Lacey Lane, a US indie star signed to WWE last year after the second Mae Young Classic, made her debut on NXT on USA on Wednesday night with a new NXT name – she’s now going by Kayden Carter. She faced former WWE UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. She had revealed the name change on Tuesday on her Social Media.
Kayden Carter 🖤 pic.twitter.com/LxL76CCufA
— Lacey Lane (@wwekayden) September 25, 2019
A Florida native, she trained at the Team 3D Academy under WWE Hall of Famers Bubba Ray and Devon Dudley, rising through the Florida indies in 2016. But she opted to go South to further her indie career and training, heading to the Mexican lucha libre scene, where she became a regular with The Crash Lucha. She was the reigning Crash Lucha Femenil Champion when she signed with the WWE, soon ending her reign at 175 days.
She appeared in last year’s Mae Young Classic, where she had an impressive run. She defeated Vanessa Kraven in the first round in a great match-up, and then stunned the crowd in the second round with a big win over Taynari Conti. She finally fell in the Quarter Finals to Meiko Satomura, in another great showing. She joined the WWE soon after, heading to the NXT Live Events circuit. She made her NXT debut, as Lacey Lane, on a March episode where she teamed with Kacy Catanzaro in a losing effort against Aliyah & Vanessa Borne.
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