Adrienne Reese is an American professional wrestler who was signed to the WWE under the ring name Ember Moon. She was best known for her time at the developmental territory NXT, where she was a former NXT Women’s champion. She is currently signed to AEW where she made her debut under the name Athena.
Adrienne Reese is known as "Ember Moon" was born in Texas, United States on August 31, 1988. She completed her high school at Lakeview Centennial School. She also had an interest in Tennis, Chess, Softball and participated in the school chess club and Mathlete program. She had an interest in wrestling during her childhood days. She was introduced to wrestling by her Grandfather with whom she would watch wrestling during her visit to his home where Moon used to watch RAW is WAR and SmackDown. Ember Moon also had an insane interest in playing video games and often she was criticized by her schoolmates.
Reese began her training in wrestling with two big names: Skandor Akbar and Booker T. She joined and made her debut for Booker T’s Pro Wrestling Alliance (now named Reality of Wrestling) in 2007. She went on to move to the Professional Championship Wrestling the same year, where she had an unsuccessful attempt at winning the PCW Tag Team title.
Adrienne joined the Austin-based wrestling promotion Anarchy Championship Wrestling in 2010. She managed to have a successful run at the company as she won the ACW American Joshi Championship title thrice in consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012). Between 2010 and 2015, she also made several appearances for the Illinois-based Shimmer Women Athletes. She also turned out for the Women Superstars Uncensored, where she unsuccessfully challenged for the WSU Championship. She had to take a hiatus due to injury in 2013 and made a comeback at WSU with a victory over Hania the Howling Huntress in February 2014. Ember Moon is also known for spells at Shimmer Women Athletes, Women Superstars Uncensored, Inspire Pro Wrestling, and Anarchy Championship Wrestling, being a former three-time ACW American Joshi Champion at the latter.
She signed a deal with WWE in September 2015, and it was reported that she would be assigned to the developmental territory of WWE, NXT. She made her live televised debut for the company on October 10 in a tag team match. Initially, she wrestled for the WWE under the name of Adrien Reese or Adrienne Reese, however from June 2016, she took on the ring name of Ember Moon.
Ember Moon happened to have been wrestling in the NXT at the same time, when Asuka was having her unstoppable run at the brand, having held the NXT Women’s title for a record 510 days. Ember was denied several chances at the title thanks to Asuka, who went on defeating anyone and everyone in a juggernaut fashion. Eventually, Asuka suffered an injury and had to vacate her title, which was won by Ember Moon in a fatal four-way match. Asuka made a surprise appearance to hand the title to Moon herself.
She made her main roster debut after WrestleMania 34, teaming up with Raw Women's Champion Nia Jax to defeat Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. At the 2019 Royal Rumble, Ember Moon suffered an elbow injury that required surgery. She made a comeback at WrestleMania 35, where she was eliminated by Lana. In 2019, Ember Moon moved to SmackDown and she competed in the Money in the Bank match. But she lost the match.
Ember Moon then went on to have a feud with Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose. Where the two were portrayed as bullies. Initially, Moon lost to both of them in a singles match. But she then teamed up with the SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley and they won the match and ended the feud. Later on, she had a feud with Bayley for the title at SummerSlam since there were not any worthy opponents on the roster at that time. Moon lost the match. She also lost many matches consecutively in SmackDown. On November 19, she left the company due to an Achilles injury and which was considered a career-threatening injury. And Moon was out of action for several months.
In 2020, Ember Moon returned to NXT after teasing as a Mysterious character as a part of the gimmick. At the NXT Takeover 31, Ember Moon appeared after IO Shirai successfully defended her title against Candice LeRae. She came face to face and teased a match between the two. In November, she competed in the "Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic" Tournament in which she teamed up with Shotzi Blackheart to face Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez in the finals in which they lost. In an NXT episode, they faced Dakota and Raquel Gonzalez in an NXT Women's Tag Team Match in which they won the titles. Also at the NXT Takeover: Stand and Deliver they defended their titles against the team of the Hartwell and Candice LeRae known as the "The Way." Later on, they lost the match to "The Way." Then Moon challenged Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women's Championship at the NXT Takeover: In your House pay-per-view in which she lost. After working for six years with WWE. In November 2021, Ember Moon was released from WWE.
On the June 1, 2022 episode of AEW Dynamite, Reese appeared on All Elite Wrestling under the ring name Athena.
She is a huge fan of comic books and the 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West. She was bullied in high school by her peers for having interests in video games and wrestling. She fought back all such setbacks to reach her stardom deservedly. She is married to fellow wrestler Matthew Palmer.
The median professional wrestler brings home nearly $500,000 a year.
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33 years (31 August 1988)
Garland, Texas, United States