Former WWE Diva and current model Kelly Kelly (Barbara Blank) and TNA Knockouts Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher (Brooke Adams) are set to headline “The Big Event” on March 2 at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in East Elmshurst, N.Y.
Kelly got her start in the wrestling business in 2006, after she signed with the WWE and debuted with the ECW brand. She began performing a weekly striptease called “Kelly’s Expose”, which was routinely interrupted by her jealous on-air boyfriend Mike Knox. Kelly’s popularity quickly grew and the fan favorite joined Monday Night Raw in 2008.
The blonde-turned-brunette bombshell later spent time on Smackdown in 2010, before returning to RAW, where she would capture the WWE Diva’s Championship after being chosen by the fans to face reigning champion Brie Bella in a “Power To The People” episode of Raw in June of 2011.
Outside of wrestling, Kelly has had a successful career in modeling. She most notably appeared on the cover of Maxim magazine in December of 2011, and has appeared in the Maxim Hot 100 in both 2011 (ranking 82) and in 2012 (ranking 38).
As for James, the Virginia native spent years in the independent circuit before attracting the attention of TNA. She signed with the company in 2003. Soon after though, James was given a developmental contract with the WWE. After spending parts of three years with Ohio Valley Wrestling, she was introduced in the WWE as a crazed Trish Stratus fan. It would not be long before James would come into her own, defeating Stratus at Wrestlemania 22 in 2006 to win the WWE Women’s Championship.
James has gone on to win eight titles, and is the only wrestler to have won the WWE’s Women’s, WWE Divas, and TNA Knockout’s Championship.
Like Kelly, James has had a great deal of success outside of the ring. In 2010, James entered the music industry, releasing her first country album entitled Strangers & Angels. Recently, the TNA Knockout has released a single named “Somebody’s Gonna Pay” off of her second album, which goes by the same name. A video for the song has been shot but not yet released.
Tessmacher first got into the wrestling business when she tried out for the WWE Diva Search in 2006. She was not selected at the time, but was later given a developmental contract by the the company. She spent parts of two years with Deep South Wrestling before debuting in ECW in 2007. Tessmacher worked side-by-side with Kelly, as well as Layla, to perform “Extreme Expose”, a weekly dancing segment.
Tessmacher eventually joined TNA in 2010, first appearing as Eric Bischoff’s assistant. She later would see in-ring success, winning two TNA Women’s Knockout Championships and one TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship.
In addition to Kelly, James and Tessmacher, other gorgeous stars from the wrestling industry, like Lilian Garcia, Christy Hemme, Stacy Carter, So Cal Val and more will be appearing in East Elmhurst on March 2.
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