Exclusive: Evil Uno Recalls Receiving Death Threats Following AEW Debut
"Those first few months were mentally very draining"
It didn't take long for Dark Order to make their presence felt in All Elite Wrestling and Evil Uno and Stu Grayson made their debuts alongside a handful of minions during the promotion's inaugural show, Double Or Nothing 2019. The new faction would appear in the ring following Best Friends vs. The Hybrid2 and they would beat down both teams to leave a strong impression.
Dark Order's debut received a muted reception, though, and not enough was done to prevent the negative reactions as 2019 wore on, leaving the audience still unfamiliar with the tag team as the year drew to a close.
The fortunes of the faction eventually turned around following the introduction of The Exalted One and the likes of Evil Uno, John Silver, Colt Cabana and 10 are all now established fan favourites in AEW.
Evil Uno was the most recent guest on Straight To Hell and he reflected on Dark Order's transformation into fan favourites, during which he revealed he received death threats following his AEW debut.
"Honestly, it's been fantastic. To just skip to the end part, obviously nowadays it feels great to know that organically the two guys that people met with silence and 'who are you?' and many death threats and many messages saying I should be fired from the company, those first few months were mentally very draining and it's great to find out now, two years into it, people have gotten to know who we are. Obviously, our characters have changed dramatically in the last two years and that's helped as well. People have just been a lot more receptive," Uno said.
"AEW is at a weird time where it's always Pepsi or Coke. It's Xbox or PlayStation. So if you like one, you hate the other and you have to hate the entirety of the other and somehow hating the other also involves threatening all kinds of violence... I didn't get letters to my house. No one knocked at my door. It was more the negativity of all of it. But there were definitely some, 'I hope he dies.' There were some of those," Uno added.
"I invite you if you're out there and you post that kind of stuff, no one deserves that stuff. You don't know what people are going through. Please don't single out others. But yeah, it's changed dramatically. I don't get those anymore."