Since her return in the Arcade Anarchy Match, Kris Statlander has regained her spot as one of the most impressive members of AEW’s women’s division.
In a recent appearance on AEW Unrestricted, Statlander looked back on her buzzworthy return and explained the significance of the moment. She pointed out the rarity of a women’s wrestler returning in a men’s main event.
“How often do you see a women wrestler return in a men’s main event gimmick match?” said Statlander. “When does that happen ever? It never does. It was kind of a huge moment for me, and I didn’t realize that. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m just doing a goofy-ass spot right here,’ but it’s to make amends with friends I hadn’t been here for this whole time, so I think it was just really cool how it all actually happened.”
Statlander also described how she and Orange Cassidy had been planning to work together for a while, dating back to their pre-AEW careers. But she noted that their pairing on “Being The Elite” had been limited to the YouTube series.
“I feel like the whole me and Orange Cassidy type thing has been, we’ve take about doing this since before both of us were signed with AEW,” said Statlander. “We had done a mixed tag team match together, and we had wrestled each other twice actually. And our characters are just so similar and compliment each other so well that it just had to come to fruition at some point.
“When I first got signed, we were doing a whole lot skits on BTE and everything, and then we were told it would never happen on TV, it was gonna stay on BTE, just because of personal reasons and whatnot. Not our reasons, but it was just something that wasn’t wanted for TV. And then the fact, how we made me joining them become my actual return, it’s still incredibly mind-blowing to me.”