AEW President Tony Khan has addressed the Max Caster rap controversy that took place on last night’s episode of AEW Dark.
Caster’s pre-match rap included references to Simone Biles’ mental health, Duke lacrosse rape allegations, fake COVID-19 PCR tests, and Julia Hart’s “v…” (rhymes with Carolina), and was edited out after many fans took issue with it online.
Speaking on Busted Open, Tony Khan described the situation as “terrible” and said he will be taking over the editing of Dark and Elevation from now on.
He explained that he wasn’t aware of what Caster had said before it aired and “it should have been caught” in the editing process before being uploaded.
Here are Khan’s full comments:
“Speaking of Dark and one of those teams that broke through and really came and did a good job through Dark, one of those teams is the Acclaimed. That’s Anthony Bowens and Max Caster. And speaking of Dark, last night on Dark, Max Caster’s rap was terrible. I was not out there in the moment when he did it, it was not during Dynamite. I was out back when Max had said this rap. I had not heard it until last night, truthfully. In the editing process, it should have been caught. We deleted the episode and reposted it with that edited out, but it shouldn’t have aired.
“And I put such tight controls on Dynamite, and this would never have happened there because, Max’s raps, I have always gone over them with him and frankly every segment on Dynamite, I don’t script or write wrestlers’ promos, but the bullet points I give. So, in this case, it shouldn’t have happened, and what will happen going forward is I will be taking over the editing of Dark and Elevation myself. I was already editing Dynamite and Rampage, and I do a lot, and now I will also be editing Dark and Elevation. So, it’s unfortunate that it came to that.”
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Caster has not commented as of this writing.