BIOGRAPHY - ASHLEY MASSARO

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Wrestler/Valet: Ashley Massaro
Birthday: May 26, 1979
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Height & Weight: 5'5" - 112 lbs
Trained by: Christy Hemme
Debut: Summer 2005
Previous Gimmicks: Ryan McKenzie (Playboy)
Favorite Moves: The Monkey Flip
Notable Feuds: Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle, Victoria, Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Kristal Marshall

 

Ashley Massaro grew up in Babylon, New York, where her brother and father competed in amateur wrestling. She received her Bachelor

of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Business from the State University of New York.

 

Massaro initially found out about World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) 2005 Raw Diva Search when she met a WWE casting director during a swimsuit pageant. After beating the seven other chosen finalists, Massaro was declared the winner on the August 15, 2005 edition of Raw. Her winnings included $250,000 and a one year contract with WWE.

A week later on Raw, Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson attacked Massaro after pretending to welcome her to Raw. Candice Michelle and Wilson were soon joined by Victoria in their feud with Massaro. Victoria defeated Massaro in her in-ring debut match. Massaro was later joined by the returning Trish Stratus, who helped Massaro fend off attacks from the three Divas. The pair defeated the trio—who became known as the Ladies in Pink (and later Vince's Devils)—on several occasions including at Unforgiven and at WWE Homecoming in a 3-on-2 Bra and Panties match.

 

She has competed in Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageants and was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in August 2004. She has appeared in FHM, Stuff, Maxim, and on the cover of Playboy after joining WWE, though she had previously posed for Playboy in 2003 and 2004 under the pseudonym Ryan Mackenzie. Massaro tried out for Playboy scouts when they were searching for models for The 50th Anniversary Playmate Hunt. She appeared in the accompanying pictorial in the December 2003. In addition, she has appeared in both Femme Fatale and Flex magazines.

 

She continued to wrestle in WWE matches through the rest of 2005 and was involved in the annual Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for her first shot at the WWE Women's Championship. Massaro eliminated Candice Michelle before being eliminated by Victoria. At New Year's Revolution in January, Massaro won the first ever Bra and Panties Gauntlet match by being the final Diva left still wearing her clothes. Following WWE tradition, to please the fans, she removed them herself before making her exit.

Through the early part of 2006, Massaro became the victim of a series of attacks from Mickie James. At the Royal Rumble, James defeated Massaro with then Women's Champion, Trish Stratus, as the special guest referee. Massaro got her revenge one week later by pinning James in the rematch on Raw. During the February 20, 2006 edition of Raw, however, Massaro suffered a fractured left fibula while being eliminated from the Women's Battle Royal, and her feud with James was cut short. She underwent surgery to insert a five-inch metal plate and eight screws into her leg. During her recovery, Massaro still occasionally appeared on Raw as part of the Stratus/James feud, albeit in a non-active role.

 

She returned to television on June 2, 2006, now on SmackDown!, as a special guest commentator during the Kristal Marshall versus Jillian Hall match. Massaro later aligned herself with Hall, and they feuded with Michelle McCool and Marshall. Massaro won her SmackDown! debut match on July 21, when she teamed up with Hall to defeat McCool and Marshall. At The Great American Bash, Massaro won the Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match by removing all of her opponents clothing. On the August 4 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro broke her knuckle in a match against Marshall.

 

Massaro recovered from her injury and returned to the ring on the September 8, 2006 edition of SmackDown! where she, Paul London, and Brian Kendrick defeated Idol Stevens, K.C. James and Michelle McCool in a Six-Person Mixed Tag Team match. Following the victory, Massaro became the valet for London and Kendrick, accompanying them to the ring for their matches on SmackDown! and pay-per-views.

 

During the February 16, 2007 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro unveiled her Playboy cover. Surrounding the release of the magazine, Massaro engaged in a feud with Jillian Hall, who was jealous over the attention Massaro received due to the Playboy cover.[6] At No Way Out, Massaro won the first ever Diva Invitational by removing her top to reveal her breasts which were covered with Playboy bunny pasties. Massaro also began a feud with then WWE Women's Champion, Raw's Melina, who was angry over the publicity Massaro had been receiving because of the cover. On an episode of SmackDown!, the rivalry was taken to the next level when a catfight broke out between the Divas on the inaugural edition of Miz TV. At WrestleMania 23, Melina defeated Massaro in a LumberJill match to retain her title.

 

In February 2007, Massaro and Glenn "Kane" Jacobs filmed an episode of the CW's Smallville that aired on March 22, 2007. In April 2007, Massaro also appeared as a guest on Fuse TV's show The Sauce. On April 20, 2007, Massaro and several other Divas filmed Timbaland's video, "Throw It on Me" featuring The Hives. In 2008, she appeared in Rev Theory's video for "Hell Yeah."

 

Massaro was a contestant on CBS's Survivor: China, which was the fifteenth season of the show, in 2007 Massaro approached the WWE with the idea of doing the show, and after going through the casting process, she found out she made the show ten days before she had to leave for China to film. Prior to the experience, Massaro had never been camping before, so to train for the show she had to get used to being outside. She was assigned to the Zhan Hu tribe in the first episode and quickly began quarreling with fellow contestant Dave Cruser. In the second episode, Massaro was voted off after six days with a 6–1 vote.

 

After WrestleMania, Massaro continued as a valet for WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. In storyline, on the April 13 episode of SmackDown!, Massaro was attacked by Jillian Hall. In reality, Massaro had loosened a screw in her ankle, which had been inserted the previous year after she legitimately fractured her tibia and fibula while in a battle royal. Massaro returned, but it was short lived when on the June 8 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro was suspended indefinitely after accidentally spilling Mr. McMahon's coffee on him. In reality, Massaro was taking time off to participate on the show - CBS's Survivor: China in 2007. She claims that she approached WWE with the idea of doing the show, and after going through the casting process, she found out she made the show ten days before she had to leave for China to film. Prior to the experience, Massaro had never been camping before, so to train for the show she had to get used to being outside. She was assigned to the Zhan Hu tribe in the first episode and quickly began quarreling with fellow contestant Dave Cruser. In the second episode, Massaro was voted off after six days with a 6–1 vote.

 

Massaro returned to WWE TV on January 7, 2008 to the Raw brand, winning a Divas Lingerie Pillow Fight against Maria, Jillian Hall, Melina, and Mickie James. Massaro replaced Candice Michelle, who was out with an injury, in the Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjack match at WrestleMania XXIV alongside Maria, losing to Beth Phoenix and Melina. Massaro also participated in a 12 Diva Tag Team match at Backlash, but her team lost. Massaro was released from her WWE contract on July 9, 2008. A week prior to her release, she announced that she had asked to be let go from her contract due to her daughter being sick.

 

Ashley began a storyline with Maria and Santino Marella at the January 21, 2008 episode of Raw, attempting to convince Maria to pose for Playboy but was interrupted by Marella. At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Ashley again attempted to convince Maria by telling her that Hugh Hefner wanted her to pose for Playboy before Maria could answer Marella interrupted and objected to the proposal. Ashley would then beat down Marella's surprise Big Dick Johnson when he attempted to perform a strip tease. At the No Way Out pay-per-view, Ashley would appear with Maria in a segment at the Playboy Manison. On the March 24, 2008 episode of Raw, Ashley interfered in the match between Maria and Melina. After the match, Santino Marella came down to the ring so Jerry “The King” Lawler (whom was tired of Marella's actions over previous weeks) knocked Santino out of the ring. Which set up the six person mixed-tag-team match, in which they lost to Marella, Melina and Phoenix. Massaro replaced Candice Michelle, who was out with an injury, in the Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjack match at WrestleMania XXIV teaming up with Maria, losing to Beth Phoenix and Melina after the interference from Marella.

 

On the April 14 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Maria in a losing effort to the team of Melina and Hall in a tag-team match. Massaro also participated in a 12 wrestler Tag Team match at Backlash, where Phoenix pinned her to get the win for her team. On the April 28 episode of Raw, Ashley competed in her last match by teaming up with Michelle McCool, Cherry, Kelly Kelly, Maria and James in a winning effort defeating Layla, Melina, Phoenix, Natalya, Hall and Victoria. Massaro was released from her WWE contract on July 9, 2008. A week prior to her release, she announced that she had asked to be let go from her contract due to her daughter being sick.

 

Massaro has also hosted several E! channel Wild On! episodes and appeared on Breaking Bonaduce as Danny Bonaduce 's personal trainer. Massaro has guest starred on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition alongside WWE Superstars John Cena and Batista. In addition, she has appeared in campaign ads for both Hawaiian Tropic and Yamaha.

 

Massaro previously dated fellow wrestler Matt Hardy. Afterward, she dated wrestler Paul London. Massaro has one daughter.

 

In May 2008, Rolling Stone alleged that Massaro was employed by a Los Angeles escort agency, which was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.] On her MySpace page, Massaro said she was "beyond upset" and urged fans "don't believe it for a second." Although another bikini model named Ashley Massaro surfaced during the allegations, Rolling Stone stood by its story.

 

She has several tattoos, including a black and pink nautical star on the back of both of her elbows; a pink and red dragon surrounding kanji lettering that translates to 'Trust No One' going down the right side of her torso; symbols on the small of her lower back; and a butterfly on her right hip. She also has several piercings, including a 'Monroe' (a piercing near the upper lip that resembles a beauty mark) and 'Snakebites' (a piercing on each side of the lower lip).

 

In November 2016, Massaro joined a class action lawsuit against WWE, litigated by Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against them, alleging that the company concealed risks of injury which caused them neurological damage. Massaro also alleges that she was sexually assaulted at a US military base during a WWE tour of Kuwait and that WWE apologized but persuaded her not to report it to the appropriate authorities.

 

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