AKSANA DEVELOPMENTAL
Name
Aksana
Real Name
Zivile Raudoniene
Date of Birth
April 29, 1982
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2009
Travis Tyler
When Vince McMahon announced that they were releasing seven percent of their workforce due to the under performing WWE Network, many within the company feared for their jobs. Today, five developmental wrestlers were given their releases. Garrett Dylan, Travis Tyler, Slate Randall, Mac Miles and Dani Jackson are no longer under contract with WWE.
August 1, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
Tensai
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Prince Devitt
Over the last couple of months, there have been plenty of rumors in regards to WWE signing international star Prince Devitt to a contract. Things heated up even more when he left New Japan. Things died down a bit when no announcement was made, but it looks like the rumor mills are heating up again. Reports are surfacing that the deal has now been reached, and he should be showing up to developmental soon.
July 23, 2014
CM Punk
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
Kevin Steen
While he has already said his farewell to Ring of Honor fans, Kevin Steen is reportedly not under contract to WWE just yet. Word has it that he has yet to complete the medical testing that the company requires all new performers to undergo before signing a deal. If there are any lingering injuries, then there is a chance that Steen might not be picked up by the WWE developmental program.
July 16, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
LeiD Tapa
When LeiD Tapa was released by TNA back in March, there were rumors that she might be a candidate to join the WWE developmental program. However, the company has shown very little interest thus far. In fact, she has not even been invited for a tryout yet. While some are citing her lack of experience, which she is trying to fix by working with OVW, many are pointing out that WWE has had no qualms with signing female performers who have absolutely no experience in the wrestling industry before.
July 8, 2014
Adam Rose
Many were under the impression that WWE was not interested in signing Rosita, as nothing took place after she did tryouts with the company. However, there are rumors floating around that management might have had a change of heart. Many see her appearances as an entourage of Adam Rose recently as a sign that WWE will be offering her a developmental contract soon.
July 3, 2014
Bo Dallas
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that Michelle McCool had visited the WWE Performance Center to help train some of the developmental divas. That led to speculations that Undertaker was there as well. Contrary to the rumors, he was not there. The legendary performer has largely stayed away from the business since his match against Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
June 26, 2014
Michelle McCool
While she still has every intention of being a stay at home mother and wife, Michelle McCool decided to get out of the house on Monday. She made a visit to the WWE Performance Center. No word yet on why she was there this time around, but she has been known to drop in and help do a little training with the developmental divas. Her appearances always spark rumors of a return to WWE, so don't be surprised if the chatter increases over the next few days.
June 24, 2014
Vince McMahon
After suffering a massive drop a couple of weeks ago, WWE stock started rising this past week. Many within the company attribute that to the release of several wrestlers. That has caused a lot of fear backstage because performers feel that Vince McMahon could take that as a sign for him to release several more people. Rumors are circulating that a lot of developmental wrestlers will be released soon.
June 17, 2014
Eddie Guerrero
While Eddie Guerrero and Vickie Guerrero both became big stars for WWE, their daughter Shaul Guerrero was simply not able to follow in their footsteps. After being released twice from the company's developmental program, she has decided to take a different career path. Shaul has signed up for veterinarian school and has reportedly started attending classes for that.
June 16, 2014
Tyson Kidd
Even though the mask has been designed and ordered, it looks like Tyson Kidd might not be doing that gimmick after all. Some were pushing for him to receive a new character and push on the main roster because of his long tenure with WWE. However, others are against the idea and want him to remain in WWE NXT to work with the developmental wrestlers.
June 12, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
While there is some sadness to every release today, the departure of Yoshi Tatsu has to be bothering several people left in WWE. He was well liked backstage, as he never got involved in any of the political stuff in the locker room. Tatsu kept a positive attitude since being removed from the main roster. He put in a lot of time and effort into improving himself in developmental, so he could get another chance to work Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for WWE.
June 12, 2014
Brodus Clay
After being robbed of an opportunity work a match at Wrestlemania 29, Brodus Clay focused his energy on trying to ensure that he was not going to miss Wrestlemania 30. WWE was not pleased with him telling the fans about his angst about being removed from the card at the last minute, so he was demoted to the developmental program. Today, Clay received his release from the company.
June 12, 2014
Gail Kim
During a recent interview, Gail Kim was asked about retirement. The TNA Knockout stated that she was not quite sure when that would be, but she did reveal that she wanted to be a trainer once that happens. Some might believe that she would return to WWE to work in their developmental territory, but with the way she left the company, there might still be some backstage heat towards her.
June 11, 2014
Scott Hall
While a lot of independent wrestlers are hoping for just a chance to do a tryout with WWE, Cody Hall is on the other side of the fence. The son of Scott Hall has turned down the company several times, stating that he does not want to join their developmental program until he establishes himself on the indies and internationally. Hall wants to achieve things on his own merit.
June 5, 2014
Aksana
"It hasn't quite hit me yet, and I've been repeating it in my head. I hate to say that my run with WWE is over. Sucks that I'm leaving, especially at this point in my career, but thank you to everyone around the world who have supported me these past few years. I love you all." - Aksana commenting on her WWE release
June 13, 2014
Naomi Knight
Despite being utilized on Monday Night Raw this week, Aksana received her release from WWE today. Many were expecting the company to let her walk when her contract expired, as it was pretty evident that management was not very big on her. She was rarely used, and she received a lot of backstage heat from WWE officials when she injured Naomi Knight during a match earlier this year.
June 12, 2014
Aksana
Rumors are floating around right now that there is a video that features WWE diva Aksana in the nude. Upon further investigation, it is simply a Daily Motion video that is attempting to draw in gullible WWE fans. While it does show a couple of women in various stages of undress, the video does not feature Aksana whatsoever.
May 5, 2014
Alicia Fox
Even though she defeated AJ Lee and is the current WWE Divas Champion, management is still using the same strategy on Paige as they do with other new performers. She has been working against lower level opponents like Aksana and Alicia Fox. That plan is not working out as WWE expected, as fan reaction has been a bit disappointing during the matches.
April 27, 2014
Alicia Fox
Even though she has not been featured all that frequently, Aksana has been booked for the upcoming tour of Europe. The company views her as a bit of a draw in that part of the world. The belief is that WWE will have her teaming up with Alicia Fox to take on Nikki Bella and Brie Bella at those shows. The Total Divas stars will likely go over in these bouts.
April 22, 2014
Aksana
A video of the match between Paige and Aksana on Smackdown this week. Since she is new to the main roster, WWE is trying to give credibility to the Divas champion by having her work on television against as many of the female performers as possible.
April 21, 2014
Aksana
A picture of Aksana wearing a bikini. This photo was taken before she became a WWE star. She was actually a hot blonde fitness model back then.
April 15, 2014
Aksana
Another name that is rumored to be released by WWE soon is Aksana. While she is on good terms with management now, the backstage relationship has always been up and down. The belief is that the company views her as being expendable and will more than likely allow her to walk once her contract expires. WWE needs room for newer stars.
April 13, 2014
Aksana
Since she was recently announced as a participant in a Wrestlemania 30 match, rumor has it that Aksana is doing much better with management backstage. She has been in and out of the dog house for quite some time. Her inclusion at the pay per view suggests that WWE is no longer as upset with her for the eye injury to Naomi Knight.
March 26, 2014
Eva Marie
Initially, there was a push backstage in WWE to have AJ Lee defending the belt against Naomi Knight in a straight up match, but for the sake of Total Divas, management opted to just throw as many of the girls into the match as possible. Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya Neidhart, Eva Marie, Summer Rae, Emma, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Layla El and Tamina Snuka are now involved.
March 25, 2014
CM Punk
In an attempt to appease CM Punk, it appears that WWE gave AJ Lee the night off while the rest of the company was filming Monday Night Raw in Chicago. Management opted to do a random tag team match with Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Aksana and Alicia Fox instead of building up a Divas Championship program for AJ at Wrestlemania 30.
March 4, 2014
Aksana
While there is some backstage heat on Aksana because she was the one that accidentally injured Naomi Knight during Monday Night Raw, many are expecting her to make it through this period just fine. A good sign is that WWE has continued giving her televised matches since the incident. Very few are expecting her to be released because of this.
March 2, 2014
Aksana
Since she suffered an eye injury during a match on Monday Night raw with Aksana, Naomi Knight has been given time off of the road by WWE, which means that she has a lot of time on her hands. The diva decided to use that time to pose for these pictures of herself wearing an eye patch.
February 23, 2014
Eva Marie
Total Divas is being filmed in Cabo this week, so Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Cameron, Natalya Neidhart and Eva Marie are all down there for the taping. Naomi Knight, however, is not able to appear, as she is currently unable to fly because of an eye injury she suffered during a match with Aksana. The pressure from the flight would make the injury worse.
February 22, 2014
Aksana
WWE is now reporting that Naomi Knight does not need surgery for her eye injury, which was suffered during a match against Aksana on Monday Night Raw a couple of weeks ago. The damage is still bad enough to prevent her from traveling however, so that means that she will not be on television for the next several weeks.
February 18, 2014
Naomi Knight
Since his wife, Naomi Knight, is off the road after suffering a severe eye injury during a match against Aksana on Monday Night Raw, Jimmy Uso was given time off from WWE as well. He did not work the live event in San Jose over the weekend. Instead, his brother, Jey Uso, was given a rare singles match against Luke Harper that evening.
February 9, 2014
Naomi Knight
It appears that the eye injury suffered by Naomi Knight has worsened, as she did not work the WWE live event in Oakland this weekend. That left the inexperienced Cameron to work a single smatch against Alicia Fox. Naomi was injured during a match on Monday Night Raw against Aksana, which she still managed to finish.
February 8, 2014
Aksana
If Nikki Bella and Brie Bella get their way, then there would be a tag team division for the divas. To prepare for that potential addition by WWE, Alicia Fox and Aksana have focused more on being a team. Alicia has even started to call themselves Foxsana.
February 6, 2014
Naomi Knight

While the backstage heat on Aksana has subsided over the last few months, some of it has returned this week, as a few people are blaming her for the eye injury that Naomi Knight suffered on Monday Night Raw this week, even though it was an accident.

February 5, 2014
Aksana

While working a match against Aksana on Monday Night Raw this week, a little accident took place that gave Naomi Knight an assortment of eye injuries, including a bruised orbital bone. WWE medical staff gave her some ice and medicine backstage, and she's expected to make a quick recovery.

February 4, 2014