Recent NXT call-up and WWE star Lacey Evans was a guest on ex-WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia’s podcast, ‘Chasing Glory.’ Lacey Evans discussed the name changes she has gone through throughout her WWE career, hoping her character can remain “respectful” as she continues to honor her family with the southern aspect of the character, and Becky Lynch calling herself “The Man.”
Here are the highlights:
Name changes throughout her WWE career: “When I got signed with WWE, I got to choose names and I originally wanted Macey Evans, my real maiden name,” Evans said. “And then I chose Macey Loretta because I love Loretta – it is different. I wanted my character to be southern, so, Macey Loretta sounds southern, but WWE chose Lacey and Evans from the names that I had chosen.
“I never chose those names together. I said, ‘Oh no, Lacey is my sister’s name,’ and they said, ‘Well, if she is okay with it, then we are okay with it.’ So I called her and she said, ‘Hell yeah, use my name! That is so cool!’ So that is how that happened. It was just by pure chance.”
Hoping the character remains respectful: “I am a mom, so, in my opinion, it is the way I carry myself [that makes me a southern belle], and I want my daughter to make sure that it is still respectful,” Evans said. “And for my husband, he is such an old-fashioned man. I just feel beautiful and my daughter never has to look at me, like, ‘Oh no, Mom!’
Becky Lynch calling herself “The Man”: “The values behind what a lady is capable of? You don’t have to be ‘The Man’ to be successful or show that you are a bad son-of-a-gun,” Evans said. “I can put on a dress, wear high heels, and still kick your ass. I hope that it is a challenge to Becky Lynch. Women have come so far: the WWE Evolution, the Mae Young Classic, and you mean to tell me that you are now going to call yourself ‘The Man’?
“Is ‘The Woman’ not good enough? Have we not proven what we are capable of? One of the biggest things with this character is that I want to show the world that you can [easily] make a pie just as good as you can fire a weapon, and you can get the job done in a pair of heels just as you can do in a pair of heels.
“Women are that bad ass, that we can conduct ourselves with class, and confidence, and sophistication, and we can be beautiful. We can make sandwiches and we can still kick your ass. That is why I chose this character, because it’s feminine beauty and bad assery. There is nothing we can’t do. That is why women are unstoppable and I want my baby to know it. I am going to show you what we are capable of and we can do it with class.”