Cassie Lee, the former Peyton Royce, reflects on a meeting she had with Vince McMahon where she couldn't think of any hobbies to tell him that she had.
For the majority of the time that Peyton Royce was on WWE television, she was paired with Billie Kay as The IIconics. At the tail end of their run, they were split up and sent to different brands. Royce would stay on Monday Night Raw while Billie Kay went over to SmackDown and presented more of a comedy gimmick.
On the most recent edition of their Off Her Chops podcast, Cassie Lee reflects on a meeting that she had with Vince McMahon where she wanted to pitch an idea that was quickly brushed aside and led to Vince McMahon asking about what she does outside of the ring, to which she had no response.
“This is when [Billie Kay was] drafted to SmackDown and I decided to put on my big girl panties and talk to Vince. I had in my head what I knew I wanted to say, but he brushed it off very quickly and I was like, ‘Aw, crap. I've got nothing else.’ I had an idea that I wanted to present and he wanted to discuss other ideas, but I didn’t have other ideas. This was the one I wanted to talk about and put my time and effort into."
She continued, "He says to me, 'What do you do for fun?' Me being me, the introvert, the homebody that I am, I had to let him know that I like to sit on the couch with my dogs and watch TV and he just stared at me, and so in my head, I’m like, ‘just make something up!’ I couldn’t make anything up. Nothing was coming out. Because I’m not a liar. I didn't want to lie to the man. I feel like he could have seen right through that. I basically said to him ‘I’m sorry, I’m boring. I like to just be at home on my off days.'"
Cassie then mimicked Vince's response, "‘There's nothing boring about that. You're at home with your dogs watching TV!’ I didn’t contribute much during that, unfortunately. Probably why I lost the job,” Cassie joked.
The IIconics were released by WWE on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Now, they look forward to staying together and making an impact elsewhere.
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