AEW star Athena has shared her honest thoughts on the recent backlash surrounding her Dark: Elevation bout against Jody Threat.
On the October 17 edition of Dark: Elevation, Athena defeated independent star Jody Threat in singles action. Following the bout, which was taped on October 12, AEW management approached both stars, reportedly believing that the match was ‘too aggressive’.
There was a considerable amount of backlash online following the match airing, with some arguing that Athena in particular was reckless during the contest.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Athena questioned whether there would’ve been such an uproar if she and Jody were men.
“People forget that the girls can hit just as hard as the guys. I have to sit there and see Jon Moxley and (Chris) Jericho and (Wheeler) Yuta and all these guys hit the tar out of each other.
“I guarantee you if I was a man, I feel like there wouldn’t be as much backlash or anything like that.
“It’s all these old, bloated farts that wanna sit there and tell us, ‘Oh no, we need to go out there and look pretty’ and then they complain when it’s a dance. They complain when we hit hard. Get over it.
“We’re out here to be just as good as the guys and we give it our all. We put in all of this time and effort to hone our craft and I feel like sometimes, we are underappreciated when we do things like that.”
Athena, formerly WWE’s Ember Moon, previously opened up about her frustrations about ‘double standards‘ in WWE.
At ROH Final Battle, Athena will challenge for Mercedes Martinez’ ROH Women’s Championship.
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