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Peyton Royce Says She Learned About WWE Release After Shawn Spears Asked Her To Check Phone


Peyton Royce and Billie Kay were among the names to be released by WWE a few months ago. 

The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions appeared on the latest episode of Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette to talk about their departures. During it, they shared how they learned of the news: 

Kay: “I think I was the first one that got called, just because my tweet was the first one to hit Twitter,” McKay noted. “I was literally having lunch, and I was about to go get a spray tan. I see my phone ring, and I answer, and I didn’t think what was going to happen would happen. I [thought maybe] the schedule changed, or I had to do something; I thought it was work-related. And then, when they said, ‘We’re going to release you from your contract,’ I was holding the phone, and I couldn’t say anything ’cause I was like what? I was, like, speechless. I said, ‘This is a lot.’ The phone call wrapped up and ended, and I was frozen. I walked out, and my husband was on the back patio with our puppy – we joke a lot [about] fake wrestling news and that kind of stuff. So, I said, ‘Babe, I’m not joking, I just got released. His face dropped; seeing that made my heart break even more. We honestly just spent the next two hours crying together out on the patio. It was, like, 4:30 [PM] when it happened. I spoke to my family around 5. They were so loving and supportive. It was such a shock. I wasn’t expecting that at all. And then, my husband went and got me donuts, so that was nice.”

Royce: “So, I was in a middle of a massage in my bedroom. Great timing. It doesn’t get better. The husband walks in and says, ‘I think you should look at your phone.’ So, I look on my phone, and I see a text from Jess saying, ‘I just got released,’ and I also had a missed call from work, and a text saying, ‘Call me.’ So, I was like, well, I’m done,” Lee began. “I tried to call back, but there was no answer, so I wrapped up that massage real quick. Ronnie [Shawn Spears] and I sat on the couch, just waiting for the call to come back…He was reassuring me that everything was going to be ok. I just felt this overwhelming sensation of relief, like the world lifted off my shoulders. When I finally had the call, it lasted no more than 60 seconds. I was like, ok, I saw that coming from your text. It wasn’t easy. I felt relieved, but then I spent the next 24 hours crying. I was like, what did I do? What could have I done [she begins to tear up]? I just had to realize it wasn’t what I did or didn’t do because I know in myself and in Jess we were good employees. We were the first ones there at TV. We dressed like professionals. We were polite. We were respectful. I know we didn’t do anything wrong. We were just victims of budget cuts.”

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