Peyton Royce: My WWE Release Was A Blessing In Disguise
Royce was unhappy during her final months in WWE
Peyton Royce has revealed she was deeply unhappy during her final months in WWE and she thinks her release was a "blessing in disguise."
Royce, now going by Cassie Lee, was let go along with former tag team partner Billie Kay (Jessica McKay) in April. Royce spent much of her time in WWE as one-half of The IIconics with Kay, but the tag team split up in August 2020. Royce was then aimless on WWE TV before she was put into a thrown-together team with Lacey Evans that also broke up after The Sassy Southern Belle announced she was pregnant.
In December 2020, close friend Brodie Lee passed away and Royce told Chris Van Vliet she was struggling in WWE around this time and considered asking for her release on multiple occasions.
"I really struggled from when Brodie [Lee] passed. I really struggled like kind of seeing the bigger picture and putting things into perspective and just how - I was really unhappy at work, really unhappy and a few times I was like, 'I don't think I can do it anymore. I think I wanna ask for my release' and it was times I'd be in the locker room and some sort of creative would change and it would just - I was so upset and Rhea [Ripley] of all people had to talk me off the ledge because I was about to walk into Talent Relations, 'I don’t wanna do this anymore. I'm so unhappy' and she kind of talked me off the ledge. But yeah, I was unhappy, so the release I think was a blessing in disguise. I was unhappy and I was so close to asking for my release but, I never pulled that trigger," Royce said.
Since their releases, neither Cassie Lee or Jessica McKay have resurfaced in new promotions as they are currently waiting for green cards so they can work.
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