Every so often a WWE superstar will utter a phrase that will stick with the fans long after their time in a ring has come to an end. From Daniel Bryan to Stone Cold, to The Rock, so on and so forth, it is a great line, quip or quote that helps connect a superstar to the fans and put that superstar over the top.
On the flip side, there are those that are so terrible or had such a negative impact on WWE that their infamy lives on today.
#1 “Keep it up, my n-----.” – Vince McMahon to John Cena
Where does one begin while explaining why this is terrible? There are multiple levels of terrible that this quote reaches. First of all, even for someone trying to act ‘street’, McMahon does a terrible job and seems patronising. Especially considering this followed McMahon asking the champ “what’s good in the hood?”
Secondly, the quote was made in front of Booker T, who Vince acknowledged while walking off-scene. Booker could only respond with his trademark, “tell me he didn’t just say that,” though it’s likely, that was what he thought at the time.
Lastly, whether it’s being used in a character sense or not, the head of a Fortune 500 company saying things like that, in a pre-president Trump world just doesn’t fly, or shouldn’t fly.
While the term is perfectly acceptable in some circles and facets of entertainment, WWE isn’t one of them, especially considering that a sizeable part of WWE’s audience is under the age of 18. It’s hard to see something like this being acceptable, even during the Attitude Era.
Granted there is the irony of this happening with Booker T in the segment; given his history uttering the n-bomb on Pay Per View.