August 23, 2008
WWE walks fine line on violence
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Is characterizing violence against women any different than actually hitting them?
WWE continues to walk that fine line, with Chris Jericho "mistakenly" punching Shawn Michaels' wife Rebecca during Summer Slam.
Michaels would have agreed to allow his wife to be part of the storyline, knowing there would be shock value -- and a future main-event match against the protagonist, Jericho. And I get that. The bottom line in wrestling is the bottom line. There's not a whole lot of social conscience.
Wrestling has established its own set of guidelines. Because I've seen some pretty sickening things in the wacky world of wrestling -- seeing Mae Young give birth to a hand and Triple H having sex with a corpse top the list of stupidity.
I'm not offended by Jericho's actions (full disclosure would reveal that he's one of my favourite WWE personalities). But there are surely those who will be. As usual, WWE will thumb its nose and play the Michaels-Jericho feud until the fans are sick of it.
Give WWE kudos for a pretty good Summer Slam pay-per-view. It doesn't get much better than The Undertaker chokeslamming Edge right to hell (through the mat, with flames rising from the depths). In other matches, Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix won the winner-take-all match (and both titles) against Kofi Kingston and Mickie James; MVP beat Jeff Hardy; Matt Hardy beat Mark Henry via DQ; Triple H beat Great Khali; and Batista beat John Cena.
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