AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

The controversy surrounding Tony Khan and Big Swole was a hot topic this weekend.  It began with an episode of Big Swole’s “Swole World” show that aired on Call-In.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

During the episode, the former AEW star pointed to a lack of diversity in the top spots of the company as one of the leading factors in her departure in 2021.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

Tony Khan responded in a single tweet, pointed to how other people of color have succeeded in AEW, and then said he let Swole’s contract expire because her wrestling wasn’t good enough.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

One AEW star that quickly reacted to the situation in frustration was Lio Rush, who demanded that Tony Khan apologize for his statement to Big Swole.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

But since that transpired, it looks as though Rush had a heart-to-heart with Tony Khan and has more optimism toward their process.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

“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,” Lio Rush writes.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

“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.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

“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.

AEW or Tony are not Racist - Lio Rush

I am proud to work for a boss and company that try to make these strides in social equality,” Rush continues. “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”