Jessica Carr Debuting as SmackDown’s First Full-Time Female Referee

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Jessica Carr broke new ground for women in professional wrestling by making her first main roster as SmackDown’s first full-time female referee on Friday night.

“For a woman to be in a position of authority, to be powerful and to be a voice, for me that means representing that culture and seeing others,” Carr said. “When I was younger, I needed a role model. Now, I can give that message. ”

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Carrie is 28-year-old Jessica Heuser, a Maryland native who aspires to be a pro wrestler originally. His dream changed when industry veteran William Regal encouraged him to try something new, and usually on the black and white stripes associated with Earl Hebner, Joey Marella, Mike Chioda and Charles Robinson in the WWE Putt.

Although previously the first female referee in the WWE, Carr is unique. She came through the performance center, honoring her craft at NXT and now transitioning to SmackDown.

“Women should be seen as strong and independent,” Carr said. “For me, the goal is to make this a smooth transition. Taking an important step for revised development and a revolution.

At the age of 18, after years as a passionate wrestling fan – which gave her hope during tough times, including a fight with bullying, as well as her parents’ divorce – Carr made a brilliant decision took. He chose to follow his destiny and began a career in pro wrestling.

“I worked a part-time job as a waitress instead of getting an actual job so that I could pursue what I wanted to do,” Carr said. “My initial goal was to be a wrestler, and now I can set an example that you can go out and do something you never imagined. I hope people will see me in the ring and realize that you can do whatever you want in life. ”

Carr was set for a much larger stage on SmackDown while working as a referee at NXT, but it was far from his first entry into the business. After winning the Reid Flair Scholarship in 2014, he used his $ 500 win to move to Florida, where he trained at Team 3D Academy under the tutelage of the Dudley Boyz. She uses the name “Carr” as a tribute to Dan Carr, who was his strength and conditioning coach at Team 3D Academy.

“I’ve given a lot to Dan, Bubba, and Devon,” Carr said. “I went to my WWE effort in February of 2017 and was in the best shape of my life.”

With a minimal history of women in matches taking place in the WWE, Carr now takes his place as an inspiration and trendsetter in the WWE.

“I’m ready, but it’s definitely scary,” said Carr, who has also appeared in Raw and SmackDown before, but never in a full-time capacity. “The Undertaker intimidated people to work in the new locker room like never before, and there is too much confidence to receive and feel. Be prepared for that challenge and fight it. “