Cheree Crowley (May 6, 1988), best known her ring name Evie, is a New Zealand professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under her ring name Dakota Kai. She started competing internationally for the American promotions Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, and also for Pro Wrestling Alliance in Sydney, Australia where she is a former PWWA championship. Evie also worked for Impact Pro Wrestling in New Zealand, where she is a former three time IPW Women's Champion.
Professional wrestling career
Impact Pro Wrestling (2007–2015)
Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (2012–2016)
In September 2011, she debuted in Sydney, Australia based Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (PWA Australia) for their annual PWWA show, where she defeated Kellie Skater. In August 2012, Evie became the first ever Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Women's Champion, defeating Britenay and Megan-Kate in a triple threat match. A week later, she won the Interim PWWA Championship by defeating Jessie McKay in the finals. She retained the title during her first defense against Kellie Skater on 6 October.
Other promotions (2013–2016)
Evie made her debut for the all-female American promotion Shimmer Women Athletes at Volume 53 on 6 April 2013, participating in a five-way match which she lost to Christina Von Eerie and also included Yuu Yamagata, Kalamity, and Rhia O'Reilly. At Volume 54, Evie defeated Kimber Lee to pick up her first win for the promotion, but she was defeated by Mia Yim the next day at Volume 56.
After Impact Pro Wrestling returned after a few months from folding in mid-2013, all the previous title holders were stripped of their championships. Evie won the IPW Women's Championship back in December 2013 and aligned herself with a new heel faction called 'The Investment'.
Evie began 2014 in Japan working on a three-month contract awarded to her through Zero1 Pro Wrestling Australia. She was the first ever female to receive such a contract. She competed with the promotion DIANA. During her stay, Evie also teamed with Madison Eagles in a losing effort against Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championships as part of the Joshi4Hope show.
In April, she traveled back to the United States, beginning her second tour in New Orleans, Louisiana. She competed in a losing effort against Hikaru Shida at Shimmer Volume 62. At Volumes 63 and 64, Evie defeated Rhia O'Reilly and Nicole Matthews, respectively.
World Wonder Ring Stardom (2015–2016)
On 6 December 2015, Evie made her debut for the Japanese World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion. In her first match she won the vacant Artist of Stardom Championship alongside Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater. They lost the title to Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo and Mayu Iwatani in their third defense on 28 February 2016.
WWE (2015, 2016–present)
On June 29, 2017, Evie was announced as a participant in the upcoming Mae Young Classic under the ring name Dakota Kai. On August 28, Kai defeated the villainous Kavita Devi in the first round. A week later, on September 4, Kai defeated Rhea Ripley in the second round, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kairi Sane.
In September 2009, Evie starred in the music video for "Sweet December" by Auckland band 'These Four Walls'. In April 2013, 20/20 aired a story which followed Evie on her lead up to her first tour in the United States. Also that summer, she was similarly profiled on the Māori Television sports show Code.
- Signature moves
- Big boot, to a cornered opponent
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance
- PWWA Interim Title Tournament
- PWWA Championship (1 time)
- PWWA Interim Championship (1 time first)
- Impact Pro Wrestling
- IPW Women's Championship (3 times first)
- World Wonder Ring Stardom
|WWE Mae Young Classic 2017 contestants|
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