WWE took a jab at the woke left this week when it debuted a new up-and-coming pro wrestler, who preached “unity” and declared he didn’t need to use his “male privilege” to win — but was then pinned in less than five minutes.
The network introduced Joe Gacy on Tuesday on NXT 2.0, which showcases its latest stars, according to Fox News.
“Win, lose or draw – @JoeGacy will bring his safe space to #WWENXT,” the event said on Twitter.
In his gimmick, the progressive wrestler told the Florida crowd that the ring is a “safe place” where differences are settled.
“NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest microaggression to the most heinous grudges. This is a place where we settle our differences,” he said with the spotlight shining on his in the middle of the ring.
“I come to you tonight with a mindset of conflict resolution where I don’t need to use my male privilege to get what I want,” he added, according to the network.
But his woke ideology was met with boos from the audience at the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando as they waited for the bout to kick off.
“I understand just like you that life isn’t fair,” Gacy continued. “I believe that we can achieve unity and tolerance for us all, and I can be the man that will show you we can achieve peace in this safe space. And it starts tonight!”
However, Gacy’s hope for unity was dashed when opponent Cameron Grimes pinned him in less than five minutes.
But no hard feelings, apparently. Gacy continued to express his message by hugging the puzzled victor.
Former WWE wrestler and NXT commentator Wade Barrett reacted to the safe ring promo earlier by saying, “That made no sense to me whatsoever.”
He noted: “I’ve snapped my arm in that ring. I’ve separated a shoulder. I’ve broken my nose more times than I can count. That ring is anything but safe.”
But Barrett added that Gacy “looks at the world a little differently than you or I, which is not necessarily a bad thing.”
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, whose goal has been to provide fans a respite from their day-to-day lives, has capitalized on politically charged issues, Fox News pointed out.
In the 1980s, the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff became the WWE’s most despised characters when they demanded fans to respect the singing of the Soviet national anthem.
And years later, Sgt. Slaughter incurred the wrath of the fans when he turned his back on the US and became an Iraqi sympathizer.