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Gionna Jene Daddio (yes, really) (born June 8, 1994) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE.

A native of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, she was previously a model, competitive cheerleader and Hooters girl. She was discovered in 2014 and signed to a developmental contract. She made her debut relatively quickly — as a fan jumping on Tyler Breeze during his entrance at an NXT Takeover show.

She soon made her proper in-ring debut in 2015 using the name Marley. A few weeks later, she switched to Liv Morgan, which she has continued to use. On November 21st, 2017, she made her surprise debut on the main roster, along with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan on WWE Smackdown as The Riott Squad. She is a one-time SmackDown Women's Champion after she cashed in on Ronda Rousey at Money in the Bank 2022 as well as a two-time Women's Tag Team Champion with Raquel Rodriguez.

In February 2021, she started a real estate family business with Bo Dallas to prepare for life after pro wrestling.

Livin Tropes:

  • Ambiguously Bi: While confirmed to have dated men in real life, the Liv Morgan character has been known to get very touchy-feely with Sarah Logan. She also claimed to be in love with Lana. Later formed a very affectionate goth girl duo with Rhea Ripley.
  • Arch-Enemy: For most of the summer and fall of 2021, Liv clashes with Carmella, first over how Carmella being given opportunities (referencing her being inserted into the Money in the Bank match and later replacing Bayley for the SmackDown Women's Championship match despite constantly losing to her, later at how annoyed she is at Carmella constantly bragging that she is the "most beautiful woman in WWE" shtick.
    • Rhea Ripley after her Face–Heel Turn put an end to their tag team and friendship, established more concretely after Rhea injured her in late 2023, leading Liv with a thirst for vengeance against her former friend after her return in 2024's Royal Rumble. Liv eventually gets even with Rhea by injuring her the Raw after WrestleMania XL, forcing her to vacate the Women's World Championship the following week.
  • Big Eater: She posts about food a lot on social media.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Since becoming a heel, she has been much more vocal in the ring.
  • Catchphrase: Although not pushed as much as others in the Women's Division, hers as a face seems to be Watch Me, a subtle jab towards upper management for her lack of attention and an affectionate message to her fans. It's even the name of her theme music as of February 2022.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her match with Asuka was incredibly short.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She debuted as a fan jumping on Tyler Breeze's back.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Although more tomboyish than most examples, she's a glamorous blonde who has a lot of personality. Subverted since she started dying her hair pink.
  • Evil Feels Good: She could be seen positively giddy when attacking Charlotte on Smackdown.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • Upon forming The Riott Squad, she began to wear her hair partially up in pigtails and eventually dying her hair pink.
    • To show that she was forming a Hotter and Sexier character separate from her Riott Squad persona, she reverted to blonde - complete with Instagram video of the pink hair being cut off.
  • Fastball Special: A lot of her double teams with Rhea Ripley and Raquel Rodriguez involved them throwing Liv at their opponents.
  • Fearless Fool: Challenged Asuka to a match, knowing she would probably lose (which she did), just because she wanted the experience.
  • Furo Scene: Her first vignettes to introduce her Hotter and Sexier character featured Liv in a bath.
  • Genki Girl: She's lively and energetic in her entrance.
  • Glasses Are Sexy: She wears glasses outside of the ring, as mostly shown in her social media selfies, and many fans agree that they only add to her sex appeal.
  • Hidden Depths: Although mainly a brawler, she has some impressive flexibility and athleticism - using a few handsprings and Matrix dodges.
  • Joisey: She has her '201' area code proudly on her ring gear and entrance video. As she played a Face she was more of a Plucky Girl. Upon a heel turn on the main roster, she averted the trope entirely.
  • Kick Chick: She got her first win with a roundhouse kick to Aliyah.
  • Last of His Kind: By June of 2021, Liv is the only member left of the Riott Squad in the WWE. Averted once Sarah Logan was re-signed, but under a different gimmick with no association to Liv.
  • Maniac Tongue: As a heel she has a habit of sticking her tongue out a lot. She's even painted it blue!
  • Odd Friendship: She and Aliyah were opponents one week, Liv picking up the win. When Billie Kay and Peyton Royce cheated to attack Aliyah, Liv came down and saved her despite having no reason to. As a result, Aliyah Took a Level in Kindness and immediately came to Liv's rescue when the Aussies attacked her. They were friends for the rest of Liv's time on NXT.
  • Perky Goth: As a heel in The Riott Squad, her look evokes this much more than Sarah Logan.
  • Plucky Girl: She's got a lot of heart and enthusiasm to prove herself.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: It's very apparent in her entrance that she used to be a cheerleader.
  • Power Trio: The Riott Squad, with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan.
  • Punny Name: A few puns have come from her first name. Her music is titled 'Livin Large', and her Twitter handle is 'Ya Only Liv Once', with tweets containing the hashtag 'SD Liv' upon debuting on SmackDown.
  • She-Fu: She does Matrix dodges, handsprings and a few 'pretty' athletic moves in the ring.
  • Shout-Out:
    • As a Lita fan she does a kip-up after certain moves like her.
    • She's also an admirer of Sasha Banks and does a strangle-hold submission as a nod to her. This was one of Sasha's trademark submissions while she was a heel.
    • Double-Subverted when it came to her similarities to Harley Quinn, saying that it was purely coincidental at first. Then she becomes a fan and starts explicitly paying homage.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: On the July 16th, 2019 episode of SmackDown, in response to Charlotte Flair defending Shane McMahon's control, Liv told the former nine-time Women's Champion to shut up and proceeded to mock Charlotte for being the Spotlight-Stealing Squad she is.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She bears more than a few similarities to Carmella (though Liv is actually from New Jersey, while Carmella is a Bostonian billed as a New Yorker). As of Carmella's Face–Heel Turn on the main roster, there are more differences. She also does a few Matrix dodges as a nod to Trish Stratus.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Aliyah's girly girl. On the main roster she became the girly girl to Ruby Riott's and later Rhea Ripley's tomboy.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a scrappy brawler who can still pull off some She-Fu moves, as well as being a former cheerleader. She has sometimes had pink on her ring gear.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: She wore one to the ring in NXT. She stopped by the time she was called up to the WWE.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite tapping out to Asuka in a matter of seconds, she worked hard to get stronger in the ring. She started winning more matches, and came close to becoming #1 contender for the title. Then she did become #1 contender and give Becky Lynch a run for her money in a title match on Raw. Finally, after Rhea Ripley's betrayal and a subsequent pseudo-Bullet Club run which lasted about a month, she became Ms. Money in the Bank and cashed in to defeat Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women's Championship.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Pizza, judging by social media. Also Orange Monster.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: In response to Rhea Ripley betraying her and aligning with Edge and Damian Priest's Judgment Day, Morgan was invited to join forces with AJ Styles and Finn Bálor.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: During her Smackdown debut, after Sarah Logan had already thrown Becky Lynch onto the make-up table, Liv picked up the table and threw it at Becky.
  • Ur-Example: By virtue of joining with AJ Styles and Finn Bálor, Liv became the first female member AND the first completely new member of any of WWE's offshoot iterations of Bullet Club.
  • Use Your Head: During a match on SmackDown, Raquel Rodriguez lifted Liv up in the air by her throat. Liv responded by headbutting Raquel several times until she let go.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shortly after Bayley became NXT Women's Champion, she wrestled a match with Liv that was strictly a friendly affair. Although Bayley won, she acknowledged Liv as such. Liv would later call it her favourite match.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Liv in early 2024 when she returned from injury painfully exemplifies this trope. Swearing revenge on her former friend and tag team partner Rhea Ripley for causing said injury that put her out for 6 months, Liv enters the Royal Rumble at #30 only to come up heartbreakingly short as she finishes runner-up for the 2nd year in a row, this time to Bayley after the aforementioned Ripley had dashed her dreams the year before, made worse by the fact that Rhea and Liv went bell-to-bell. The next month at Elimination Chamber, Liv is entered into the titular match with the winner going on to face Ripley at WrestleMania but once more suffers utter heartbreak as she finishes runner-up to old rival and massive fan favorite in her own right, Becky Lynch. Poor girl just can't catch a break.