Earlier today, a new interview with Warrior Wrestling Women’s Champion Athena (who previously went by Ember Moon in WWE) was posted, where she told Chris Van Vliet that in her last four months into the business, she and other stars were scheduled to attend a meeting where they were encouraged to dress sexier. She pointed out that she shouldn’t have to dress like Mandy Rose as they are two very different people, and also said that Rose is phenomenal but not everyone is her. Fightful Select has now released new details about these meetings and says they were NXT meetings under the guise of “fashion consulting” and “fashion help”, showing that the women of NXT were larger than life stars.
The company tapped fashion expert Melanie Pace to host these meetings in October 2021, and one NXT wrestler said it was a stark contrast to how things were before that point, because people from NXT were previously simply encouraged to wear either their gear or an available merchandise shirt.
Along with Athena, several other roster members expressed their displeasure that these meetings had taken place, and the name behind it was John Laurinaitis, who had just returned in a more powerful role. Fightful also notes that they haven’t confirmed if he was the reason or had something to do with them.
A talent also said that while they were encouraged to dress the same way backstage, and while “dressing sexier” wasn’t outright said, it was implied. They also received brochures of tops, heels, and outfits, and looking at just some of Pace’s collection of looks, it fits the sexier sartorial mantra that seemed to be a priority at the time. You can find Athena’s original comments below.
“We had to go to stupid meetings about how we should dress sexy. I remember looking at someone else (and laughing). I’m taking care of the kids. two hour meeting on how to dress like Mandy Rose. It’s not fair. Mandy is absolutely phenomenal and an amazing person, but not everyone is Mandy Rose. I started seeing this downward slope from the start from Hunter. For the first time, we didn’t know why, we just knew he wasn’t there. I was so angry. I was sitting there thinking, “I didn’t do anything evil. I didn’t piss off Vince.” They take Shotzi away, Hunter is gone. “You promised me that wouldn’t happen. You promised I wouldn’t be lost in the shuffle. I continued this losing streak to help you and develop other talents so I could get a reward,” Athena said.