While the COVID pandemic affected every professional wrestler negatively in some way, shape, or form, no one would argue that Kaci Lennox more than made the best of a bad situation. In December, Lennox made her All Elite Wrestling debut, wrestling against Ivelisse on an episode of AEW: Dark. It was something we discussed at length as part of her upcoming interview for Love Wrestling,
“I’m glad it all came off well, I feel,” she commented at one point in the conversations. “And, I didn’t have any crazy talk about the match per se.”
“Other things!” she coyly laughed.
When she said that, I had to jump on the opportunity to ask her about not just her match on Dark, but her ring entrance. Upon her debut for All Elite Wrestling, some wrestling fans pointed out that Lennox’s entrance bore a resemblance to that of Smackdown star Billie Kay. I, of course, had to get her thoughts.
“I was gonna say!” I replied. “You’ve got the opportunity to clap back if you want ‘er, but I know there were a lot of people out there saying that perhaps there were some aspects of an entrance taken or borrowed or whatever phrase you want to put on it. So, what would you like to say to most of the people out there as far as your entrance?”
Lennox laughed to herself before answering.
“I mean, so when I did the entrance, it wasn’t even something that I thought about,” she began. “I didn’t even know, like, what entrance music I [had], and for wrestlers, you always want to know your entrance music so you can get into, like, how you’re going to walk out, how you’re going to pose, stuff like that.”
“So, when I went out, it was literally – like, I heard my music, I went out, did my ‘let’s go,’ and then I just got into this pose that I do in literally all of my pictures, which is [what you saw],” she elaborated. “I post so many pictures, and – like, I’m gonna make a collage so that they have proof that I do this little spot! So I did that, and you know, got in the ring, and then, I did the foot over the rope thing, and I did the peace sign, like up in the air. I didn’t even think about it! It’s just something that like, it’s just natural for me to do. At some indie shows, I do – they’re gonna say it’s like Carmella where she used to step on the bottom rope and then lean forward and stick her tongue out or something like that. I just do whatever feels natural!”
“Whatever’s the flavour of the day!” I responded.
“Yes, yes. Thank you very much!”
Lennox again laughed before continuing on to describe Billie Kay’s influence on her as a whole, describing how the former IIconic helped her during her WWE tryout in 2015.
“I love Billie Kay! I’m not – I wasn’t trying to steal her entrance or anything crazy like that. She, actually – and not a lot of people know this, because it’s not something that comes up. But, at my tryout, she’s the one who took Matt Bloom aside and asked if she could help me do three-quarter rolls. So like, I’m not like – I wasn’t trying to steal anything from her. I definitely love her character [and] who she is. She’s great, but I wasn’t trying to steal anything!”
“Well, I was gonna say if you go through pretty well anything in pro wrestling, you can find where it was borrowed, taken, stolen from,” I replied, giving a few examples. “Anybody can make a connection anywhere. It’s almost like a giant conspiracy theory, you know what I mean? If you look hard enough, you’ll find it.”
“Right?” affirmed Lennox. “I don’t know. I love her, though. And, obviously, I will not do that again. I mean, you live and learn. I was way more concerned with making sure the match went off smooth over my entrance. So I don’t know, I just didn’t even think about it, to be honest.”
Please credit Spencer Love/Love Wrestling with any transcriptions used.