She was WWE’s first female wrestler to hail from New Zealand. She’s half-Samoan, as her mother is originally from the village of Lepea on the island of Upolu in Samoa. In September 2009, Evie starred in the music video for "Sweet December" by Auckland band 'These Four Walls'. She made her video game debut as a downloadable character in WWE 2K19.
- WWE Debut
- Championships and Accomplishments
Cheree Crowley, best known by her ring name Dakota Kai, is a professional wrestler hailing from the New Zealand. She is currently signed to the WWE and performs in the NXT brand, the developmental territory of the company.
She made her in-ring debut on December 2007 for the Impact Pro Wrestling, am Auckland-based wrestling promotion. She spent a hugely successful eight years in the company which saw her become the IPW Women’s Champion three times.
While wrestling for IPW, she also subsequently appeared for the Australia-based Professional Wrestling Alliance (Australia). She made her debut for the company on September 2011 in Sydney, where she defeated Kellie Skater. In August 2012, Evie became the first ever Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Women's Champion, defeating Britenay and Megan-Kate in a triple threat match. A week later, she won the Interim PWWA Championship by defeating Jessie McKay in the finals.
Crowley made the jump across the Pacific Ocean in 2013, after making her debut for the all-female American promotion Shimmer Women Athletes at Volume 53 on 6 April 2013. She also made an appearance for Shine Wrestling at SHINE 9. Evie began 2014 in Japan working on a three-month contract awarded to her through Zero1 Pro Wrestling Australia. She was the first ever female to receive such a contract. She competed with the promotion World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana.
She returned to America to continue her stint with Shine Wrestling. On December 6, 2015, Evie made her debut for Japan's World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion. In her first match she won the vacant Artist Of Stardom Championship alongside Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater.
Her rising fame, saw her sign with the WWE in 2015. Kai made her WWE debut (under the ring name Evie) on the October 14, 2015 episode of NXT, where she lost a squash match to a debuting Nia Jax. She signed a contract with WWE just over a year later in December 2016, and subsequently competed in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, making it to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by the tournament’s ultimate winner, Kairi Sane.
Kai made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 34, competing along with several other NXT women in the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, becoming the first female New Zealander to compete at WrestleMania. Kai also participated in a WrestleMania Axxess tournament which she would go onto win, earning herself a match for the NXT Women's Championship but she was eventually defeated by newly crowned champion Shayna Baszler.
In parallel to her action in NXT, Kai also appeared in the newly created NXT UK brand. She was a part of Evolution, the first-ever all women’s pay-per-view event, where she unsuccessfully challenged Rhea Ripley (in a dark match) for the NXT UK Women’s Championship. After spending a few months away, Kai returned at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on 17 November, where she and Io Shirai helped Kairi Sane during her match with Shayna Baszler by attacking Baszler's allies Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir who would interfere earlier on.
Dakota Kai suffered a knee injury at a WWE NXT house show earlier this year, and on January 17th, 2019, publicly confirmed that she'd torn her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). A vast majority of professional wrestling experts believe that Kai is likely to be sidelined from in-ring competition for several months owing to the torn ACL.
Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Alliance (Australia)
- PWWA Interim Title Tournament
- PWWA Championship (1 time)
- PWWA Interim Championship (1 time first)
Impact Pro Wrestling
- IPW Women's Championship (3 times first)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 21 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
Shimmer Women Athletes
- Shimmer Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Heidi Lovelace
World Wonder Ring Stardom
- Artist Of Stardom Championship (1 time) – with Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater
Dakota Kai, Evie
“Queen of Kicks”
132 lbs (60 kg)
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
- Diving double foot stomp
- Kai-Ropractor (Front flip double knee backbreaker)
- TTYL (Fireman’s carry dropped into a shoot kick)
- Kaio Kick (Big boot, to a cornered opponent)
- Scorpion kick
- Switchblade kick
- Swinging side slam to backbreaker
85(w)/0(d)/73(l) out of 158 matches
People Also Ask
Where is Dakota Kai from?
Auckland, New Zealand
How old is Dakota Kai?
31 years (6 May 1988)