Daddio appearing on Raw in January 2021.
|Birth name||Gionna Jene Daddio|
|Born||June 8, 1994 (age 26)|
Paramus, New Jersey
|Resides||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Spouse||Jake Anderson (m. 2020)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Liv Morgan|
|Billed height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Billed weight||110 lb (50 kg)|
|Billed from||Elmwood Park, New Jersey|
|Trained by||WWE Performance Center|
|Debut||June 27, 2015|
Gionna Jene Anderson (née Daddio; born June 8, 1994) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Liv Morgan where she is in her first reign as WWE Women's Champion.
In October 2014, she signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center and then-developmental brand, NXT.
Morgan was promoted to the main roster in 2017 and was paired with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan to form the stable The Riott Squad.
After the stable disbanded in 2019, Morgan became a singles competitor before she would begin a feud with former Riott Squad teammate Ruby Riott. The two would later reunite in late 2020. Since signing with WWE, Morgan is a four-time champion; two-time WWE Goddess Champion, one-time SmackDown Women's Champion and one-time Raw Women's Champion.
Morgan would also make it to the finals of the 2020 Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament alongside husband, Jake Anderson but ultimately came up short with the two losing to Chris Jericho and Lacey Evans.
Morgan would win the 2020 Couple of the Year Slammy Award for the second consecutive year (the year prior being with Shane Thorne) alongside both her on-screen and off-screen husband, Jake Anderson. Beginning in early 2021, Morgan would start pursuing the Women's Championship before winning it at Backlash defeating Charlotte Flair.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 In wrestling
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
Gionna Jene Daddio was born on June 8, 1994 in Paramus, New Jersey, and raised in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. She has four older brothers and a sister, and following the death of her father, Daddio's mother was a single parent raising six children. Daddio is a longtime fan of professional wrestling, and would participate in backyard wrestling with her siblings. Daddio described the matches as core to start her foray into wrestling, saying: "I would literally take pedigrees and powerbombs like it was my job. I always pretended to be Lita. All the Divas were so glamorous and girly, and I was such a tomboy and didn't have nice clothes. When I saw Lita come out in baggy pants and sneakers, wrestling the boys, I thought she was the coolest thing ever. I related to her."
Daddio is a former competitive cheerleader, and she previously worked and modeled for the restaurant chain Hooters.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment
In 2014, after being discovered at the Joe DeFranco's gym in Wyckoff, New Jersey, Daddio signed a contract with WWE, assigning her to their developmental territory, NXT in October 2014. She made her first televised appearance at the NXT TakeOver: Rival event on February 11, 2015, as a planted fan, who jumped on Tyler Breeze during his ring entrance. She later appeared at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, again as part of Breeze's entrance. In October 2015, she briefly worked under the ring name Marley, debuting on the November 4 episode of NXT, where she worked as a jobber losing to Eva Marie.
On the December 2 episode of NXT, Daddio made her return under the new ring name Liv Morgan, losing to Emma. On the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, Morgan competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender to Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella. On the August 17 episode of NXT, she competed in a six-woman tag team match, along with Carmella, and Nikki Cross, in which they defeated Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose and Alexa Bliss. On the August 31 episode of NXT, Morgan picked up her first televised singles win, defeating Aliyah. On the September 14 episode of NXT, Morgan defeated Rachel Fazio in singles competition via submission, and would issue a challenge to the NXT Women's Champion Asuka. The following week, however, Morgan was submitted by Asuka in under a minute, and would afterwards begin a rivalry with The Iconic Duo (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), with both women confronting her following her match, leading to match between Morgan and Kay two weeks later, with Kay picking up the victory after interference by Royce. On the October 26 episode of NXT, she interrupted a match between Kay and Aliyah by attacking Royce, causing a distraction that allowed Aliyah to defeat Kay. Morgan went on to compete against Royce on the November 16 episode of NXT, which ended in a disqualification after Kay interfered in the match, attacking Morgan and Aliyah until Ember Moon made the save. The three faced off in a six-person tag team match against Kay, Royce, and Daria Berenato on the November 23 episode of NXT, with Morgan's team coming out victorious.
The Riott Squad (2017–2019)
On the November 21, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, Morgan made her main roster debut as a heel, alongside Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan, attacking both Becky Lynch and Naomi. On the same night, they interrupted a match between SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and Natalya, then proceeded to attack both of them. The following week on SmackDown Live, the trio, now called "The Riott Squad", made their in-ring debuts for the brand, defeating Flair, Naomi, and Natalya in a six-woman tag team match. On January 28, 2018, Morgan participated in the first women's Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view as the eleventh entrant, but was eliminated by Michelle McCool. Morgan made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 34, participated in the 20-woman WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, but failed to win the match.
On April 16, The Riott Squad were drafted to Raw brand as part of the 2018 Superstar Shake-Up, and caused the match between Bayley and Sasha Banks to end in a no contest. On the September 24 episode of Raw, Morgan was legitimately knocked unconscious by Brie Bella, when Bella was doing Yes Kicks when two of them connected to her head, Morgan would continue for a bit before being taken out of the match. In the inaugural all women's pay-per-view Evolution, The Riott Squad lost to Natalya, Bayley and Sasha Banks. On January 27, 2019 at Royal Rumble, Morgan participated in the women's Royal Rumble match, only to be the first to be eliminated after lasting 8 seconds, setting the record for the shortest time in the women's Royal Rumble match. Morgan and Logan competed in a six-team Elimination Chamber match for the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Championship at the namesake pay-per-view, where they were the third team eliminated by Nia Jax and Tamina. Morgan competed at WrestleMania 35 in a Women's battle royal match that was eventually won by Carmella.
Singles competition (2019–2020)
On April 16, Morgan was moved to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up, separating her from The Riott Squad in the process. On the July 16 episode of SmackDown Live, Morgan confronted Charlotte Flair and this led to a match between the two, in which Morgan lost by submission. This was her first match outside of house shows since WrestleMania 35 in April.
On the October 14 episode of Raw, Morgan was the final overall pick of the year's draft, being drafted back to the Raw brand. Throughout the month of December, vignettes aired promoting Morgan's return. Morgan returned to television on the December 30 episode of Raw, during Bobby Lashley and Lana's storyline wedding, interrupting the proceedings and professing her love for Lana. After Lana subsequently attacked her, she aligned herself with Rusev, who has been feuding with Lana and Lashley.
Various feuds (2020–2021)
After the storyline with Lana was dropped, Morgan would become a heel once more before she would appear to realign herself with Ruby Riott in March 2020, before the two began feuding with the feud also involving Sarah Logan. Morgan would also around this time began a storyline with Jake Anderson who is her real life boyfriend. At WrestleMania 36, Morgan would win a Battle Royal on Kickoff Show becoming the #1 Contender for the WWE Goddess Championship, Morgan along the way managed to eliminate Ruby Riott as well as Hall of Famer and former Women's Champion, Maryse to win the match.
After the match, Morgan's off-screen relationship with Jake Anderson would be incorporated into the storylines. On the May 11, 2020 episode of Raw, Morgan defeated Rosemary to win the Goddess Championship for the second time. Shortly after Morgan became champion, her heated rival Ruby Riott would become the #1 Contender and it was revealed that Morgan would defend her Goddess Championship against her at Unforgiven. It was also revealed that both Morgan and Jake Anderson would compete in the 2020 Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tag Team tournament.
On the May 19, 2020 episode of the Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament, in the first round Anderson & Morgan would defeat the team of Johnny Gargano and Rosemary. On the May 25, 2020 episode of Raw, Ruby Riott would ambush Liv Morgan backstage after barricading her boyfriend, Jake Anderson in her locker room, Ruby would also steal Morgan's Goddess Championship. Later that night the team of Ruby Riott, Alicia Fox and Bayley would be victorious over Liv Morgan, Candice LeRae and Sunshine. On the June 2, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Liv Morgan would attack Ruby Riott with the help of Sarah Logan who sided with Morgan and was able to get her Goddess Championship back. On the June 8, 2020 episode of Raw, Liv would get herself another ally in Killer Kelly.
A week later on the June 15, 2020 episode of Raw, both Morgan and Riott would have a contract signing for their match at Unforgiven and after a war of words, Morgan's boyfriend Jake Anderson would get involved where he would trade words with Ruby before proposing marriage to Morgan and after a brawl broke out between the two women and Ruby struck Anderson, the latter appeared to attempt to hit his finisher on Ruby only for Heath Slater to make the save. Anderson would then attack Slater, hitting him with a low blow and then an unprotected chair shot to the head. Afterwards Morgan would accept Anderson's marriage proposal with the two becoming engaged in the storyline. Later in the night, Morgan would team with MJF in a Triple Threat Mixed Tag Team match suffering a loss to the Rock and Charlotte Havoc. On the June 24, 2020 episode of the Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament, Morgan and Anderson defeated Velveteen Dream & Bianca Belair advancing to the third round of the tournament. At Unforgiven, Morgan would lose the Goddess Championship to Riott ending her reign at 48 days.
A week later on the July 6, 2020 episode of Raw both Anderson and Morgan managed to get married in the ring, it wasn't until after the wedding that Pastor William Eaver and Jimmy Jacobs ― whom were disguised as both the Minister and a Violinist respectively would ambush Anderson and the rest of Undisputed Era. After they began to be outnumbered, Johnny Gargano made his presence known making the save for Eaver and Jacobs, running off Undisputed Era. On the July 8, 2020 episode of the Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament, Anderson and Morgan defeated Jon Moxley and Billie Kay to advance to the Semi-Finals. On the July 13, 2020 episode of Raw, Morgan would defeat Charlotte Flair and Mariah May in a Triple Threat match to become the new #1 Contender for Penelope Ford's WWE Women's Championship. On the July 15, 2020 episode of the Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament, Morgan and Anderson would defeat Sandman and Brandi Rhodes to advance to the finals. On the July 20, 2020 episode of Raw, Morgan was unsuccessful in becoming Women's Champion losing to Penelope Ford. On the July 22, 2020 episode of the Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament, Morgan and Anderson would lose to Chris Jericho and Lacey Evans becoming the runner ups in the tournament.
After the Mr. and Mrs. Madness Tournament, Morgan would begin feuding with Mandy Rose involving both her husband and Seth Rollins, with the two women attacking one another over the next several weeks. At SummerSlam at Sea, both women would be involved in a Bikini contest, with neither emerging as the victor as instead Mariah May emerged as the winner. Morgan would continue her feud with Mandy Rose throughout the rest of the year and into early 2021, with the two trading victories over one another, with them both winning a match a piece. At the 2021 Royal Rumble, Morgan would enter the match as the third entry and would last a decent amount of time and would eliminate Mandy Rose before being eliminated by Bianca Belair. Shortly afterwards her feud with Rose would come to an end after Rose was released from her contract.
Women's Champion (2021–present)
On the January 25th 2021 episode of Raw, Morgan would defeat Ivelisse and Taya Valkyrie to qualify for the Women's Championship Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out.
In late March 2020, it was revealed that Daddio was currently dating fellow WWE wrestler, Jake Anderson. Their relationship would later be incorporated on-screen at WrestleMania 36, before the two would be married in the storyline in June 2020. In August 2020, Daddio and Anderson got engaged in real life after Anderson proposed to her. It was revealed in October 2020 that Morgan and Anderson had gotten married in a private ceremony. The couple reside together in West Palm Beach, Florida.
- Finishing moves
- Liv Kick (Reverse roundhouse kick)
- LIVid Codebreaker / Jersey Codebreaker (Modified double knee facebreaker)
- ObLIVion (Springboard reverse STO); 2020–present
- Signature moves
- Back handspring tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
- Belly-to-back suplex
- Drop toe-hold to an oncoming opponent
- Handspring back tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
- Jackknife hold
- Leg-feed enzuigiri
- Matrix evasion
- Sitout hip toss
- Running two handed bulldog to a kneeling opponent
- Entrance themes
- "Nah Nah" by Def Rebel (March 23, 2020–present)
Championships and accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE Goddess Championship (2 times)
- SmackDown Women's Championship (1 time)
- WWE Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- Monster Mash Winner (2020) – with Jake Anderson
- Mr. & Mrs. Madness Finalist (2020) – with Jake Anderson
- Slammy Awards (2 times)
- Couple of the Year (2019) – with Shane Thorne
- Couple of the Year (2020) – with Jake Anderson