As previously reported, this past Tuesday night’s episode of Dark featured a big 8-Man Tag Team Match between The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster), Matt Hardy and The Blade as they faced Varsity Blonds (Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison) and The Sydals (Matt and Mike Sydal). Before the match, Max Caster revealed his latest rap as The Acclaimed were making their way down to the ring, but Max’s rap was so controversial that the episode of Dark had to be re-uploaded due to the backlash All Elite Wrestling received on social media.
AEW CEO Tony Khan recently appeared on Busted Open Radio and talked about the controversy surrounding Max Caster’s rap and how terrible it was. Khan also said he wasn’t there when Caster did his rap, but editing should have caught it and removed it. Khan then said they deleted the episode and reposted it with that part edited out, but it shouldn’t even have aired in the first place and going forward Khan will be doing the editing part himself for both Dark and Dark: Elevation.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“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’ve been caught. We deleted the episode and reposted it with that edited out, but it shouldn’t have aired.”
“I put such tight controls on Dynamite, and this would never have happened there because Max’s raps I’ve always gone over with him there. And frankly, every segment on Dynamite, I don’t write or script any promos, but the bullet points I give. So in this case it shouldn’t have happened, and what will happen going forward is I’ll 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’ll also be editing Dark and Elevation. It’s unfortunate that it came to that.”
The AEW Star’s rap included a reference to Simone Biles, who withdrew from the recent competition due to an issue with mental health, a line that referenced the 2006 Duke Lacrosse scandal, where three of Duke University’s men’s Lacrosse team members were declared to be falsely accused of a rape charge in Durham, North Carolina and a reference to Julia Hart. There is no word yet on if this will affect Max Caster in any way or if he will be punished or penalized or if there will be other repercussions, but updates will be provided once it has been made available.