Tony Khan has offered his comments following Platinum Max Caster’s controversial rap that aired on AEW Dark before being edited off the show.
On the August 3rd episode of AEW Dark Max Caster teamed with Anthony Bowens, Matt Hardy, & The Blade to take on The Varsity Blonds and The Sydal Brothers. Ahead of the bout Caster performed his customary battle rap style entrance aimed to hype the crowd and trash talk his opponents.
However, on this occasion Caster’s comments crossed the line for many in attendance and watching at home. Caster made reference to Simone Biles’ mental health, Duke Lacrosse rape accusations and fake PCR tests among other things.
The entrance aired as normal on AEW Dark before being edited out of the on-demand version of the show.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, AEW President Tony Khan gave his point of view on the situation:
“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 re-posted 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 write or script wrestler’s 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.”
The controversy comes after AEW found themselves in hot water with Domino’s pizza following the main event at Fight For The Fallen less than a week earlier. During the Death Match between Nick Gage and Chris Jericho, Gage used a pizza cutter to attack his rival. Just after this spot in the match, the show cut to a commercial break which included an ad for Domino’s Pizza.
The pizza chain later released a statement saying that they were “assessing their advertising presence” on the show.