• Tony Khan Comments On Firing AEW’s Spanish Commentator Over Hikaru Shida Incident
On last week’s special Friday Night edition of AEW Dynamite, Hikaru Shida received a new AEW Women’s World Championship belt.
When AEW went on a commercial break, fans that were watching on the FITE app were able to hear the private conversations of the Spanish commentators and they heard AEW Spanish Commentator Willie Urbina making fun of Shida’s accent and mocking her.
You can check it out below:
The next morning, PWInsider revealed that AEW President Tony Khan fired Urbina over this incident:
“The release came hours after audio of Urbina, who apparently was not aware his mic was broadcasting, mocked Hikaru Shida’s accent during a conversation with other announcers where they were discussing who was going to translate Shida’s promo for the Spanish language broadcast of Dynamite.”
Tony was asked about this decision during the post-Double Or Nothing media scrum and here’s what he said:
“I didn’t think there was any excuse. I was not happy with it, so after I heard what was said and having talked to the other commentators involved about what was said about her, who I also apologized to, I thought it was best for the company to make the decision that we made.”
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• Old School WCW Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WCW/TNA Veteran “The Cowboy” James Storm (Real name: James Cox) turns 44 today.
James Storm joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 2000, but only wrestled on the minor weekly TV Shows, such as WCW Worldwide.
He left WCW when it was sold to Vince McMahon in March 2001, but made a name for himself in 2002, when he joined Jeff Jarrett’s new up and coming promotion Total Nonstop Action!, where he started to team with Wildcat Chris Harris as “America’s Most Wanted” and years later as “Beer Money” with Bobby Roode.
Storm left TNA (now known as iMPACT Wrestling) in 2015 to join WWE NXT for a few weeks, before Dixie Carter convinced him to return to Impact Wrestling shortly thereafter.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES STORM!