Update: Maffew updated fans that Botchamania is now back up on YouTube.
Original: AEW has taken down a beloved YouTube channel that has been around for years. Botchamania is a weekly collection of pro wrestling botches, hijinks, fan created videos and retro content. Now that channel is no longer on the platform after AEW targeted it.
We previously reported that AEW went on a copyright infringement takedown spree. It appears that Aubrey Edwards’ promise that they were working on fixing the situation didn’t pan out.
Botchamania creator Maffew, who had a show at Starrcast prior to All In, tweeted out to confirm that AEW took down his YouTube channel. He is currently talking to someone from AEW about this, but he doesn’t know if it will do much good.
yes the Botchamania YouTube channel is down
no I don’t know if it’ll be back up
yes I’m talking to someone in AEW
no I don’t know if it’ll help
yes I’ve seen your nice messages
no I’m not in a tweeting mood (I’ve got food poisoning)
AEW started out with promises that they won’t target fan content. It was also said that animated gifs and other videos wouldn’t be targeted. That is not the case now at all. They started going at fan accounts hard at the end of 2020 and have continued to do so.
This is unfortunate because tons of fans love watching Botchamania every week. It’s also not a great look for AEW. Apparently, Tony Khan’s company was able to take the Botchamania channel down before Maffew got to take a stab at Blood & Guts.