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Ashley Cabot (née Simmons) (February 5, 1986), is an American professional wrestler currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Madison Rayne, where she is a former five-time TNA Knockouts Champion and a former two-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion. She has performed for several Midwest-based independent promotions under the name Lexi Lane, as well as the all-female promotion SHIMMER Women Athletes as Ashley Lane, where she was one half of the first-ever Shimmer Tag Team Champions along with Nevaeh.

Professional Wrestling Career

Shimmer Women Athletes (2007–2009, 2011)

On October 13, 2007, Simmons made her debut in Shimmer Women Athletes as Ashley Lane. On the taping of Volume 15 of their DVD series, she teamed with Lorelei Lee in a losing effort to Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews. On the tapings of Volume 16, Lane made her in-ring debut against Alexa Thatcher in a losing effort.

Lane then began teaming with Nevaeh, and they made their team debut in losing to The Experience (Lexie Fyfe and Malia Hosaka) on the Volume 17 taping, then scoring a win against The Minnesota Homewrecking Crew (Lacey and Rain) on Volume 18. On the tapings of Volume 19, Lane competed in a battle royal, which was won by Jetta. Later that tapings, Lane teamed up with Nevaeh where they beat the duo of Veronika Vice and Cat Power, and then lost to The International Home Wrecking Crew (Rain and Jetta) on Volume 20. On October 19, Lane and Nevaeh emerged victorious from a six-team tag team gauntlet match to crown the first Shimmer Tag Team Champions. Later in the evening, they successfully defended the belts against the Canadian NINJAs (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews). On the tapings of Volume 23, Lane and Neveah successfully defended their titles against The International Home Wrecking Crew (Rain and Jetta) in a two out of three falls match. At the tapings of Volume 25, Lane and Neveah successfully defended their title against Amazing Kong and Sara Del Ray. At Volume 26 on May 3, 2009, Lane and Nevaeh lost the Shimmer Tag Team Championship to the NINJAs.

At the tapings of Volume 27, Lane teamed up with Nevaeh in a losing effort to the team of Melanie Cruise and Wesna Busic in a tag-team match. At the tapings of Volume 28, Lane and Nevaeh defeated the team of Kacey Diamond and Sassy Stephie. Because of agreement with Shimmer Women Athletes and Ring of Honor, Lane made her debut for Shimmer's sister promotion Ring of Honor on April 19, 2008, where she competed in a Four Corner Survival match against Daizee Haze, Lacey, and MsChif won by MsChif. Lane made a second appearance at Southern Hostility pay-per-view on December 6 in a match against Haze, Sara Del Rey, and Serena Deeb. Lane left ROH after debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Madison Rayne on the January 8 episode of TNA Impact!.

On October 1, 2011, Lane returned to Shimmer and called out her villainous former partner Nevaeh for turning on MsChif and Jessie McKay during a tag team match. Nevaeh claimed that Lane had turned her back on Shimmer by leaving the promotion in 2009, which led to a brawl between the two. Later in the same event, Nevaeh defeated Lane in her return match. At the tapings of Volume 44, Lane teamed with Mia Yim in a losing effort against the team of Nevaeh and Sassy Stephie.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2009-2013)

Debut and The Beautiful People (2009-2010)

Lane debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Madison Rayne on the January 8 episode of TNA Impact!, where she was defeated by Awesome Kong. She returned on the February 12 episode of Impact! in a TNA Knockouts Gauntlet match, and was one of the finalists, but was eliminated by Sojo Bolt. The following week, Rayne began her first storyline by turning into a villainess by slapping and walking out on her tag team partner Taylor Wilde in a match against The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky). On the March 5 episode of Impact!, Rayne aligned herself with The Beautiful People after assisting them in winning a four-way tag team match. At Destination X in March, Rayne made her pay-per-view debut, teaming with Love and Sky against The Governor, Wilde and Roxxi in a losing effort.

Rayne's hazing continued after The Beautiful People won an Impact! tag team match against Kong and Saeed, after which Rayne tried to cut the braided hair of the Knockouts Champion Kong. With Sky in her corner, Angelina Love faced Kong and perennial nemesis Taylor Wilde in a three-way cage match for the Knockouts Championship at Lockdown. Love narrowly escaped a somersault leg drop from Kong, and as she was recovering Love pushed her towards the cage while Sky pulled her frayed hair through the holes in the cage and tied her to it. With Kong unable to move from the cage, Wilde dove onto Love with a cross body press and legitimately knocked her unconscious with her knee. As she recovered, Wilde attacked Kong, allowing Love to roll-up Wilde for the pin and win the Knockout Championship. The following week on Impact!, Mi Pi Sexy had a celebration with male dancers and named Madison Rayne an official member of the Beautiful People. However the celebration was cut short by Kong. Kong continued her attack on Mi Pi Sexy and proved her dominance by making her way through Rayne, Sky and Kip, who Love brought back to stop her, in stretcher matches on the following weeks of Impact!.

At Hard Justice in August, Rayne cost Love her Knockouts Title when her interference in the match backfired. On the following episode of Impact!, Rayne was scheduled to face Love in a match, but before it started, Love attacked her from behind. After Love had pinned Rayne, Sky showed up holding a brown paper bag and put it on Rayne's head to humiliate her. Rayne was then saved by Tara and Christy Hemme. On the September 10 episode of Impact!, Rayne and partner Roxxi lost to The Beautiful People in a match that was part of a tournament to crown the inaugural Knockouts Tag Team Champions.

The following week, Rayne, after helping Love and Sky advance to the finals of the tournament, was welcomed back into The Beautiful People. At No Surrender, Rayne replaced Love, who had been released from her contract, due to visa issues, prior to the event, and teamed up with Sky in the tournament finals, where they were defeated by the team of Sarita and Taylor Wilde.

On the October 1 episode of Impact!, The Beautiful People apologized to the TNA fans and Knockouts for their behavior, blaming their past actions on Love. They invited the Knockouts Tag Team Champions, Wilde and Sarita, down to the ring to prove their apology was genuine and expressed their desire for a competitive match at Bound for Glory. The Beautiful People shook their hands, but then attacked them. As they began to lose the advantage in the assault, Lacey Von Erich debuted and took out Wilde and Sarita. The three then posed in the ring, welcoming Von Erich into The Beautiful People. Rayne gained her first victory in TNA on the October 8 episode of Impact! by scoring the deciding fall in an eight-Knockout elimination match where she, Sky, Alissa Flash and Traci Brooks defeated Sarita, Taylor Wilde, Hamada and Christy Hemme after the interference from Von Erich.

The three then won their first match as a team, defeating ODB, Tara and Kong,but was unsuccessful in their Knockouts Tag Team title rematch at Bound For Glory. On the October 22 episode of Impact!, The Beautiful People began appearing in backstage segments they dubbed as their reality show "The Meanest Girls", an allusion to the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls.

In the pilot episode, The Beautiful People attacked Wilde and Sarita at catering, and engaged in a food fight with The Beautiful People coming out on top. In the sequel, which aired on the November 5 edition of Impact!, the Beautiful People attacked ODB, setting up a six knockout tag team match at Turning Point for both the Women's Knockout Championship and the Knockouts Tag Team Championship. At the Pay-Per-View the Beautiful People were unsuccessful, as ODB pinned Rayne to win the match for the reigning champions. Around this time they also began using a new weapon named Lacey's Ugly Stick, a pink baton used to attack opponents.

Knockouts Champion and Alliance with Tara (2010-2011)

Love returned to the company on the January 14, 2010, episode of Impact!, but instead of rejoining The Beautiful People, she attacked them. Several weeks later on March 8, Rayne and Sky defeated the teams of Love and Tara and Sarita and Wilde in a three-way match to win the vacant Knockouts Tag Team Championship. Under the Freebird rule, all three members of The Beautiful People were considered champions, and any combination of two members could defend the title. At Lockdown in April, Rayne and Sky partnered against Tara and Angelina Love in a tag team steel cage match, during which Rayne pinned Tara to win Love's title. With the win, she became the first person to hold both Knockout Championships simultaneously. The following month at Sacrifice, Rayne defeated Tara in a Title vs. Career match, causing Tara to retire from TNA and ending the storyline rivalry between Tara and The Beautiful People. At Slammiversary VIII Rayne retained her title against Roxxi in another Title vs. Career match.

On July 11 at Victory Road, Rayne lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Angelina Love in another Title vs. Career match via disqualification due to outside interference from a person incognito in a motorcycle helmet. Prior to the match it was announced that the title would change hands via disqualification, if either Velvet Sky or Lacey Von Erich interfered in the match. However, the title was returned to Rayne on the July 22 episode of Impact! when it was declared that there was no proof that the person who had interfered in the match was either Sky or Von Erich, making Rayne a two-time Women's Knockout Champion. After weeks of arguing amongst each other over Rayne's recent attitude, the Beautiful People agreed to a truce on the July 29 episode of Impact!. However, on the following episode of Impact!, Rayne and the mystery woman inadvertently cost Sky and Von Erich the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship in a match against Hamada and Taylor Wilde, when their interference backfired. The following week Rayne lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Angelina Love, after a distraction caused by Velvet Sky attacking the mystery woman. Rayne received her rematch for the title on the following week's episode of Impact!, but was again defeated by Love, after an interference from Velvet Sky, who accompanied Love to the ring. After the match Rayne and the mystery woman beat down Love and Sky. Rayne's mysterious ally was finally unmasked as the evil Tara on the September 2 episode of Impact!, when the two of them defeated the reunited Beautiful People in a tag team match. At No Surrender, Rayne was defeated by Velvet Sky in a singles match. On the September 16 episode of Impact!, Rayne and Tara turned on Lacey Von Erich, after she and Rayne failed to regain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship from Hamada and Wilde. Von Erich was then saved by Love and Sky, who took her back into the Beautiful People. On the September 30 episode of Impact! Rayne signed a waiver to allow Tara to return to the ring, after losing a Title vs. Career match, which was supposed to end her TNA career. Rayne attempted to regain the Women's Knockout Championship in a Four Corners match with Love, Sky and Tara on October 10 at Bound for Glory, but was unsuccessful, when Tara pinned Sky to win the title. After the match, the outraged Rayne went after special referee Mickie James, but ended up being laid out by her. At the following day's tapings of the October 14 episode of Impact!, Tara laid down for Rayne and let her pin her to win the championship back, making her a three-time Women's Knockout Champion On the December 16 episode of Impact!, Rayne and Tara defeated Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher to advance to the finals of a tournament for the vacated TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship. The following week they were defeated in the finals by the team of Angelina Love and Winter.

The Queen Bee (2011-2013)

On January 9, 2011, at Genesis, Rayne successfully defended the Women's Knockout Championship against Mickie James, following interference from Tara. Later that same month, Rayne debuted a new gimmick of a beauty queen and dubbed herself the "Queen Bee of the Knockouts". Around this time she also began using a loaded glove as her signature weapon to knock out her opponents. The following month at Against All Odds, Rayne again successfully defended her title against James, this time in a Last Knockout Standing match, after another interference by Tara. Afterwards Rayne, claiming to now be done with James, announced the beginning of an open challenge series intended to find her new opponents, and, as part of it, successfully defended the Women's Knockout Championship against former knockouts ODB, Roxxi and Alissa Flash. On the March 17 episode of Impact!, Rayne was challenged to a one last title match by Mickie James, which she accepted with the added stipulation that should James fail to beat her, she would have her hair shaved off. On April 8, Rayne became the longest reigning TNA Women's Knockout Champion in history by breaking the previous record of 178 days, set by Awesome Kong. On April 17 at Lockdown, Rayne lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Mickie James in a steel cage Title vs. Hair match, ending her reign at 188 days. During the past months, Tara had begun feeling uncomfortable over the brutality of Rayne's attacks towards James and when Rayne asked for a rematch for the Women's Knockout Championship, James agreed to give her one on the condition that should she be unable to regain the title, Tara would be released from her exclusive contract with Rayne. On May 15 at Sacrifice, Rayne failed in her attempt to regain the Women's Knockout Championship, when Tara turned on her.

Rayne attacked Tara on the June 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, costing her and Mickie James their tag team match against Angelina Love and Winter. The two faced each other in a singles match on the July 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Tara was victorious after distracting Rayne with her tarantula Poison. Rayne returned on the September 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Tara to earn a shot at the Women's Knockout Championship at Bound for Glory. On [[[[October 16]]]] at Bound for Glory, Rayne was defeated by Velvet Sky in the four-way title match, which also included Mickie James and Winter. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne aligned herself with the returning and villainous Gail Kim and the Vice President of the Knockouts Division, Karen Jarrett. On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne and Kim defeated Brooke Tessmacher and Tara to win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship. The following week, they made their first title defense, defeating Mickie James and Velvet Sky. On December 11 at Final Resolution, Rayne caused a distraction during a Women's Knockout Championship match between Gail Kim and Mickie James, costing James the title. After Karen Jarrett was, in storyline, fired from TNA on the December 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne took over her role as the Vice President of the Knockouts Division, until Sting revoked her power on December 29 episode of Impact Wrestling. Later that same night, Rayne interfered in the main event between Gail Kim and Mickie James, once again costing James the Women's Knockout Championship. On the January 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne and Kim retained their tag team title against James and Traci Brooks. On the January 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne was defeated by James in a steel cage match. After walking out on Gail Kim at Against All Odds, Rayne became the number one contender to her TNA Women's Knockout Championship by winning a battle royal on the February 16 episode of Impact Wrestling. In the following weeks, tension between Rayne and Kim began to be teased with the two negatively interfering in each other's matches. On the March 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kim and Rayne lost the Knockouts Tag Team Championship to Eric Young and ODB. On March 18 at Victory Road, Rayne failed to capture the Women's Knockout Championship from Kim. On the March 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kim and Rayne reconciled and remained together as a team.

The July 5 episode of Impact Wrestling saw the culmination of a several month long storyline, when Rayne revealed referee Earl Hebner as her secret crush. On the August 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hebner helped Rayne win a four-way match over Gail Kim, Mickie James and Tara to become the number one contender to the Women's Knockout Championship. On August 12 at Hardcore Justice, Hebner helped Rayne defeat Miss Tessmacher to win the Women's Knockout Championship for the fourth time. Rayne lost the title back to Tessmacher on the following episode of Impact Wrestling in a match refereed by the debuting Taryn Terrell.

Rayne returned to TNA on the November 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, where competed in a Knockouts battle royal to become the number one contender to the Women's Knockouts Championship but failed to win after being eliminated by ODB. Starting March 17, Rayne stopped appearing due to a maternity leave. On July 3, 2013, Rayne announced on Twitter that her contract with TNA had expired.

Return and Knockouts Champion; Various Feuds (2013-2014)

On the December 12 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne made her return as a babyface by helping ODB fight off an ambush from TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim and her enforcer Lei'D Tapa. The following week, Rayne and ODB defeated Kim and Tapa in a tag team match when Rayne pinned Kim. Rayne would defeat Kim again in a non-title singles match on the January 2, 2014 edition of Impact Wrestling, making her #1 Contender in the process. On the Genesis edition of Impact Wrestling on January 16, 2014, Rayne defeated Kim to win the Knockouts Championship for the fifth time. On the January 30 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne teamed with former Beautiful People partner Velvet Sky in defeating Kim and Tapa. On the February 20 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne was defeated by Gail Kim in a Knockout Street Fight. At Lockdown on March 9, Rayne successfully defended the Knockouts Championship against Kim in a steel cage match.

Rayne would be instilled into an angle with Angelina Love, who returned on March 13 and wanted to reunite The Beautiful People.  On March 20, Rayne was invited back into the club by Love, after Velvet Sky accepted Love's offer. After turning down the offer, Rayne was attacked backstage in the locker room by Love, establishing a heel turn by Love. On the following edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne was defeated by Love in a non-title match after Sky turned heel and attacked Rayne during the match. On the April 3 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne teamed with Brittany in a losing effort to the reunited Beautiful People. At Sacrfice, Rayne lost the Knockouts Championship to Love after interference from Sky.

After this, Rayne would enter a storyline where Brittany would attempt to get involved in Rayne's feud with the Beautiful People, only to be repeatedly rejected. On the May 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, after Rayne refused to be Brittany's tag team partner, Brittany would confront Rayne and confess her attraction towards her, only to be rejected again. On the June 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne received her rematch, but she was defeated by Love after a distraction from Sky, with Brittany just standing there, On the July 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne was attacked by Brittany after she promised to remain friends with Rayne, turning Brittany into a villainess. Rayne defeated Brittany in a No Disqualification match on the July 17 edition of Impact Wrestling.

Heel Turn (2014-2015)

On the August 27 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne began portraying a rule-breaking villainess in a #1 Contender's Match against Taryn Terrell by using the ropes for leverage during a pin attempt, but she was caught and eventually defeated by Terrell. On the October 8 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne defeated Terrell and Angelina Love in a #1 Contender's Match, doing so by grabbing Terrell's tights. Rayne continued to display her villainous persona when she left Terrell behind to be attacked by Havok. Rayne received her title opportunity on the October 15 edition of Impact Wrestling, but she was defeated by Havok.

On the October 29 edition of Impact Wrestling, the evil Rayne cemented her villainous turn by attacking Taryn Terrell during their match against The Beautiful People, allowing Love and Sky to pick up the victory. In an exclusive segment after the match, Rayne stated that she attacked Terrell because she wanted to give everyone something to talk about. On the November 12 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rayne was defeated by Terrell in a grudge match.

On the January 30, 2015, episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne unsuccessfully challenged Taryn Terrell for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship in a three–way match, also involving Gail Kim. On the TKO: Night of Knockouts edition of Impact Wrestling on April 24, Rayne competed in a four-way #1 Contender's match against Angelina Love, Brooke and Gail Kim, which was ultimately won by Brooke. Rayne was defeated by the returning Velvet Sky on the July 8 episode of Impact Wrestling.

Beautiful People Reunion (2015-2016)

On the September 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne and Angelina Love came to the aid of Velvet Sky and fought off The Dollhouse (Jade, Marti Bell, and Rebel), turning Rayne face and reuniting The Beautiful People. During October and November, Rayne participated in the TNA World Title Series, where she ended third of her block, tied with Brooke, failing into advance to the finals. On the January 5, 2016, Rayne and Sky would team up with Gail Kim to defeat The Dollhouse only after being attacked by Awesome Kong and The Dollhouse.

Singles Competition; Heel Turn (2016-present)

Due to the departures of Angelina Love and Velvet Sky, Rayne returned to singles competition, including competing in a three way match for the Knockouts Championship against Gail Kim and Jade, which was won by Jade. On the April 12 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne failed to capture the title from Jade.

On the July 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne turned heel and attacked Gail Kim during the "State of the Knockouts Division" address.

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
  • "Sexy Lexi"
  • "Queen Bee"
  • "Killer Queen"

Championships and accomplishments

1Rayne defended the title with either Von Erich or Sky under the Freebird Rule.

See also

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