The tale of a new champion: How the NXT Women’s Title justified Ember Moon’s struggle
Self-doubt, worry and frustration are all emotions that have found residence in the mind of Ember Moon. Yet, as ordinary as those feelings had become for her, NXT TakeOver: WarGames delivered a brand-new shipment of emotions: Joy, relief and euphoria, all courtesy of a dream come true, Ember Moon capturing the NXT Women’s Championship.
“I’ve been super-ecstatic ever since I won the championship. I worked so hard to get this, and right now I feel like the sky is the limit,” Moon told WWE.com.
Moon has had a few weeks to settle into her new role as NXT Women’s Champion. Following a recent NXT Live Event in Bel Air, Md., NXT’s War Goddess took time to reflect on the fateful night that changed her career.
“As soon as I won the title, I remember having to do an interview right away,” she recalled. “By the time I got to locker room, it was completely empty. I put the title down, I put my armor down and I just stared at the both of them.
“I just said to myself, ‘I finally did it.’ I finally solidified every decision that I made in my career and justified them,” Moon added. “I just took a moment to step out of the craziness and live in that moment of happiness.”
In true storybook fashion, Moon’s mother, father, fiancé, niece and nephew were all in attendance at the Toyota Center to witness Moon’s crowning achievement. And to make things even sweeter, the crowning moment took place in her home state of Texas.
“It meant the world to me to win the title in Texas,” Moon said. “My dad looked like he was going to jump the barricade when I won.
“Texas is where I got my start,” she continued. “Even though I am I from Dallas, Texas, I originally got the start of my wrestling career notoriety in Austin and Houston, so it was a huge honor to go back and win in front of what I consider to be one of my wrestling hometowns.”
Outside of winning the NXT Women’s Championship, the other big surprise that Ember Moon received? A congratulatory endorsement from her onetime rival and the former champion, Asuka.
“Asuka and I started the exact same day at the WWE Performance Center, and though our paths were different, they always seem to intertwine,” Moon revealed. "We used to travel together and encourage each other to be better in and out of the ring. It was awesome to have her show that much respect by presenting me the NXT Women's Championship and celebrate our mutual love for wrestling in the middle of the ring.”
Though Ember admits she’s still getting used to having the title in her possession — and even still deciding where to keep it when she’s at home — there’s one thing the master of the Eclipse is certain about: her desire to establish a new championship record.
“My goal now is to become the longest-reigning champion in NXT history,” Moon said. “I wasn't able to end Asuka’s undefeated streak, but I can break her record for the longest-reigning Women’s Champion in NXT. I want to prove that my myth is a legend rising and forever solidify my place in WWE history.”