As previously noted, former AEW star Big Swole addressed her departure from the company and brought up a lack of diversity. AEW President Tony Khan responded by writing on Twitter that he let Swole’s contract expire as he felt “her wrestling wasn’t good enough.”
After writing on Twitter that Khan should apologize, Lio Rush issued a new statement regarding the matter…
“I want this to be clear.. I do not consider this to be a diversity issue, and I at no point have thought or said that AEW or Tony is racist. We can all clearly see that wrestling as a whole and the AEW roster is perpetually diverse. The issue at hand was a racial insensitivity issue. Having spoken to Tony and Megah, we have discussed the endeavors to further understand the struggles of the black community. I am grateful to be able to understand more about Tony and Megah’s own ethnic backgrounds and glad that they are actively seeking input from an African American perspective. I am proud to work for a boss and company that try to make these strides in social equality. I look forward to working with Tony to keep making steps towards positive change. I pray that 2022 is a year of positive change in all aspects.
Happy New Year and GOD BLESS. #BeTheChange”
— Lio Rush (@IamLioRush) January 1, 2022