Wrestling & MMA

Liv In’ Large with Liv Morgan, WWE NXT in Fort Pierce in July

Liv Morgan headlocks Sage Beckett (Andrea) during a WWE NXT show at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. NXT returns to the Havert L. Fenn Center on Saturday, July 29.
Liv Morgan headlocks Sage Beckett (Andrea) during a WWE NXT show at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. NXT returns to the Havert L. Fenn Center on Saturday, July 29. Photo By Jim Varsallone

You haven’t Liv’d life until you’ve seen a WWE NXT show, especially one in (South Florida) Fort Pierce.

Now’s your chance.

WWE’s NXT is Saturday, July 29 at the Havert L. Fenn Center.

To further that statement, who better to comment than NXT Superstar Liv Morgan.

Audio interview with Liv Morgan

Liv Morgan is Liv In’ the Dream as a WWE NXT Superstar.

Liv is working toward wrestling on an NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn show in front of family and friends. That would be Liv In’ Large for sure.

Liv, 23, is a Jersey Girl from Elmwood Park, N.J., near East Rutherford. Giants or Jets?

Though not the blueprint, Hooters paved the way for her wrestling journey. While working there, she met WWE Superstar Enzo Amore. He introduced her to Joe DeFranco, owner of the world famous DeFranco’s Gym and Triple H’s personal trainer. She worked out at the gym for about a week in East Rutherford.


DeFranco was impressed with her endurance and strength for someone her size and passed along her info to Triple H and Canyon Ceman, the senior director of talent development for WWE. That led to a tryout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, and within this six-month process, she was signed to a WWE developmental deal.

“It was all just happening very quickly,” she said. “It was kind of overnight. I was in the right place at the right time.

“It was a Blessing. It was amazing.”

A flyer, the 5-3, 115-pounder participated in competitive cheerleading at Henry P. Becton Regional High School, a place where she is now one of its most famous alums. She loved pro wrestling, even making sure it was on the TV when she worked at Hooters. Her bosses and cohorts knew how much she loved it, and they were happy, too, when she got the call, as was her family. They are super proud of her.

Raised by a single mom, she is very close to her family, and they bonded through watching WWE growing up. Her father, who died before she was born, started that TV wrestling viewing trend with her older siblings, and the tradition continued with them and her.

More audio interview with Liv Morgan

Liv met her favorite, Lita, a WWE Hall of Famer, and it was one of those “pinch me” moments. She later had the honor and privilege to learn from Lita at the WWE Performance Center.

Liv had no formal training when she entered the WWE Performance Center. She started from scratch, learning from a talented staff. Conditioning, listening, improving, training and working hard became her everyday process.

Now a credible competitor on the NXT roster, she continues to hone her skills, growing with each match and inspiring others.

Liv is very cute, but she is also very tough, proving size doesn’t matter. Look at what the 5-1 Alexa Bliss did in NXT and is now doing on the main roster. Liz has that potential, too.

Actually, Liz and Alexa share a competitive cheer background and that smaller size and are homegrown WWE Performance Center products, but they are different people, different personas, different superstars. Liv -- who debuted in 2015, two years after Alexa -- not only sports cool-looking ring gear but she is cool...and she also possesses that Jersey Shore gab/swag.

Her wrestling moniker fits her image and vice-versa. Ya Only Liv Once and Liv In’ Large highlight her Twitter page, which includes a fan drawing of her and her own expression, “Say No To Drugs & Yes To Pizza.”

Liv is a pizza connoisseur. She loves it. Hey, she’s from the tri-state area. I’ll have one with pepperoni please.

Shout out to Santoni’s.


And Anthony’s.


With a pizza stop possible during a road trip to Fort Pierce, Liv is ready at anytime for NXT Live at the Havert L. Fenn Center.





She also loves sneakers.


From WWE.com

Rocking a snapback, a pair of Jordans and a mischievous smile, Liv Morgan is as unique and authentic inside the ring as her gear might suggest. As a member of NXT’s acclaimed Women’s division, Liv is finally realizing her lifelong dream of becoming a Superstar.

A former competitive cheerleader, Liv boasts a combination of agility and creativity once the bell rings, but she’s not afraid to scrap, either. Looking to make her friends and family back in the 201 area code proud, Liv represents New Jersey to the fullest and refuses to back down from a fight. Will it be long before she has an NXT Women’s Championship to complement her Jumpman and flat brim?

- NXT in Fort Pierce

WWE’s NXT is Saturday, July 29 at the Havert L. Fenn Center in (South Florida) Fort Pierce.

There will be a pre-show, meet-n-greet included in the price of admission. There may be a limit. First come, first served.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: General Admission $10; Gold Circle (Ringside) $20.

Visit NXTTickets.com.




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My Top 15 Livs

15. Liv It Up

14. Liv In’ Dangerously

13. Liv To Fight Another Day

12. Liv Love Life

11. In Liv In’ Color

10. Liv In’ On a Prayer

9. Liv Tyler

8. Liv In’ In America

7. Ya Only Liv Once

6. Liv In’ La Vida Loca

5. Liv In’ Legend

4. Liv Long And Prosper

3. They Liv

2. Liv In’ The Dream

1. Liv Morgan (of course)