Nyla Rose is known to bask in controversy, and she’s not shy about it. She is a former AEW Women’s Champion and a staple on AEW television since the start of the company. She is not going to slow down when it comes to her mouth or her pursuit to reign as AEW Women’s Champion once again.
Nyla, being a transgender Black Native American female, represents many communities who, sadly, do not have as much representation in professional wrestling. She has been breaking down barriers that have sometimes been met with criticism from fans as they want more diversity and women’s wrestling in AEW.
The Native Beast appeared on the Grapsody podcast, and she naturally had a lot to say. She does not worry about what fans are thinking and added that she wants them to focus their energy somewhere else.
“I’m not going to obsess over that. When people look back and decide I’m finally black enough…oops, did I say that? The flowers will come. For right now, we’re going to keep doing the work, I’m gonna live forever.”
When fans asked about the lack of diversity in AEW she replied, “It hurts a little bit, and it’s a sad thing to say, but I’m kind of used to it. Growing up, let’s put it out there, I was too white for the black kids and too black for the white kids. It’s a sad state. I do hope…you do see a little bit of the shift and I hope we continue that shift and continue to diminish that way of thinking. I’m lightly melanated, but I’m hella black and I’m proud. A lot of it is excitement, in a way, because we see that shift happening. It’s excitement coupled with that microwave site. We see that shift, ‘Oh, it’s happening, let’s go,’ and baby, it takes time. Chill. We’re getting there. Look at where we are, look at where we were. Use your brain, think about where we’re going to be. I get the excitement and people get hype over it, but just chill and enjoy the ride.”
Tony Khan has discussed the steps he’s taken to make the AEW roster more diverse, including the signings of AQA, Keith Lee, Swerve Strickland, and more. He will continue that quest to present a diverse product as time goes on.
In the meantime, Nyla Rose is sure to make the headline AEW Battle of the Belts 2 on Saturday when she challenges Thunder Rosa for the AEW Women’s Championship,
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