'What would you have me do, starve myself?': WWE star Peyton Royce hits back at body-shaming journalist
The 25-year-old Sydney-born wrestler lashed back at Wrestling Observer Newsletter reporter Dave Meltzer who said she looked ‘more attractive’ when she was ‘lighter’
Australian wrestler Peyton Royce has hit back at a renowned journalist after being criticized for her looks.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reporter Dave Meltzer, who has one of the most prominent voices in the industry, has been forced into a humbling apology after discussing Royce’s appearance on radio recently. In a radio discussion with co-host Bryan Alvarez, Meltzer suggested Royce — who recently made their debut on 'Smackdown' with her compatriot Billie Kay — looked ‘more attractive’ when she was ‘lighter’ during her stint with WWE's lower-level apprenticeship show 'NXT'.
As the Daily Examiner points out, Meltzer appeared to refer to the 25-year-old Sydney-born wrestler's recent breast enhancement surgery and her weight. “I think Peyton Royce’s transformation to look more attractive … I don’t know, I don’t want to say. But I don’t think that …,” Meltzer began.
“That they were more attractive in NXT?” Alvarez asked. “I thought so, yes. To me, yes. I would say so. But that’s neither here nor there,” Meltzer answered.
“But she doesn’t stand out to me … when she was in NXT she did … she was a lot lighter.”
Alvarez then quickly justified his comments saying: “No one’s saying she’s unattractive, by the way, everybody.”
But Royce was not going to take this jab sitting down. She responded to the criticism by tweeting: “So what would you have me do Dave … starve myself? This is how nightmares for young women start. The females in your life must be proud.” Royce received a wave of support, including messages from fellow Aussie WWE star Billie Kay and WWE broadcaster Renee Young.
So what would you have me do Dave... starve myself? 🤯🤯🤯 This is how nightmares for young women start. The females in your life must be proud. https://t.co/8MNpZNsR7m— Peyton Royce (@PeytonRoyceWWE) August 15, 2018
@PeytonRoyceWWE order a pizza, I’m coming over 🍕— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) August 15, 2018
Don’t forget the cinnamon bites too
What a true piece of sweltering hot garbage. You’re an angel too good for this earth. He’d be lucky if you gave him the time of day. Which you would, because you’re also a great person. Love ya girl. Let’s set better examples— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) August 15, 2018
Soon after the wave of backlash, Metzler was quick to dole out an apology. “I’d like to apologise to you,” he wrote to Royce on Twitter. “You are an exceedingly attractive woman. I do realise the lengths and pressures on women in the entertainment world to maintain unnatural looks at times and am glad you pointed this out.”
Royce received a tryout with WWE during their tour of Australia in August 2014, before signing in 2015. After three years in NXT, Royce and Kay (dubbed The IIconics) debuted on SmackDown in April, defeating Asuka and Becky Lynch in their first match on the main roster.