Lio Rush says he's talked to Tony Khan and is optimistic for the future concerning racial equality in AEW.
Following Big Swole explaining that it was a lack of diversity and structure were among the reason that she chose to depart from AEW, Tony Khan responded to her explanation on Twitter, citing all the reasons he believed that the company is diverse and stated that it was a lack of confidence in Swole’s ability in the ring that led to him allowing her contract to expire.
Following the tweet, several in AEW spoke openly about their feelings on the topic including Lio Rush who openly called for an apology from Tony Khan.
In a follow-up tweet, Lio Rush explained that he had spoken with Tony Khan and was optimistic about the future of the company concerning social equality and will take an active approach in his attempt to help better the company.
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. 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. 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. I am proud to work for a boss and company that try to make these strides in social equality. 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.
You can see a discussion on Swole's explanation of her AEW exit and Tony Khan's tweet and the most recent episode of Grapsody on Fightful at this link.