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AEW Commentator reportedly let go after mocking Hikaru Shida’s accent on Dynamite

It is being reported by the Wrestling Observer and confirmed by PWInsider that AEW Spanish Commentator Willie Urbina has been fired from the company. This action was as a result of him being caught mocking the accent of Hikaru Shida when asked to translate her promo. AEW has not officially confirmed his release.

This week’s Dynamite celebrated Shida’s one year as AEW Women’s World Champion and presented her with the new and bigger belt.

As the show took to a commercial break, the Spanish commentators were still left on audio and being broadcasted on Fite TV. Fellow commentator Alex Abrahantes asked for Urbina to translate Shida. Urbina then goes into his impression of her by mocking her accent. Thunder Rosa and Dasha Kuret were also on commentary.

Translated for Fightful by Luis Pulido (@theluispulido), the exchange went as follows:

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)

The promo that Shida did last night was her first one she has done in the ring.

Shida will be defending her title this weekend on Sunday at Double or Nothing against Dr. Britt Baker. Check back in with Diva Dirt for the results of this match.

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