The last time that we saw Zivile Raudoniene, she was on stage receiving accolades from none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger after winning the 2009 Ms. Figure International. The young Lithuanian appeared to be on the verge of dominating the division and had already finished third at the Figure Olympia the year before.
But then she walked away from the IFBB to join World Wrestling Entertainment.
What seemed like a shock at the time made more sense when you take into consideration that WWE mogul Vince McMahon has deep pockets and his product receives worldwide exposure on television and pay-per-view events every week and month, respectively. It’s hard to blame her for making the move.
Nary a word about Raudoniene was mentioned until this week’s Season 2 finale of NXT when the promos for the third season aired. For those unfamiliar with NXT, it is a 13-week contest of sorts between up-and-coming rookies from Florida Championship Wrestling, the farm team of WWE. Each rookie is paired with a ‘pro,’ who is a WWE superstar.
Season 3 will be the first to pit divas against one another and Raudoniene, whose stage name will be Aksana, has been assigned none other than Goldust as her pro. His real name is Dustin Runnels, and he is the son of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and the brother of “Dashing” Cody Rhodes.
Ruadoniene, 5’5″, looked as awesome as she did on stage in Columbus, Ohio and appears as if she will be able to pull this off. But there will definitely be a few roadblocks, none bigger than the 6’9″ Aloisa.
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