This interview was conducted via phone a week before Billie Kay and Peyton Royce performed at Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia on 6th October, 2018.
Tell me a little bit about your wrestling background, specifically your time on the Sydney indie scene.
Billie: I found Pro Wrestling Australia’s online training academy in Sydney. I found that place when I was seventeen years old and I became the first student they had when it first opened. I trained there for three months and on my 18th birthday I had my first match which was awesome. A little while later Peyton joined PWA and that’s when we properly met and spoke to each other and we became best friends ever since. Since then we’ve both travelled individually across Australia and America just performing. We were fortunate enough to get a WWE try out and the rest is history.
Peyton: I joined PWA when I was 16. What really sold me on it was I had seen a poster with Billie on it while I was out celebrating my birthday so it was kind of like a sign; that’s how I feel. I started training with Billie in 2012 in Canada at Lance Storm’s school for three months. And when I came home I came home to Melbourne and I stayed there for a few years. MCW was my home in Melbourne and then Billie and I had our tryout and the rest is history!
Who are some of your Aussie peers currently wrestling in NXT that you’re excited about?
Petyon: We have Rhea Ripley in NXT at the moment and she’s just killing it. She has so much potential. She’s still so young. When she does progress to the main roster she’s going to do amazing things and we’re excited to see her do that.
What does it mean to you to be wrestling in a marquee match in a stadium show such as Super Show-Down?
Peyton: To say we’re excited would be an understatement because we cannot wait to get back home to Australia and then perform for this massive show—Super Show-Down, 100,000 people, MCG, it’s gonna be absolutely incredible… It’s gonna be one of the biggest shows Australia’s ever seen, and worldwide, too. The fact that it is in our home country just makes the experience that much more special. An Aussie way to put it: we are bloody stoked.
Do you want to be booed as heels or cheered as hometown heroines?
Peyton: We just want the crowd to have fun, so if we hear the crowd booing or cheering [a reaction is] all that matters to us. We just want to hear the crowd having fun. Either way, that is what we hope to get.
What do you think Super Show-Down will do for the profile of professional wrestling in Australia?
Billie: I think it’s gonna take it to a whole new level. It’s been amazing for Peyton and I to watch the Australian scene grow so big. I think having such a massive show like Super Show-Down in Australia I think it’s just going to make it grow even more, so we’re pretty excited to see how it does affect the Australian scene.
Are you hoping the next big stadium event in Australia is in your hometown?
Peyton: That would be amazing to be able to wrestle for WWE in arenas that Billie and I went to as kids when WWE came to Australia. And to be able to do it in front of our friends and family in our home town, that’s a dream right there.
Are your friends and family coming to Super Show-Down?
Billie: We both have a lot of friends and family coming down for the show. To have them watch us perform and have them watch us in this special moment that we’ve worked so hard for is going to make it extra special, I think.
Will you have the chance to do any sight-seeing while you’re in Melbourne?
Peyton: It is pretty go-go-go. I hope some of the Superstars are able to get out and just go for a walk in Melbourne and just see the city because there is so much to see and do. There’s so much to explore and it’s an absolutely beautiful city and we’re so excited to come back.
What does it mean to you that Evolution is taking place at a time that you just so happen to be wrestling for WWE?
Petyon: It’s such a crazy thought to think that when we were ten years old we were dreaming of being in a WWE ring and now that we’ve made it it just so happens that it’s in the middle of this massive women’s evolution. Having the first-ever women’s pay-per-view and we will be able to be a part of it. It’s really astounding that we came in at this special time and we get to be a part of it. October is gonna be a big month for us but we are excited to be a part of it.
What are you excited for for the event? What match do you hope to wrestle in at the event?
Peyton: We definitely have dream opponents. We often talk about how amazing it would be if we could have a match against the Bellas, or LayCool. And then another team that Billie and I would have so much fun being in the ring with is the Hug & Boss Connection, Sasha Banks and Bayley. Those two women have done so much for us and our careers so I think that would be so amazing. Honestly, any match that we have at Evolution would be a dream come true because we get to be a part of it.
Do you think those matches could be for a women’s tag team championship…?
Billie: That would just be the icing on the cake. We’ve always wanted to help pioneer the women’s tag team division; that’s something that Peyton and I have always wanted to help do. So if that were to happen it would just make it that much more special. But it’s already special. It would be so overwhelming if that is a possibility but it’s something that we both really care for and would love to happen.