Jessika Carr
Carr in 2017
Birth nameJessika Heiser
Born (1991-06-25) June 25, 1991 (age 32)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jessie Kaye
Jessika Carr
Jessika Heiser
Kennadi Brink
Kennedy Lewis
Billed fromSevern, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
Hollywood, Florida
Trained byDuane Gill
Bubba Ray Dudley
D-Von Dudley
WWE Performance Center
DebutJuly 2011

Jessika Heiser (born June 25, 1991) is an American professional wrestling referee and former professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Jessika Carr.[1] After signing with the company in 2017, Heiser became the first female WWE referee since the 1980s.[1] She is also known by her ring names Jessie Kaye and Kennadi Brink on the independent circuit.[2] She regularly worked for Maryland Championship Wrestling.[3]

Early life

As a teenager, Heiser was overweight; she credited her love of wrestling and desire to become a wrestler as "her escape" and her inspiration to change.[4] With help from a local professional wrestler, who was signed to a developmental contract with WWE, she was able to lose over 60 lbs and become an athlete.[4]

Professional wrestling career

Wrestler (2011–2017)

In July 2010, she started training regularly at Duane Gill's Academy of Professional Wrestling in Severn, Maryland.[4] On April 28, 2012, she won the DCW Women's Champion under the ring name Jessie Kaye.[4] On June 2, 2013, she became the inaugural VOW Vixen's Champion.[5] On September 7, 2013, she became the inaugural ECWA Women's Champion.[6] On the October 21, 2016 episode of Women of Honor, Heiser made her Ring of Honor debut under the ring name Kennadi Brink in a match against Rachael Ellering.[7][8] A day prior on a episode of ROH Women of Honor Kennadi Brink returned and had a match against Amber O'Neal and also was successful in that match as well.[7][9]

Referee (2017–present)

Heiser signed with WWE in 2017 as a referee under the ring name Jessika Carr. She also became WWE's first female referee in decades to make an official debut in WWE history.[1] She also became the first female WWE referee since Rita Chatterton in the 1980s.[10][1] On October 21, 2021, Heiser refereed at Crown Jewel, becoming the first woman to referee in Saudi Arabia, as well as becoming the first female to referee a Hell in a Cell match.[11]

Personal life

Heiser credits The Rock, The Undertaker, Trish Stratus and Mickie James as her influences in professional wrestling.[4]

Championships and accomplishments


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  6. ^ a b "Women's title history". East Coast Wrestling Association. Archived from the original on October 23, 2021. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
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  8. ^ GIRI, RAJ. "ROH 10/21: Rachael Ellering Vs. Kennadi Brink". Retrieved October 26, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ GIRI, RAJ. "ROH 10/22: Kennadi Brink Vs. Amber O'Neal". Retrieved November 2, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Duarte, Jon (November 28, 2019). "Así fue La emotiva despedida de Jessika Carr de NXT". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Archived from the original on December 25, 2023. Retrieved December 25, 2023.
  11. ^ Middleton, Marc (October 21, 2021). "WWE Female Referee Makes History At Crown Jewel". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on October 22, 2021. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Title History". Dynamite Championship Wrestling (DCW). Archived from the original on January 25, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "PWI Ratings for Jessika Carr". Internet Wrestling Database (IWD). Archived from the original on October 30, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021.