WWE Fires AW for Kobe Joke: Why There Is Big Money in an Imminent Return

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2012

From WWE.com
From WWE.com

The WWE was in midseason form as the world-wide leader in hypocrisy with their recent firing of AW stemming from his tasteless Kobe Bryant joke two weeks ago on Raw. 

In similar situations where the WWE has been pressured to fire an employee to keep up appearances for the media, the employee in question plays nice in public before inevitably being brought back once the firestorm of controversy they created dies down.  

This was the case with Daniel Bryan's firing in 2010. Given AW's immediate WWE hate sermon on Twitter (h/t WNZ), this does not seem to be the case here. 

In fact, AW has been so aggressive in his disdain that WWE "turned its back" on him; it almost appears as if he is now adding wrinkles to a character to be portrayed in the event of a return. 


In the crosshairs of AW's series of anti-WWE tweets lay Linda McMahon, wife of Vince McMahon and the anchor of an expensive Senate run that has infused the WWE in an ugly game of political warfare and has, thus far, netted zero return for the former WWE CEO and Senate hopeful. 

Linda McMahon is no-no territory for WWE superstars looking to weasel their way back to the show. AW's bold, yet carefully worded, comments against Linda McMahon make it sound like there will be no plans for a post-Kobegate return, and AW could care less. 

The outpour of support for AW both in and out of the WWE locker room is a nice gauge of interest in an ongoing saga that serves as the most current example of the WWE adhering to a code of conduct only when important people are watching. 

Much has been made of the all-too-familiar WWE double standard given past and present indiscretions and egregious public lapses in judgment shown by both the promotion and its chairman, and nobody has been more vocal about said double standard than its latest victim.  

Shoot-style angles are always an exciting method of promoting sports entertainment as long as they are few and far between. The last major angle of this magnitude went off in 2011 when CM Punk infamously sat in the entrance way and blistered the WWE with a worked-shoot promo. 

Should an AW return happen, it won't be any time soon. And although the pro wrestling news cycle is an even more aggressive cycle of here-today, gone-tomorrow content, AW resurfacing—possibly as the mouthpiece for an anti-WWE group of mercenaries sick of the promotion's continued demonstrations of duplicity—could be a powerful tool to get over some young talent until, of course, they all inevitably do the job to John Cena.


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