Layla Young

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Ring Names Layla
Height 5 ft 2 in
Weight 115 lbs
Born June 25, 1977 (40)
London, England,

United Kingdom

Resides Phoenix, Arizona
Billed Miami, Florida
Trained by Booker T
Jesse Hernandez
Debut July 10, 2006
Retired July 29, 2015

Layla Young (née El) is an English dancer, model, and retired professional wrestler best known for her time in WWE. She was the final original WWE Women's Champion until the title was deactivated in 2010.


Utilizing skills honed while a member of the Miami Heat dance squad, Layla won the 2006 Diva Search to earn her opportunity in WWE.

The flirty contest winner made her first appearance at that year’s SummerSlam, and then the English-born beauty took her sweet dance moves to ECW, where she wowed the WWE Universe as part of the Extreme Exposé.

By 2009, Layla joined forces with Michelle McCool to form Team Lay-Cool on SmackDown. The “Flawless” duo seemed inseparable, even going as far as referring to themselves as the self-professed “co–Women’s Champions” when Layla held the title. But it wasn’t long before Layla enjoyed her own time in the spotlight.

Alongside McCool in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match for the title, Layla pinned Beth Phoenix in May 2010 on SmackDown to become the first-ever British Women's Champion, and with that accolade, she also became the last Women’s Champion, as the title was retired shortly thereafter.

Things started to unravel between Lay-Cool in 2011, culminating with a Loser Leaves WWE Match at Extreme Rules, which saw the end to their friendship and McCool’s departure from WWE. Despite the victory over her ex-friend, an injury sidelined the British beauty for the rest of the year.

After lengthy rehab on her knee, Layla finally returned to the ring at Extreme Rules 2012 where she defeated Nikki Bella to win the Divas Title, proving that she hadn’t lost a step in her time away from the squared circle. Although Eve defeated Layla for the title at Night of Champions 2012 amid a cloud of controversy, the insatiable former champion kept her sights on regaining the title gold.

Layla turned against her friend, former Diva Kaitlyn, to join forces with then-Divas Champion AJ Lee, joining her in tag team action in her quest to bring down the stars of E!'s "Total Divas." Not long after, Layla competed in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Invitational at WrestleMania 30 for the Divas Championship, but was unsuccessful in dethroning AJ for the title. A brief fling with Fandango followed, but the pair eventually fell out of step.

Layla retired from WWE in July 2015 and married former WWE Superstar, Ricky Ortiz.


In wrestling Edit

  • Finishing moves
    • Bombshell (Roundhouse kick, sometimes while spinning)
    • The Facelift (Diving somersault three-quarter facelock jawbreaker) – 2010-2012
    • The Layout (Hangman's neckbreaker)
  • Signature moves
    • Bodyscissors, sometimes transitioned into a guillotine choke
    • Inverted DDT
    • Flying clothesline
    • Hanging figure-four necklock
    • Headscissors, sometimes transitioned into figure-four
    • Hip attack, to a bent over opponent.
    • Indian deathlock, sometimes transitioned into a pin
    • Infinity (Bridging floatover pin, as an arm drag counter)
    • Multiple kick variations
      • Back, sometimes to an oncoming opponent
      • Low drop, to a seated opponent to the face or the back
      • Reverse roundhouse
      • Side
      • Super
    • Leglock
    • LOL – Lots of Layla (Double jump springboard reverse crossbody)
    • Modified crossface, sometimes while trapping the opponents arm
    • Modified surfboard stretch
    • Multiple pinning variations
      • Jackknife
      • Prawn hold
      • Roll-up, sometimes while trapping the leg of the opponent
      • Schoolgirl, sometimes from out of the corner
      • Sunset flip
    • Sleeper hold
    • Snapmare, sometimes followed by a shoot kick or a low dropkick to the opponents face, or back
    • Kneeling facebuster
  • With Michelle McCool
    • Double team finishing moves
      • Double running big boot
      • Leg trap (Layla) and big boot (McCool) combination
    • Double team signature moves
      • Double forward Russian legsweep
  • Managers
  • Wrestlers managed
    • The Miz
    • Jamie Noble
    • William Regal
    • Kaval
    • Kaitlyn
    • AJ Lee
    • Fandango
  • Entrance themes
    • "Nasty Girl" by Vula Malinga, Drew Milligan and Nicole Nicholson (2007-2009)
    • "Not Enough for Me" by Jim Johnston (2009–2012, 2014–2015)
    • "Insatiable" by Jim Johnston and Patsy Grime (2012–2013)

Social Media Edit

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