An AEW name has slapped back at online wrestling fan criticism that she is trying to be a character in the ring.
AEW referee Aubrey Edwards made her feelings known on the recent episode of The Sessions with Renee Paquette, saying:
“I think when it first started happening, it was obviously something that I’m just like, ‘Oh Twitter eventually is going to hate me because I’m a woman.’
“So that’s going to just happen and I’m really good about not listening to criticism that doesn’t matter. I listen to constructive criticism. That’s sort of where I’ve been focused.”
She would then explain her rationale for some of the things she brings to matches that some corners of wrestling fandom consider “character work”, stating:
“If Jericho is putting me in a match, and he’s shoving me, and then wants me to shove him back, I’m going to do it because it’s ultimately not my decision. It’s his decision because it’s his story and I’m there to help elevate the story that he’s telling.
“So, it’s not like I tried to be a character, it was just sort of like, they figured out that I have a very go-getter personality and very no-nonsense, and as people picked me in matches, they’re like, ‘Oh, well, if I shove her, I get a lot of heat for that, so let’s do that.’
“Cool, great, and it just sort of happened naturally, but it was never something I intended. It was just something that happened because the wrestlers asked me to do things in matches, and I do them.”
Edwards signed with AEW in September 2019 and was the first female referee to be signed by the company.
She is the host of her own podcast, alongside Tony Schiavone, in the form of AEW Unrestricted.
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