ACH, known as Jordan Myles throughout his time in WWE, has spoken out regarding the controversial circumstances amidst which he was let go by the company.
On November 21, 2019, WWE released ACH after days of social media tirades during which he accused WWE of being racially insensitive for releasing a t-shirt design that resembled a blackface smile.
Speaking on the Submission Squad podcast, he has reflected on the whole situation, saying:
“It hurt my heart when the shirt got released. I was angry. And everything came to a head because it felt like it brought up a lot of shit with ROH. ROH always viewed me as ‘just a high-flyer.’ When they release this shirt, is that what I am, just a joke? Something that no one takes seriously. I was told to smile because that’s a Vince thing. Vince likes that. When I got there, I wasn’t smiling at all. I would wrestle, straight-faced, and that was my thing. I was told to smile more. Okay, you want me to smile more, you got it! So, I smiled. And I smiled a lot. I’m one of those people, you tell me to do something, and even if I’m not feeling it, I’ll do it because it’s my job. I turned my smile up, I turned my personality up. I enjoyed my time, I really did. When they released the shirt, I got angry. I made a lot of comments, that I’m not going to take back, because that’s how I feel. Could I have said them better? Absolutely. I said a lot of things out of anger. If I could have said them more intelligently, calmly, and had it been from a real place and not out of anger, I think it would have been okay. But I felt like a joke. The fact that they did that, it was embarrassing. This is millions of people mocking you.
“My main concern, when I would talk to them, is that I was lied to. The shirt, things like that can happen. Mistakes can happen. But, I was lied to. [WWE] said I approved the shirt, when I didn’t approve the shirt. The guy told me it was Triple H’s vision for me. How am I supposed to feel when I’m working for this guy and he thinks that’s what I look like? Then I was told, ‘I thought that was the Rollings Stones lips.’ What? How do you get that, from that? It looked nothing like the t-shirt logo. I offered another logo. I even offered to work together to come up with something else. He came back to me and was like, ‘Triple H didn’t like that one. This is his vision for you.’ I wanted to talk to [Triple H] in person about it and see where he’s coming from. When I talked to him in person, he looks at me and is like, ‘I thought you approved of that.’ What? No. I went to talked [Shirt Designer Baker Landon] because someone is lying and it aint me, because I didn’t approve of the shirt.”
He did sign off with an apology, adding:
“I want to apologize. I know I could have handled myself correctly toward all of that. I could have been more intelligent and I could have stopped myself. I’m sorry. I feel like I let a lot of fans and people down that supported me. I know I let a lot of people down. That hurts the most. I’m truly sorry.”