Ember Moon was one of the highlights of WWE NXT’s women’s division. However, this was largely due to her two runs on NXT as her main roster run was largely forgettable. She also questioned quitting pro wrestling after her WWE release.

Ember Moon was released by WWE last year and that was something no one expected. Since then, she went back to her old name as Athena and competed in the indie circuit. She is now part of the AEW family and fans are more than happy for her.

While speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Athena talked about her WWE release. Athena revealed that she questioned quitting pro wrestling following her release from the company.

“So when I left the other company, I didn’t know if I wanted to wrestle again. It was just like, ‘Oh, this was like my big dream. There had always been AEW, right? It was just always like, ‘Man, it looks like they’re having fun. That’s what I thought I was signing up for,’ and, just watching, and just dealing with what I was dealing with, and then seeing this, and I’m just staring and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, so much fun. It looks like so much fun.’ “Once I actually left, I was like, ‘I think I’m good.’


Then it became, ‘Crap. How are we going to pay the bills?’ Because we just bought a house, and it’s like, ‘Well, I guess I gotta wrestle to pay these bills.’ I don’t have — Well, I went to college for like, six, eight years. But I never want to pick up a book ever again, I don’t want to finish any of those degrees that I started, just not my jam.”

Athena also felt her passion was sucked out during her time in WWE. She also said that Tony Khan is so high energy, unlike Vince McMahon. We’ll have to see how her feud with Jade Cargill will develop in the coming weeks.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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