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Ember Moon Claims There’s “Too Much Safety” For Women In WWE

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Ember Moon has discussed WWE’s approach to safety for their female stars and says she sees a double standard compared to their male counterparts.

Ember Moon had most of her success in WWE as part of the NXT brand. She initially competed on the black and gold brand between 2015 and 2018, capturing the NXT Women’s Championship. Moon then graduated to the WWE main roster but in 2020 returned to NXT at TakeOver 31.

During that time Ember Moon captured the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship with Shotzi Blackheart before being released from her WWE contract in November 2021.

Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on Insight Moon discussed WWE’s approach to safety for their female stars and says she had to fight to be able to perform her patented Eclipse move from a ladder:

“There were times where they were like, ‘girls, don’t fall over.’ It was such a fight to do the Eclipse off the ladder. That was a fight. I tried to do it the first year at Money in the Bank and they were like, ‘this is too unsafe, you’re gonna hurt yourself.’ I go, ‘I’ve done this seven times on the Indies with less safety measures! I’m good.'”

“The next year, there was some stuff that happened, and they’re like, ‘girls don’t fall down and hurt yourselves.’ ‘Who are you talking to? I’ve done dumber stuff…’ WWE is so careful, mind you, they don’t want us to get hurt. On some level, they have to remember that some of us have done the dumb stuff that got us hurt and we learned from that and made it safer.”

“The Eclipse off the ladder the second year, the doors were about to open and Vince was like, ‘she can’t do it unless I see it first.’ Nattie has like one eyelash on, she’s running from makeup to do it. We do it one time and he’s like, ‘Okay, they’re fine.'”

Ember Moon then explained why she sees things like that as double standards in WWE as the male stars don’t have to have rehearsals for anything like that:

“Sometimes, it’s too much safety, I feel like. He’s always looking out for our best interests, but when it comes to the men, they never do that. Doing crazy spots and jumping off of stuff, it’s not something the women get to do very often, or rarely. For me to be able to jump off the ladder and do the Eclipse, it was like, ‘Are they going to veto this again? Kevin (Owens) jumped off the tron two weeks ago, but I can’t jump off a ladder in a ladder match?'”

“It’s so weird, the things the guys can do. ‘It’s Kofi (Kingston), let him do it.’ Then the girls are like, ‘Okay, ladies, we have to have a rehearsal so you don’t get hurt.’ Sometimes, it’s such a double standard.”

According to the star now known in her post-WWE life as Athena, NXT was a different beast in that regard as she says Triple H and the coaches supported her and other women to push themselves:

“NXT was different because Hunter is like, ‘you want to do that, go do it, go have fun, just don’t get hurt,’ but he trusted us to do it.”

“That was the best part about Hunter’s NXT. We not only had the coaching staff behind us, pushing us to do more and push those limits past our gender, we had so much support from every avenue to do what we wanted to do. As soon as Hunter’s presence was gone, they were like, ‘Ladies, you have three minutes, your time is going to get cut so go as fast as you can.’ Sometimes, you just laugh.”

h/t Fightful