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Jessica McKay and Cassie Lee reveal their emotional turmoil following WWE release

The duo formerly known as The IIconics, Jessica Mckay and Cassie Lee disclosed the emotional rollercoaster they experienced after getting released from WWE.

WWE shockingly released The IIconics along with Mickie James and Chelsea Green after WrestleMania 37.

Lee and McKay were guests on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette and spoke candidly about life after WWE.

Both McKay and Lee talked emotionally about saying goodbye to their WWE persona’s and adjusting to life not playing Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.

Here’s what McKay said about her release from WWE;

“After it happened, I was having all these feelings that I had never had before. My emotions were up and down, and I was like, what is going on. I went on my phone and Googled, ‘Can you grieve over the loss of a job?’ I was looking at the 7-steps of grieving over a job so I could figure it out, push through, and kind of move on with my life. But I was like, oh, my gosh, I really am grieving right now.”

“I had to give myself that time to fully do it because I’m so stubborn; I was like, ok, I’m going to give myself two days. Two days to sit on the couch, and then I’m going to be back on top of the world. And then, it turned into a week, and then, it turned into two weeks, and then, it turned into a month. I was like, ok, stop putting time on it. You’re gonna be fine when you feel better. There’s no time to go through this properly. You have to go through it.”

“After it happened, I called Cass and was like, ‘I can’t talk to anyone.’ Like, my friends and family are calling me, and I’m not answering on purpose because I was ashamed. I felt like I let everyone down. Everyone sacrificed so much to help me get here, and it was just over. It took me a long time to kind of talk to everyone. Cass was the only one. I hate to say it, but I’m so glad we got released together because our journey has been together this whole time. But if one of us hadn’t gotten release and one of us had, that would have been 10-times worse. I’m so glad that we can go through this together and support each other through this time.”

Lee spoke next and revealed how she was able to cope with her release from WWE.

Here’s what Lee had to say;

“I have my days. I want to say the first three weeks were so rough. But these last couple of weeks, I’ve really just been focused on trying to schedule my days. I feel like if I structure my day, I [can] just take it day by day. I feel good overall, but I do have those days. Like last week, I cried myself to sleep. It just hits me out of nowhere, just these emotions.

“Now that we’re getting closer and closer to the end of the 90-days, I can just feel those emotions intensifying again when I feel like I’ve kind of had a grasp on them, so I’m a bit nervous about the next six weeks or however long it is it was rough. Like Jess said, I was embarrassed. We shouldn’t be like that. We didn’t do anything wrong.”

Formerly known as The IIconics, Mckay and Lee were beloved members of WWE.

They signed for the promotion in 2015 and appeared in NXT until they made their main roster debut in 2018 by insulting and attacking Charlotte Flair.

During their main roster run, they captured the WWE Wome’s Tag Team Championships and wrestled in front of 70’000 fans at Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia.

h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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