NXT viewers can’t help but have seen the vignettes advertising the Takeover Brooklyn II debut of new women’s division signing Ember Moon. It’s clear she must be something special, as promotion on this scale is not afforded to every new addition to the roster, but who is Ember Moon and is she worth the hype?
The short answer to the second part is, yes she is. Ember Moon, real name Adrienne Reese, has been wrestling on the independent circuit since 2007. Under the name Athena, she has competed for several different promotions and has held titles on more than one occasion. Ember Moon is coming to NXT to make an impact.
In the ring, she’s a strong all-rounder. She has the high flying ability, strong submission and mat work, and some seriously stiff looking strikes in her repertoire. This is important, because Ember Moon is clearly not coming to NXT to fill a position on the mid-card. This woman is coming to reach straight for the top.
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It’s no secret that Bayley will eventually make her main roster debut, regardless of the result at Takeover. At present, that leaves Asuka very much at the top of the division by herself. NXT are rebuilding quickly, with the likes of Billie Kay being given time to develop her character for the NXT audience. But realistically the current champion and challenger for the title have no direct competition. This appears to be where Ember Moon fits in.
As is usual for NXT with new signings, Ember Moon has been performing at live shows for a while. She has main evented, and fought Asuka, in some of these, a clear indication of her planned position in the division. With more NXT stars likely to make main roster shifts over the coming months, and the necessary constant rebuilding of NXT as a consequence, the signing of Ember Moon is not only exciting, but also vital for the continued success of the, always strong, NXT women’s division.
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