Ashley Vox has the attention of major companies, doing business with several over the last year.
A nixed run in ROH last year, an appearance in the IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Tourney later, and finally, an All Elite Wrestling match has Vox under even more of a magnifying glass. Vox, who competes at Limitless Double Vision on March 19, told Fightful she was a little nervous in AEW before she found out who she was facing.
"Thunder Rosa, when I found out that I was even having a match and it was Thunder Rosa, I was just so happy and relieved. I was like, ‘This is amazing.’ Because, like, her and I know each other from before NWA and we’ve gotten close during NWA and we’ve worked each other so many times. So, like, we know each other, we feel comfortable with each other. We don’t complain about, ‘Yeah, you can hit me a little harder,’ you know? It’s just a comfortable level," said Vox. "I’m glad it was with her, someone that I felt really comfortable with for my first match there."
Vox told us that she learned of the plans upon arriving to the venue that day and felt relieved. Beyond the initial nerves, she looked back on the situation with fondness. She also got help from two influential names in the company.
"I got a lot of feedback from Dustin (Rhodes)," Vox said. "Tony Khan himself took the time to talk to me, gave me some feedback and would love to bring me back and just hoping for that. He’s such an awesome guy. So nice. Easy to talk to. I didn’t feel like I was nervous to talk to. The environment there was just completely different. Like, just great. I’ve been to NWA, I thought that locker room, that environment was great. I’ve been to IMPACT!, Ring of Honor, I’ve been backstage for WWE. But, like, AEW I just felt so comfortable. I knew everyone there. Like, old friends that I haven’t seen because of the pandemic. They’re doing great at AEW. So, re-seeing them and just talking to them and laughing again, I felt comfortable. It was a great locker room. Would love to be back."
Five months prior to her AEW debut, All Elite Wrestling held a women's tag team tournament. Even though Ashley and her sister Delmi Exo are an established team, the Sea Stars were not contacted for the tournament. Ashley is okay with that for a variety of reasons. Plus there's hope for 2021 if another tournament happens.
"I did. I mean, I didn’t expect that they would call me or reach out to me because, first of all, I wasn’t even ready. I was in quarantine mode, barely worked out. I was like, ‘I don’t even know how to wrestle any more.’ So much time away from wrestling. So, I’m glad nothing happened. But, Delmi and I are hoping this year for sure. We feel ready. We have a home gym. We’ve been eating good and all that. We’ve been so focused for this year. We’re just planning to be a part of that tournament. That’s definitely one of our biggest goals right now for this year."
Ashley Vox is in action against Becca at Limitless Double Vision on Friday, March 19. You can stream the show exclusively on IWTV.