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Kris Statlander on being added to Best Friends, why she was first told it would never happen on AEW TV

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Kris Statlander was interviewed on the latest episode of "AEW Unrestricted" with Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards.

Statlander recently made her return on AEW Dynamite as part of the Best Friends group. She talks about how this faction happened, why she calls them the "Galaxy's Greatest Goobers," how long she hid in the claw machine at Arcade Anarchy, the ACL injury that kept her out of the ring for 10 months, the intense rehab, her intergalactic look, pop corn, ice cream, and much more.

Statlander on how she got put together with The Best Friends:

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“I feel like the whole, me and Orange Cassidy type of thing has been, we’ve talked about doing this since before both of us were signed with AEW where we had done a mix tag team match together. We had wrestled each other twice actually. Our characters are so similar, and compliment each other so well, that it had to come to fruition at some point. When I first got signed, we were doing a whole lot of skits on BTE. We were told it would never happen on TV. This is going to stay on BTE because of personal reasons. Not our reasons, but, it was just something that wasn’t wanted for TV.

Then, the fact that how we made me join them and it becoming my actual return, it’s still incredibly mind blowing to me. How often do you see a woman wrestler return in the men’s main event gimmick match to team up with them and save them? When does that happen, ever? It never does. It was a huge moment for me, but I didn’t realize it. I thought I was just doing a goofy a*s spot right here, but it was to make amends with friends that I haven’t been here for this whole time. I think it was really cool how it all actually happened, and the fact that it is actually happening now. I feel like now that it is being seen what we are doing, it’s like, why haven’t we been doing this all along?”

The entire interview can be heard now on every podcast app.

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