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Zahra (zare-uh) Brittney Schreiber (April 18, 1988) is a model and American professional wrestler previously signed with WWE NXT. She is a graduate of the House of Truth Wrestling School, run by Truth Martini and Jimmy Jacobs. Schreiber has stated before that she is of Cherokee decent. Her release from the company was announced on August 31, 2015, after several controversial photos from her Instagram resurfaced.
NXT and Release (2014-2015)
Schreiber first tried out for the company in March of 2014, then received a second tryout in the summer of 2014. Her second tryout lead to a contract, and she reported down to Orlando at the end of October 2014 to begin training. During her tryouts is where Schreiber met fellow NXT diva and friend, Gionna Daddio.
During her time down at NXT, Schreiber made several small appearances. She could be seen standing in the background of a segment with Bull Dempsey, was dressed as a skeleton to play the part of one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds, and made a very brief appearance on Tough Enough. In May of 2015, Schreiber broke her collarbone and was thus forced to sit out of training for a few months.
She made her official debut as a ring announcer at live shows alongside Dasha Fuentes. She then went on to be given an official role, becoming a manager for Sami Callihan, debuting in Fort Pierce, FL on August 29, 2015 at a live show as his sister. This was the same night that past photographs depicting Nazi memorabilia in Schreiber's home in Saginaw, shared with then-fiancee Chad Ruglig, surfaced. Subsequently, Schreiber was fired on August 31, 2015.
Below is the statement issued by Schreiber on her Instagram account:
"Let me start this off by saying how grateful I am and how fortunate I feel to have had my time with WWE. It truly was my dream job. Last week WWE made a decision to release me from my contract due to posts I made on social media years ago, long before I was ever employed by them. I understand why that decision was made, but it broke my heart and my spirit. I don’t want my mistakes to reflect on WWE or how incredible they are as a company. The responsibility is my own… Now, I want to take the time to apologize to everyone who was offended by my posts. I am so sorry. I would like to make it very clear
I am in no way, shape or form an anti-Semite, nor do I condone anti-Semitism. If one were to have looked deeper into my post, one would have noticed that also in the photo was Marlene Dietrich. Marlene was a Polish actress who opposed Nazism and fought for the oppressed during WWII. To me the photos and relics were nothing more than a story. I now see it was insensitive of me and in poor taste, which is why I had attempted to delete them long ago. On an aside, a family member of mine took part in the White Rose Movement (Germans trying to end Nazi domination), which is where my interest in the Holocaust actually stemmed from. Also, documented deeper on my Instagram from years ago are photos of me at Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, and I noted there how disturbed I was by the entire place. Unfortunately, social media rarely notices positivity, and can be an evil place where opinion is easily manipulated to fit the circumstance. I take full accountability for the things I did post, but those out there who are creating Twitter exchanges that never happened or have manufactured other conversations that never took place really need to check themselves and realize how much harm they are actually doing.
Everything I’ve worked for and dreamt of is gone. In an instant, I lost it all. But I can’t let this define my life. I know who I am as a person. I’m as human as anyone else. I’ve made mistakes like we all do. I hope those I’ve offended can forgive me. All I can do now is learn and move forward trying to be better every day."
Debut with DreamWave Wrestling (2015-present)
Schreiber made her initial debut in LaSalle, IL with the company on October 3, 2015 as a manager for Arik Cannon, Nick Brubaker, Donovan Danhausen, and Ruff Crossing. It was later announced that Schreiber would make her official in-ring debut with DreamWave at Survival of the Fittest on November 7, 2015. Schreiber teamed with Cannon, Brubaker, Danhausen, and Crossing in a winning effort against Darin Corbin, Marshe Rockett, Prince Mustafa Ali, Mike Hartenbower, and Waylon Beck in a ten man elimination match. It was reported that Schreiber was protected a lot during the match, though she did have a few spots and performed a curbstomp on Corbin. Schreiber was the last one standing and picked up a win following an interference by Christian Rose.
Her mother is an ex-country singer by the name of Gina James, who dated (and was later engaged to) Porter Wagoner in the early 1990s.
Schreiber was also involved in a scandal on February 5, 2015, where a nude photograph was posted on boyfriend Seth Rollins' Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. It was later revealed that Rollins' then-fiancee, Leighla Schultz, leaked the photos in what appeared to be retaliation after getting caught up in a cheating scandal. Neither Schreiber, Rollins, or Schultz have issued statements regarding this.
Before dating Rollins, Schreiber was engaged to Chad Ruhling, a singer for the metalcore band For the Fallen Dreams. The two dated for eight years before breaking off their engagement.
- Curbstomp (adopted from Seth Rollins)
Championships and accomplishments
- Facebook Fan Page
- Article on Schreiber's release from WWE
- Article on Zahra Schreiber's controversial social media posting and release from WWE
- Article on Schreiber's debut match with DreamWave Wrestling
- Article on nude scandal involving Schreiber, Rollins, and Schultz
- Instagram statement