It’s been a whirlwind — and history-making — past few days for Jessika Carr.
First, she bid NXT an emotional farewell Wednesday following her final event as a referee for the black-and-gold brand.
Two days later the first full-time female official in WWE history made her SmackDown debut. Afterward Carr found her parents, who made the trip to the show in Fayetteville, N.C., to surprise her. They were dressed in matching referee shirts, to boot.
Carr capped the events Saturday by sharing a heartfelt message on Instagram directed at her younger self.
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Hey girl. ⭐️ You, yea little girl. The one that screamed your lungs out any show you went to (the loudest during Undertaker matches) that would count down the days to those shows, that would force your dad to drive you to live events all over the country, that would incorporate wrestling into any class project you could, that told everyone you would make it, that had to convince yourself along the way that you would make it, the girl that lost hope, the girl that managed to gain the respect and love from so many different that believed in you, you’re here girl. But the work isn’t over. There’s so much more to do. Let’s have some fun and enjoy this ride. #smackdownonfox #dreambig #ladyzebra
“There’s so much more to do,” she wrote. “Let’s have some fun and enjoy this ride.”