Anthony Bowens says he hopes The Acclaimed are done with Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
Bowens and Max Caster, collectively known as The Acclaimed, are the reigning AEW World Tag Team Champions, and they have been feuding with Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal in recent weeks. The two teams clashed on the January 4 episode of AEW Dynamite, and The Acclaimed pulled off a controversial win. They faced off again in a No Holds Barred Match on AEW Battle of the Belts V, and The Acclaimed emerged victorious.
Speaking with Screen Rant, Bowens discussed the feud and noted that it got “a bit crazy” when things seemingly turned personal between Caster and Jarrett. He made it clear that he’s glad The Acclaimed won the hard-fought battles. When asked whether the feud is over, Bowens stated that he hopes that’s the case.
“Yeah, they were battles. They were heated battles for a reason because it got a little personal the week before,” Bowens said. “For those who weren’t aware, our music video had a line in there that kind of stirred a bit of the pot in the Jeff Jarrett camp. Things got a bit crazy, so there was a lot of real emotion in there in the ring. I’m glad we were able to pull out two wins. I hope we’re done. I’m tired of beating their ass every single night. (laughs)”
Bowens was also asked to share his thoughts on being involved in the feud when it turned personal following Caster’s rap bout Jarrett. He noted that the raw emotions amped him and Caster up, and he made it clear that Jarrett fired them up with his comments on his podcast. Now that the feud is seemingly in the rearview mirror, Bowens stated that they’re happy with where they are.
“I mean, I think a lot of what makes wrestling very exciting is storylines, and when you’re able to step outside of a storyline and have, like I said before, the raw emotions of chaos going on,” Bowens said. “That really draws so much interest from everybody involved, including us. It amped me up. I couldn’t wait to get out there and beat the crap out of him.
“I don’t know if you’ve heard his podcast. On his My World podcast, he said some pretty crappy things about [Max] Caster’s family on that, and where we train, etc. So, you know, a lot of it was just [us] out for vengeance. Also, we’re the Tag Team Champions, so we got to make sure that we’re defending and keeping our titles. We are the Forever Champs, we’ve gotta live up to our word. So there’s a lot of moving parts. There’s a lot of things going on. But again, we had two very strong wins to start off 2023. Which Max and Billy and I are very, very happy with.”
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