Barbie Blank is an American model, professional wrestler and professional wrestling valet, better known by her former ring name Kelly Kelly. She is best known for her time with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). As a child, Blank was a fan of professional wrestling and cites Stone Cold Steve Austin as her favorite wrestler. She describes Trish Stratus as her inspiration in wrestling. Blank has a background in gymnastics and cheerleading. She studied broadcast journalism, hoping to become a television anchor and worked as a model for Venus Sportswear and Hawaiian Tropic.
In 2006, Blank was signed to a contract by WWE and sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, a WWE developmental territory. She debuted on the ECW brand in June 2006 as ‘Kelly Kelly’, with the character of an exhibitionist and performing a striptease. She continued her stripteases, in a segment known as Kelly’s Exposé, weekly on ECW, and also became the valet of her on-screen boyfriend Mike Knox. The following year, she formed Extreme Exposé with Layla and Brooke Adams and the trio performed regular dance segments on ECW. They later became involved in a storyline wit The Miz, which led to the dissolution of the group. Kelly then began participating in more wrestling matches, and was moved to the Raw brand in July 2008. Throughout the next year, she unsuccessfully challenged for the WWE Divas Championship on several occasions, before moving to Smackdown in early 2010. There she challenged ‘LayCool’ for the WWE Women’s Championship but was unsuccessful. In April 2011, Kelly returned to the Raw brand, where she won the WWE Divas Championship for the first time in June. Kelly lost the title to Beth Phoenix in October, ending her four-month reign.
In 2011, Blank was ranked #82 in Maxim Magazine’s ‘Hot 100′. Blank was later featured on both the front and back covers of Maxim in December 2011. In 2012, Blank ranked #38 in Maxim’s ‘Hot 100′. Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked her #15 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2011. In early 2012, Kelly participated in several tag team matches. At Wrestlemania XXVIII in April 2012, Kelly and Maria Menounos, host of TV’s ‘EXTRA’, defeated Beth Phoenix and Eve in a tag team match. In June 2012, WWE granted Kelly a period of time off and she returned on RAW on August 6th defeating Eve in singles matches. On September 28, 2012, Blank was released from her contract. Blank stated she needed time off to heal a neck injury and had plans to model.
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Appearing All Three Days (April 17,18 & 19)
NAME: BARBIE BLANK
KNOWN FOR: Kelly Kelly on WWE, RAW, Smackdown
WEBSITE: Barbie Blank Twitter
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