Voronezh City, Russia
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Anna is a Russian kickboxer, martial artist, professional wrestler and valet. She is currently signed to WWE competing in their developmental territory NXT Wrestling, under the ring name Anya. At the age of 5 she took up calisthenics, which she studied for seven years. Her parents insisted that she should quit because of her height. From 2003 till 2004, Anna played tennis. At the age of 14 she took up kickboxing. Her styles consist of kickboxing and taekwondo.
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With WWE on the verge of signing new developmental talent to coincide with the launch of its Performance Center in Winter Park, Florida, multiple talents situated in the developmental system were released today.
It has been confirmed that Derrick Bateman, Briley Pierce, Sakamoto, Percy Watson, Brandon Traven, Audrey Marie and Anya were let go by the sports-entertainment organization.
Bateman announced on his Twitter account that he is now available for independent bookings and then adding, “Welp see ya later @wwe @WWEUniverse #itsfine.”
Pierce, who is the brother of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, stated on his account, “I guarantee that was the funniest and most entertaining “You’re released” phone call in WWE history. Bye, everybody!”
Sakamoto thanked WWE on his account for doing business with him, writing, “#WWE #NXT my friend thank you for everything SAYONARA.”
Traven remarked on the social networking website, “Staying positive on a bad day..not the end only the beginning…things in life happen for a reason..just had a good lunch with good people. Not the end of the book just the end of the chapter..my journey is far from over
Though Watson, Marie and Anya have yet to publicly address their standing with WWE, PWInsider.com states that all three individuals have been let go. Lending credibility to the report, their respective profiles have been removed from the official websites of WWE (WWE.com) and NXT Wrestling (FCWWrestling.info).
Bateman, who had been under contract to WWE since 2008, appeared on the final season of NXT before the program was transferred to Florida. He last appeared on WWE programming late last year, and had been making infrequent appearances for NXT.
Briley had been in WWE’s developmental system since 2011, the highlight of which was a Florida Tag Team Championship reign with Brad Maddox. He was shifted to the role of backstage interviewer for NXT last June, though would still continue to compete. However, he lost the majority of his matches from that point on.
Sakamoto was paired with Tensai last year before being demoted to developmental in November. Having been trained by Taka Michinoku at his Kaientai Dojo wrestling school in Japan, he joined WWE’s developmental system in 2011.
Traven competed for various Midwestern independent organizations as Brian Beaker before being signed to a developmental contract last year. He was originally trained by WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race in Missouri.
Watson, a former professional football player, joined WWE in 2009 and would frequently appear on NXT. At times, he appeared on the brink of joining the main roster, but ultimately did not.
Marie had been under contract to WWE since 2011 and was a fixture in the developmental system’s women’s division.
Anya is a 6’1″ Russian kickboxer and martial artist WWE signed last summer. She was recently sidelined due to a broken arm.
- source: wrestlinginc.com
Great trip to Orlando for the NXT tapings Thursday night. Sell out, turn away crowd was thoroughly entertained. Four, one hour broadcasts were taped. The first one airs next weekend for the record. No, I don’t know when NXT is going to air in the USA but efforts are being made to make that happen. Stay tuned and be patient in the USA. NXT has developed a great international following and there are multiple suitors for the brand in the USA.
NXT Divas are evolving nicely under the coaching of Sara Del Rey. Emma and Paige are on the road this weekend on the main tour to see how they do. Sara is a great coach.
Several kids stood out this past week in Orlando including Aiden Neville, Bo Dallas, The Bray Wyatt Family, Sami Zayn, Kassius Ohno, Summer Rae (Yep, the same long legged young lady who is now with Fandango), Curt Hawkins, Big E Langston, and Damien Sandow among others. This is not a compete list but I’m simply going off my aged memory. Some newcomers and a couple of new tag teams stuck their toe in the water plus I saw some talents who have viable verbal skills in an organic delivery which is always best.
Every talent is seemingly giving it their all. If they are not, they will be discovered and be wished well in their future endeavors. I do love their overall attitudes and work ethic. Some new individuals are being rapidly prepared to start doing significant things on NXT TV when it returns to Full Sail on Thursday May 23 highlighted by a visit by @Ryback22.
- source: jrsbarbq.com
WWE will begin a tournament at the May 23rd NXT tapings to crown the first-ever WWE NXT Women’s Champion.
- source: ringsidenews.com
With the recent departure of three-time WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres from the world’s largest wrestling promotion, the WWE’s Divas division appears to be at a loss.
The empty hole left by the great WWE Diva may soon be a thing of the past with the next generation of WWE Divas currently training down at the WWE’s development promotion, NXT Wrestling (formerly Florida Championship Wrestling).
With the next breed of WWE Divas currently training in Florida, the WWE’s Diva division may soon experience a rise in popularity.
Nicknamed the “Russian Bruiser,” Anya (real name Anna Bogomazova) is one of the fiercest Divas waiting to be called up to WWE television.
At 6’1″, the Russian native is an imposing force in the ring.
A Taekwondo black belt and kick-boxing champion, Anya is not just another pretty face—she truly is an athlete.
Standing at 6-foot-1, Anya is destined to stun the NXT Universe with her beauty and impressive stature. Hailing from Russia, this no-nonsense contender has a black belt in Taekwondo, and practices kickboxing. Don’t let her good looks and martial arts mastery fool you, though — Anya also holds a law degree and is a professional translator.
While she hasn’t made her in-ring debut on WWE NXT yet, all eyes are on Anya as the NXT Universe eagerly awaits her first appearance.