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5 things you may not know about Nikki A.S.H.

Nikki A.S.H. winning the Raw Women's Championship
Nikki A.S.H. winning the Raw Women's Championship
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Nikki A.S.H. made a lifelong dream come true by capturing the WWE RAW Women's Championship on Monday Night RAW. Nikki cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase that she won just the night before.

She debuted her new gimmick - Nikki A.S.H - on the June 21st episode of Monday Night RAW. Now, just a month later, Nikki stands at the top of the RAW women's division. The gimmick itself was created by Nikki and was inspired by her love for X-Men and Spiderman comic books.

Although she is now leading the RAW women's division, there may be some things you don't know about the Scottish superstar.

So, let's take a look at five things you may not know about Nikki A.S.H.


#5 She wrestled as Nikki Storm before joining WWE and becoming Nikki A.S.H.

Nikki A.S.H. as Nikki Cross on Monday Night RAW
Nikki A.S.H. as Nikki Cross on Monday Night RAW

Before signing for WWE in April 2016, Nikki A.S.H. was performing around the world on the independent scene. Her ring name was that of Nikki Storm, which she has used since her wrestling debut in 2008. Nikki appeared for promotions such as Insane Championship Wrestling, SHIMMER, and Stardom in Japan.

Of course, Storm is quite a common wrestling name, especially within the main wrestling promotions around the world.

Nikki had to alter her name when joining WWE. She settled for Nikki Cross, which she used during her days in NXT and on the main WWE roster. Initially, she had used her real surname of Glencross, but this was shortened.


#4 She made her in-ring wrestling debut against Paige's family

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Paige

Nikki A.S.H. trained at the Scottish Wrestling Alliance, where she also made her in-ring wrestling debut in 2008.

Her debut took place at SWA The Gathering II: A Call To Arms at Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena in Glasgow. It attracted a healthy number of fans and featured a main event between the late Lionheart and current NXT UK star, Wolfgang.

Nikki A.S.H. wrestled as Nikki Storm and was featured in a tag team match against the team of Ricky and Saraya Knight, who are the parents of former WWE Divas Champion, Paige. Sadly, Nikki lost her debut match but certainly learned a lot against two British wrestling mainstays.

The card also featured Zak Zodiac, Paige's brother, whose character was featured in the Fighting with my Family film about Paige.

#3 Nikki A.S.H. had a tryout with IMPACT Wrestling

Nikki A.S.H. as Nikki Cross
Nikki A.S.H. as Nikki Cross

Nikki A.S.H. did make an appearance on IMPACT Wrestling's second installment of their British Bootcamp series.

The series takes several UK talent for tryouts with the brand by advancing to the next stage all the way to the final. All of it is documented for the series.

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Nikki A.S.H. as Nikki Storm appeared and made it to the final stage, although didn't advance to the last six. NXT UK stars such as Kay Lee Ray, Dave Mastiff, and Noam Dar advanced to the finals.

The Scottish comedic act, Grado, also made it to the final. The tryouts were won overall by current NXT UK star Mark Andrews, who earned a contract with IMPACT Wrestling.


#2 Nikki A.S.H. made her NXT debut in 2016 at a house show

Nikki Cross challenging Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship
Nikki Cross challenging Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women's Championship

After signing for WWE following her tryout in London the year before, Nikki made her NXT debut at a house show in Tampa, FL.

Nikki, under the ring name of Nicola Glencross, teamed up with Mandy Rose to take on the team of Aliyah and Liv Morgan.

Nikki and Mandy Rose were unsuccessful, but a few weeks later, the current RAW Women's Champion would taste victory for the first time on an NXT house show with a win against Liv Morgan. Eventually, Nikki would go on to become a part of the SAnitY stable.


#1 Nikki was ranked 18th on the PWI Women's 100 list in 2019

Nikki A.S.H. a part of SAnitY on NXT
Nikki A.S.H. a part of SAnitY on NXT

Following her run on NXT, Nikki made her SmackDown debut in Manchester, England in November 2018.

Between the period of 2017 and 2019, people were starting to take notice of Nikki and her in-ring work.

Nikki was named on PWI Women's 100 for 2019 and came in at 18th place. She appeared above names like Carmella, Mia Yim, and Ember Moon.

Women's wrestling all around the world is thriving. It's no surprise that Nikki went down a couple of places in the 2020 version of PWI Women's 100. Names such as Rhea Ripley and Thunder Rosa have surpassed her.

It is very likely we will see Nikki ranked in the top 20 again once the new list is released.

Edited by Alan John
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