Awesome Kong made her AEW debut at Double Or Nothing three years ago. Fans would remember her aligning herself with Brandi Rhodes and having a brief confrontation with Aja Kong. After not appearing on AEW since early 2020, the company decided not to renew Kong’s contract. Now, Kong has opened up about her brief time in the company.
Speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, the former TNA Knockouts Champion revealed her true feelings about Tony Khan’s wrestling promotion. She said that she didn’t feel in control nor wasn’t allowed to be in the room where decisions were made.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing the crew over there at AEW, especially since we were just up and running. We are all new executives and trying to think outside the box and really give it to y’all. Something new, something that hasn’t been seen. We’ve seen it all. We were trying to give you something that you haven’t seen. I felt unheard. I wasn’t in control. All I could do was say, ‘I have this idea of XYZ.’ I couldn’t get in the room where final decisions were made. Believe me, Kia [referring to her real name Kia Stevens] stalked that room. I would stay there after big meetings and pick up the water bottles and cups like, ‘Huh, Y’all need…you need me to go? Okay’ [Laughs]. I tried to get into that last meeting where decisions were made,” she said.
“Never had a chance to. ‘That’s just not going to happen, so I’m not going to push it.’ When you see this [makes a box with her hands] is who they are comfortable with making decisions, that’s not a read or a critique, that’s just who was comfortable making decisions. What do you do? It’s out of my control. If I had control, give me 15 minutes of Kia. Kia’s 15 Minutes of Fame. ‘Go out there and steal the show from them boys. You, you, you. Nyla (Rose), go steal the show from the boys.’”
During her time in the company, Kong and Brandi would form a stable called The Nightmare Collective. The angle was dropped right around the time Kong would disappear from television. Kong announced her retirement from wrestling last year.