Linda Miles

Linda Miles

Infobox Wrestler
name=Linda Miles
names=Linda Miles
Shaniqua


height=6 ft in (183 cm)
weight=155 lb (70 kg)
billed Height=
billed Weight=
birth_date=birth date and age|year=1979|month=8|day=28
birth_place=Cincinnati, Ohio
death_date=
death_place=
resides=Cincinnati, Ohio
billed=
trainer=Al Snow
Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
Hardcore Holly
Ivory
Jacqueline

debut=2002
retired=|

Linda M. Miles (born August 28, 1979) is an American former professional wrestler and manager. She worked under the ring name Shaniqua for World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown! brand between 2002 and 2004. Miles was one of two female winners from "WWE Tough Enough" season two.

Basketball

Miles was a member of the Rutgers University women's basketball team. She graduated from Rutgers in 2001. In May 2001, she tried out for a roster spot with the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, but was released during the team's training camp. Miles and her Rutgers teammates were featured in a 2004 documentary film of the team's 2000–2001 season entitled "This Is A Game, Ladies".

World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–2004)

In 2002, Miles entered and won the second series of "WWE Tough Enough". She and co-winner Jackie Gayda were awarded developmental contracts with the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment. Miles appeared on the June 8, 2002 episode of "WWE Velocity" and faced her trainer, Ivory, with Gayda in her corner. Miles lost to Ivory after Gayda quickly established herself as a heel by pushing her off the top turnbuckle, costing her the match.cite news | author = Michael McAvennie | title = WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition | publisher = Pocket Books | date = 2003 | pages = 146] On the June 12 episode of "SmackDown!", Miles teamed with WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus to defeat Gayda and Ivory. The two divas were then placed on the Raw brand. On the June 24 edition of "Raw", Miles teamed with Trish Stratus to defeat Gayda and Molly Holly. Due to Gayda's highly bashed mixed tag match on the July 8 edition of "Raw", Miles and Gayda were sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for further training and development.Fact|date=February 2008

Shaniqua began a relationship with Shelton Benjamin and began to manage him. It did not last long, however, as Benjamin formed Team Angle with Kurt Angle and Charlie Haas. Shaniqua then disappeared from WWE television.

Miles returned to WWE television under the name Shaniqua in June 2003 as the dominatrix manager of the Basham Brothers. She often interfered in matches, including a match where she surprisingly had to interfere to insure the Bashams' victory over two jobbers. In the late summer of 2003, Shaniqua began to establish her dominance over the weaker divas. Shaniqua interfered in several bikini contests, attacking all of the divas except for Sable. She briefly feuded with fellow "SmackDown!" divas Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie (even though she remained a heel), and Nidia. Dawn Marie challenged Shaniqua to a singles match in which Shaniqua won by disqualification after interferences from Wilson and Nidia. The following week, Shaniqua defeated Wilson and Nidia in a handicap match.

In early 2004, Shaniqua and The Basham Brothers sparked a feud with the then WWE Tag Team Champions Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi. Shaniqua joined her team in a handicap WWE Tag Team championship match against Rikishi and Scotty Too Hotty at No Way Out. Shaniqua's team lost when she was pinned following a Banzai Drop from Rikishi. After that she was released from her WWE contract.

Post-wrestling

Linda now resides in Cincinnati and is currently employed by local Colerain High School as a study hall enforcer.

In wrestling

*Finishing and signature moves:*Powerbomb:*Big boot:*Dropkick:*Lariat:*Scoop powerslam:*Diving crossbody

*Managers:*Jackie Gayda

*Wrestlers managed:*Danny Basham:*Doug Basham:*Shelton Benjamin

*Entrance themes:*"Feel So Numb" by Rob Zombie:*"All Night Party Girl" by Jim Johnston:*"Ball & Gag" by Jim Johnston; Used when she was with the Basham Brothers:*"Whips & Chains" by Jim Johnston

Championships and accomplishments

*World Wrestling Entertainment:*WWE Tough Enough (co-winner with Jackie Gayda)

References

External links

* [http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/l/linda-miles.html Online World Of Wrestling Profile]


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