Natalie Eva Marie is a 36-year-old professional wrestler from Walnut Creek, California. She is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and wrestles on Monday Night RAW under the ring name, Eva Marie. Natalie Eva Marie is also an actress, fashion designer and model.
Growing up, Natalie always wanted to become a professional soccer player. Her plans were derailed in high school after suffering an ankle injury in her senior year. She recovered from her injury and began playing for Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, while earning an associate degree in art.
Natalie earned Junior College All-American honors and transferred to Arizona State University. She transferred again to California State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business management and a minor in human resource. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling, acting and promotional work.
Eva Marie Signs with WWE
In 2013, Natalie Marie saw a casting call for WWE and after impressing scout talents, she earned a four-week tryout and signed a developmental contract. She was assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Florida and began her formal training. In addition, Eva Marie also joined Total Divas, a reality show by WWE and E! in May 2013. Total Divas showed behind-the-scenes footage of the WWE Divas and provided fans with a look into their personal lives.
After just two weeks of training, Natalie was promoted to the WWE’s main roster. She made her debut on July 1st on Monday Night RAW in a backstage segment and was assigned the ring name, Eva Marie. That same night, she accompanied Natalya to the ring for her match against Naomi.
Eva Marie’s Feuds
For the first few months of her WWE career, Eva Marie competed in tag team matches. She was Brie Bella’s tag team partner at SummerSlam Axxess against Natalya and Maria Menounos. After a three month absence, she returned to WWE’s SmackDown brand in February 2014 and in her first singles match, she defeated Alicia Fox on WWE television.
At WrestleMania XXX, she took part in the 14–Diva “Vickie Guerrero Invitational match” for the WWE Divas Championship. In August, she made her debut in NXT in a losing match to Bayley. She began feuding with Divas Champion AJ Lee in non-title bouts on the August 11 episode of RAW and August 15 episode of SmackDown. She emerged victorious via pinfall and count out.
In November, after several months of absence, Eva announced that she was recovering from an injury on her Instagram account; it was revealed that one of her breast implants had ruptured.
Eva Marie Joins NXT
In June 2015, Eva Marie made an appearance on NXT and stated that she would be competing in NXT’s Women’s Division. Eva Marie competed in several NXT live events and was on a winning streak defeating Billie Kay, Carmella and Liv Morgan. In hopes of continuing her winning streak, Eva unsuccessfully challenged Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship.
Eva Marie returned to RAW in March 2016 as a face. She helped her fellow Total Divas co-stars over an assault against Lana and her allies, Naomi, Tamina, Emma, and Summer Rae. A 10-Diva tag team match between the Total Divas team (Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, Natalya, Eva, and Paige) and the newly dubbed team B.A.D. & Blonde (Naomi, Tamina, Lana, Emma, and Rae) was scheduled for the WrestleMania 32 pre-show. At the event, her team won after Naomi submitted to Brie Bella.
Eva Marie Drafted to SmackDown
At the WWE Draft in July 2016, Eva was drafted to SmackDown and debuted for the brand as a heel. She was suspended for 30 days for violating the company’s wellness policy. Eva said she tested positive for Adderall and had a prescription for the medication. Unfortunately, she failed to submit the paperwork before the WWE deadline. She was replaced by Nikki Bella at SummerSlam as part of a six-woman tag team match.
In July 2017, it was announced that Eva Marie would not be returning to the seventh season of Total Divas. Eva Marie announced that she and WWE had parted ways a month later.
Eva Marie Returns to WWE
In October 2020, the website PWInsider.com announced that Eva Marie had signed a new WWE contract. In May 2021, a vignette appeared on RAW advertising her return as a character “who wants to help other people,” in which she promoted “the Eva-Lution.”
Eva Marie made her return on the June 14th episode of RAW. She was originally announced to face Naomi, only for an unnamed protégé to wrestle and defeat Naomi on her behalf. Post-match, she announced herself as the winner, establishing herself as a heel.
The following week on RAW, Eva renamed her protégé as “Doudrop.” During a Money in the Bank qualification match that night, an irritated Doudrop turned on Eva resulting in her being pinned by Naomi. Despite the loss, Eva Marie and Doudrop remain a tag team and have been victorious in many matches. With each win, Eva declares herself as the sole winner.
Career Championships & Accomplishments
- Powertech Model & Fitness Competition (2012)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Diva Search (2013)