Athena, formerly Ember Moon, sat down to talk about her recent departure from the WWE Universe. Athena was released on November 4, 2021, with a slew of other superstars, and has kept fairly quiet since then. She has recently exploded back on the scene, fighting the likes of Taya Valkyrie.
Sitting down with Chris Van Vliet on Insight, Moon said:
“My last four months was just one of those moments where I wasn’t having fun anymore. It started with Shotzi being gone and drafted,” Ember Moon told Chris Van Vliet on Insight. “I remember thinking — I was sitting at home and I got a phone call saying, ‘Hey, we don’t want you to be upset, but Shotzi just got moved to SmackDown and she’s debuting with Tegan Nox as a tag team.’ I was sitting there and I’m getting this phone call about her getting drafted, ‘Oh my God, I’m so happy for her,’ and then the tag team thing popped up and I was like, ‘but we’re the tag team and we have merch and we’re doing fun things and we had just gotten into our groove with the banter.’
They were like, ‘Don’t worry, we have something for you.’ ‘Okay, cool.’ I remember going to Hunter and he was like, ‘I have no clue what’s happening, we’ll figure it out together.’ That was so much of what I needed at the time because no one knew what was happening. “
Additionally, she went into detail about WWE meetings saying:
“We would have to sit through stupid meetings about how we’d have to dress sexy. I remember looking at someone else (and laughing). I cater to children. I’m not about to wear fishnet booty buttcheek shorts because we had a two-hour meeting about how to dress like Mandy Rose. That’s not fair. “
Moon went into more detail about WWE’s attempt to make her a coach, and how upset that made her. Ember felt disrespected as they continued to tell her that she did nothing wrong, yet she was receiving consequences. The interview gets real with the insight into her feelings, and what she went through in the months following.
Athena has since made her return to wrestling and cemented that she deserves to wrestle in a competitive manner, winning titles and fighting the best of the best. We cannot wait to see how Athena continues to contribute to the world of Women’s Wrestling!