Macey Estrella-Kadlec (née Evans; born March 24, 1990) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Lacey Evans.
Originally introduced to wrestling while serving as a military police officer in the Marines, Evans trained and began her career on the independent circuit. She started working for WWE in their NXT developmental territory in 2016, and participated in their inaugural Mae Young Classic. After feuding with Kairi Sane in NXT, Evans debuted on Raw in January 2019, entering a feud with Becky Lynch that culminated in a mixed tag team match in the main event of Extreme Rules.
Estrella-Kadlec was born Macey Evans in Georgia on March 24, 1990. According to ESPN, she was "raised in a home torn by depression, drug and alcohol abuse" and had to live in tents at times while growing up due to her parents' legal problems. Her father, who had entertained thoughts of becoming a wrestler but never acted on them, died of a drug overdose before she got her WWE tryout.
Estrella-Kadlec is a veteran of the Marines, serving as a military police officer with the Special Reaction Team. She enlisted at age 19 and served for five years, earning a bachelor's degree and starting a construction business while on active duty. She was introduced to professional wrestling while in the Marines through a Staff Sergeant who promoted independent shows on the side. On the second show of which she attended, the Staff Sergeant booked her to wrestle him.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2014–2015)
Estrella-Kadlec trained under Tom Caiazzo at the American Premier Wrestling training facility in Statesboro, Georgia. She made her debut for the promotion in 2014, later winning the company's World Heavyweight Championship.
World Wrestling Entertainment
It was announced during April 2016, Estrella had signed with the WWE. She debuted during the October 20 house show where she wrestled in a battle royal won by Ember Moon. Of her 11 matches during her debut year, Estrella's first victory was on November 18 when she defeated Sarah Bridges via submission. Estrella finished out her debut year with a match won by Nikki Cross on December 17.
On July 13, 2017, Evans joined the WWE Mae Young Classic, advancing in the first round after eliminating Taynara Conti. She advanced to the second round where she was eliminated by Toni Storm. On October 4, Evans joined a Qualifying Battle Royal for a future NXT Women's Title match. During the October 27 house show, Evans wrestled in a Halloween Costume Battle Royal won by former mixed martial arts fighter Shayna Baszler. By December 7, Evans had her first Women's Title match but was defeated by the reigning champion Ember Moon.
On January 4, 2018, Evans began the new year with a victory over fellow NXT newcomer Aliyah. During the months of January and February, she mostly wrestled in singles and tag matches. She began March 2018 with singles matches won by opponents Dakota Kai and Kairi Sane. On March 23, Evans wrestled Ember Moon in a title rematch, resulting in Moon retaining the championship. On April 6, during the second night of the 2018 WrestleMania Axxess event, Evans participated in the opening round of the NXT Women's Invitational where she was eliminated by Dakota Kai. During the fourth night of the WrestleMania Axxess event, Evans challenged the PROGRESS Women's Champion Toni Storm but did not succeed in winning the title. Afterwards, Evans continued through the remainder of April and into the following month of May in matches both in singles and with tag teams, against opponents including Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross, Candice LeRae, Jessie Elaban, Brandi Lauren and newcomer Kacy Catanzaro. During the month of May, Evans compiled a successful record of 7-1, defeating opponents including Kairi Sane, Brandi Lauren and Kacy Catanzaro in singles matches. She finished the month at the May 31 house show, teaming with Vanessa Borne in defeating Jessie Elaban & Kairi Sane.
Beginning the following month with a match on June 8 during the opening night of the 2018 NXT At Download event in Leicestershire, England, Evans lost to Dakota Kai. During the second night, Evans teamed with Bianca Belair & Nina Samuels in a tag match lost to the team of Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox. Evans finished the month teaming with Vanessa Borne during the June 30 house show, losing to Kairi Sane & Xia Li. The following month during the July 20 house show, Evans competed in a Number One Contendership Battle Royal for the NXT Women's Championship. During the course of August, Evans wrestled mostly in tag team matches. She finished the month with her only singles match held during August 30 house show, defeating Florida newcomer Lacey Lane. During the September 6 house show, Evans defeated Lane in a rematch. Two nights later during the September 8 house show, Evans defeated Jessie Elaban. The following week at the September 15 house show, Evans teamed with Bianca Belair in a tag match lost to Dakota Kai & Io Shirai. A week later, Evans appeared during the September 22 house show teaming with The Forgotten Sons (Jaxson Ryker & Wesley Blake) in a mixed tag match lost to team Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) & Jessie Elaban. Four nights later, Evans made her first televised appearance of the month on the September 26 episode, defeating Candice LeRae. Two nights later, Evans competed in a Number Contender Battle Royal for the WWE United Kingdom Women's Championship.
Evans began the next month with a match during the October 5 house show where she teamed with Reina Gonzalez in a tag match lost to Io Shirai & Nikki Cross. Six nights later, Evan returned during the October 11 house show, challenging reigning champion Kairi Sane for the NXT Women's Championship, but did not succeed in winning the title. The following night, Evans teamed with Reina Gonzalez in a tag match lost to Dakota Kai & Kairi Sane. At the October 13 house show, Evans lost against reigning Women's Champion Kairi Sane in a title rematch. Evan's wrestled her next match during the October 17 NXT Tapings, defeating local competitor Karissa Rivera. She finished the month with a match during the October 20 house show, teaming with Forgotten Sons member Jaxson Ryker in defeating Kavita Devi & Rinku Singh. The following month, Evans returned for the November 3 house show, teaming with Bianca Belair in defeating Candice LeRae & Taynara Conti. The following week, Evans returned for the November 8 house show, teaming with recent NXT recruit Chelsea Green in a tag match lost to Io Shirai & Kairi Sane.
Main roster (2019-present)
On the December 17, 2018 episode of Raw, Evans was advertised as one of six NXT wrestlers about to move to the main roster. She lost to Natalya in a dark match on the January 7, 2019 tapings of Main Event, and made her official main roster debut at the Royal Rumble on January 27. She entered the women's Royal Rumble match at number 1 and lasted over 29 minutes, eliminating The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), before she was eliminated by Charlotte Flair. After that, Evans repeatedly appeared on Raw, SmackDown, and pay-per-views to interrupt various segments and matches by walking out on stage, waving to the crowd, and leaving.
Shortly after WrestleMania 35, Evans was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, and placed in her first feud on the main roster as she continuously attacked Raw and SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch. This led to a title match between the two for the Raw Women's Championship on May 19, at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, where Evans lost to Lynch via submission. A few minutes later, Evans helped Charlotte Flair win the SmackDown Women's Championship from Lynch as she hit her with her finisher, the Women's Right, and allowed her to take advantage of the attack. Throughout mid-2019, Evans continued to feud with Lynch and chase her for the Raw Women's Championship. At Stomping Grounds she lost again to Lynch, and in the main event, was Baron Corbin's choice for a special referee for the Universal Championship match, due to Seth Rollins dating Lynch. Evans and Corbin challenged Lynch and Rollins for their respective titles in a Last Chance Winner Takes All Mixed tag team match at Extreme Rules, where they failed to win the match after Rollins pinned Corbin, thus ending her feud with Becky Lynch.
As part of the 2019 Draft in October, Evans was drafted to the SmackDown brand. At Crown Jewel, Evans and Natalya became the first female wrestlers to wrestle in Saudi Arabia, where Evans lost. The two women embraced afterwards, breaking kayfabe to absorb their historical moment. Evans then went on to compete in the first ever 15 woman elimination tag match representing Team Smackdown at the pay-per-view event “Survivor Series” where the first time ever the NXT women’s locker room would also compete in the match. Evans was able to get the elimination over 11-time women’s champion and The Captain of Team Raw Charlotte Flair via pin, after her teammate Asuka betrayed her own team and shot poison mist into Flair’s eyes, allowing Evans to take advantage of the situation and allowing her to hit her with her finisher . Shortly after, she was eliminated by Natalya via roll up, who was representing Team Raw, however, Team NXT ultimately won the match when The Captain of Team NXT Rhea Ripley pinned The Captain of Team Smackdown Sasha Banks, making her the final woman standing. On the November 29 episode of SmackDown, Evans took exception to Sasha Banks and Bayley insulting the SmackDown roster, particularly the women, for losing to Team NXT at Survivor Series. After exchanging insults, Evans hit Banks with the Woman's Right and left the ring, thus turning face for the first time since early 2017. At Royal Rumble, Evans unsuccessfully challenged Bayley for the SmackDown Women's Title.
At WrestleMania 36, Evans was part of a five-way elimination match for the SmackDown Women's Champion. Evans lost the match after being pinned by Bayley after interference from Sasha Banks. On the April 24, 2020 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Evans competed against Banks in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match for the opportunity to be in the Women's Money in the Bank match at the PPV on May 10. Evans won the match after hitting Banks with the Women's Right (while clutching a fan with a picture of her daughter on it in her hand) and pinning her. On the July 10 episode of SmackDown, Evans attacked Naomi after she lost a karaoke contest to her, thus turning heel once again. As part of the 2020 Draft in October, Evans was drafted to the Raw brand.
Alliance with Ric Flair (2021)
On the January 4, 2021 episode of Raw, Evans started a storyline with Ric Flair when, during a match against Women's Tag Team Champions Charlotte Flair and Asuka, Evans flirted with Flair. During the following weeks, Flair managed Evans, usually distracting his daughter Charlotte, including a participation in the Women's Royal Rumble. On February 15, Evans' real-life pregnancy was announced and incorporated into a storyline on that night's episode of Raw, in which Flair is implied to be the father.
Estrella-Kadlec and her husband, Alfonso, have a daughter together named Summer. They reside in Parris Island, South Carolina. They are currently expecting their second child, as announced by Estrella-Kadlec on the February 15, 2021 episode of Raw.
- Finishing moves
- Fujiwara Armbar
- The Woman's Right (haymaker)
- Lady Lace Up (Dudebuster)
- Signature moves
- Sleeper Hold
- Swinging Neckbreaker
- Slingshot elbow drop
- corner handstand bronco buster
- Double jump Moonsault (with salute)
- ""The Lady of NXT"
- "Classy Lady"
- "The Sassy Southern Belle"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- American Premier Wrestling
- APW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 23 of the top 100 female wrestlers in the PWI Women's 100 in 2019
- World Wrestling Entertainment
|WWE Mae Young Classic 2017 contestants|
Abbey Laith • Ayesha Ray • Bianca Belair • Candice LeRae • Dakota Kai • Jazzy Gabert • Kairi Sane • Kavita Devi • Kay Lee Ray • Lacey Evans • Marti Belle • Mercedes Martinez • Mia Yim • Miranda Salinas • Nicole Savoy • Piper Niven • Princesa Sugehit • Rachel Evers • Reina Gonzalez • Renee Michelle • Rhea Ripley • Sage Beckett • Santana Garrett • Sarah Logan • Serena Deeb • Shayna Baszler • Taynara Conti • Tessa Blanchard • Toni Storm • Vanessa Borne • Xia Li • Zeda