Izzi Dame

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Izzi Dame
Birth nameFranki Carissa Strefling[1]
Born (1999-07-13) July 13, 1999 (age 24)
Buchanan, Michigan, U.S.[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Izzi Dame
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Billed weight143 lb (65 kg)[4]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutMay 19, 2023

Franki Carissa Strefling (born July 13, 1999) is an American professional wrestler and former professional volleyball player. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs under the ring name Izzi Dame on the NXT brand.

Early life[edit]

Strefling attended Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Management. She also played on the volleyball team as part of the Eastern Michigan University Athletics.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE (2022-present)[edit]

On November 10, 2022, Strefling was announced as having signed with WWE as part of the WWE Performance Center Fall 2022 Rookie Class.[6] She made her in-ring debut on the May 19, 2023 NXT live event, losing to Lola Vice. On the July 21 episode of NXT Level Up, now under the ring name Izzi Dame, she made her televised in-ring debut losing to Dani Palmer.[7][8]

In September, Dame was announced as an entrant in the NXT Women's Breakout Tournament. She was defeated in the first round by Kelani Jordan on the October 3 episode of NXT.[9][10] On the November 28 episode of NXT, Dame would defend Kiana James in an argument with Roxanne Perez backstage and shoved Perez which led to Perez striking her and a brawl ensuing. At NXT Deadline, she would help James defeat Perez in a Steel Cage match, forming an alliance with James and establishing herself as a heel.[11][12]

At NXT Vengeance Day, Dame and James revealed their intentions of targeting Kelani Jordan. Dame would pick her first singles win on the February 16, 2024 episode of Level Up by defeating Gigi Dolin with assistance from James. On the February 20 episode of NXT, Dame and James attempted to launch a sneak attack on Jordan but Jordan outsmarted them. The following week, Dame helped James defeat Jordan in a singles match. On the March 12 episode of NXT, Dame and James defeated Thea Hail and Fallon Henley after Henley replaced Jordan who was found laid out backstage.[13][14][15][16][17] At Stand & Deliver 2024, Dame and James teamed with Jacy Jayne against Henley, Hail, and Jordan in a losing effort.[18] In the 2024 WWE Draft, James was drafted to the Raw brand while Dame remained on NXT, thus ending their alliance.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franki Strefling Profile". Eastern Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  2. ^ "Franki Strefling Profile". Eastern Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  3. ^ "Izzi Dame Cagematch". Cagematch. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  4. ^ "Izzi Dame Cagematch". Cagematch. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  5. ^ "Franki Strefling Profile". Eastern Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  6. ^ "Meet the WWE Performance Center Fall 2022 Rookie Class". WWE.com. November 10, 2022. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  7. ^ "WWE NXT Live Results: May 19, 2023". Cagematch. May 19, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
  8. ^ "WWE NXT Level Up Results: July 21, 2023". WWE.com. July 21, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  9. ^ "The 2023 NXT Women's Breakout Tournament begins TONIGHT!". WWE.com. October 2, 2023. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  10. ^ "WWE NXT Results: October 3, 2023". WWE.com. October 3, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  11. ^ "WWE NXT Results: November 28, 2023". WWE.com. November 28, 2023. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  12. ^ "Full NXT Deadline 2023 Results". WWE.com. December 9, 2023. Retrieved March 14, 2024.
  13. ^ "WWE NXT Vengeance Day (2/4/2024) Results: Ilja Dragunov vs Trick Williams, Dusty Cup Finals, More". WWE.com. February 4, 2024. Retrieved March 19, 2024. James told Dame to keep an eye on Kelani Jordan to stop the future from becoming a reality.
  14. ^ "WWE NXT Level Up Results: February 16, 2024". WWE.com. February 16, 2024. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  15. ^ "WWE NXT Results: February 20, 2024". WWE.com. February 20, 2024. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  16. ^ "WWE NXT Results: February 27, 2024". WWE.com. February 27, 2024. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  17. ^ "WWE NXT Results: March 12, 2024". WWE.com. March 12, 2024. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  18. ^ Moore, John (April 8, 2023). "NXT Stand & Deliver results: Moore's live review of Trick Williams vs. Carmelo Hayes, Ilja Dragunov vs. Tony D'Angelo for the NXT Title, Lyra Valkyria vs. Roxanne Perez for the NXT Women's Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 8, 2023.