Cassie Lee, fka Peyton Royce, and Jessica McKay, fka Billie Kay, were guests on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast recently.
Among the topics they discussed was working for WWE while your spouse wrestles for another company. It’s something two of the three have first-hand experience with. Paquette is of course Jon Moxley’s wife, and was still working for Vince McMahon’s company when her husband signed with AEW (and delivered some scathing public critiques of McMahon’s creative process). Lee married Shawn Spears after he was granted his release from WWE and signed with All Elite.
Their talk runs contrary to speculation about the spouse who remains with The ‘E getting the cold shoulder from or landing in hot water with management - rumors sometimes fueled by their partner. In particular, they mentioned Miro being able to return to watch Lana at WrestleMania 37, and Spears getting similar treatment to see The IIconics win the Women’s Tag titles at WrestleMania 35.
It’s a story about Paquette and Moxley that’s grabbing the headlines, though, and that really drives the point home. When Mox has a recurrence of MRSA in his elbow after wrestling in New Japan’s G1 tournament in 2019, a similar infection to the one he said he “nearly died” from when in happened in WWE two years earlier, Renee said Triple H pulled her aside to check on her husband, and even offer to help:
“Hunter kept checking in to make sure that Jon was okay. If he needed anything, they would have been able to help him in any kind of capacity. It was nice to know that olive branch was still extended and it wasn’t that heat-seeking thing that everybody thinks that it is. We’ve all spent so much time together and nothing bad went down.”
Overall, it’s a good reminder that WWE is a big corporation. While that definitely means it’ll make some cold, calculated moves, it doesn’t mean there aren’t decent people who care about their current & former co-workers in the organization. Anyone who’s worked for a big company knows there are nice folks and a-holes at every level, who handle different situations in their own ways. That leads to a lot of people having different experiences while and after working there.
Promotions may “go to war”, but that doesn’t mean everyone is out for blood all the time.