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Živilė Raudonienė (born April 29, 1982) is a Lithuanian former Professional Wrestler, fitness model and bodybuilder best known for working in WWE as Aksana.

Born in the small village of Alytus, she began working in fitness from a very young age. At only seventeen, she participated in the IFFB European Fitness Championships - as the youngest participant in the contest. She competed in several more bodybuilding and fitness contests, eventually winning the 2009 IFFB Arnold Classic Competition. Shortly after this win, she was signed to a WWE developmental deal. She first debuted using the ring name 'Olga', but adopted the more familiar one of Aksana within a month. Initially the manager of Eli Cottonwood, she soon stepped into the ring herself. Her time in FCW was quite fruitful, as she defeated Rosa Mendes to become Queen of FCW and then shortly after claimed the FCW Divas' Championship from A.J. Lee - becoming the first woman to hold both titles at the same time.

Aksana's most memorable time in WWE was part of the infamous all females season of NXT. Under the guidance of Goldust, Aksana competed for the chance to earn a WWE contract - while also fighting threats of being deported to Lithuania. She was the third woman eliminated from the contest, but soon reappeared on WWE television anyway. This time she was now a Femme Fatale, who appeared in Teddy Long's office to drop Innocent Innuendos. Naturally she couldn't be kept away from the ring for too long, and re-joined the women's division.

She was released from WWE in 2014 and retired.

Lithuanian Tropes:

  • Action Girl: She's a wrestler.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She was a fitness model and bodybuilder.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Maryse while she was on NXT Season 3.
    • Kaitlyn became this on the main roster, as Eve ordered her to take her out.
  • Ascended Meme: Her and Alicia Fox began to be referred to as "Foxsana" by fans for months before commentators started using the name on TV.
  • Bash Brothers: With A.J. Lee, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka.
  • Big Eater: Despite mocking the other NXT contestants for not taking care of their bodies and eating pancakes, Aksana has shown signs of it. When she brought a mistletoe stalk to Theodore Long and asked what to do with it he told her "what comes naturally" so she ate it. In case you didn't know, mistletoe is a poisonous parasite but she suffered no ill effects besides a tingling throat.
  • The Bully: She sometimes showed signs of this, notably ribbing Brie Bella for Daniel Bryan's lack of success, or hazing Paige for being a rookie.
  • But Not Too White: Averted. She's notably paler than most of the other Divas and her attractiveness is still acknowledged. She did however eventually start tanning.
  • Canine Companion: Her dog Devo, whose picture was part of the set for The Aksana Show. She even named her finisher after him.
  • Catfight: Two on PPV. Maryse at Bragging Rights 2010 and Vickie Guerrero at WrestleMania 28.
  • Chickification: At the same time she was a badass in FCW, on the main roster she was left a crying ball of nerves at the very thought of Kane.
  • Citizenship Marriage: With Goldust to prevent her from being deported.
  • Continuity Nod: When she was on NXT Season 3 she attempted to steal the Million Dollar Championship for herself and it was given back to Ted Di Biase Sr. On the Old School Raw in 2014 she was seen in a backstage segment seemingly flirting to Di Biase, who had the title over his shoulder.
  • Damsel in Distress: Her first storyline in FCW had Sweet Papi Sanchez abduct her.
  • Darker and Edgier: In FCW she went from a ditz to a legitimate badass.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Sometimes when she was Antonio Cesaro's valet.
  • Double Entendre: For a time, her gimmick centered around her making innuendos.
  • Dumb Blonde: On WWE NXT. Averted as of her redebut on the main roster as she was brunette by that point, although she was still quite dim.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: For a while she and Alicia Fox were friends. Then after a match went south for Alicia she took it out on Aksana, beating her, emptying a pair of water bottles on her and forcing her to eat popcorn she grabbed a bucket of from the audience after dumping it over her. Bear in mind that all she'd been doing at the time was trying to comfort Alicia after she lost the match. In an interview later that week, Aksana remarked when asked about it that she thought Fox was her friend.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Twice by betraying a man that loved her. On NXT Season 3 she turned on Goldust after they married and she earned her green card. And on Smackdown she ended her relationship with Teddy Long in favour of Antonio Cesaro.
  • Fearless Fool: She had a tendency to make fun of the other Divas, not realising that they could (and usually did) kick her ass afterwards.
  • Femme Fatale: Her character in FCW as Divas' Champion.
  • Finishing Move: Billion Dollar Kick, Devo Drop (spinning spinebuster).
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Played with. She has been both a face and heel. Her foreignness was played up more as a face and doesn't really come up much as a heel.
  • Foreshadowing: Her hysterics about being put in a match with Kane could have been a subtle foreshadowing to her true colours - especially since she turned heel about a month later. By breaking up with Teddy Long in favour of a stronger man.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: On the last Raw of 2013 she pinned Nikki Bella - which was only her third win since she started wrestling again in 2012 - and her first in nine months.
  • Funny Foreigner: From Lithuania and possibly the first WWE Superstar or Diva to come from that Baltic country and former Tag Team partner of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • Golddigger: Was labelled as such after betraying Goldust.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: Is very popular in her home country, Lithuania.
  • Hidden Depths: Even if she's quite big and muscly, she's shown that she's flexible enough to do push-ups while folding her legs over her shoulders.
  • Hood Ornament Hottie: A variation. She would do this pose on the ring apron when managing Antonio Cesaro.
  • Important Haircut: Her hairstyle switch from blonde to black helped fit the transition between characters - clumsy ditz to ruthless Femme Fatale.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Sort of when she first started on SmackDown!. Her gimmick was that of a Funny Foreigner who didn't realize she was dropping innuendos.
  • Karma Houdini: Often got away with distracting Santino Marella and causing him to lose the match.
    • Karma Houdini Warranty: It finally caught up to her after she failed to help Antonio Cesaro win a match. This leads her to being dumped in public.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her looks alone got her over immediately in FCW. She competed in several bikini contests while there.
    • Fanservice Pack: Her ring gear when she re-debuted on SmackDown! (also her FCW gear) was quite modest. After breaking away from Antonio Cesaro, she started wrestling in catsuits and becoming Hotter and Sexier. It also seems to have happened again; she still wears the catsuits, but the legs and sleeves of them seem to be optional.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: She was a three-time medalist at the Bodybuilding Amateur Championships (2 silver, 1 bronze.)
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is only 5'5 and yet can support her entire body weight on her two arms.
  • Power Stable: The FCW All-Stars, with Maxine, Damien Sandow, AJ (Lee) and Lucky Cannon.
  • Recycled In Space: On NXT a few people referred to her as the Russian Trish Stratus.
    "I'm not a Russian, but I do love Trish."
    • Given her lack of push, she wasn't so much the Russian Trish Stratus as she was the Russian Reversal Trish Stratus.
  • Red Baroness: Several. "The Billion Dollar Baby," "The Lithuanian Witch," "The Sultry Temptress," "The Leather-Clad Lithuanian."
  • The Rival: Naomi Knight on FCW, which carried over to NXT in which might have been Aksana's best match on WWE television, even though she lost. Kaitlyn once joining the WWE's main roster.
  • Romance on the Set: In-Universe with Goldust, SmackDown! General Manager Mr. Theodore R. Long, and with Antonio Cesaro.
  • Running Gag:
    • She frequently likes to mention that people in her home country are beaten with shovels.
    • One for The Aksana Show was that she would have a scheduled musical guest who would always cancel at the last minute.
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: She was the first eliminated from the match mentioned under Wardrobe Malfunction below. In fact, she only won one televised match for the entirety of 2013. On the December 30 Raw, she teamed with Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes and Summer Rae to defeat Eva Marie, the Bella Twins, and The Funkadactyls when Aksana pinned Nikki Bella. Before that, she defeated Emma on the February 27 (taped January 31), 2013 WWE NXT, which airs on WWE's website. She lost ALL of her other broadcast matches in 2013.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Since returning to a regular wrestling role, she wrestles in catsuits, poses suggestively and typically does a seductive crawl around the ring whenever she feels like it.
  • Sensual Slavs: Lithuanian, but the same idea given Shameless Fanservice Girl.
  • Sexophone: Her Leitmotif whenever she appeared in Teddy Long's office. When she started wrestling, it became her entrance music too.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Her finisher is often incorrectly spelt as the Divo Drop when it's actually the Devo Drop - it's named after her dog Devo.
  • Spy Catsuit: What she has a tendency to wrestle in since being dumped by Antonio Cesaro.
  • Talk Show with Fists:
    • (in FCW): "The Aksana Show." A case of Ascended Extra, since she had previously been the Sidekick on "The Abraham Washington Show".
    • Technically a subversion since (being a Diva), fights rarely broke out on it. The one time one did (with Maxine), they simply had a match rather than a brawl.
  • The Unpronounceable: Her real name apparently, since The Other Wiki doesn't even try.
  • The Vamp: A more successful than most WWE examples concerning her pro Goldust, though he takes to pretty much anything that breathes so that's probably why. She married him to get out of being deported and showed no gratitude for it. She attempted to seduce Theodore Long and was mostly successful but did not actually get anything out of it or bring him down in anyway. Her wiles were not enough to get Brodus Clay to abandon the Funkadactyls either.
  • Vapor Wear: The Funkadactyls d. Aksana and Tamina on the February 5, 2013 WWE Main Event when Naomi hit Aksana with a leg lariat and folded her up for the pin. As a result, it was apparent that Aksana wasn't wearing panties since her butt was visible through her pants.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Her left breast popped out during the Divas' 7-on-7 Survivor Series-style Elimination Match on the November 25, 2013 Raw, however, WWE was able to keep it from appearing on the air via the production department catching it on delay and darkening the live feed. There are pictures online of it.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Antonio Cesaro dumped her after she failed to help him win a match.


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Distracting the Cobra

Santino Marella charges up the Cobra to finish off Antonio Cesaro, but Aksana has other ideas.

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