AEW Wrestler Hikaru Shida Breaks Silence After Announcer Fired for Mocking Accent
AEW star Hikaru Shida claims she doesn’t “give a s**t” about the announcer who mocked her Japanese accent during a live broadcast … saying she’s “proud” of her race and won’t let some idiot make her feel bad.
The person in the crosshairs is Willie Urbina — a Spanish-language announcer who made the shameful comments on the May 28 Fite TV broadcast of AEW Dynamite.
After the incident, AEW president and CEO Tony Khan fired Urbina … calling the whole thing a “regrettable situation.”
“I didn’t think there was any excuse,” Khan said … “I was not happy with it.”
Shida had kept quiet in the days following the incident — claiming she wanted to focus her energy on defending the AEW women’s championship belt Sunday night against Britt Baker in front of a live audience.
Shida lost the match — but afterward, she finally broke her silence on Urbina.
“Didn’t wanna talk about this before my big day, so let me tell you now,” Shida said … “I don’t give a s**t what other people say about my race because I love it and I proud of it.”
“And because I know [Urbina is a] fool. I don’t even feel anger. So don’t need to worry about me. Thank you.”
For his part, Khan also says he has apologized to Shida on behalf of the company.
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