Jessica McKay (June 23, 1989) is an Australian professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the ring name Billie Kay and performing on the SmackDown brand. In WWE, Kay was one-half of The IIconics tag team with Peyton Royce and a former WWE Women's Tag Team Champion.

In June 2007, Kay made her professional wrestling debut at Professional Wrestling Alliance (PWA), and she debuted one-year later for the Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance promotion, where she became a two-time PWWA Champion.

She later started competing on the independent circuit with multiple promotions in the United States for several years, most notably and commonly for Shimmer Women Athletes.

Professional wrestling career

Australian Promotions

Professional Wrestling Alliance (2007-2012)

McKay began wrestling for Professional Wrestling Alliance (PWA) in 2007 after completing her training with co-owner Ryan Eagles and his wife Madison Eagles. She wrestled and won her first PWA match on July 23, in a three-way match against Aurora and Madison Eagles at PWA Glory. Her next PWA match took place the following year on 9 February at PWA Wrestlepalooza, in a losing tag match teaming with Savannah Summers against Madison Eagles and Sway. On February 28 at PWA Ladies Show, McKay wrestled and won two consecutive matches during the event. She won her first championship on August 2 winning the PWA Women's title from Kellie Skater at PWA Payback II. Her title reign ended on November 21, when she was defeated by Penni Lane. McKay went on to regain the PWA Women's title on September 4, 2009, at PWA All That Remains - Night 1. She went on to hold the championship until July 11 at PWA Call To Arms 2010, losing the title to Madison Eagles. McKay's latest PWA match was on October 6, 2012 defeating Britenay at PWWA Evie Vs. Skater III.

New Horizon Pro Wrestling (2010-2011)

McKay made her NHPW debut at NHPW Hardcore Resurrection 2010 on June 12, losing to Kellie Skater. On August 20, she participated in a title match for the NHPW Indy Gurlz Championship at NHPW Southern Impact 2010 - Night 1 in a three-way match one by Bombshell Bo. During her stint in NHPW, McKay wrestled against women wrestlers such as Awesome Kong, Mercedes Martinez and Nikki Roxx. On February 11, McKay wrestled her last NHPW match in a mixed tag team match against David Hawk and Kellie Skater at NHPW Battle Of Honour.

American Promotions

Combat Zone Wrestling (2008)

McKay made her first overseas debut in the American promotion Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). She wrestled in a mixed tag match, teaming with Jon Dahmer and Mercury in a losing effort against DJ Hydes, Madison Eagles and Ryan Eagles at CZW Academy Show #4 on September 11. Two nights later, McKay lost a singles match against Ryan Eagles at CZW Down With The Sickness Forever. McKay wrestled her last CZW match on 11 October in a winning three-on-two handicap match with LuFisto and Pinkie Sanchez against Ryan Eagles and Sami Callihan at CZW Decision 2008.

Ring of Honor (2008)

McKay wrestled two matches for Ring of Honor starting on 19 September at ROH Driven 2008 losing a singles match against Sara Del Rey. She lost her second and last ROH match to Daizee Haze in singles action at ROH Ring Of Homicide 2 on October 25.

CHIKARA (2008, 2011)

During the month of October, McKay wrestled the first of two CHIKARA matches. On October 18, at CHIKARA The Global Gauntlet - Night 1, McKay teamed with The Colony (Fire Ant and Soldier Ant) in defeating the team of Crossbones, Madison Eagles and Ryan Eagles. Her last CHIKARA match was on October 7, 2011 at CHIKARA Small But Mighty, losing to Kana.

SHIMMER (2008-2013)

On October 19, 2008, McKay debuted in SHIMMER in a SHIMMER Tag Team Title Gauntlet match for the vacant Tag Team titles at SHIMMER Volume 21. During that same night McKay joined forces with Madison Eagles, as a team called The Pink Ladies, losing to the team called The Experience (Lexie Fyfe & Malia Hosaka). During SHIMMER Volume 24, McKay lost to Kellie Slater in a singles match on May 2. The following night at SHIMMER Volume 25, she lost to Cheerleader Melissa before on SHIMMER Volume 26, the same night, McKay won a Four Corners Carnival match against Jennifer Blake and Kellie Skater and Melanie Cruise. On November 8, at SHIMMER Volume 27 McKay lost to Sara Del Rey. Later that night, McKay teamed with Tenille Tayla, losing to The International Home Wrecking Crew (Jetta and Rain at SHIMMER Volume 28. The following year, McKay appeared in SHIMMER Volumes 29-57. At SHIMMER Volume 47, McKay challenged Cheerleader Melissa for the SHIMMER Title, losing to Melissa.

SHINE Wrestling (2013)

On April 19 2013, McKay teamed with Shazza McKenzie and Kellie Skater in a victorious effort against Mia Yim, Nikki Roxx and Santana at SHINE 9 in a six-woman tag team match.

World Wrestling Entertainment

NXT (2015-2018)

McKay received a tryout with WWE during their tour of Australia in August 2014. On April 13 2015, WWE announced McKay as part of a new class of NXT trainees. McKay made her televised in-ring debut on the June 10 episode of NXT, where she competed in a losing effort against Becky Lynch under the ring name Jessie. On 7 August, she was given the new ring name Billie Kay. After competing in most of her matches at NXT as a face, Kay competed on her first match as a heel on the October 21 episode of NXT, losing to Asuka. Through the end of 2015, Kay started being managed by fellow wrestler, Sylvester Lefort, during multiple NXT live events, however it did not last for long after Lefort was released from his contract in February 2016.

On the January 13, 2016 episode of NXT, Kay competed in a number one contender's battle royal for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella. Kay made her first appearance on the main roster on the June 30 episode of SmackDown, where she worked as a jobber losing to Dana Brooke. Kay finally made her return to NXT television on July 27, where she achieved her first live victory in the company by defeating Santana Garrett. After asking NXT's general manager William Regal for a match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on the August 17 episode of NXT, she was granted one against the debutant Ember Moon. At the event on August 20, Kay was defeated by Moon. Following a brief hiatus, Kay returned on the September 21 episode of NXT, where she defeated Aliyah.

In October, Kay started an alliance with Peyton Royce, later dubbed as The Iconic Duo, and later entered a feud with Liv Morgan with the duo attacking and defeating Morgan in singles matches. This ultimately led to a six–women tag team match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, which was taped and aired for the November 23 episode of NXT, in which Aliyah, Ember Moon and Morgan defeated Kay, Royce and their partner Daria Berenato. In the end of December, Kay and Royce were placed in a brief feud with the NXT Women's Champion Asuka after the latter stated there is no competition for her. This resulted in a fatal–four-way match, which also involved Nikki Cross, at the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio event on January 28, 2017, in which both Kay and Royce failed to capture the Women's Championship.

SmackDown (2018–2019)

Branded as The IIconics, Kay and Royce debuted on the 10 April episode of SmackDown|SmackDown and attacked SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair after she cut a promo about her match at WrestleMania 34. Kay made her singles debut during the April 17 episode of SmackDown, losing to Charlotte Flair. She returned the next week for the April 24 episode of SmackDown with Peyton Royce, in a tag match defeating Asuka & Becky Lynch. On the 1 May episode of SmackDown, Kay and Royce teamed with Carmella, in a tag match lost to Asuka, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair. Two weeks later, Kay returned for the May 22 episode of SmackDown, competing in a Money In The Bank Qualifying match lost to Lana. She returned the following month on the June 12 episode of SmackDown, where The IIconics teamed with Carmella, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville in a five-on-five tag match lost to Asuka, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Lana & Naomi.

Returning the following month on the July 10 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics wrestled in a dark tag match lost to Becky Lynch & Naomi. Kay returned two weeks later on the July 24 episode of SmackDown, losing her second singles match against Asuka. The following month, The IIconics returned on the August 7 episode of SmackDown, losing a tag match against Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair. Returning on the August 28 episode of SmackDown, Kay won a singles match, defeating Naomi. On the August 18 episode of SmackDown, Kay lost to Asuka in a rematch. On October 6, The IIconics appeared at the pay-per-view Super Show-Down, in Melbourne, Australia, where they won a tag match defeating Asuka & Naomi. On October 21 at the WWE Live SuperShow, The IIconics teamed with Becky Lynch in a tag match lost to Asuka, Carmella & Charlotte Flair. On October 28, The IIconics competed singularly in the first annual Evolution pay-per-view event, as part of the 20-Women Battle Royal, eventually won by Nia Jax.

On the November 20 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics interrupted an in-ring promo by Charlotte Flair. Flair had just been fined $100,000 for putting her hands on officials during an assault on Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. The IIconics talked down Flair’s actions but Flair was in no mood for their antics. Flair would challenge one of the IIconics to a match and would defeat Kay. Flair then challenged Royce immediately. It appeared Flair was going to defeat Royce too until Kay caused the disqualification. Flair would reverse the post-match beat-down and began handily throwing both IIconics around ringside. On the January 15, 2019 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics interrupted a confrontation between Becky Lynch & Asuka, declaring their intent on winning both the Royal Rumble match and the recently announced WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. Kay then lost a match to Asuka. On January 27, at Royal Rumble 2019, Kay competed in her first Royal Rumble match entering at #7. She did not enter the ring, however, informing the ringside commentators that she was waiting for partner Peyton Royce. Nikki Cross was next in at #8 and attacked Kay, prompting Kay to enter the ring to attack Cross. Royce would enter at #9 and The IIconics would eliminate Cross before being eliminated themselves by Lacey Evans a few minutes later. On February 2, in an online exclusive video, The IIconics confirmed they will be competing in the Elimination Chamber match to crown the Women’s Tag Team Champions. On the February 5 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics competed in a Triple Threat Tag Team match against the two other SmackDown teams announced for the Chamber: Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) and the pairing of Carmella & Naomi. Fire & Desire won the match when Rose pinned Naomi. The following week, on the February 12 episode of SmackDown, a rematch was held with a stipulation added: the losing team would enter the Elimination Chamber first. Naomi would pin Rose this time. On February 17, at Elimination Chamber 2019, The IIconics competed for the newly minted WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship inside the Elimination Chamber structure. The IIconics were the second team to be released from the pod and managed to eliminate Carmella & Naomi. Kay & Royce attempted to hide from the team of Nia Jax & Tamina by locking themselves back inside a pod but it was in vain and The IIconics were eliminated by the Samoans. The match would be won by the Boss & Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks).

On the March 12 episode of SmackDown, The IIconics verbally chided Bayley & Sasha Banks for not appearing on SmackDown since winning the Tag Team Championship despite the fact the title holders can appear across all 3 brands. The next week on the March 19 edition of SmackDown, the Boss & Hug Connection did indeed show-up and faced Kay & Royce in a non-title tag team match. A match which was won by The IIconics. On March 25 on, a Fatal Four Way match for the Women’s Tag Team Championship was announced involving Boss & Hug Connection, The IIconics, Nia Jax & Tamina and Beth Phoenix & Natalya. On the April 1 episode of RAW, The IIconics had their first match on the red brand, teaming with Jax & Tamina in a losing effort to Bayley, Banks, Natalya & Phoenix. On the April 2 episode of SmackDown, Kay & Royce had an in-ring promo explaining why they’re going to become Tag Team Champions at WrestleMania. On April 7, at WrestleMania 35, The IIconics would win the Fatal Four Way to become the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kay stole the pinfall of Bayley after a second-rope Glam Slam from Beth Phoenix.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • As Billie Kay
      • Shades of Kay (Big boot) — 2016–present; used as a signature move in 2015
    • As Jessie McKay
  • Nicknames
    • "Everybody's Favourite Girlfriend"
    • "The Femme Fatale"
  • Entrance themes
    • "4ever" by The Veronicas (Independent circuit)
    • "Beautiful Sexy Fierce" by Ashley Jana (NXT; 2 September 2015 – 21 October 2015)
    • "Femme Fatale" by CFO$ (NXT; 20 August 2016–present)

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