Kris Statlander is one of the mainstays of the AEW women’s division and there’s no denying that. Statlander previously had a paranormal gimmick and was billed as coming from the Andromeda Galaxy.

Kris Statlander recently appeared on Steel Chair Magazine to clear the air regarding her previous gimmick. The AEW star revealed the gimmick change was by design.

“Presenting myself differently was something that I wanted to do, it was 100 percent my decision. I felt like as many opportunities as I may have been getting, I was never really being fully taken seriously.

“I wasn’t sure what was holding me back, maybe it was because I was too fun, too lovable, too goofy and easygoing … I know my potential and I know how much more I have to offer.

“If I wasn’t given the opportunity to show everything that I can, presenting myself in that other way, then maybe a new look, a new perspective will grab the attention of the people that really need to see it and we’ll finally kind of flip the switch in their mind and be like ‘Oh, she’s actually someone not to be messed.’”

Statlander will square off against Ruby Soho to determine a spot in the Owen Hart Women’s Tournament finals this Friday on Rampage. The winner will face the winner of Toni Storm versus Britt Baker that’ll take place this Wednesday on Dynamite.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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