Alex Jones’ Infowars angry at Zeb Colter character:
Alternative news outlet InfoWars.com (the website for Libertarian political activist Alex Jones), are not happy with WWE’s Zeb Colter character and the way they named dropped Alex Jones alongside establishment conservatives.
The WWE is playing the race card for the purpose of a gimmick as Swagger prepares to fight Mexican wrestler Alberto Del Rio for the world heavyweight title at Wrestlemania.
During Swagger’s match, commentators Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler joked that Swagger and Colter had received “fan mail” from conservative radio talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Alex Jones.
Twitter users reacted with outrage, slamming the WWE for “crapping all over the Tea Party” by “promoting a Racist, immigrant hating Tea Party character vs a Mexican wrestler.”
“What the **** are you doing with this Zeb Colter guy? A heel with a Tea Party stereotype angle? Do you still want my money?” asked Mark Scudder.
This is part of the divide and conquer tactic of cultural subversion to manufacture racial division and to characterize the Tea Party, conservatives, libertarians, opponents of uncontrolled illegal immigration and constitutionalists as racist, extremist radicals who should be pushed to the fringes of the political discourse.
The fact that WWE is owned by Vince and Linda McMahon, who are part of the Republican establishment, also tells us a lot about how grass roots conservatives and libertarians are viewed by those near the top of the power structure.
Jones a close friend of Jesse Ventura, himself is highly critical of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and other mainstream conservatives and would consider it factually inaccurate to be lumped in with them. He also maintains that the Tea Party movement was hijacked early on by mainstream talking heads to water it down, alter its message and make it looks stupid.
It may also be worth pointing out that Libertarians like Jones are staunchly opposed to a piece of legislation known as the “Patriot Act” which allows the Government to use surveillance against citizens without a crime being committed. This may be why Swagger’s move is now called the “Patriot Lock”.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter WWE responded to some of the criticisms they’ve been receiving…
“WWE has a long history of creating fictional characters that serve as either protagonists or antagonists, no different than other television shows or feature films. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines. WWE is creating drama centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view to develop a rivalry between two characters. This storyline in no way represents WWE’s political point of view. One should not confuse WWE’s storytelling with what WWE stands for, similar to other entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., Universal Studios or Viacom.”
Ironically this is exactly the kind of controversy WWE were looking for. “Controversy creates cash!”
Santino has neck procedure:
Santino Marella gave an update on his injury on Twitter…
“Neck procedure went well today in Pittsburg, shouldn’t be too long now before I’m back in action, I’m hoping!”
It’s not clear exactly what he had done.
TNA doing Australian Boot Camp?:
Australian magazine Perth Now is suggesting that TNA may be bringing the British Boot Camp reality show concept to Australia…
With a roster that boasts wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, ‘Olympic Gold Medalist’ Kurt Angle, and the High-Flying Jeff Hardy, a name from Perth could become the next added to the list.
Impact Wrestling is considering the commission of their Wrestling Boot Camp competition in Australia, which would provide an opportunity of a lifetime for the professional wrestlers.
“Without a doubt it’d be the chance of a lifetime. We work so hard here in Western Australia. For years it felt like we were a whole world away from the heights of pro-wrestling, but this would bring it right to our doorstep,” said Dave Farlie, head trainer of Perth’s Dynamite Factory.
Chris Jericho talks return and more:
WWE Superstar Chris Jericho recently spoke with Donald Wood from Bleacher Report and Ring Rust Radio about his return and other subjects…
Q. You came back at the Royal Rumble. You completely duped everyone; something that doesn’t happen in wrestling much anymore and you got rewarded with that with a huge pop. Talk about that.
A. I don’t know if it I was rewarded with a huge pop. I think it was the fact that people were genuinely surprised and shocked and kind of rewarding themselves. I think it was cool in this day and age that we can actually still surprise people and fool them; especially with the internet all the different ways of social media. And the fact that not one person leaked it, I thought it was a real testament to the company, a real testament to how close I kept it to the vest because not a lot of people knew. There were people in the building that work there for the WWE that didn’t even know until I walked out to the curtain. So, that’s cool to know, because in this day and age, people really have a sense of entitlement, like to play god, like to say they know what’s going on and know everything. When they didn’t know everything, we kind of fooled people it was a really cool moment for me and it could be one of the last times we see something like this because of the reasons I said. That’s one of the reasons the reaction was so huge because people legitimately didn’t expect it. It’s not like, “Well, we knew he was coming”, it was legitimate, like, “Holy Smoke, I can’t believe it”, and that’s why the reaction was what it was.
It was probably one of the best reactions I’ve ever received, besides maybe ’99 when I interrupted The Rock in Chicago, and it was definitely up there as one of top two or three responses I’ve ever received, it was pretty cool.
Q. Since your WWE debut in 1999 there has been a strong contingency of fans that say you were either underutilized, misused or held back. Did you ever share these sentiments that some of the fanbase has or do you disagree wholeheartedly?
A. I guess six-time world champion, nine-time Intercontinental champion, first undisputed champion, I guess all that stuff is being held back; is being a jobber. Then yes, I totally agree with them. I don’t know what you want me to say. I’m Y2J, man. I’ve been doing this for 22 years at the top level. I don’t understand fans sometimes. Six-time world champion, I don’t know how you can deny that. Obviously, at some point I got something right?
Q. You’re a huge star in the WWE and wrestling, but you also have an extremely successful band, Fozzy, how do you balance the two?
A. I guess it’s because I’ve always been kind of a career skitso since I was a kid. I wanted to be in a rock band and I wanted to be a wrestler. I dint know how I was going to do wither one of those, but I just decided that’s what I want to do. You can’t really do both at the same time, you can juggle. That’s one of the reasons I can back for this run is because I had an open time in Fozzy’s tour schedule. Even still, were going to tour with Metallica for a couple weeks on the Soundwave Tour. So I mean there is still a little bit of a balance between one and the other, but now my focus and my schedule is always going to be more Fozzy-based at this time in my career rather than WWE-based. Doesn’t mean I won’t come and go in the WWE for as long as I can, for as long as I feel I can live up to the standards I set. I was actually pleasantly surprised over the last month, I think it has been one of the best months I’ve ever had as far as performances and match quality. At the risk of sounding too egotistical, I’ve had the best match on the show or top-two best matches on the show on every show that I’ve done since I came back, and that was after a six-month layoff. I’m putting in some time. 45 minutes in the rumble, then 18 minutes with CM Punk and 32 minutes in the chamber. It’s been a pretty cool vibe to know I can go in there and perform at the highest level and put in the time I need to put in. As long as I can continue to do that and feel good about myself and my performance, there is no reason I won’t continue to comeback. But, it’s always going to based of Fozzy’s schedule and what I have going on with the band.