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Macey Estrella-Kadlec[6] (née Evans; born March 24, 1990)[1][7] is an American professional wrestler. She is currently signed to WWE where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Lacey Evans.

Lacey Evans
Lacey Evans NXT TakeOver- New Orleans crop.jpg
Evans in April 2018
Birth nameMacey Evans
Born (1990-03-24) March 24, 1990 (age 29)
Georgia, United States[1]
ResidenceParris Island, South Carolina, United States
Children1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Lacey Evans[2]
Macey Estrella[3]
Macey Evans[4]
Ruby Mobs[5]
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Billed fromParris Island, South Carolina[2]
Trained byTom Caiazzo
WWE Performance Center
Debut2014

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.

Military careerEdit

Estrella-Kadlec is a veteran of the U.S. Marines. She served as a military police officer with the Special Reaction Team (a specialized unit similar to SWAT). She enlisted at age 19 and served for five years, earning a bachelor's degree and starting a construction business while on active duty.[8]

Estrella-Kadlec was introduced to professional wrestling while in the Marines through a staff sergeant who promoted independent shows on the side. He invited her to a show and booked her to wrestle him in the main event of the second show she attended.[8]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (2014–2015)Edit

Estrella trained under Tom Caiazzo at the American Premier Wrestling training facility in Statesboro, Georgia.[3] She made her debut for the promotion in 2014, later winning the company's World Heavyweight Championship.[5]

WWEEdit

NXT (2016–2019)Edit

On April 12, 2016, Estrella signed a WWE contract.[3] She made her wrestling debut at a house show, on October 20, in a battle royal, which was ultimately won by Ember Moon.[9][10] Three months later, in her first appearance on NXT, Evans teamed with Sarah Bridges in a tag team match which they lost to the team of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.[4][11] In 2017, Estrella was given the ring name Lacey Evans, which coincidentally is identical to her sister's maiden name.[1] She was used mostly as a jobber to various competitors.[12][13][14] In July, Evans participated in the inaugural Mae Young Classic,[15] defeating Taynara Conti in the first round,[16] but losing to Toni Storm in the second round.[17]

 
Evans (left) and Bianca Belair before a tag team match at a house show in June 2018

On the January 17, 2018 episode of NXT, Evans established herself as a villainess as she 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.[18] In April, Evans was placed in her first feud with Sane, as the two exchanged victories and attacked each other throughout the next few weeks.[19][20][21][22][23] Eventually, Evans lost to Sane on the June 6 episode of NXT to end their feud.[24] Throughout the rest of the year, Evans started a winning streak, defeating the likes of Dakota Kai[25][26] and Candice LeRae.[27][28] In December, she competed in a fatal four-way match to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship,[29] however, the match was won by Bianca Belair.[30]

Main roster promotion and feud with Becky Lynch (2018–present)Edit

On the December 17, 2018 episode of Raw, Evans was advertised as one of six NXT wrestlers about to move to the main roster.[31][32] She lost to Natalya in a dark match on the January 7, 2019 tapings of Main Event,[33][34][35] and made her official main roster debut at the Royal Rumble on January 27. She entered the women's Royal Rumble match at number 1 and lasted over 29 minutes, eliminating The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), before she was eliminated by Charlotte Flair.[36] After that, Evans repeatedly appeared on Raw,[37][38] SmackDown,[39][40] and pay-per-views to interrupt various segments and matches by walking out on stage, waving to the crowd, and leaving.[41][42][43]

Shortly after WrestleMania 35, Evans was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, and placed in her first feud on the main roster as she continuously attacked Raw and SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch.[44][45][46][47][48][49][50] This led to a title match between the two for the Raw Women's Championship on May 19, at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, where Evans lost to Lynch via submission. A few minutes later, Evans helped Charlotte Flair win the SmackDown Women's Championship from Lynch as she hit her with her finisher, the Women's Right, and allowed her to take advantage of the attack.[51] Throughout mid-2019, Evans continued to feud with Lynch and chase her for the Raw Women's Championship.[52][53][54][55][56][57] At Stomping Grounds she lost again to Lynch, and in the main event, was Baron Corbin's choice for a special referee for the Universal Championship match, due to Rollins dating Lynch. Evans and Corbin challenged Lynch and Rollins for their respective titles in a Last Chance Winner Takes All Mixed tag team match at Extreme Rules where they failed to win the match after Rollins pinned Corbin ending her feud with Becky Lynch.

Evans was drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2019 WWE Draft.[58]

On October 31, 2019, she and Natalya, who had previously been feuding on the Raw brand, became the first female wrestlers to wrestle in Saudi Arabia, at Crown Jewel (2019), where Evans lost. After the match, Evans and Natalya embraced both each other and fans in attendance.[59]

Personal lifeEdit

According to ESPN journalist Kate Richcreek, Evans 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.[8] She and her husband have a daughter together.[60] They reside near Parris Island, South Carolina.[61]

Other mediaEdit

Evans made her video game debut as part of the Rising Stars pack of downloadable characters available for WWE 2K19 and in WWE 2K20.[62]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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