During an interview with Women’s Wrestling Talk, Ariane Andrew (formerly Cameron in WWE), revealed that she was close to turning down an offer from AEW to work a match last Summer.
For those that don’t remember, Andrew teamed with Nyla Rose in the women’s tag team tournament. The pair were defeated by Anna Jay and Tay Conti in the first round, which is Andrew’s only AEW match to date.
Andrew revealed that because she hadn’t been in the ring for so long (she hadn’t wrestled since March 2016), she was reluctant to accept the offer from AEW to work with Nyla Rose in the YouTube tournament:
“It was really refreshing. I just wanted to keep it real and I almost wanted to say no to the opportunity because I haven’t been in the ring. I was training at the beginning of the year, before COVID happened, for EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch to have a match, because I hadn’t been in (the ring) and it was a lot of pressure and last minute, I almost said no. ‘How the f*ck am I even going to look? I’m going to look like s*it.
“I only have a little wrestling experience and on top of that, what is the backstage going to be like?’ I said, you know what, don’t do it for fans, family, or management, who are you doing this for? I was doing it for myself because I wanted to prove that if you can face a fear, it’s the most rewarding thing. Everybody there is so friendly. It’s a different environment, people want to see you win there. It’s such a family. Once I was able to go backstage, I was like, ‘Damn, this is what life is about?’ I love it. It’s very different and I was not used to it. The experience was great. There are things I wish I could redo because we didn’t have time to go over stuff but nothing is ever really perfect. As long as I can say I did my best, given the circumstances.”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.