Melanie Cruise has been conspicuous by her absence.
Known as "Mel" in AEW, she hasn't wrestled for the company since last August. She has made several independent appearances this year and is listed on AEW's roster page, prompting many to inquire about her status with the company. After only one match in AEW in the last year, Fightful Select poked around about Mel.
There have been a lot of people asking about an update on Melanie Cruise after it was revealed that Awesome Kong and Shanna weren't renewed. Melanie hasn't been used, isn't factored into imminent creative plans, and has not been around backstage of late. We've reached out to AEW officials, who do not usually return inquiries about contract status. We've been told that Melanie has been successful in her day job and is doing well outside of wrestling.
Mel had her head shaved as a part of the short-lived Nightmare Collective, which was disbanded in January 2020.
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