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Biography of Jackie Gayda



Jackie Suzanne Gayda (November 3, 1981 in Strongsville, Ohio) is an American professional wrestler and valet, currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and formerly working for the SmackDown! brand of World Wrestling Entertainment. She was awarded a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, after winning the second series of the reality television show Tough Enough, in the course of which she continued to compete with a badly injured knee. Gayda married fellow wrestler Charlie Haas on June 10 2005, and resides with Haas in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband are expecting their first child due at the end of 2006.

Career

World Wrestling Entertainment/Ohio Valley Wrestling

2002-2003

As soon as Gayda was awarded the contract, she worked several matches on the RAW and SmackDown! brands. On the July 8, 2002 edition of RAW, she participated in what is considered one of the worst matches ever, a mixed tag match with her and Christopher Nowinski going up against Trish Stratus and Bradshaw. In this match, she botched many moves, as the match revealed her inexperience in the ring in front of a live Philadelphia audience and television viewers as well. As a result of her performance in this match, she was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for further training. While in OVW, she joined the faction known as "The Revolution", in addition to managing The Basham Brothers and Chris Kanyon. She eventually returned to WWE as Miss Jackie, managing Rico.

2004

In early 2004, Gayda teamed up with Stacy Keibler, with the duo proclaiming themselves to be the WWE's hottest divas. This provoked a feud with SmackDown! divas Sable and Torrie Wilson. During this feud, Gayda and Keibler would use their wiles and assisted Rico in gaining victories over Sylvan Grenier and Rob Conway in singles matches. At WrestleMania XX, Gayda and Keibler were defeated by Sable and Wilson in an evening gown match. Torrie humiliated Jackie by pinning her and attempting to remove her panties (which revealed her thong) and slapping her buttocks.
In the second WWE Draft, Gayda and Rico were traded to SmackDown! brand, where they eventually teamed up with Charlie Haas. In September 2004, Haas and Gayda were engaged; their relationship was eventually incorporated into their on-screen characters. Dawn Marie announced the engagement of Gayda and Haas on the September 30, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, implying in the process that she and Haas were "more than just friends." This lead to a catfight between Gayda and Dawn, which in turn led to an intergender tag match at No Mercy 2004 pitting Gayda, Haas and Rico against Dawn and The Dudley Boyz. Gayda's team won the bout, yet Dawn Marie predicted that the relationship would not last very long.
From that moment onwards, Dawn Marie tried her hardest to split the couple up. On the October 7, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, Gayda found herself on the receiving end of Billy Kidman's BK Bomb. She sold her injuries through the October tour of Europe by wearing a neckbrace, only returning to action on the October 28, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, which saw Gayda hit the ring during a Halloween costume contest between Dawn and Torrie Wilson, spearing Dawn and tearing the clothes from her body. A vengeful Dawn then screamed to Gayda that it was not over.
Dawn gained her revenge during an arm wrestling contest on the November 4, 2004 episode of SmackDown!, headbutting Gayda and catfighting with her until Haas made the save. Dawn's ally Heidenreich then decimated Haas, dismissing Gayda's attempts to protect Haas by shoving her to the mat. On November 25, 2004, Gayda would try and gain revenge in a "pilgrim versus Indian" match, but both women were disqualified for ignoring the referee's instructions. The two divas would catfight once again on December 2, 2004, this time while wearing Christmas outfits. General Manager Theodore Long finally announced a final encounter at Armageddon 2004, appointing Haas as referee. Gayda lost the match, and her fianceƩ too, as the relationship was broken when Haas revealed he had an affair with Dawn Marie. He then rejected Marie afterwards, saying he did not want either woman.

2005

Following her on-screen separation from Haas, and with Rico released several months beforehand, Gayda began wrestling as a singles performer. She appeared in numerous vignettes with the other divas until she and Haas were released from WWE on July 6, 2005, along with many other WWE wrestlers.

Independent circuit

Gayda has since worked for several independent promotions, including Ballpark Brawl - where Gayda was referred to as Just Jackie, and defeated Traci Brooks, Nattie Neidhart, Jamie D and April Hunter on August 13, 2005, in addition to teaming with Hunter in a loss to Neidhart on August 14, 2005 - and Women's Extreme Wrestling - where she debuted against Passion in a ten minute match. Gayda accompanied Charlie Haas to ringside on August 27, 2005, in his debut in the NWA Universal promotion. On September 10, 2005, for Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Gayda battled Alicia in women's action. The match ended with Gayda winning by disqualification when April Hunter interfered. Sunny was the special guest referee. On October 26, Gayda accompanied her husband Charlie Haas (to victory) to the ring for his match against Ekmo, who was accompanied by Nidia. After the match, which Charlie won, Jackie and Nidia came to scraps, ending with Jackie getting Ekmo's Top Rope Splash applied on her. This appearance was for Nu-Wrestling Evolution, a company in Italy. She defeated Nidia in a singles match (with Ekmo as special guest referee) on the 29th.
On December 3, she defeated Alicia at a JAPW event.
In October 2005, the book entitled Divas Uncovered (a book that went behind the scenes with the divas, much like WWE Unscripted) was released. Gayda, who was previously on the cover, was still featured in the book, despite her release.
In April 2006, Jackie took part in a wrestling show called "Hog-A-Mania". The event was by Ward Family Promotions, now known mostly as TNT Pro Wrestling. Lollipop and Pitbull Patterson along with Jackie as their manager defeated Traci Brooks and Short Sleeve Sampson.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

On November 3, 2005, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling announced that they had signed Gayda to a contract.
On the November 26, 2005 edition of iMPACT, Gayda made her debut lashing out at Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett was shocked and frightened by Gayda's unexpected appearance and soon ordered her backstage. He was heard saying, "It's not what you think." After being pushed by Jarrett, Gayda slapped him and then went after his valet, Gail Kim. The following week, Gayda came out again to confront Jarrett. After pushing and slapping, the two had to be pulled apart by officials. At TNA Turning Point, the same thing happened in the main event match. However, Jackie was restrained by officials. On the December 31 show, Don West tracked down Jackie for an interview. She said her being there had nothing to do with a love affair, but rather that Jarrett had promised her a spot on the TNA Roster, but while she was stuck at home, she turned on the television to see Gail Kim in her place. She said she had a big secret about Jarrett that TNA Management would love to hear, but didn't reveal what it was.
Jackie won TNA's Knockout of the Year 2005 on the January 14, 2006 edition of iMPACT, as well as making an appearance in an interview, where she told Shane Douglas that the whole situation was none of his business. D'Amore appeared and told her she was blowing the whole thing out of proportion and her list of demands given to Jarrett last week were outrageous. At TNA Final Resolution, she ran into Raven after he lost his match. She told him that they had something in common, they were both being screwed by TNA Management. On the January 28, 2006 edition of iMPACT, Jackie came down to ringside during a Jarrett vs. Lethal match, to hand an audio tape to Gail Kim. She then left, a confused Gail soon following. It is unknown what is on the tape thus far.
Jarrett then hired Alex Shelley to video tape Jackie at her home, for blackmail. Shelley complied, returning a week later with a videotape and calling Gayda a "kinky dame", which earned him a slap at TNA Against All Odds. On the February 18, 2006 edition of iMPACT, she told Jeff Jarrett that he had won, that she would leave. Jarrett refused to comply and used the tape Shelley compiled of Gayda as blackmail to get her to join his stable. Gail commented on the situation, saying this would be "a lot of fun." Now, Jackie had to go everywhere Jarrett's stable goes - interviews, promos and she even has to manage them in the ring. She managed to get her own measure of revenge on Gail at TNA Destination X, by setting her up for a devastating legdrop, delivered by Ron Killings. Abyss tried to Chokeslam her shortly after, but she managed to escape. On the April 1, 2006 edition of iMPACT, Gail Kim spilled beer on her as she went to collect America's Most Wanted's ring-coats. This led to her tripping him up during his match, which led to Gail Kim slapping Jackie in the face. The next time they were out there, the two got into a "slapfest" again.
At TNA Lockdown, Jackie pulled Gail off the cage and ripped off her skirt, leading to her running away in embarrassment. For several weeks following this on iMPACT Jackie would be seen being very emotional and crying all the time. At TNA Sacrifice, Jackie announced that she was pregnant, so Gail Kim (kayfabe) fired her.

Personal life

Jackie's musical instrument of choice is the flute and her sport of choice is track and field (she became a sports enthusiast at a young age), which later led to her becoming an All-Ohio athlete at Strongsville High School. She was also a student at the University of Toledo majoring in broadcast and journalism before entering professional wrestling. Jackie also worked at Cedar Point for two summers while in collage.
She is the oldest of four children.
On June 10, 2005, Jackie Gayda married wrestler Charlie Haas. The best man was Shelton Benjamin while her bridesmaids were Victoria and Dawn Marie, whom she cites as two of her best friends.
It was announced in May 5, 2006 on WWE.com that Jackie and her husband Charlie Haas are expecting their first child. The baby is due sometime in December, and there is a high possibility it will be a Christmas baby. She was taken off television at the TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view, but was spotted backstage at the TNA Victory Road pay-per-view visiting friends. She remains employed by TNA and is rumoured to take an office job in the meantime.

In wrestling

Finishing and signature moves

  • German suplex pin
  • DDT
  • Flipping neckbreaker
  • Stunner
  • Leg drop
  • Crossbody
  • Hurricanrana
  • Missile dropkick

Wrestlers managed by Jackie Gayda

  • Danny Basham
  • Doug Basham
  • Charlie Haas
  • Chris Kanyon
  • Linda Miles
  • Marty Wright
  • Rico
  • Johnny Nitro
  • Jeff Jarrett
  • Chris Harris
  • James Storm
  • Ivory

Championships and accomplishments

  • Tough Enough II Winner
  • TNA Knockout of the Year (2005)

Trivia

  • Her first WWE theme music was called "Hot and Tough", followed by "Hey Purple Mary" which were both WWE production themes.
  • She attended the funeral of Eddie Guerrero with her husband Charlie Haas.

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