The WWE challenged Beck after the conservative talk show host attacked the World Wresting Entertainment, calling them “stupid wrestling people” on TheBlaze TV. WWE’s challenge invites Glenn Beck to appear on the WWE Monday Night Raw program to explain why.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, WWE challenged Glenn Beck because he accused WWE of degrading tea party advocates with a racist, unrealistic caricature played by a wrestler called Jack Swagger. In the meantime, the wrestler who portrays Jack Swagger was busted for DUI and has been pulled from WWE shows.
Yahoo News describes the scenario that sparked Glenn Beck’s ire and then led to the WWE challenging Beck:
“The wrestling production company has cast wrestler Jack Swagger as a conservative, tea-party-ish villain with a xenophobic fictional manager, Zeb Coulter, in a Wrestlemania matchup against Latino star Alberto Del Rio. In the ring, Coulter went on an rant against immigrants, standing in front of yellow flags commonly flown at tea party rallies.”
Glenn Beck said on his show that the WWE took things too far:
“I can take it from a lot of people. I can’t take it from the stupid wrestling people.”
Wayne Keown plays the Zebediah Colter. In a YouTube video, the character from WWE challenged Beck on his statements that an essentially Republican and conservative audience would be turned off by the Tea Party WWE storyline. He claims that Glenn Beck is essentially calling the 14 million WWE audience stupid, as well. He also noted that 20 percent of WWE’s audience was Hispanic.
According to The Raw Story, Wayne Keown explained how the WWE writes its stories:
“We are in the entertainment business. Everything we do as our characters is designed to tell stories. Right now the story we’re telling is that Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger are using the current, relevant, and topical story of immigration to target the WWE world champion Alberto Del Rio. Also a character played my my friend Jose Rodriguez. In our story, we are the antagonists, and Alberto is the protagonist.”
Keown then presented the WWE challenge to Beck:
“You know, Glenn, many of your followers are WWE fans and they understand the difference between reality and entertainment. Are you so out of touch with your own audience, Glenn, or are you just a stupid political commentator.”
So far, in response to the WWE’s challenge, Beck has had only this to say via Twitter:
“Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else.”
Do you think Glenn Beck should have accepted the WWE challenge?
Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else.http://t.co/5OOJQRmjUd
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) February 23, 2013