It’s hard to believe someone would think wrestling fans could forget Awesome Kong, but Kong herself was worried she’d hear crickets during her return to the big stage at AEW‘s Double or Nothing pay-per-view.
During Deadline‘s Netflix Show Stealers panel, Kong — aka former WWE star Kharma, aka Kia Stevens of the hit Netflix series GLOW — spoke about joining the, “new rebel company,” and how shocked she was to get a thunderous reaction when she stepped out onto the stage at the MGM Grand.
“Oh my gosh, it was overwhelming. I really didn’t think people would remember me. We were in Vegas for a new promotion called AEW which will be on TNT in October, and it’s kind of like this new rebel company of all the people who’ve been disgruntled by Vincent K. McMahon … But yeah, when I came out, it was at the MGM Grand, the arena there, the whole place shook and went insane and I almost had to break character and go, ‘Oh my God, you remember me? Oh my God it’s so awesome’ but I had people to destroy. It was overwhelming. I trended for hours on Twitter. The whole situation blew up so I thought it was gonna be a one time thing but it looks like it may not be.”
You can watch the full interview with Stevens over at Deadline. Let’s hope she quickly realizes she still has a place in the world of pro wrestling, and is doing a great job of building a bridge for many new fans who are new to the sport as a whole.
Also, that she returns and kills the Bella Twins like she promised. Eventually.