Kris Statlander has called for women to be given more chances in AEW.
In recent months AEW fans have become increasingly vocal in demanding more time and effort to be put into the promotion’s women division. Despite the roster being stacked with women who have starred all over the world, many feel the division is treated as nothing more than an afterthought.
Speaking in a new interview with DS of Ring The Belle, Kris Statlander addressed these concerns. The TBS Champion said she would love for women to be given more opportunities, calling on fans to keep getting vocal and pushing for change.
“I think there’s always going to be a desire for more. I think everyone is always left wanting more and wondering what could happen if we were given more.
I hate to think that the women are just like a niche or a special attraction type thing because my whole career, before AEW was even a thing, all I ever said was that I wanted to be a great wrestler. Not a ‘great women’s wrestler,’ I wanted to be a great wrestler,” she said.
“I do wish that we could get more time because I do feel if we’re given time, with the right people, we’re gonna put on a show that no one’s ever gonna forget. That’s just life, though.
We’re just always gonna keep fighting an uphill battle no matter what we do, not just in wrestling, but in all of life because that’s just what happens when you’re a woman sometimes,” she added. “I like to think that there are people that have our backs. I know that there are people that have our backs, and the more people show that they want to see us, the more that we’re going to get to do.
[Speaking up is] the best that you can do. Just speak up and prove that you want to see us because we want to be there for you and we want to do anything that we can to put on a show for you guys.”
Kris Statlander Conquered Injury Struggles To Make AEW Return
Kris Statlander missed the first part of 2023 after suffering a serious knee injury back in August 2022. After returning to fitness, the star made her comeback at Double or Nothing where she became the first person to defeat Jade Cargill, winning the TBS Title in the process.
Since then, the champion has defended the gold on 14 occasions, with her most recent defence coming at Battle Of The Belts VIII against Willow Nightingale.
H/t to Fightful