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“I felt unheard. I wasn’t in control” – Awesome Kong On Her Time In AEW

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• “I felt unheard. I wasn’t in control” – Awesome Kong On Her Time In AEW

During an appearance on Chris Van Vliet’s Insight podcast, former WWE wrestler & TNA Hall Of Famer Awesome Kong (aka Kharma) talked about her time in AEW.

She appeared on AEW programming for less than a year and her contract wasn’t renewed in 2021.

Kong wrestled just 5 matches in All Elite Wrestling. As a matter of fact, the final match of her career took place in Tony Khan’s promotion, where she defeated Skyler Moore on AEW Dark.

You can watch it below:

Below is what she said about working in AEW in their 1st year:

“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 (her real name) 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. 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.’”

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (July 5, 2000) – WCW Thunder

On this day in 2000, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’ on TBS.

This episode was pre-taped at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Bash at the Beach 2000’ PPV.

The match-card of the show can be found here:

1. Lance Storm vs. Billy Kidman vs. Disco Inferno vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.

2. WCW Hardcore Title: Big Vito vs. The Demon

3. Brian Adams & Woody Pierce vs. Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo

4. Booker T & Buff Bagwell vs. Shane Douglas & Kanyon

5. Juventud Guerrera & Tygress vs. Lt. Loco & Major Gunns

6. Crowbar vs. David Flair

7. Mike Awesome vs. Rick Steiner

8. Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett

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