WWE Clamps Down on Video Footage; Other Videos They Should Consider Removing
As political season heats up, and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon's second bid for a seat in the Connecticut Senate draws near, the WWE has taken measures to clean up its act.
The national wrestling promotion has turned to video-sharing sites for its latest batch of damage control, as the company removed the infamous "H.L.A." video (h/t PWTorch) from Vimeo after coming under attack from political opponents for questionable programming under Linda McMahon's watch.
If the WWE's new strategy to keep its nose clean is to wave a Men in Black memory-erasing pen in front of popular social media sites and rid them of offensive content, then boy, do they have their work cut out of for them.
Jerry Lawler's Homophobic Promo Against Goldust
The 1997 King of the Ring pitted Goldust against Jerry Lawler in the first round, furthering a budding personal rivalry between the two outspoken characters.
Prior to his match against Goldust in the heart of the Attitude Era, Lawler cut an offensive promo against Goldust that involved the use of a homophobic slur used to disparage Goldust for what was described as living a bizarre lifestyle.
Anything Involving the Artist Formerly Known as Goldust
The goal of the Goldust character was to shock and appall, so once the character became flat, the WWE did everything they could to reinvent Goldust while re-offending its audience.
After partnering with WWE anti-Diva Luna Vachon, Goldust became even more outrageous. Vachon would often lead the bizarre one out to the ring in outfits that increased in shock value with each passing week.
Vince McMahon Goes to Church
No true politician with serious aspirations of forging a career in politics can do so without pronouncing their faith.
Unfortunately for Linda McMahon's political aspirations, Vince McMahon's edgy segment during a feud with well-documented Christian Shawn Michaels was designed to antagonize Christians as McMahon shamelessly mocked God in a vignette that saw him drink holy water before virtually baptizing himself.
Vince McMahon Mocks Jim Ross' Bells Palsy
Amazingly, this video is still brandished on WWE's official YouTube page despite the immense backlash that rained down as a result of McMahon's tasteless bullying of longtime WWE
loyalist freelancer employee Jim Ross.
AW's Infamous Kobe Bryant Joke
While the WWE did eventually fire AW for continuous insubordinate comments made on RAW and in social media, the cringe-worthy video of him comparing Titus O'Neil's in-ring offense to Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape trial still lingers as a reminder of just how far WWE's locker-room culture still has to go.
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