Lacey Evans has had a huge first year on the main roster from being the number one entrant in the 2019 Royal Rumble match to feuding with Becky Lynch for the RAW Women’s Championship. When she participated in the Royal Rumble match she was still technically under the NXT banner. She would last nearly 30-minutes before being eliminated by Charlotte Flair.
Since then she has made her way to RAW and due to the draft in October she was subsequently moved to Friday Night SmackDown. She is currently adjusting her character into that of a babyface role against the current SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley.
Although many were skeptical of her moving to the main roster at the time she did, she was able to work harder. Her feud with ring veteran Natalya showed progress in her move set and the two of them also became the first women to ever compete at a Saudi Arabia event.
Evans spoke with CBS Sports today on many topics and just as many do every year she talked about her goals for 2020.
“Probably to become champ and get more opportunities to use my platform to show people what you’re capable of, no matter how hard your life is. I know sometimes things hurt really bad and I know there are a lot of bad things that are happening, and you feel so down and out on yourself. But trust me when I tell you, coming from where I come from and what I’ve been through, you are capable of anything. If I have to become a champion to tell the world that they are capable of anything, as long as they continue to fight, make a plan, and push forward, then that’s what I want to do. That is my goal.”
She also opened up to Chuck Carroll of CBS Sports in regards to her upbringing and the challenges she has overcame. She explained that her determination isn’t as a result from growing up in a hard working family, in fact, it is quite the opposite. When asked how she was able to garner all the strength to make something her self her response started with – I don’t know.
“I honestly, I don’t know. If I had to guess, with having as many siblings as I did… I lost my father to overdose. My mother struggled with depression and addiction, and I just stayed in sports. I stayed busy. It didn’t matter if I didn’t get picked up, I still went the next day. So, you go out to wrestling practice, you work your ass off, you work in school all day. Now they forget to pick you up.
I have a choice, either I can walk home and wallow in my own misery and pity, or I can go back to school, catch the school bus, and get back into practice, regardless if I have a ride home or not. I think that sports really saved me, because it kept my head straight. No drugs, no alcohol, no nothing. I stayed on a straight path, and I just stayed in school, and I just kept my mind busy.”
For the entire interview you can check it out at CBS Sports by clicking here.
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