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Alexis KaufmanD.O.B: 9 August, 1991
Birthplace: Columbus Ohio
Trained By: Sara Del Rey
Alexis Kaufman is a bodybuilder and professional wrestler, currently working for WWE under the ring name Alexa Bliss.
Alexis Kaufman was born in Columbus, Ohio. she has spent her whole life involved in sports, since the age of five, she has competed in gymnastics, softball, kickboxing and track. She reached Division I status in college cheerleading. She also is a keen bodybuilder and has competed in the Arnold Classic since 2011.
She has stated that bodybuilding helped her to overcome a life-threatening eating disorder.
She is a huge fan of Disney.
In November 2015, it was confirmed that Kaufman was dating fellow wrestler Matthew Adams, who currently works in WWE’s developmental territory NXT, under the ring name Murphy.
Professional Wrestling Career
In May 2013, Kaufman was signed by WWE and assigned to their developmental territory, NXT. She made her first televised appearance for the company on June 20th, when she joined other members of the roster in congratulating the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, Paige. In August, she was added to the NXT roster page under the name Alexa Bliss.
Alexa Bliss made her in-ring debut on the May 8th episode of NXT, when she competed in a tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. Bliss defeated Alicia Fox in the first round, but lost at the semi-final stage to Charlotte.
She then took a hiatus from the ring due to injury. On her return, she defeated Carmella on the March 11th, 2015 episode of NXT. The following week, she went on to defeat the reigning NXT Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks via count-out. The match was a non-title bout, but the victory earned Bliss a shot at the championship on March 25th, when she failed to defeat Banks.
Joining With Blake and Murphy; Feuding with Carmella
On the May 13th episode of NXT, Alexa Bliss defeated Carmella thanks to a distraction by NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy. At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss returned the favor and helped Blake and Murphy retain their championships against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. This new alliance with Blake and Murphy turned Alexa Bliss heel.
Bliss, with Blake and Murphy in her corner, would continue her feud with Carmella, once again defeating her on the June 3rd edition of NXT.
On the July 29th episode of NXT, Bliss once again helped Blake and Murphy retain the NXT Tag Team Championships against The Vaudevillians, then she slapped both Aiden English and Simon Gotch across the face.
After this, The Vaudevillians were awarded a rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championships at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. During the match, Blue Pants prevented Alexa Bliss getting involved in the match, allowing The Vaudevillians to win the match and become the new champions.
This led to a match between Alexa Bliss and Blue Pants on the September 2nd episode of NXT. The match was won by Alexa Bliss.
Feuding With Bayley
After defeating Blue Pants, Alexa Bliss moved into a feud with Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship. After Bayley’s match at NXT TakeOver: Respect, Alexa Bliss interrupted the celebration and confronted her, telling Bayley that she had set her sights on taking the championship from her.
Bayley’s team defeated Bliss’ team in a six-person mixed tag team match, which led to an NXT Women’s Championship match between the two on the November 18th episode of NXT. Bayley successfully defeated Alexa Bliss to retain her championship.
On the January 13th, 2016, edition of NXT, Alexa Bliss participated in an over-the-top-rope battle royal to determine the number one contender for Bayley’s championship. The match was won by Carmella.