A new report sheds more light on Ember Moon’s claims that the women in NXT 2.0 were made to go to meetings and told to dress “sexy.”
Speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, the former Ember Moon – now known as Athena – revealed that one of the changes that came about when Triple H left NXT was that women were made to attend meetings and told to dress “sexy.”
“We would have to sit through stupid meetings about how we’d have to dress sexy. I remember looking at someone else (and laughing). I cater to children. I’m not about to wear fishnet booty buttcheek shorts because we had a two-hour meeting about how to dress like Mandy Rose. That’s not fair. Mandy is absolutely phenomenal and an amazing person, but not everyone is Mandy Rose.
“I started seeing this downslope as soon as Hunter was gone. For the first bit, we didn’t know why, we just knew he wasn’t there. I got so angry. I was sitting there thinking, ‘I did nothing wrong. I didn’t piss off Vince.’ They take Shotzi away, Hunter is gone. ‘You guys promised me this wouldn’t happen. You promised I wouldn’t be lost in the shuffle. I went on this losing streak to help you guys out and build other talent so I could get a reward.’”
A new report from Fightful Select provided more details on the situation, noting that they’d heard about these meetings months ago but had not been able to find anyone who’d attended them willing to go on record.
Now, however, Fightful has been told that the meetings were held under the guise of “fashion consulting” or “fashion aid” in an attempt to highlight the women of NXT as larger than life stars. The company even brought in fashion expert Melanie Pace to conduct the meetings in October of 2021. According to one roster member, this was in stark contrast to the previous policy of encouraging wrestlers to wear either their gear or NXT merchandise.
According to the report, several roster members were unhappy about the meetings and blame John Laurinitis due to the fact that the meetings started when he regained power in the company. However, Fightful could not confirm that he had anything to do with the meetings, so the blame is speculation at this point.
One background talent told Fightful that they were told to dress in a similar manner backstage, and that while dressing “sexier” was not said outright, it was implied. They also said they were given pamphlets with fashion advice and examples of tops, heels, etc.
Fightful notes that these meetings were seen as one of the major changes to take place after Triple H’s departure, and that some women outright refused to attend them.