Update On Awesome Kong's AEW Contract Status

Has Kong signed an AEW contract or will she remain a freelancer?

Awesome Kong Fight for the Fallen
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Awesome Kong will make her latest AEW appearance in tonight's Casino Battle Royale on the All Out Buy In pre-show, having made an incredible surprise debut at Double Or Nothing, before accompanying new ally Brandi Rhodes to the ring for her Fight for the Fallen match against Allie.

Despite these appearances, AEW had never officially clarified Kong's contractual status with the company - until now.

Per Brandi Rhodes at Starrcast III yesterday, Kong has signed with All Elite Wrestling and, in a similar deal to that signed by Dustin Rhodes earlier this week, she'll be working as a coach as well as competing in the ring.

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In addition, Kong spoke with the New York Post earlier this week, saying that she wanted "the type of role that's going to help the generation of the future because I've done a lot in wrestling." She added that she feels she has nothing left to prove in the ring, and she wants to involved in a "program with women and/or men to build their names up."

As a 16-year wrestling veteran, it makes all the sense in the world for Kong to work as an AEW player-coach. This, on paper, looks like another smart appointment from the promotion.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.