AEW is WWE’s direct competition right now and for the most part, WWE has actively avoided referencing the company. Therefore it comes as no surprise WWE edited out a direct AEW name-drop from The Bump.

Over the past five years, there have been very few references that WWE programming made about AEW, with Sami Zayn directly name-dropping AEW on a 2019 episode of Monday Night RAW.

During this week’s episode of WWE’s The Bump, comedian Jay Pharoah did an impression of Triple H from the Attitude Era. During the conversation, he directly mentioned AEW.

”All these different talents, I got AEW, I got the WWE, I’ve got the WCW, all under one umbrella, so I’m making money, so it doesn’t matter who’s gonna be the…”


To the surprise of absolutely no one, WWE ended up editing out his entire impression and it was quite an abrupt cut at that. This wouldn’t be the first time WWE removed any reference to AEW either.

Perhaps there will come a time when WWE will freely acknowledge AEW without any sort of issue, but right now that seems like a very impossible thing.

What do you think of WWE editing out AEW from WWE’s The Bump? Do you feel WWE will ever acknowledge AEW again? Let us know in the comments below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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