Big Swole says structure in AEW is off, how a lack of diversity led to his decision to leave
In the latest episode of his Call In Show, pro wrestling star Big Swole spoke in detail about his time at AEW and how a lack of structure and diversity in the company led to his departure. possible. The highlights can be found below.
About his last conversation with Tony Khan and how Kenny Omega was finally able to come to an agreement:
“I explained to TK that I didn’t want to sign again because my peace was disturbed. If anyone knows me or knows myself, if something is disturbing your peace, it’s time to let go. It can be scary or difficult, but it’s time to let it go. When Kenny said that, the circle was coming to an end because Kenny and I occasionally banged heads throughout my time at AEW. To end on that note made me feel good. It was wonderful to end in a place where, we couldn’t see each other in the eyes, but we were there.
How hard it was for women to spend time at AEW, which was one of the reasons her heart was gone:
“My heart just stopped being there as the reason I left AEW. I felt like there was a lot going on, and I told them in my exit interview, there is a lot of things that need to change. I know the fans of the company don’t take criticism well sometimes, some. Know this, this is someone on the inside, the structure is a little offbeat. nice to be loose, but I like having a little more structure.I felt like women shouldn’t have gone through everything they’ve been through just to watch TV or have some time. You’re signed up in this big business, you should have time. All these men have time, but the women weren’t getting anything or you don’t put people on TV because more people are coming in. Okay there is has more people coming in, but you don’t have enough product for all of these people. Now you have all these people sitting around having two or three minute matches on Dark don’t make me happy. Shoveling more money doesn’t make a person happy. We have seen it time and time again, especially in a place where there is not enough space. There are no writers in a sense. Not everyone is comfortable writing their own things. Closed mouths are not fed. This is exactly what this environment is. If you’re shy and don’t know how to write or aren’t creative, it won’t work unless they want it to work for you. This is one of their biggest problems.
Calls AEW for lack of diversity:
“Apart from [lack of structure] their BIGGEST issue, which is diversity. I don’t beat around the bush when it comes to diversity and my people. There is no representation, really, and when there is, it doesn’t feel authentic in the black community. At all. I don’t know why everyone is so afraid to accept it or say it, but it’s not pretty. What happens is you have this wonderful company that treats people like family, but there’s no one like me pictured at the top and in the room with them. They don’t necessarily help influence decisions, but help explain why certain slang and words should not be spoken. There is no one else who can explain our culture and our experience apart from us. “
Says her daughter helped her realize there was a lack of representation in AEW:
“I knew something was going on when my daughter, who loves to watch wrestling, watched AEW all the time and rarely watched WWE. She ain’t a big fan unless daddy [Cedric Alexander] was on TV, which stopped happening after botching the Hurt Business. She was like, ‘Mom, there’s no one like me on AEW. There is no one who looks like daddy. Then she started watching WWE because she saw Bianca and Big E. She saw herself portrayed. If it wasn’t a “click”. ‘You’re absolutely right. I have no explanation. It’s 2021. Why do people say “AEW will take three years to have a black champion”? It’s a scripted sport. It shouldn’t take that long if you’ve been watching WWE for over 50 years and know what not to do.
Says there is no disagreement between her and Tony Khan:
“I think the company is making better progress than before, but there are a few things that need to be fixed. You have to be able to challenge people because everything is not perfect. Hope they listen to this with an open heart and not just, “Ah, she said that just because of XYZ.” I really want them to be successful. I love this art form. I love wrestling and I want it to be successful and I want the people in it to be successful if they are real people. I want WWE to be successful. I want wrestling to flourish and I don’t want it to be a long forgotten Tartar sport where “we used to wrestle”, and that’s folklore. I only want the best, but I also want change and application to happen. With the promises you made to be diverse, I want to see that. Not just with black people. I would love to see a Latino or Hispanic or more Asians. I feel like Asians and Indians don’t get love. They just don’t do it. It’s such a big gap. I hate that I turn on the TV and it’s always the same. Hope they get the message. My departure, honestly, was not bad. There is no animosity between TK and me. I just don’t like my peace to be disturbed. I didn’t like some things and other things that I will take to my grave. The diversity. That is what matters.”
(H / T and transcribed by Fightful)