One of the newest AEW recruits Ruby Soho has called head honcho Tony Khan “the best boss”, as well as discussing who she was pleased to hug when she first arrived in the company.
Known as Ruby Riott during her time in WWE, Soho was let go during a raft of releases which also included Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Santana Garrett, Lana, and Buddy Murphy.
Making her AEW debut as the Joker in the Casino Battle Royale at All Out, Soho went on to win the match and earn her shot at Women’s Champion Britt Baker.
Speaking to Kenny McIntosh of Inside The Ropes, ‘The Runaway’ spoke of what it’s like to have Tony Khan as a boss.
It’s been amazing, it’s so great. Tony is the best boss, like he’s the best, honestly. His excitement and his passion for professional wrestling is infectious throughout the locker room. When he comes up to you and he is excited about something, you’re excited too.
You haven’t even heard what he has to say, but you can feel how stoked he is about stuff. It’s amazing, it’s such a positive and inviting energy, and a productive one that makes you want to work hard, it makes you want to go that extra mile. Because your boss is so excited, you want to do well for him, your product, your peers, you want to do well overall, it’s a very encouraging environment.
She went on to discuss what it was like moving to a different locker room, but also how she was unexpectedly surprised by a friend early on.
A lot of these people I’ve worked with years ago. Granted, it feels like a lifetime ago when it was 5 years ago. But they are still friends and people I still road tripped with and stuff. So it felt new, but it kind of felt old if that makes sense. It was awesome. I had a lot of people in the back and I just kind of broke.
There was so much emotion and so much time had built up to that moment. Like I said, it was overwhelming and more than I could have ever expected or could have asked for. I just broke. A lot of people were there to hug me, Tony was one of them, Eddie Kingston was one of them, who I have known for a long time. But the one that still warms me to my heart was Sarah Rowe.
My best friend flew in from Ohio with her 6 month old child to be there for me on the biggest day of my career. She was there and had tears in her eyes and I had tears in my eyes, Cash probably had tears in his eyes too but he was smiling. I just hugged them so tight. She’s been there every step of my career and the same with her. It really meant a lot to me to have her there and it just made that day perfect, honestly.
Ruby Soho is now in the tournament to crown an inaugural TBS Champion, and will face Kris Statlander in a quarter-final match after she was able to defeat Penelope Ford in the first round.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the interview and transcription.