FWE women’s champion defeating Maria Kanellis (October 4, 2014);
Ivelissa Vélez began her wrestling career at the age of fifteen Puerto Rico.
Soon after, she debuted in the World Wrestling Council, and subsequently wrestled in the International Wrestling Association.
After gaining experience, she began wrestling in the United States, starting on the Chicago independent circuit.
She continued to work the independent scene in the U.S. before appearing on the relaunched ‘Tough Enough’ show and then signing a contract with WWE.
March 2011 – Ivelissa Vélez was announced as one of the fourteen contestants for the revival of Tough Enough.
On the May 10 episode, she was eliminated from the competition due to an injury.
November 11, 2011 – Ivelissa Vélez signed a contract with WWE.
World Wrestling Entertainment – FCW:
Ivelissa Vélez made her debut under the ring name Sofia Cortez at a FCW house show in a six-women tag team match, teaming with Cameron Lynn and Audrey Marie to defeat Caylee Turner, Leah West and Raquel Diaz.
December 25, 2011 – FCW: Sofia Cortez (debut) and Caylee Turner defeated Cameron Lynn and Kaitlyn.
February 5, 2012 – FCW: Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn defeated Sofia Cortez Raquel Diaz.
March 11, 2012 – FCW: Sofia Cortez formed an alliance with Paige and Diaz, with the trio attacking Audrey Marie. The following week on FCW television, Cortez teamed up with Paige losing to Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn. Cortez and Paige dubbed themselves the Anti-Diva Army.
April 8, 2012 – FCW: Paige & Rick Victor (w/ Sofia Cortez) defeated Aiden English & Audrey Marie.
April 29, 2012 – FCW: Rick Victor (w/ Paige & Sofia Cortez) defeated Benicio Salazar.
May 6, 2012 – FCW: Paige (w/ Sofia Cortez) defeated Audrey Marie and Raquel Diaz.
May 13, 2012 – FCW: Richie Steamboat defeated Rick Victor (w/ Paige & Sofia Cortez).
May 27, 2012 – FCW: FCW Divas Champion Raquel Diaz defeated Paige (w/ Sofia Cortez) by disqualification.
World Wrestling Entertainment – NXT:
July 4, 2012 – NXT: Ivelissa Vélez, as Sofia Cortez, debuted on the sixth season of WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University, where she defeated Paige.
July 25, 2012 – NXT: Sofia Cortez defeated Natalya by count-out but suffered a post-match attack from Natalya.
August 2012 – Ivelissa Vélez announced that she had been released from her WWE contract.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling:
February 28, 2013 – TNA IMPACT: Ivelisse Velez defeated Lei’D Papa in a ‘Gut Check Challenge’ match.
September 6, 2013 – TNA One Night Only Knockouts PPV (Taped): Lei’d Tapa defeated Ivelisse Velez.
June 2, 2013 – EVOLVE 22: Ivelisse Velez defeated Mia Yim.
June 21, 2013 – FWE Welcome to the Rumble: Winter and Angelina Love defeated Maria Kanellis and Ivelisse Velez.
July 7, 2013 – WWL: Ivelisse Velez vs Taya Valkyrie ended in a double count-out.
July 12, 2013 – Shine 11 iPPV: Ivelisse Velez (w/April Hunter) defeated Amazing Kong, Angelina Love and Kimberly in a 4-way shine title tournament qualifying match. Ivelisse Velez (w/April Hunter) defeated Santana Garrett (w/Amber O’Neal) in the shine title tournament 1st round match. Mia Yim defeated Ivelisse Velez (w/April Hunter) in the SHINE Title Tournament Semi Final Match.
August 16, 2013 – PWX: Amber O’Neal and Ivelisse Velez defeated Amanda Rodriguez and Mia Yim.
August 17, 2013 – PWX: Ivelisse Velez vs Mia Yim ended in a double count-out.
August 23, 2013 – Shine 12 iPPV: Jessicka Havok defeated Ivelisse Velez and Mia Yim in a 3-way match.
September 6, 2013 – WWL: Ivelisse Velez, Leon Apolo and Hercules Gomez defeated Taya Valkyrie, Super Crazy and Rico Casanova.
September 8, 2013 – WWL: Taya Valkyrie defeated Ivelisse Velez. Hercules Gomez, Ivelisse Velez and Leon Apolo defeated Rico Casanova, Super Crazy and Taya Valkyrie.
September 21, 2013 – EVOLVE 23: AR Fox w Ivelisse defeated Anthony Nese w Mr. A and Su Yung.
September 22, 2013 – EVOLVE 24: Su Yung defeated Ivelisse Velez.
September 27, 2013 – Shine 13 iPPV: Ivelisse Velez and Allysin Kay defeated Awesome Kong and Jessicka Havok.
October 12, 2013 – FWE Openingweight Grand Prix: Ivelisse Velez defeated Rosita and Kasey Ray in a 3-way match.
October 19, 2013 – CCW: Ivelisse Velez defeated Mercedes Justine.
October 25, 2013 – Shine 14 iPPV: Shimmer tag team champions Tomoka Nakawaga and Kellie Skater defeated Ivelisse Velez and Allysin Kay to retain the titles.
December 7, 2013 – FWE: Ivelisse Velez vs. Angelina Love ended in a no contest.
December 13, 2013 – Shine 15 iPPV: Ivelisse Velez defeated Mia Yim.
January 24, 2014 – Shine 16 iPPV: Ivelisse Velez defeated Rain to win the shine title.
February 22, 2014 – DGUSA: Ivelisse Velez defeated Su Yung.
February 28, 2014 – Shine 17 iPPV: Shine champion Ivelisse Velez defeated Mercedes Martinez to retain the title.
March 14, 2014 – FIP: Shine champion Ivelisse Velez defeated Leva Bates to retain the title.
April 4, 2014 – A Wrestling Odyssey: Shine champion Ivelisse Velez defeated Jazz to retain the title.
April 5, 2014 – DGUSA: Shine champion Ivelisse Velez defeated Mercedes Martinez to retain the title.
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