Last night at NXT TakeOver 31, former NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon made her return to the brand and to WWE since being shelved with an injury in 2019.
Following Io Shirai’s victory over Candice LeRae and after Toni Storm had announced her defection from NXT UK to NXT, Moon strutted out onto the stage and removed her biker’s helmet to put the current NXT Women’s Champion on notice.
Following NXT TakeOver 31, Triple H hosted a media call in which he discussed Moon’s return to the ring and how the ‘War Goddess’ was slated to return home prior to her injury 13 months ago.
“As far as the timing of her return, the timing was based on when she was available to return. We had been talking about her coming back here for a while, probably since she was injured, maybe even before that. The timing was just here. She just got cleared. She’s healthy. The door was open for her.”
Triple H then went on to talk about the strength of his women’s division and how Ember Moon was a strong addition:
“Just when you think the women’s division in NXT can’t get any stronger, the depths of it is incredible. Out comes Toni Storm, back in NXT. Out comes Ember Moon, coming back from what could have been a career-threatening injury, but is back and ready to go and back here in NXT. It was hard not for her to be smiling, so excited to be here, so excited to be back and ready to do the thing that she loves to do. I asked her who she was looking forward to working with the most and she gave me about a 12-person list. It just speaks to the division and how strong it is and why people want to be a part of it because the competition is the best and it makes everyone rise to a higher occasion.”
‘The Game’ isn’t wrong. NXT’s women’s division is heaving with talent and promise with NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai, Ember Moon, Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae leading the way.
The last time Moon was seen in a WWE ring was on the September 23, 2019, WWE Monday Night Raw where she lost to Lacey Evans. Shortly after, she went down with an Achilles injury which has kept her out of action.