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.
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.