Ember Moon, now known as Athena, who also recently became champion in an independent company, was released by WWE on November 4, 2021, not long after her return to NXT. The last few months of Ember Moon's WWE career were less than pleasant for her.
Ember Moon is a former WWE star
Speaking to Chris Van Client on Insight, the worker said: "My last four months were just one of those moments when I didn't enjoy myself anymore. It started with Shotzi leaving and being drafted.
While I was sitting at home I got a phone call saying, 'Hey, we don't want you to be upset, but Shotzi just moved to SmackDown and debuts with Tegan Nox as their tag team.' ... And then the tag team story popped up and I said, 'But we're the tag team and we have the merch and we're doing fun stuff and we had just caught up our rhythm with the jokes.'
They said: 'Don't worry, we have something for you.' Okay, good. I remember I went to Hunter [Triple H] and he said, 'I have no idea what's going on, we'll find out together.' I needed that at the time because no one knew what was happening.
Bayley was injured, I know Shotzi and Tegan were having dark matches for an audition. The problem I had was that some of these new writers were from Raw and SmackDown: 'We had no idea you and Shotzi were a tag team.' A lot of WWE backstage has to play the game.
'It's cool, we get it, we're down at NXT. It's not like we hit the front page (of the site) when we won the titles. Okay, yes. "You just have to eat shit and smile with shit between your teeth a lot of times." Unfortunately at that time, there was also a lot of inconsistency in WWE, storylines were often forgotten that were going on just to call athletes on the main roster and it was a shame to separate these two wrestlers as they were actually performing well at NXT.
While Ember Moon believes she never upset Vince McMahon, his idea of bringing back her former character as a heel only to shelf the idea before it ever returned to television was very hard for her to handle. "I get a note that week saying, 'In two weeks, we need you to dye your hair fire color again, get the red contacts, you're going back to the old Ember Moon character.
This is per Vince (McMahon). You're going to turn heel, but turn heel as your old character. We're trying to get the old music and stuff together.' Alright, great, this is great," Ember Moon said.