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A LOOK AT CASSIE LEE

Cassie Lee

Cassie Lee carries herself with grace and elegance, but once the bell rings, her raging-bull temperament takes over.

The Australian native grew up pursuing dance until professional wrestling caught her eye. She broke into the wrestling business alongside tag team partner Jessie McKay, training in Sydney, Australia. From there, Lee ventured to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she continued her training under former WWE Superstar Lance Storm.

Lee and McKay wouldn't be apart for long, though, as both signed with WWE in 2014 and joined the WWE Performance Center in April 2015. Lee, under the name Peyton Royce, and McKay, under the name Billie Kay, journeyed up the ranks of NXT side-by-side, often tormenting other Superstars or annoying NXT General Manager William Regal. So effective are Royce and Kay as a unit, in fact, that they were collectively voted the NXT Breakout Star(s) of 2016.

After continually drawing the ire of NXT fans and getting under the skin of just about everyone affiliated with the black-and-gold brand, The IIconics made their shocking arrival to SmackDown LIVE on April 10, 2018. Royce and Kay left Charlotte Flair in a crumpled heap following a savage assault, indirectly causing "The Queen" to lose the SmackDown Women's Championship after Carmella cashed in her Money in the Bank contract.

One year later, the egotistical duo made the most of their WrestleMania debut by winning a Fatal 4-Way Match to capture the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. They successfully defended the gold until Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross ended their reign on August 5, 2019 on Raw. Two months later, Royce and Kay joined Raw as part of the 2019 WWE Draft.

The IIconics disbanded when they lost a tag team match to Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott on Raw on August 31, 2020. On the following week's show, Royce and Kay clashed for the first time. In a heated battle between best friends, Royce emerged victorious after connecting with Déjà vu for the three-count. Despite the way their partnership came to an end, there was seemingly no bad blood between the two as Royce helped Kay back to her feet after the match and gave her a hug.

Royce remained on Raw after the 2020 WWE Draft while Kay moved to SmackDown. Royce then teamed with Lacey Evans, until February 15, 2021. After being tagged in by Royce during a match on Raw against Flair and Asuka, Evans instead exited up toward the ramp and announced that she was pregnant. On March 21, 2021 on Raw, Royce faced Raw Women's Champion Asuka in a losing effort. This would be Royce's last WWE match as the organization released her from her WWE contract on April 15, 2021.

At Knockouts Knockdown on October 9, 2021, IMPACT Wrestling announced that Lee and McKay would make their debut for the promotion two weeks later at Bound for Glory. Calling themselves The IInspiration, Lee and McKay defeated Decay (Havok and Rosemary) to become the Knockouts Tag Team Champions.

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