Indi Hartwell
Indi Hartwell in 2017.jpg
Hartwell in 2017
Birth nameSamantha De Martin
Born (1996-08-17) 17 August 1996 (age 26)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Indi Hartwell[1]
Samantha De Martin[2]
Billed fromMelbourne, Australia[1]
Trained byPCW Academy[2]
Debut19 March 2016[2]

Samantha De Martin[3] (born 17 August 1996)[4][5] is an Australian professional wrestler, best known by the ring name Indi Hartwell. She is signed to WWE, performing on the NXT brand, and was a member of The Way. She is a former NXT Women's Tag Team Champion, as well as a former WSW Women's Champion and RCW Women's Champion.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

De Martin began her training at the age of 19, and she was trained by Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) Academy in Melbourne.[6] Hartwell made her debut in March 2016, in her home country of Australia. She performed for several promotions like Melbourne City Wrestling, Shimmer, Rise, Riot City Wrestling, and World Series Wrestling.[7]

WWE (2019–present)

On 5 November 2019, it was reported that Hartwell signed a WWE contract.[3] On 7 November 2019, she made her debut at a NXT live event.[8] On 15 January 2020, episode of NXT, she made her NXT televised debut by participating in the Number One Contender Battle Royal for the NXT Women's Championship, in which she lost.[9] She would make an appearance on 20 April, episode of Raw in a lost by referee decision against Shayna Baszler after Baszler injured her arm. Following the match, Baszler sandwiched her arm in a ladder.[10]

On 15 July 2020, episode of NXT, Hartwell picked up her first televised win against Shotzi Blackheart.[11] On 7 October, episode of NXT, a storyline began where Hartwell gave a brand new television to the Garganos with a USB in the package, when she was seen assisting Candice LeRae in the Number One Contender Battle for the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver 31 on 23 September. On Halloween Havoc, a masked figure wearing the Ghostface costume was seen assisting LeRae during her NXT Women's Championship match against Io Shirai but was fended off by the host of the event, Shotzi Blackheart.[12] On 11 November, episode of NXT, it was revealed that Hartwell was the masked figure, aligning with LeRae in the process.[13] On 9 December, episode of NXT, Johnny Gargano revealed that he had formed a faction with Candice LeRae, Austin Theory and Hartwell called The Way.[14]

On 22 January 2021 episode of 205 Live, Hartwell and LeRae defeated the team of Cora Jade and Gigi Dolin in the quarterfinals of the Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, which marked the first time that a women's match has ever taken place in the history of 205 Live brand.[15][16] On 10 February episode of NXT, they were eliminated by Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart in the semi-finals of the tournament.[17] On 8 April, at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Hartwell and LeRae challenged Moon and Blackheart for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship in a losing effort.[18] On 27 April episode of NXT, Hartwell and LeRae attacked Blackheart and Moon; setting the stage for a future street fight match for the titles.[19] On the next episode of NXT, they defeated the champions to win the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, marking Hartwell's first championship in her WWE career.[20][21] At The Great American Bash, the team of Io Shirai and Zoey Stark defeated Hartwell and LeRae, ending their reign at 63 days.[22][23]

After months of promos with her onscreen boyfriend Dexter Lumis, Hartwell proposed to him on 17 August episode of NXT.[24] On the debut episode of NXT 2.0, where the brand announced "new beginnings", she was the bride in a kayfabe wedding where she married her -now- on screen husband Lumis.[25] At Halloween Havoc, Hartwell teamed with Persia Pirotta in a triple threat Scareway to Hell Ladder match against the Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) and the team of Shirai and Stark for NXT women's tag titles in a losing effort.[26] She made an appearance on 12 November episode of 205 Live and defeated Valentina Feroz.[27] In the following weeks, Hartwell and Pirotta started a feud with Toxic Attraction which resulted in a match for women's tag team titles at Vengeance Day where they were unsuccessful in winning the match.[28] They then entered Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic; losing in the first round against the team of Dakota Kai and Wendy Choo.[29]

On 19 July episode of NXT, Hartwell competed in a 20-woman battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship, eliminating Arianna Grace but was eliminated by Tiffany Stratton.[30]

Other media

De Martin made her video game debut in the Most Wanted Pack DLC for WWE 2K22.[31][32]

Personal life

De Martin is of Chilean and Italian descent.[33][34] She has stated that the match between Bayley and Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn inspired her to become a professional wrestler.[35]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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