Big Swole Vs. Tony Khan: What’s Going On?

Big Swole and Tony Khan seem to have ignited a war of words that has already involved a few AEW stars and one from the WWE, but just what happened between Big Swole and Tony Khan that has caught the IWC on fire?

It all stems from remarks that Big Swole made on her show, Swole World, where she said that AEW lack diversity;

…their BIGGEST issue, which is diversity. I do not beat around the bush when it comes to diversity and my people. There is no representation, truly, and when there is, it does not come across in the black community as genuine. At all. I don’t know why everybody is so afraid to accept it or say it, but it’s not a good look. What happens is, you have this wonderful company that treats people like family, but there is nobody that looks like me that is represented at the top and in the room with them. They are not helping to necessarily influence decisions, but to explain why certain slang and certain word shouldn’t be said. There is no one else who can explain our culture and experience except for us.”

This obviously offended Tony Khan who fired off a tweet back at Big Swole that read;

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.”

It also appears that Tony Khan wasn’t the only one to take umbrage with Big Swole’s take as Tay Conti responded;

As y’all know I’m Latina & I know the struggles. I have an accent & cutting promo on National TV is not something that you see normally but AEW & TK makes me feel comfortable and not ashamed doing it”

While Powerhouse Hobbs added;

I’ve been featured in some heavy ass spots since being signed to AEW as well as other minorities. Now TK has put me in spots at the right time that meant something (Punk,Christian Cage,Brian Cage and Hangman and especially running in and saving Mox) This company has been there since the passing of my Mother Cody and QT played tremendous part in getting me signedLastly if you have a issue with someone pick up the phone.”

And Jade Cargill said;

That Bitch” Jade Cargill’s 2021 Pro Wrestling Recap & Highlights: No prior pro wrestling experience. Trusted in the upstart company over a well known one. Once in a lifetime high profile in-ring debut with @Shaq and @CodyRhodes.”

But it wasn’t just AEW personal that had something to say as WWE superstar and Big Swole’s husband, Cedric Alexander. tweeted in response to Tony Khan;

A little defensive huh?”

And Killer Kelly called out what she perceived as a lack of professionalism on behalf of Tony Khan, saying;

To everyone saying “he wasn’t wrong”, “he should be able to defend himself”… I’m just saying that this isn’t the way to address anything, specially when you are an authority figure. Address people in private or don’t at all. That’s the way I believe things should be handled.”

So what does your friendly neighborhood wrestling writer think of the whole situation? Does Big Swole have a point or is it just sour grapes at her contract expiring? Did Tony Khan react in the correct way or should he have kept all this in-house?

Honestly, this is one of those a little from column A and a little from column B situations. Big Swole obviously had her reasons for wanting out from the company, but taking to her show to criticize what she sees as a lack of diversity could’ve just been a clever move on her behalf because – as we know – Tony Khan reacts anytime he feels that he or AEW is being attacked. As for Khan himself, I understand he is passionate about wrestling and about what he is doing, but sometimes, well, I think he’d be better off just letting things slide. And if he felt that he couldn’t do that here, he shouldn’t have questioned her abilities as a wrestler, as that just comes off as petty and mean-spirited.


Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West).

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