Well, it appears Glenn Beck will not be partaking in next Monday's Raw.
For those of you who are unaware, the company offered Beck a chance to address the WWE Universe regarding his recent comments about the company's Tea Party-themed Zeb Colter character.
Apparently Beck not only received the invite, but also contacted The Blaze.com with his response:
Glenn Beck has responded to the WWE’s challenge that he appear on their program after criticizing their new Tea Party-inspired character.
Beck’s answer? “Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else.”
Beck popped up on the WWE radar this week when he criticized the company's development of an anti-immigrant storyline for a pair of characters: Jack Swagger and his manager Zeb Colter.
Here's a taste of Colter's normal in-ring heel personality that Beck has taken issue with.
Beck claimed WWE was trying to "demonize" the Tea Party with the Colter character and went on to say, “I can take it from a lot of people. I can’t take it from the stupid wrestling people.”
Here's the video where the two men behind the Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter personalities, Wayne Keown and Jake Hager, respond to Beck's comments and challenge him to appear on Raw.
WWE released a statement on its creation of Colter's character:
WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view. This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character [Albert] Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.
Sadly, Beck apparently feels that he is above this form of entertainment, and will probably be lambasted on Raw for walking away from this offer.
In another development, Jack Swagger (aka Jake Hager) was arrested Tuesday for DUI and possession of marijuana in Mississippi (h/t TMZ). The arrest could bury the new, controversial angle.
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