First impressions are everything so WWE will often gauge fan response to an NXT wrestler’s gimmick at small shows in Florida before promoting him or her to NXT television. This is the case with Jessica “Jessie” Elaban, who portrays a child-like character at non-televised NXT live events in Florida.
A self-proclaimed “nerd,” Elaban has been a fixture on the women’s babyface side at Florida shows since making her in-ring debut last October.
My approach to challenges: enthusiasm and smiles because I KNOW I’m going to learn something from them. It takes guts being ok to fail and fall but once you get up you’re closer to being your most excellent self, and to me, there’s nothing more exciting. 😆😁 #learn #nxt #nerdygirl #nerdsuperstar #courage
In addition to wrestling, Elaban occasionally hosts a talk show at NXT live events called “The Jessie Show” where she asks a fellow NXT competitor questions. With so much personality, it only seemed inevitable that Elaban would shift “The Jessie Show” online and it finally has.
At Thursday’s NXT live event in Cocoa, Florida, Elaban tweeted a video of herself hosting “The Jessie Show.” See what happens when she runs into Rhea Ripley.
— TheJessieShow (@Jess10YES_) May 24, 2018
Then at last night’s show in Largo, Florida, Elaban ran into Aliyah backstage.
— TheJessieShow (@Jess10YES_) May 26, 2018
Elaban, who is 29 years old, joined WWE last year after participating in a tryout at the Performance Center in late 2016. She joined the Performance Center without any prior wrestling experience and has progressed quite rapidly. Since starting wrestling training last summer, she has competed in over 20 matches
Prior to joining WWE, Elaban was a yoga instructor and played volleyball in college at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa and Concordia University Texas in her hometown of Austin, Texas.