Anthony Bowens On The Formation Of The Acclaimed, If He Has Input In Max Caster’s Raps & More!

AEW star Anthony Bowens of The Acclaimed was recently the guest on Busted Open Radio. Here are some highlights…

On the formation of The Acclaimed:

“I think Tony putting Caster and I together was a godsend. I think we bring out the best in each other, we feed off each other’s energy and our dynamic. It’s kind of similar to my YouTube channel where my boyfriend is the crazy, wacky one and I’m kind of almost the straight man of the comedy group. I feel its a similar dynamic where we just go out there and we feed off the crowd when we had the opportunity to last week or two weeks ago at Double or Nothing. And we go out there, we are ourselves every single time we’re on camera. And I think people are starting to see that now, and I think people are starting to connect with it.”

On if he has input in Max Caster’s raps:

“Max is the music guy. I can’t take credit for anything. At most what I’ll do is he’ll be like ‘hey, what cam I hit on today?’ And I’ll think ‘you can do this, this and this. Go take it as you please and see what you can come up with.’ At most I’ll give him like bullet points of stuff that maybe he can hit. And he’s so creative that he finds these funny bars that he comes up with, and the next thing you know people are rolling around on the ground laughing. Or in shock.”

“He (Tony Khan) pretty much lets us go out and be creative. And that’s the, I guess, the most rewarding part of this journey through our ascension. Obviously AEW puts us in a position to succeed, but it’s very much a sink or swim environment. But we have, I think, the best lifeguards to make sure we don’t drown. And the fact that we’re connecting with people just by doing stuff that we thought of or we thought would be funny or ‘hey let’s try this tonight.’ They allow us to go out and do it. It’s pretty rewarding, especially when you’re getting the result that you want.”

On wanting a rematch with The Young Bucks:

“We’re excited for round two. And I think the most excited part about The Acclaimed is you haven’t seen anything yet. People like to think we’re characters or that we’re a gimmick and such and we’re not. Max is a professional wrestler who also happens to be a very good rapper. If he wasn’t wrestling he’d be rapping, that’s his life’s work. For me, I am a critically acclaimed sports entertainer/pro wrestler.”

On more things to expect from The Acclaimed:

“You actually haven’t even seen a lot of my, I use the word character development loosely because obviously it’s been pretty rap heavy. But once we get more TV time, we’ve got Rampage coming up in August, the more opportunities that we have to talk you’ll kind of see a more complete, well rounded Acclaimed. Even more complete than we are now. There’s so much more room for growth, so many ideas that we’ve had that haven’t had the chance to hit yet. So there’s a lot more fun stuff to come and I’m excited.”

Click here to listen to the full show.

Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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