There was a protest held by a group of WWE Fans outside the Barclay’s Center, the venue for the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view. The protest was against the inclusion of Donald Trump’s inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Trump was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 under its “Celebrity Wing”, due to his numerous appearances on WWE TV and his contribution to the company. Trump is also a close friend to Vince McMahon himself.
The leader of the protest was a 30-year old Wrestling Fan named John Stevens who along with his friends, called out WWE and asked them to “reject racism by tossing Trump from an honoured spot with the company.” He was soon joined by a number of WWE fans who were also in town for Sunday’s SummerSlam event.
This is what Stevens said to the Gothamist :
“We were talking about how Trump gave that crazy press conference, and then thought about how he’s in the WWE Hall of Fame even though Hulk Hogan got kicked out over racism. What Trump has done is remarkably worse than what Hogan did, since he’s dividing the country by siding with neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”
“I was sickened by that press conference and his response to Charlottesville. Basically, WWE is endorsing those comments by having [Trump] in their hall of fame. I can’t wrap my brain around the fact that they’d leave him in there, take Hogan out and claim they say they care about racism.”
Stevens and his friend Stephen Miller claimed that they have another rally planned for Saturday’s NXT’s Takeover: Brooklyn III. They also have a backup plan ready in case the company just decides to ignore them:
“We might protest during the shows, we’ve got prime seats. Where our seats are, you’d definitely see it, you’d hear the chants. WWE could take care of this problem now, or they could have it come up during one of their biggest pay-per-views of the year and have it be on the WWE Network forever.”
Stevens also added saying that removing Trump from the Hall of Fame would be the “ultimate act of being a star” and standing up against racism.
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