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Rebecca Sawyer
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Sawyer on Odyssey in late 2018.
Birth name Rebecca Giovanna Mariano
Born June 15, 1992 (age 25)
Chicago, Illinois, United
States
Resides Chicago, Illinois, United
States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Becca Mariano
Rebecca Sawyer
Billed height 5 ft. 8 in. (1.77 m)
Billed weight 125 lbs. (56.7 kg)
Billed from Chicago, Illinois
Trained by Nathan Fiora
Lance Hart
OWT
Debut 2012

Rebecca Giovanna Mariano (born June 15, 1992) is an American professional wrestler, ring announcer, manager, former referee, model, and dancer currently signed with Omega Wrestling Alliance under the ring name Rebecca Sawyer, where she acts as the ring announcer on the Odyssey brand and also competes as a wrestler in the promotion's developmental territory, Omega Wrestling Tomorrow.

Early Life

Mariano was born to Italian-American parents Dominic Mariano and Georgina "Gina" Mariano (nee Salvatore) in Chicago, Illinois, growing up in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. She has two siblings, an older brother, Dominic, Jr. (born 1988), and a younger sister, Sienna (born 1996). Her father is a retired firefighter, and her mother owns a bakery. Mariano has trained as a dancer since the age of three. She is Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She later attended Columbia College Chicago, majoring in dance before graduating in 2014.

Dance and Modeling Career

While attending college, Mariano was a cheerleader for the Chicago Bears. She also went on to work as a backup dancer for many notable performers, including Rihanna, Usher, and Gwen Stefani. She parlayed the exposure she received into a modeling career, having appeared in publications such as Maxim, FHM, and Seventeen.

Professional Wrestling Career

Independent Circuit (2012 - 2016)

Mariano began frequenting Chicago-area independent shows with her family when she was a teenager, and that is eventually how she met Fiora. She continued to work independent shows in the area, working as a referee and manager under the name Becca Mariano.

Elite Answers Wrestling (2016 - 2018)

Voltage (2016; 2017 - 2018)

Mariano signed an EAW contract in July 2016. Using the name Rebecca Sawyer, she debuted on the August 7 episode of Voltage, celebrating with Fiora following his Hardcore Championship win. She acted as Fiora's valet for the first time on the August 14 episode of Voltage, when his "special opportunity" match against then-24/7 Contract holder Christian Locke ended in a draw. After the introduction of Fiora's bodyguard Preacher Jamal in late August and Ashten Cross being phased out, Sawyer took over as Fiora's manager in late August. In late November, as a part of Fiora's feud with the returning Drastik, Sawyer was written out after being attacked by him.

Sawyer returned to the brand on the July 9 episode, where she began serving as the program's ring announcer. In the weeks that followed, Fiora (who had begun acting as a commentator at the beginning of season eleven) started to act in a very jealous manner, shouting from the commentary table any time a wrestler paid Sawyer too much attention.

NEO (2017)

In late 2016, Sawyer reported to the EAW Performance Center in Newark, New Jersey to continue training for an in-ring role. She was brought to television in February, performing as a heel. She aligned with Tiffany Santana and Natasha Night to feud against Chantal, Cassidy Vega, and Kat Ricci.

Omega Wrestling Alliance (2018 - present)

OWT (2018 - present)

Sawyer signed with OWA in March 2018, with the intention of now competing as a wrestler once again. She wrestled at live events and in the company's developmental territory, OWT. In April 2018, it was announced that Sawyer would be joining the company's main roster; however, those plans never materialized.

Odyssey (2018 - present)

Sawyer began acting as the ring announcer on the Odyssey brand on the show's September 1 premiere episode.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2016 - 2017 The Plunge Herself Main Cast (Season 1)
2017 Mic Check Herself Host (Season 1)

Personal Life

Mariano was in an on-and-off relationship with Nathan Fiora from the two were teenagers; they reportedly split up sometime during the summer of 2017. Since the fall of 2017, she has been rumored to be romantically linked to Lance Hart. Mariano currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago White Sox. Though her hair is naturally black, Mariano has dyed it red since 2013.

In Wrestling

  • Finishing Moves
    • Crimson Kill (Avalanche bodyscissors backflip dropped into a kneeling back-to-back piledriver)
    • Infrared (Kimura lock/fujiwara armbar combo, accompanied by stomps to the back of an opponent's head)
    • Red Alert (Snap chokeslam)
  • Signature Moves
    • Belly-to-belly backbreaker
    • Discus clothesline
    • Hangman's facebuster
    • Moulin Rouge (Hammerlock DDT)
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Double-underhook, sometimes into the turnbuckles
      • Rolling release
      • Snap
      • Vertical, sometimes feigned into an elbow smash
    • One-armed neckbreaker slam, sometimes to an oncoming opponent
    • Over-the-shoulder front powerslam
    • Red Scare (Kneeling hangman's neckbreaker, followed by a shoot kick to the back of an opponent's head)
    • Running stomp to a seated opponent's back, followed by a low dropkick to the opponent's face
    • Seeing Red (Rope-hung reverse STO)
    • Sitout wheelbarrow facebuster
    • Snap scoop powerslam
  • Nicknames
    • "The Universal Femme Fatale"
    • "The Chicago Siren"
    • "The Mind Behind the Mayhem"
    • "La Peste Rossa" (Italian for "The Red Plague")
    • "The Voice of Voltage"
    • "Velluto Rosso" (Italian for "Red Velvet")
    • "Red Hot"
    • "Jessica Rabbit"
  • Wrestlers Managed
    • Nathan Fiora
  • Entrance Themes
    • "Strip Tease" by Danity Kane (August 2016 - March 2018)
    • "Lies of the Beautiful People" by Sixx: A.M. (August 2016 - September 2016; used while managing Nathan Fiora)
    • "Go Fuck Yourself" by Two Feet (September 2016; used while managing Nathan Fiora)
    • "LONE (feat. Joy)" by What Not So x GANZ (September 2016 - November 2016; used while managing Nathan Fiora)
    • "Woo" by Rihanna (June 2018 - present)
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