, debuting under the ring name Abbey Laith, teaming with Victoria Gonzalez in a tag match lost to Aliyah & Sarah Logan. On July 13, Laith entered the Mae Young Classic where she advanced in the first round after eliminating Jazzy Gabert. On July 14, Laith advanced in the second round after eliminating Rachael Evers. She then competed in the quarterfinals where she was eliminated by Mercedes Martinez. On October 4, Laith entered a Qualifying Battle Royal for the right to challenge for the NXT Women's title but lost to Nikki Cross. On October 27 Laith competed in a Halloween Costume Battle Royal won by Shayna Baszler. She went on to finish out the remainder of the year in house shows.
Laith wrestled her final NXT match on March 2, 2018 losing to Vanessa Borne. Six days later on March 8, WWE announced that Laith was released from her NXT contract.
Return to the Independent circuit (2018-present)
After her departure from WWE, Frankele has returned to using her previous ring name Kimber Lee, which she used for most of her early career on the independent circuit. It was announced through Women's Wrestling Revolution's Facebook page on March 25, that Kimber Lee would make her return on April 5 at the Beyond-WWR Lit Up event, held by WWR and Beyond Wrestling. On that date, she wrestled in a Powerbomb.tv Independent Championship match won by defending champion Tracy Williams. Two nights later on April 7, Lee wrestled at AAW-FCP-REVOLVER Pancakes & Piledrivers II: The Indy Summit event to challenge for Fight Club: PRO's FCP Championship in a three-way match against Jessicka Havok and defending champion Meiko Satomura. Neither Lee or Havok succeeded in winning the title from Satomura on this occasion. She also on April 7, made her return to SHIMMER Women Athletes at SHIMMER Volume 100 where she defeated Samantha Heights. Six days later, Lee appeared on April 13 at AAW Never Say Die teaming with Jessicka Havok and Su Yung in a tag match won by Hudson Envy, Samantha Heights and Tenille Dashwood. During the second weekend in April, Lee returned to SHIMMER at Volume 102, defeating Delilah Doom. The following day at Volume 103, Lee won a four-way match defeating Mercedes Martinez, Rhia O'Reilly and Vanessa Kraven. At Volume 104, she had her first title match, challenging defending SHIMMER Champion Nicole Savoy. On April 27, Lee returned to Shine Wrestling at SHINE 50 where she wrestled against LuFisto for the SHINE Championship but did not succeed in winning the title due to scoring a disqualification victory. The next day on April 28, Lee returned to Beyond Wrestling, where at Beyond Welcome Home, Lee defeated fellow WWE NXT alumni Tessa Blanchard. On the second day of the Welcome Home event, Lee defeated LuFisto's Team PAWG ally Jordynne Grace. On May 5, Lee returned to CHIKARA at the CHIKARA The Infinite Gauntlet event entering the Infinite Gauntlet match that was won by Danjerhawk. She returned to the Queens Of Combat on May 19 during the second day of the QOC Royalty Returns event, where she lost in a title match against the defending QOC Champion Su Yung. On May 25, Lee captured her first title since returning to the independent circuit at the 2018 AAW Take No Prisoners event, where she defeated Jessicka Havok to win the AAW Women's Championship. During the following day at Beyond Solid Gold, Lee defeated Josh Briggs in an intergender singles match. Lee returned to Women's Wrestling Revolution on May 27 at WWR All Day where she defeated Penelope Ford.
On June 2, Lee returned to F1RST Wrestling at F1RST Wrestling Wrestlepalooza XII where she defeated Hallowicked. Five days later, Lee returned to Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment at AWE Red Wedding, where she won a three-way match defeating Savannah Evans and Shotzi Blackheart. On the following day, Lee returned home to Seattle, Washington, where she debuted in the new promotion DEFY Wrestling, appearing at Requiem where she defeated Nicole Matthews.
- Finishing moves
- Alligator Clutch (Double leg trap rana)
- Powerbomb to Alligator Clutch
- Yoshitonic (Leg trap sunset flip powerbomb)
- The Coronation (Reverse Viper Hold)
- High-angle senton bomb
- Signature moves
- Palm strike
- Leg lariat
- Release German Suplex
- Bicycle Kick
- Swinging Frankensteiner
- Satellite Head Scissors
- Split-legged jawbreaker
- Sitout powerbomb, sometimes from the top turnbuckle
- Alligator Mutilation
- Knife-edged chop
- Magistral to Gedo Clutch to bridge pin combination
- Wrestlers managed
- Tag teams and Stables
- "Princess Palmstrike"
- The Princess That Saves Herself
- Crown Jewel
- Entrance themes
- "The New Regime" by Kenny Wootton and Harley Wootton
- "A Place Darker Still" by 615 Platinum Series (WWE)
- "Green Love Machine" by Warner Chappell Production Music (ROH)
- "Fighter" by Sumo Cyco (PROGRESS)
Championships and accomplishments
- Beyond Wrestling
- Tournament for Today Women (2016)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked her #28 in the 2014 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #18 in the 2015 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #17 in the 2016 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #35 in the 2017 PWI Top 50 Females
- PWI ranked her #50 in the 2018 PWI Top 100 Females
- PWI ranked her #90 in the 2019 PWI Top 100 Females
- SHIMMER Women Athletes
|2015 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Nikki Bella • Paige • Sasha Banks • Santana Garrett • Gail Kim • Charlotte • Naomi • Cherry Bomb • Courtney Rush • Taryn Terrell • Bayley • Brie Bella • Sexy Star • Cheerleader Melissa • Lufisto • Nicole Matthews • Becky Lynch • Kimber Lee • Natalya • Jessicka Havok • Awesome Kong • Candice LeRae • Brooke • Athena • Ivelisse • Jade • Madison Rayne • Leva Bates • Barbi Hayden • Angelina Love • Emma • Saraya Knight • Veda Scott • Velvet Sky • Madison Eagles • Kay Lee Ray • Marti Belle • Kellie Skater • Nikki Storm • Evie • Heidi Lovelace • Tessa Blanchard • Portia Perez • Alicia Fox • Cat Power • Crazy Mary Dobson • Xandra Bale • La Rosa Negra • Malia Hosaka • Vanessa Kraven|
|2016 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Charlotte Flair • Sasha Banks • Asuka • Becky Lynch • Bayley • Jade • Natalya • Gail Kim • Sexy Star • Sienna • Ivelisse • Madison Eagles • Nicole Savoy • Rosemary • Allie • Nicole Matthews • Kimber Lee • Candice LeRae • Paige • Heidi Lovelace • Evie • Cheerleader Melissa • Nia Jax • Santana Garrett • Naomi • Dana Brooke • Madison Rayne • Kay Lee Ray • Alexa Bliss • Lufisto • Amber Gallows • Marti Belle • Emma • Taylor Made • Vanessa Kraven • Su Yung • Ember Moon • Tessa Blanchard • Jessicka Havok • Shayna Baszler • Crazy Mary Dobson • Malia Hosaka • Thunder Rosa • Carmella • KC Spinelli • Veda Scott • Jessica James • Xandra Bale • Kaitlin Diemond • Eva Marie|
|2017 PWI Top 50 Females|
|Asuka • Charlotte Flair • Alexa Bliss • Sasha Banks • Bayley • Io Shirai • Natalya • Sienna • Naomi • Kairi Sane • Mercedes Martinez • Shayna Baszler • Rosemary • LuFisto • Mayu Iwantani • Mia Yim • Allie • Ember Moon • Becky Lynch • Madison Eagles • Nicole Savoy • Nia Jax • Candice LeRae • Toni Storm • Hiroyo Matsumoto • Chelsea Green • Saraya Knight • Shazza McKenzie • Kay Lee Ray • Mickie James • Dakota Kai • Nicole Matthews • Alex Windsor • Deonna Purrazzo • Abbey Laith • Risa Sera • Viper • Carmella • Ruby Riot • Nikki Cross • Vanessa Kraven • Santana Garrett • Tessa Blanchard • Arisa Nakajima • Lady Lory • Shotzi Blackheart • Veda Scott • Alpha Female • Marti Belle • Zoey Skye|
|WWE Mae Young Classic 2017 contestants|
Abbey Laith • Ayesha Ray • Bianca Belair • Candice LeRae • Dakota Kai • Jazzy Gabert • Kairi Sane • Kavita Devi • Kay Lee Ray • Lacey Evans • Marti Belle • Mercedes Martinez • Mia Yim • Miranda Salinas • Nicole Savoy • Piper Niven • Princesa Sugehit • Rachel Evers • Reina Gonzalez • Renee Michelle • Rhea Ripley • Sage Beckett • Santana Garrett • Sarah Logan • Serena Deeb • Shayna Baszler • Taynara Conti • Tessa Blanchard • Toni Storm • Vanessa Borne • Xia Li • Zeda