During the Spanish feed of Friday’s AEW Dynamite, announcer Willie Urbina was caught on a hot mic mocking AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida in a racially insensitive tone.
According to social media, Alex Abrahantes asked Urbina to translate Shida’s promo for Spanish viewers on FITE TV. As heard in the clip below, Urbina mocked Shida’s Japanese accent.
Luis Pulido provided the following translation:
Alex Abrahantes: “Do Shida.” (As in 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, sounding crossed about it)
From the sound byte, it seemed like both Kuret and Rosa were uncomfortable with Urbina’s attempt at a joke.
The controversial audio preceded the segment where Tony Schiavone presented Shida a new championship title to celebrate her 377-day reign as Women’s World Champion. The updated design is mostly similar to the original title, but is slightly larger in size and features more gold/jewels. The new design also has two side plates on either side as opposed to the original’s three. This is the first time AEW has changed the design of their Women’s Title.
Shida will defend her title against Britt Baker this Sunday at AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view.
You can listen to Urbina below:
Esto es inaceptable @TonyKhan.
Por favor, haced RT para que lo vea la gente. pic.twitter.com/K6TYCZJwLY
— Miguel Uceda (@MigUceda) May 29, 2021