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Lio Rush Gives His Opinion On AEW Using Wrestlers As Fans At Ringside

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Lio Rush has given his honest thoughts on how AEW uses wrestlers as fans of the product at ringside for AEW Dynamite tapings.

Rush spoke with the MCW Cast where he discussed his relationship with New Japan, admitting that he is hopeful to become a mainstay with the company.


“So I’ve been having a pretty good working relationship with New Japan. I am debuting on the New Japan Strong tapings next week which I’m pretty excited about. I guess the people out there in Japan were pretty impressed with my performance in the Super J-Cup and they wanted to bring me back to the promotion to start up doing the New Japan Strong taping so hopefully that’ll be a weekly thing and that’ll lead to me going to Japan and hopefully one day being a mainstay in New Japan. So yeah, it’s pretty cool.”

Meanwhile, he also gave his honest opinion on AEW using wrestlers as fans, where he revealed he would deny the spot if he was given it.

“It’s a little weird. It depends on the company, obviously it depends on the budget. AEW’s running out of a freaking football stadium or whatever it is so they can afford to have people sit back hundreds and hundreds of feet away. But then they have — I don’t really understand putting the wrestlers in t-shirts and making them act like fans. I don’t really understand that. That is very silly to me. See, that is where I would’ve got in trouble. I probably would’ve got in trouble again. I would have said no. I’m a superstar according to you guys so I’m not about to be dressed up like a fan and banging on the gates and pretending like I’m a fan of another wrestler when I got a storyline with them in two weeks.” (H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions)

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AEW Officially Signs DARK Staple “The Captain” Shawn Dean

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AEW President Tony Khan has officially announced the signing of “The Captain” Shawn Dean, a military veteran who has become a staple of the AEW DARK brand over the past year.

Dean worked his first match for the promotion in March 2020 and is one of the many independent stars who helped fill out the roster early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. He wrestled 26 matches for All Elite Wrestling last year alone, and more recently has been teaming with Marine combat veteran Carlie Bravo, a graduate of the Nightmare Academy.


“Thank you for your service to the USA and thank you for everything you’ve done for AEW to help us thrive through the pandemic,” Tony Khan tweeted on Friday. “Your consistent hard work, positivity and reliability have made you so valuable to AEW; now it’s my honor to officially welcome you aboard!”

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Chris Jericho Reveals He Is Going To Be A Commentator On A New AEW Show

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AEW’s Chris Jericho has revealed he is going to be a commentator on a new upcoming show for the company in the near future.

The former AEW World Champion spoke on the latest episode of Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker about his opportunities on commentary, and Jericho spoke about how he’s been enjoying that side of things.


“I love it, and once again, this all came from necessity when we had 29% of our roster, Tony Khan knows that figure to the T, available for the tapings that we did that took up our month of April,” Jericho recalled. “And I just said, ‘Well, I’ll show up there and just do commentary. That way we don’t have to worry about storylines. We don’t have anybody here anyways,’ and so [Tony] Schiavone and I did it. We did 25 matches in a day, and we had a great time. And I think all of us kind of realized that we stumbled on to something pretty special.

“So I’ve never been the type of guy that wants to go behind the scenes after wrestling. I’m behind the scenes enough as it is as far as ideas and storylines and advice. I’ll always do it, but commentary could be a way to stay on the show when the wrestling days are done. It’s been 30 years. I still feel great. I still have the potential to have the best match on the show or one of them, and I think it happens all the time. Not every week but look at the guys we have on the show. So as long as I feel I can still work up to the level that I’ve set for myself, I’ll continue to wrestle, but it’s great to know that there’s still that commentary side of things that we can do.”

Jericho then revealed that there is a new show starting soon, and he is going to be one of the regular commentators for that. It’s unclear whether this is AEW Dark: Evolution, which will feature Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight on commentary, or another brand new show on top of that.

“And there’s actually another show that’s going to be starting very soon where I’m going to be one of the regular commentators, and that’s exciting. Once again, the more things you can do well in the entertainment business, the more valuable you are, and this is just another kind of feather in the Chris Jericho cap that I can utilize whenever they need me to utilize it.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

Jericho will be in action this Sunday at AEW Revolution when he and MJF team up to challenge The Young Bucks for the AEW Tag Team Championships.

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Tony Khan Confirms Knee Injury To One Half Of ‘The Acclaimed’ Anthony Bowens

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On the latest episode of AEW’s Unrestricted podcast, Tony Khan revealed that Anthony Bowens is out of action with an injury.

During the 3/3 edition of AEW Dynamite, Max Caster beat 10 in order to secure his place in the Face Of The Revolution ladder match at the upcoming AEW Revolution PPV this Sunday. However, his tag team partner, Anthony Bowens did not appear by his side.


During the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Tony Khan was a guest to discuss the upcoming PPV, and he revealed that Bowens is currently out with a knee injury. He didn’t provide any further details about the injury, or when he should be expected to return.

Bowens last competed on the February 4th episode of AEW Dynamite, where The Acclaimed were beaten by MJF and Chris Jericho.

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