Ruby Riott burst onto the scene of WWE SmackDown Live last November, attacking several top athletes. She arrived alongside Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Together, they laid out both Becky Lynch and Naomi backstage. Later that night, the villainous trio interrupted a championship match between Charlotte Flair and Natalya. They viciously assaulted both women and stood tall over the fallen champion in the ring.
Riott’s real name is Dori Prange. She was born on January 9, 1991, in Edwardsburg, Michigan. Before she made it to the WWE, Prange was infamous on the independent wrestling scene as Heidi Lovelace. She’s held multiple championships throughout her career, including the OVW Women’s Championship, AIW Women’s Championship, AAW Heritage Championship, and the Shimmer Tag Team Championship.
In 2016, she was ranked number 20 among the top 50 best female wrestlers of the year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. And that was even before she made her SmackDown Live debut.
Prange made the transition from the indie scene to the big leagues in January 2017, as WWE signed her onto their global wrestling/entertainment brand. She officially made her televised NXT/WWE debut under the name “Ruby Riot” on the March 22 episode of NXT.
Ruby Riot quickly transitioned from the farm territory of NXT to the globally-recognized brand of WWE SmackDown Live. Less than a year after her NXT debut, Riot and her two partners-in-crime (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) sent shock waves all throughout the women’s division of the blue brand. Here’s a look at Riot’s official WWE debut from the Tuesday, November 21st episode of SmackDown Live:
SmackDown‘s first taste of Ruby Riott was quite bitter for many female wrestlers of the blue brand. But for the fans, it’s a whole nother story…
A week later, “Ruby Riot” added an extra “t” to the end of her ring name. She now goes by the name of “Ruby Riott”.