On a recent edition of the “AEW Unrestricted” podcast, Paul Ellering’s daughter, Rachael Ellering discussed wrestling in AEW during the COVID-19 pandemic and how working with the roster boosted her confidence in the ring.
Rachael worked in WWE NXT under the ring name Rachael Evers from 2016 to 2020.
In recent months, Ellering has made multiple appearances on ROH TV.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On getting to wrestle in AEW during the pandemic: “It was a really big deal for me, because…you get released from somewhere, it can really mess with your head a bit. I was only in NXT just like over a year. I had zero TV matches when I was there, so I was just kind of Coconut shows as you call them, and just chilling in the warehouse six days a week. It wasn’t the experience I thought or wanted to have there, which happens, and obviously, now I’ve proceeded that. I say that like it was a trauma, but you know, you go into things like ‘Oh, this has been my dream since I was 16.’ You envision it going a certain way. When it doesn’t, it can be a little disappointing. I kind of had to process that, and Daily’s Place was my first experience coming out of that.”
On how the experience boosted her confidence: “It’s just good to be around people that are…they’re all there for the love of the game. We all genuinely love this. So it was just good people to be around for kind of my first experience coming out of that. It’s like a confidence booster, right, where everyone there is kind of building you up, where it’s your first thing back in a really long time. So I left feeling super confident about it. And I also left ‘Hey, I think this is where I want to put my roots down next. Kind of set a new goal on top of the 87 I already have in wrestling.’ I really just liked the energy there. You could just feel that. I still feel that every week now that I’m there. It’s just a different energy than places I’ve been prior. It’s an energy I really, truly love.”
Rachael Ellering Discusses Wrestling in AEW During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rachael Ellering, daughter of renowned professional wrestling manager Paul Ellering, recently appeared on the “AEW Unrestricted” podcast to discuss her experience wrestling in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared how working with the AEW roster boosted her confidence in the ring and why she feels a strong connection to the company.
Before joining AEW, Rachael worked in WWE NXT under the ring name Rachael Evers from 2016 to 2020. However, she had limited opportunities to showcase her skills on television during her time there. She mainly performed at live events and spent most of her days training in the warehouse. This experience was not what she had envisioned for herself, considering her lifelong dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
When Rachael was released from WWE NXT, it affected her emotionally and mentally. However, getting the opportunity to wrestle in AEW during the pandemic was a significant turning point for her. She expressed that it was a big deal because being released from a company can have a profound impact on one’s self-confidence. Rachael had only been in NXT for a little over a year and had not yet competed in any televised matches. Therefore, being able to perform in front of a live audience at Daily’s Place, AEW’s venue, was a refreshing change for her.
The experience of working with the AEW roster during the pandemic had a profound effect on Rachael’s confidence. She emphasized that everyone in AEW is genuinely passionate about wrestling and loves what they do. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share the same love for the sport was incredibly uplifting for her. The positive energy and support she received from her fellow wrestlers helped boost her confidence as she made her comeback after a long hiatus.
Rachael also mentioned that the energy at AEW is different from any other wrestling promotion she has been a part of. She described it as an energy she truly loves and feels every week. This unique atmosphere made her realize that AEW is where she wants to put down her roots and continue her wrestling journey. It has become a new goal for her, adding to the many aspirations she already has in the wrestling industry.
Overall, Rachael Ellering’s experience wrestling in AEW during the COVID-19 pandemic has been transformative for her. It provided her with the opportunity to regain her confidence and reignite her passion for wrestling. The supportive environment and positive energy within AEW have solidified her decision to make it her home and pursue her dreams further. As Rachael continues to make appearances on AEW programming, fans can expect to see her grow and thrive in this new chapter of her career.