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Jessica "Jessie" McKay (born 23 June 1989) is an Australian professional wrestler, who was formerly signed to WWE and competes under the name Billie Kay.

She was trained in Australia, with the Sydney promotion PWWA and made her debut in 2007 - competing under her real name. Success came pretty quickly, as she won the PWWA Title within a year and she soon became a regular at SHIMMER and the various American promotions.

She initially competed in a tag team known as The Pink Ladies with Madison Eagles, but both women broke out on their own and enjoyed successful singles careers. Jessie adopted her now-familiar sweetheart gimmick, nicknaming herself 'Everyone's Favourite Girlfriend', and continued to compete in America and Australia.

In 2015, she was signed to WWE, alongside long-time friend KC Cassidy. The two of them would compete as the tag team The IIconics under the names Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, respectively. They're 1x WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. She was unceremoniously released along with her best friend Peyton Royce and others on 15 April 2021.

After being released from the company, she reunites with her best friend Cassie Lee to make their Impact Wrestling debut at Bound for Glory as The IInspiration.

Everybody's Favourite Tropes:

  • A Friend in Need: She was about the only friend who stayed around Cheerleader Melissa when paranoia over Sweet Saraya's bounty got the best of her.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Billie Kay got to wrestle a match against Dana Brooke on Smackdown. Despite losing rather quickly, she still bragged about it when she went back to NXT.
  • Alpha Bitch: After the Four Horsewomen left NXT, she took this spot for herself. Even in her Power Stable with Peyton Royce, she's the clear Alpha.
  • Arch-Enemy: Kellie Skater and Sway of the PWA/PWWA "Brotherhood" stable, at first. KC Cassidy later. The Canadian Ninjas in SHIMMER.
  • Awesome Aussie: In a different sense of the trope, the Australian women wrestlers are usually regarded as some of the best in the world, second only to Japan.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one as part of her entrance as Billie Kay. Notably she didn't start getting wins until she started wearing it to the ring.
  • Boobs of Steel: She got breast implants in 2016 and when she returned she started picking up wins on NXT. She then got more surgery in late 2017 - and debuted on the main roster shortly after. This time Peyton got the surgery alongside her.
  • The Bully: She and Madison Eagles towards Kellie Skater in PWWA, naturally before Skater's "Rate Tank" gimmick got out of hand in QLD. More successfully towards Shazza McKenzie, at first. With Peyton towards the rookies Liv Morgan and Aliyah.
  • Cast Speciation: Presumably she was presented as a heel - in heavy contrast to her indies persona - because NXT already had a cutesy All-Loving Hero babyface in Bayley.
  • Catchphrase: "You've gotta be joking me!", introduced in a post-Royal Rumble 2019 interview, caught on with the fans like wildfire mainly due to Billie's delivery and the line's ability to make both interviewer Cathy Kelley and Peyton corpse instantaneously. It quickly became a staple of any promo she cuts while she's upset or irritated for whatever reason.
  • Cool Mask: She wore one for a while before abandoning it.
  • Cute Bruiser: Emphasised by her moves being named things like 'Schoolgirl Crush' or 'Boyfriend Stealer'.
  • Dark Horse Victory: McKay never had a one on one match with Sara Del Rey or Ayako Hamada that went well for her, but she pulled off an upset at SHIMMER Volume 34 when she won a Triple Threat match against them for a shot at Eagles.
  • Dark Is Evil: Billie as a heel wears outfits in varying shades of black and purple. Jessie could do just fine in white and pink, though her heel run in such could be classified as Early-Installment Weirdness.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • She and Peyton Royce started targeting Liv Morgan for having the nerve to challenge Asuka to a title match. This literally had nothing to do with her or Peyton - she just apparently felt threatened by the young upstart's confidence.
    • The two also mocked Bayley for losing her tag-team partner Sasha Banks, singing a modified version of her Crowd Song to rub it in further ("I wanna knoooow...where did your partner go?").
  • Evil Slinks: As a heel she slinks her way to the ring, to fit with her Femme Fatale gimmick.
  • Extremity Extremist: She and Peyton have a double team move, called "Sick Knee From Sidney," where Peyton throws an opponent's face right onto Billie's knee. It's very effective.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn: In 2011 Athena made her SHIMMER debut as a heel to Jessie McKay's face. In 2016 Ember Moon made her debut for NXT now as a face against a heel Billie Kay.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: Before settling on the Billie Kay character, she would appear as a face and heel Jobber at random - as usually happens with new NXT signees.
  • Fanservice Pack: On the indies she was more 'cute' and wholesome, wearing long pants as her gear. On NXT she shows lots more skin, as well as getting breast implants.
  • The Fashionista: When not wrestling, she likes showing off what her most recent shopping indulgences have brought. Even when wrestling she also color coordinates her gear with her makeup and insists on accessorizing any gear the promotion might provide her.
  • Femme Fatale: Her NXT entrance theme is titled as such.
  • Finishing Move
    • Northern Lights Bomb, An Octopus Stretch called "Seven Minutes In Heaven", a sitout uranage called the "Boyfriend Stealer".
    • Billie uses a Big Boot called the "Shades of Kay," putting her long and strong legs to work. On the indies it was only a signature move called the Schoolgirl Crush.
  • Funny Foreigner
    • What the Pink Ladies started out as in SHIMMER and what Jessie McKay remained while Eagles went crazy over the singles title belt.
    • Exaggerated when she joined with Kellie Skater and Shazza McKenzie as "Team Australia".
  • Genki Girl: As a face she has lots of perky, cutesy energy.
  • Girl Next Door: Her most consistent indie gimmick. Everybody's favorite girl friend always cleans up, but is not a temptress nor a tease.
  • High-Class Gloves: She wears them to the ring, establishing herself as the Alpha Bitch. They're decorated with feathers.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Her WWE character is this to her indies persona.
  • Kick Chick: She favours big boots, and various kicks in matches. Her finisher is the aforementioned "Shades of Kay."
  • Leg Focus: Jessie McKay has a fondness for wearing skirts, as she can show off her legs, and will attempt to apply Mexican head scissors whenever possible for the same reason. Billie makes use of kicks in her matches, even more frequently wears gear that shows more of her legs off and one vignette had her proclaim that she has the longest legs in NXT.
  • Leitmotif: 4ever by The Veronicas.
  • Modesty Shorts: McKay likes to dance in front of crowds and show off her skirts, but not necessarily what's underneath them.
  • Odd Friendship: McKay and MsChif get along surprisingly well considering the latter sings about and while beating McKay up. When Mena Libra was recruiting wrestlers against MsChif in AAW McKay declined to go with Madison and took MsChif's side instead.
  • Pseudo-Romantic Friendship: She and Peyton have known each other since they were children - and even went to school together. Still, they didn't start becoming friends until both turned up at the same wrestling school and decided they might as well bond since they knew each other already; even then the two worked as rivals on the independent circuit while their friendship largely budded behind the scenes. It was when they both came to WWE that they fully developed the inseparable on- and off-screen friendship they are known for today, to the point of working together with no issues even in a four-way NXT Women's Championship match, winning the WWE Women's Tag Championship in that title's first ever WrestleMania match, only splitting up when they lost a match where the losing team would be forced to disband, and even their ensuing "betrayal" and "feud" being a cringe moment and a friendly match. Sure enough, upon getting released, they immediately reestablished their ties as a duo in the public eye.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She immediately started getting more wins for herself on NXT once she switched to purple outfits.
  • Put on a Bus: She vanished for a few months in 2016 because she was having breast enhancement surgery. When she returned, she immediately started getting more wins.
  • Red Baron: On the indies - "Everyone's Favourite Girlfriend".
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: She was tempted by the offer Sweet Saraya put on the head of Cheerleader Melissa, but ultimately decided not to cash in herself after running off her main competitors(The Canadian Ninjas) and even wrestled their SHIMMER title match clean.
  • Signature Move: corkscrew enzigiri, roundhouse kick, savate kick, yakuza kick, big boot, huracánrana and a whole lot of head scissors.
  • Squash Match: Her Ring of Honor debut didn't go so well, being fed to Sara Del Rey at Driven. Daizee Haze also beat her rather easily at Ring Of Homicide 2, but at least gave her a sporting chance.
  • Student–Master Team: The student half of the Pink Ladies.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: Has one as part of the IIconics designed to be as over-the-top as possible. Doing said pose has informally been called "IIconicing".
  • The Rival: Until her falling out with Kellie Skater at PWAQ Rise of the Warriors 2008, Madison and Ryan Eagles were her biggest enemies in pro wrestling and while she befriended the former, they still had the odd match and occasional feud in between tagging together and she took a lot longer to come to terms with the latter, even facing him in matches while in CZW, the Maven Bentley Association and Chikara before Bash at the Beachie where they teamed against Madison(and Mick Moretti). Robbie is the Eagles she was least hostile with.
  • There Are No Therapists: Tom Philips once suggested that Billie and Peyton go to counselling rather than bully the other women on NXT.
  • Tomboyish Name: Billie is quite tomboyish. Even her indie name Jessie is this depending on where you are; it's definitely more tomboyish than her full name Jessica.
  • Took a Level in Badass
    • The Pink Ladies came to the US as a jobber tag team but both proved to be competent singles wrestlers after splitting up in SHIMMER.
    • She was a jobber for well over a year on NXT, but soon started getting wins and even managed to challenge Asuka for the Women's Championship.
  • Use Your Head: Was fond of this form of attack during her NXT days, using it in almost every match she was in.
  • Villain Team-Up: She and Peyton Royce decided to team up to take control of the NXT women's division.

And thus concludes my...iconic description.

Alternative Title(s): Jessie Mc Kay