In an interview for the "Complex Unsanctioned" podcast, Athena talked about how she dreamed of being a member of the AEW. She saw some things she liked. “When you look at the AEW PPVs and you’re seeing all of my friends that I used to roll with on the indies and they’re finally getting the platform that they deserve and it’s just like, ‘Man, they look like they’re having so much fun and I gotta be a part of it,’ you know?” Athena said, as quoted by Wrestling Inc.
AEW has made tremendous progress and is a respectable organization that pays its members well. “And it just kept setting in. It’s like the more time that went on there the more I was just looking at AEW, the more I was like longing to be at AEW”.
AEW and Jade Cargill
Jade Cargill was one of those on the 'radar' and when she saw the way the fights take place, the atmosphere, the fans and everything that AEW 'created' it was clear to her how much the organization has actually progressed and how good it is for all wrestlers right now.
Athena also spoke about the wrestler. “Then Jade Cargill came on my radar with that ‘Storm’ cosplay she did and I was like ‘Oh my God, this girl is fire!’. That’s the first moment where I was like, ‘Oh, there’s something here, oh, there’s something special here.’ And I remember then she came out with the “Jade [from] Mortal Kombat” cosplay and I was like, ‘Damn!
She got that.’ And it seemed from day one where the company started all the way to now and seeing how much love and passion that goes into every match, that goes into every talent that sets foot and you can see it on their face and it made me long for that again”.