Athena has opened up about her surprise AEW debut at Double or Nothing where she got in the face of TBS Champion Jade Cargill.
At AEW Double or Nothing Jade Cargill defeated Anna Jay to retain her TBS Championship. However, her victory was far from straightforward.
Despite holding a clear power advantage, Cargill was unable to make quick work of her rival as she had hoped. In response, there were shenanigans galore as seemingly half the AEW locker room came to get involved.
First up were the Baddies who were on the receiving end of a double-DDT by Jay. With the pair out of action, Mark Sterling hobbled to the ring, crutch in hand, distracting the referee, throwing it into the ring.
Although the plan didn’t quite work out, as Jay intercepted the weapon and nailed Cargill for a near-fall. The end of the match came after former WWE star Malcom Bivens, better known as Stokely Hathaway made his AEW debut coming to ringside. His presence was enough of a distraction for Cargill to grab the win.
As Cargill and her now expanded entourage celebrated in the ring, Athena’s music hit to a huge ovation. Wasting no time at all, the star went face-to-face with the champion before Cargill left the ring.
Taking to social media in the aftermath of her debut, the former Ember Moon said she was on top of the world.
On top of the world!!! Still can't believe last night happened. Thank you .@aew for the extremy warm welcome. I promise you won't be disappointed!! I'm on a whole 'nother level now because I am #AllElite!!#FallenGoddess#TheAlphahttps://t.co/dHmQIospZ2
— Athena is ROH and All Elite! (@AthenaPalmer_FG) May 30, 2022
Athena was released by WWE on November 4th, initially returning to the independent scene.
Speaking in April about her WWE tenure, the star discussed being told to dress “sexier” and more like current NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose. Athena explained that things went “downhill” after Triple H was forced to take a leave of absence from the brand due to ill health.