Walking down the hallway of the backstage area of the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia, at the RAW taping, I wondered how my father did this everyday for a living. The chaos backstage was not nearly has hectic as the chaos out in the arena when the fans came in. Dad always tried to steer clear of that chaos with Hunter. I was always snuck into the arenas out of my safety. Dad didn't want people to know who I was because he said; once they did, they won't leave you alone. I believed him, but I believed him more when Hunter said the same thing.
I'm Kayley Elizabeth Hickenbottom, or Kayley Michaels as I preferred. I was my father's daughter; people only called us Hickenbottom if they wanted their ass kicked. I was almost my father's spittin' image. I had his blond hair and his blue eyes that shined when I was happy.
I had a slight southern accent but other than that, I had a very unique accent, from traveling so much, my accent changed. I was great friends with John Cena so I spent a lot of time with him, making my voice have a Boston accent, but my father was best friends with Paul Levesque, or Hunter as he likes to be called, so I had a New England twang. Jeff and Matt Hardy were good friends to me also, so I had their soft southern accent. All in my entire accent was very unique and you couldn't put my accent in a category.
"Hey baby girl." Shawn said.
"Hey dad. Are you ready?" I asked.
"I said ARE. YOU. REEEEAAADDDDYYY?!" Hunter yelled. I chuckled.
"I'll take that as a yes." I said smiling. Hunter chuckled and I grabbed Shawn's hat to hand it to him.
"Thank you sweetheart." He sat slipping it on his head. "You going to be alright backstage?"
"Shawn, you ask her that every time. She's fine." Hunter said.
"If your daughter was 22 and on the road with you, you'd be just like me." Shawn snapped back. I looked at Hunter, who had his hands up defensively. I made a face behind Shawn's back and hopped around the locker room.
"Kayley, you're making me dizzy." Hunter said as he continued to watch me bounce off the walls.
"Sorry, Hunter. Hey! I'm going to go bug John, is that okay?" I asked Shawn.
"Stay close to him when we're on though, I'd hate to beat Cena's ass." Shawn said.
"Thanks dad." I kissed his cheek. "Good luck out there." I hugged Hunter, who returned it. "Try not to kill yourselves."
"No promises baby girl." Hunter chuckled. I smiled.
I walked out of the locker room and towards John's locker room. He shared one with Legacy, which, if dad knew, he would ban me from hanging out with John. Legacy officially had it out for Hunter, Dad, and I. They purposefully gave me a hard time, though when John was there, they wouldn't do a lot of it, because John was like a big over-protective brother, though he joked around with me and let me do what I wanted. He had to have his say in something first.
I knew somewhere, down this hall, was the locker room. Which one it was I didn't know. That was until I noticed they had names on the door. Wow, I was an idiot. I back tracked a bit and found the door that said Legacy and Cena. I knocked on the door, waiting for a reply.
"Come in!" John's voice came through the door. I opened it and walked in. "Hey kid!"
"Hey John. Do you mind if I hang out here when Dad is on?" I asked.
"Of course you can, girl. I know if Shawn found out you were wandering the halls, he'd kick my ass first then ask questions." John laughed. I smiled. "How is my little sister doing today?"
"Doing alright." I said shrugging. "Nothing much went on."
"I agree, oh! You should have seen Jeff in catering this afternoon." John said. I looked up at him.
"What did Hardy do now?" I asked, slightly afraid to know.
"He accused Mark of taking his skittles, took Mark's Mountain Dew and then did a baseball slide between his legs. Let's say, Mark wasn't the happiest person in the world today. He chased Jeff around the arena until he finally lost him." John explained. I laughed.
"Yeah, that's Hardy for ya." I said as I sat down on floor between John's legs. I put my arms on his legs and leaned back against him.
The thing between John and I was that we dated a few years back, we've slept together behind Shawn's back and became close, but we agreed that dating just wasn't there with us so we became friends with benefits, until Shawn found out. When Shawn found out, he told John never to come near me and I was banned from seeing him. Though, the ban didn't last long, maybe 3 months before Shawn gave up on it. Every once in a while does John and I have sex but you can feel the sexual tension between us. John was always my first go-to guy for everything and it would probably stay like that.
We both looked up at the TV when DX's music hit. I watched Shawn dance around Hunter in the ring. I stuffed a few laughs as Hunter just stared at Shawn, who was looking back at him. I leaned back against John, who leaned down and put his arms down my front, his head resting on my shoulder.
"Who are you facing tonight?" I asked John.
"Randy." He said, kissing my shoulder.
"Will his boyfriends follow him?" I asked.
"Shut up Hickenbottom." Randy said as he walked in with Cody and Ted following behind.
"Call me that again son." I said. Randy rolled his eyes. Ted and Cody looked at me. "What?"
"Get out so we can change." Ted said.
"Oh come on! I wanna see who is the biggest in Legacy!" I whined. John laughed.
"You kiss your daddy with that mouth?" Cody asked.
"Nope, just John." I snickered. John smiled and pecked my lips.
"Honestly, do we have to see that?" Randy asked.
"Don't look." John said. Randy muttered things under his breath.
Shawn and Hunter started to lose against Jeri-Show. Though, Chris was a sweetheart and took up the position of Shawn's eyes when he wasn't around. Paul, on the other hand, he liked to keep to himself. So I stayed with my boys. I winced as Shawn was struck by Show's right hand.
"Yeah, that's the end." John groaned. "He tried."
"He should just leave the WWE, we don't need him anymore." Randy mumbled.
I chose to ignore that comment.
"He's too old to do this anymore. His legacy is over with."
I chose to ignore that also.
"He'd probably break his back if he jumped off another ladder; I'm surprised he could still stand considering how old he is."
I shot up, almost knocking John off the bench.
"Excuse me?" I asked. Randy turned around.
"You heard what I said." Randy growled as he leaned forward.
"You should get your head out of your ass. My father changed this company for the better, what did your father do?" I asked, our noses now touching.
"Randy back off…" Cody said as he and Ted started to pull him away but Randy was leaning forward so much, that his upper half never moved, just his lower half.
"Kayley, come on baby girl." John said, wrapping his arm around my waist. Randy started to salivate and his eyes were wild, I growled and pushed John's arm off my waist. I turned around to walk away but I sneak attacked Randy, giving him a note of Sweet Chin Music. My foot connected with his chin and he went backwards into the lockers, Ted and Cody going with him. "Shit! Come on Kayley!" John yelled, grabbing my arm and dragging me down the hall.
"What are you doing?!" I yelled.
"I don't want you to be on the receiving end of his Viper attacks!" John argued, pulling me towards Shawn and Hunter's locker room. When John opened the door and realized no one was there, he dragged me more down the hall. "Pardon me for trying to keep my sister un-harmed."
"I can handle him!"
"No you can't Kayley! You are not a wrestler!" John snapped back. I bit my lip to keep myself from retorting, though, it came out like projectile vomit.
"My father is and I was trained by him, I chose NOT to be a wrestler!" I yelled.
John ignored my comment as we passed several superstars in the hallways. I saw Jeff and Matt down the hall and they asked John what was going on, but the yelling from behind us told them I did something.
"Hickenbottom! I will make your life hell!" Randy yelled as he continued to chase us.
"Call me that again son and I'll show you more notes from Sweet Chin Music!" I yelled back.
"Kayley, shut up!" John shouted at me. He opened a door and pushed me into the room, closing the door.
"John let me out!" I yelled to him through the door, I started to pound on the wood.
"Cool off!" John yelled. I growled and turned around.
"Oh…hi Shane…hi Steph…" I said nervously. Shane looked at his sister and sighed.
"What did you do this time?" Shane asked, pulling out a chair for me.
"Just gave Orton some Sweet Chin Music." I mumbled.
Stephanie smacked her forehead as Shane chuckled. "Kayley, we all know you and Legacy don't get along and never have, but you can't go around Super Kicking the superstars." Shane smiled. He sat down in the chair next to me.
"He insulted my father, I wasn't about to let him get away with it." I said. "I'm sorry, you can fine me and do whatever you want with me, but I don't regret it."
"We won't do that. We are used to you doing this." Shane said chuckling.
Stephanie looked up as the door slammed open. Shawn was standing in front with a very pissed off Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase Jr., behind him and Hunter behind them with John. I grabbed Shane's hand as I tensed up, looking up into the blue eyes of my father. He wasn't a happy man at the moment.
"I leave you alone for no longer than 15 minutes and you SUPER KICK Randy Orton!?" Shawn yelled. I stood up and dropped Shane's hand.
"Did he tell you that he started it!?" I yelled back.
"Don't use that tone with me, young lady! You sit back down and you listen to what I have to say!" Shawn shouted, his face starting to get red.
I slowly sat back down in my chair. Hunter walked over to Stephanie who looked like she was going to interrupt, but decided against it for her own sake. John stayed by the door, waiting for the yelling match to end. Randy stood there with a smirk on his face, Cody and Ted watched as I was yelled at by my father. Cody sparing me a sympathetic look.
"You are NOT a wrestler and you CAN NOT go around super kicking the athletes! I cannot believe that you would do something so stupid! You act on impulse and you don't think about what the consequences will be later! Granted, you are my daughter but for you to go and do something so ridiculously stupid, you make me second guess myself for bringing you on the road! From now on, you will be by my side every moment unless I have a match, then you will be here with Stephanie or Shane! Do I make myself clear?" Shawn yelled.
"I SAID; DO I MAKE MY SELF CLEAR!?" He screamed. Hunter jumped.
"Yes sir." I said softly.
"Shawn, I think you are being a bit too hard on her." Stephanie said.
"Why? She kicked a superstar!" Shawn argued.
"I know she did, she told me, but at least she told me instead of me finding out! Shawn, I know you are her father but-"
"No! If she wants to act like a child, I will treat her like a child." Shawn snapped. Stephanie got quiet. "Let's go." He said to me.
I got up and followed him out the door, squeezing my way between Ted and Cody.
"It was a sick Super Kick though." John said.
Shawn was going off his rocker when we got back to the locker room, where there were no witnesses. Though he would never hit me, he would yell until his throat was raw. You could always tell when his throat was being to get raw, his voice would start to crack and then he would make up an excuse to leave the room before he thought of something else to yell about.
"I can't believe you Kayley!" Shawn said as he paced the locker room layout, pinching the bridge of his nose.
I sat in silence.
"Do you know how much trouble you would be in if Stephanie and Shane weren't our friends?" He asked. He continued pacing until a knock on the door snapped him out of his parental yelling. "Come in!"
Cody walked in and I looked up. "Stephanie and Randy want to speak with Kayley."
"What for?" Shawn asked.
"They just told me to come get her." He said.
"Go with Cody, I have to go to catering real fast." Shawn mumbled. I was right.
Cody and I walked down the hall towards the room we just came back from. Superstars were now getting ready in their locker room for the beginning of the show. You could hear the fans in the arena in the back. I looked at Cody who was staring straight ahead.
"Did Stephanie say why she needed me?" I asked.
"Like I told Shawn, she just told me to come get you." He said.
"Why are you with Orton?" I asked out of the blue.
"None of your business." Cody replied as he opened the door. Ted was now leaning against the back wall while Randy stood in front of Stephanie's desk. Stephanie smiled at me from behind her desk as Cody went next to Ted.
"You needed me?" I asked. I stood next to Randy, a bit a ways apart but still next to him.
"Yes." Stephanie said. She threw a stack of papers near me that landed on the edge of her desk. "Here is your WWE contract."
I looked up at her so fast my neck popped. I looked at Hunter, who was behind her with a shocked look on his face. He shrugged and I looked back down at Stephanie.
I chuckled nervously. "No you don't understand, Steph, I am not a wrestler."
"But you are trained, are you not?" She asked.
"And apparently John said the Super Kick was amazing."
"Your father is Shawn Michaels, who is a legend in this company."
"Hunter has no problem with training you a bit more."
"You are a second generation superstar."
"So who better to put you with then Legacy?"
"You will be put with Legacy. Randy has no problem with you being with him."
"Only because he gets to control every action!" I yelled.
"You either sign the contract or you go home." Stephanie said sternly. My jaw dropped. "You said and I quote, 'I'm sorry, you can fine me and do whatever you want with me, but I don't regret it.'"
"Damn, I did say that…"
"So sign it." Stephanie said.
I growled and signed the contract; I pushed it into Stephanie's hands and whipped around to face Randy, who was smirking. "Do not FUCK with my career Orton!"
He continued to smirk.
"Have you talked to my father about this?" I asked Hunter and Stephanie.
"No, but he will have to get over it." Stephanie said as she stood up. "Kayley Michaels, meet your new team mates."
I looked at Randy, Ted, and Cody and then back at Stephanie. Randy cleared his throat and made me look at him. My eyes turned a darker shade of blue as my emotion changed. My eyes started to dilate and focus on Randy, who was now standing in front of me.
"Welcome to Legacy." He smirked.
I know it moved a bit fast but I am trying to get the basic feel out.
I have no idea who Kayley is going to be with, so if you want, vote for your favorite superstar;