There can be no doubt that diversity has become even more of a hot topic than ever before throughout 2020.
Given the many forms of diversity, wrestling certainly becomes a platform for all.
In a recent article by Complex, a number of AEW stars spoke on the issue and how they feel the company is running with it.
Scorpio Sky in particular looks at the positive influence diversity can have on a younger generation of potential stars.
If you look at pro wrestling now, there are a lot more people of colour being heavily profiled, which is a great thing. I think kids of colour can look up and say, ‘Okay, I see people on television. I see people in wrestling that look like me, so maybe I can do it too’. And I think that’s going to do a lot for their confidence.
Nyla Rose pointed out that the same can be said for the women’s division as well.
She is clearly proud of her heritage, and shines a light on all the title holders within the division.
I like to present the fact that I am Native American because I feel that gets overshadowed a lot, but I’m very much a proud Black woman as well. And I will shout that from the mountaintop every day of the week. To have achieved that goal in February is nothing short of monumental.
Every [champion] so far has been a person of colour. And I think a large part of the public, they have blinders on to that, simply because Riho and Hikaru are fair-skinned. They kind of overlook that but, at the end of the day, they are women of colour. They represent a minority, as well.
When it comes to the current AEW Women’s Champion, Hikaru Shida has another side to diversity.
She cites the fact that she has brought the joshi style of women’s wrestling to a worldwide audience.
Joshi-style wrestling, which is Japanese women’s wrestling, is very unique and original. So, I believe that joshi-style wrestling can be as good as women’s wrestling in other parts of the world. In Japan, our population, which compared to the US, is very few, but now, representing Japanese joshi wrestlers, I can show myself in front of American fans.
In the same breath, it is clear that the wrestling world has become more used to a variety of styles.
This comes with a change in the size of wrestlers, something which Jungle Boy comments on.
I think if you look at the [AEW] roster in a physical sense, there’s a huge span of wrestlers. Obviously, you have people like Marko [Stunt], and I’d say myself too. We’re a lot smaller than the typical wrestler than I think people imagine.
All the way up to people like Luchasaurus, who are huge and physically meet the standard that people think of when they think of wrestlers. You don’t necessarily have to be 300 pounds anymore.