2020 Oct 07

Ember Moon talks WWE NXT return: ‘I didn’t know if I still belonged on Raw or SmackDown’

Ember Moon talks WWE NXT return: ‘I didn’t know if I still belonged on Raw or SmackDown’

Over one year removed from her last appearance on WWE TV, Ember Moon returned to WWE NXT at TakeOver 31 on Sunday night and immediately made her presence felt by interrupting NXT Women’s champion, Io Shirai.

Moon suffered a ruptured Achilles in the fall of 2019 and had a long road to recovery due to the current conditions. However, she’s finally back and better than before as a member of the NXT roster for the first time in two and a half years.

The former NXT Women’s champion was a big part of the women’s division on the black-and-gold brand from August 2016 through April 2018 when she was called up to the Raw roster. In that time, she had many memorable matches with the likes of Asuka and Shayna Baszler but failed to make as much of an impact on Raw and SmackDown in the years that followed.

Being back at TakeOver 31 was nothing short of a thrilling experience for Moon, especially after going to great lengths to keep it a secret in the weeks leading up to the event.

“I’m still buzzing, man. I’m just super excited and I haven’t stopped smiling,” Moon told Daily DDT in an exclusive interview conducted over the phone on Tuesday. “I would say it’s like the class reunion, but you don’t know anyone there. You’re all excited like, ‘I can’t wait to tell everyone what I did,’ but then you’re like, ‘Oh wait, I don’t know none of y’all. Am I in the wrong year?’ I’m so happy, I’m so excited.” (Aliyah is one of her best friends, surprised when she came back)

Of everyone in NXT, Aliyah was who Moon was most excited to be reunited with backstage on Sunday night. The two came up in WWE’s developmental ranks together and formed a bond in the few years Moon spent there.

That said, not even Aliyah was aware that Moon was back in NXT until she popped up after the NXT Women’s Championship bout between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae. In fact, the decision for her to return to NXT was only made official a few weeks ago, right before the vignettes promoting her comeback started to air on NXT TV.

“I found out I was going back to NXT maybe a couple of weeks ago,” she revealed. “I threw out the feelers in January. It was one of those things where I was like, ‘I don’t know if they want me back, I don’t know how I fit in, I just don’t know.’ I talked to Hunter and asked, ‘How would you feel about me coming back to NXT?’”

During her time away from the squared circle, Moon made multiple appearances on WWE Backstage on FS1 as an analyst. For the role, she was required to consume more wrestling than she ever had before, including watching for potential prospects on WWE’s radar.

It was while she was doing her WWE homework that she fell in love with NXT all over again. She hadn’t been there in years but felt she would be a better fit there than anywhere else in the company once she returned.

“I was like, ‘Man, I’m really digging this NXT vibe right now,’” Moon said. “Raw and SmackDown are doing great, but I’m sitting here thinking, ‘I don’t know if I fit in there anymore.’ I didn’t know if Ember Moon still belonged on Raw and SmackDown. I was looking at NXT and all my friends from the indies were there killing it. Not that any of the other girls weren’t, I’m just saying that when you’ve traveled the road for a hot dog and a handshake, you have a different friendship and admiration for those people than you do with coworkers.”

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2020 Oct 04

WWE NXT TakeOver: 31 Results

WWE NXT TakeOver: 31 Results

After Io Shirai defeats Candice LeRae to retain her NXT Women’s Championship, Shirai raises the title in the middle of the ring now. NXT UK Superstar Toni Storm suddenly appears on the big screen and congratulates Shirai. Storm also wants to make sure Shirai and everyone else has their head on a swivel because as of right now, Storm is back in NXT. She promises to turn NXT upside down and inside out, and reminds everyone that NXT has, and always will be, Toni Time. She will see us soon. Shirai nods her head and gives a thumbs up to end the segment.

We see the mystery figure arrive to the building on a motorcycle, with the same interface we’ve seen over the past few weeks in the teaser promos. Shirai is shown watching in the ring. The mystery person enters the arena and stands on the stage as the lights come up. They remove their helmet and it’s Ember Moon, making her return to TV. She stares back at the ring and acknowledges the crowd as Shirai looks on to end the segment.

2019 Aug 11

WWE SummerSlam 2019 Results

WWE SummerSlam 2019 Results

SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Ember Moon vs. Bayley

They lock up and go at it with Bayley taking Moon down first. They tangle and trade holds. Bayley gets the upperhand again. Moon takes Bayley right back down. Moon with big kicks now. Bayley keeps control and takes Moon back to the mat. Moon turns it around and hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Moon with knees to the gut now. Moon dropkicks Bayley under the bottom rope. Moon drops down onto Bayley for another 2 count.

Moon with a knee to the back. Moon bends Bayley with a bow & arrow submission as the referee checks on the champ. Bayley fights up but Moon knees her again. Bayley goes to drop Moon over the middle rope but it’s blocked. Bayley ends up avoiding a crossbody. Bayley with a big knee and a clothesline for a close 2 count. Bayley goes on and hits a superplex for a 2 count. Bayley drops Moon in the corner and unloads with stomps as the referee warns her. Bayley ends up on the apron but Moon rocks her with a kick and a right hand. Bayley catches Moon with a headlock over the middle rope. Bayley keeps fighting and drops Moon over the middle turnbuckle in the corner. Bayley takes Moon to the top and turns her upside down in the Tree of Woe. Bayley charges and springboards with an elbow drop for a 2 count in the corner.

Bayley keeps control and applies an inverted modified Boston Crab now. Moon breaks it with a shot to Bayley’s leg. Moon launches Bayley into the ropes. Bayley comes right back with an elbow to the back of the head. Moon blocks a clothesline and delivers a superkick to drop Bayley. Bayley goes to the floor for a breather as the referee counts. Moon runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Bayley meets her at the ropes with a big forearm. Bayley brings it back in and goes to the top. Moon gets up and cuts her off. Moon climbs up and hits a big hurricanrana. Moon immediately follows up with knees to the face for another close 2 count. Moon shows some frustration now.

Moon blocks the Bayley-to-Belly suplex and fights the champion off. Bayley gets pulled into a powerbomb from the top but Moon can only get the 2 count. Moon kicks Bayley back. Moon goes to the top but Bayley climbs up to cut her off. Bayley hits a big Bayley-to-Belly suplex from the top and covers for the pin to retain.

Winner: Bayley

2019 Aug 09

WWE.com Editors’ Predictions: Who will win at SummerSlam?

WWE.com Editors’ Predictions: Who will win at SummerSlam?

SummerSlam is The Biggest Event of The Summer. This year’s pay-per-view will truly bring the heat, as the WWE Universe braces itself for an epic card from top to bottom, including Universal Champion Brock Lesnar against Seth Rollins, Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch against Natalya, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston against Randy Orton, WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus against Charlotte Flair, Kevin Owens against Shane McMahon, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley against Ember Moon and so much more. It all streams live this Sunday on WWE Network beginning at 7 ET/4 PT!

As the WWE Universe gears up for this pivotal event, WWE.com’s editors offer their own grand prognostications as to who who will sizzle at SummerSlam!

SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Ember Moon

BURDICK: This is a tough one, but gut tells me that it is time for a total Eclipse of the SmackDown Women’s Title. It is the time for the rise of The Shenom. And Ember Moon will not be denied.

PAPPOLLA: Ember Moon’s had a rough few weeks, and Bayley is clearly as confident as she’s ever been. For how they operate, though, that might suit The Shenom and make The Hugger vulnerable. I’m going all in with Ember.

CHIK: Bayley knows what it’s like to reach the mountaintop (winning her first Raw Women’s Title in February 2017), suddenly plummet (getting dethroned by Alexa Bliss), and scratch and claw her way back to the summit (winning the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match and cashing in on Charlotte Flair). Knowing firsthand how hard it is to get back to titleholder status after losing a championship, Bayley will be hellbent on retaining at all costs.

BENIGNO: A low-key show stealer possibility. These two never had a match in NXT, and despite achieving considerable success since then, both are still hungry for opportunities and clearly have something to prove. They’ll open a lot of eyes, and Ember will use this match to showcase why she should be considered a top-flight talent in the Women’s division for years to come. I don’t think she has it in her to top Bayley yet, but the performance will be its victory all the same: She might not beat the champ now, but she’ll come out of this looking like someone who can.

Source: WWE.com

2019 Aug 09

ComicBook.com Interviews Ember Moon

ComicBook.com Interviews Ember Moon

Part of WWE Superstar Ember Moon’s job is staring down major threats, whether it’s Shayna Baszler, Asuka, or current Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley. But on Saturday, August 3rd, Moon found herself in a unique situation – saving a princess from the depths of Hell. Moon and a motley band of adventurers were tasked with rescuing a kidnapped princess from an archdevil, stepping into its lair and facing down monsters and dangers from each level of the Nine Hells. As a clock counted down until she and her companions were trapped in Hell forever, a death dog stood between Moon and one of nine levels that needed flipped to rescue the princess. Moon waited until the dog turned its multiple heads towards one of her companions, pulled out her boomerang, and expertly flung it at the lever. The attack connected, and moments later, she and her compatriots were back home with the princess in tow.

Of course, Moon wasn’t actually in Hell on Saturday, she was playing in a special game of Dungeons & Dragons hosted by Dwarven Forge, a maker of premium miniature terrain. Playing alongside Internet personalities Satine Phoenix and Amy Dallen, Dwarven Forge founder Stefan Pokorny, and Luke Gygax, son of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax, Moon was enjoying a well-earned respite from the wrestling ring at Gen Con, the largest tabletop convention in the world. Moon is a D&D expert and megafan – she appears on Rollout, a D&D series that airs on WWE’s UpUpDownDown YouTube channel, and she’s been playing D&D for just about as long as she’s been wrestling.

“I’ve been playing 12 or 13 years,” Moon told ComicBook.com during an interview at Gen Con. “Started off with Second Edition, with its dreaded THAC0 (an acronym for To Hit Armor Class Zero, for those not familiar with older D&D terms), and worked my way to Fifth Edition.”

In fact, wrestling was why she discovered D&D in the first place. “It was a writer of one of the shows that we used to work, Richard from PCW (Professional Championship Wrestling, based out of Texas,)” Moon said when asked about who introduced her to the game. “One day, during some downtime, he asked ‘You guys want to play some D&D? I need a creative outlet.’ And I was like, ‘Psh! That nerdy stuff? No, I’m not going to play D&D.’ But he talked us into it, and then we got TPKed by a goblin party. Afterward, we were like ‘That’s not fair, blah blah blah blah blah,’ and he pointed out that we didn’t stealth or do a bunch of other things. I was like, ‘We can do these things?'”

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2019 Aug 06

SmackDown Coverage – August 6, 2019

SmackDown Coverage – August 6, 2019

Ember Moon vs. Natalya

The bell rings and they go at it. Ember tosses Natalya and stares her down. Natalya rag-dolls Ember to the mat next. Natalya takes it to the corner and the referee backs her off. Moon turns it back around and Natalya ends up rolling to the floor for a breather. Moon looks to fly from the apron with a clothesline but Natalya moves. Moon comes right back and sends Natalya into the barrier.

Natalya stops Moon from bringing her back to the ring. Natalya with a big discus clothesline on the floor. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter on the floor now. The referee counts her out.

Winner: Double count out

After the bell, Natalya keeps the hold locked in until the music hits and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley to break it. Bayley checks on Moon but Natalya shoves Bayley into the barrier. Natalya walks off as Bayley watches her go. Bayley goes back to checking on her SummerSlam opponent.