Ex-WWE Star Admits To Fear They’ll Be Lost In The Shuffle In AEW

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A former WWE Superstar has admitted they have fear of being lost in the shuffle in AEW due to the amount of high-level talent competing in the company.

Athena made her AEW debut back at Double Or Nothing where she immediately made a splash by confronting the undefeated TBS Champion Jade Cargill.

Prior to becoming All Elite, Athena competed in WWE as Ember Moon. During her time in that company, she found most of her success on NXT, holding both the NXT and NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.

Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Athena has opened up about finding her place in AEW and commends the women she now shares a locker room with:

“I’m still acclimating. I don’t want to say I’m fully formed and jumped right into the mix. I’m still trying to find my place. I’ll say this the locker room is great, it’s awesome, it’s very uplifting. All the women in our locker room want to see everyone succeed. As a locker room, we want to keep pushing that boundary of what women’s wrestling can do and that’s where I’m gung ho, ‘let’s go to war, let’s do it.'”

“That’s one thing I absolutely love. I remember feeling like everyone thought we were porcelain princesses, ‘don’t fall, don’t get hurt.’ Mickie (James) can attest to this because she’s been through way worse and way better than I have. We want to continue to evolve women’s wrestling and push the boundaries of what women can continue to do. In AEW, I feel the women are getting that platform and pushing through.”

“I love to see everyone…there are times when women come in and go, ‘I saw this move, I think you should do it’ or ‘here’s this gear idea, it doesn’t work for me but it’ll work for you.’ Having the support of a locker room and feeling like it’s us vs the world, it’s an awesome feeling. Not saying it wasn’t like that on the other side, but just more so, I genuinely feel sometimes they think AEW is the underdog and a lot of us have been wrestling for a long time and we don’t want to feel that way.”

Athena then admitted as a result of the high level of women in AEW, she does have a fear that she’ll be lost in the shuffle but says she’s enjoying her work in a way she hasn’t in quite some time:

“The transition, I’m always worried of getting lost in the shuffle a bit because you do have so many phenomenal talents but for the first time my wrestling and what I do in the ring speak for me.”

“Promos are great, I love promos and getting to talk and for the first time, I’m actually getting to talk without a script and show people that I can actually tell a story and have that intensity vs having someone else’s words. Not saying that’s bad, it’s just different. It feels different, feels raw, just a proving ground more so than the other place, not saying it’s not there. It feels raw and different.”

“For the first time in a long time, I look forward to hopping on a plane and doing the hellacious drives and look forward to walking into the building and seeing what’s next for me. I absolutely love that. It’s something I haven’t felt in a very long time.”

h/t Fightful