The top contender for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, Kay Lee Ray recently spoke to talkSPORT about her opportunity and so much more. Below are some highlights:
Kay Lee Ray on her journey into WWE:
With wrestling Nia Jax at Full Sail, I think that was just right place at the right time for me. I was doing some work out there already and kind of got the job – that’s as simple as it was! I was given some great advice at the time, but also told to go away and work on my craft and I did. I worked all over the world. I worked in Japan, a wee island off the coast of Madagascar called Reunion Island; I’ve had so many mad experiences that I wouldn’t have had if I got the job straight away. So I’m really glad I got to do all of that before actually being employed by the company. I still get to do some ICW stuff as well, so that’s really good.
Kay Lee on not liking wrestling as a child:
No, it wasn’t actually. I had never been a wrestling fan. I had cousins that used to watch it but I genuinely just wouldn’t give it a chance. It wasn’t until I was a bit older when I was around 15, my partner – who I’m still with to this day – he told me he was training to be a wrestler. I was like ‘what’s that?!’
I gave it a chance at that point and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was everything I love rolled into one and it turned out I was really, really good at it [laughs]. So I made a career out of it and here we are now! I did become a massive fan along the way and I love wrestling now, but I never thought I’d say that as a child. I don’t have the same story as everyone else. Everyone loved it as a kid and dreamed of being a wrestler, but I didn’t even watch my first match until I was a teenager.
Kay Lee on working with DX:
That’s exactly what I wanted to pinpoint. The fact that there is so much attention from them on this [NXT UK], they just want to make us all better. Not that we’re bad in any sense, but if you thought we were good before, wait until you see how we come out. We have some of the best coaches in the world and then at tapings we have Triple H and Shawn Michaels and coach Bloom coming over and if you can’t take this as an experience then I don’t think you deserve to be here. Not saying there is anyone like that; we have a very good locker room and everyone wants to see everyone doing better, doing their best and making the shows the best they can be.
Kay Lee on her NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff title match with Toni Storm: