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Tenille Dashwood

Tenille Averil Dashwood is an Australian professional wrestler currently signed to Ring of Honor (ROH) under her real name. Before her debut for the promotion Ring of Honor in February 2018, she wrestled in WWE under the ring name Emma from 2012 to 2017. She was the first female Australian wrestler to be signed in WWE and was active in the NXT division, as well as on Raw and SmackDown television. Dashwood also currently competes on the independent circuit. 


She started training for wrestling in Australia in 2003 when she was 13 years old. In 2008 and 2011, Dashwood went to Canada to train

at the Storm Wrestling Academy. Prior to being signed to WWE, she wrestled in Australia and North America on the independent circuit for promotions like Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling and Shimmer Women Athletes under the ring name Tenille Tayla.

 

In March 2011, Shimmer announced that Dashwood had signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). In July 2011, Dashwood decided to undergo surgery for her shoulder, which had caused her problems throughout her career. After the surgery she applied again and the company signed her. In June 2012, Dashwood relocated to Tampa, Florida, and eventually reported to WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). She made her FCW in-ring debut on 1 August live event, participating in a battle royal. In August 2012, Dashwood revealed Emma as her new ring name.

 

In November 2017, several independent promotions announced they had signed Dashwood to perform at their shows, beginning in February 2018. Dashwood's post-WWE debut was on 3 February, headlining a WrestlePro event in which she defeated Angelina Love. According to the journalist Sean Ross Sapp, Dashwood's appearance drew a huge crowd and praise. Dashwood's independent circuit performances have included victories over Rachael Ellering on 11 February, and Deonna Purrazzo on 2 March 2018.

 

On 9 February 2018, Dashwood debuted (under her real name) in Ring of Honor (ROH), at its Honor Reigns Supreme show. She was introduced as the newest member of ROH's Women of Honor division, and, the 16th and final entrant in ROH's tournament to crown the first ROH Women of Honor Champion. Later that night, Dashwood teamed with Mandy Leon, defeating Kelly Klein and Stacy Shadows.

 

With her new ring name, she also renamed some of her signature moves. The Dil-Emma (Rope hung Boston crab) became the Tarantula and the Emmamite Sandwich (Running crossbody to an opponent seated in the corner) became a Taste of Tenille.