It's been a rough year for Ember Moon as she's been sidelined since September 2019 with an Achilles injury.
After fearing that her career might be over, Moon returned at NXT TakeOver 31, revealing herself as the mystery biker who returned home to the brand where she's experienced the most success.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Moon discussed the idea behind the return and how she was feeling.
“When learned I was headed to NXT, the whole motorcycle package was an idea I had after watching an action movie called Hardcore Henry,” Moon said. “The NXT creative team is absolutely amazing, and they got this massive set for me. I wanted elements of The Masked Singer so we could have clues to keep people guessing. And they were like, ‘Let’s do it!’ There is a video game I play, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, where there are these two dueling voices and you have to listen closely, and we did something similar for the surprise, which was absolutely amazing."
“I was nervous and I wasn’t certain how I would be received,” she said. “I didn’t even know Toni Storm was popping up on the monitor right before me. She’s stunning in the ring, and I want to wrestle her, too. My nerves kept building as I was walking out to the stage. All I could think was, ‘Crap, did I even shut the visor to the helmet?’ If you look quickly, I grab my helmet and checked. Then I took off the helmet, and it was an outstanding, memorable moment. I think it may have broke the internet for a hot minute. It reminded me that NXT is the place where I’m meant to be. I couldn’t ask for a better team to support me, and it was so amazing to be there on the first night of the Capitol Wrestling Center.”
Ember is set to open Wednesday's episode of NXT.
Fightful will have live coverage of NXT beginning at 8 p.m. ET.