Vannarah Riggs (June 30, 1989) is an American professional wrestler who performs under the ring name Su Yung and is currently signed to IMPACT Wrestling, where she is a former IMPACT Knockouts Champion. She also wrestles for SHINE Wrestling and on the independent circuit. She had previously worked in WWE, where she competed in its former developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under the ring name Sonia.
Professional wrestling career Edit
Early career Edit
Riggs got her start in wrestling after moving to Memphis, Tennessee in 2007 to become a professional wrestler. She has worked for several promotions which include Lady Sports, MLL, GCW, and Jerry Lawler's Memphis Wrestling. In February 2010, Riggs made her debut for Main Event Championship Wrestling as a villainess under the name Su Yung and defeated Tracy Taylor.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2010–2011) Edit
Florida Championship Wrestling Edit
In May 2010, Riggs was signed to a developmental contract with WWE. On September 18, 2010, she made her debut at FCW house show under the name Vannah, sharing ring announcing with Matt Martlaro. The following month changed her name to Sonia. She then made her FCW in-ring debut as a heel on December 2, 2010 at a house show which she lost to AJ Lee. In mid-2011, Sonia teamed up with Audrey Marie against AJ and Aksana in which they were defeated. On July 8, Sonia was defeated by Aksana in a triple-threat match for the FCW Divas Championship which also included Naomi. On August 8, 2011, she was released from her developmental contract.
SHIMMER Women Athletes (2011–present) Edit
Su Yung debuted for SHIMMER Women Athletes on October 1, 2011 in a dark match at Volume 41; teaming with Kimberly Maddox and Veda Scott in a losing effort against Buggy Nova, Jessie Brooks, and She Nay Nay. In another dark match at Volume 43, Su was defeated by KC Spinelli. On October 27, 2012, Su was defeated by Sassy Stephie at Volume 50 and again by Miss Natural the following day at Volume 52.
SHINE Wrestling (2012–present) Edit
Su debuted for Shine Wrestling as a babyface along with Tracy Taylor to form The West Coast Connection on July 20, 2012. On that evening, the duo lost to Made in Sin (Allysin Kay & Taylor Made) at SHINE 1. A month later at SHINE 2, Su picked up her first Shine victory by defeating Kimberly and she and Tracy defeated Gabby Gilbert and Luscious Latasha at SHINE 3. Su's winning streak continued with victories over Rhia O'Reilly and Josie, but it came to an end at SHINE 6 in January 11, 2013 when she was defeated by Ivelisse.
At SHINE 7 on February 22, Su teamed up with Tracy and Mia Yim in a losing effort to Valkyrie members Made In Sin and April Hunter. A month later, Su defeated Brittney Savage via submission with her Yellow Fever finisher.
At SHINE 9, Su was defeated by Saraya Knight in a SHINE Championship Tournament qualifying match. In the tournament at SHINE 11 on July 12, Su was defeated by LuFisto in a four-way qualifying match that also included Nikki Roxx and Mercedes Martinez.
At SHINE 12 on August 23, Su again teamed with Tracy Taylor in a losing effort to Daffney's All-Star Squad members Nikki Roxx and Solo Darling. However, at SHINE 13, Su defeated La Rosa Negra, Taeler Hendrix, and the debuting Xandra Bale in a four way match. Su competed against Solo Darling in back-to-back Shine events, losing at 14 and winning at 15. At SHINE 16 on January 24, 2014, Su was defeated by Mercedes Martinez.
At SHINE 17 on February 28, Su and Tracy Taylor teamed up in a losing effort to Made In Sin in the quarterfinals of the SHINE Tag Team Championship Tournament.
On April 18, Su defeated Rhia O'Reilly via submission at SHINE 18 and was attacked by Saraya Knight after the match. Later in the event, Su turned into a villainess by aligning with Valkyrie and attacking Ivelisse in the ring, and later attacking her tag team partner, Tracy Taylor, ending The West Coast Connection in the process. At SHINE 21 on August 22, Su was defeated by Nevaeh in a #1 Contender's four-way match that also included Amazing Kong and Leah Von Dutch. At SHINE 22 on October 10, Su defeated Amanda Rodriguez via submission.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / IMPACT Wrestling (2015, 2018–present) Edit
Yung made her Total Nonstop Action Wrestling debut on One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown 2015, where she lost to Taryn Terrell.
Yung made her return to IMPACT Wrestling on the March 22 episode of IMPACT! attacking Allie while Braxton Sutter proposed to her, establishing herself as a heel. That led Sutter to accompany Yung through her matches. At Redemption, Yung faced Allie for the IMPACT Knockouts Championship, but she was defeated. After Yung Lost, Sutter proposed to her, only for Yung to attack him, ending their relationship. On April 26 episode of IMPACT!, Yung attacked Allie once again, until Rosemary rescued her. That incident started a rivalry between Rosemary and Yung, which led into a match between them on May 3 episode of IMPACT!, that ended in a brawl. Allie attepted to help Rosemary, however, Yung's undead bridesmaids held her back and forced her to watch as Yung attacked Rosemary and put her inside a coffin. Yung and her undead bridesmaids held a funeral for Rosemary the next week, where Yung set Rosemary's coffin on fire. On May 31 episode at the Under Pressure special, Yung defeated Allie in a Last Rites match to win the title. At One Night Only: Zero Fear on June 15, Yung made her first successful title defense against Katarina.
At Slammiversary XVI, Yung successfully retained her title against Madison Rayne, placing the defeated Madison in a coffin afterwards. On the August 30 ReDefined special, Yung lost the title to Tessa Blanchard, in a three–way match that also involved Allie. On September 6, Yung received her rematch against Blanchard for the IMPACT Knockouts Championship, but was unsuccessful in regaining the title. After Yung lost, she attacked Blanchard and tried to put her inside a coffin, until Allie and Hogan rescued Blanchard and attacked Yung.
Personal life Edit
Riggs is married to a fellow professional wrestler Rich Swann.
On December 10, 2017, Riggs' husband Swann was arrested in Gainesville, Florida on charges of battery and kidnapping/false imprisonment. The victim was identified as his wife. According to the arrest report, Swann and Riggs had gotten into an argument over Swann critiquing Riggs' performance at a show that night. When Riggs tried to get away from Swann, witnesses state that he grabbed her in a headlock and dragged her back into his car. Swann was released from Alachua County Jail later that same day and told to get in contact with court services. On January 25, 2018, all charges against Swann were dismissed, when a determination was made by prosecutors that there was "insufficient evidence" to move forward with the case.
In wrestling Edit
- Finishing moves
- Panic Switch (Spinning Samoan driver)
- The Purge (Mandible claw)
- Signature moves
- Asian mist
- Forearm smash
- Koji clutch
- Lotus lock
- Spider Crawl (Run up turnbuckle into headscissors)
- Tilt-a-whirl headscissors
- Braxton Sutter
- The Undead Bridesmaids
- "The Undead Bride"
- Entrance themes
- Independent circuit
- "Run Don't Walk" by Hey Monday
- "Change (In the House of Flies)" by Deftones
- "Abandon All Ships" by Infamous Feat. A-Game
- "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups
- Independent circuit
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Anarchy Championship Wrestling
- ACW American Joshi Championship (2 time)
- FEST Wrestling
- FEST Wrestling Championship (1 time)
- Girl Fight
- Girl Fight Championship (1 time)
- IMPACT Wrestling
- IMPACT Knockouts Championship (1 time)
- Independent Championship Wrestling
- ICW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Kaiju Big Battel
- Kaiju Double Danger Tandem Championship (1 time) – with Hell Monkey
- Magnificent Ladies Wrestling
- MLW Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling 2.0
- PW2.0 Women's Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked #36 of the top 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
- Queens of Combat
- Queens of Combat Championship (1 time, current)
- Women Superstars Uncensored
- WSU Spirit Championship (1 time)
- WSU King and Queen of the Ring (2017) – with Blackwater