Alexis Kaufman (a.k.a. Alexa Bliss) is a 29-year-old wrestler from Columbus, Ohio. She is currently signed with the WWE and performs on the company’s RAW brand.
Alexis has always been athletic having been involved in sports like softball, track, gymnastics and kickboxing since the age of 5. In high school, she was a cheerleader and reached Division I status at the University of Akron.
Alexis even competed professionally as a competitive body builder and was one of the youngest people to earn the IFBB Professional status. As a teenager, Alexis was diagnosed with a severe eating disorder but found competing in fitness competitions helped her overcome her disorder.
Kaufman’s WWE Contract
Kaufman was signed by the WWE in 2013 and was assigned to the company’s developmental territory, NXT. In August, she was assigned the ring name, Alexa Bliss. She made her first televised appearance on the main roster at WrestleMania XXX as part of Triple H’s elaborate entrance.
Alexa Bliss made her televised NXT debut on May 8th 2014 competing in the tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. Bliss defeated Alicia Fox in the first round but lost to Charlotte Flair in the semi-finals. Bliss went on hiatus after sustaining an injury but returned in March 2015 and defeated Carmella.
In November 2015, Alexa Bliss feuded with Bayley over the NXT Women’s Championship but was unsuccessful. Alexa Bliss’ last match in NXT was in August 2016.
Alexa Bliss’ Main Roster Debut
On July 19, Alexa Bliss was drafted to SmackDown and made her main roster debut on the July 26th episode of SmackDown. She had her first victory against Becky Lynch in August and competed at SummerSlam where she teamed with Natalya and Nikki Bella in a winning effort against Becky Lynch, Carmella and Naomi.
On December 4, Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion. She lost the title in February to Naomi the following year. Two weeks later, Bliss defeated Lynch to capture the title for the second time after Naomi was forced to vacate the title due to injury.
At WrestleMania 33, Alexa Bliss lost the title to Naomi in a six-pack challenge that also included Carmella, Mickie James, Becky Lynch and Natalya.
Alexa Bliss Wins RAW Women’s Championship
In 2017, Alexa Bliss was drafted to RAW and became the number one contender for the Women’s RAW Championship. At Payback in April, Bliss defeated Bayley to become the new RAW Women’s Champion. She lost the title to Sasha Banks in August at SummerSlam but regained the title eight days later on RAW.
At Elimination Chamber in February 2018, Bliss won the match and continued to retain her title. She lost the title to Nia Jax at WrestleMania 34, ending her reign at 223 days. After losing the title, Bliss competed in and won the Money in the Bank. Bliss cashed in the Money in the Bank contract that night and defeated Jax to win the RAW Women’s Championship.
At SummerSlam, Bliss lost the title to Ronda Rousey and failed to regain the title in a rematch at Hell in a Cell the following month. Alexa Bliss suffered a concussion at Hell in a Cell and was unable to compete at Evolution, the first women’s only pay-per-view event. In January 2019, Alexa Bliss returned from hiatus to compete in the women’s Royal Rumble match but lasted only 12 minutes before being eliminated.
Bliss & Cross Win WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
In June 2019, Alexa Bliss teamed with Nikki Cross to challenge the Ilconics but were unsuccessful. In August, Bliss and Cross won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship in a four-way tag team elimination match. They successfully defended their titles against Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose at Clash of Champions but lost the titles at Hell in a Cell to the Kabuki Warriors.
At Wrestlemania 36, Alexa Bliss and Cross defeated the Kabuki Warriors to win the titles for a second time. Their reign lasted 62 days before losing to Bayley and Sasha Banks. Bliss and Cross failed to regain the titles in a rematch.
At The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Alexa Bliss became involved in a storyline involving Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt. At the pay-per-view event, she lured Strowman into a trap set by Wyatt. On the August 28, 2020 episode of SmackDown Alexa Bliss smashed Nikki Cross after she had made comments about Bliss’ new hairstyle leaving audiences with the impression that the Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross tag team was over.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE RAW Women’s Championship (3 times)
- SmackDown Women’s Championship (2 times)
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (2 times)