Rio Grande Valley, Texas
NXT Women's Champion; NXT Women's Tag Team Champion; 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Winner
Raquel Gonzalez: Bio
Raquel Gonzalez has the size, strength and bad attitude to push any Superstar in WWE past her breaking point.
Standing 6-feet tall, with muscles rippling throughout, the towering Texan does what she wants, when she wants, and there’s little anyone can do to stop her. As the daughter of longtime wrestler Ricky “Desperado” Gonzalez, Raquel was all but certain to be a future Superstar. That moment finally arrived in 2017, when she appeared on the WWE Universe’s radar for the first time as a competitor in the inaugural Mae Young Classic Tournament.
That Gonzalez — a demure youngster, still a newcomer to the WWE Performance Center — bears little resemblance to the enforcer the NXT Universe knows her as today. Her change in attitude is largely due to her association with Dakota Kai, a partnership that came into view at TakeOver: Portland when Gonzalez helped Kai defeat bitter rival Tegan Nox. The pair has been a force to reckon with ever since, earning comparisons to Two Dudes with Attitudes, Shawn Michaels & Diesel, with Gonzalez going so far as to nickname herself “Big Mami Cool.”
The duo has made history on the black-and-gold brand, too, not only winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in 2021, but also being crowned the first NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. That turned out to be only the start for Gonzalez, who months later defeated Io Shirai to win the NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver in a milestone victory.
With Gonzalez always eager to impose her will, expect a mess of competition to be left in this fast-rising Superstar’s rearview.