In a recent edition of the "AEW Unrestricted" podcast, trailblazing referee Aubrey Edwards delved into her unprecedented role, officiating back-to-back matches at the unforgettable AEW All-In event held at Wembley Stadium on August 27.
Edwards orchestrated the rules in the epic battle between Chris Jericho and Will Ospreay, swiftly followed by overseeing The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn's triumphant AEW World Trios Championship victory against the formidable House of Black.
AEW's modus operandi usually prevents referees from overseeing consecutive matches, a rule set by the senior referee, Paul Turner, to maintain a standard of fairness and impartiality. However, this policy experienced a shake-up at the historic event, as Edwards articulated a firm desire to work closely with industry titans Chris Jericho and Billy Gunn.
She stated, "So normally when Paul [Turner] assigns matches for pay-per-views, we intentionally try for the ref team not to do back-to-back matches. And I had made it very clear to him, like, 'Look. There are two people I want to work with most during this pay-per-view.
I want to work with Chris Jericho, obviously, but I also want to work with Billy Gunn.' "
Stadium Stampede Spectacle
Besides being a part of the key clashes of the evening, Edwards also shared officiating duties with her fellow AEW referee cohort during the thrilling Stadium Stampede match.
This pulsating encounter featured stars such as Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, and Jon Moxley, offering an electrifying spectacle with fans on the edges of their seats. Reflecting on her journey, Edwards acknowledged that her expertise in refereeing tag team matches was honed during Gunn's tag bouts in the pandemic era at Daily's Place.
Joining the AEW in September 2019, Edwards has been a beacon of progress in the wrestling industry. She shattered glass ceilings at AEW All Out 2019, setting a record as the first female referee to officiate a world championship match on a pay-per-view platform.
As Edwards continues to carve out her legacy, her recent endeavour at AEW All In stands as a testament to her skills and passion for the industry and encapsulates the trust and recognition she has garnered from her peers.
This dedication to her craft ensures that Edwards remains a revered figure in the AEW and the entire wrestling world. Her keen insight and behind-the-scenes details shared on the "AEW Unrestricted" podcast offer wrestling fans a deeper look into the fascinating world of AEW, with Edwards remaining at the heart of this electrifying landscape.