Kimberly Ann Frankele (June 27, 1990) is an American female professional wrestler, valet, and model currently signed to WWE on the NXT brand under the ring name Abbey Laith. She was trained by Combat Zone Wrestling and is the first female to ever graduate from their training school. Her wrestling career began in 2009. She was also the first woman to ever win the CHIKARA Grand Championship.
Combat Zone Wrestling (2011–2014)
After moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend college, Frankele began training at the Combat Zone Wrestling Academy. The first woman to graduate from the school, she debuted as a wrestler in 2011, using the ring name Kimber Lee. Her first match for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) came on October 9, 2011, in which she defeated Austin Uzzie in an intergender match. In February 2012, she defeated Nevaeh, before losing to Alex Colon. In June 2012, Lee joined Drew Gulak's faction, A Campaign for a Better Combat Zone. As part of the faction, Lee and Gulak feuded with Greg Excellent, defeating him and Mia Yim in a mixed tag team match in September. Two months later, Lee defeated Excellent in a singles match, before Excellent and Momma Excellent defeated Lee and Gulak. Throughout 2013 and 2014, Lee continued to compete in CZW, participating in both women's and intergender matches. She faced wrestlers including Neveah, Christina Von Eerie, Candice LeRae, Alexxis Nevaeh, and Jessicka Havok in women's singles and tag team matches.
Lee made her Chikara debut at King of Trios 2014: Night 1 in September 2014 as Princess KimberLee. She had previously made several appearances in Chikara's "Wrestling Is" sister promotions in 2013 and into 2014, both as a wrestler and temporarily as a valet for "Knight Eye for the Pirate Guy", the team of Jolly Roger & Lance Steel, whom she would eventually team with at the King of Trios tournament, losing in the first round to Gekido. She would later wrestle her first Chikara singles match, against Missile Assault Ant, in a losing effort.
2015 would become a much bigger year for the Princess, as she would partake in a 10-man match in the season debut event. When the new "Challenge of the Immortals" double round-robin tournament was announced, she was picked as one of the ten team captains, much to everyone's surprise given her rookie status. She then drafted what many considered to be a very motley crew as her team, in the form of her friend Jervis Cottonbelly and the previously comedic "jobber" duo of Los Ice Creams. This team were the definite underdogs of the tournament, spending multiple months without a win. But about midway through the tournament, inspired by Lee's leadership, they started picking up wins, and eventually went on a major surprise winning streak to close the season, bringing them within a stone's throw of being one of the final two teams. After the points-leader "Dasher's Dugout" had to forfeit their points, that put KimberLee's "Crown and Court" team in the finals.
On December 5, 2015, at the season finale "Top Banana", "Crown & Court" won the Challenge of the Immortals tournament, defeating the monster "Wrecking Crew" team in the process. Later in the night, she then cashed in her "Golden Opportunity" after the main event, going on to defeat Hallowicked to win the Chikara Grand Championship. With the win, she became the first female wrestler to hold the top title in a major non-female promotion, but she lost the title back to Hallowicked on May 30, 2016.
Professional wrestling career
Frankele made her first appearance whit WCPW on October 6 when she challenged Nixon Newell for the WCPW Women's Championship at the WCPW Refuse To Lose Pay Per View event; Newell won the match after a controversial ending making Kimber Lee, who teased a face (Good guy) character during the match, attack Newell whit a chair after the match ended, establishing herself as a Heel (Villain). The next day on the fourteenth episode of WCPW Loaded Kimber Lee defeated Little Miss Roxxy in less than two minutes getting the 3 count after hitting a powerbomb; as Kimber tried to attack Roxxy whit a chair after the match, Nixon Newell went to the ring trying to stop her but failed and was attacked by Kimber whit the chair. The following day at WCPW True Legacy Kimber Lee challenged Nixon Newell for the WCPW Women's Championship once again this time in a street fight whit Melina being the special guest referee; Newell defeated Kimber getting the 3 count after hitting a Canadian Destroyer and retained her championship; Melina attacked Kimber after the match. This was Kimber Lee's last appearance in WCPW that year.
Frankele made an appearance on the December 7, 2016 episode of NXT wrestling under the name of Kimber Lee and losing to Ember Moon in a 3 minutes match. On January 4, 2017, WWE announced on their official website that Kimber Lee signed whit the company and started training at the WWE Performance Center. On January 14, she made her return to the NXT rings in a house show teaming whit Heidi Lovelace in a lossing effort against the team of Aliyah and Liv Morgan in a tag team match. She would continue participating in house shows (She started wrestling under her real name of Kimberly Frankele at this time) until she competed on the April 12, 2017 episode of NXT losing to Heidi Lovelace, who also changed her in ring name and was now competing under the name of Ruby Riot. In the May 3, 2017 episode of NXT Frankele competed on a battle royal to determine the number 1 conteder for the NXT Women's Championship, but was eliminated by Riot. In a NXT house show on May 13 she competed once again in battle royal to win an opportunity to face Asuka for the NXT Women's Championship later on the day but was unsuccessful, whit Bianca Blair being the winner.
- Finishing moves
- Alligator Clutch (Double leg trap rana)
- Yoshitonic (Leg trap sunset flip powerbomb)
- Signature moves
- Palm strike
- German suplex
- Leg lariat
- Release German Suplex
- Bicycle Kick
- Swinging Frankensteiner
- Satellite Head Scissors
- Split-legged jawbreaker
- Sitout powerbomb, sometimes from the top turnbuckle
- Alligator Mutilation
- High-angle senton bomb
- Knife-edged chop
- Wrestlers managed
- Tag teams and Stables
- "Princess Palmstrike"
- Entrance themes
- "The New Regime" by Kenny Wootton and Harley Wootton
Championships and Accomplishments
- Beyond Wrestling
- Tournament for Today Women (2016)
- Jersey All Pro Wrestling
- JAPW Women's Championship (1, Current)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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Abbey Laith • Ayesha Ray • Bianca Belair • Candice LeRae • Dakota Kai • Jazzy Gabert • Kairi Sane • Kavita Devi • Kay Lee Ray • Lacey Evans • Marti Belle • Mercedes Martinez • Mia Yim • Miranda Salinas • Nicole Savoy • Piper Niven • Princesa Sugehit • Rachel Evers • Reina Gonzales • Renee Michelle • Rhea Ripley • Sage Beckett • Santana Garrett • Sarah Logan • Serena Deeb • Shayna Baszler • Taynara Conti • Tessa Blanchard • Toni Storm • Vanessa Borne • Xia Li • Zeda