Wrestling / Alexa Bliss

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Five Feet of Fury coming through.
Alexis "Lexi" Kaufman (born August 9, 1991) is an American professional wrestler, fitness model, former competitive cheerleader and former competitive bodybuilder. She currently performs under the name Alexa Bliss. An athlete growing up, Lexi competed in various softball, track and kickboxing leagues. She was also a gymnast and competitive cheerleader in college, reaching Division I status. She also spent time in competitive bodybuilding, first competing in the Arnold Classic in 2011.

As a fan of professional wrestling, she jumped at the opportunity when WWE came calling. She was signed after impressing in a tryout camp in 2013. A year later she made her ring debut, under The Gimmick of a glitter-loving 'fairy princess'. She mostly competed in the odd match here and there before turning heel to become the manager of Blake and Murphy, who held the NXT Tag Team Championships at the time. However she has not remained a Neutral Female — she has challenged for the NXT Women's Championship more than once, and since being drafted to SmackDown Live as part of the 2016 brand split, she has staked her claim as a challenger for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship, eventually winning it for the first time in December 2016. She won it for a second time in February 2017, making her the first two-time WWE SmackDown Women's Champion. On April 12 she moved to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up, winning the WWE Raw Women's Championship at Payback and becoming the first woman to be both WWE Raw and SmackDown Women's Champion.

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"Glitter. Glitz. Sparkle. Tropes.":

  • The Ace: The amount of things she competed in before becoming a full-time wrestler qualifies her for this on its own, but the fact that she became one of the top female wrestlers in WWE despite having no wrestling experience before she started training at the Performance Centre fully cements her as an ace. To put it another way, she had not wrestled a single match on TV before 2014: 3 years later (and not even a year into her main roster career) she's the first woman to win the SmackDown and Raw Women's Championships. Not even the Four Horsewomen can claim that.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Since her promotion to the main roster, she has taken to describing herself as "Five Feet of Fury".
  • A Goddess am I: Ever since becoming the Raw Women's Champion, she likes to describe herself as "the Goddess of WWE".
  • Alpha Bitch: Became one after turning heel and joining Blake and Murphy. And within a few months on the SmackDown roster, she became the top heel and won the title.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Downplayed. Though she is a former body builder and has great abs, she was presented as more cute than sexy. As a heel however this is more pronounced.
  • Arch-Enemy: She's had lots of them.
    • Carmella became this by default after she turned heel, initially via Designated Girl Fight in the Realest Guys vs. BAMFactor feud.
    • She wasted no time antagonizing Becky Lynch when she first came up to the main roster, calling Becky a born loser while at the same time weaseling her way through victories in their championship rivalry.
    • Daniel Bryan frequently got under her skin on SmackDown Live. There are few things that Bliss hates more than a fair and reasonable General Manager who is beloved by the fans... and oh, you know, used to be one of the most badass professional wrestlers in history.
    • Bayley has taken Becky's role on Raw and then some. In their case, Alexa goes out of her way to completely disrespect Bayley, painting her as an absolute child while outsmarting her repeatedly.
    • Sasha Banks, since injuring Bliss during an NXT match. If some people's theories are to be believed, this one has actually carried on into real life as well. During out of character interviews, Alexa point blank refuses to mention Sasha at all whenever she talks about her female colleagues either from her time on the main roster or in NXT and there was one very awkward part of an out of character interview where Sasha talked about Alexa as if she was still in character.
  • Badass Adorable: When she was in her fairy-like face gimmick, and arguably in Real Life.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As is the norm for women's wrestling.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She managed to avert this trope in one match where Sasha gave her a bloody nose.
  • Berserk Button: Daniel Bryan seems to be very good at finding hers.
    • Don't ever, ever make jokes about her height.
    • During her first run with the Smackdown Womens' Championship, simply suggesting that she had to defend it was enough to set her off.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be tiny, cute and sparkly (as a face, anyway), but she is not to be taken lightly. In one match against Banks, she looked visibly angry at Banks (who'd given her a nosebleed during the match) and got very aggressive.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Her face entrance is meant to evoke this.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Came out to apparently congratulate Bayley on her victory in the Iron Man match...only to steal the title belt and mock her.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Bliss your heart." Doubles as a Stealth Insult — it's a slight variation of 'bless your heart', which can be a compliment, but people in the American South are pretty used to hearing "bless your heart" as an insult. See here for a pretty good explanation.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: On NXT, at least. If you're watching her wearing blue, she's a face. If you're watching her wearing red, she's a heel.
  • Color Motif: Blue, red and purple are her frequent color schemes.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As a heel, Alexa is easily outmatched in terms of strength and technical skill. But she wins thanks to craftiness and eagerness to use every dirty trick in the book.
    • It even extends to her ring psychology. She once used her double jointed dexterity to fake a dislocated elbow in the ring, before coming back and winning the match. It looked so realistic that many fans thought she was legitimately injured.
  • Comical Angry Face: She makes a lot of over the top expressions, and given her angry heel persona, that includes a lot of these.
  • Composite Character: Trish Stratus (in her early heel persona) crossed with Harley Quinn.
  • Cute Bruiser:
    • Renée Young described her face incarnation as looking like a fairy. She also dressed more modestly than the typical Diva.
    • After the change to her Alpha Bitch character, a big emphasis was placed on her height, or rather lack of it.
  • Cute Is Evil: As a heel, by default.
  • Death Glare: As a heel, gives a particularly effective one. It helps that she naturally has Icy Blue Eyes.
  • Deep South: She did this character on a couple of live events and a promo class, playing the redneck girlfriend of Scott Dawson.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: She personally does the opening linesnote  of her face theme.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was appearing on NXT for as early as a year before she debuted, she appeared at live events as the girlfriend of redneck Scott Dawson and filmed a couple of promos for it, she had a stint as a ring announcer, and she's also the girl in the often-used clip of Tyler Breeze asking a girl if she wanted to take a picture, only to clarify that he meant of him as opposed to with him. She also appeared at WrestleMania XXX as part of Triple H's entrance, along with Charlotte and Sasha Banks.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Her face incarnation had elements of this. And for a while, she was the only blonde Diva in NXT to be a Face.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: As a face, her ring gear was adorned with sparkles and she blew a stream of glitter to the fans.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After turning heel, she went from the fairy outfit (which had a long-sleeved blouse and shorts) to something resembling Blake and Murphy's outfit: red with white and black highlights (including the claw marking design) and a whole lot more exposed skin on both the top and the bottom (halter-top and almost a bikini).
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Part of her Evil Costume Switch included applying more and darker eyeshadow and eyeliner. She's already very good at making evil faces, but the makeup accentuates it.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As a face, her hair had blue tips. As a heel, she's got red tips. Likewise after becoming a heel she started wearing extensions, when before her hair had been about elbow length at the longest.
  • Expy: Looks and plays like Trish Stratus' evil little sister. Not surprising considering Trish is her favourite female wrestler of all time.
    • As of Backlash 2016, she has adopted aspects of Harley Quinn's appearance in Suicide Squad, notably the hairstyle and baseball bat-on-shoulders pose. The similarity was explicitly noted on the following episode of SmackDown.
    • Her gymnastic in-ring style favoring a lot of somersaults and high flying moves is very reminiscent of her other biggest inspiration, Rey Mysterio Jr., as is her initial debut as a pint-sized kid-friendly babyface.
  • Extremity Extremist: Alexa favors using her knees in a lot of moves. One sequence of hers — the Insult To Injury — involves a double knee drop followed by a standing moonsault into another knee drop.
  • Face–Heel Turn: At Takeover: Unstoppable, when she helped Blake and Murphy.
  • Facial Markings: As a face, she wears glittery makeup and eyeshadow (mostly the latter).
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: She's preserved this part of her character over the years. As a face, she was compared to a fairy princess. As a heel, she frequently compares herself to the Wicked Witch.
  • Finishing Move: Twisted Bliss (known previously as the Sparkle Splash) — a rounding moonsault.
    • Since she won the Raw Womens' Championship, she has been finishing matches with a Jake Roberts style DDT, seemingly retiring Twisted Bliss entirely.
  • Foil: In NXT she was essentially this to Charlotte. Both are gymnasts and their gimmicks invoke their blonde hair, but where Charlotte went the Alpha Bitch route before very long and later became an honorable champion, Alexa was first billed as the bubbly blonde for a long while but then turned into a mean-faced villainess. This goes down to their physiques too — Charlotte is more tall and lean compared to Alexa, who is more athletic and bigger in build (similar to Emma).
  • Fun with Acronyms: The sometimes-used team name of Blake-Alexa-Murphy Factor.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Evil version. She dons this hairstyle ever since adopting the "Harley Quinn" gimmick.
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: Part of her entrance as a face.
  • Good Is Dumb: She had a promo just before her rematch with Sasha Banks, where she said that she was sure to win because Sasha had lost even with the rest of the BFFs there to back her up, and the BFFs weren't around for the rematch…except that in the original match, Sasha flattened her, and the only reason Alexa won was because Charlotte and Summer Rae started fighting at ringside and Sasha got distracted. Needless to say, she lost the rematch.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: You could easily identify her during her aforementioned Early-Bird Cameo in WrestleMania XXX due to the dyed tips.
  • Hypocrite: After winning the SmackDown Women's Champion, she displays all the negative qualities that she accused Becky Lynch of when she was the champion. More superficially, she makes a crack about "toxic orange hair dye" running through Becky's veins, to which Becky can be seen gesturing to Alexa's own dyed hair.
  • I Have the High Ground: Can do a somersault off the top for the hell of it. Her Finishing Move is also done from the top rope.
  • Ironic Name: "Bliss", since a large part of her heel character is being an angry person.
  • It's Personal: She became set on beating the crap out of Sasha Banks for all the painful losses Sasha inflicted on her in the past. She eventually did win a match by count-out, but lost the title match.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: The tip of her hair changes from blue to purple to red.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Her face character, in the same vein as Rey Mysterio Jr. — short, colorful and adorable. Subverted when she turned heel at Unstoppable, morphing into an Alpha Bitch character who cheats to help Blake & Murphy win.
  • Lady in Red: After turning heel, she switched to a red outfit which are Hotter and Sexier than her original gear and dyed the tips of her hair red.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's older than most traditional examples but has the looks and attitude to match, especially as a heel. So much so that one of her Red Barons is this trope, just with her name in place of Badass.
  • Meaningful Rename: The Sparkle Splash was renamed Twisted Bliss upon her heel turn.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: And majored in bedazzling, apparently.
  • Mondegreen: In her debut she was billed from "The University of Glitz" but it was misheard as "University of Bliss" and it became something of a Fan Nickname for her hometown.
  • Mood-Swinger: Face or heel, she occasionally goes on and off character in a whim, and manages to do it without completely breaking Kayfabe note .
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her heel attire is Hotter and Sexier than her original, but she never plays on her sex appeal on TV (most likely due to WWE still being PG). However, she does lets loose on house shows.
  • The Napoleon: As the shortest woman on the SmackDown roster, she's also the nastiest and cruelest. Naomi once mockingly nicknamed her "Lexi Boo-Boo", drawing comparisons between her and a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: Due to being one of the youngest female wrestlers in the roster during her debut, she fills the younger villain role by default during her feuds against Bayley (which is ironic considering the content of their feud on the Raw roster), Carmella, and Becky Lynch. Interestingly, she was the face during her feud with Sasha Banks (who is only half-a-year younger) for the NXT Women's title. And again with Naomi, who is five years older than her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Referred to as 'Lexi' by a lot of fans and other talent. Since it's both her real nickname and works as a nickname for her ring name, it fits.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Her face gimmick heavily invoked this, with her outfits being all sparkly and her blowing glitters to the audience and all. Renee Young even calls her as such during commentary.
  • Parts Unknown: She was initially billed as being from "The University of Glitz". Averted later on, as she's now billed from her real hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Although she is very small and athletic, she is also a former body builder.
  • Pungeon Master: Needless to say she rattles off as many 'bliss' puns as possible. "Blissed off" seems to be her preferred one.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She switched from her usual blue ring gear to a new set that's purple, but otherwise identical after returning in March 2015.
  • Put on a Bus: After Sasha Banks accidentally injured her nose, in November 2014. The Bus Came Back in March 2015.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Her second reign as Smackdown Womens' Champion happened because Naomi had to take time off due to an injury. Naomi won her title back when she returned at Wrestlemania 33.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her initial heel attire is mostly red with black as the secondary color (with white being tertiary).
  • Red Baron: Five Feet of Fury, Little Miss Bliss, and after winning both brands' Women's Championship titles she added The Goddess of WWE.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: She didn't only drop her nice girl persona when she turned heel, she also left behind several square feet of clothing.
  • She-Fu: What do you expect from a former gymnast and cheerleader?
  • Shout-Out: Her makeover in September 2016 is clearly inspired by Suicide Squad's version of Harley Quinn.
    • Her ring name may be a reference to 40s-50s champion Mildred Bliss (better known as Mildred Burke).
  • Skip of Innocence: As a face.
  • Slasher Smile: As a heel.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She started getting more wins when she opted for sleeveless wrestling gear.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Daffney Unger due to both of them drawing a gimmick directly inspired by Harley Quinn.
  • Teens Are Short: Parodied on Sasha Banks's Facebook photo of Alexa.
    Fan: Do you know if Alexa's seeing anyone?
    Sasha:note  Dude, she's like twelve.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She's a product of one. Her biography reveals that her mom and dad had her when they were respectively 18 and 17.
  • Token Wholesome: As a face, she was presented as more cute than sexy — with her ring gear being a bit more modest. But after she turned heel, she became Hotter and Sexier.
  • True Blue Femininity: As a face, all her outfits had varying shades of blue on them, as did her hair.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: After she teamed up with Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Her somersault off the top rope doesn't really seem to serve much of a purpose - but it sure is impressive.
  • Weak, but Skilled: A major point of her debut match. She was essentially overpowered by Alicia Fox, but caught her off-guard by thinking outside the box.
  • Weight Woe: She sadly suffered from an eating disorder, becoming anorexic as a teenager. But she credits body building with helping her become healthier.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: While she has mostly blonde hair, the tips are dyed—blue as a face, red as a heel. It was purple initially but had turned blue by the time she debuted on TV.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Starts wearing Grade B boots starting 2015, and did not ditch them even after her Evil Costume Switch later that year.
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