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Dori Prange (January 9, 1991), professionally known as Heidi Lovelace, is an American professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager currently signed to WWE under the ring name Ruby Riot.

Lovelace has worked on the independent circuit for promotions such as Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) or Stardom.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2010–2016)

In 2010, Prange began training with Billy Roc at his School of Roc. Lovelace made her debut for JCW, at the Arena Chicks at the Gathering! event, where she defeated C.J. Lane. Lovelace made her for Shimmer competing in Volume 51, where she teamed up with December in a losing effort to Pink Flash Kira and Sweet Cherrie in a tag-team match.

On May 18, 2013, Lovelace made her debut for Chikara, when she and Saturyne entered the 2013 Tag World Grand Prix. They were, however, eliminated in their first round match by Arik Cannon and Darin Corbin. On December 6, 2014, in the pre-show of the Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV, Lovelace defeated Missile Assault Ant in the finals of a tournament to win the Chikara Young Lions Cup.

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2012–2013)

On May 16, 2012, Douglas received a tryout in Ohio Valley Wrestling against Taeler Hendrix, which she failed to win. Douglas made her debut for the promotion under the ring name Heidi Lovelace on the May 23 episode of OVW episode 666, where she lost to C.J Lane. On the June 6 episode of OVW episode 668, Lovelace was defeated by Epiphany in a dark match. Lovelace made her television debut on the June 27 episode of OVW episode 671, where she competed in a fatal–four way match, which was won by Hendrix. On the July 11 episode of OVW episode 673, Lovelace competed in dark match losing to Jessie Belle Smothers.

On September 1 at OVW's Saturday Night Special, Lovelace defeated Hendrix in a no disqualifications match, earning a future championship match against her. Lovelace defeated Hendrix for OVW Women's Championship on September 15 during a live event in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Since winning the Women's Championship, Lovelace had victories over several divas: Jessie Belle Smoothers on September 19 at OVW episode 683, Epiphany on September 26 at OVW episode 684 and Scarlett Bordeaux on October 3 at OVW episode 685. However, on October 6 at OVW's Saturday Night Special, Lovelace lost to Josette Bynum in a non-title match, which meant that Bynum would receive a championship match in the future. On November 3 at OVW's Saturday Night Special, Lovelace successfully defended her championship against Josette Bynum and Taeler Hendrix in a three–way match, after she pinned Hendrix. On the November 14 episode of OVW episode 691, Lovelace dropped the Women's Championship to Taryn Terrell after the special guest referee Taeler Hendrix cost her the match. On the December 8 edition of OVW episode 694, Heidi lost to Jessie Belle Smothers in a number one contenders match. Since January 2013, Taeler Hendrix was receiving gifts from a secret admirer which she thought was either Dylan Bostic or Ryan Howe. The conclusion of that story ended on the April 27 episode of OVW when Heidi announced that it was her sending the gifts to Hendrix because she cares about her. On the May 4 episode of OVW, Lovelace tried to express her feeling to Hendrix but ended up alone with Hendrix confused. On the May 31 episode of OVW, Lovelace (after being told by Taeler Hendrix that Trina has something against the two of them) confronted Trina and challenged her to a match for the Women's Title on the Saturday Night Special, which Trina accepted. The following day at OVW's Saturday Night Special, Trina reversed Lovelace's attempt of a hurricanrana into a powerbomb to retain her title. Lovelace then went on to feud with Taelor after finding out that Taeler was using her.

Shine Wrestling (2012–2016)

On August 17, 2012 it was announced that Douglas would make her debut at the Shine Wrestling event called Shine 2 under her ring name Heidi Lovelace. At the event, Lovelace faced fellow OVW wrestlers Sojournor Bolt and Taeler Hendrix in a three–way match, which was won by Bolt. On November 16, at Shine 5, Lovelace was defeated by Sassy Stephie in a singles match. On February 22, 2013 at Shine 7, Lovelace was defeated by Brittney Savage. On May 24, Lovelace teamed with Luscious Latasha and Solo Darling to take on Sojournor Bolt, Sassy Stephie and Jessie Belle in a six–women tag team match, in which her team lost. Lovelace's losing streak continued at Shine 15 when she was defeated by Mercedes Martinez in singles action.

During 'Shine 16' on January 24, 2014, her losing streak ended after being confirmed as the newest member of the "All Star Squad" (ASS) faction run by Daffney, after forming a tag team with fellow ASS member Solo Darling called "The Buddy System" and defeated S-N-S Express (Sassy Stephie and Jessie Belle Smothers).

Chikara (2013–2016)

On May 18, 2013, Lovelace made her debut for Chikara, when she and Saturyne entered the 2013 Tag World Grand Prix. They were, however, eliminated in their first round match by Arik Cannon and Darin Corbin. On December 6, 2014, in the pre-show of the Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV, Lovelace defeated Missile Assault Ant in the finals of a tournament to win the Chikara Young Lions Cup. She went on to defend her Young Lions Cup multiple times in 2015, remaining undefeated in the year. With a new Young Lions Cup champion being determined in 2016, Heidi will officially "retire" as champion having never been defeated.

Also in 2015, Heidi took part in the "Challenge of the Immortals" tournament, which was a season long double round-robin event. She was drafted to Dasher Hatfield's team, christened "Dasher's Dugout", which also included Dasher's fellow Throwbacks teammate "Mr. Touchdown" Mark Angelosetti, and then Chikara Grand Championship holder, Icarus. Their team led in points for much of the tournament, before ultimately forfeitting their points due to it being revealed that "Mr. Touchdown" had been cheating late in the tournament, by giving Dasher a secretly "loaded" elbow pad. Even so, Dasher and Heidi took part in the season closing "Tourneo Cibernetico" 16-man match together, and as of January 2016, were still teaming up on occasion.

On Saturday, 3/19/16 she received a title shot at the Chikara Grand Championship against fellow female wrestler Princess Kimber Lee in Gibsonville, North Carolina at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium. During the introductions, the crowd threw roses of various colors into the ring as a sign of respect. This marked the first time in the US a major wrestling promotion's primary title was contested between two women thus solidifying both wrestler's legacies in the sport. During the introduction, the Kimber would retain after escaping the Chikara Special submission and then locking on a bow and arrow style submission that contorted Heidi to the point she had to tap (she had suffered neck damage due to the double digit German suplexes she sustained over the course of the match). The two embraced and were adorned with a standing ovation and another ovation as they were in the lobby.

Beyond Wrestling (2014–2016)

She made her first appearance at St. Louis Sleeper Cell on February 9, 2014. After losing to Brian Fury at When Satan Rules His World on April 26, 2015, she unexpectedly turned heel at Beyond Wrestling The Real Thing on May 31 by superkicking Kimber Lee after Chris Dickinson had interfered in Kimber Lee's match with Shynron, thus joining Team Pazuzu. In a video posted to Beyond Wrestling's YouTube channel, she explained that her motivation was perceived favoritism shown by the promotion to Kimber Lee.

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2015)

On January 11, 2015, Lovelace made her Japanese debut for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, teaming with Act Yasukawa in a tag team match, where they defeated Hudson Envy and Kris Wolf. On January 18, Lovelace, Yasukawa and Dragonita were forced to join the villainous Monster-gun stable, after being defeated by Envy, Wolf and the stable's leader Kyoko Kimura in a six-woman tag team match. Following the addition of the new members, Monster-gun was renamed Oedotai. On February 8, Lovelace, Dragonita and Envy unsuccessfully challenged Heisei-gun (Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani and Takumi Iroha) for the Artist of Stardom Championship.

WWE (2017–present)

On January 4, 2017, WWE announced that Prange had signed with the company and would be reporting to the WWE Performance Center. On January 13, Lovelace made her in-ring debut at an NXT live event, losing to Daria Berenato. On February 23, she was given her NXT ring name of Ruby Riot.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Absolute Intense Wrestling
    • AIW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • Alpha-1 Wrestling
    • A1 Alpha Male Championship (1 time)
  • Channel Islands World Wrestling
    • World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Revolution Championship Wrestling
    • RCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

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