Kaufman was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She has been involved in sports since the age of five, competing in softball, track, kickboxing, and gymnastics. In cheerleading, she reached Division I status in college. She also spent time in competitive bodybuilding, and has competed in the Arnold Classic. Kaufman revealed that she suffered from a life-threatening eating disorder when she was younger, but bodybuilding helped her overcome it. She is an avid fan of Disney. Kaufman has cited Trish Stratus and Rey Mysterio as her influences in wrestling. In November 2015, she confirmed being in a relationship with fellow wrestler Matthew Adams, known on-screen as Murphy.
Professional wrestling career
WWE NXT (2013–2016)
Kaufman was signed by WWE in May 2013 and reported to WWE’s developmental territory, NXT. On the July 24 episode of NXT, taped on June 20, she made her first televised appearance, congratulating the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, Paige. In August, she was added to WWE.com’s NXT roster page and assigned the ring name Alexa Bliss.
She acted as an unnamed ring announcer for the November 20 episode of NXT. Her first televised appearance on the main roster came at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, 2014, when she played a part in Triple H’s entrance. She made her televised in-ring debut on the May 8 episode of NXT, competing in a tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. She defeated former WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox in the first round, but lost to Charlotte in the semi-finals. On the June 19 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Sasha Banks despite interference from Summer Rae and Charlotte.
After some hiatus from the ring due to injury, Bliss returned on the March 11, 2015 episode of NXT, defeating Carmella. The following week, she defeated NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks by count-out in a non–title match, which led to Bliss being granted a championship match against Banks on March 25, which she lost.
On the May 13 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Carmella after the NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy set up a distraction. On May 20, at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain their championships against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, forming an alliance with them and turning heel in the process. On the June 3 episode of NXT, Bliss once again defeated Carmella, with Blake and Murphy in her corner. On the July 29 episode of NXT, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain their championships against The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch), and slapped both English and Gotch after the match. The Vaudevillians were granted a rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championships against Blake and Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, which they won, after Blue Pants stopped Bliss from providing a distraction during the match. This led to a match between the two, where Bliss would go on to defeat Blue Pants in a singles match on the September 2 episode of NXT.
Throughout October and November, Bliss started a feud with Bayley over the NXT Women’s Championship, after Bliss interrupted Bayley’s celebration about her match at NXT TakeOver: Respect, confronting her and stating she has her sights set on the championship. After Bliss lost to Bayley in a six–person mixed tag team match, the two faced off in the main event on the November 18 episode of NXT, where Bliss was unsuccessful in capturing the championship. On the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a number one contender’s battle royal, which was won by Carmella. After Blake and Murphy lost to Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura on the May 18 episode of NXT, Bliss and Blake abandoned Murphy, officially disbanding the trio. One week later on the May 25 episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a triple–threat match against Nia Jax and Carmella to determine the number one contender to Asuka’s NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: The End, which was won by Jax.
WWE Main Roster(2016–present)
After being drafted from NXT to SmackDown as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on July 19, Bliss made her main roster debut for the brand on July 26, where she confronted Becky Lynch before being interrupted by the brand female talents.