WWE Picks Sharpton: Can I Get an Amen?

Matt AlgarinContributor ISeptember 23, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 07:  Reverend Al Sharpton attends the Zab Judah and Carlos Baldomir undisputed World Welterweight Championship fight at Madison Square Garden January 7, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

WWE fans will be in for an..."interesting" night next week on Monday Night Raw.

Live from Albany, NY, the Rev. Al Sharpton will be invading your television sets, as the special guest host for the night. From my point of view it may be hard for Sharpton to follow in the shoes of Cedric The Entertainerβ€”who was hilarious by the way.

The Rev is a man of many hats. He is a civil rights activist, an American Baptist Minister, and radio talk show host. Sharpton threw his hat into the Democratic bid for president back in 2004.

This choice is very intersting for the fact that Sharpton has been no stranger to controversy. But it may also be his skill of the spoken word that makes him an appealing choice.

Whether you like him or not, you cannot ignore his "in your face" approach.

Sharpton is actually going to be in town on business. He is currently working on education reform.

The WWE is pushing its R.E.A.L. Campaign. The R.E.A.L. (Respect, Education, Achievement, Loyalty) Campaign is focused on childhood literacy.

By teaming with Sharpton and allowing him to share his message, the WWE is giving him an amazing platform to spread the word of reform with more than 5 million people who will be watching the telecast.

The word on the Internet is not a positive one. Blogs and news sites all over the web have been flooded with negative comments about the appearance.

Comments include:

  • "I will defiantly not be watching."
  • "Thanks for the update on Sharpton, I will be finding something else to do for those two hours."
  • "As a RAW fan for 17 years I will never watch WWE again."

Wow...some tough words.

How will the WWE take the possibly negative comments? We all know that in this business, its about what the fans have to say.

I think that instead of forming an opinion before the fact, the fans need to just tune in and see what the WWE has in store for them.


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