AEW referee Aubrey Edwards has revealed why she doesn’t go by her real name in AEW, with two very good reasons for the change.
Speaking on Talk Is Jericho, she explained that she changed it to avoid confusion with Britt Baker, and that her ring name was inspired by the real name of her late father.
“My name is Brittany. One of the first things I noticed on the Indies is, anytime I work with a promotion, they’ll throw me in a women’s match because there’s people who don’t think women should ref men’s matches or they like the image of only women in the ring. I thought, ‘I’m probably going to cross paths with Britt Baker, I should probably come up with a different name, just to limit confusion. I show up [to AEW] and no one knows who I am. I introduce myself as Aubrey everywhere, but I prefer Brittany backstage, which causes confusion because Britt [jokes], ‘you’re not allowed to have that name.’ ‘Bitch, I’m older than you, it was my name first’ [laughs]. My dad’s name was Edward Aubert, so my wrestling name is Aubrey Edwards. He passed away when I was 12. He never saw any of this, but he’d get a huge kick out of it. I wanted something that was important to me.”
Edwards also hosts the AEW Unrestricted podcast, during the latest edition of which Tony Khan revealed that Chris Jericho will be on commentary during night one of Fyter Fest.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription