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The Lady.

Macey Estrella-Kadlec (née Evans; born March 24, 1990) is an American professional wrestler. She previously worked for WWE under the ring name Lacey Evans.

A military police officer in the U.S. Marines, she was originally introduced to wrestling through a staff sergeant who promoted independent shows on the side. She trained and began her career on the independent circuit in Georgia.

She started working for WWE in their NXT developmental territory in 2016, participating in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, before debuting on the main roster in December 2018.

After she made some small screen time with WWE, she left the company on August 2023.

"The Sassy Southern Tropes":

  • Aborted Arc: Charlotte Flair vs. Lacey Evans. Their feud first started in early 2021, as she flirts with her father, Ric Flair and tries to get into Charlotte's skin. But when she announced her pregnancy on February 15, this would put the feud out the window. Concurrently, she was scheduled for to face Asuka for Raw Women's Championship at Elimination Chamber which she was reportedly planned to win.
  • Action Mom: She has two daughters, the eldest of which got brought during her feud with Sasha Banks and Bayley that saw Evans turn face.
  • Alpha Bitch: She claims to be on a mission to bring "class" back to the women's division, which seems to consist of nothing but her acting like this. She would later ascend to Anti-Hero status as of her feud with Sasha Banks and Bayley. She still acts like a bitch, but her claims of wanting to bring "class" back to the women's division now seem more sincere, and she doesn't take cowardice very well.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Especially on NXT, both the fact that she was well-toned and that she had old-timey pin-up looks were emphasized.
  • Anachronism Stew: The style of her attire is straight out of the '40s or '50s, but her theme song has a '90s sound to it.
  • Anti-Hero: Her feud with Sasha Banks and Bayley saw her transcend to this. She still acts like a bitch, but her claims of wanting to bring "class" back to the women's division now seem more sincere, and she doesn't take cowardice very well.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • She positioned herself as Becky Lynch's most important enemy on the Raw brand after Lacey was called up from NXT and Becky won the Raw Women's Championship.
    • From late 2019, she has two in Sasha Banks and Bayley, standing up to them after the two blamed the women's locker room for dropping the ball at Survivor Series.
    • Naomi, following her Face–Heel Turn after losing to her in Karaoke Showdown.
    • Charlotte Flair in early 2021.
  • Battle Couple: Of a non-romantic variant with Baron Corbin, as a direct response to Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins' utilization of this trope, after she was chosen by Corbin as the crooked special referee for his and Rollins's Universal Championship match at Stomping Grounds 2019.
  • Berserk Button: As mentioned in Mama Bear, do NOT mess with Lacey’s daughter.
  • Boring, but Practical: In a universe that runs on Serial Escalation, Evans (despite having more impressive capabilities in her own arsenal) opts to end matches by simply punching her opponent in the face really hard.
  • Catchphrase: Mainly on Twitter; "Looooord (look at 'em/me)."
  • Dirty Coward: At Extreme Rules 2019, Lacey was too frightened by Seth Rollins, who was beating the crap out of Baron Corbin after he attacked Becky Lynch, and walked away from the match, making no effort to help Corbin.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Personally sings her 2022 theme song, Bet On Me.
  • Eagleland: Her outfits and demeanor invoke Type 1, although in late 2017-2018 she turned heel and edged much closer to Type 2.
  • Finishing Move:
  • Heel–Face Turn: She turned face in late November 2019 after calling Sasha Banks and Bayley "cowards who can do nothing but blame others".
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Happened often during the 2022 year. Going for a face-turn in her vignettes sharing her troubled past on SmackDown, she was moved to Raw to be a heel. A few episodes later, she returns announcing support of the troops, becoming a face. But this was a ruse as, on the July 8 edition of SmackDown, she would attack Aliyah and refuse to compete with her until she gets the respect she deserves, turning her heel once again.
  • Heel Realization: In her words justifying her Heel–Face Turn, "If your pen stinks, it's probably the pig."
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: While she does have a somewhat flirtatious gimmick, an interesting variant of this happened at Extreme Rules 2019. As she was entering the ring, the cameraman attempted to highlight the fact that she had "SETH" inscribed on her trunks' rear end, but it was angled a little too low — meaning that, unbeknownst to her, she unintentionally gave the WWE Universe a prime view of her butt.
  • Insult of Endearment: Lacey is very appreciative of her fans, but still refers to them as “Ya nasties” in live streams.
  • Interrupting Meme: Since moving up from NXT, her randomly showing up during matches and in-ring segments (and doing pretty much nothing else besides walking out on stage, waving to the crowd, and leaving) has become one of her defining features. Finally changed it up the night after WrestleMania 35 by socking Becky Lynch in the jaw.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: On the receiving end of one; Becky Lynch kicked Evans in the ass at Extreme Rules 2019 while Evans was showing off the fact that she had "SETH" (for Seth Rollins, Lynch's boyfriend) inscribed on the rear end of her trunks.
  • Mama Bear: Do NOT make fun of her daughter, ever! Bayley and Sasha Banks learned that the hard way.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She very much prides herself on beauty, and her frame-fitting fashion sense and seductive attitude clearly show it.
  • One-Hit KO: "The Woman's Right", which is basically punching her opponent in the face really hard.
  • Oh, Crap!: She was shown visibly terrified by Seth Rollins's Extreme Mêlée Revenge against Baron Corbin after Corbin attacked Becky Lynch with an End of Days at Extreme Rules 2019, causing her to hightail out of the ring and leave Corbin behind.
  • Punny Name: "The Woman's Right" is literally her giving a right hand to her opponent.
  • Red Baron: "The Lady" (on NXT it was "The Lady of NXT", on the main roster is "The Lady of WWE"). On the main roster, she also gained "The Sassy Southern Belle".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: She hightailed out of her match at Extreme Rules 2019 after seeing an enraged Seth Rollins deliver a beatdown on Baron Corbin.
  • Semper Fi: Was a U.S. Marine in real life before becoming a professional wrestler, which was mentioned by Evans herself on a June 2019 episode of Raw.
    • Vignettes leading up to her return in January 2023 saw a greater emphasis on her military background, explaining that she was going back-to-basics, stripping away every aspect of her previous southern Belle character.
  • Southern Belle: Billed from South Carolina, she has the drawl, the wardrobe (prim-and-proper '40s-'50s outfits when not competing), and even carries a handkerchief for mock-fainting (which she sometimes even stuffs into the mouth of her opponents). Her Red Baron on the main roster is actually "The Sassy Southern Belle".
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Becky Lynch's tomboy in their feud after WrestleMania 35. The two are "The Lady" and "The Man" respectively. With Becky's aggressive persona looking to be ground-breaking in the women's division and Lacey's Southern Belle-cum-Alpha Bitch persona that appears to be a throwback to The '40s and '50s, they couldn't foil each other better if they tried. Even better is how this dynamic is fully lampshaded between the two, with Lacey arguing that her mission is to bring "class" back to the women's division that Becky is ruining by being a bad example for young girls and even making barbs about Becky being a "typical man".
  • Troll: If only judging by her frequently messing with haters on Twitter for shits and giggles.
  • Tuckerization: Her "Lacey Evans" ring name is her sister's real maiden name. Plus, the lady's own real name is Macey, meaning that her own maiden name is Macey Evans.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her Interrupting Meme of walking out on stage during matches during the first few months of her call-up to the main roster actually caused disastrous results to wrestlers who got distracted by it, such as Asuka, who lost a match to Mandy Rose (and subsequently gave Rose a match for Asuka's SmackDown Women's Championship), and Elias, who ate an RKO from Randy Orton at Fastlane 2019 while staring too long.
  • Verbal Tic: More of a manner of speech than a catchphrase, but as a Heel she has a particularly paused speaking cadence, seemingly to accentuate her Southern Belle persona. The fact that she dropped it completely after her Heel–Face Turn and subsequent feud with Bayley and Sasha Banks and spoke normally seemed to show how serious she had become.
  • Villainous Crush: During her and Baron Corbin's feud with Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch, Evans seemed to take an interest in Rollins, going as far as putting "SETH" on her wrestling gear at the two teams' mixed tag team match at Extreme Rules 2019 (in the rear end of her trunks, no less), and at one point during said match when she had the opportunity to interact with him, rather than attack him, she took the opportunity to caress his bare chest. It should be noted that it was entirely one-sided (Rollins showed no interest in her, and the aforementioned stunts left him clearly embarrassed), and granted, Evans seemed to do it most likely just to mess with Lynch, but still.