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Wrestling announcer fired after mocking Japanese accent

A Spanish language TV announcer has been fired after mocking the Japanese accent of Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida.

The incident occurred Friday during an episode of AEW Dynamite, according to The Overtimer.

Announcer Willie Urbina had been asked to translate a promo to Spanish. He began to mock Shida in a stereotypical matter and continued even after being asked to stop.

Spanish fans called out Urbina on Twitter. He was reportedly let go immediately.

Wrestling Inc reports the exchange went like this.

Alex Abrahantes: “Do Shida.” (As in translate her promo)

Willie Urbina: Speaks incoherently using a stereotypical accent.

Thunder Rosa: “Shut up, holy crap!” (Laughs)

Willie Urbina: Continues on with accent.

Thunder Rosa: “I will throw the pen at you if you don’t stop.” (Said in a joking manner)

Dasha Kuret: “Stop it! You are mean.” (Seemingly addressing Urbina, sounding crossed about it)

The exchange happened right before Shida was presented with a new championship belt to commemorate her 377-day reign as Women’s World Champion.

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