AEW President Tony Khan has responded to Big Swole after she accused AEW of having a lack of diversity.
Big Swole left AEW after two years with the company on November 30, 2021. She recently spoke about her departure on her Swole World call-in show. During the episode, said she spoke explicitly and candidly about the multiple issues she had with AEW.
Her first gripe with the company was the lack of internal structure within the creative process. She also had an issue with the amount of TV time women were getting on Dynamite and Rampage. Her final point highlighted the lack of diversity in the company in general.
Big Swole said:
“My heart just stopped being in it as the reason why I left AEW. I felt like there were a lot of things, and I told them in my exit interview, there are a lot of things that need to change. I know fans of the company don’t take criticism well sometimes, certain ones.
“Know this, this is somebody from the inside, the structure is a little off. It’s fine to be loose, but I like to have a little bit more structure. I felt like the women shouldn’t have gone through everything they went through just to get on TV or get time. You’re signed to this big company, you should get time. All these men are getting time, but the women weren’t getting anything or you’re not putting people on TV because more people are coming in.
“Okay, there are 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 doesn’t keep me happy. Shoveling more money doesn’t keep a person happy. We’ve seen time and time again, especially in a place where there’s not enough space.
“There’s no writers in a sense. Not everyone is comfortable writing their own things. Closed mouths don’t get fed. That’s exactly what that environment is. If you are shy and don’t know how to write or are not creative, it’s not going to work unless they want it to work for you. That’s one of their biggest issues.”
Tony Khan took to Twitter by listing the stars he felt represented diversity in AEW. The most noteworthy statement made was in the last line of his tweet, as he said he let Big Swole’s contract expire as he felt her wrestling wasn’t good enough.
The top 2 @AEW execs are brown (me & Megha)!! Jade, Bowens, Caster, Dante, Nyla, Isiah & Marq Quen all won on tv this month. The TBS Title Tournament has been very diverse. I let Swole’s contract expire as I felt her wrestling wasn’t good enough. #AEWRampage Street Fight TONIGHT! https://t.co/NprF6I7D6G
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 1, 2022
Khan’s comments have caused a lot of conversation online, with some calling them out for taking a shot at Swole’s wrestling and others supporting the comments. At the time of writing, Big Swole has not responded to the tweet from Tony Khan.