WWE created controversy when they recently accused AEW of featuring “gory self-mutilation” in a statement discussing the differences between the two companies. Now, AEW stars have seemingly responded to the comment.
On January 15th, the Toronto Star ran a report looking at the competition between AEW and WWE. A statement from WWE embedded in the article spoke of “gory self-mutilation” seen in a recent women’s match featured on Rampage. The company said they didn’t believe such content was appealing to commercial partners or fans.
“If you look at the gory self-mutilation that bloodied several women in the December 31 event on TNT, it quickly becomes clear that these are very different businesses. We had an edgier product in the Attitude era and in the 2022 world, we don’t believe that the type of dangerous and brutal display is appealing to network partners, sponsors, venues, children, or the general public as a whole.”
The match being referred to saw Tay Conti and Anna Jay take on The Bunny and Penelope Ford in a Street Fight. While the two teams had been feuding for a number of weeks, few fans, if any, could have predicted the carnage that followed.
There was suplex through two chairs, a super-plex onto a pile of thumb tacks, a piledriver from the ring apron through a table before the madness ended with Anna Jay wrapping barbed wire around her arm to lock in the Queen Slayer on The Bunny. Unsurprisingly, throughout the carnage, there was a significant amount of bloodshed, with The Bunny and Tay Conti, in particular, both ending with the proverbial crimson mask.
Following the Toronto Star report, multiple AEW stars took to social media to seemingly respond to the comment, many of them, including Tay Conti, proudly showing off the bloody results of their matches.
You can see a selection of the responses below.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 😘 pic.twitter.com/lAw1cm5oVB
— TAYNARA MELO (@TayConti_) January 15, 2022
— The Bunny 🐇 (@AllieWrestling) January 15, 2022
— Anna Jay (@annajay___) January 15, 2022
This was not the first time that WWE has commented on AEW’s edgier content, with Chairman Vince McMahon openly questioning whether TNT would tolerate such a product on WWE’s Q2 earnings call back in 2019.