Former WWE Star recalls meeting with Vince McMahon that probably led to her release from the promotion this year after Wrestlemania.
Several talents were let go by the WWE this year as part of the budget cuts following Wrestlemania 37. Some of the names you kind of expected, some on the other hand were quite shocking. Peyton Royce’s name on the list is one that comes to mind.
Royce was reportedly in line for a push following the IIconics splitting up. That however, never came to be and the former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion blames a particular meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for it.
Former WWE Star recalls meeting with Vince McMahon that probably led to release
On her Off Her Chops podcast with Billie Kay, Royce spoke of the time she and Vince had a discussion regarding her character. He did not like the idea she pitched and she had not prepared any other. In her own words, the meeting was disastrous and probably contributed towards her eventual release from the company.
“This is when you were drafted to Smackdown and I decided to put on my big girl panties and talk to Vince. I had in my head what I wanted to say but he brushed it off very quickly and I went ‘crap’. I had an idea that I wanted to present, and he wanted to discuss other ideas. But I didn’t have other ideas.
“This is what I wanted to talk about and put my time and effort into. Vince says “What do you do for fun?” Me being me, the introvert and the homebody that I am, I had to let him know that I like to sit on the couch with my dogs and watch TV.
“He just stared at me and in my head I’m just like, ‘make something up’ and I couldn’t make anything up. Nothing was coming out. I’m not a liar. I feel like he could have seen right through that, I basically said to him ‘I’m sorry, I’m boring’ and I just like to be home on my off days’. I didn’t contribute much during that unfortunately and that’s probably why I lost the job.”
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay were released from WWE earlier this year in April. They announced their intention to continue fighting as a team last month. Earlier this week, they filed to trademark “The IInspiration”, a potential new name for their team.
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