As stars are arriving in St. Louis for the Royal Rumble on Saturday, another participant has reportedly been revealed!
According to a report from PWInsider, former NXT contestant Aksana is in St. Louis and is reportedly set to enter the women’s Royal Rumble. The Lithuanian star hasn’t competed for any company since her WWE release in June of 2014, making this her first in-ring appearance in nearly eight years.
A former bodybuilder, Aksana signed with the WWE in October of 2009 and began in their developmental program FCW. She became Queen of FCW and also won the FCW Diva’s Championship.
During her time in NXT, Goldust served as Aksana’s pro, and the two began a storyline where the rookie Diva was afraid of being deported back to Lithuania due to green card issues. She and Goldust were married during the November 2nd, 2010 episode of NXT, but just after they were married turned heel on her new husband, slapping him before leaving him at the altar just after their vows. When confronted, the bride revealed that she had only married Goldust to stay in the country. She was eliminated from NXT on November 16th.
Aksana was brought to SmackDown roster in late 2011. In the spring of 2012 she aligned herself with the newly debuting Antonio Cesaro, with whom she was romantically involved much to the chagrin of General Manager Teddy Long, who was interested in the WWE Diva himself. After becoming United States Champion, Cesaro ended their relationship in September 2011 when she served as a distraction and caused him to lose a non-title match.
In February of 2014, Aksana and Naomi wrestled a match on Monday Night Raw, during which the Lithuanian accidentally dropped her knee down hard on Naomi’s face, fracturing the Funkadactyl’s orbital bone. Naomi’s injury would be featured on Total Divas.
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