Kona Reeves

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Kona Reeves
KReevesAxxess18.jpg
Reeves in April 2018
Birth name Noah Pang-Potjes
Born (1992-06-05) June 5, 1992 (age 26)[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Kona Reeves
Noah Kekoa
Noah Potjes
Juan Carlos Reneo
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[2][3]
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg)[2]
Billed from Honolulu, Hawaii
Trained by Afa Don Muraco[4]
Debut 2013[3]

Noah Pang-Potjes (born June 5, 1992) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs in their developmental territory NXT under the ring name Kona Reeves.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2013–14)

Pang-Potjes was trained to be a professional wrestler by Afa Anoa'i at the Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center. He wrestled for World Xtreme Wrestling under the ring name Noah Kekoa, where he held the WXW Heavyweight Championship.[4]

WWE (2014–present)

Reeves at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2018

In May 2014, it was announced that Pang-Potjes had signed with WWE.[4] He began working at NXT live events from April 2015 and made his first major appearance in September 2015 as part of the inaugural Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, teaming with Alexander Wolfe as a last minute replacement for Marcus Louis in a first-round defeat to The Hype Bros.[5] Working under his real name, Potjes had his first televised singles match on the May 4, 2016 episode of NXT, losing to No Way Jose.[6] Potjes made several further televised appearances, losing to Tye Dillinger and Andrade "Cien" Almas.[7] In November 2016, Potjes adopted the new ring name Kona Reeves. On the November 23 episode of NXT, a match between Reeves and Rich Swann was interrupted by SAnitY, who attacked both men.[8] Reeves then made several further televised appearances throughout the early part of 2017, losing to Aleister Black and Hideo Itami.[9]

After a long absence from television, a vignette aired on the April 18, 2018 episode of NXT promoting Reeves' return as "The Finest" Kona Reeves.[10] He would make his return two weeks later defeating Patrick Scott, establishing himself as a heel.

Personal life

Pang-Potjes is of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Dutch, Indonesian, Filipino and Spanish descent.[11]

Championship and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ "WWE Network". Twitter. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Kona Reeves". www.wwe.com.
  3. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Kona Reeves « Wrestlers Database". www.cagematch.net.
  4. ^ a b c d "NEW WWE SIGNING - PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com.
  5. ^ "SPOILER: 9/3 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic taping – WWE News and Results, RAW and Smackdown Results, Impact News, ROH News". WrestleView. September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "No Way Jose def. Noah Potjes".
  7. ^ "Gutteridge's NXT TV Hit List: Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss, Gargano and Ciampa vs. Hype Bros, Andrade Almas vs. Noah Potjes, and the return of American Alpha – Pro Wrestling Dot Net". June 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "WWE NXT results: TakeOver fallout with matches taped in Toronto". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. November 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "4/26 NXT TV REVIEW: Drew McIntyre vs. Almas, Gallagher vs. Bate for UK Title, Aleister Black vs. Kona Reeves -". Pro Wrestling Roch. April 26, 2017.
  10. ^ NXT: LeRae taps Vega and Gargano calls out Aleister Black
  11. ^ Ghosh, Pratyay (9 November 2018). "5 Pro Wrestlers of South-East Asian origin". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
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