Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger break kayfabe to educate, taunt wingnut Glenn Beck
Ever since WWE introduced the “Zeb Colter” character a couple of weeks ago there has been outcry from the American right wing about the alleged persecution of their beliefs.
As summarized today in the Miami Herald:
WWE Monday Night Raw commentators Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler joked that Colter and Swagger receive “fan mail” from conservative radio talk show hosts Glenn Beck, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh.
Though it is a scripted angle on a television show — something WWE’s been doing for decades — Beck criticized WWE and its fan base for this latest storyline.
WWE extended an invitation to the talk show host and political commentator to appear live this Monday on Raw (8 p.m. EST, USA Network) in response to the Beck segment that aired on TheBlaze TV on Thursday. According to WWE, in the segment, Beck references WWE as “stupid wrestling people,” when criticizing that recent WWE storyline involving Del Rio, Colter and Swagger.
Ironically, the name Colter is similar to Coulter as in Ann Coulter, a real-life outspoken conservative who has supported the Tea Party (sometimes).
Coulter, a well-known political pundit, was anti-Linda McMahon during her run for Senate in Connecticut. McMahon, the wife of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, was a high ranking executive with WWE before venturing into the political arena.
Ann Coulter is an outspoken conservative who can rile a crowd. Zeb Colter is an outspoken conservative who can rile a crowd.
Zeb Colter also has some Ted Nugent tendencies. Nugent, a rock-n-roll musician, is another strong conservative, who when bearded Colter resembles. Isn’t Nugent a WWE fan?
AFAIK, Beck has turned down the WWE offer.
Here’s the latest video, in which the Zeb and Jack characters have to break kayfabe in order to explain to Beck’s audience what is going on:
“Are you out of touch with your audience, Glenn?” I wonder how far WWE will be willing to go in taunting Beck?
It’s pretty bad when wrestling characters have to break the fourth wall in order to explain themselves to the wingnuts.