Kris Statlander Comments On Criticism Of The AEW Women's Division
"It's just gonna take time"
Since All Elite Wrestling's inception, the company's women's division has come under criticism. Fans have pointed to the lack of TV time for the women on the roster compared to the men, while others have found fault with the in-ring work.
Kris Statlander was the guest on Pro Wrestling Junkies' latest virtual Q&A and she addressed the criticism of the division.
"I mean, there's parts to agree to and not to agree to," she said. "I think it's valid to accept criticism but people also have to remember that almost every single girl that got signed or is a part of the AEW women's roster has never worked on TV before. A lot of men on the roster have worked on TV or if they haven't, they're working with people who have been on TV before so, we're just kind of learning as we go right now.
"We're trying our hardest. We do trainings before TV every single time there's tapings so, people that think we're just sitting on our butts and just hoping things are gonna be handed to us, we're trying as hard as we can. There's only so much we can [do] and there's only so much time that we can get in a two-hour stream or a two-hour TV and yes there's Dark, obviously but it's not live TV, and people need to give it time.
"The company's been around for just over a year now and a lot of these girls, including myself are working on TV for the first time and are still learning it and we're not doing matches every single week, all of us so, I think it's fair to accept that we are being criticised because I believe that we can all do better, but Rome wasn't built in a day. A lot of these girls that were signed have not been working for 15 years, you know?
"It's just gonna take time and people are gonna have to accept that and we're trying, everyone's trying and it sucks that I can't be a part of it right now and trying my best to help out, but, that's what I have to say about it."
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription