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Adrienne Reese is an American professional wrestler.

She first trained under Skandar Akbar and Booker T, competing on the Texas independent circuit first using the name Trouble. However she became more familiar to fans under the name Athena, dubbing herself 'The Wrestling Goddess'. The year 2012 was very kind to her — featuring debuts at SHIMMER, WSU, AAW and Shine Wrestling. She quickly drew lots of talk for her notable finisher — a diving stunner from the top rope, named the 'O-Face'.

As WWE slowly took a renewed interest in women's wrestling and with Athena being noted as having the 'Diva Look', fans started to wonder if the promotion would ever come calling. They finally did in 2015. Now christened Ember Moon, she debuted at NXT Takeover Brooklyn II in a victorious effort against Billie Kay. In November 2017 she became the NXT Women's Champion. She lost the title at NXT Takeover New Orleans and debuted on RAW the following Monday.


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  • A God Am I: She named herself the Wrestling Goddess on the indies. NXT occasionally references this by calling her the War Goddess.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's very thick and muscular, though she's rather short at 5'1".
  • Arch-Enemy: In SHIMMER, Mercedes Martinez. In NXT, Asuka and then Shayna Baszler.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her diving stunner finishing move. It's an amazing move that definitely shows how athletic Ember is, but its difficulty makes it very easy to botch and could potentially cause tailbone fractures.
  • Bad Moon Rising: Her entrance video shows a bright orange one.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She saved both Aliyah and Liv Morgan from a double team by Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. Her debut on the main roster consisted of being a surprise tag team ally of Nia Jax.
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  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being presented as a 'dark' wrestling character, she has played a face the entire time she's been on NXT.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Her heel persona as Athena fit quite close to this. There are also certain supernatural elements to her character on NXT that evoke this too, even if she is presented as a face.
  • Double Entendre: She had a signature move called the Ultimate Back Slash. It referenced that she was billed from several cities (with a backlash in between introductions) and that the move was a backbreaker.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Moon was in the 2018 Women's Royal Rumble, over two months before being called up to the main roster.
  • Evil Counterpart: Inverted. Following her main roster debut she was built up as Alexa Bliss's Good Counterpart. Both of them were short, athletic high-fliers, and both were portrayed as friends of Nia Jax. But while Alexa was a False Friend who just wanted Nia to be her Dumb Muscle, Ember was genuinely Nia's friend.
  • Exact Words: Vowed that Shayna Baszler would never win the NXT Women's Championship as long as she was still standing. Come Takeover: New Orleans, she would lose the championship after passing out from Baszler's Kirifuda Clutch.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As she challenged for the NXT Women's Championship, her blonde tips changed to silver. She added purple to her hair around the time she won the title.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn:
    • In 2012 she made her SHIMMER debut as a heel against babyfaced Jessie McKay. In 2016 she made her WWE debut as a face against the same woman.
    • She initially competed as a heel against Mercedes Martinez. A match between them went to a double count-out, and Mercedes started attacking Athena and tried to break her ankle. This turned Mercedes heel and Athena face.
  • Finishing Move: Her famous diving top rope stunner, called the O-Face on the indies and Eclipse in NXT.
  • Force and Finesse: When paired with Nia Jax. She was the high-flying, acrobatic Finesse to Nia's hard-hitting, powergamer Force. Her partnership with Braun Strowman ran on the same lines.
  • Game-Breaking Injury:
    • Subverted with her torn ACL. She took a couple of years out to heal it, but returned and ultimately claimed a WWE contract.
    • Briefly taken out of the NXT title picture thanks to a dislocated shoulder from Asuka.
      • This was played up again (although not with so much Continuity Nod to her earlier injury) during her angle with Shayna Baszler.
  • Heel: She played heel a lot in her early career, but respect for her athleticism and high-intensity moves led to her getting more bookings as a Face.
  • Hero Worship: After her debut at NXT Takeover, she wished Bayley the best of luck and said she hoped she could fill her shoes.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She was paired with Braun Strowman, all 6 foot 8 inches of him, during the second round of the Mixed Match Challenge.
  • I Have the High Ground: She favours lots of springboard moves and attacks from the top rope.
  • Kick Chick: She uses a lot of kicks in the ring too.
  • Mythology Gag: Her code of "Skill, Honor, Heart" in NXT is one of SHIMMERS's taglines.
  • Parts Unknown: It was a Running Gag on the indies that she would be billed from multiple cities at once.
  • Perky Female Minion: Was this to the Samoan Soldiers in Booker T's PWA promotion while they were the tag team champions.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's one of the shortest females on the roster, but her athleticism and power are impressive.
  • Progressively Prettier: Compare her transformation from Athena to Ember Moon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She wore red contacts for a while to create an unnerving effect.
  • Screaming Warrior: She's quite fond of battle cries during her matches.
  • Shout-Out: Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition's iconic monk character (a black woman who fights barehanded) is named Ember. And Ember Moon is a known D&D player.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • She acknowledged Liv Morgan and Aliyah as such when she wrestled them in friendly matches.
    • Conversely, Asuka acknowledged her as this upon moving up to the main roster and re-solidifying herself as a face.

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