While Athena’s AEW debut in Las Vegas caught many by surprise, it seems the former WWE Superstar had her eyes set on the company long before she stepped through the curtain at Double or Nothing.
Speaking on the “Complex Unsanctioned” podcast, Athena detailed what drew her to joining the AEW women’s division.
“When you look at the AEW PPVs and you’re seeing all of my friends that I used to roll with on the indies and they’re finally getting the platform that they deserve and it’s just like, ‘Man, they look like they’re having so much fun and I gotta be a part of it,’ you know?” Athena said. “And it just kept setting in. It’s like the more time that went on there the more I was just looking at AEW, the more I was longing to be at AEW.”Athena
She then went on to talk about the current TBS Women’s Champion and her love of gaming and comic inspired gear.
“Then Jade Cargill came on my radar with that ‘Storm’ cosplay she did and I was like ‘Oh my God, this girl is fire!’. That’s the first moment where I was like oh there’s something special here.’ And I remember then she came out with the “Jade [from] Mortal Kombat” cosplay and I was like, ‘Damn! She got that.’ And it seemed from day one where the company started all the way to now and seeing how much love and passion that goes into every match, that goes into every talent that sets foot and you can see it on their face and it made me long for that again.”Athena
Athena’s AEW run has started off hot after entering into a feud with Jade Cargill. Her debut match saw her coming out victorious against one of Jade’s baddies, Kiera Hogan, last week on Rampage.
H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription