ESPN’s KC Joyner conducted an interview with Mae Young Classic competitor Lacey Lane. The chat heavily focuses on her training with the Dudley Boyz, but she also talks about working in Mexico, her career aspirations and the growing physicality of women’s wrestling. A few quotes are below:
Lacey Lane on her wrestling training trajectory:
I started with the Dudley [Boyz]. That was about three years ago. I trained there for about eight months, and then I started on the independent scene. For the last year, I’ve been in Mexico, and now I’m here, and I’m roughly working on my two-and-one-half year mark.
On picking up on the Dudleys’ tendencies:
Like I said, I’m me. [But] I have to say this. When I first wanted into school [with the Dudleys] and the WWE was there filming the Dudleys DVD, I had no clue about cutting a promo or anything because this is my first day of school. Bubba called me up there to cut a promo, and I just froze, and he told me to sit down. From that day on, I was like, dang, I’m going to have to talk all of the time. Eventually my tryout came along, and I worked every single day to be better at promos, and now I just talk.
On weaving in the Dudleys’ style into her work & wrestling Lio Rush:
I can start to see it now with the ladies that are being brought here. I am a big fan of super strong style. At the Dudleys’ school, they don’t treat us like women, they don’t say, “Hey, you guys go work with the girls.” My partner was a guy, a big guy, and I had to give him moves. I had to learn to take moves from him, so we’re not trained like normal over there, so that’s what I’m hoping flourishes out with the women because I want to go.
I’ve wrestled Lio Rush and am the only girl on the independent scene to wrestle Lio Rush. That’s one big competitor, that’s a fast guy, strong guy, and being able to keep up him and him afterwards shaking my hand and saying, “Hey, way to keep up”, that’s what I want all women to do and be able to compete at all levels.
On the physicality of women’s wrestling:
Being in Mexico, I’ve tried a lot of things I never thought I would. Someone says go do a suplex to the outside, I’ve never done [that], but I’m like, “OK, let’s do it.” It’s always about pushing the limit for us. I think the more time that goes by, women are becoming more fearless to the thought of, “Hey, let’s do high risk.” It’s not just about being pretty, our bodies can be pushed to this limit, too. We’re physically capable of making this look good. I really believe the physicality is going to flourish even more so.
The advantage I think we’ll have is women are so much more acrobatic and flexible than men, so eventually we’ll come up with some creative things that no one has seen and that the guys can’t even do. I can’t wait for that moment to happen because it’s going to be phenomenal.
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MYC Competitor Lacey Lane Talks Training w/ The Dudleyz, Wrestling Lio Rush & Physicality In The Women's Division - Wrestlezone