ACH held a video Q & A on his Twitter this weekend. It included the former Jordan Myles’ first extended comments since “quitting” WWE in another video last week. ACH went in-depth on several topics he’s raised over the past month.
Some key excerpts:
On if he’s able to move on from WWE:
“Legally, no. Mentally, yes.”
On why he feels WWE was racist:
“The WWE was racist to me because of the t-shirt that they produced for me. I was lied to, which really hurt my feelings the most. On top of that, if that was their image of me, what does that say about, you know, the kids, the African-American kids that watch it. Or just people in general that watch it, that felt some kind of way about that shirt, not just me. I think that that shirt was disrespectful, it was disgraceful. And on top of that, it was a slap in the face. Not only to myself, but all the viewers that look just like me. I think that that shirt was completely racist, and if you go back and you do the history, I mean yeah they’ve given titles and championships to African-Americans. But that doesn’t take away the fact that they have done things that were very insensitive to the African-American community. And I think a lot of people need to really look at that.”
On WWE making Kofi Kingston WWE Champion & racism in the business beyond WWE:
“A lot of people have been telling me, ‘Well, what about Kofi?’ Kofi, man, you can’t touch Kofi. Kofi’s one of the greatest of all-time, especially now that he became the World champion. Like, you cna’t put nothing on that. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that when you look at the history of WWE, all the stereotypes that they have created in the past. That is what makes them racist.
You have to look at wrestling as a whole. Whenever you see an African-American in any wrestling promotion, they’re usually limited to what they can do or what they can achieve. I’m just trying to achieve way more than just some World Title. I’m trying to reach your ears. I’m trying to reach your heart. I’m trying to make a difference, and that’s why I’m making a stand.”
On if he thinks Triple H buried Booker T at WrestleMania 19:
“There were definitely some things said in promos that kind of made me feel a little bit uncomfortable, that kind of made me feel a little bit uneasy. And what it comes down to is, if Booker T was uncomfortable with that. Everybody’s different. Some people like to use that as fuel, some people like to use that stuff as motivation. Everybody’s different, I can’t speak on something like that. Do I feel it was racist? Uh, a little bit. But for the most part, I mean that’s something you’d have to ask Booker.”
On using social media to address his issues with WWE & wrestling:
“I know a lot of people aren’t happy with the decisions that I’ve made as far as the way that I voice my opinion on social media. And I will admit, a lot of it was definitely fueled off of emotion. But it was correct emotion. And I won’t take anything back, and I refuse to apologize because I meant it. And if I meant it, that’s why I said it. And that’s what’s most important.”
On rumors about his mental health, and its influence on his recent actions:
“The thing about the mental health is, I do suffer with anxiety. And I do suffer with depression, and I can have bad mood swings sometimes. But that doesn’t mean when I speak out, that I’m just speaking out and it doesn’t have any meaning behind it. The t-shirt triggered things from my past, and it all came up at once and a lot of anger from my past came up with it, as well. And that caused me to come at people the way that I did. Again, I’m not gonna apologize for what I said. What I said, I meant it. And that’s just how it goes.”
On the issues behind his using a derogatory epithet to describe Jay Lethal:
“There’s a huge story behind it. And to be fair and respectful, I won’t disclose that story. I won’t disclose that story because I won’t throw more salt on his name that I already have. And I think any issues between him and I? Now that it’s out there, I’m cool. Like, I’m straight. It is what it is, you know what I mean? But our beef is our beef. There may not be any beef. And to be fair, there ain’t no beef on my end. I said what I had to say and I’m done. I’m done with it, I got everything off my chest, it’s out there in the public eye. If anybody wants to know, your best bet is to ask him. Or ask around, there were a ton of people around.”
Overall, whatever your thought on the man himself or his recent actions, it’s much easier to understand ACH’s positions in this video as opposed to the scorched earth approach he’s taken up to this point. Not everyone’s going be moved by his story, but this may get a few more people to listen to it.
The one area where he doesn’t sway me personally at all is with regards to his “beef” with Lethal. If all you want to do is call someone an offensive name without backing it up, at least keep it offline (or just don’t).
ACH also answered a lot of questions about other places he might work. New Japan is his top choice. He enjoyed his time with Impact and doesn’t sound interested in AEW. But all of that is moot unless WWE releases him. That hasn’t happened yet, and he says he doesn’t know if or when it will.
We’ll see about that, and if his going public with his experiences and perception of his time in WWE will influence any changes for people of color or other minorities in the wrestling business.
Live Q & A https://t.co/uWcVeBQKLD— Super A.C.H (@ACHisSuper) November 16, 2019
Transcription courtesy 411mania.