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Are you ready? December. Tenille Dashwood

Are you ready? December. Tenille Dashwood

Are you ready? December. Tenille Dashwood

Tenille Averil Dashwood was born in 1 March 1989, is an Australian professional wrestler signed to Impact Wrestling. She also competes on the independent circuit. Dashwood is best known for her time in WWE under the ring name Emma from 2012 to 2017. She was the first female Australian wrestler to be signed to WWE and was active in the NXT division, as well as on Raw and SmackDown television. She also competed for Ring of Honor.

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.

Dashwood was born and raised in Boronia, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. She has an older brother named Jake, who introduced her to professional wrestling. She cites Stone Cold Steve Austin, Trish Stratus and Lita as her inspirations in wrestling. She met Dustin Rhodes in 1997 and, at the age of 13 in 2002, she met Stratus at WWE Global Warning Tour: Melbourne.

On 30 June 2014, Dashwood was arrested in Hartford, Connecticut. She arrived backstage, but did not appear on the episode of Raw that aired live that night. Police released her after she agreed to appear at Hartford Community Court, which she did the following day on 1 July. According to her lawyer, she forgot to pay for an iPad case when using a self-checkout machine for her purchase at a Walmart. The journalists Bryan Alvarez and Sean Ross Sapp talked with loss-prevention managers at Walmart who, after looking into the case, confirmed that Dashwood did pay for her purchase, except for the one improperly scanned item. The employees criticized the arrest, stating that the clerk should have just reminded her that one item was not properly checked in instead, especially considering the low price of the forgotten item. She was ordered by the court to perform one day of community service and an online course, after which the charge was dismissed. WWE initially released Dashwood, but reversed their decision within just a few hours, once the announcement of her release sparked a large online backlash from WWE fans.

Dashwood revealed in August 2018 that she has fought the autoimmune disease psoriasis since she was fourteen years old. During her tour in Australia and New Zealand, in July 2018, a bad flare up happened, resulting in her wrestling in pain the following weeks. Dashwood explained that her greatest fear growing up with the condition was that she could not achieve her dream of becoming a professional wrestler. While she was initially reluctant to share the information about her disease, Dashwood explained in an interview she felt it was important so people know they are not alone with the disease and that there is no reason to be ashamed about it.