March 10, 2008
Date of Birth: April 27, 1983
Perhaps the most charismatic women's wrestler on the independent scene, Lacey has achieved a status that most women who break into the business aspire to. An accomplished in-ring performer, Lacey has also taken to a managerial role, and no one does it better. As the head of Lacey's Angels, a stable that evolved and transformed over the years until it produced its biggest star, Jimmy Jacobs, Lacey has helped to get workers over, plain and simple. In an era where the managerial role is something of a lost art, Lacey has become to Ring of Honor what Sensational Sherri and Sunny were to the WWE. But Lacey offers so much more -- she can wrestle with the best of them, too.
She was trained by Eddie Sharkey, and debuted in August of 2000 on the Midwest wrestling circuit. "That's one I trained that I like a lot. She's very good," recalled Sharkey to SLAM! Wrestling's Greg Oliver. "She's a good girl. I always liked her. She's maybe my favorite."
Lacey spent nearly three years battling her way through Downtown Championship Wrestling, Steel Domain Wrestling, Mid American Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, the NAWF, and the PWA. In 2003, she formed a tag team with fellow women's wrestler, Rain. They became known as The Minnesota Home-Wrecking Crew, a play off of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. On May 30, 2004, Lacey won a one-night tournament to become the first ever IWA Mid-South Women's Champion. She defeated Traci Brooks, MsChif, Mercedes Hernandez, and Daizee Haze. In July of 2004, she suffered a knee injury but luckily did not require surgery.
On September 11, 2004, Lacey headed to the east coast to work for Ring of Honor. She debuted as Izzy's girlfriend within the group Special K, and began to feud with Becky Bayless. They feuded in a continual storyline designed to split up Special K until December 4, 2004 when the split finally happened at All Star Extravaganza II. It was then that Lacey really began to spread her wings. She began wrestling in Ring of Honor regularly, battling Daizee Haze, Tracy Brooks, Allison Danger, Cindy Rogers, Sumie Sakai and others. She also made several appearances for Far North Wrestling and NWA: Cyberspace, but soon her ROH commitments dominated her schedule.
On October 5, 2005, a new chapter in Lacey's career began; one which would would turn her into the standout female performer in ROH. At the ROH event Joe vs Kobashi, Lacey announced that she would introduce a new Lacey's Angels team the following night. That new team turned out to be Jimmy Jacobs and BJ Whitmer. The team debuted at ROH's Unforgettable, defeating Izzy and Deranged, whom Laceyfired after the match. This new team would propel the tandem of Lacey, Jimmy Jacobs, and BJ Whitmer into staples of ROH. On November 26, 2005, Lacey debuted with SHIMMER, an upstart promotion by Dave Prazak, in conjunction with ROH.
On January 28, 2006 at ROH's Dissension, Jacobs and Whitmer lost a tag team title match against Austin Aries and Roderick Strong. Following the match, Whitmer and Jacobs argued, and Whitmer laid Jacobs out, spelling the end of the tag team but beginning a blood feud that would become one of the main draws for ROH in 2006. Lacey was at the center of all the controversy. Jacobs had fallen in love with her, and Lacey was clearly not interested. Jacobs, however, failed to see that. He began to follow her every order, including dismantling BJ Whitmer. Jacobs became so preoccupied with impressing Lacey that it often ended up costing him matches. Lacey began to berate him in phenomenal promos, demanding that he start winning matches if he wants to impress her, and threatening to fire him if he didn't.
In the late summer/early fall of 2006, Colt Cabana became involved in the storyline. He was used mainly to add more fuel to the fire, and it played out perfectly. Lacey had fooled around with Colt, and had become quite smitten with him. Colt, though, was not interested in a relationship, or joining Lacey's Angels. Jimmy Jacobs became very jealous and depressed. Lacey forced him to wrestle tag team matches with Colt Cabana as his partner, and the two became friends. Colt played the "big brother" role and tried to cheer Jimmy up with his usual comedy. Eventually, Lacey went too far and made passes at Colt right in front of Jimmy Jacobs. Colt stopped it immediately and stood up for Jacobs, saying he could do better than Lacey. Jacobs then viciously attacked Colt, and while the crowd showered him with garbage and boos, he screamed "I did it for LOVE!" and continued the assault. This set off a feud between Jacobs and Cabana, which culminated in a match at ROH's Fifth Year Festival: Chicago. It was easily one of the biggest blood feuds in Ring of Honor history. Cabana won a Windy City Death Match against Jacobs, hitting both Jacobs and Lacey with the Colt .45 and pinning them both at the same time in an extremely bloody encounter.
At All Star Extravanganza III a month later, Jimmy Jacobs and Lacey defeated BJ Whitmer and Daizee Haze. After the match, Lacey told Jimmy that he'd finally won her over, and gave him a hug. Jacobs used this as motivation the following night at Super Card of Honor II, when he met BJ Whitmer in what can only be described as the most brutal, bloody, violent cage match that you will ever see. It was a perfect end to the most violent feud in ROH history, topping even the Homicide/Colt Cabana feud of the previous year. Lacey watched on as Jacobs and Whitmer nearly killed each other. Whitmer won the match and received a standing ovation from the crowd. However, Jimmy Jacobs suffered a serious knee injury and would be out of action for months.
While Jacobs recovered from injury, the ROH website put together a hilarious series of skits where Lacey granted Jacobs five days with her. Jacobs continually put his foot in his mouth and it made for hilariously awkward viewing, but by the end of the five days, he had won Lacey over. She invited him into her hotel room, and the camera man was able to sneak in and catch a PG-13 glimpse at what was going on. After Jacobs and Lacey had their fun, the camera re-entered the room to find Lacey telling Jacobs that he had won her heart. Jacobs lay there looking disturbed, and like he regretted his interest in her. It was masterfully done, and better than any storyline the WWE has come up with in years.
With Jacobs out of action, Lacey began to focus more on her own wrestling career, playing a more prominent role in Shimmer and wrestling regularly in ROH. She had several bouts with Sara Del Ray, in what were some of the best women's wrestling matches you will ever see. Upon Jacobs' return, the main event scene didn't seem far behind. At Unscripted III on December 1, 2007, Jimmy Jacobs defeated ROH icon and perhaps the best ROH World Champion in history, Bryan Danielson.
Lacey also spent time with the now defunct Wrestling Society X, of MTV fame, going by the moniker "The Lovely Lacey."
Lacey has played a huge role in the rise of Jimmy Jacobs, and she herself has become a permanent fixture in ROH and Shimmer and one of the best women's wrestlers in the world. Unquestionably, Lacey is ROH's top female talent and it seems inevitable that she will be performing for a global audience in the not too distant future.
-- compiled by Mark Xamin