Awesome Kong talks health care.
Since its inception earlier this year, All Elite Wrestling has trumpeted the fact that they take care of the wrestlers. Tony Khan revealed that he's created office positions for wrestlers as a way to ensure they get the benefits afforded to office members in other professions. Awesome Kong not only serves as a wrestler for AEW, but is also a coach for the women's division. Speaking to Collider Live, Awesome Kong discussed the differences in health care provided by AEW compared to WWE.
"From my time in WWE, what I understood was, if you got hurt in the ring then that is something they would take care of," recalled Kong. "However, your everyday exams and check-ups, that was something that you had to be responsible for. As an individual, it's hard and expensive to acquire such medical care with the profession we are in. When you have a company like [AEW] that's behind you and providing [medical care], that really makes it a lot easier on the pocketbook. Just to have that support of, 'these people don't see me as this product in a box. They see me as an actual person.' We had a meeting about concussions and their approach to it was full of humanity and putting yourself and your health first. For old school people, it's hard to comprehend because we'll literally break our neck and try to keep going. To have that attitude of care and putting talent before the bottom line is new for us and surprising, but appreciated."
Though Kong made a surprise appearance at AEW Double or Nothing, she has yet to appear on AEW Dynamite. You can view Tony Khan's comments about Awesome Kong's status with AEW by clicking here.
If you use any of the quotes above, please credit Collider Live with a h/t to Fightful for the transcription.