Profilin’: Amber O’Neal

WWE, TNA, Wrestling

I hear she's into Blondage.

Kimberly Davis, better known by her ringname Amber O’Neal, made her professional wrestling debut in 1999 as part of the Professional Girl Wrestling Association.  In the decade that’s followed, she’s established a very successful tag team, become a staple in Shimmer Women Athletes, and appeared in tryout matches for both World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action.

Davis originally wrestled as Amber Holly, although she later changed her name out of respect to Nora Greenwald, professionally known as Molly Holly.  Her first match was contested in the summer of 1999 against Leilani Kai of WrestleMania fame.  Soon, while still performing as Amber Holly, Davis found herself wrestling across the southeastern United States in promotions such as the Caroline Wrestling Federation.  It wasn’t long before she was wearing the CWF Women’s Championship, but unfortunately, her success was soon derailed.  In 2003, just as her career seemed to be taking flight, she suffered a knee injury that would put her on the shelf for a year.

It was when she returned from her knee injury that Kimberly Davis adopted the Amber O’Neal name.  Because of her real-life interest in motocross and motorcycles, she assumed the character of a motocross racer.  From there, O’Neal formed a tag team with Krissy Vaine, collectively known as Team Blondage, and her career began its ascension once again. 

Team Blondage toured the independent circuit and established themselves as a force in the world of women’s tag team wrestling.  The pair won the previously vacant WEW Tag Team Titles in the spring of 2005 live on pay-per-view.  Later that year, Team Blondage appeared on the very first volume of Shimmer, notching a victory over the team of Nikki Roxx & Cindy Rogers.  However, the team was ultimately not meant to be.  In early 2006, Krissy Vaine was signed to a WWE developmental contract.  The signing came in the midst of Team Blondage’s WEW Tag Team Title reign, but O’Neal continued to defend the belts after her partner’s departure, replacing Vaine with TNA alumna Lollipop as the other half of the championship team.  O’Neal & Lollipop lost the straps in April 2006 to the team of Talia (better known today as Velvet Sky) and April Hunter.  The end of her tag team title reign proved just to be a new beginning for Amber O’Neal, who turned the event into an opportunity to focus on her singles career.

During her early years at Shimmer, O’Neal had trouble finding victories.  Despite her success as a tag team wrestler, wins eluded her as a singles competitor.  Amber suffered losses to a laundry list of Shimmer stars including Daizee Haze, MsChif, Allison Danger, LuFisto, Mercedes Martinez, and Jennifer Black, among others.  She has, however, scored victories over Serena Deeb and Tenille Tayla, both of whom have since gone on to sign WWE contracts.  While appearing for Shimmer, O’Neal worked a number of house shows for TNA, along with a televised bout against Gail Kim.  She’s also appeared on TNA programming as a “fan” who answered Awesome Kong‘s $25,000 Challenge.  In 2009, after Krissy Vaine’s stay in WWE’s developmental territory came to a close, she returned to the independent circuit and wrestled alongside O’Neal once more.  The reuniting Team Blondage earned a victory over a more established team, the Scream Queens, comprised of MsChif & Daffney.

For the past two years, O’Neal has been wrestling for Women Superstar Uncensored, and has been a raging success in their ring.  Unlike her Shimmer tenure, Amber O’Neal’s WSU win-loss record is nearly spotless.  She’s scored pinfall wins over Annie Social, Malia Hosaka, and former WWE/ECW talent Jazz.  O’Neal was handed her first loss in the promotion last year when challenging Mercedes Martinez for the WSU Championship, although her pursuit of the title continues today.  In addition to wrestling for WSU, O’Neal is also currently appearing in Wrestlicious, where she competes as Charlotte, the Southern Belle.  The women’s wrestling community should be on alert; Miss Amber O’Neal is officially kicking ass and taking names.

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