AEW Star Claims Lack Of Space For Asians On US TV

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A current AEW star believes that as an Asian wrestler, there are not that many spots on the company’s television shows.

Konosuke Takeshita has scored some impressive wins in his AEW career over former World Champions like Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho, but the talented Japanese star is sometimes left off television for weeks at a time.

When it comes to in-ring performances, fans and critics alike praise Takeshita as one of the biggest rising stars in All Elite Wrestling. Takeshita is a part of the Don Callis Family stable, which means he has Callis doing promos for him.

In an interview with Sayoko Mita of DDT, Takeshita said that sometimes it’s hard to break through on AEW television shows.

“I thought hard work could cover for everything else before getting there. If I showed how good I am I could get more airtime, but there are other aspects that come to play when competing here (in America).”

“Discrimination is not the word here but unfortunately there’s a lack of space for an Asian person to be on a TV show watched by Americans. No matter how good my condition was nor the amount of matches I was put it, or how many times they said my match was good, it felt like I couldn’t make it in the starting lineup, to put it in Baseball terms.”

Huge Konosuke Takeshita Match Announced For AEW Double Or Nothing

During this week’s On AEW Dynamite in Everett, Washington, Takeshita appeared with the Don Callis Family to attack IWGP World Champion Jon Moxley & Bryan Danielson.

After the show was over, AEW announced that Moxley will face Takeshita at the Double or Nothing PPV on May 26th although it will be a non-title match.

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