Recently, we here at Powerbomb Post have been showcasing rising wrestlers on the current independent wrestling scene that we feel have what it takes to become one of the greats in this business. Thus, welcome to Superstar Spotlight, your home for learning about professional wrestling’s greatest and rising stars. For our first Superstar Spotlight, we felt it would be fitting to feature English women’s wrestler Bea Priestley as a final sendoff following her signing to WWE’s NXT UK women’s division.
The Genesis of Bea Priestley
Born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England on March 22, 1996, Beatrice St. Clere Priestley became a fighter early in her life. At the age of 14 years old, Priestley was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Battling a deadly tumor for four years, Priestley was able to defeat it by undergoing surgery to help remove it. While still battling the tumor, Priestley began training at New Zealand’s Wide Pro Wrestling at sixteen years old under former WWE NXT UK star, Travis Banks.
During her early years, The newcomer England, Priestley would wrestle for numerous promotions throughout the UK independent scene (and even in Japan for Stardom). After four years of training under her belt, the rising UK star decided to make a career-changing decision by moving to “The Big Smoke ”, London to further her career. This transition would play to her benefit as Priestley trained under Progress Wrestling’s developmental program – The Projo. She would eventually debut in the company in a losing effort to Elizabeth. Priestley was just beginning to make a name for herself in the company. She would go on to compete in a tournament to crown the inaugural Progress Women’s Champion but suffered a loss against eventual winner Toni Storm.
A Rise To Prominence
As Priestley continued making a name for herself on the UK independent scene, she continued to branch out to other countries in Japan and the United States. One of Priestley’s remarkable runs occurred in her appearance with the Stardom Joshi promotion in 2017. During her run, she took on the likes of the late great Hana Kimura, Kelly Klein, Toni Storm, and many others.
Bea Priestley would eventually make her rounds on the North American scene, joining the AEW women’s roster in early 2019. This was a huge asset for the upstarting wrestling promotion’s women’s division. During her short time in the company, Priestley attacked then-AEW Women’s World Champion Nyla Rose and demanded a shot at the title. Tragically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions were placed on the United States; thus, inhibiting Priestley’s ability to compete for AEW. Consequently, Priestley never ended up receiving her title shot. She was released from her contract on August 13, 2020.
Treading The United States
Though her release from AEW opened up doors for her to make her way to the WWE. Priestley managed to compete in her final match on the independent scene at a Stardom event. She would face-off against Utami Hayshishita, but would not pick up the victory.
On the June 24, 2021, episode of WWE NXT UK, Priestley entered the world of WWE as “Blair Davenport”. In this episode, a vignette played showing Davenport signing her contract. The NXT UK audience has been buzzing over Davenport’s debut ever since.
The Future Is Blair
Developing a unique style in the ring, Priestley has become one of the world’s top women’s wrestlers. Priestley has contributed to the success of the UK independent wrestling scene, and her impact will be felt for years to come.
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