Should The WWE Suspend Manager Who Told Kobe Bryant Rape Joke On Air?
Monday night was the start of a new era for the WWE as episode number 1001 of Monday Night Raw aired. With the company entering new territory with Raw extending to three hour shows, the company’s focus should be on how they intend to fill those 180 minutes. Instead, the empire that the McMahons built spent Tuesday morning issuing an apology for one of their Superstars uttering a rape joke on air.
And this is when the WWE’s social media efforts have come back to bite them in the ass.
Over the past year, the company has made every effort to make the pro wrestling experience more inclusive for its fans. From its incessant usage of Twitter to it’s new video chat for fans called Tout, the WWE intends to beat you over the head with social media until you are ready to vomit. They allow fans to choose the type of matches that their wrestlers will partake in and constantly plug the website. Their latest idea to get fans into the show isn’t really anything big or innovative at all. Abraham Washington, or Mr. AW, manages a tag team known as the Primetime Players. During his team’s matches, AW is equipped with a microphone so everyone watching at home and in the arena can hear him coach his team. He’ll utter comedic phrases at random and pretty much does everything on the fly.
Too bad his sense of humor on Monday night rubbed people the wrong way. As the Primetime Players were facing the team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, AW was doing his normal thing until he decided to let loose an ill-advised joke about basketball players being unrelenting.
“Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a Colorado hotel…he’s unstoppable.”
Smooth move AW.
The WWE instantly went into retreat mode once it realized what came out of AW’s mouth. After issuing a short on-air apology, the company issued a statement saying that they’ve taken the “appropriate action.” Usually, the “appropriate action” would lead to either suspension or worse. However, the dirt sheets have no indication regarding what will happen to Washington. Yes, Washington immediately apologized on Twitter and to the WWE for making the joke, but I’m surprised that the WWE has yet to spring into action. Not to say that he should lose his job; perhaps a mild suspension will do. Or, maybe the WWE is becoming the forgiving company it never has been and will just slap Washington on his wrist and make him promise that he won’t do it again.
After all, they do have three long hours to fill.