Kylie Rae granted release from AEW, Awesome Kong’s new role backstage (w/Fann’s Analysis & Radican’s Analysis)

By Sean Radican and Rich Fann, PWTorch Staffers

Awesome Kong (art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch)

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-AEW’s coaching team was bolstered recently with the addition of Awesome Kong (Kia Stevens), which was first revealed by Brandi Rhodes during the Women of AEW panel at Starrcast. PWTorch sources say Kong has impressed people in power behind the scenes with her work so far after signing a contract with the company recently.

Fann’s Analysis: Having Kong as a coach not only given the room another experienced voice, but also a woman of color that can help work with on the rise competitors like Nyla Rose and Britt Baker as AEW moves to TNT. Kong’s experience on television as a wrestler and actress on GLOW can be instrumental in giving those future stars not only day to day coaching, but an example of putting their money where their mouths are in terms of representation on screen and off.

-During the All Out post-show press scrum, Tony Khan addressed Kylie Rae’s status with the company and said she had asked for and been granted her release. Rae deleted her social media profile on Twitter over the summer and hasn’t taken any wrestling bookings for several months leaving people questioning her status with the company. Rae was seen training with Freelance Wrestling in late July, as pictures of her training surfaced. It is unknown what her status is in terms of wrestling going forward, as sources have declined to comment on her situation

Radican’s Analysis: Rae’s status with AEW had been a big question mark during the summer, so I’m glad Tony Khan addressed it last weekend after All Out. Rae has a ton of talent and I would love to see her back in the ring again at some point. 

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