AEW Rampage might have seen a viewership decrease this week, but fans really responded to one segment. It seems that Acclaimed segment everyone is talking about was originally slated for Dynamite.

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Fans booed the Acclaimed’s segment for about ten-minutes in Chicago. That was cut down a bit for television, but the heat went down, and they let Billy Gunn talk when he grabbed the microphone. That being said, Harley from QTV still drew a ton of heat.

During that promo, Harley claimed that Anthony Bowens was hot for her. That is when Bowens made it very clear that he’s not interested, because he’s gay. That is when “he’s gay” chants busted out.


Sean Sapp noted behind Fightful’s paywall that AEW actually planned this segment for Dynamite, but they moved it to Rampage. That being said, Anthony Bowens was totally fine with the segment.

We’ve learned some more about the angle, which also featured QTV, Harley Cameron, Max Caster and Billy Gunn. The segment saw Harley Cameron hitting on Anthony Bowens before he proclaimed he was gay. We’re told the segment was largely put together by Billy Gunn and QT Marshall. Marshall had spoken with Anthony Bowens about proclaiming he was gay if he was comfortable with doing so, and Bowens was all for it. 

At one point, the segment was scheduled for Dynamite, as The Acclaimed had mentioned that they would be on the show. However, we’re told that it was moved to Rampage to give it the time that it needed.

The segment went viral in a big way, with Anthony Bowens’ segment from AEW Rampage landing over 5 million views on Twitter alone. It seems that fans were really about this segment during Pride month.

Only time will tell what’s next for The Acclaimed. They are still connecting with fans in a big way. For more updates, stay tuned with us here at Ringside News.

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