AEW star Anthony Bowens of The Acclaimed recently spoke with the New York Daily News ahead of tonight’s Grand Slam Dynamite special where Bowens and his tag partner Max Caster will challenge Swerve In Your Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland) for the AEW tag team championship. Highlights from the interview can be found below.
On being gay and how hateful some can be because of it:
“I am privileged in the sense that sometimes people look at me without having any idea, while others… can get a lot more hatred than me. And I understand that, but I’ve been through a lot. And I understand how it feels to be judged, to get hatred on you. I know there are a lot of other athletes and just people in general who are going through the same thing as me so if I can be some kind of beacon of hope that you can beat all this bullshit and the hate and it all gets better there I would like to be a shining light.”
Wants to be an inspiration to people like him:
“I’m a skinny kid from Nutley, New Jersey, and if you saw me in high school, you really wouldn’t think I would grow into an international, larger-than-life superstar. It’s insane. So I’m sort of a representative of anyone who has a dream that people might say ‘no, that’s impossible’ because of who they are. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you have the work ethic, if you have the passion, if you have the drive, if you are ruthless, this can be done.