Angela Fong
Birth nameAngela Carolyn Fong
Born (1985-02-03) February 3, 1985 (age 36)[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
ResidenceTampa, Florida, United States[1]
Spouse(s)
Phil Habeger
(m. 2015)
Children1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Angela Fong[1]
Black Lotus
Miss Angela[1]
Savannah[1]
Billed height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[1]
Billed weight120 lb (54 kg)[1]
Billed fromHong Kong, China[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Trained byFlorida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut2008

Angela Carolyn Fong (born February 3, 1985)[1] is a Canadian professional wrestler, model, ring announcer, cheerleader and actress. She is best known for her time at WWE from 2007 to 2010 under the ring name Savannah, and at Lucha Underground from 2014 to 2019, under the ring name Black Lotus.[2]

Prior to her career in professional wrestling, she was a cheerleader for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment (2007–2010)

Fong tried out for the 2007 Diva Search, but she did not become one of the finalists. In February 2008, WWE signed Fong to a developmental deal and was shown briefly on OVW with Shawn Spears.

Fong debuted on FCW in early 2008.[1] She initially started as a valet for The Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Perez) where they feuded with Nick Nemeth, Brad Allen and Taryn Terrell. The Puerto Rican Nightmares broke up and Angela started to wrestle more. On the February 5 episode of FCW television tapings, Angela defeated Alicia Fox in the finals to become the first ever Queen of FCW.[1] Fong and Rosa Mendes established a feud when Mendes tried to steal the crown from Angela.[1] On April 19, 2009 edition of FCW, Rosa Mendes challenged Angela for the Queen of FCW Crown only to be attacked by Doctor X, so she won by DQ.[1] After defending the crown for seven months, Fong was defeated by Mia Mancini. During her time on ECW/NXT Fong still would make appearances in FCW including competing in a tournament for the new FCW Divas Championship, but lost to Naomi Night in the second round.

On September 15, 2009, Fong debuted as Savannah on ECW as a backstage interviewer. Fong spent most of her time as the ECW backstage interviewer, until ECW ring announcer Lauren Mayhew departed from the WWE which Fong took over the role as the ring announcer of the show. She was also a lumberjill during Michelle McCool and Melina's match on the October 2, 2009 episode of SmackDown!, namely during the 10th anniversary of SmackDown. After the ECW brand was closed down on February 16, 2010 and was replaced with NXT, she joined the WWE NXT broadcast team as the official ring announcer for the first season of NXT. At WrestleMania XXVI, she was the ring announcer for the preshow battle royal and the Money in the Bank ladder match. On June 23, 2010, Fong was released from her WWE contract.

Independent circuit (2010–2013)

In 2010, Fong started selling signed memorabilia on eBay.[3] She also revealed via her Twitter account on September 22, 2010, that she would become an MMA dancer for the organization, Xtreme Fighting Championships, dancing in the XFC Cage Dolls.[4] Fong began wrestling in the independent circuit, under her real name and competed in her first post-WWE match in the organization, Ground Breaking Pro Wrestling on September 26, 2010, when she defeated Randi West to win the vacant GBPW Ladies Championship and became its first champion.[1][5] On May 4, 2013, Fong defeated Miyako Matsumoto in a match for Ice Ribbon.[1][6]

Lucha Underground (2014–2018)

In 2014, it was confirmed that Fong would return to the wrestling scene appearing for the new Lucha Underground wrestling series.[2] She made her official television appearance during the November 26, 2014 episode where she was seen briefly watching the match between Son of Havoc and Mascarita Sagrada. She later appeared in many matches over the weeks spectating over different competitors in the Lucha Underground roster. Her role was revealed at the ending of the 28 January, 2015 episode where she approached Lucha Underground owner Dario Cueto claiming to be looking for a man named Matanza. It was also revealed on the 4 February episode that she goes by the alias of Black Lotus.

On the June 3 episode, Cueto imprisoned Black Lotus for trying to kill his brother. Lotus was captured by Chavo Guerrero and the Crew, as Guerrero betrayed Lotus to Cueto in exchange for protection from Mexican enemies.[7] At part one of Lucha Underground's Ultima Lucha, Cueto admitted to Black Lotus that "the Monster" Matanza is his brother, forced by their father to partake in underground fighting. He claimed that it was El Dragon Azteca who had killed Lotus' parents while framing Matanza for the deed (this was later revealed to be a lie). Despite Azteca trying to save Lotus,[8] Lotus attacked and seemingly killed Azteca on part two of Ultima Lucha on August 5, 2015, also the first-season finale. Cueto then freed Lotus, claiming that Azteca's death had endangered them and they needed to leave. Cueto and Lotus fled along with Matanza, while the show closed with the Temple being abandoned.[9][10]

Throughout Season 2, Lotus would act as the bodyguard to Dario Cueto both during their absence from the temple, and later when they resurfaced there. On the Season 2 Finale at Ultima Lucha Dos, she competed in her first televised match against El Dragon Azteca Jr. where the match went to a no contest due to Pentagón Dark breaking her arm. On November 16 episode of Lucha Underground during the Aztec Warfare III she returned to the temple along with The Black Lotus Triad members Hitokiri, Doku and Yurei and all four attacked Pentagón Dark, allowing Johnny Mundo to eliminate him, thus costing him the match.

Other media

Since 2005, Fong has been pursuing an acting career in television shows and movies. Fong appeared as a contestant on Let's Make a Deal, where she won a purse and a $500 gift card. On June 7, 2012, Fong appeared as one of the girls looking for a date on Take Me Out, where she appeared on every episode during the season. She also competed on the hit Comedy.tv game show Who Wants to Date a Comedian?, where she ended up winning a for real date with “comedian” Nestor Rodriguez.

Personal life

Fong married Phil Habeger on September 6, 2015.[11] The couple's first child, a daughter, was born in December 2020.[12]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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  2. ^ a b "Lucha Underground promotion TV debut moved back three weeks". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 2014-09-22. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  3. ^ "angelafongdirect's profile". Myworld.ebay.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  4. ^ http://www.diva-dirt.com/28650/former-wwe-diva-becomes-mma-dancer/[unreliable source]
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2010-09-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Angela Fong". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ Namako, Jason. "Lucha Underground Results – 6/3/15 (Star vs. Pentagon Jr.)". Wrestleview. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  8. ^ Moore, John. "7/29 Moore's Lucha Underground Ultima Lucha Night One Review: The Black Lotus Saga continues". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  9. ^ Peeples, Jeremy. "Lucha Underground August 5 TV results: Prince Puma vs. Mil Muertes headlines Ultima Lucha season one finale". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ Moore, John. "8/5 Moore's Lucha Underground Season Finale Review: Ultima Lucha part two". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  11. ^ Habeger, Phil (September 6, 2018). "Happy Anniversary Baby!! I can't believe it's been 6 years since we met – I feel like I've known you my whole life. And 3 years since our wedding – I still cherish every moment with you and I'm so excited for more adventures in the years to come!!". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24.
  12. ^ Fong, Angela (December 31, 2020). "Hello world! My name is Aria Drew! I was born at 12:38pm on Christmas Day at 7lbs and 20". My parents are already obsessed with me!". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24.