Chelsea Green has made her first public appearance since her WWE release, debuting for Ring of Honor at their Best In The World pay-per-view!
Towards the end of the show, Maria Kanellis-Bennett revealed the brackets for the Women’s Championship Tournament and announced that former ROH announcer Lenny Leonard would be returning to provide commentary for the tournament. However, the brackets were incompete due to Vita Von Starr’s spot being revoked – leaving an open spot for one more competitor.
Kanellis went on to introduce the debuting Chelsea Green, who will replace Vita in the tournament but isn’t currently cleared to wrestle. The former WWE star immediately made her presence felt and proclaimed that she is out to prove to both herself and the fans that she is enough.
“Wow. So this is what freedom looks like, hey? I have scratched and I have clawed my way to the top and after seven years, I can finally say: Chelsea Green is at Ring Of Honor. I wish that I could stand here in front of you smiling saying ‘The Hot Mess’ is back but I spent two and half years being deemed unworthy, waiting for opportunity after opportunity. So this time, I’m gonna do it different. This time I am coming for every single thing they said I couldn’t have.
This time, I’m gonna prove to you… No. I need to prove to you and to you and to you and to myself that I am enough. So I came here tonight to wrestle, broken arm and all. I came here to win the Women’s Championship tournament. Simple. Unforunately, wrestling in Maryland is not that simple and the Maryland Athetic Commision has deemed me unfit to compete – whether we like it or not.”
THE BRACKETS ARE IN!
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) July 12, 2021
The 30-year-old went on make her goal of winning the Women’s Championship tournament clear so she can bring both the Ring of Honor Women’s division and the Women’s Championship “to the forefront of wrestling.”
“That’s okay, I’m not going anywhere. I’m gonna sit my a** ringside and I am going to watch every single match and I am going to study these women. Because let me make this clear: When I can get in that ring, I’m gonna show the entire world what Chelsea Green can do. I’m gonna prove to the entire world why I deserve to be a part of the best women’s division. Why I deserve to hold the title over my head.
This cast and these scars under this cast? They’re an everyday reminder that I am unstoppable. So Maria, start the clock. You don’t have to wait 90 days. In one month, when this cast is off and I’m stronger than ever, I’m gonna join these amazing women and take the Ring of Honor Women’s Championship to the forefront of wrestling.”
After making waves as Laurel Van Ness in IMPACT, Green signed with WWE in August 2018 and began appearing at NXT live events that October. After an unfortunate wrist injury in her first televised match, she was kept out of action until early 2020 where she officially debuted in that year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match.
The former Knockouts Champion went on to have a short NXT stint with the Robert Stone Brand before making her main roster debut on SmackDown in November where she injured her wrist once again. After months of inactivty, Green was released from her WWE contract in April of this year.