WWE Rumors: Donald Trump may have gotten WWE head writer Tom Casiello fired
Did a writer's anti-Trump sentiments lead to him being released?
WWE Hall of Famer and US President-elect Donald Trump is never far from the headlines these days, and it would seem his influence stretches even as far as the hiring and firing policies of World Wrestling Entertainment.
A recent report from inquistr.com suggests that openly criticising Trump may have been one of the reasons that led to creative writer Tom Casiello being released from the company last week.
The report alluded to an article by Cageside Seats about Casiello’s firing, which was posted with a picture of Trump and Vince MacMahon shaking hands, and brought up the comments of a few observers who drew a comparison between the firing and the President-elect’s catchphrase from the Apprentice.
Inquisitr’s article noted that Casiello has long been an outspoken critic of Trump on social media, lamenting the many verbal gaffs Trump has made both during the campaign and in the wake of his victory.
With Linda McMahon being put forward as Trump’s nomination for the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the report states that Casiello is paying the price for having the temerity to speak ill of the Republican president-elect.
The fact that Casiello’s firing came so close to Christmas and on the heels of critical acclaim of his work, leads many to believe that there is more to the release than meets the eye. Casiello continued to berate Trump on the day of his release, however, and many feel there is no link between his comments and his firing.
It is difficult to verify either way, and neither side is likely to talk further about it.
The political ambitions of Vince and Linda McMahon are no secret, and the ruling family have a long and storied relationship with Donald Trump. WrestleManias IV and V were sponsored by Trump Plaza, and Trump himself appeared at WrestleMania 23 in the corner of Bobby Lashley.
On that night Lashley defeated Umaga in the Battle of the Billionaires, leading to Vince McMahon having his head shaved bald at the Show of Shows.
Tom Casiello worked as a creative writer for WWE since April 2011, but his background is in American soap operas, and his resume includes stints with ‘As the World Turns’ and ‘One Life to Live’.
A cursory glance at his Twitter shows that the man clearly isn’t a fan of Donald J. Trump. While we will likely never find out whether Trump was the reason behind Casiello’s firing, it is clear that criticising the US president-elect online is growing riskier and riskier, and such links may lead to many keeping their Twitter quiet in the coming weeks and months.
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