Ariane Andrew has opened up about almost turning AEW down when they offered her an opportunity in summer of 2020.
The talent who first rose to attention on WWE Tough Enough and then made a name for herself as Cameron, one half of The Funkadactyls alongside Naomi, suddenly showed up in All Elite Wrestling in July after four years away from the ring.
Part of the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup, Andrew teamed with Nyla Rose, but a first round exit to Anna Jay and Tay Conti saw her one and only appearance for the promotion end in swift fashion.
Now, the talent has sat down with Women’s Wrestling Talk to talk about the opportunity she received and why she nearly turned it down:
“It was really refreshing. I just wanted to keep it real and I almost wanted to say no to the opportunity because I haven’t been in the ring. I was training at the beginning of the year, before COVID happened, for EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch to have a match, because I hadn’t been in (the ring) and it was a lot of pressure and last minute, I almost said no. ‘How the fuck am I even going to look? I’m going to look like shit. I only have a little wrestling experience and on top of that, what is the backstage going to be like?’ I said, you know what, don’t do it for fans, family, or management, who are you doing this for? I was doing it for myself because I wanted to prove that if you can face a fear, it’s the most rewarding thing. Everybody there is so friendly. It’s a different environment, people want to see you win there. It’s such a family. Once I was able to go backstage, I was like, ‘Damn, this is what life is about?’ I love it. It’s very different and I was not used to it. The experience was great. There are things I wish I could redo because we didn’t have time to go over stuff but nothing is ever really perfect. As long as I can say I did my best, given the circumstances.”
While Ariane suggests that she’s not done with professional wrestling just yet, the talent refused to reveal any further plans she may have for a career resurgence during the rest of the interview.
Credit for the interview: Women’s Wrestling Talk
h/t for the transcription: Fightful