Kong, whose real name is Kia Stevens, had been away from the ring for sometime before her agent fashioned her deal with AEW. The wrestler, a recent guest on Women's Wrestling Weekly, explained that she really had no idea what was going on in the business and was out of the loop till said agent spoke to her about a major opportunity with a new wrestling promotion.
“I didn’t know anything about it because I hadn’t been immersed in it, the wrestling world, so I was doing StarrCast/Starrcade… and they said everyone is going to the show [All In] and I was thinking that it was just some random indie show…I get there and they are at the Sears Center and the production value is out of this world,” she explained.
“I’m like, ‘Wait… I need to be a part of this next time, someone needs to ask me next time’ …and they did, I’m glad they did, backstage the harmony is there, people are working, people are getting paid, people are getting medical… People are happy and people want to come in and work hard.”
Kong said her involvement at DoN was kept under wraps and only three people knew she was going to be on show. It took a bit of disguising and sneaking around at the airport, but it was all worth it as her debut was a legitimate surprise.
Stevens says that it was quite a challenge getting back in shape on a mental level as she hadn't had to call on her character - who's a real person, by the way - for ages.
“We got in, we did the deal. I was nervous and I hadn’t put on the Kong gear in for eons…I hadn’t summoned her," she continued. "She’s a real person, Kong is real, hadn’t summoned her in a while. I was in the bathroom… it was a whole process.”
She's A Catch, Isn't She?
It's great to see Kong back in the ring following her stints with ROH, TNA, WWE and various indie promotions. Her addition to the women's roster at AEW was a great move and we hope to see plenty more Kong in the coming months.