Ember Moon On WWE Taking Her Off TV, Encouraging Her To Coach Instead

11 months ago by Amanda Savage

Ember Moon On WWE Taking Her Off TV, Encouraging Her To Coach Instead WWE

Ember Moon has shared her feelings about her WWE departure, including the offer she was made after being informed she would be taken off TV ‘indefinitely.’

Telling Chris Van Vliet on Insight about the conversation around removing her from television and the offer that was instead lobbed her way, Athena said:

“They’re like, ‘Not everything is lost Ember. We still want you to come and help the next generation, maybe teach a class, do some PC lives.’ I’m like, ‘You’re taking me off TV and trying to make me a coach?’ I remember laughing. ‘If I’ve done nothing wrong, you can cancel all my flights, I’m not coming to help these people who do not care about what I do. They only care about the paycheck that hits their bank account. They’re not passionate like me. I’m not going to come up here and help these people that don’t care about what we do when there is no benefit for me, when I’ve done nothing wrong and I’ve given you my entire right side of my body, between my elbow surgery and Achilles surgery. I’ve given you this entire side, for no reward, not even a thank you. You want me to coach and take me off TV to coach?’ I remember sitting there, I got teary-eyed, and I said, ‘I’m not coming up here to coach or do PC shows. I was supposed to come to NXT to repackage and go back to the main roster. That was supposed to be within the year, but I’m still here. You took Shotzi away from me. I have nothing to go off of. I’m going home. Cancel all my flights, cancel all my hotels, if you have a flight there and have no creative for me, I’m not getting on the flight. I’m not doing this anymore because I’m going to snap. It’s either going to be on you or on a talent. I’m going to go home. If you need me there and have something for me, even then, I need to approve the creative before I hop on the flight.’ It’s the first time I’ve ever pulled this card.”

Going on to detail the moment she realized she had just quit the job she had worked so hard for and the disillusionment she experienced, Athena continued:

“I remember thinking, ‘I think I just quit.’ For three months I had been saying, ‘I think I’m going to quit today.’ Then, I actually did, I think. I got real small and quiet — I was yelling because I was so angry. The worst part about this was, I knew that on some level I was leaving, I had already gone and got an extra bag and kept it in the locker room so I could pack my stuff and leave. It had been there for a month. I was so unhappy and could see where it was going between the booty buttcheek meeting and them telling girls to alter their gear to make it more revealing. Some people were very uncomfortable with that and they were like, ‘Nope, this is what they want, you have to do it.’ It didn’t matter how that person felt. This isn’t what I signed up for anymore. This isn’t about the wrestling or about the art we create in the ring. This is turning into everything I left on Raw and SmackDown. The pity parties started forming in the locker rooms, the jealousy, the cattiness, ‘why is this person on TV.’ I’m just sitting there like, ‘I’m an adult, I can’t deal with this high school bullshit’ but be like ‘Guys, it’s okay’ and I’d be that locker room leader because if I didn’t it would go into the negative zone and no one be able to have any type of positivity and everyone would hate the job that we’ve all worked so hard to get.”

The former Ember Moon is now known as Athena and continues to create art in the ring through her recent work in independent promotions, including an exceptional bout with another departed WWE star, Mia Yim.

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