During an interview with Sporting News to promote the company’s partnership with Lifetime’s Military Makeover, Lacey Evans was asked about WWE recently releasing or furloughing a large number of her colleagues.
Here’s what Evans had to say:
“It’s terrible. I take it hard because I know what it’s like to come from no money and come from a rough childhood upbringing. I know what rock bottom feels like. I know what that sick feeling in your stomach feels like when you don’t know what you’re going to do. That’s all that I could think about is ‘Man, what are they going to do?’
This hits them last minute. But I also do know that WWE is very supportive. They do what they have to do, but they make sure that everybody has what they need and is taken care of, and to the point of going forward. But it’s just a crappy feeling. I just can’t imagine being in that position. I also know of going back to the military, of being able to adapt and overcome. You just got to keep pushing. You can’t let life no matter what it is; no matter what cards you’re dealt with, you keep got to keep playing, you got to play your hand, and you got to play to the best of your ability. I mean, it’s hard. Like I said, me being a mother, I’ve got to get up the next day. I’ve got to pour my cup of coffee and I got to keep on pushing. It reminds me to be prepared and not only to be prepared myself but to prepare my child because you never know. You can’t count your chickens before they hatch. You got to save for a rainy day. A lot of emotions and thoughts come through. I just keep them all in my prayers and wish them the best and then do the best that I can to continue to keep pushing and be good at my job and continue to learn and do the best that I can in there.”
It’s a fine enough answer, and certainly the kind of “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” message you’d expect to hear from a U.S. Marine veteran who’s had to do that herself throughout her life.
I’d feel a lot better about it, and WWE’s budget cutting personnel moves, if I knew more specifics about how the company was making sure everyone has what they need. We do hear stories about Vince McMahon’s company’s offers to do things like pay for former contractors’ substance abuse treatment, and word is they’re paying wrestlers during their non-compete period in this latest round of releases. More information about what Lacey’s referring to might help fans angered by releases that have been called “morally heartless and economically unnecessary” by industry analysts.
If you’re interested in hearing more from Evans about Military Makeover, check out the entire Sporting News piece here.