AEW: Saraya on Criticisms Over WWE Career Issues, More on Hurricane Ian Affecting AEW, Anthony Bowens

Saraya Comments on Her WWE Career Issues & Being Happy in AEW

This past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania featured a promo segment involving Saraya and Britt Baker. This promo was notable for Saraya’s small dig at WWE referencing their refusal to ever medically clear her for a potential in-ring return following her past neck injury and the freedom she now has over her career.

Saraya recently commented in a now deleted tweet over the online criticisms she has received over her promo that referenced her issues during her time in WWE.

“I say how my current boss listens to me and all of sudden it’s “So hAtE yOu WwE”. No I don’t. I loved my time there. I appreciate the time and the opportunities I was given. Especially in my NXT days with Triple H. I’m happy now in AEW though. Tribalism in IWC is so bizarre to me.”

More on Hurricane Ian Affecting AEW’s Plans for This Past Wednesday’s Dynamite & Rampage Shows

As noted before, this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show was impacted by several talent being absent due to travel-related issues over Hurricane Ian’s landfall in Florida this past week.

Besides Swerve Strickland and Samoa Joe, Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Jake Hager was another notable talent who was unable to attend this past week’s Dynamite and Rampage tapings. Hager reportedly was the person who came up with the idea for everyone in the Jericho Appreciation Society to wear matching all-purple suave suits for the JAS celebration segment on the show.

Meltzer reported that AEW officials had also planned to start a new feud involving Swerve In Our Glory and Wardlow & Samoa Joe at the show but those plans were dropped due to Strickland’s absence.

Meltzer also reported that the main reason why AEW was impacted a lot from Hurricane Ian was due to many of their roster had moved to the Tampa and Orlando areas in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to make travel and work easier for them and the company. This reportedly was a similar issue WWE faced for their SmackDown show this past Friday due to a good amount of their roster also currently lives in Florida as well.

Anthony Bowens Comments on Being an AEW Tag Team Champion

AEW’s Dynamite Grand Slam 2022 show this past September featured The Acclaimed defeating Swerve In Our Glory to become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.

Anthony Bowens recently reflected on Twitter about becoming a tag team champion in AEW and the emotional meaning over his and Max Caster’s victory.

“I’m going to take a second to speak on something that I don’t really talk about much in front of a camera. Some of you know, some of you may not know, but I never thought I’d be able to have a moment like this. I never thought I would be able to live my dream because there was a time where I was very confused, and I didn’t know how to accept myself. But I fought through that bullsh*t. I fought through all that bullsh*t. And now I cry because I’m a champion.

So if you’re someone, if you’re someone who feels like me – and it doesn’t even have to be about your sexuality; it could be you’re depressed, you’re bullied, if life sucks in general – just know that everything gets better. We’re living proof of that. I love you. We love you. But most importantly, everyone loves The Acclaimed.”