Willie Urbina Fired From AEW After Mocking Hikaru Shida


During the Spanish language edition of AEW Dynamite that aired on FITE.tv last night, Willie Urbina poked fun at AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida. During his commentary, he mocked her Japanese accent. A clip of this can be seen below.

Luis Pulido took to Twitter to translate the exchange, where Alex Abrahantes asked Willie Urbina to translate for Shida’s promo. Urbina proceed to do so and mocked her accent. Thunder Rosa, who was on commentary, appeared to be telling him to stop. You can check out the translation below:

Alex Abrahantes: “Do Shida.” (Translate her promo)

Willie Urbina: Speaks incoherently using a stereotypical accent.

Thunder Rosa: “Shut up, holy crap!” (Laughs)

Willie Urbina: Continues on with accent.

Thunder Rosa: “I will throw the pen at you if you don’t stop.” (Said in a joking manner)

Dasha Kuret: “Stop it! You are mean.” (Seemingly addressing Urbina)

The exchange apparently took place during a commercial break prior to the segment on Dynamite where Hikaru Shida was presented with a new AEW Women’s Championship belt. Despite being in a commercial break, the commentary could still be heard on the FITE.tv broadcast.

Following the incident, Hugo Savinovich took to Twitter and said,

“A friendly reminder to our friends at the Spanish commentary table of #AEW dynamite that while they are on commercial breaks, all the private conversation they are having is heard on FITE TV. That the microphones were open is not the fault of the commenters. Our intention was only to warn them and they have already managed to close the microphones for the commercial breaks. It was a production error. In fact, I noticed it when I switched the language to Spanish in the second hour.”

According to a report from Pwinsider, AEW President Tony Khan fired Urbina immediately after he heard about the incident. Urbina was apparently unaware that his microphone was still hot. Urbina has worked for Impact Wrestling, IWA Puerto Rico and Carlos Colon’s World Wrestling Council.

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