All eyes won’t just be on all of the women wrestlers during the upcoming Mae Young Classic. WWE’s first official full-time referee Jessika Carr will also get her turn in the spotlight throughout the highly-anticipated event.

The Baltimore native says in a brand-new video on WWE.com that she started wrestling in 2009, eventually moving to Florida to train at the Dudley Boyz’s Team 3D Academy. “Along the way, in order to get to Team 3D, I won an NWA scholarship. They picked me out of 40, 45 people to continue my career and awarded me money. So I used that money to go to Team 3D Academy and that just shows you that they saw my passion and my potential,” she explains.

Jessika admits that the journey to become an official WWE referee wasn’t easy and that the job itself doesn’t seem like the glamorous in the world of wrestling. But, she explains, referees are “just as important” as Becky Lynch or Alexa Bliss. She adds, “We’re that third person in the match. The best referees are very passionate about what they do, and without a doubt, I am.”

Like many wrestlers and fans, Jessika reveals that the sport helped her see the light at the end of some heartbreaking circumstances in life. “For me, wrestling was something I always loved. Something that got me through a lot of hard times — of being bullied, of being overweight, of a parents’ divorce. It was what I looked forward to,” she says.

Now, Jessika, having fulfilled a huge life goal, is encouraging others to do the same. “If you have a dream, you have to chase it. You have to really look deep inside yourself and say, ‘This is what makes me happy. This is what I want to do. This is what I need to do.’ I didn’t want to want up and go to a job that I hated. And now I can say that.”

Watch Jessika’s introduction video below:

The first installment of the Mae Young Classic kicks off August 28 on the WWE Network.

Are you excited to see Jessika Carr in the ring? Which female wrestler are you voting for to become the first-ever Mae Young Classic champion? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • I’m proud of her, but she really isn’t the first ”full-time” female referee.
    https://ringthedamnbell.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/rita.jpg
    But then again, after what happened I can see why they erased Rita from history.

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      Is it a long story? The tea?

      • she accused Vince of raping her

    • Typical Heel

      ????? what did this Rita do?

      • she said Vince raped her and then they had lawsuit and all, and ofc Vince won the case

  • Typical Heel

    Our 1st female referee in history, I’m so proud of her, she looks like a legitimate referee and not a “ooou look at my hot sexy body” referee that doesn’t pay attention to the match, I hope we can get her on Raw, and I hope she will also ref men’s matches too, considering that men referees have always reffed women’s matches

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    • Dylan Gutierrez

      She’s not the first though.

    • Jacqueline was actually the first female referee. Granted this was during the “Divas” era; so her shirts had to be more revealing.

      *edit…

      I just saw @Boris’ post :P

      • Typical Heel

        I remember her being a ref but I thought it was a temporary occasional thing?

      • Raekon

        Maria and others also were “Special Referees in matches”.
        They were mostly storyline based though and not full time. :)

        • Jacqueline is a LICENSED referee; which is why she refereed men’s matches also.

          • Raekon

            Yes but she was a full time wrestler, not a full time Referee. :)

    • A?.

      She has reffed a men’s match at a Live Event! Hope she does it on TV someday.

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  • Alexander G

    Very glad to see this, and I hope she proves to be one of the great referees of the business.

  • Michael Burmy

    I hope this doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of her lacing up the boots ever again…I saw her wrestle in Chicago a while back, and she’s got some SKILL.

    If that question ever comes up, I bet her answer’s gonna be something like “Never say never…”

  • Raekon

    I hope they didn’t got her only for the MYC and that she will remain afterwards as a Referee or if they have a storyline planned even let her wrestle. :)
    I loved her work at the Indies and in particular in SHINE. She is a good in ring talent and a good mic worker already.

    • ABC_1990

      She’s been refereeing live events too

      • Raekon

        Ah thats cool to hear! :) Thanks for the info!

  • So glad rhat we finally have a women’s referee, I hope they keep her for a long time.

  • She seems like such a sweetheart, best wishes to her!

  • Miguel

    “First full time refree”
    WWE keeps lying. It’s ok to just name her the first referee in many years but first ever is plain stupid. Not everyone is blind.

    • GlowTime

      In the bracketology video they announced her as the first female full time referee.. perhaps the article is a typo?

      • Miguel

        WWE is just trying to erase the other women because they had issues.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    I believe her name was Kennadi Brink on the indies. She has a really interesting personal story.

  • Gato_wiska

    I just realized the Nxt women’s roster is now bigger than main roster. Nxt needs a tag team division for women. We have enough women to make 7 tag teams and may get more post MYC.

    1.Iconic Duo (they can be the inaugural champions)
    2.Aliyah and Liv Morgan
    3.Ruby Riot and Dakota Kai aka team Kick
    4.Zeda and Xia Lee (Team China)
    5.Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
    6. Nixon Newell and Rhia Ripley
    7.Reina Gonzales and Taynara Conti

    They can also sign them for additional teams:
    The Doll SHELTER(lol)-Mia Yim and Marty Belle
    Jazzy Gabert and small girl (So we can have a big fiji little fiji like team)
    Kay lee Ray and Piper Niven ( A scottish tag team)

  • A?.

    Hope she gets to wrestle someday, she’s good in the ring! I’m really disgusted at the comments on that video, but it’s most likely horny kids or virgins old hags, or in between.