In a post on WWE.com, four new women have been added to the WWE Performance Center’s roster, three of whom are independent standouts. The four reported to Orlando this week to begin training. The four new women are:
Kimber Lee (real name Kimberly Frankele) has competed for six years on the independent circuit. She is the only female to have held the CHIKARA Grand Championship, and has won gold with Shine Wrestling and SHIMMER Women Athletes. Along with her wrestling credentials, she has also earned a degree in dance and was a ballerina. She did make an appearance on NXT television, working a match with Ember Moon.
Heidi Lovelace (real name Dori Prange) is also someone with extensive independent experience. She has competed in the independent scene here in the United States, but also in Japan where she worked for World Wonder Ring Stardom. She and Kimber Lee have been rivals on the independent scene.
Andrea (real name Mary Kate Duignan Glidewell), a product of the Team 3D Academy run by Bubba Ray and Devon Dudley, is a ten year veteran of the independent scene. She has worked all over the world, and has teamed with and faced Japanese legends Aja Kong and Kyoko Inoue.
Juila Ho is the fourth woman listed in the release. Ho has mixed martial arts experience, competing in smaller MMA promotions and having won both of her fights that I could find record of. She also has modeling experience and is a singer as well.
Bill Says: WWE had cleaned out the developmental women pretty thoroughly when they called up the Four Horsewomen (Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch) along with Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke, and others. Kimber Lee and Heidi Lovelace especially bring immediate credentials to the NXT women’s division given their independent experience. Don’t know much about Andrea myself, and Julia Ho is a wildcard in all of this, but all four seem like they have something to contribute to the roster. We’ll see where things go with them and wish them luck.