WWE News: Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger break character, admit they are telling stories as a response to Glenn Beck Feb 22, 2013 - 09:21 PM
WWE personalities Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger delivered a promo and then stopped before it was revealed that they were standing in front of a green screen. They identified themselves by their real names Wayne Keown and Jake Hager as they stated that they are in the entertainment business.
"Everything we do with our characters is designed to tell stories," Keown said. "Right now the story we are 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 by my friend Jose Rodriguez. In our story, we are the antagonist and Alberto is the protagonist...
"Glen Beck, you recently referred to WWE as stupid wrestling people. Really, Glenn? Seriously, really? By implication, you are referring to the 14 million stupid wrestling fans who are watching our shows every week in America and our global audience in over 145 countries. 20 percent of our audience is Hispanic. 22 percent is African American. 35 percent is female. And we equally reach all major age groups including 25 percent over popularity...
"We have about 60 characters on our show, a lot more than say NCIS or Glee, but we're not that much different. Some of our characters are really likable and some are detestable, good guys and bad guys. We don't use guns and we don't depict murder or rape, typically seen on prime time dramas. Our program is PG. We look forward to continuing to tell provocative, funny, dramatic, and sometimes controversial stories with characters of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Many of your followers are WWE fans and they understand the difference between reality and entertainment. Are you out of touch with your audience, Glenn? Or are you just a stupid political commentator. Mr. Beck, we cordially invite you to Monday Night Raw in Dallas at the American Airlines Center where you can deliver a five-minute, unedited rebuttal to our global TV audience and a sold out crowd of over 12,000 stupid wrestling fans. So now let's get back in character..." You can view the footage at Youtube.com/watch?v=u9_RcD6WMmM.
Powell's POV: WWE is going all out to keep this story going in the mainstream media. They sent the video to Prowrestling.net and other media outlets on Friday evening. TMZ has already picked up on the story and noted in their story that Beck did not respond. This is the most attention Beck has received lately, so I am surprised he is not jumping at the chance to have five minutes of unedited time to put his face out there in front of millions of viewers on Monday night even though he would be presumably be viewed/portrayed as a villain to the fans in the building.
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