#RAW1001 started off with a bang. Well, more of a fire. The set caught ablaze, and it caused a delay in the show’s start, production of WWE’s secondary programming, and entrance to the arena for wrestling fans. But that’s not all.
A(braham) W(ashington) made a very loud commentary during a match about Kobe Bryant’s rape case. Really? When did anyone think that would be acceptable talk? How is he not suspended for his comment? I understand he’s supposed to be a “bad guy”, but that’s just tasteless. How many journalists have we seen in the past few years say something off color that cost them their jobs? How are rape victims not crying out against WWE demanding his termination?
Randy Orton returned. In an interview after RAW aired, he was asked about how it felt to return to the WWE. He commented about his (finger quotes) vacation. He said they threw a party when he came back, even lighting up the place in his honor, mocking the very real threat of the fire that almost cancelled the show. Really? He didn’t say, “My reckless actions put me in a position where I had to sit on the sidelines for a couple of months, and while I was unable to compete, I let down my fans.” Instead, he mocked his suspension and mocked reality. For what? A cheap pop?
If the writing team is giving their talent copy points, then they need to round up the problem children and have them gather around the table, let them know that they are to say only what’s on the pretty blue paper and not to deviate from script. However, if the writing team is telling guys like AW and Randy Orton to say what they’ve been saying, then maybe it’s time for a new writing team.
Wrestling fans aren’t stupid. If you have a guy they know is suspended mock the suspension, then they will see the whole process as a joke. Kids that want to be wrestlers will shoot up, thinking that when they work for the WWE that they may get slapped with a fine, but it’ll be okay. They’ll think it’s okay to mock rape.