It’s that time of the year again. For some, the holiday season is about the anticipation of gifts; for others, it’s about quality time with loved ones. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to create memories that can last a lifetime. This week, several NXT Superstars grab a seat in the proverbial time machine and recount some of their most beloved holiday memories.
“I remember one Christmas, my parents bought my brother and I new bikes. I was so excited because not only was the bicycle my favorite color, purple, but it was also my first bike without training wheels. So, my brother and I tried to get on the bikes to pose for a picture, but we were super off-balance because the seats hadn’t been adjusted. We both ended up falling into the Christmas tree, and the picture we were trying to pose for was actually on the video setting. So now I have a constant reminder of the incident, but it always brings a good laugh to the room when we play it.” — NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon
#6 Asuka vs. Ember Moon — NXT Women’s Championship Match (NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III)
This match was arguably the closest Asuka came to losing her coveted title during her 523-day reign as NXT Women’s Champion. One of the most underrated moments in wrestling in all of 2017 was when Ember Moon hit her spectacular Eclipse finishing move on the undefeated Asuka, only to have The Empress of Tomorrow shockingly kick out. It was awesome, and it was must-see. — SCOTT TAYLOR
Self-doubt, worry and frustration are all emotions that have found residence in the mind of Ember Moon. Yet, as ordinary as those feelings had become for her, NXT TakeOver: WarGames delivered a brand-new shipment of emotions: Joy, relief and euphoria, all courtesy of a dream come true, Ember Moon capturing the NXT Women’s Championship.
“I’ve been super-ecstatic ever since I won the championship. I worked so hard to get this, and right now I feel like the sky is the limit,” Moon told WWE.com.
Moon has had a few weeks to settle into her new role as NXT Women’s Champion. Following a recent NXT Live Event in Bel Air, Md., NXT’s War Goddess took time to reflect on the fateful night that changed her career.
“As soon as I won the title, I remember having to do an interview right away,” she recalled. “By the time I got to locker room, it was completely empty. I put the title down, I put my armor down and I just stared at the both of them.
“I just said to myself, ‘I finally did it.’ I finally solidified every decision that I made in my career and justified them,” Moon added. “I just took a moment to step out of the craziness and live in that moment of happiness.”
In true storybook fashion, Moon’s mother, father, fiancé, niece and nephew were all in attendance at the Toyota Center to witness Moon’s crowning achievement. And to make things even sweeter, the crowning moment took place in her home state of Texas. Continue reading
After suffering a shoulder injury that derailed her career for two months, Ember Moon is back. This week, Moon speaks to WWE.com about her injury, frustrations and her belief that she still has what it takes to defeat NXT Women’s Champion Asuka.
WWE.COM: How does it feel to be back on the active roster of NXT?
EMBER MOON: I feel like I’ve lifted a huge weight off my back. I’ve always known that every time you step into that ring, you run a huge risk of getting seriously injured. I’m just relieved my shoulder is 100 percent and I’m back in the mix.
WWE.COM: What exactly was the injury to your shoulder?
MOON: I had a grade-one AC joint tear or, in layman terms, a separated shoulder.
WWE.COM: Take us through that moment last May when your shoulder slammed against the ringside barricade, thus causing the injury.
MOON: When I hit the barricade, I knew that I was hurt. I heard something pop in my shoulder and I initially thought it was my collarbone. The pain didn’t hit until I rolled over onto my back. I remember telling myself that it hurts, but it won’t be too bad. As soon as the medical trainers tried to move me, I realized that it was worse than I thought. I remember literally hitting the floor with my hand, realizing that I was probably going to miss NXT TakeOver: Chicago.
WWE.COM: What was your rehab like?
MOON: The first two weeks after the injury, I was mostly only allowed to rest. Resting was the hardest part because I’m used to being in the game. I’m used to being at the WWE Performance Center six hours a day, training and working on getting better. After two weeks, I was able to get more aggressive with electrotherapy and light weight-training. I would start with two pounds and then bump up to five pounds, then 10 pounds, etc. It got to a point that instead of training six hours of day, I was doing therapy for six hours a day. Continue reading
Ember Moon’s title opportunity against NXT Women’s Champion Asuka will have to wait.
Moon suffered a grade one shoulder sprain as a result of Asuka’s ambush during last week’s No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal and will not be able to compete at NXT TakeOver: Chicago on May 20, WWE.com has learned. Doctors estimate that Moon will require four to five weeks to recover from the injury.
Along with Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross, Moon was scheduled to challenge Asuka in an NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4-Way Match in Chicago. NXT General Manager William Regal announced the title bout after Asuka crashed last week’s No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal and brutalized the three finalists: Moon, Riot and Cross.
During the turmoil, The Empress of Tomorrow pushed Moon off the top turnbuckle before launching her through the ropes, causing Moon to fall hard on the floor.
More details are expected to be released this Wednesday on NXT.
Career-changing matches don’t come along every day, but for NXT’s Ember Moon, that is exactly what lies ahead. After becoming No. 1 contender to Asuka’s NXT Women’s Championship, Moon is poised for her toughest challenge to date. This week, The War Goddess reveals her concerns and shares what motivates her heading into the title match at NXT TakeOver: Orlando.
WWE.COM: Ember, congratulations on earning the right to challenge Asuka at NXT Takeover: Orlando for the NXT Women’s Championship. How pumped are you for the match?
EMBER MOON: I’m extremely ecstatic about the opportunity. I feel like I’ve earned it. A lot of people are given things and a lot of people try to take things, but I can safely say I’ve earned the right to be the number one contender.
WWE.COM: What are some of the obstacles you’ve faced over the last year to get to this point?
MOON: One was just getting the people to believe in me. I wanted them to truly believe that I have the passion and the drive to set the bar higher than it’s ever been set in this division. In addition to that, I had to overcome people like Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, who have made a habit of taking opportunities and beating people down. I had to keep myself focused because I knew my destiny was to be in this match with Asuka.
WWE.COM: Since you brought them up, what are your thoughts on Kay and Royce attempting to have your finisher, the Eclipse, banned?
MOON: It’s never my intent to hurt anyone. It sucks that Billie Kay suffered an injury, but I think they’re just crying over spilled milk because they aren’t the ones getting the match with Asuka at TakeOver.
WWE.COM: I know you’re very familiar with Asuka’s career both in and out of NXT. What’s been your impression of her over the years?
MOON: I can honestly say that I used to be afraid of Asuka. Before I got to NXT, I used to watch her and think that she is someone I would not want to get in the ring with. Before I got to NXT, my confidence was very low, and I never thought I would amount to anything in sports-entertainment. But now, I’m going back and watching those old tapes of Asuka, watching the person I used to be afraid of. Now, I’m ready to face those fears and stand toe-to-toe with Asuka. Continue reading
After feeling the devastating effects of Ember Moon’s Eclipse, Billie Kay and her co-Breakout Star of the Year Peyton Royce are calling for The War Goddess’ signature move to be banned.
There has been no love lost between Moon and the self-proclaimed “iconic duo” in recent weeks, which led to a battle between The War Goddess and Kay on the March 8 edition of WWE NXT. Moon walked out victorious after connecting with the Eclipse, a diving stunner off the top rope, but the raucous crowd was brought to a hush as The Femme Fatale laid motionless in the squared circle.
Medical staff, officials and Royce checked on Kay, who was clutching her neck before leaving the ring under her own power and giving the NXT Universe an update on her condition on Twitter later that night. Continue reading