Jacy Jayne
Birth nameTaylor Grado
Born (1996-06-02) June 2, 1996 (age 27)[1]
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Avery Taylor
Jacy Jayne
Billed height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[2]
Billed weight135 lb (61 kg)[2]
Billed fromTampa, Florida[3]
Trained byJay Lethal
Matt Sydal
WWE Performance Center
DebutMay 30, 2018[2]

Taylor Grado (born June 2, 1996) is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, where she performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Jacy Jayne. She is a former record-tying two-time NXT Women's Tag Team Champion. Grado began her career under the name Avery Taylor, and had previously performed World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW).

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2018–2020)

Grado began her career training at World Wrestling Academy in New Port Richey, Florida. After 4 months of training, she already began working shows. Under the ring name Avery Taylor, Grado made her wrestling debut around May 30, 2018 in American Combat Wrestling (ACW). She went on to establish a career in the Florida wrestling promotions including ACW, Shine Wrestling, Evolve and Full Impact Pro. She became a three-time Women's Champion including two women's title reigns in American Combat Wrestling and a single women's title reign in World Xtreme Wrestling.[4]

WWE (2020–present)

Toxic Attraction (2020–2023)

Main article: Toxic Attraction

Grado made her televised debut on the September 23, 2020 episode of NXT during which she competed in a Number One Contender Battle Royal won by Candice LeRae. It was reported as early as February 24, 2021, Grado signed with WWE. She made her debut under the new name Jacy Jayne on the July 20 episode of NXT in a match lost against Franky Monet.[5]

On the debut episode of NXT 2.0 on September 14, Jayne and Gigi Dolin faced Carter and Catanzaro in a tag-team match, which ended in no contest after Mandy Rose interfered, during which she debuted a new dark-haired look, and they subsequently wrestled Carter, Catanzaro and Sarray in a six-woman tag team match, in which Rose, Dolin and Jayne emerged victorious.[6] She quickly joined the women's stable Toxic Attraction led by Mandy Rose in 2021, thus establishing herself as a heel in the process. During the September 28 episode of NXT 2.0, the group was represented in their first in-ring match by Gigi Dolin and Jayne, in a NXT Women's Tag Team title match won by Io Shirai & Zoey Stark.[7] At NXT: Halloween Havoc, Dolin and Jayne defeated Shirai and Stark, and Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta in a Scareway to Hell Ladder triple threat tag team match for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship, marking the first championships for both Dolin and Jayne in the company.[8][9]

On the November 16 episode of NXT 2.0, Jayne joined Gigi Dolin, Mandy Rose and Dakota Kai in a WarGames match at NXT WarGames to face Raquel González, Kay Lee Ray, Cora Jade and Io Shirai.[10] At the event, Toxic Attraction and Dakota Kai were defeated by Team Raquel.[11] On NXT: Vengeance Day, Gigi and Jacy retained their NXT Women's Tag Team Championships against Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta.[12]

On the NXT Stand & Deliver Kickoff, Dolin and Jayne lost the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship to Dakota Kai and Raquel González with the help from Wendy Choo's interference, ending their reign at 158 days.[13] However, they regained the titles with the help of Mandy Rose's distraction three days later.

At NXT: The Great American Bash on July 5, 2022, Dolin and Jayne lost the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship to Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade. After the titles were vacated, Dolin and Jayne participated in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match on the August 2 episode of NXT 2.0, against Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz, and Katana Chance and Kayden Carter. Dolin and Jayne were part of the final two teams in the match but eventually lost to Katana & Kayden.

On the August 19 episode of SmackDown, Jayne made her main roster debut alongside Dolin as participants in the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Tournament. They would win the first match but were forced out of the tournament due to an injury suffered by Dolin. Dolin and Jayne made their return to SmackDown in a losing effort against new WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez. On December 14, Rose was released by WWE, turning Toxic Attraction into a tag team.[14] At NXT: New Year's Evil on January 10, 2023, Dolin and Jayne were declared co-winners of a 20-woman battle royal after eliminating each other simultaneously, earning an NXT Women's Championship match against Roxanne Perez in a triple threat match at NXT Vengeance Day,[15] where Perez successfully retained her title.[16]

Chase University (2023–2024)

Main article: Chase University

On the February 7, 2023, edition of NXT, during a Ding Dong, Hello! segment hosted by Bayley, Jayne turned on Dolin, ending Toxic Attraction.[17] Jayne faced Dolin at NXT: Roadblock on March 7 with Dolin winning the match.[18] The former best friends went on to face each other again on May 2, where Jayne pinned Dolin. Their feud finally culminated on the May 30 episode of NXT, where Dolin defeated Jayne in a Weaponized Steel Cage match.

On the August 15 episode of NXT, Jayne defeated Chase University's Thea Hail after Hail was distracted by her stablemates Andre Chase and Duke Hudson. Backstage after the match, Jayne gave praise to Hail and subsequently became a mentor to Hail, turning face for the first time since 2021, with Jayne eventually joining Chase University.[19][20] At NXT: Halloween Havoc Night 2, Hail and Jayne failed to win WWE Women's Tag Team Championship from Chelsea Green and Piper Niven after Chase refused to allow Jayne to use the title belt against Green.[21] In December 2023, Chase University started a storyline where it was revealed that the University was in heavy debt after Chase gambled away all their funds. On the January 30, 2024 episode of NXT, Jayne announced that she has created the "2024 Ladies of Chase U" calendar to be launched at NXT Vengeance Day and that the projected sales will save Chase University. Chase thanked Jayne and officially accepted her into the stable.[22] Around the same time, Jayne took on a new protégé, Jazmyn Nyx, who would help Jayne win matches by cheating which Hail refused to do. On the March 12 edition of NXT, after Hail and Fallon Henley lost a tag team match, after Jayne refused to be her partner the previous week, an emotional Hail stated how she had changed her entire look and personality to be more like Jayne, whom she idolized, but now realizes how toxic Jayne really is, disavowing her friendship with Jayne and declaring she was returning to the "old Thea Hail".

Alliance with Jazmyn Nyx (2024–present)

On the following week of NXT, Jayne (with Nyx) turned on Chase University and cost Riley Osborne the NXT Heritage Cup championship match against The No Quarter Catch Crew's Drew Gulak, turning both women heel in the process.[23] On April 2, a six-woman tag team match was made official for NXT Stand & Deliver with Jayne, Kiana James and Izzi Dame facing Thea Hail, Fallon Henley and Kelani Jordan but Jayne's team lost the match.[24][25] On the April 16 episode of NXT, Jayne and Nyx assisted Tatum Paxley in defeating Hail. A match between Jayne and Hail was then made official for Week 2 of Spring Breakin where Jayne lost and also suffered a legitimate broken nose during the match.[26][27]

Other media

Jayne made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K23,[28] and later appeared in WWE 2K24.[29]

Championships and accomplishments

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