NXT Referee Promoted To Friday Night SmackDown, Receives Farewell From NXT Universe

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Jessika Carr has been one of the best-known referees on NXT over the past few years since she broke down a number of barriers to become WWE’s first full-time female referee. Carr has since gone on to referee some of the biggest matches that the brand has to offer and has proved that there is a place in WWE for women’s referees.

This week, following an interesting main event between Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa, the former NXT Champion took the mic and addressed the fact that Carr was leaving NXT and heading to Friday Night SmackDown, which allowed the star herself to address the crowd and thank them for their support over the years.

This is a fantastic step for Carr and shows that not only the superstars from NXT are in contention for a move up to the main roster. Ciampa had some impressive things to say about Carr before announcing that she was “making the lateral move to SmackDown. She will be on the WWE main roster and will start on the SmackDown brand this Friday.”

Carr herself didn’t seem out of place on the mic and bid farewell to the NXT Universe with a heartfelt speech.

Carr found her way into wrestling after being overweight as a teenager and wanting to make a change. She then met a professional wrestler who helped her to lose 60lbs and get into good enough shape to pursue a wrestling career. Outside of WWE, Jessika was known for her wrestling ability and under the ring name Jessika Kaye.

SmackDown and Raw already have some recognizable officials who have been part of huge storylines, so it will be interesting to see if Carr is able to add something new to the Women’s Division and become involved in their most hard-hitting storylines.