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Michelle McCool

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Michelle McCool
McCool in April 2016
Birth nameMichelle Leigh McCool
Born (1980-01-25) January 25, 1980 (age 44)[1]
Palatka, Florida, United States[1]
Alma materFlorida State University
Jeremy Alexander
(m. 2001; div. 2006)

Mark Calaway (aka The Undertaker) (m. 2010)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Michelle McCool
Billed height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[3][1]
Billed weight127 lb (58 kg)[1]
Billed fromPalatka, Florida[3][2]
Trained byDeep South Wrestling[1]
Ohio Valley Wrestling[1][2]
DebutNovember 18, 2004[2]
RetiredMay 1, 2011[4]

Michelle Leigh Calaway[5] (née McCool; born January 25, 1980) is an American former professional wrestler. She is best known for working with WWE. She is a former two-time WWE Divas Champion and a two-time WWE Women's Champion.

McCool originally worked as a middle school teacher in Palatka, Florida. She joined WWE in 2004 after being a part of the WWE Diva Search. In her first on-screen appearances, she used the gimmick of a personal trainer. She later changed it to that of a teacher. At The Great American Bash in 2008, McCool became the first WWE Divas Champion. She was champion for about five months. She won the WWE Women's Championship at The Bash in 2009. She was the first wrestler to have held both titles. At Night of Champions in 2010, she combined both titles and became the first and only WWE Unified Divas Champion. McCool held both titles twice. This makes her a four-time champion overall. In November 2010, she was ranked number one in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Female 50, She retired the next year.

Career[change | change source]

McCool was in the 2005 Diva Search but she lost to Christy Hemme. She still got a contract with the company.

McCool defeated Natalya Neidhart at The Great American Bash to become the first ever Diva's Champion. She lost the title to Maryse on Smackdown with María as a referee, after the match, McCool attacked María, turning heel, later, she apologized, but attacked Eve, turning definitely heel.

Personal life[change | change source]

McCool was married to Jeremy Louis Alexander. They began dating in high school.[1][6][7] The couple divorced in 2006.[1] She married wrestler Mark Calaway (The Undertaker) on June 26, 2010, in Houston, Texas.[8][9] In August 2012, she gave birth to their first child, their daughter Kaia.[10]

McCool is a devout Christian.[11] She used Christian crosses on her wrestling attire.[12]

In 2016 she was learned that she had skin cancer. The treatment she got was successful.[13] In April 2019, she said that she hade problems with infertility and had had several miscarriages.[14]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Kamchen, Richard (June 21, 2009). "Michelle McCool". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Michelle McCool". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Michelle McCool's alumni profile". WWE. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  4. Morrow, Brendan (January 9, 2017). "Michelle McCool, The Undertaker's Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. "Dan Severn, Crime Time, Brooke Adams, Steve Keirn and More Added to Massive Wrestlecon Guest List in Orlando, Fl". pwinsider.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  6. "Exclusive interview 2". MichelleMcCool.net. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
  7. "Exclusive Interview 1". MichelleMcCool.net. 2004. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
  8. Stroud, Brandon (June 29, 2010). "WWE's Undertaker Marries Women's Champion Michelle McCool". FanHouse. Archived from the original on August 3, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  9. Martin, Adam (June 29, 2010). "Report: WWE stars wed this past week". WrestleView. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
  10. Maitra, Sayantan (April 7, 2017). "Undertaker's wife Michelle McCool reveals first-ever photo of their daughter". International Business Times. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  11. McCool, Michelle (October 8, 2007). "Lovin' Life, No. 2". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  12. McCool, Michelle (January 30, 2008). "Lovin' Life, No. 8". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  13. "Former WWE star Michelle McCool undergoes treatment for skin cancer". Fox Sports. August 25, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  14. McCool-Calaway, Michelle (April 24, 2019). "Michelle McCool Calaway on Instagram". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved September 13, 2019. millions of women, including myself, who struggle with infertility. [...] 13 rounds of IVF [...] & 3 miscarriages later

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