Athena, the former Ember Moon, has recalled not being allowed to mention All Elite Wrestling while backstage at WWE events.
Ember Moon was released from her WWE contract on 4 November, ending her six years with the organisation. She’s since wrestled for a variety of independent promotions, though she’s yet to land in another major North American promotion, such as All Elite Wrestling.
While speaking with Chris Van Vliet on Insight, the former NXT Women’s Champion held nothing back as she discussed her time in WWE, noting that they never gave her a reason to want to stay. After mentioning that she maintained a close eye on proceedings at AEW, Ember Moon remembered a time when WWE Superstars weren’t even allowed to mention the company backstage (h/t Fightful):
“I was seeing everything going on at AEW and I was like, ‘That looks fun. That looks like what I thought I was going to do.’ For a while, we couldn’t even talk about it backstage because they were like, ‘You shouldn’t be watching the competitor.’ I was like, ‘How do you expect us to outshine them?’
It was different because I wasn’t watching for film. I was watching because I was envious of what was happening there. I would text Dustin (Rhodes) on occasions and he would respond back, ‘We sure are having fun over here.’ I’m like, ‘I see that you’re having fun, Dustin! How are you, how is life? Don’t rub it in’.”
Ember Moon’s last match for WWE came on the 5 October edition of NXT 2.0, as she lost to Toxic Attraction’s Mandy Rose. Her first match back on the independent circuit came this past February, as she challenged AEW’s Thunder Rosa for Warrior Wrestling’s Women’s Championship.
The former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion also commented on the possibility of her one day joining AEW:
“That’s up to them, technically. I’ve been very open and being like, ‘Whoever offers, let’s do it.’ I just want to wrestle and have fun.”
Fightful Select reported on 29 March that there had been “light talks and gauging interest” between Athena and AEW, though no official signing has yet been made. She most recently competed on 23 April, winning the vacant Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship when she defeated Shazza McKenzie and Skye Blue.