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 serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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