BIOGRAPHY - NITRO GIRLS

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The Nitro Girls were formed in 1997 by Kimberly Page at Eric Bischoff's request and made their debut on July 14 in Orlando, Florida. Their main

focus was to entertain the live fans during the commercials of Monday Nitro. They also occasionally performed in short segments on the show.

 

During the Nitro Girls’ opening dance routine on the October 7, 1997 edition of WCW Monday Nitro from the Target Center in Minneapolis, one of

Chae’s nipples accidentally popped out of her top. Cameras immediately cut to a shot of the live audience. Predating Janet Jackson's 2004 Super

Bowl wardrobe malfunction, this incident was frequently known as the "Nitro Nipple." The Nitro Girls filmed their own pay-per-view that aired in 1999.

 

In late 1999, the group held a competition to find a new member. In November, Stacy Keibler defeated 300 other girls for a spot on the dance troupe

and $10,000. Her winning routine was watched by 4.4 million viewers.

 

The Nitro Girls also made appearances at WCW promotional events and were featured in the WCW produced film Ready to Rumble. As the group became more and more involved in storylines, it slowly dissolved, but never officially broke up until 2001 when WCW was sold to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation.

 

When Kimberly Page, the group's founder quit as a result of being stalked by a wrestler, the heel and face Nitro Girls began to feud. Spice feuded with A.C. Jazz over the new leadership position and won. After Jazz left the group, Tygress attempted to gain control.

 

Several former Nitro Girls formed a pop music group called Diversity 5: Teri Byrne (Fyre), Melissa Bellin (Spice), Sharmell Sullivan (Storm), Chae An (Chae) and Vanessa Sanchez (Tygress). When Sharmell went to the WWF for the first time, Chiquita Anderson (Chiquita) replaced her. The D5 group released one cd single (I Promise/Shake Me Up) in 2001, but by the following year the group bottomed out when they appeared on the Fox reality show "30 seconds to fame" on October 31 2002 and were promptly voted off.

 

...Members...

 

AC Jazz - Amy Crawford - 1997–1999
Born April 1, 1971 in Douglasville, Georgia was a graduate of Jacksonville State University and was a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons for two years before joining the dance team. One of the original members of the Nitro Girls, Crawford initially handling the dance team's choreography and costume design. Crawford left the company due to disagreements with WCW management and her role was eventually taken over by Tygress. She subsequently returned to run a dance company.

 

Baby - Shannon McNeill - 2000
Born on September 15, 1976 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, McNeill graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in special education and was a member of the Honeybees before joining the Nitro Girls in 2000. During her time in WCW, she and Nitro Girl Chameleon were valets for "Champagne" Chris Kanyon. She eventually left the Nitro Girls and returned to college before the end of the year.

 

Beef - Rhonda Sing - 1999–2000
Singh competed in the women's division in WCW from 1999–2000 and made a couple appearances with the Nitro Girls as "Nitro Girl Beef" for comedic relief.
See also separate bio.

 

Chae - Chae An - 1997–2001
Born June 8, 1973 in Seoul, South Korea graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia with a General Studies degree. She went on to become a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons and became a member of the original Nitro Girls in 1997. She was a member until 2000. Chae was infamous for her affair with Kevin Nash and her accidental “nip slip” during a dance routine on a Nitro in 1997 from Minneapolis. As she was dancing her breast popped out of her top just enough where you could see her nipple. Cameras immediately moved away from her and did a pan over the live crowd.She appeared in a non-nude Nitro Girls pictorial in the September 1998 issue of Penthouse, along with Melissa Bellin, Teri Byrne, and Kimberly Page. She got married on October 27, 2007. The couple had their second child in October 2010.

 

Chameleon - Carmel Macklin - 2000
Born March 2, 1976 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , Macklin graduated from Temple University with a degree in Psychology. She debuted in WCW in 1999 as a member of the Nitro Girls dance squad, under the name Chameleon. She occasionally accompanied Chris Kanyon (during his "Champagne" Chris Kanyon gimmick) to the ring as his valet with Nitro Girl Baby. In 2000, she left the Nitro Girls and became the valet for Ernest Miller as Ms. Jones. She would dance along with Miller in his post match dance routine. She also acted as Miller's assistant when he was WCW Commissioner. She and Miller defeated Major Gunns and Lance Storm in a mixed tag team match in her only wrestling match on the December 18th edition of "Nitro." She was last seen taking a "Buff Blockbuster" from Buff Bagwell. She was cut shortly afterward, when WCW made a decision to release most of the valets. After leaving WCW she became an actress and appeared in her first movie, Love & Orgasms, in 2003 and began pursuing an acting career in New York. She starred in various independent films, off Broadway theater and TV commercials. Carmel is also featured in commercial print ads in major magazines around the country. Not wanting her athleticism to go to waste, she also began a stunt career, working on major movie productions in New York City.

 

Chiquita - Chiquita Anderson - 2000–2001
Born on November 22, 1974, Anderson graduated from Philadelphia University of the Arts with an associate's degree in Dance. After the Nitro Girls were disbanded, Anderson then became part of the pop music group Diversity 5 with other former Nitro Girls when Sharmell Sullivan left the group. She was part of the short-lived Xtreme Wrestling Federation's X-Girls in 2001 with Stephanie Bellars and Kristina Laum.

 

Fyre - Teri Byrne - 1997–1999
See separate bio.

 

Gold - Diane Klimaszewski - 2000
See separate bio.

 

Kimberly - Kimberly Page - 1997–1999
See separate bio.

 

Naught-A - Jamie Cragwell - 2000–2001
Born in Nashville, Tennessee on June 1, 1975, she was one of the last members of the Nitro Girls before the promotion's close.

 

Silver - Elaine Klimaszewski 2000
See separate bio.

 

Skye - Stacy Keibler - 1999
The winner of the 1999 Nitro Girl Search, Keibler later joined WWE as a diva.
See also separate bio.

 

Spice - Melissa Bellin - 1997–2000
Born May 29, 1973, she was one of the original Nitro Girls.
It was rumored that a married Rey Mysterio had a torrid affair with Spice while on the road. The talk became so strong, WCW booked it as an angle using Tygress (Vanessa Sanchez) in place of Spice.
See separate bio.

 

Starr - Jennifer Bancalum - 2000–2001
Birth Name: Jennifer Bancalum
Date Of Birth: April 28, 1974 (Age 40)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Grover Beach, California

Storm - Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman - 1998–1999
After leaving the Nitro Girls, Sullivan managed The Artist under the name Paisley. Sullivan is married to Booker T and is recently worked in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
See also separate bio.

 

Syren - Allison Pfau - 2000–2001
Real Name:Allison Pfau
Height: 5'3
Hair: Red
Eyes: Blue
Birthday: May 4
Sign: Taurus
Hometown: Bensalem, PA
Marital Status: Single
Previous Jobs: Waitress, bartender, dancer for the Philadelphia 76ers.
She was involved in a storyline romance with Billy Kidman and Reno, her "boyfriend" after he broke up with Torrie Wilson and she sided with Shane Douglas.

 

Tayo - Tayo Reed - 1997–1998
Born on February 28, 1971, after leaving the group, she began a career as a country singer. Tayo Reed started entertaining as a singer at Six Flags Over Georgia, performing in the Shake, Rattle, & Soul Show. She was then chosen to be a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons and a dancer for the Atlanta Hawks. Tayo also opened Tayo Reed's International Academy of Dance in Riverdale, Georgia. She now performs with the Tayo Reed Band, whose information read: "The Band Leader, Ms. Tayo Reed has performed many years with the God Father of Soul, the Legendary, Mr. James Brown and LA Reid, on the TV show "The X Factor". She is also a former World Championship Wrestling (WCW), "Nitro Girl" former NFL Falcon's Cheerleader and former NBA Atlanta Hawks Dancer. The Tayo Reed Band was influence by one of the greatest bands in the world called the JB's conducted by Mr. James Brown. The Tayo Reed Band is highly recommended and the absolute best choice for your next event. They are simply mesmerizing and phenomenal. This capivating, high energy, interactive band is categorized as the perfect party Dance Band, 60's Bands, 70's Bands, 80's Bands, 90's Bands, Contemporary Country/Rock Band, Cover Bands, Disco Bands, Fraternity & Sorority Bands, Funk Bands, Hip-Hop Bands, Jazz Bands, Motown Bands, Oldies Bands, R & B Bands, Soul Bands, Top 40 Bands, Variety Bands, Show Bands that play all genres and requests." 

 

Tygress - Vanessa Sanchez - 1998–2000
Born January 21, 1971 in Syosset, New York, she graduated from Oglethorpe University with a degree in accounting. She later became a certified public accountant. She joined the Nitro Girls in 1997, but left them in 2000 to become a wrestler and valet for The Filthy Animals stable. She feuded with Misfits in Action's valet Major Gunns and Torrie Wilson. At Halloween Havoc, she and Konnan defeated Wilson and Shane Douglas.
See also separate bio.

 

Whisper - Rebecca Hickenbottom (née Curci) - 1997–1999
Born June 16, 1976, Rebecca joined WCW's Nitro Girls as Whisper in October 1997. Her signature move was to put a finger to her lips at the end of each routine, in keeping with the name "Whisper". She left WCW in 1999 to marry World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Shawn Michaels and did not return. She and Michaels have two children, one son, Cameron Kade, born January 5, 2000 and a daughter, Cheyenne Michelle, born on August 19, 2004. Rebecca has appeared various times on WWE programming from WrestleMania 22 to most recently No Way Out 2009.