Simone Garcia Johnson is a 22-year-old professional wrestler from Florida. She is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment and performs on the company’s NXT brand under the ring name, Ava.
Simone Johnson is a fourth-generation wrestler. She is the daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and is a member of the Maivia-Anoa’i family of Samoan wrestlers. She attended the private high school of NSU University School, where she graduated and earned her diploma in May 2019 at 17-years-old. Initially, Simone had planned to study at New York University in August 2019, but suffered a knee injury a month earlier. Instead of college, Johnson decided to stay in Florida and pursue a professional wrestling career.
Simone Johnson’s Wrestling Career
In November 2017, Johnson expressed her interest in becoming a professional wrestler. In February 2020, WWE announced that Johnson had reported to the WWE Performance Center. Johnson began her training then, making her the first fourth-generation wrestler, and one of the youngest talents to sign a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.
On the October 26th 2022 episode of NXT, Johnson made her first televised appearance. At her appearance, she revealed herself to be a member of Joe Gacy’s evil faction, The Schism. She debuted under the ring name “Ava Raine”, but this was later shortened to “Ava” on the February 14, 2023 episode. Ava made her in-ring debut on Sunday, April 1, 2023 at the third annual Stand & Deliver premium live event with The Schism, losing to Chase University.
On the June 6th episode of NXT, Ava made her NXT in-ring debut and was defeated by Ivy Nile.