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Nicola Glencross (April 21, 1989) is a Scottish female professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she works on the developmental roster NXT under the ring name Nikki Cross. Before signing with WWE in 2016, she spent much of her early career on the independent circuit in the United Kingdom and Europe, working widely under the ring name Nikki Storm.

Early life

Before wrestling, Glencross was a cheerleader for the University of Glasgow and also went to dancing school for 13 years and participated in dancing shows, exams and competitions. Throughout high school she also played field hockey, basketball and netball and was also a part of the Athletics Team.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Nicola Glencross began her training in February 2008. She is also a fully qualified personal trainer based in Glasgow. Glencross has wrestled for Top UK Promotions such as the Scottish Wrestling Alliance,Pro Wrestling EVE, Insane Championship Wrestling and All Star Wrestling.

Glencross made her in-ring debut around the age of 19. She wrestled throughout the United Kingdom promotions, beginning with the Scottish Wrestling Alliance on September 20, 2008 as Nikki Storm at the SWA The Gathering II: A Call To Arms event, teaming with Majik in a mixed tag match won by Ricky Knight & Sweet Saraya. She also wrestled for the Scottish School Of Wrestling where she became the first-ever SSW Diamonds Champion. Storm also wrestled for Pro Wrestling EVE, where she won the Pro Wrestling EVE Championship on three occasions. While wrestling in the World Wide Wrestling League, Storm won the W3L Women's Championship. Storm has travelled internationally to wrestle in the United States for promotions including Absolute Intense Wrestling, Global Force Wrestling, Vicious Outcast Wrestling, SHIMMER Women Athletes, SHINE Wrestling, Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic, Women Superstars Uncensored and Queens of Combat. She also has wrestled in Germany for Westside Xtreme Wrestling and in Japan for World Wonder Ring Stardom and Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project. Her last match in the independent promotions was on April 3, 2016 for Insane Championship Wrestling's ICW BarraMania II event in a Loser Leaves Town match won by Sammii Jayne.

TNA (2014)

Glencross also joined the TNA Gut Check tryouts held in Nottingham, England during January 2013. Glencross participated in the TNA British Boot Camp 2, as of October 20, 2014, joining fellow UK finalists Kay Lee Ray, El Ligero, Rampage Brown, Kris Travis, Noam Dar and Mark Andrews. The competition was eventually won by Andrews.

WWE

NXT (2016-present)

During April 2016, Glencross signed with the WWE. She debuted in WWE's NXT program on April 22 under her real name, teaming with Mandy Rose in a tag match won by Aliyah & Liv Morgan. She wrestled most of her early matches during 2016 under her real name before debuting on August 27 as Nikki Cross. Around September 2016, Cross, she joined the NXT stable SAniTY. She had her first title match on the November 16th edition of NXT, against Ember Moon and defending NXT Women's Champion Asuka, the match's eventual winner.

Cross's next title match opportunity came the following year in 2017 during the January 12 edition of NXT in a triple threat match won by defending champion Asuka, involving secondary challenger Billie Kay. She later faced Asuka for the NXT Women's title on June 23, in a Last Woman Standing match, which was won by Asuka. On August 9, she was again involved in a triple threat match against Asuka for the Women's title, involving Ember Moon as the second challenger, but both were defeated by Asuka. The same two challengers met Asuka in a rematch during the August 12 edition of NXT but were again defeated. During the September 14 edition of NXT, Cross was involved in a Triple Threat Qualifying match won by Peyton Royce involving Liv Morgan as the third opponent. On the October 4 edition of NXT, Cross won a Battle Royal Qualifying match for the right to challenge for the Women's Championship. However, there has not been a title match scheduled since Asuka vacated the championship back on August 24. On November 18 at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Cross was involved in a Fatal Four Way Match against Ember Moon, Kairi Sane and Peyton Royce to determine the new NXT Women's Champion however, was unsuccessful in winning the title.

Personal life

Glencross is qualified in Fitness Instructing and Personal training. She also holds qualifications in advanced nutrition and advanced anatomy and physiology. She is a fully qualified kettle bells, studio cycling and circuits instructor.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • As Nikki Cross
      • Swinging fisherman's neckbreaker
    • As Nikki Storm
      • Eye of the Storm (Double underhook crossface)
      • Hail Storm (Diving headbutt)
      • Perfect Storm (Samoan driver)
  • Signature moves
    • Tornado DDT
    • Whiplash neckbreaker, sometimes to an opponent draped on the top turnbuckle
  • Nicknames
    • "The Best in the Galaxy"
    • "The White Chocolate Cheesecake of Sports Entertainment"

Championships and accomplishments

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