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|Birth name||Ashley Nichole Simmons|
|Ring name(s)||Amber Lively|
|Billed height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Billed weight||120 lb (54 kg)|
|Born|| February 5, 1986 |
West Lafayette, Ohio
|Billed from||Seattle, Washington|
|Trained by||Jeff Cannon|
|Birth name||Ashley Nichole Simmons|
|Ring name(s)||Amber Lively|
|Billed height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Billed weight||120 lb (54 kg)|
|Born|| February 5, 1986 |
West Lafayette, Ohio
|Billed from||Seattle, Washington|
|Trained by||Jeff Cannon|
Ashley Nichole Cabot (née Simmons, born February 5, 1986) is an American professional wrestler who is best known working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Madison Rayne. She is a former four-time TNA Women's Knockout Champion and a two-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion.
Simmons began her wrestling career on the independent circuit wrestling under the monikers Ashley Lane and Lexi Lane. She joined the all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes in 2007, where she was one half of the first-ever Shimmer Tag Team Champions with partner Nevaeh. In 2009, she joined TNA, aligning herself with Angelina Love and Velvet Sky as part of The Beautiful People. In March 2010, she, along Lacey Von Erich and Velvet Sky won the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, with the three defending the title under the Freebird rule. In April 2010 at Lockdown, she won her first TNA Women's Knockout Championship, a title she has held a total of four times. In addition, she was the first Knockout to hold both titles simultaneously, She also made appearances in Wrestlicious as Amber Lively.
Simmons grew up in West Lafayette, Ohio, with her two older brothers. During high school, Simmons was the Homecoming Queen and a varsity cheerleader, and she ran track and was a member of the drama club, as well.
After high school, Simmons began training for fitness competitions, although she never entered any. Initially she studied Radiology at college part-time while working on the independent circuit. She left college to pursue a wrestling career. At the time she left school, Simmons had a 4.0 GPA.
Simmons first got her start in professional wrestling shortly after graduating from high school. She saw a poster for a local independent promotion, contacted the promoter, and began training a short time later under the name Lexi Lane. After completing her training under Jeff Cannon, she started her wrestling career in the state of Ohio. Her first match was in her former high school and was refereed by female wrestler Ivory. In October 2006, she competed in World Xtreme Wrestling's Elite 8 Tournament. In Ohio, Lane wrestled Nevaeh in several promotions as part of a scripted rivalry between the two.
Lane made her debut for Ohio Championship Wrestling (OCW) on March 13, 2005 event in Coshocton, Ohio, where she teamed up with trainer Jeff Cannon in a losing effort to Cruz Sangria and Jayme Braxton in a mixed-tag-team match. The following month, Lane made her singles debut defeated Jayme Braxton with Ivory as the special guest referee. At the June 18, 2005 event, Lane defeated Brian Biggs in an intergender singles match. The following month, Lane competed against Jayme Braxton losing to here twice. At the OCW event on August 13, Lane teamed up with Scotty Sabre in a winning effort defeating Jayme Braxton and Matt Masonalso in a mixed-tag-team match. At the tapings of OCW on November 12, Lane defeated Hailey Hatred in a singles match. At the tapings of OCW on February 11, Lane competed against Shantelle Taylor in a winning effort. A the March 11 taping of a OCW event, Lane unsuccessfully challenged Shark Boy for the OCW Cruiserweight Championship in a Five way match which was won by Vic Montana. On the May 12 and 13 tapings of OCW, Lane competed against Heather Owens in a losing effort.
Lane entered a feud with Jessicka Havock on the June 10 tapings of OCW, after Lane defeated Jessicka Havock by disqulification. On the October 7 and 8 tapings of OCW, Lane defeated Havock in singles matches. On November 11 tapings of OCW event, Lane teamed up with Traci Brooks in a winning effort defeating Havock and ODB in a tag-team match. At the OCW Stairway to Stardom event on January 13, 2007, Lane competed against Havock in a singles match which ended in a no-contest.
At the March 13 OCW Ladies Night event, Lane defeated ODB in finals of the tournament to become the promotion's first ever OCW Women's Champion. At the April 27 OCW event, Lane made her first title defense against Sassy Stephie. The following month, Lane made another title defense against Stephie in a winning effort. At the OCW Fan Appreciation Night, Lane successfully defended her title against Angle Dust. On the August 25 taping of OCW, Lane succussfully retained her title against Stephie and Dust in a triple-treat match. The following month, Lane teamed up with Nevaeh in a losing effort to the tream of Stephie and Dust in a tag-team match. On the November 24 tapings of OCW, Lane dropped the Women's Championship to Nevaeh. Lane regained it in May 2008, and lost it to Sara Del Rey in February 2009.
Lane made her debut for Mad-Pro Wrestling (MPW) on the March 2, 2006 at the MPW Crowning A Champion event in Chillicothe, Ohio, where she accompied Lotus where he competed in the MPW Heavyweight Championship tournament. Later that event, Lane made her in-ring debut competing against Portia Perez. At the MPW One Year Anniversary event on May 25, Lane fought Naveah to a no-contest in a dark match. Lane made her debut for Far North Wrestling (FNW) on July 15, 2006 event in Kittaning, Pennsylvania, where she defeated Jessicka Havock. At the MPW No Escape event on July 22, Lane competed in a fatal-four way match against Neveah, Portia Perez and Daizee Haze which was won by Perez.
Lane made her debut for New Era Pro Wrestling (NWPW) on the December 2, 2006 at the NEPW Hostile Holidays event, where she competed against Havock in a winning effort. Lane made her debut for Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling (CAPW) at the St. Valentine's Day Mat Massacre event on February 11, 2007, where she was defeated by Lorelei Lee in a triple-treat match also involving Havock. On the March 10, 2007 CAPW eventm Lane teamed up with Portia Perez in a losing effort to the team of Hailey Hatred and Havock in a tag-team match. At the CAPW April Armageddon event, Lane competed against Havock in a losing effort.
Lane made her debut for PRIME Wrestling (PWO) on November 27, 2007 at the PWO Televison episode 5, where she defeated Sassy Stephie. Lane made her return on the May 24, 2008 episode of PWO Televison episode 15, where she defeated Hobo Joe in a singles match. On the June 21 episode of PWO Televison episode 18, Lane teamed up with Josh Prohibition in a winning effort defeating Jimmy DeMarco and Marion Fontaine in a mixed-tag-team match.
On October 13, 2007, she made her debut in Shimmer Women Athletes as Ashley Lane. On the taping of Volume 15 of their DVD series, she teamed with Lorelei Lee in a losing effort to Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews. On the tapings of Volume 16, Lane made her in-ring debut against Alexa Thatcher in a losing effort.
Lane then began teaming with Nevaeh, and they made their team debut in losing to The Experience (Lexie Fyfe and Malia Hosaka) on the Volume 17 taping, then scoring a win against The Minnesota Homewrecking Crew (Lacey and Rain) on Volume 18. On the tapings of Volume 19, Lane competed in a battle royal, which was won by Jetta. Later that tapings, Lane teamed up with Nevaeh where they beat the duo of Veronika Vice and Cat Power, and then lost to The International Home Wrecking Crew (Rain and Jetta) on Volume 20. On October 19, Lane and Nevaeh emerged victorious from a six-team tag team gauntlet match to crown the first Shimmer Tag Team Champions. Later in the evening, they successfully defended the belts against the Canadian NINJAs (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews). On the tapings of Volume 23, Lane and Neveah successfully defended their titles against The International Home Wrecking Crew (Rain and Jetta) in a two out of three falls match. At the tapings of Volume 25, Lane and Neveah successfully defented their title against Amazing Kong and Sara Del Ray. At Volume 26 on May 3, 2009, Lane and Nevaeh lost the Shimmer Tag Team Championship to the NINJAs.
At the tapings of Volume 27, Lane teamed up with Naveah in a losing effort to the team of Melanie Cruise and Wesna Busic in a tag-team match. At the tapings of Volume 28, Lane and Naveah defeated the team of Kacey Diamond and Sassy Stephie. Because of agreement with Shimmer Women Athletes and Ring of Honor, Lane made her debut for Shimmer's sister promotion Ring of Honor on April 19, 2008, where she competed in a Four Corner Survival match against Daizee Haze, Lacey, and MsChif won by MsChif. Lane made a second appearance at Southern Hostility pay-per-view on December 6 in a match against Haze, Sara Del Rey, and Serena Deeb. Lane leaft ROH after debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Madison Rayne on the January 8 episode of TNA Impact!.
On October 1, 2011, Lane returned to Shimmer as fan favorite, calling out former partner Nevaeh for turning on MsChif and Jessie McKay during a tag team match. Nevaeh in turn claimed that Lane had turned her back on Shimmer by leaving the promotion in 2009, which led to a brawl between the two. Later in the same event, Nevaeh defeated Lane in her return match. At the tapings of Volume 44, Lane teamed with Mia Yim in a losing effort against the team of Nevaeh and Sassy Stephie.
In 2009, Lane took part in the first season tapings of Wrestlicious, which began airing on television in March 2010. In the promotion, she played in the role of "Cheerleader" Amber Lively. She debuted in the third episode of Takedown (aired on March 17), teaming with Lacey Von Erich and winning by disqualification against the team of Draculetta and White Magic. On the April 7 episode of Takedown, Lively participated in a Hoedown Trowdown battle royal to determine the top two contenders for the Wrestlicious Championship, but fail to advance.
Lane debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Madison Rayne on the January 8 episode of TNA Impact!, where she was defeated by Awesome Kong. She returned on the February 12 episode of Impact! in a TNA Knockouts Gauntlet match, and was one of the finalists, but was eliminated by Sojo Bolt. The following week, she began her first storyline by slapping and walking out on her tag team partner Taylor Wilde in a match against The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky), turning heel in the process. On the March 5 episode of Impact!, Rayne aligned herself with The Beautiful People after assisting them in winning a four-way tag team match. At Destination X in March, Rayne made her pay-per-view debut, teaming with Love and Sky against The Governor, Wilde and Roxxi in a losing effort.
Rayne's hazing continued after The Beautiful People won an Impact! tag team match against Kong and Saeed, after which Rayne tried to cut the braided hair of the Knockout Champion Kong. With Sky in her corner, Angelina Love faced Kong and perennial nemesis Taylor Wilde in a three-way cage match for the Knockout Championship at Lockdown. Love narrowly escaped a somersault leg drop from Kong, and as she was recovering Love pushed her towards the cage while Sky pulled her frayed hair through the holes in the cage and tied her to it. With Kong unable to move from the cage, Wilde dove onto Love with a cross body press and legitimately knocked her unconscious with her knee. As she recovered, Wilde attacked Kong, allowing Love to roll-up Wilde for the pin and win the Knockout Championship. The following week on Impact!, Mi Pi Sexy had a celebration with male dancers and named Madison Rayne an official member of the Beautiful People. However the celebration was cut short by Kong. Kong continued her attack on Mi Pi Sexy and proved her dominance by making her way through Rayne, Sky and Kip, who Love brought back to stop her, in stretcher matches on the following weeks of Impact!.
At Hard Justice in August, Rayne cost Love her Knockout Title when her interference in the match backfired. On the following episode of Impact!, Rayne was scheduled to face Love in a match, but before it started, Love attacked her from behind. After Love had pinned Rayne, Sky showed up holding a brown paper bag and put it on Rayne's head to humiliate her. Rayne was then saved by Tara and Christy Hemme. On the September 10 episode of Impact!, Rayne and partner Roxxi lost to The Beautiful People in a match that was part of a tournament to crown the inaugural Knockouts Tag Team Champions.
The following week, Rayne, after helping Love and Sky advance to the finals of the tournament, was welcomed back into The Beautiful People. At No Surrender Rayne replaced Love, who had been released from her contract, due to visa issues, prior to the event, and teamed up with Sky in the tournament finals, where they were defeated by the team of Sarita and Taylor Wilde.
On the October 1 episode of Impact!, The Beautiful People apologized to the TNA fans and Knockouts for their behavior, blaming their past actions on Love. They invited the Knockouts Tag Team Champions, Wilde and Sarita, down to the ring to prove their apology was genuine and expressed their desire for a competitive match at Bound for Glory. The Beautiful People shook their hands, but then attacked them. As they began to lose the advantage in the assault, Lacey Von Erich debuted and took out Wilde and Sarita. The three then posed in the ring, welcoming Von Erich into The Beautiful People. Rayne gained her first victory in TNA on the October 8 episode of Impact! by scoring the deciding fall in an eight-Knockout elimination match where she, Sky, Alissa Flash and Traci Brooks defeated Sarita, Taylor Wilde, Hamada and Christy Hemme after the interfence from Von Erich.
The three then won their first match as a team, defeating ODB, Tara and Kong, but was unsuccessful in their Knockout's Tag Team title rematch at Bound For Glory. On the October 22 episode of Impact!, The Beautiful People began appearing in backstage segments they dubbed as their reality show "The Meanest Girls", an allusion to the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls.
In the pilot episode, The Beautiful People attacked Wilde and Sarita at catering, and engaged in a food fight with The Beautiful People coming out on top. In the sequel, which aired on the November 5 edition of Impact!, the Beautiful People attacked ODB, setting up a six knockout tag team match at Turning Point for both the Women's Knockout Championship and the Knockouts Tag Team Championship. At the Pay-Per-View the Beautiful People were unsuccessful, as ODB pinned Rayne to win the match for the reigning champions. Around this time they also began using a new weapon named Lacey's Ugly Stick, a pink baton used to attack opponents.
Love returned to the company on the January 14, 2010, episode of Impact!, but instead of re-joining The Beautiful People, she attacked them. Several weeks later on March 8, Rayne and Sky defeated the teams of Love and Tara and Sarita and Wilde in a three-way match to win the vacant Knockouts Tag Team Championship. Under the Freebird rule, all three members of The Beautiful People were considered champions, and any combination of two members could defend the title. At Lockdown in April, Rayne and Sky partnered against Tara and Angelina Love in a tag team steel cage match, during which Rayne pinned Tara to win Love's title. With the win, she became the first person to hold both Knockout Championships simultaneously. The following month at Sacrifice, Rayne defeated Tara in a Title vs. Career match, causing Tara to retire from TNA and ending the storyline rivalry between Tara and The Beautiful People. At Slammiversary VIII Rayne retained her title against Roxxi in another Title vs. Career match.
On July 11 at Victory Road Rayne lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Angelina Love in another Title vs. Career match via disqualification due to outside interference from a person incognito in a motorcycle helmet. Prior to the match it was announced that the title would change hands via disqualification, if either Velvet Sky or Lacey Von Erich interfered in the match. However, the title was returned to Rayne on the July 22 episode of Impact! when it was declared that there was no proof that the person who had interfered in the match was either Sky or Von Erich, making Rayne a two-time Women's Knockout Champion. After weeks of arguing amongst each other over Rayne's recent attitude, the Beautiful People agreed to a truce on the July 29 episode of Impact!. However, on the following episode of Impact!, Rayne and the mystery woman inadvertently cost Sky and Von Erich the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship in a match against Hamada and Taylor Wilde, when their interference backfired. The following week Rayne lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Angelina Love, after a distraction caused by Velvet Sky attacking the mystery woman. Rayne received her rematch for the title on the following week's episode of Impact!, but was again defeated by Love, after an interference from Velvet Sky, who accompanied Love to the ring. After the match Rayne and the mystery woman beat down Love and Sky. Rayne's mysterious ally was finally unmasked as Tara on the September 2 episode of Impact!, when the two of them defeated the reunited Beautiful People in a tag team match. At No Surrender Rayne was defeated by Velvet Sky in a singles match. On the September 16 episode of Impact! Rayne and Tara turned on Lacey Von Erich, after she and Rayne failed to regain the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship from Hamada and Wilde. Von Erich was then saved by Love and Sky, who took her back into the Beautiful People. On the September 30 episode of Impact! Rayne signed a waiver to allow Tara to return to the ring, after losing a Title vs. Career match, which was supposed to end her TNA career. Rayne attempted to regain the Women's Knockout Championship in a Four Corners match with Love, Sky and Tara on October 10 at Bound for Glory, but was unsuccessful, when Tara pinned Sky to win the title. After the match the outraged Rayne went after special referee Mickie James, but ended up being laid out by her. At the following day's tapings of the October 14 episode of Impact!, Tara laid down for Rayne and let her pin her to win the championship back, making her a three-time Women's Knockout Champion On the December 16 episode of Impact!, Rayne and Tara defeated Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher to advance to the finals of a tournament for the vacated TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship. The following week they were defeated in the finals by the team of Angelina Love and Winter.
On January 9, 2011, at Genesis, Rayne successfully defended the Women's Knockout Championship against Mickie James, following interference from Tara. Later that same month, Rayne debuted a new gimmick of a beauty queen and dubbed herself the "Queen Bee of the Knockouts". Around this time she also began using a loaded glove as her signature weapon to knock out her opponents. The following month at Against All Odds Rayne again successfully defended her title against James, this time in a Last Knockout Standing match, after another interference by Tara. Afterwards Rayne, claiming to now be done with James, announced the beginning of an open challenge series intended to find her new opponents, and, as part of it, successfully defended the Women's Knockout Championship against former knockouts ODB, Roxxi and Alissa Flash. On the March 17 episode of Impact!, Rayne was challenged to a one last title match by Mickie James, which she accepted with the added stipulation that should James fail to beat her, she would have her hair shaved off. On April 8, Rayne became the longest reigning TNA Women's Knockout Champion in history by breaking the previous record of 178 days, set by Awesome Kong. On April 17 at Lockdown, Rayne lost the Women's Knockout Championship to Mickie James in a steel cage Title vs. Hair match, ending her reign at 188 days. During the past months, Tara had begun feeling uncomfortable over the brutality of Rayne's attacks towards James and when Rayne asked for a rematch for the Women's Knockout Championship, James agreed to give her one on the condition that should she be unable to regain the title, Tara would be released from her exclusive contract with Rayne. On May 15 at Sacrifice, Rayne failed in her attempt to regain the Women's Knockout Championship, when Tara turned on her.
Rayne attacked Tara on the June 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, costing her and Mickie James their tag team match against Angelina Love and Winter. The two faced each other in a singles match on the July 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Tara was victorious after distracting Rayne with her tarantula Poison. Rayne returned on the September 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Tara to earn a shot at the Women's Knockout Championship at Bound for Glory. On October 16 at Bound for Glory, Rayne was defeated by Velvet Sky in the four-way title match, which also included Mickie James and Winter. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne aligned herself with Gail Kim and the Vice President of the Knockouts Division, Karen Jarrett. On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne and Kim defeated Brooke Tessmacher and Tara to win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship. The following week they made their first title defense, defeating Mickie James and Velvet Sky. On December 11 at Final Resolution, Rayne caused a distraction during a Women's Knockout Championship match between Gail Kim and Mickie James, costing James the title. After Karen Jarrett was, in storyline, fired from TNA on the December 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne took over her role as the Vice President of the Knockouts Division, until Sting revoked her power on December 29 episode of Impact Wrestling. Later that same night, Rayne interfered in the main event between Gail Kim and Mickie James, once again costing James the Women's Knockout Championship. On the January 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne and Kim retained their tag team title against James and Traci Brooks. On the January 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Rayne was defeated by James in a steel cage match. After walking out on Gail Kim at Against All Odds, Rayne became the number one contender to her TNA Women's Knockout Championship by winning a battle royal on the February 16 episode of Impact Wrestling. In the following weeks, tension between Rayne and Kim began to be teased with the two negatively interfering in each other's matches. On the March 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kim and Rayne lost the Knockouts Tag Team Championship to Eric Young and ODB. On March 18 at Victory Road, Rayne failed to capture the Women's Knockout Championship from Kim. On the March 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, Kim and Rayne reconciled and remained together as a team.
The July 5 episode of Impact Wrestling saw the culmination of a several month long storyline, when Rayne revealed referee Earl Hebner as her secret crush. On the August 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hebner helped Rayne win a four-way match over Gail Kim, Mickie James and Tara to become the number one contender to the Women's Knockout Championship. On August 12 at Hardcore Justice, Hebner helped Rayne defeat Miss Tessmacher to win the Women's Knockout Championship for the fourth time. Rayne lost the title back to Tessmacher on the following episode of Impact Wrestling in a match refereed by the debuting Taryn Terrell.
Rayne returned to TNA on the November 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, where competed in a Knockouts battle royal to become the number one contender to the Women's Knockouts Championship but failed to win after being eliminated by ODB. Starting March 17, Rayne stopped appearing due to a maternity leave. On July 3, 2013, Rayne announced on Twitter that her contract with TNA had expired.
Rayne made her debut for Remix Pro Wrestling (RPW) on April 24, 2010 at the Remix Pro Throw Down For The Pound 2 event in Marietta, Ohio, where she defeated Neveah and Sojournor Bolt in a triple-treat match. Rayne made her debut for Purks International Championship Wrestling (PICW) on August 10 event in Cedartown, Georgia, where she defeated Tracy Taylor. On April 2, 2011 at the Remix Pro Throw Down-Hoedown For The Pound 3 event in Marietta, Ohio, where she defeated The Queen of Wrestling Sara Del Rey in a singles match.
Rayne made her debut for Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) at the FWE Fallout pay-per-view, where she was defeated by Tara with Christy Hemme as the special guest referee. Since 2011, Rayne has been wrestling for Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE). On September 22, 2012, Rayne made her debut for Northeast Wrestling, teaming up with Rosita to defeat The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) in a tag team match. Rayne made her debut for National Wrestling Superstars (NWS) on December 12, 2012 at the NWS Jingle Brawl, where she along with Danny Demanto accompied Nikki Addams to the ring where she competed against Nikki Richardson. Later that event, Rayne teamed up with Demanto in a losing effort to Chris D'Andrea and Rosita in a mixed-tag-team match. The following night, Rayne teamed up with Demanto in a winning effort defeating D'Andrea and Rosita in a rematch.
1Rayne defended the title with either Von Erich or Sky under the Freebird Rule.
|Career||Madison Rayne||Tara||Orlando, Florida||May 16, 2010||Title vs. Career match at TNA Sacrifice|
|Career||Madison Rayne||Roxxi||Orlando, Florida||June 13, 2010||Title vs. Career match at TNA Slammiversary VIII|
|Title||Angelina Love||Madison Rayne||Orlando, Florida||July 11, 2010||Title vs. Career match at TNA Victory Road|
|Title||Mickie James||Madison Rayne||Cincinnati, Ohio||April 17, 2011||Title vs. Hair match at TNA Lockdown|
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