WWE's Billie Kay, Peyton Royce making dreams come true

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce Photo credit: WWE.com

Returning home puts everything into perspective for two of WWE's most charismatic superstars.

Australian wrestlers Billie Kay and Peyton Royce have been under WWE's banner since signing development contracts in 2015.

'The IIconics' are lifelong friends, attending Westfields Sports High School in Sydney together, sharing a love of sports entertainment.

That passion developed into a career - the pair have transitioned from fans into performers, wrestling for several local Australian independent organisations, before their big break in 2015. 

The duo had their first 'pinch-me' moment in October 2018, wrestling in front of more than 70,000 WWE fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In April, Kay and Royce captured WWE gold for the first time, when they wrestled the WWE women's tag-team title away from Sasha Banks and Bayley at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

But that moment was made even more special given the occasion - WrestleMania 35 - the biggest show of the year.

With the WWE machine just a week away from it's annual pilgrimage to Australia for three shows, the two local girls are fizzing at the chance to entertain Brisbane and, in particular, Sydney for the very first time as WWE superstars. 

"It's really exciting," Kay told Newshub. "Peyton and I can't wait to get back home, and to wrestle three shows - Melbourne, Brisbane and our hometown of Sydney.

"It's a dream come true for us."

Kay and Royce won WWE Tag Team gold at WrestleMania in New Jersey.
Kay and Royce won WWE Tag Team gold at WrestleMania in New Jersey. Photo credit: WWE.com
WWE's Billie Kay, Peyton Royce making dreams come true
Photo credit: WWE.com

And moments like the WWE Live tour are important to cherish, said Royce.

Given the insane schedule of the WWE roadshow, heading back downunder is a rare occurrence, so celebrating with friends and family is important. 

But Royce told Newshub it was also important they take time out to reflect on their accomplishments over the past 12 months.

"It's so surreal what we get to do together each day, and accomplish or experience some of these amazing moments that we have so far," Royce said.

"But we definitely take some time to get together and just ground ourselves a little - to reflect on how far we have come, but also focus on those goals we still have to achieve."

As for Kiwi WWE fans? Well, the two proud Wallaby supporters are talking up the credentials of New Zealand's own WWE import, Dakota Kai.

The Aucklander officially signed with WWE in 2017, linking up with the development NXT brand.

Both Kay and Royce have worked match-ups with Kai, and believe the 31-year-old is destined for the bright lights of WWE's flagship brands - Raw and Smackdown.

Royce noted Kai's remarkable recovery from a devastating ACL tear in January - the Kiwi returned to in-ring action earlier this month, just 10-months later.

"I think Dakota is an absolute superstar," Royce said. "To come back from an injury like that and then perform at the level she has since that comeback proves what type of heart and passion she has for the business."

Dakota Kai.
Dakota Kai. Photo credit: WWE.com

Kai has great pedigree - grandfather Pat Crowley represented the All Blacks in the 1950s, while sister Nyrene is an established mixed martial artist.

Clearly, talent runs in the family - talent that Kay believes will see the Kiwi rise to the top. 

"I've known Dakota for a very long time and it's really exciting to see how her career has grown.

"I'm super proud of her, but also really eager to see what she can accomplish in the future."