AEW Fight Forever has officially been released and I’ve been so excited to get my hands on it. But just as in the world of AEW television, some controversy has accompanied the release. This drama isn’t about a delay. Instead, it’s about the name of a wrestling move that might hit a little close to home for WWE’s Brock Lesnar.

The Controversy Behind It

AEW Fight Forever has Lesnar’s finishing move—the F5—but in the AEW game it’s called Diverticulitis. For those who don’t know, diverticulitis is a serious gastrointestinal disease that Brock Lesnar suffered from in 2009. Since Brock Lesnar uses the F-5 in WWE, you can truly see the problem here. It is also worse as Brock almost died while he had diverticulitis, and boy a lot of people on social media were disgusted. Just look at some of the tweets below:

https://twitter.com/WWFCounselor/status/1673723580130131968

Okay, stay with me here, but at times the internet is known to jump to extreme conclusions without all the information. Hard to believe, I know. After doing some digging here, it turns out that that’s exactly what happened in this case.

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How this Controversy is a Giant Misunderstanding

It turns out that the named move was notable from one member in All Elite Wrestling. The first one is from current AEW Announcer Excalibur. In fact he tweeted in 2015 about renaming the move.

AEW Fight Forever diverticulitis

So the F-5 has been called Diverticulitis for many years. Heck, even current WWE Superstar Kevin Owens called it that. When he wrestled under the name Kevin Steen while he wrestled for PWG (Pro Wrestling Guerilla) he did the F-5, but called it Diverticulitis as well. Heck he even used the move in Ring of Honor as well.

So it pretty much has been the name for a very long time and it was not trying to make a reference to Brock Lesnar. It may seem like it, but it is obviously a clear misunderstanding. Thank Goodness is was because it would be a complete PR Nightmare if it was not the case. Still, controversy or no controversy, I am still going to play this game.

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AEW Fight Forever is playable now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch

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