WWE Raw consisted of a couple bold lines of verbiage that were given to WWE Superstars to say onscreen which they did because that’s their job. Dean Ambrose cut a backstage promo and in his new heel persona, they thought it was okay to say that Roman Reigns has to “answer to the man upstairs,” for everything he’s done as part of The Shield. This obviously didn’t set too well with some fans.
Stephanie McMahon even made a joke about dismemberment because Braun Strowman didn’t want to be legally held responsible for what he plans on doing to Baron Corbin at TLC (if he can even make the show). This dismemberment line was far too soon after the Saudi Arabia controversy as well.
Although fans might be outraged, Dave Meltzer pointed out on Wrestling Observer Radio that it really doesn’t do much good to complain about who wrote the lines, because, in the end, it all boils down to Vince McMahon’s decision.
“You can’t be blaming the writer because this thing goes into a production meeting and there are twenty people in that production meeting, okay? The head guy is Vince McMahon. So you have all these producers, you have Vince McMahon, you all these filters to go through. It went through every single filter. Yes, you can say fire the writer but you have to fire everyone else that it went through.”
“At the end of the day all of these things, every word that’s written all the things like that. The approval has to go through Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon is the one responsible for every line, every angle or every line. Writers can come up with the stupidest things in the world, and you can fire them but this thing went through way too many filters to just go ‘fire the writers.’
Only time will tell when the next time WWE will say something on television to raise an eyebrow, after all, they have plenty of hours of programming every week to accomplish that. But Ambrose’s blatant mention of Reigns’ leukemia and having to answer to a higher power for his sins might have been a little over the line for a lot of people’s comfort level.
But it’s Vince McMahon’s show and you never know what he might feel like saying on a weekly basis.
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