Tenille Dashwood—better known as Emma from her time in the WWE—has come clean on the biggest difference between working for WWE and working for Ring of Honor (ROH).
Dashwood is a seasoned performer. The 29-year-old Australian star began her journey in her homeland before moving to Canada to train under the legendary performer Lance Storm (who is also a WWE alumni). From there, she landed herself in WWE’s developmental system and eventually, the main roster, where many will say she was underutilized before her memorable feud with Asuka. Despite things looking bright for Dashwood, she was released from the company shortly afterward.
It was really a blessing in disguise for Dashwood, who admits her feud with the undefeated WWE star showed many fans what she was capable of, and the extra exposure made her a hot commodity in the world of wrestling. That’s when she made a splash in her official debut in ROH just before the company started their tournament to crown the first ever Women of Honor Champion. With a surprise appearance, no one expected the recently released WWE star to show up in ROH, but her inclusion in the company added some extra star power.
But those who have followed Dashwood’s career would probably be thrilled she’s in ROH, because, as the star put it, the promotion highlights wrestling.
“Of course there are differences [between WWE and ROH],” says Dashwood. “I think WWE is very much entertainment, and obviously Ring of Honor is too, but i think you see a little more wrestling in Ring of Honor.”
Dashwood will be putting that on full display as ROH will be airing their biggest show of the year, Supercard of Honor, on April 7, 2018. Though she isn’t confirmed for the official show yet, Dashwood will be competing in the semi-finals of the Women of Honor Tournament on Facebook Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, and if she wins, she’ll be on the show that night, which is something she intends to do.
“I’m expecting to be in the finals, that means two matches in one night,” says Dashwood. “I’ve done three matches a night in [WWE’s developmental program] NXT, so maybe I have that over the other competitors, maybe they’re not used to that. So I’ve thought ahead, I’ve taken that into account, and I’ll enjoy the moment, and in the end, I’ll walk out as champion.”
For those in town for the festivities, Dashwood will be taking part in the weekend’s Festival of Honor festivities where she’ll be on the Women of Honor Panel at 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., followed by a meet and greet from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fans can keep up with Dashwood on Instagram and Twitter @tenilledashwood.