The declined use of Lacey Evans on WWE TV may have coincided with the Vince McMahon investigations.
Evans announced her imminent exit from the company on social media, which was later confirmed by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. In an update by Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the departure is linked to a change in corporate structure.
When McMahon was the head of creative, Evans would be pushed to the top of the card almost immediately. Following multiple vignettes and segments involving Evans walking out in front of the crowd and back again, the trigger was pulled the night after WrestleMania 35, where Evans was the first challenger for Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
The belief internally is that Vince McMahon was Evans’ strongest ally and if McMahon were to go, then Evans would be utilised less. Following the Chairman of the Board stepping away from creative in July 2022, the former Sassy Southern Belle was off of TV from July until November following a repackaging as a babyface military-inspired character.
Returning for one final run in 2023, Evans was repackaged again as a heel with a look heavily inspired by Sgt. Slaughter, which angered the Hall of Famer as he was not informed of creative ahead of time. Following a short run in the Royal Rumble match, Evans was used sparingly in quick matches until the August departure.
What Is Lacey Evans Doing Now?
Following the announcement of the departure and referring to her real name Macey Estrella, the former Superstar has yet to announce her plans for the future. It is reported in the Newsletter that Evans intends to open a cafe in the future.