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Jessika Carr
Kennadi Brink (cropped).jpg
Carr in 2017
Birth nameJessika Heiser
Born (1991-06-25) June 25, 1991 (age 31)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jessie Kaye
Jessika Carr
Jessika Heiser
Kennadi Brink
Kennedy Lewis
Billed height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Billed fromSevern, Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland
Hollywood, Florida
Trained byDuane Gill
Bubba Ray Dudley
D-Von Dudley
WWE Performance Center
DebutJuly 2010

Jessika Heiser (born June 25, 1991) is an American professional wrestling referee and former professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE in its SmackDown brand as a referee 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 and career

As a teenager, Heiser was overweight; she credits 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]

In July 2010, she started training regularly at Duane Gill's Academy of Professional Wrestling in Severn, Maryland.[4]

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.[5][better source needed]

Personal life

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

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Mike (June 2, 2017). "WWE's First Female Referee in Decades Makes Official Debut". PWInsider. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Williams, JJ (June 1, 2017). "NXT Orlando, FL, live results: Referee Kennadi Brink makes her debut". f4wonline.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Csonka, Larry (May 16, 2017). "WWE Signs Kennadi Brink". 411MANIA. Archived from the original on March 31, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Kennadi Brink, Dynamic Indie Wrestler, Always One Step Ahead". Femcompetitor Magazine. May 7, 2017. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Title History". dcwprowrestling.com. Dynamite Championship Wrestling (DCW). Archived from the original on January 25, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Women's title history". ecwawrestling.com. East Coast Wrestling Association. Archived from the original on October 23, 2021. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  8. ^ "PWI Ratings for Jessika Carr". Internet Wrestling Database (IWD). Archived from the original on October 30, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  9. ^ "VOW Vixen's Championship". Cagematch.net. Archived from the original on February 19, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2017.