WWE star Lacey Evans credits Marine Corps for her success
By ANDY KRAVETZ | The Journal Star | Published: March 13, 2019
PEORIA, Ill. (Tribune News Service) — For WWE wrestler Lacey Evans, the key to her success was forged during her time in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Evans, who served in the Corps as a military police officer and was on a special response team (think SWAT), says the work she did there prepared her for the stress of being a sports entertainer.
"It takes a lot of nerves to be a sports entertainer and to be in front of those big crowds. The military and the Marine Corps prepared me to be numb to the stress," she said in a recent interview.
Evans and other superstars with the WWE will descend upon the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday as part of the "Road to WrestleMania" tour. The card includes Randy Orton clashing against AJ Styles. Charlotte Flair, the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, will face off against the up-and-coming Asuka.
Evans served in the Corps for five years. It was a staff sergeant, who was running a small, local promotion in Georgia, that got her hooked on wrestling. She found the small crowd, full of passionate fans, to be a lot like her. Since then, she's done well, developing in the NXT wrestling circuit before moving up to the WWE. She was in the "Royal Rumble" in January and lasted almost 30 minutes. That, she said, was a major highlight.
"It was nerve wracking. I was the first one out, and even had a promo," Evans said of the experience. "It was so much fun. It had a huge crowd, and what an experience."
But she's all business when it comes to the event on Sunday. Her opponent is Nicki Cross, a woman she's feuded with for months. A woman who is all about discipline, Evans had little nice to say about Cross.
"She's (Cross) is full of chaos and has no discipline. She's insane," Evans said. "There's no telling what she will do. We are such polar opposites. I'm the classiest superstar ever in the WWE."
Evans, who is married and has a 6-year-old daughter named Summer, says the show is terrific family entertainment. So much so that she brings her daughter on the road with her during shows.
"She travels to almost every show with me and my husband," Evans said. "She tells everyone who will listen that her mother is in the WWE. They are my biggest supporters."
And Barra, the fan who now gets to work the other side. Well, he's excited too.
"I am still watching and attending events, I will admit. I have been a fan for more than 20 years. Being on the other side of it, it is exciting to see how everything is put together — from promotions to the actual production of the show," he said. "We are a few weeks away from "Wrestlemania," so a lot of the story lines heading in to WWE's biggest show of the year you will see play out in our show at the Peoria Civic Center."