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Video of Michael Cole Trying to Get Interview with Glenn Beck

– WWE issued the following during RAW last night:


STAMFORD, Conn., February 25, 2013 – Glenn Beck declined WWE’s invitation to address our fans live on Raw® tonight and then hid from WWE reporters when approached this evening at his studios in Dallas. WWE attempted to get comment from Beck but was unable to gain building access after Beck’s representatives said he was “not in the building,” which clearly couldn’t be the case just prior to his show airing live from the same studio.

Beck referenced WWE as “stupid wrestling people” in a segment that aired on TheBlaze TV last week, criticizing a recent WWE storyline involving WWE characters World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio™, Jack Swagger™ and Zeb Colter™.

Similar to other television shows and feature films, WWE is in the entertainment business, creating fictional characters that serve as protagonists or antagonists. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines.

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 Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.

  • D2K

    Don’t you love how WWE dismisses irresponsible and degrading story lines and “entertainment” when it is a benefit to them. It’s okay to have racist characters because it’s “entertainment.” It’s okay to make fun of a legend in this sport having a heart attack on live TV because it is “entertainment.”

    But then the run out this ‘Be A Star’ campaign to discourage bullying. Maybe they should think about the fact that making fun or light of traumatic experiences is a form of bullying. Children whom are WWE fans don’t have the experience to know that WWE liable to do stupid crap like this and some parents have convinced themselves that WWE is beyond it now. They aren’t expecting something like that to happen. And it’s not s simple as “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.” WWE is a publicly-traded company. They have responsibilities to their shareholders. If people decide to take them up on that offer that means shareholders lose money and WWE isn’t exactly rolling in dough these days.

    It’s not even a creative storyline. It’s not even an original storyline. The whole notion of it being entertainment is BS anyway. The Muhammad Hassan storyline was also a racially-insensitive storyline. However that storyline WAS entertaining, and was creative and original. An Arab-American sick of being treated as a terroist simply because of his ethnic heritage. Any segment with Muhammad Hassan had ratings off the page. His clash with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 21 was the highlight of the night. However when Viacom threatened to terminate their contract with WWE, they pulled the storyline.

    So there we see the hypocrisy. If Beck’s group puts pressure on NBC (which owns the USA Network) over this issue we’ll see how fast this storyline gets yanked down.

  • CC

    I dont like Cole, but I was reasonably impressed with the way he dealt with that.

  • Scott

    that kid was security? Damn even Michael Cole could have wrecked that kid

  • Matt Trovato

    So Glenn Beck has a bunch of hipsters working for him and he calls US dumb?