Kylie Rae signed to AEW in early 2019 and looked to be a featured player in the women's division as she was part of the initial press conference in Las Vegas. But the two sides parted ways by AEW All Out at the end of August with Rae taking a social media break in the process.
She was back in the ring for Freelance Wrestling on September 21, 2019, receiving a great ovation in her home state of Illinois.
Speaking to Alicia Atout, Kylie discussed her return after a time of uncertainty following her AEW departure.
"I still don't believe it. I was always the one who would try to talk to every fan, no matter what. They where would be an ongoing joke that they would have to push us out of the building. My line, it wasn't necessarily so long, I would take so much time with each fan to talk to them and get to know them. I like hearing people's background stories because we all have a different story," she said. "The day I made the return, when I had my first match in a couple of months, it didn't feel real. Still, to this day, I'm like 'somebody paid everybody to go to that show and cheer for me.' I thought they were gonna boo me, they were gonna hate me, they weren't going to remember who I was. I like to believe that some fans that I do have, I've built up that friendship with them. We have a meaningful connection, a bond."
Kylie went on to say that she is insecure and not confident, but she has learned to accept those things about herself and also accept it when others see her in a different way.
"At the end of the day, we can't please everyone. That was so much what I was trying to do that it was almost to a fault. There's a saying, 'You can be the ripest peach in the bunch and there are still people who don't like peaches.' It's okay. Just don't let that change who we are. That's something I had to learn through all of this is you can't please everyone. At the end of the day, I was excited to be back and I'm just living day-to-day and trying to enjoy the ride. It's about the journey," she said.
It was announced on Tuesday at Rae had signed a long-term contract with IMPACT Wrestling.
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