Kay in April 2018
|Birth name||Jessica McKay|
|Born||(1989-06-23) 23 June 1989
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Billie Kay
|Billed height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Billed weight||132 lb (60 kg)|
|Billed from||Sydney, Australia|
|Trained by||Madison Eagles|
|Debut||23 June 2007|
In June 2007, Kay made her professional wrestling debut at Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA), and she debuted one-year later for the Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance promotion, where she became a two-time PWWA Champion.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Other media
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
McKay began watching wrestling at the age of 10 along with her brother, and started her professional wrestling career first attending to the Australian promotion based in Sydney, Pro Wrestling Alliance. Prior to becoming a wrestler, McKay excelled in basketball. She attended the same high school (Westfields Sports) as fellow wrestler Peyton Royce.
Professional wrestling career
Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (2007–2015)
McKay was trained by Madison Eagles. She debuted on 23 June 2007, on her eighteenth birthday, at PWA Australia with a win over Eagles and Aurora, wrestling under her birth name as Jessie McKay.
On 2 August 2008, McKay defeated defending champion Kellie Skater to win the PWWA Championship for the first time. She had one successful title defence on 8 November against Tenille Tayla. On 22 November, she lost her title to Penni Lane. After Lane vacated her title due to injury, McKay won the PWWA Championship for the second time in a four-way match against Kellie Skater, Sway. and Shazza McKenzie on 14 September 2009. McKay had two successful title defenses against KC Cassidy and Madison Eagles in March and May 2010, but lost the title to Eagles on 11 June 2010.
In September 2011, McKay failed to win a three-way match for the Shimmer Championship also featuring champion Madison Eagles and Nicole Matthews. In August 2012, in a match to crown the interim PWWA Champion, she was defeated by Evie.
Shimmer Women Athletes (2008–2015)
McKay began wrestling for the American all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes in October 2008, making her debut at Volume 21 along with Madison Eagles as the Pink Ladies, participating in a tag team gauntlet match to determine the inaugural Shimmer Tag Team Champions, but were the first team eliminated. McKay made her singles debut in Shimmer with a loss to Kellie Skater at Volume 24.
At Volume 33 in September 2010, McKay defeated Nicole Matthews, after losing to Matthews earlier that year in April at Volume 30. She followed up with an upset victory over Ayako Hamada and Sara Del Rey in a three-way match by pinning former Shimmer Champion Del Rey at Volume 34. As a result, later in September 2010, McKay was granted a title match against her trainer and former tag partner, Shimmer Champion Madison Eagles at Volume 35, but failed to win.
After her failed title challenge, McKay continued her feud with Nicole Matthews. At Volume 36, she teamed up with Tenille, challenging The Canadian NINJAs (Matthews and Portia Perez) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship, but were defeated. However, she gained a victory over the Canadian NINJAs at Volume 38 while teaming with Serena. McKay concluded her feud with Matthews with a loss in a two-out-of-three falls match at Volume 39 in March 2011.
In March 2012, victories over Mia Yim at Volume 45 and former Shimmer Champion MsChif at Volume 46 led to McKay receiving another shot at the Shimmer Championship, but lost to defending champion Cheerleader Melissa at Volume 47. At Volume 53 in April 2013, McKay was defeated by Madison Eagles in Eagles’ return match. At Volume 57, Kay defeated Mercedes Martinez.
Other promotions (2008–2015)
Other than wrestling for Shimmer, McKay has also wrestled for other American promotions, including Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2008, and Chikara in 2011. She also wrestled for the Canadian promotion NCW Femmes Fatales in 2012. McKay debuted for the American promotion Shine Wrestling at Shine 9 in April 2014, with a victory in a six-person tag team match, teaming with Kellie Skater and Shazza McKenzie to defeat Nikki Roxx, Santana and Mia Yim.
McKay received a tryout with WWE during their tour of Australia in August 2014. On 13 April 2015, WWE announced McKay as part of a new class of NXT trainees. McKay made her televised in-ring debut on the 10 June episode of NXT, where she competed in a losing effort against Becky Lynch under the ring name Jessie. On 7 August, she was given the new ring name Billie Kay. After competing in most of her matches at NXT as a face, Kay competed on her first match as a heel on the 21 October episode of NXT, losing to Asuka. Through the end of 2015, Kay started being managed by fellow wrestler, Sylvester Lefort, during multiple NXT live events, however it did not last for long after Lefort was released from his contract in February 2016.
On the 13 January 2016 episode of NXT, Kay competed in a number one contender’s battle royal for Bayley‘s NXT Women’s Championship, which was won by Carmella. Kay made her first appearance on the main roster on the 30 June episode of SmackDown, where she worked as a jobber losing to Dana Brooke. Kay finally made her return to NXT television on 27 July, where she achieved her first live victory in the company by defeating Santana Garrett. After asking NXT’s general manager William Regal for a match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on the 17 August episode of NXT, she was granted one against the debutant Ember Moon. At the event on 20 August, Kay was defeated by Moon. Following a brief hiatus, Kay returned on the 21 September episode of NXT, where she defeated Aliyah.
In October, Kay started an alliance with Peyton Royce, later dubbed The Iconic Duo, and later entered a feud with Liv Morgan with the duo attacking and defeating Morgan in singles matches. This ultimately led to a six–women tag team match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, which was taped and aired for the 23 November episode of NXT, in which Aliyah, Ember Moon and Morgan defeated Kay, Royce and their partner Daria Berenato. In the end of December, Kay and Royce were placed in a brief feud with the NXT Women’s Champion Asuka after the latter stated there is no competition for her. This resulted in a fatal–four-way match, which also involved Nikki Cross, at the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio event on 28 January 2017, in which both Kay and Royce failed to capture the Women’s Championship.
Kay and Royce, now dubbed The IIconics debuted on the 10 April 2018 episode of SmackDown Live attacking then SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, whilst she was cutting a promo about her match at WrestleMania 34. Week later, Kay lost to Flair. In their first match together as part of the main roster, Kay and Royce racked up their first victory against Asuka and Becky Lynch. Throughout the summer, Kay continued to compete in various matches but would be on the losing end. In August, Kay and Royce started their first feud on the main roster, with Naomi, and the two were able to defeat her in singles matches. Eventually, Naomi started teaming with Asuka which led to the announcement of a tag team match between the two teams at the WWE Super Show-Down in which the The IIconics won.