Charly Caruso, also known as Charly Arnolt, is a veteran announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), who has recently landed a job at ESPN as a sports anchor. She is also known for her affair with Seth Rollins, a famous wrestler from WWE shows.
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Early life and family
Charly “Charly Caruso” Arnolt was born on 14 July 1987, in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, so holds American nationality, and was born under the sign of Cancer. Her mother’s name is Charlene May Arnolt, who is Italian, and her father is Michael I. Arnolt, a journalist who opened the Center of Investigative Journalism on the campus of Indiana University – he is an alumnus of the university (class of 1967), graduating with a BA in Journalism and is developing the branch of investigative reporting in Indiana.
He also co-founded the Graston Technique recovery clinic for athletes, and the general public people who suffer from various types of injuries. Charly spent her childhood in Indianapolis, playing various kinds of sports, such as beach volleyball and football. She even thought of pursuing a professional sports career during her teenage years, but her height was not enough to play the beach volleyball professionally, but she still plays it as a hobby. At the moment Charly resides in Orlando, Florida, and often spends quality time with her mother, who she is big friends with.
Charly matriculated from the North Central high school in Indianapolis in 2006, and then enrolled at American University, located in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2010 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism, and with a minor in Criminal Justice and Spanish.
Charly started her career in the last course of her studying at American University, as she had several internships, serving as a junior news intern and a production intern in the sphere of sports broadcast, mainly participating in KRIV-TV projects. In 2010, right after the graduation, Charly got her first job at WSAZ-TV (NBC affiliated), located in Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia, holding the position of a news anchor.
Charly described working there to be a tough time: ‘It’s been a serious grind. I was a one-man-band news reporter <…> I carried around a camera, tripod and microphone and covered all my stories by myself (oh, the stories I have)’, she shared on one of her Instagram posts. In 2011 she was offered to work in the position of a live morning news reporter in Kansas City, at WDAF-TV (Fox affiliated), being promoted to the position of a general assignment reporter. In 2013 Charly came back to Indiana, being invited as a sports reporter and anchor for WXIN-TV (Fox-59 affiliated). She worked there for more than two years, eventually quitting in 2015 to become an independent reporter, though being unemployed for about four months.
For almost a year, Charly worked on the web series “Backtalk Ball”, launched on YouTube; the series reported the latest events in basketball and football, covering the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) events and matches.
Getting to WWE
At the end of 2016 Charly received an offer she didn’t expect – she was invited to hold the position of a ring announcer and the host of WWE events. Charly accepted the offer, changing her name from Charly Arnolt to Charly Caruso, though she never explained her nickname choice. She started with covering WWE NXT actions, switching to the backstage announcing for WWE RAW.
Among her activities there are interviewing the wrestlers before and after the matches, commenting on the matches themselves, and hosting the events happening after the shows. Later Charly also worked with other WWE projects, such as WWE Smackdown and WWE Summerslam.
Working at ESPN
In October 2018 Charly announced she was invited to anchor sports events, anchoring for ESPN Sports Center, but keeping her position at WWE. Her managers from WWE approved her working for two employers, letting her anchor episodically on ESPN’s “First Take” morning program and some other projects.
As she still focuses mainly on her WWE announcing activities, many of her fans asked her on Twitter if she resigned from ESPN, but Charly assured them that she was still appearing in various ESPN programs, and still holds both positions, on WWE and ESPN. As to her WWE responsibilities, she is still working as a backstage interviewer, also hosting the “Marquee Matches” and “This Week in WWE”, at the same time being the narrator for “WWE Music Power 10”.
Charly has always been an active volunteer for various charity foundations, among them “Big Brother Big Sister” in which she participates every year. She also hosted several events of the “Big Red Bash” foundation, raising money for the people and families who fight against any type of cancer.
Personal life, rumors about her affair with Seth Rollins
As soon as Charly got to WWE, she was rumored to have an affair with the local masher, Seth Rollins. In 2016 Seth broke up with Zahra Schrieber, his long-term girlfriend, and Charly’s backstage interview with him provoked multiple rumors, as she looked very nervous while talking to him. Seth also joked about dating during the interview, which made his and Charly fans instantly suspect something going on between those two. However, neither Seth nor Charly ever confirmed those rumors. Seth is now officially dating Becky Lynch, known as Rebecca Quin, who is the WWE Raw Women’s Champion.
Charly has also been seen recently with Shawn Booths, her personal trainer, meeting outside the gym, which also sparked some rumors about their relationship status, as he has just split from his girlfriend Kaitlyn Bristowe. Shawn dated her for more than three years and even proposed to Kaitlyn, but something went wrong, and the couple eventually broke up, and Shawn was seen several times with Charly. Also in 2018 Charly was linked with another WWE celebrity, Finn Balor, also known as Fergal Devitt. Finn was dating another WWE host named Cathy Kelly, and she was said to have even given him an ultimatum and made him choose between her and Caruso.
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) October 19, 2019
However, those could be just WWE entertainment plot twists among their crew, as Charly never confirmed her relationship with Finn in real life.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Charly is said to love baby food prunes. She enjoys spending time with her family, and always comes home for Christmas to spend the Holidays with her relatives and big family. She likes Disney cartoons and “old” Disney Princesses, such as Belle, Aurora and Ariel, considering there is enough of Elsa and Moana, and mothers should teach their daughters about “old” Disney Princesses first. Charly never hid the fact of her passion for alcoholic drinks, though she doesn’t think she has a problem – it’s just her favorite kind of drink.
She even compares herself with a fine wine, which becomes better getting older. Her favorite dessert is Italian gelato of pistachio and salted caramel flavor. In 2015 Charly tried herself as a stand-up comedian, performing several times at the Crackers Comedy Club in the village near her hometown, in Broad Ripple.
Appearance, clothing style
Charly has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She is 5ft 2ins (1.57 m) tall, weighs around 110lbs (50kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-25-35. Charly spends a lot of time in the gym to keep fit, and she admits that working out has always been her passion.
LESS THAN 48 HOURS LEFT!! Please take a few seconds and cast your FREE daily vote for me to become Ms. Health and Fitness! I’m in 3rd place and NEED to be in 1st to win it all!! Thank you in advance for your support ???? Help me accomplish my dream!!!https://t.co/0w2qeHsHlV pic.twitter.com/NBDtcgEp3P
— Charly Caruso // Arnolt (@CharlyOnTV) August 20, 2019
She even participated in the contest called “Ms. Health and Fitness” in August 2019, losing the title to Sarit Ashkenazi. As to her clothing style, she likes short dresses and extraordinary clothes, especially when she appears on WWE events, but when she is featured on ESPN, she wears only classy elegant suits and long dresses.
Net worth and salary
Charly’s net worth is over $500,000, and her salary is reported to be over $75,000 per year only for her activities for WWE, while her income from her duties on ESPN is unknown. Charly also has a commercial contract with the company called Laser Touch Aesthetics, with which she often shares sponsored posts on her Instagram account – one post on her account there may cost up to $3,000.