Julia Hart (wrestler)

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Julia Hart
Hart in December 2022
Birth nameJulia Rose Hart
Born (2001-11-08) November 8, 2001 (age 22)[1]
Cambridge, Minnesota, U.S.
Spouse(s)Lee Johnson (m. 2023)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Julia
  • Julia Hart
Billed height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Billed weight149 lb (68 kg)[1]
Billed fromBloomington, Minnesota
Trained byThe Academy SOPW
Ken Anderson
Nightmare Factory
Cody Rhodes
Q. T. Marshall
DebutNovember 22, 2019[1]

Julia Rose Hart (born November 8, 2001) is an American professional wrestler and former cheerleader. She is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). She is a member of the House of Black stable and is a former AEW TBS Champion. With the title win, she became the youngest champion in AEW history at the age of 22.

Background

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Growing up in Minnesota, Hart was a competitive cheerleader for a period of six years.[2][3] However, by the time she had graduated from High School, she had become bored and frustrated with it.[4] Feeling that she had already accomplished everything she could within the world of cheerleading, Hart sought to transition to professional wrestling, believing that it could offer her a long-term career.[3]

Professional wrestling career

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Training (2019–2021)

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Hart first began training at the Academy SOPW with Ken Anderson in Minnesota.[5] On November 22, 2019, Hart had her debut match against Alyna Kyle, which Hart won.[6] Hart sought additional training at the Nightmare Factory in Georgia,[3] and on March 28, 2021, at their second showcase, Hart took part in a tag match teaming with Spencer Kitz to take on Hyena Hera and Karma Dean; the two lost the match.[7]

All Elite Wrestling (2021–present)

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Varsity Blondes (2021–2022)

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Starting in May 2021, Hart began to work with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), appearing on AEW Dark and AEW Dynamite.[8][9] Recruited exceptionally early into her professional wrestling career, Hart's first ever match for AEW was only the ninth ever in her career.[10]

Hart aligned with the team of the Varsity Blondes (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison) as a cheerleader for several months and was at ringside with them for each of their matches during that time.[11] On the May 25 episode of Dark, Hart earned her first AEW win by pinning Tesha Price.[12] On the September 4 episode of Dark, Hart injured her leg, making her unable to compete in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out.[13] Hart returned to the ring on the September 28 edition of Dark (originally taped on September 11), where she faced Reka Tehaka and beat her by pinfall.[14]

House of Black and TBS Champion (2022–present)

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On the December 8, 2021, episode of Dynamite, Malakai Black spat black mist into Hart's eyes, causing her to wear an eye patch, which led to Hart showing signs of opposition to the Varsity Blondes.[15][16] On the Beach Break special edition of Rampage, Hart faced Jade Cargill in a match for the AEW TBS Championship, but lost.[17] On the April 6, 2022, episode of Dynamite, Hart participated in the Owen Hart Cup where she lost to Hikaru Shida in the qualifying round. At Double or Nothing, Hart officially joined the House of Black by helping them win against Death Triangle in a six-man tag team match, turning heel in the process.[18]

At WrestleDream on October 1, 2023, Hart challenged Kris Statlander for the AEW TBS Championship, which Hart lost, ending her 25-match winning streak.[19][20] Hart then earned another title shot at Full Gear, defeating Statlander and Skye Blue in a three-way match by pinning Blue, marking the first title win in her career[21] and becoming the youngest champion in AEW history at the age of 22.[22] At Worlds End, Hart retained her title against Abadon with help from Blue.[23]

In January 2024, Hart defended her title against Anna Jay at Battle of the Belts IX.[24] At Dynasty, she lost the title to Willow Nightingale, ending her reign at 155 days.[25] In May, it was reported Hart would go on a hiatus due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.[26][27]

Persona

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When Hart began her career in All Elite Wrestling, her character was a straightforward play on her legitimate background in cheerleading.[28] She was initially paired with Brian Pillman Jr and Griff Garrison as the "Varsity Blondes", a group of Varsity athlete characters. After joining the House of Black, Hart took on a gothic witch-like character, which has been described as "Stevie Nicks meets The Undertaker".[28]

Personal life

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Hart married fellow professional wrestler Lee Johnson on October 13, 2023.[29] She has cited AJ Lee and Alexa Bliss among her favorite wrestlers growing up.[30]

Championships and accomplishments

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Cheerleading

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  • National Cheerleading Championship (2 times)[31][32]

Professional wrestling

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References

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  2. ^ Aubrey Edwards (October 10, 2022). "Julia Hart – AEW Unrestricted Podcast". AEW Unrestricted (Podcast). Archived from the original on December 15, 2023. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Taylor Wilde (December 6, 2023). "Julia Hart". Wilde on (Podcast). Archived from the original on February 24, 2024. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  4. ^ Thompson, Andrew (July 27, 2022). "Julia Hart discusses her transition to House of Black, each group member being creative". POST Wrestling. Archived from the original on July 30, 2022. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  5. ^ "Julia Hart wrestling profile". Cagematch. Archived from the original on August 7, 2021. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "MAW Business is Business Results". Cagematch. Archived from the original on August 7, 2021. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Nightmare Factory Student Showcase 2 Results". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 16, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "AEW Dark Results: May 4 2021". Wrestling Observer. May 4, 2021. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts Results". All Elite Wrestling. May 6, 2021. Archived from the original on June 21, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  10. ^ Wannan, Jack (November 23, 2023). "Blurring In And Out of Storyline, MJF Provides Fiery Press Conference Appearance". POST Wrestling. Archived from the original on February 24, 2024. Retrieved December 14, 2023. In 2021, her ninth-ever wrestling match happened in an AEW ring.
  11. ^ "AEW Dark results: May 11 2021". Wrestling Observer. May 11, 2021. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  12. ^ "AEW Dark Results: May 25 2021". Wrestling Observer. May 25, 2021. Archived from the original on June 16, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  13. ^ "Julia Hart not clear to compete in Casino Battle Royale at All out". Fightful. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  14. ^ "AEW Dark Results: September 28 2021". Wrestling Observer. September 28, 2021. Archived from the original on September 30, 2021. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  15. ^ Clark, Ryan (December 11, 2021). "Julia Hart Says Her Sister Cried Following Black Mist Spot On AEW Dynamite". eWrestlingNews.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2023. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  16. ^ "The Subtle Brilliance Of Julia Hart's Long Term AEW Story". MSN. Archived from the original on September 20, 2022. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  17. ^ "AEW Rampage Beack Break January 28 2022 Results". allelitewrestling. January 29, 2022. Archived from the original on January 29, 2022. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  18. ^ Powell, Jason (May 29, 2022). "AEW Double Or Nothing results: Powell's live review of Hangman Page vs. CM Punk for the AEW Championship, MJF vs. Wardlow, Thunder Rosa vs. Serena Deeb for the AEW Women's Title, Owen Hart Cup tournament finals, The Hardys vs. The Young Bucks, Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus vs. Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland for the AEW Tag Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on May 31, 2022. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  19. ^ Staff, A. E. W. (October 2, 2023). "AEW WrestleDream Results". All Elite Wrestling. Archived from the original on October 2, 2023. Retrieved October 2, 2023.
  20. ^ "Julia Hart Matches". Cagematch. Archived from the original on March 6, 2023. Retrieved October 2, 2023.
  21. ^ Powell, Jason (November 18, 2023). "AEW Full Gear results: Powell's live review of MJF vs. Jay White for the AEW World Championship, Hikaru Shida vs. Toni Storm for the AEW Women's Title, Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page in a Texas Death Match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on November 19, 2023. Retrieved November 19, 2023.
  22. ^ McVey, Innes (November 19, 2023). "Julia Hart Makes AEW History; Breaks Four-Year Record At Full Gear". Inside The Ropes. Archived from the original on December 5, 2023. Retrieved December 5, 2023.
  23. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (December 30, 2023). "Julia Hart Retains AEW TBS Title With Help From Skye Blue At AEW Worlds End". Fightful. Archived from the original on January 2, 2024. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  24. ^ Kahrs, Alex (January 13, 2024). "AEW Collision/Battle of the Belts IX Results". WrestleView. Archived from the original on January 14, 2024. Retrieved January 14, 2024.
  25. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (April 21, 2024). "Willow Nightingale Wins AEW TBS Championship At AEW Dynasty, Confronted By Mercedes Mone". Fightful. Archived from the original on April 22, 2024. Retrieved April 23, 2024.
  26. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 2, 2024). "Julia Hart Undergoes Surgery". PWInsider. Archived from the original on May 29, 2024. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  27. ^ Currier, Joseph (May 3, 2024). "AEW wrestler Julia Hart undergoes shoulder surgery". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Archived from the original on May 29, 2024. Retrieved May 29, 2024.
  28. ^ a b Barber, Zack (September 30, 2023). "AEW COLLISION FEUD TRACKER: Starks-Danielson, Statlander-Julia Hart, Miro and C.J., Andrade-Bullet Club, Christian-Darby, Kevin Kelly's annoucing". Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on October 2, 2023. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  29. ^ Johnson, Mike (October 16, 2023). "AEW Stars Married, Dave Brown in Memphis, Kingston Promises UK Return, Serena and More AEW Notes". PWInsider. Archived from the original on July 3, 2024. Retrieved July 3, 2024.
  30. ^ Tessier, Colin (January 13, 2024). "Julia Hart: AJ Lee and Alexa Bliss Were My Two Favorites Growing Up, I Piggyback off them Sometimes". Fightful. Archived from the original on January 13, 2024. Retrieved February 13, 2024.
  31. ^ "2-time National Cheerleading Champion Julia Hart goes one on one with Penelope Ford". All Elite Wrestling Twitter. Archived from the original on June 18, 2021. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  32. ^ Russell, Skylar (June 8, 2023). "Julia Hart Says Training At Nightmare Factory Led To Her Opportunity With AEW". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 9, 2023. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  33. ^ "TBS Championship History". All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Archived from the original on November 19, 2023. Retrieved November 19, 2023.
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