Lacey Evans has spoken out about her love for WWE’s Tribute To The Troops events and what it means to her to be able to perform in front of servicemen and servicewomen.
WWE aired its eighteenth Tribute To The Troops event on December 6, prior to NXT TakeOver: WarGames, which saw Drew McIntyre retain the WWE Championship against The Miz in the main event.
However, the event means more to former Marine and current WWE Superstar ‘The Southern Belle’ Lacey Evans than just another show. Speaking to DC101, the talent opened up about how meaningful it was to her that WWE are taking steps to pay tribute to her former colleagues:
“Being able to put on a show for our troops, once a year that’s focused on them, and reminding them how thankful we are, and honestly, being with a company that gives a damn about our troops, like WWE does, is incredible. And it’s just awesome, not only to see it, but because I know firsthand, that they can escape. The families, their kids, their wives, the service member, for one day, can get wrapped up in the excitement and the energy, it’s exciting!
It’s just makes us feel good, it makes us feel good that we can do that for our families. That we can be a part of it, and hear it and feel it. I know it’s something special to our troops.”
The interview moved on to Evans’ time in the Marines and how she transitioned from serving her country to being a WWE Superstar:
“You were locked in seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so it was difficult for me to get to be a part of the backyard wrestling scene. I was on WWE’s radar shortly after that and had a tryout opportunity. I was still on active duty and my master guns let me go for three days to Orlando at the WWE Performance Center. One thing lead to another and I guess I showed them that I had at least what it took to learn how to do the job and they offered me a contract.
The military, the United States Marines Corps, set me up to have the confidence needed to pretty much learn and overcome and figure anything out. I went from square one, learning the basics, to getting in front of thousands, and main eventing, in front of more people than you can imagine. But I could do it, the way that I’ve done it, on the drop of a dime, with little to no experience, because that’s the Marine in me.”
Recently on WWE television, Lacey Evans has formed a reluctant partnership with Peyton Royce. She was last seen on at WWE Survivor Series on November 22 as part of Team Raw. The star eliminated Natalya before being sent packing by Liv Morgan.
Credit for the interview: DC101
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.