One of the big surprises during AEW’s Arcade Anarchy match was the return of Kris Statlander. She attacked Penelope Ford and ultimately joined Best Friends at the end of the match.
Now, she has revealed that she was told she would never join the group on TV. It was cited as something they wanted to keep on Being The Elite. Here is the quote from Statlander’s interview on AEW Unrestricted, courtesy of Wrestling News:
“I feel like the whole, me and Orange Cassidy type of thing has been, we’ve talked about doing this since before both of us were signed with AEW where we had done a mix tag team match together. We had wrestled each other twice actually. Our characters are so similar, and compliment each other so well, that it had to come to fruition at some point. When I first got signed, we were doing a whole lot of skits on BTE. We were told it would never happen on TV. This is going to stay on BTE because of personal reasons. Not our reasons, but, it was just something that wasn’t wanted for TV.
Then, the fact that how we made me join them and it becoming my actual return, it’s still incredibly mind blowing to me. How often do you see a woman wrestler return in the men’s main event gimmick match to team up with them and save them? When does that happen, ever? It never does. It was a huge moment for me, but I didn’t realize it. I thought I was just doing a goofy a*s spot right here, but it was to make amends with friends that I haven’t been here for this whole time. I think it was really cool how it all actually happened, and the fact that it is actually happening now. I feel like now that it is being seen what we are doing, it’s like, why haven’t we been doing this all along?”
Kris Statlander had suffered a torn ACL in June 2020 and was off television for ten months.