Kris Statlander

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Kris Statlander
Statlander in 2022
Birth nameKristen Stadtlander
Born (1995-08-07) August 7, 1995 (age 28)[1]
West Islip, New York, U.S.[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Kris Stadtlander[1]
  • Kris Statlander
  • Kristen[1]
  • Liza Viero[1]
Billed from
Trained by
DebutNovember 2016[4]

Kristen Stadtlander[1] (born August 7, 1995) is an American professional wrestler. She is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where she performs under the ring name Kris Statlander and is a former one-time AEW TBS Champion.

Early life

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Statlander was born in West Islip, New York on Long Island.[1] She attended college in New Jersey, but left after one year to train as a stunt double at Hollywood Stunts in Brooklyn, New York.[5][3]

Professional wrestling career

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Training; early career (2016–2019)

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Statlander began her professional wrestling training under Pat Buck and Brian Myers at the Create A Pro Wrestling Academy in Hicksville, New York in 2016.[6] Statlander later became the first female graduate of the academy.[7] She made her professional wrestling debut in November 2016, initially under the ring name "Liza Verio".[8][4] Statlander made an appearance for WWE on an episode of SmackDown Live that aired on April 9, 2019, teaming with Karissa, named "The Brooklyn Belles", in a losing effort against the then-WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.[9] In June that same year, she competed at an event for the promotion Beyond Wrestling in an intergender match against Joey Janela in a losing effort.[10]

All Elite Wrestling (2019–present)

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Best Friends (2019–2022)

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Statlander in February 2019

Statlander made her debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on November 19, 2019, competing in a tag team match alongside Big Swole against Riho and Britt Baker on Dark, where Statlander and Swole were defeated.[11] In December, AEW announced that Statlander had signed with the promotion.[12] Following her signing, she defeated Baker on the December 18 episode of Dynamite to become the No. 1 contender for the AEW Women's World Championship.[13][14] Statlander competed against Riho for the AEW Women's World title on the January 8, 2020, episode of Dynamite, where she was defeated due to interferences by Brandi Rhodes, Awesome Kong, Mel, and the debuting Luther.[15] She received another opportunity to compete for the title on February 29, 2020, at Revolution, this time against new champion Nyla Rose, where she was once again defeated.[16] In June 2020, Statlander suffered an ACL injury in her left leg during an episode of Dynamite.[17]

Statlander returned from injury alongside Trent Beretta on March 31, 2021, helping Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy defeat Miro and Kip Sabian on Dynamite.[18] In September at All Out, she challenged Baker for the AEW Women's World Championship but was unsuccessful.[19] In November, Statlander–along with Trent, Taylor, Cassidy, and Wheeler Yuta–joined the New Japan Pro-Wrestling-based stable Chaos.[20] In August 2022, Statlander suffered a completely torn ACL and lateral meniscus in her right leg during a match on Dark and stated she would need take time out to recover.[21]

TBS Champion; partnership with Willow Nightingale (2023–2024)

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Statlander returned at Double or Nothing in May 2023, appearing after a match between then-AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill and Taya Valkyrie in which Cargill retained her title. She answered Cargill's open challenge to an impromptu match and won, ending Cargill's 60-match undefeated streak and obtaining the AEW TBS Championship.[22] Over the coming months, Statlander would defend the championship against the likes of Nyla Rose, Anna Jay, Taya Valkyrie among others.[23][24][25][26] At All Out she succsessfully defended the championship against Ruby Soho,[27] and against a returning Jade Cargill on the September 13 episode of Rampage.[28] Statlander soon began a feud with Julia Hart, which also involved Skye Blue and Willow Nightingale, which led to a match at WrestleDream against Hart, in which Statlander successfully defended the AEW TBS Championship.[29] Statlander would go on to successfully defend the championship against Blue on the October 14 episode of Collision and against Nightingale at Battle of the Belts VIII.[30][31] At Full Gear Statlander lost the AEW TBS Championship to Hart, in a match also involving Skye Blue, which ended when Hart pinned Blue, ending her reign at 174 days.[32] After the loss, Stokely Hathaway would seek a parternship with Statlander and Nightingale, although at first he was turned away, his offer was later accepted.[33] On the Worlds End: Zero Hour show, which took place in both women's native New York, Statlander was defeated by Nightingale.[34] At Revolution 2024: Zero Hour on March 3, Statlander and Nightingale defeated Blue and Hart.[35]

Continued partnership with Stokely Hathaway (2024-present)

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On May 26 at Double or Nothing, After Nightingale was defeated by Mercedes Moné, Stokely Hathaway berated Nightingale until Statlander pushed him over, seemingly terminating his role as their manager. Moments later, on the ramp Statlander attacked Nightingale and aligned herself with Hathaway once again, revealing the prior events to be a ruse.[36] As a result of the attack Statlander turned heel for the first time since her time on the independent circuit.[37] Statlander competed in the Owen Hart Cup, defeating Nyla Rose in the first round but lost to Nightingale in the second.[38][39]

Professional wrestling style and persona

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Statlander originally employed an alien gimmick,[40] which she attributed to her being "a big science nerd".[41] Under this character, she was nicknamed "The Galaxy's Greatest Alien" and billed as having come from the Andromeda Galaxy.[2][14] Statlander changed her gimmick in 2022 since she felt that with the previous gimmick "I was never really being fully taken seriously", calling the previous character as "too fun, too lovable, I guess, too goofy and easygoing".[42]

Statlander uses a 450° splash and an inverted piledriver as finishers, respectively called Area 451 and the Big Bang Theory. With her change in gimmick, Big Bang Theory was renamed Friday Night Fever, or Wednesday Night Fever and Saturday Night Fever depending what night of the week the finisher takes place on, referencing the song "More Than a Woman" by the Bee Gees, which she had used as her theme early in her career.[43][44]

Personal life

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Stadtlander is a vegetarian.[45] She was formerly in a relationship with independent wrestler Mason Burnett, who is best known as Caleb Konley.[46][47]

Stadtlander is a licensed massage therapist.[48]

Other media

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She appeared as an uncredited stuntwoman extra in the series finale of MTV's Ladylike in 2016.[49] In 2019, she provided motion capture for WWE 2K20.[50] In 2022, Statlander along with Orange Cassidy and Chuck Taylor appeared in the third season of Netflix's Floor is Lava.[51]

Filmography

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Television
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Ladylike Uncredited; stuntwoman Series finale[52]
2021 Rhodes to the Top Herself
2022 Floor Is Lava Herself
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2020-2022 Being The Elite Herself Series regular
Video game appearances
Year Title Notes
2019 WWE 2K20 Motion capture only;[53] credited as "Kristen Stadtlander"
2023 AEW Fight Forever

Championships and accomplishments

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Statlander was Beyond Wrestling's Treasure Hunter tournament winner in 2019
Statlander as IndependentWrestling.TV's "Independent Wrestling Champion"

Luchas de Apuestas record

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Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Ashley Vox and Kris Statlander (career) Jeremy Leary and Skylar (hair) Portland, Maine Limitless Know Your Enemy September 6, 2019

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