Dasha Gonzalez

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Dasha Gonzalez
Gonzalez in April 2018
Birth nameDasha Janis González
Born (1988-04-17) April 17, 1988 (age 36)
Orlando, Florida,
U.S.[1]
Alma materUniversity of Central Florida (BS)
Spouse(s)
Gabe Kuret
(m. 2014)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dasha[2]
Dasha Fuentes[1]
Dasha Gonzalez
Dasha Kuret
Billed height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[3]
Billed fromOrlando, Florida[4]
Trained byWWE Performance Center[4]
DebutApril 2015

Dasha Janis Kuret[5] (née González;[6] born April 17, 1988) is an American fitness model, professional wrestler, and ring announcer. She is also known for her time as a backstage interviewer and ring announcer in WWE under the ring name Dasha Fuentes and All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under the ring name Dasha Gonzalez.

Early life and career[edit]

Gonzalez was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and later attended the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she studied health sciences, microbiology, and molecular biology, graduating in 2012.[7][8] She worked at LA Fitness and at the beauty retail store Ulta Beauty. Gonzalez also competed in the Miss America organization, winning several titles including Miss UCF and Miss Volusia County. Gonzalez was active in swimming, diving, and gymnastics until a knee injury sustained in the summer of 2014 forced her to be sidelined.[1][4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Dasha signed a contract with WWE in 2014 and was assigned to their developmental territory NXT in May, where she was given the ring name Dasha Fuentes.[1] Fuentes debuted in a NXT live event in April 2015, teaming with Dana Brooke and Becky Lynch in a losing effort to Carmella, Alexa Bliss and Devin Taylor.[2] In mid 2015, Dasha began appearing as a backstage interviewer on NXT.[1] Fuentes appeared at the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable event on May 20, as part of Tyler Breeze's entrance.[9] On April 9, 2019, Fuentes was released from WWE.[10]

In October 2019, Gonzalez competed in a singles match against Renee Michelle as part of Great Lakes Championship Wrestling's Blizzard Brawl Event, where she was victorious.[11] On August 31, 2019, Gonzalez was part of the Spanish announcers for All Elite Wrestling's inaugural All Out (2019) PPV. In October 2019, Gonzalez made her debut as a Spanish commentator for the AEW program Dark.[12] On November 4, 2019, during AEW Dark, Gonzalez appeared alongside host Tony Schiavone and was later revealed to be joining the program as Schiavone's co-host.[13] On the November 27 episode of AEW Dynamite, Gonzalez took Justin Roberts' place as the event's ring announcer after Roberts was (kayfabe) attacked earlier in the night.[14] On the August 10, 2020, episode of the AEW Women’s Tag Team tournament, she made her in-ring debut teaming with Rachael Ellering in a losing effort to Ivelisse and Diamanté. On April 1, 2024, Dasha Kuret was released from AEW.[15]

Other media[edit]

In 2020, Gonzalez competed during the second season of the sports competition series The Titan Games.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Melok, Bobby (July 22, 2015). "Meet Dasha Fuentes, NXT's newest broadcaster". WWE. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Dasha: Profile & Match Listing". The Internet Wrestling Database. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Dasha Kuret". Instagram. April 7, 2018. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved May 8, 2020. 5'3 and 1/4" lol can't forget the 1/4th 😂🤣😂
  4. ^ a b c "Dasha Fuentes". WWE. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "UCF student crowned Miss Florida Teen 2007". Orlando Sentinel. July 22, 2007. Archived from the original on April 4, 2024. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Bryson (May 13, 2014). "Fitness Model Dasha Kuret Signs With WWE". Model Fair. Archived from the original on October 26, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  7. ^ Dasha Fuentes Talks WWE, UCF & Orlando. University of Central Florida. March 30, 2017. Archived from the original on October 23, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  8. ^ Dasha Fuentes on her WWE release, acting robotic, AEW, getting back in the ring. Chris Van Vliet. May 18, 2019. Event occurs at 14:37–14:47. Archived from the original on March 1, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 20, 2015). "Former TNA Knockout appears on NXT show". Pro Wrestling Insider. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  10. ^ Satin, Ryan (April 9, 2019). "Backstage Interviewer Dasha Fuentes Released By WWE". Pro Wrestling Sheet | Insider Wrestling News and Reports. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Dasha Kuret has made her indie match debut". October 29, 2019. Archived from the original on October 24, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Wrestling News, Painmaker Chris Jericho, NJPW Press Conference, Taya Valkyrie, More | Fightful Wrestling". www.fightful.com. October 14, 2019. Archived from the original on November 7, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "AEW DARK REPORT &#124". PWInsider.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Renner, Ethan (November 27, 2019). "AEW DYNAMITE LIVE RESULTS: CHRIS JERICHO VS. SCORPIO SKY TITLE MATCH". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on January 23, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Rose, Bryan (April 1, 2024). "Stu Grayson, Parker Boudreaux among several AEW releases". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on April 2, 2024. Retrieved April 2, 2024.
  16. ^ Freedman, Adrianna (May 4, 2020). "Titan Games Season 2 Contestant Bios – Meet Cast of The Rock's Show". Men's Health. Archived from the original on September 30, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  17. ^ Powell, Jason (July 20, 2020). "AEW personality on The Rock's "Titan Games" tonight". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2020.

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