Zoey Stark

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Zoey Stark
Birth nameTheresa Serrano
Born (1994-01-25) January 25, 1994 (age 30)
Salt Lake City, Utah U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Lacey Ryan
Serrano
Zoey Stark[1]
Billed height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Billed weight140 lb (64 kg)[1]
Billed fromLas Vegas, Nevada
Trained byAllison Danger
Cheerleader Melissa
Tom Howard[1]
Derrick Hubbard
Sinn Bodhi
DebutJune 8, 2013[1]

Theresa Serrano (born January 25, 1994)[2] is an American professional wrestler. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Zoey Stark. She is a former one-time NXT Women's Tag Team Champion with Io Shirai.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2013–2021)[edit]

On June 8, 2013, Serrano made her debut at Vendetta Pro Wrestling, losing to Hudson Envy.[3] On November 16, 2013, she entered under the ring name Lacey Ryan and won her first match against Larry Butabi. During this time, she also won the UCW-Zero Ultra-X Championship. She was able to keep this until January 25, 2014, when she lost it to The Durango Kid. On March 22, she wrestled her last wrestling match for the time being. Ryan celebrated her comeback on August 16, 2018. She wrestled a match against Thunder Rosa, but this ended in a no contest. On May 23, 2019, she wrestled a match against Alex Gracia under the ring name Serrano, which she was able to win. On September 29, she won the FSW Women's Championship, defeating Taya Valkyrie for the title.[4] Ryan held the title until November 20, 2020, when she lost it to Mazzerati.[5]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2021–2023)[edit]

On January 20, 2021, it was announced that Serrano had signed a contract with WWE.[6] On the January 29 episode of 205 Live, Serrano, now renamed Zoey Stark, made her debut as Marina Shafir's tag team partner in the Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, losing to Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart in the first round.[7] On the February 17 episode of NXT, she made her NXT debut, defeating Valentina Feroz.[8] On the February 24 episode of NXT, she lost to NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai in a non-title match. After the match, Shirai embraced Stark, establishing Stark as a face. At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Stark defeated Toni Storm.[9] At The Great American Bash, Stark and Shirai defeated The Way (Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell) to win the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.[10] They lost the titles to Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) at Halloween Havoc in a triple-threat tag team Scareway To Hell Ladder Match, also involving Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta.[11] On the November 2 episode of NXT, Stark was attacked backstage by Jayne and Dolin. This was used to write her off television as she suffered a legitimate torn ACL, MCL and meniscus at Halloween Havoc which required surgery.[12][13]

On the July 19, 2022, episode of NXT, Stark made her return from injury in the 20-Woman Battle Royal for the Number One Contendership for the NXT Women's Championship in a winning effort.[14] On the November 8 episode of NXT, Stark and Nikkita Lyons failed to win the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship from Kayden Carter and Katana Chance. After the match, Stark attacked Lyons, turning heel for the first time in her career.[15] On January 28, 2023, Stark entered her first Royal Rumble match at #13 lasting 26:34, scoring no eliminations before being eliminated by Sonya Deville.

Raw (2023–present)[edit]

As part of the 2023 WWE Draft, Stark was drafted to the Raw brand.[16] On the May 8 episode of Raw, Stark made her main roster debut, defeating Nikki Cross.[17] At Night of Champions, Stark assisted Trish Stratus in her match against Becky Lynch by hitting her finisher, the Z-360, allowing Stratus to defeat Lynch.[18] On the June 5 episode of Raw, Stark defeated Natalya to qualify for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match.[19] At the Money in the Bank in London, England, Stark worked with Stratus throughout the namesake match to prevent Lynch from winning, including a failed attempt to restrain Lynch with handcuffs. Stratus, Stark and Lynch were defeated when Stark's former tag team partner Iyo Sky captured the Money in the Bank briefcase.[20]

Stark, being accompanied by Stratus, wrestled her first main event match on the main roster on the August 28 episode of Raw in a falls count anywhere match against Lynch. Stark accidentally struck Stratus through a table, which allowed Lynch to put Stark through another table to win the match.[21] At Payback, Stark aided Stratus in the latter's steel cage match against Lynch in a failing effort. Stark then ended her alliance with Stratus when Stratus slapped and berated her after the match, which prompted her to attack Stratus in retaliation, turning Stark face for the first time on the main roster.[22][23]

On the September 4 episode of Raw, Stark lost to Shayna Baszler by technical submission after passing out to Baszler's Kirifuda Clutch. After the match, Baszler gave praise to Stark's toughness.[24] In the following week, Stark ran out to save Baszler when Baszler was attacked by Chelsea Green and Piper Niven after Baszler's match with Green.[25] At Crown Jewel, Stark failed to win the Women's World Championship from Rhea Ripley in a fatal-five way match also involving Raquel Rodriguez, Nia Jax and Baszler, who Ripley pinned to retain the title.[26] On the following episode of Raw, Stark won a battle royal for a Women's World Championship match against Ripley at Survivor Series: WarGames on November 25 but failed to win the title.[27][28] At Raw: Day 1 on January 1, 2024, Stark teamed up with Baszler for the first time to defeat Tegan Nox and Natalya to become the number 1 contender for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.[29] On the May 6 episode of Raw, Stark would compete in the Queen of the Ring tournament, where she defeated Ivy Nile in the first round.[30]

Other media[edit]

Serrano made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K23.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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