Peyton Royce has come a long way (literally and figuratively) since her in-ring debut in 2009.
About 9,300 miles long.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to live in the [United] States,” said the rising WWE NXT superstar, who is from Sydney, Australia. “So moving here was really easy for me because it was always something I wanted to do.”
Peyton moved to the ‘States’ in 2015.
“I used to say to my mom and dad all the time, ‘I’m going to move to America.’ They always knew that I would, but they didn’t know how I would do it.”
Pro wrestling is how she did it, and surprisingly she has her mom, Kerrie, to first thank for that.
“My mom actually introduced me to it,” Peyton recalled. “She watched Australian wrestling when she was a teenager, and then when we got Foxtel, which is like pay TV here, that was the first thing she showed me, and I absolutely fell in love with it from the very first episode that I watched.”
Just so happens it was WWE programming — SmackDown — and Eddy Guerrero became her instant favorite.
Now she is part of WWE programming, working her way up the ladder on NXT. It’s been some journey, so far.
This Aussie talent is based in Orlando, home of the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center. With WWE style training, she is making a name for herself on the NXT circuit, competing on various shows throughout Florida.
Peyton misses her family, especially her mom — and the food — but she is living her dream.
Royce, 23, inked a developmental deal with WWE in 2015.