Dakota Kai (real name Cheree Georgina Crowley) is a 33 year old professional wrestler. Born on 6th May 1988 in Auckland-New Zealand, the Hazel eyed beauty wrestles for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under its NXT brand as a heel. Dakota currently resides in Orlando, Florida.
Dakota Kai Career Details
Dakota began her journey in pro wrestling with Impact Pro Wrestling (IPW) in 2007. She worked and wrestled her way through brands like Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (PWWA), Shine Wrestling, NXT and WWE. During her initial days on NXT, Dakota wrestled under the name Evie. Dakota has had the spotlight on her for adding many firsts to New Zealand. She is the first female from New Zealand to work for WWE and have competed at Wrestlemania (at Wreslemania 34 in 2017). The athletic wrestler has won several championships in her career.
Before joining NXT in 2015, Dakota wrestled in Japan and Australasia. She has been part of some of the most important events in WWE such as the Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and Mae Young Classic (where she got her ring name Dakota Kai), Wrestlemania as well as Wrestlemania Axxess.
Dakota Kai Net Worth
As of 2020, Dakota’s net worth has been estimated as US$ 500,000.
Dakota Kai Family Details And Ethnicity
Dakota is half Samoan and half Irish. Dakota’s mother, Alaivelo Crowley, belongs to an island called Upolu in Samoa. Dakota has 2 siblings-a sister (Nyrene) and brother (Earl Jr). Her grandfather, Pat Crowley, was a professional rugby player for New Zealand. Dakota is very close to her family. Moving away from them was a tough call on her but Dakota calls it a sacrifice worth her work call.
Dakota Kai Dating History And Marriage Details
Dakota is currently single. In recent times (2019-2020) she was rumored to be dating fellow professional wrestler Nixon Newell. The rumors surfaced as a result of the duo partying and outings together. Both wrestlers would also post affectionate pictures on each other’s Instagram handles.
Dakota Kai Body Measurements
The Kiwi wrestler’s height is 5ft 6 inches.
She weighs 55kg.
Interesting Facts About Dakota Kai
- Dakota loves the beaches and meat pies of New Zealand.
- She aspires to be NXT women’s champion someday and draws inspiration for her craft from her contemporaries. She has often expressed her admiration for fellow female superstars like Bianca Belair, Raquel Gonzalez and Tegan Nox. According to her, they all are part of a movement that is growing together in the WWE.
- Dakota names Finn Balor and Daniel Bryan amongst those who have influenced and inspired her.
- Dakota loved sports as a child. She and her siblings participated in athletics both in school as well as cross country competitions.
- Dakota often credits her brother as the driving force behind her wrestling career. Earl Jr. is in fact the person who got her into WWE.
- The Kiwi wrestler has a tattoo on her right shoulder and a belly button ring.
- Dakota held the 21st ranking position in Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine of ‘Top 50 Female Wrestlers’ in 2016.
- Dakota enjoys photography as a hobby.
- In 2020 when WWE rescheduled and limited their shows due to Covid-19 protocols, Dakota bought a telescope to explore space as she has always been fond of it.
- Dakota is NOT related to Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock. Due to their common Samoan heritage, fans have often been confused and wondered if they are relatives. In an interview, Dakota clarified that she is a huge fan of the rock but except for their Samoan culture there is no blood relation there.
- She suffered a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in January 2019 and had to step back from wrestling to recover. She returned back to the ring in the same year in September.
- Shawn Michaels, one of the all-time best wrestlers in WWE, has called Dakota a special one. He complimented her for working like a horse around the clock to bring valuable matches to the viewers and also credited her for letting her opponents shine in the ring.
Dakota Kai Professional Accolades
- Dakota has been the PWWA champion as well as the PWWA interim champion.
- Dakota is a three time the IPW women’s champion.
- Dakota has been the Shimmer Tag Team Champion alongside Heidi Lovelace.
- Dakota was the holder of NXT Women’s Invitational Championship.
- Dakota has her own downloadable characters on WWE 2K19 and 2K20 video games.