Donald Trump is not only the president-elect of the United States, he’s also a WWE Hall of Famer and one of few people to ever go head-to-head with Mr. McMahon and emerge victorious.
He even took part in the famous head-shaving following WrestleMania 23‘s “Hair vs. Hair” match in which “representative” Bobby Lashley defeated McMahon’s rep, Umaga, for the honor.
Despite the fracas, the McMahons and Donald Trump have maintained a friendship that recently culminated in the selection of Linda McMahon as head of the Small Business Administration in Trump’s upcoming administration.
Coincidentally, or perhaps not, WWE fired its head writer, Tom Casiello, three days after that announcement.
What does that have to do with anything?
Cageside Seats recently touched off just such a question when it posted a report on Casiello’s firing along with a picture of Vince and Donald Trump shaking hands.
No, CS was not getting a veiled dig in on the president-elect or trying to make some symbolic comparison between Casiello’s termination and Trump’s famous line from The Apprentice, a few observant commenters pointed out.
It was “retaliation” for Casiello’s outspoken disdain for the president-elect, or so the story goes.
One trip to the writer’s Twitter account will confirm he is no fan of Donald Trump.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 12, 2016
Casiello routinely tweets or retweets direct attacks on the president-elect. One that came directly from him on the day he was fired — in response to Trump bemoaning “Person of the Year” instead of “Man of the Year” — was this, “God, he’s even managed to turn Person of the Year into some ‘All Lives Matter’ bulls**t, once again missing the point.”
When Donald Trump addressed his role as an executive producer on the new Celebrity Apprentice while serving as president, Casiello quipped, “Oh good. At least there’s one thing he’s capable of addressing.”
That remark, too, came on the day he was fired. While both tweets were not the impetus considering he had already addressed the fate of the women’s division in the wake of his departure that day — he was a big proponent as discussed in this Inquisitr article — they are just two examples of a pattern that stretched out prior to his termination.
This was a fact not lost on a few in the Cageside Seats community.
“Tom Casiello had been openly critical of Donald Trump on Twitter previously. That is why he (Trump) is pictured here (in the CS piece),” a commenter observed, adding that Linda McMahon was appointed to a position in his government around the same time.
The commenter continued, “And he was fired two weeks before Christmas, after WWE had actually seen improving ratings on both Raw and Smackdown, and the women’s division has been the most acclaimed it’s been in a while, probably ever…. So sure, it’s speculation, but I don’t think it’s entirely unfounded or unreasonable to raise these questions.”
Not everyone agreed, however, with another commenter pointing out “the other writers that were fired before Tom Casiello,” all from an industry heavily critical of the president-elect.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 7, 2016
It is important to note Casiello’s firing was a personnel matter, so the chances of anyone ever discussing it from WWE are slim. As is, Donald Trump cannot realistically be blamed for the termination of this writer, but given the cozy reputation of the president-elect to the WWE, the wrestling community is starting to talk.
But what do you think, readers? Did criticism of Donald Trump have anything to do with WWE’s head writer being terminated? Sound off in the comments section below.
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