Swerve Strickland, a notable member of the AEW roster, has captured attention for his exceptional in-ring skills and engaging personality. He is now the AEW World Champion and has decided to address Grayson Waller taking a shot at AEW recently.

On April 17, Grayson Waller, during a promotional segment for an upcoming episode of WWE SmackDown in Jacksonville, Florida, took subtle jab at AEW with a comment about “bringing good wrestling back to Jacksonville for the first time in years.” This remark was a playful dig at AEW, which frequently holds events in Jacksonville due to the city’s connection with the Khan family, who own the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.

In a recent interview with News4Jax, AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland addressed Grayson Waller’s subtle dig at AEW while promoting a SmackDown event in Jacksonville. Strickland’s response to Waller’s comment was pointed, referencing his own career trajectory and championship success in WWE’s NXT brand.

“Obviously [it was a shot at AEW]. I love the subtleties. This person that said that, congratulations on their championship gold. Amazing. You were awesome when you were watching me in the seats when I was being a champion over where you were as well. Happy to see where you progressed to, but let’s be real, we are the best wrestling. Not just in Jacksonville, but anywhere. In the world. I stand on business on that.”


Strickland’s response underlines his confidence in AEW’s standing within the wrestling industry. He pointed out his time as NXT North American Champion, emphasizing that he was already a champion when Waller was just starting with WWE on 205 Live. Regardless, Strickland is truly on top of the world right now and that is all that matters.

Do you feel Swerve Strickland dealt with Grayson Waller’s comments in a professional way? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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