Lacey Evans

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Lacey Evans
Lacey Evans NXT TakeOver- New Orleans crop.jpg
Evans in April 2018
Birth name Macey Evans
Born (1990-03-24) March 24, 1990 (age 28)
Georgia, United States [1]
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Lacey Evans[2]
Macey Estrella
Macey Evans[3]
Ruby Mobs[4]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Billed from Parris Island, South Carolina[2]
Trained by Tom Caiazzo
WWE Performance Center
Debut 2014

Macey Estrella[5] (née Evans[1] born March 24, 1990) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she performs on their developmental territory NXT, under the ring name Lacey Evans.[6]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2014–2015)[edit]

Estrella trained under Tom Caiazzo at the American Premier Wrestling training facility in Statesboro, Georgia.[7] She made her debut for the promotion in 2014, later winning the company's World Heavyweight Championship.[4]

WWE (2016–present)[edit]

On April 12, 2016, it was announced that Estrella has been signed to a WWE contract.[7] She made her debut at an NXT live event on October 20 in a battle royal, which was ultimately won by Ember Moon.[8] On November 17, Estrella made her singles debut at the WrestleMania 33 Ticket Party, doing so as a villainess in a losing effort against Sarah Bridges.[9]

On the January 11, 2017 episode of NXT, Estrella competed in her first televised match alongside Sarah Bridges, in a losing effort against the team of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.[3][10] She returned on the March 15 episode under her real name, where she was defeated by Nikki Cross.[11] On the May 3 episode of NXT, Estrella competed in a women's battle royal under the ring name Lacey Evans, in which she was eliminated by Kay and Royce.[12] Two weeks later on NXT, she was defeated by Sonya Deville in singles competition.[13]

On June 16, Evans was announced as one of the first four participants competing in the Mae Young Classic.[14] Evans entered the tournament on July 13, defeating Taynara Conti in the first round.[15] The following day, Evans was eliminated from the tournament in the second round by Toni Storm.[16]

On the January 17, 2018 edition of NXT, after Evans defeated Aliyah, she turned heel after Evans complained to NXT General Manager William Regal for allowing "the lowest forms of societal trash" like Nikki Cross, Ember Moon, and Kairi Sane to compete in the Women's Division.[17] On April 11, Evans was defeated by Kairi Sane and soon after, the two would later enter in a feud with one another after Evans called her "pathetic" the following week in her plans to clean up the "societal trash" in the NXT Women's Division.[18] On May 2, after Sane's victory over Shazza McKenzie, Evans made her way to the ring and said that she was wrong to suggest that Sane doesn't belong in NXT, and she offered an apology and a handshake. As Sane becomes suspicious of the truce, Evans landed a right forearm to her face and walks away.[19] On May 16 episode of NXT, Lacey Evans defeated Brandi Lauren with The Woman's Right, only to get attacked after the match by Kairi Sane but Evans managed to escape from Sane in the end.[20] On the May 23 episode of NXT, Evans defeated Sane.[21] Evans went on a losing effort for two weeks to both Kairi Sane and Candice LeRae. On July 11 episode of NXT, Lacey interrupted Dakota's backstage interview as Dakota challenges her in a match next week. Following week, Evans picked up a victory over Dakota Kai. On July 25 episode of NXT, Evans picked up another victory over a jobber, Tenilla Price.

Personal life[edit]

Estrella is a former U.S. Marine and member of the Marine Corps Special Reaction Team, roughly equivalent to a civilian SWAT team.[22][23] She enlisted at age 19 and served for five years, earning a bachelor's degree and starting a construction business while on active duty. Estrella was also introduced to wrestling while in the Marines through a staff sergeant who promoted independent shows on the side, who first invited her to a show and then booked her to wrestle him in the main event of the second show she attended.[22]

According to ESPN journalist Kate Richcreek, Estrella "was raised in a home torn by depression and drug and alcohol abuse", and at times while growing up had to live in tents due to her parents' legal problems. Her father, who had entertained thoughts of becoming a wrestler but never acted on them, died of a drug overdose before she got her WWE tryout.[22] She and her husband started dating when she was 14,[22] and they have a daughter together named Summer.[24]

Her ring name, Lacey Evans is her sister's legal name until she got married.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • American Premier Wrestling
    • APW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Queens of Chaos
    • World Queens of Chaos Championship (1 time)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Courier, Mike Mooneyham Special to The Post and. "From the Marines to the mat: Sky is the limit for NXT's Lacey Evans". 
  2. ^ a b c "Lacey Evans". WWE. 
  3. ^ a b "Billie Kay & Peyton Royce def. Sarah Bridges & Macey Evans". Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson (August 30, 2015). "Report: Indy Women's Wrestler Ruby Mobs Getting WWE Tryout - ProWrestling.com". Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Which independent stars just signed with WWE?". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "WWE NXT TV Spoilers From Full Sail Live". pwinsider.com. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Which independent stars just signed with WWE?". Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ "NXT Lakeland, FL, live results: Asuka faces the winner of a battle royal". October 20, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ Middleton, Marc (November 17, 2016). "WWE WrestleMania 33 Ticket Party Match Results And Media, Austin Aries Reveals WM Dream Opponent". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Csonka's NXT Review 1.11.17". 411mania. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Nikki Cross def. Macey Estrella". Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ James, Justin (May 3, 2017). "5/3 NXT TV review: Women's Battle Royal with confusing finish, Hideo Itami in action, Heavy Machinery continue to impress". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Sonya Deville def. Lacey Evans". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ "First competitors revealed for Mae Young Classic". 
  15. ^ Williams, JJ (July 13, 2017). "WWE Mae Young Classic taping spoilers: The tournament begins". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ Williams, JJ (July 14, 2017). "WWE Mae Young Classic taping spoilers: The finals are set". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ Taylor, Scott (January 17, 2018). "Lacey Evans def. Aliyah". WWE. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  18. ^ Clapp, John (April 11, 2018). "Kairi Sane def. Lacey Evans". WWE. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  19. ^ Clapp, John (May 2, 2018). "Kairi Sane def. Shazza McKenzie". WWE. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  20. ^ Clapp, John (May 16, 2018). "Lacey Evans def. Brandi Lauren". WWE. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  21. ^ Clapp, John (May 23, 2018). "Lacey Evans def. Kairi Sane". WWE. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  22. ^ a b c d Richcreek, Kate (August 23, 2017). "Former U.S. Marine Lacey Evans is Mae Young Classic's American dream". ESPNW. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  23. ^ "WWE sign 10 new talents to the WWE Performance Center". April 13, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Introducing Lacey Evans: From U.S. Marine to "Lady of NXT"". WWE. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 

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