Lacey Evans, a name that resonated within the WWE Universe for her captivating character transformations and in-ring prowess, recently bid farewell to the company as her contract came to an end on August 16. In a revealing and heartfelt conversation with Teddy Long and Mac Davis on ‘Road Trip After Hours,’ Evans provided an intimate glimpse into her decision to part ways with WWE and shared her vision for life beyond the squared circle.
Her departure marked the end of a chapter in her seven-year journey with WWE, during which she not only invested time but also made a substantial income. However, it’s essential to understand that Evans’ decision to step away was not driven by an inability to cope with the physical and mental demands of professional wrestling. Instead, it was a matter of personal priorities and values that set her apart from many of her colleagues in the industry.
Lacey Evans is not just a WWE superstar; she is a business owner with investments in properties, securing her financial stability even outside the realm of professional wrestling. This financial independence allowed her to make a transition on her terms and pursue her own unique life goals.
Evans’ perspective on life and professional wrestling is refreshingly different from the common narrative in the industry. She candidly expressed that her priorities in life were rooted in values far removed from the allure of red carpets and the relentless competitive nature of the wrestling world. Her focus was on building a future that was not hinged on seeking opportunities through the cutthroat competition that defines the wrestling business.
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“It wasn’t a bit much as far as I couldn’t do it. It was a bit much as far as it wasn’t for me. I lasted seven years in WWE, I invested and made a lot of money. I’m a business owner, I own investment properties, I really sunk a lot of good money into making sure I’m squared away. My priorities, where my priorities in comparison to a lot of professional wrestlers are way different, night and day. I think I was blessed to start that business venture with a full-blown awesome husband and relationship. I’ve already had a baby. I was a business owner, making six figures, before I even joined. I took a pay cut to be able to try and use the platform to make a difference for my community. It was a lot in that regard because my priorities and idea in life was not running on red carpets and sniffing people’s asses for opportunities. I’m not cut out for that, unfortunately.”
While Lacey Evans acknowledged her tenacity and tough-as-nails attitude, which have endeared her to fans, she recognized that these qualities may have played a role in her decision to request her release from WWE. Nevertheless, she underlined that her departure was amicable, and there were no hard feelings towards WWE. It was a choice made to align with her personal aspirations and principles.
Moreover, Evans revealed her belief that the schedule offered by All Elite Wrestling (AEW) could better accommodate her lifestyle and values. AEW’s unique atmosphere and approach may provide the ideal platform for her to express her authentic self both inside and outside the ring.
“Absolutely. I’m mean as hell. I’m one mean son of a gun. That was probably my fault, at requesting my release, there are no hard feelings at WWE, it’s great. That lifestyle is for people that, when they hold that title above their head, that’s what makes them feel significant or feel like they’ve accomplished something. Me being able to make my kids food or cook my old man, that to me is worth all the weight in gold.”
In Lacey Evans’ view, the WWE lifestyle is best suited for individuals who find their significance and sense of accomplishment in holding a championship title high above their heads. But for Evans, life’s true worth is discovered in simpler, everyday moments – such as preparing meals for her children or her husband. These ordinary acts of love and care resonate deeply within her, forming the foundation of what she values most in life.
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As Lacey Evans embarks on a new chapter, her departure from WWE serves as a reminder that every individual’s journey is uniquely defined by personal values and life goals. Her candor and authenticity in sharing her story offer inspiration to anyone striving to align their career and life with their deepest convictions.