On January 26th, at Royal Rumble, Lacey Evans was defeated by Bayley in a match valid for the SmackDown Women's Championship. She was originally introduced to wrestling while serving as a military police officer in the U.S.
Marines. She trained and began her career on the independent circuit in Georgia. She started working for WWE in their NXT developmental territory in 2016. She also participated in the inaugural Mae Young Classic. After feuding with Kairi Sane in NXT, Evans debuted on Raw in December 2018, where she later entered a feud with Becky Lynch that culminated in a mixed tag team match in the main event of Extreme Rules.
In a recent interview to TalkSport and Alex McCarthy, she discussed her start in the business: “It’s incredible, because a lot of WWE superstars, they were fans. They knew the job description, they kind of knew what was expected, but I did not know what the hell I was doing.
It was a clean slate. I didn’t know what was expected of me, I just know I had the grit and pride to learn the business. So, the PC and NXT from the ground created the woman that is sitting in front of you today. From the in-ring work, the promo and being able to speak to you right now and call you a nasty thing – I learned all of it the PC.
Sara Amato our coach, Scotty Too Hotty – he’s the one who taught me the Women’s Right and he named it – the developmental centre is who I owe my confidence in regards to sports entertainment. They created this beast”.