Cheree Crowley is a professional New Zealander wrestler famous for her ring name Dakota Kai. Don’t let her pretty face fool you; The “Captain of Team Kick” is a vicious and violent WWE striker thanks to her Samoan heritage and never give up(sometimes backstabbing) attitude.
Want to know some interesting things about her? Keep scrolling down!
Dakota Kai: 11 Facts About The Pro Wrestler
1. Going International:
Under the ring name Dakota Kai, Cheree Georgina Crowley started competing internationally for the American promotions Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, and also for Pro Wrestling Alliance in Sydney, Australia, where she has already won the PWWA Championship. With her wrestling prowess, she has achieved IPW Women’s Championship three times in Impact Pro Wrestling in New Zealand.
2. Dakota Kai Early Life:
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Cheree Crowley had a normal childhood with her family. She was born on May 6th 1988.
During her childhood, her siblings and herself would frequently participate in sports events and cross country events. Crowley’s mother, Alailevao Crowley, comes from Samoan ethnicity and is from the village of Lepea on the remote island of Upolu in Samoa.
Her grandfather Pat Crowley is a member of the All Blacks, which is New Zealand’s national rugby team. As a flanker, he represented the team in the 1949 tour of South Africa and all four tests of 1950 against the British Lions.
During an interview with wwe.com in May 2018, Dakota stated that her brother was the one who encouraged her to pursue her career in wrestling and got her into WWE.
3. Dakota Kai Height:
Kai stands strong at the height of 5 feet and 6 inches and she also weighs about 60 kg.
4. Dakota Kai Age:
Dakota Kai is 32 years old as of 2020 with a promising career ahead of her.
Her WWE debut came on the October 14, 2015 episode of NXT in a losing effort against Nia Jax. In 2016, she adopted her ring name, Dakota Kai, and made her debut using the very name in the inaugural Mae Young Classic in 2017 where Dakota Kai reached the quarterfinals before being defeated by eventual winner Kairi Sane. Dakota kept on participating in NXT regularly but ended up being a sideline in early 2019 due to an ACL injury. After her recovery, Cheree Georgina Crowley returned to the ring in September and defeated Taynara Conti.
Following the match, she formed a tag team with Tegan Nox, which failed in winning the Women’s Tag Team Championship. During November, Dakota was chosen by team captain Rhea Ripley as part of the NXT invasion angle for Survivor Series. On the War Games pre-show on November 23, Mia got attacked backstage, and later in the program, Rhea replaced Mia with Dakota as her team member.
While fighting Kai attacked her tag team partner, Tegan Nox, turning heel for the first time in her WWE career. Upon her return, in December, Mia revealed that her attacker backstage was her own mate Kai. Obviously, this led to the grudge match between the two with Dakota winning the game, portraying an evil character in the ring.
6. Dakota Kai Dating:
There were lots of rumors spreading regarding the dating her fellow wrestling partner Nixon Newell. The two best buddies were seen hanging out and visiting places whenever they got an opportunity. But as of now, she seems to be not dating anyone and enjoying her single life full gracefully.
7. Music Video:
Dakota Kai made her pro debut in December 2007. Soon after this, she starred in a music video for the New Zealand rock band These Four Walls. In the video, she wasn’t a pretty-faced model as Kai actually wrestled in the video.
8. Video Game:
Crowley has gotten herself featured on video games like WWE 2K19 and 2K20 as a downloadable character.
9. Dakota Kai Nationality:
Cheree Crowley aka Dakota is a New Zealander of mixed Samoan and Irish heritage, this ten year veteran has already held gold in Australia and her home country.
10. Is Dakota Kai Related To The Rock?:
It’s well known that Dakota Kai is a Kiwi, but you might not know that she’s also half-Samoan.
And as far as famous Samoans go, no one is more famous than The Rock – who she is not related to despite their same passion for wrestling!
As she’s in the most Samoan sport ever and despite the long history of Samoan Superstars, Kai told WWE.com that she’s never felt any pressure to live up to her heritage:
“I never felt any pressure about that. I’ve simply always embraced being ‘afakasi.’ Mum would make sure us kids would grow up with a strong sense of who we are and where we came from. I’ve visited Samoa twice and visited my mum’s home village of Lepea. She would always make traditional Samoan dishes for us, and we would have family get-togethers somewhat regularly. Family is priority within the Samoan community, which means the support system I get from them is amazing”.
11. Dakota Kai Influences:
Most WWE’s wrestlers are influenced by legends of the past – Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin – but that’s not exclusively the case anymore. Kai told WWE.com that the people who most influenced her in-ring style are actually her contemporaries:
“The main influencers of my in-ring style would have to be Hideo Itami, Finn Bálor and Daniel Bryan. I was watching them since before they were here in WWE and was blown away with the level of skill they consistently showed”.
Pro wrestling sure has changed, women finding inspiration amongst others rather than people from the past or the future is amazing!