At Open radio broken this morning, AEW President Tony Khan was asked about a controversial segment from Dark’s 100th AEW episode involving talent Max Caster. Khan noted that he was not happy with what he saw.
While discussing the incident with hosts Dave LaGreca and Tommy Dreamer, Khan described Caster’s rapping as “awful”, while also revealing that he missed the segment because he wasn’t in a gorilla position at the time. Khan further added that the editors should have taken the rap down, and going forward, he will now take on the editing duties for Dark himself.
“Last night on Dark, Max Caster’s rapping was terrible,” Khan said. “I wasn’t there when he did it. It wasn’t during Dynamite, I was outside when Max said that rap. I hadn’t heard from him until last night, to be honest. In the editing process, it should have been captured. We deleted the episode and reposted it unchanged, but it shouldn’t have aired.
“I put such tight controls on Dynamite, and it would never have happened there because Max’s raps, I always tracked them with him there. And frankly, every segment on Dynamite, I don’t write or script any promo, but the points I give. So in this case, it shouldn’t have happened, and what will happen in the future is that I’m going to be editing Dark and Elevation myself. I was already editing Dynamite and Rampage and doing a lot, and now I’m going to edit Dark and Elevation as well. It’s a shame to come to this. »
The segment in question took place before an eight-man tag featuring Caster, his partner Anthony Bowens, Matt Hardy and The Blade taking on Matt and Mike Sydal, Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison. In the rap, Caster made statements about Olympian Simone Biles, referenced the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal, commented on PCR testing for COVID-19, and ended it with rude comments about the Pillman and Garrison’s manager, Julia Hart. This last comment continued Bowens and Caster’s tendency to insult Hart as the Cheers (Bowens and Caster) prepare for a match with the Varsity Blondes (Garrison and Pillman).
At the end of the show, AEW briefly removed Dark from YouTube before putting the show back together with Caster’s rap removed. AEW previously did this several months ago for a match involving Luchasaurus and Cezar Bononi that featured a notable miss. The show was later deleted, edited, and re-posted on YouTube with the spot in question removed.
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