A former AEW star has recalled being told that they were “took big” to make it in wrestling during a WWE try-out.
During her career Awesome Kong found fame wrestling all over the world, earning plaudits for her work in Japan, IMPACT Wrestling, and Shimmer to name just a few.
However, before rising to prominence, the would-be star had a try-out with WWE in the early 2000’s. The trial was unsuccessful and Kong headed elsewhere, although she did eventually sign with WWE in late 2010.
During an appearance on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Kong recalled her experience at that early WWE try-out. The star explained that the process involved a series of physical tests and the opportunity to cut a promo.
Kong revealed that she taught herself how to do a kip-up in her hotel room in an effort to pass the tests.
“They told to us to initially that we had to come up with a promo and then we would come up with some physical stuff in the ring. Then when they had us do the physical stuff, they told us they had to do a kip up, which I had to learn what that was.
This was an 18 hour process where we had to stand in the line, but it was over 2 days. So me, Kenny, a guy that looked like a rip-off of The Rock, a girl that was friends with Stacy Keibler but had fallen out with her, I don’t know there was some drama there. My mom went with me and got all the tea from her.
We went and made a trip of it and I got a suite at Caesars Palace. So we went to my suite and we are all trying to learn the kip-up. Even though I was a big girl I was very athletic at the time, and I learned how to do it. It was hard on the abs but I got it.”
Despite this, when the tests started Kong admitted she hadn’t impressed anyone, while her promo was met with silence. The star added that after these tests, Jim Ross told her she was “too big” to make it in wrestling.
“However, when we got in the ring, they had me do the physical stuff first, rolling around, jumping jacks, and we had to do the kip-up last. So you are blown up and then have to do this difficult move. By the time that came around, I hadn’t impressed anyone, I was a fish out of water.
When it came time to do the promo, I was proud of my promo, because I had come from acting. So I can’t remember the whole promo, but the last line was ‘Hell has no fury like a woman scorned!’ I was proud of myself, but it was like crickets.
All of the judges were like, we don’t know what to do with this, and JR was like ok, bye. I was like what? No, no, I’m not going anywhere! I just dragged my raggedy ass from LA and through the mountains to get here and I spent my last cheque on a suite! I put it all in because I am going to be a millionaire! I’m like you at least need to ask me one or two questions.
JR asked me some questions, I can’t remember the first one but it was a snarky one. But then Bob Holly was there and was like ‘No I find her interesting and I want to ask her some questions.’ And then that engaged the rest of the judges, and we got to talking.
JR, bless his heart at the time, it was like ‘I’m sorry, I don’t think a girl your size can make it in wrestling. You are too big to make it in wrestling and will never make it.’ I was like what?! He was like ‘You will never make it in WWE, you are too big.’ He was gracious enough to not use the word fat, but I didn’t think I was fat, I thought I was thick. I had the build back then of Megan Thee Stallion, or she has the build of me back then.
But that was the fire, remember that 200 bitches hated on me back in high school. My clapback was ‘You will kneel because I am going to be your queen!’ ‘You’re gonna have to give me flowers.’ JR said that to me on national TV so I had to clap back, but we are friends today and we have reconciled.”
During the interview, Awesome Kong also recalled her time in AEW. After moving into a backstage role, she explained that she didn’t feel heard, while she was unable to make it into the meetings where the decisions were made.
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