Diamante (female wrestler)

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Diamanté
Diamante in July 2022
Birth namePriscilla Zuniga
Born (1991-07-14) July 14, 1991 (age 33)
Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.
PartnerKiera Hogan
(2019–present)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Adrenaline
Angel Rose
Diamanté
Priscilla Zuniga[1]
Billed height5 ft 1 in (155 cm)
Billed weight114 lb (52 kg)
Billed fromThe 305[2]
Trained byRusty Brooks[3]
Debut2008

Priscilla Zuniga[4] (born July 14, 1991), better known by the ring name Diamanté, is a Cuban-American professional wrestler currently performing for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and its sister promotion, Ring of Honor (ROH).[5] She is also known for her time with Impact Wrestling and on the independent circuit under the ring name Angel Rose.[6]

Professional wrestling career

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Independent circuit (2008–present)

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Zuniga wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Angel Rose, primarily working for Independent Championship Wrestling in Florida, where she is a four-time ICW Women's Champion as well as a winner of the ICW Hard Knocks Championship and the ICW Championship.[3][7] She also worked for various other Florida-based promotions such as IGNITE Wrestling, RONIN Pro Wrestling, and Shine Wrestling.[8][9] Zuniga made an appearance on the March 22, 2017, episode of NXT, working under her real name as an enhancement talent in a quick loss to Asuka.[10][1]

Zuniga joined Women of Wrestling (WOW) in July 2019 where she performs under the ring name Adrenaline.[11] Adrenaline teamed with Fire in the tag team tournament for the vacant WOW Tag Team Championship in which they won in the second-season finale on AXS TV on May 16, which aired on tape delay on November 23.[12]

On September 5, 2019, Diamante made her debut for Empower Wrestling and defeated Gemma Cross in first round to determine Empower Wrestling's first champion.[13]

However, she was defeated by Nicole Savoy on September 26, 2019, and was eliminated in the semi-final of the tournament.[14]

Impact Wrestling (2017–2019)

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Zuniga joined Impact Wrestling as part of The Latin American Xchange in March 2017, and made her debut along with the rest of the group on the March 23 episode of Impact Wrestling under the ring name Diamante.[15] On the April 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, Diamante made her in-ring debut, participating in a gauntlet match to become number one contender for the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Championship, but was eliminated by Brandi Rhodes. During their feud with Alberto El Patron, she and Homicide (LAX) beat El Hijo on July 20.[16][unreliable source] In July 2017, Diamante suffered a knee injury and underwent surgery to repair her left ACL and was out of action for the rest of the year. She returned to Impact on the August 25, 2018, episode of Xplosion in a match against Su Yung, but then was released on January 28, 2019.[17]

In the spring of 2019, Diamante fully recovered from her injury and began wrestling on the American independent scene again.[18]

All Elite Wrestling (2020–present)

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Diamante made her All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in-ring debut on the 16th episode of AEW Dark on January 15, 2020. The event, on the campus of the University of Miami Hurricanes, was a singles match between herself and Big Swole, which she lost. Diamante made her Dynamite debut on July 22, 2020, with a win over Ivelisse. This victory would earn her a non-title match against the AEW Women's Champion Hikaru Shida, however, Diamante was unsuccessful.

Diamante would begin teaming with Ivelisse in the AEW Women's Tag Team Cup Tournament after they were paired together in The Deadly Draw. The team would advance to the finals after defeating Dasha Gonzalez and Rachael Ellering in the first round, and Anna Jay and Tay Conti in the semi-finals. They would ultimately win the tournament defeating The Nightmare Sisters (Allie and Brandi Rhodes) in the finals. Diamante and Ivelisse would again team up on the November 24, 2020, episode of Dark, defeating Lady Frost and "Bionic Beast" Jenna.[19]

In July 2023, it was reported that Diamante signed a full-time deal with AEW.[5]

Ring of Honor (2023–present)

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Diamante made her Ring of Honor (ROH) debut, AEW's sister promotion, on the April 27, 2023, episode of ROH on Honor Club, in a losing effort against Skye Blue.[20] Following her debut, Diamante was on a start of a winning streak, defeating different competitors such as Teal Piper[21] and Trish Adora.[22] However, on the June 22nd episode of ROH, Diamante lost to Leila Grey, after Grey's manager Mark Sterling distracted Diamante.[23] The following week, Diamante defeated Grey in a rematch.[24]

On August 1, 2023, it was announced that Diamante will be taking on Athena for the ROH Women's World Championship.[25] During this match Diamante was not successful.[26]

On February 14, 2024 Diamante entered the inaugural ROH Women's World Television Championship tournament where she defeated Kiera Hogan in the first round.[27] During the second round of the ROH Women's World Television Championship tournament Diamante lost to Billie Starkz.[28]

Other media

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Zuniga played the part of Ava Hernandez in Len Kabasinski's 2022 film Pact of Vengeance which also stars Leo Fong.[29]

Personal life

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On July 20, 2019, it was announced that Diamante is in a relationship with fellow professional wrestler Kiera Hogan.[30]

Diamante's younger brother is also a professional wrestler, performing as KC Navarro.[31]

Championships and accomplishments

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References

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