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Nhooph Al-Areebi (November 23, 1994) is a Canadian female professional wrestler of Arabic descent, better known by her ring name Jasmin Areebi. She is mostly seen throughout the Canadian and American independent wrestling promotions. She is currently signed to NXT under the ring name Aliyah.

Early life

Areebi was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is of Arab descent and grew up in a strict, conservative family. In 2012, she graduated from St. Joseph's College School, and later attended George Brown College, where she studied nursing. She also attended a circus training school.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2013–2015)

Areebi wrestled on the independent circuit, debuting for Squared Circle Wrestling (SCW) in January 2013. She wrestled for a variety of promotions in Canada and the United States, including Pure Wrestling Association (PWA), Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), and New England Championship Wrestling (NECW).

WWE

NXT (2015–present)

On March 17, 2015, it was reported that Areebi had signed a developmental contract with WWE. Her signing was confirmed by WWE on April 13. Areebi made her first appearance for WWE's developmental branch NXT at the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable event on May 20, as part of Tyler Breeze's entrance. She made her in-ring debut on the June 20 NXT house show, teaming with Alexa Bliss and Lina in a losing effort against Carmella, Devin Taylor and Cassie. In October, Areebi was given the ring name Aliyah.

Aliyah's television debut took place on the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT where she competed in a number one contender's over-the-top-rope battle royal for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella.

Personal life

Areebi first decided she wanted to become a wrestler at a taping of Raw on May 5, 2008 after watching Beth Phoenix and Mickie James. Her favorite wrestlers include Edge and Jeff Hardy.

In September 2015, a number of racially insensitive comments made several years prior on Areebi's Twitter account were discovered by fans. WWE subsequently issued a statement regarding the controversy, stating that her account was used by another person at the time.

Wrestling facts

  • Signature moves
    • Diving leg drop
    • Full nelson with bodyscissors
    • Lotus lock
    • Running crossbody, to a cornered opponent
    • Somersault neckbreaker
    • Seated surfboard
  • Entrance themes
    • "Did You Find It" by Cut One and Dexter French (NXT; April 27, 2016 – July 30, 2016)
    • "Fatal Fantasy" by Earl Coolidge (NXT; August 4, 2016 – March 25, 2017)
    • "The Cat's Meow" by CFO$ (NXT; 2017-present)

Championships and accomplishments

  • PWA Elite Women's Championship

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