This week on Oral Classes with Renee Paquette, former WWE Superstars Cassie Lee [fka Peyton Royce] and Jessica McKay [fka Billie Kay], higher recognized collectively as The IIconics, took a stroll down reminiscence lane by recapping a few of their favourite and never so favourite moments throughout their six-year careers in WWE.
Now that they’re venturing off into new territories following their same-day releases, many are questioning if these two will proceed their partnership as soon as their non-compete clauses are fulfilled. To reply that query, McKay relaxation assured everybody that their cohesive unit will stay intact after their 90-day non-compete clause has concluded. For proper now, the one factor they’re in a position to do is brainstorm new names and concepts. As of final week, they’ve filed to trademark “The IInspiration,” which is to this point a step in the fitting route.
“Sure, we’ve been pondering, however have we settled on one thing? No,” Jessica McKay said. “I simply assume that Cassie and Jessie work so properly collectively, so, I don’t know. I feel we need to transfer on with our actual names.”
Because the interview continued, Paquette requested how they felt when the corporate determined to separate their beloved duo and place them on two completely different manufacturers. For Lee, she felt her singles run on Monday Evening RAW was going to be reduce quick regardless of making quite a few efforts to attempt to make her singles character simply as related and thrilling as she was throughout her time as an IIconic.
“I had a imaginative and prescient for myself if I used to be going to be a singles competitor. I simply don’t assume anyone else understood that imaginative and prescient or imagine in me,” Cassie Lee said on her particular person run earlier than her departure. “I knew deep in myself that I had a lot to supply. I sort of realized after I wasn’t getting used. I used to be sort of pushed by. I wasn’t pleased, however I pushed by as a result of everybody goes by this section.
“My final match was with Asuka. After the match, properly, nearly three weeks earlier than WrestleMania, I had this overwhelming feeling that I mentioned to myself, I’m going to be okay if that was my final match. I do know I wasn’t pleased, however I wasn’t contemplating retiring or one thing like that. I simply had this overwhelming feeling that I used to be going to be okay and pleased if this was my final match. I’m comfortable with it.”
For Jessica McKay, regardless of feeling the identical ripple results Lee did, she admitted that she had a good time initiating her self-created skit as a frantic star on the lookout for somebody to present her a callback after giving everybody on the roster her résumé and headshot. Though the reception from followers and colleagues backstage was nice, it nonetheless shocks her to at the present time that she was on WWE’s listing of terminations in April.
“The cut up was tough. I didn’t know who I used to be. I used to be a singles competitor, and that was very confronting,” Jessica McKay added on her singles run on SmackDown. “Having [Cassie] not with me anymore, I bear in mind [thinking], oh, I’ve to stroll to the ring, and he or she’s not going to be on my left, so don’t look to the left or maintain your hand out ’trigger she isn’t going to be there. For some purpose, I used to be like, okay, I’ve to be horny. I believed I needed to be one thing that I wasn’t. I used to be like, I don’t know what I’m doing, and I don’t know what to do.
“I used to be grateful that I received to go to SmackDown ’trigger I undoubtedly thought we would have liked to be on completely different manufacturers, and I don’t assume they realized what the domino impact can be after splitting a tag staff up, particularly us. So, when [I] went to SmackDown, I discussed this earlier than, however TJ [Tyson Kidd] helped me rather a lot. There was this one time [where I told him], ‘You’re my new Cassie,’ as a result of every part I might vent to Cass [about], I used to be simply saying it to TJ. That’s why he’s so particular. He listened to me, and he supported me. I informed him that I simply needed to be myself – make individuals snort and smile – that’s all I needed to do…When the headshot/résumé sort of fell into my first promo, I used to be like, there’s one thing right here; I need to maintain doing this. I spoke to the writers, and fortunately, they have been on board. I used to be having a lot enjoyable, I actually was.
“The quantity of reward that I received backstage after that, I used to be like ah, if I’m remembered for something, and it’s this, I’d be pleased, pleased, pleased. It was a lot enjoyable! I feel that was why it made it extra of a shock [about my release] as a result of I used to be booked for a few weeks right here and there. I used to be in a position to work with the entire women, which lots of people aren’t in a position to do. I used to be doing promos with [Big] E and The Road Income; it was a lot enjoyable for me. I used to be actually having fun with it. I used to be [also] so grateful to be at WrestleMania and be in that match as a result of that was my final one. I’m making an attempt to remain constructive, however the shock and the uncooked emotion are nonetheless there.”
Now that Lee and Mckay are on the verge of transferring on to newer and greener pastures, they’ll’t assist however be pleased about having a tag staff title reign throughout their six-year keep in WWE. McKay remembers the electrical energy that exemplified that night time when she and Lee grew to become the second girls in WWE historical past to win the Ladies’s Tag Crew Championship on “The Grandest Stage of Them All.”
“It was my favourite second, like every part that we had labored for, for 15 years and, like, all of the sacrifices we made, every part got here right down to that one match,” McKay mentioned with cheer in her voice. “I didn’t inform anybody what was going to occur within the match. It was humorous ’trigger my husband gave us the thought, ‘Why don’t you guys do your IIconics earlier than your music hits?’ And I used to be like, ‘Oh, that’s a good suggestion!’ So, we pitched it, and so they [WWE officials] have been like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’
“I by no means informed him. He was within the first couple of rows with Ronnie [Shawn Spears], truly. Earlier than our entrance occurred, we [yelled] out, ‘IIconics,’ and he was like [gasps], and we got here out. I didn’t inform him that we have been profitable. It was such a cool expertise. I’ve an enormous body of that night time with footage and stuff. It’s undoubtedly a particular reminiscence for us.”
You may take heed to Cassie Lee & Jessica Mckay’s full interview right here. When you use any of the quotes on this article, please credit score Oral Classes w/Renée Paquette with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.