Donald Trump is a racist. He’s an Islamophobe. He’s a bigot. We’ve already established these things. In case you had any doubts, Trump doubled down and erased the “Trump is a bad person” discussion from debate to foregone conclusion when he went full Hitler and said that he wanted Muslims banned from entering the country. At this point, supporting Trump is thinly veiled code for “yeah, I think some pretty racist things from time to time.” So, I wonder, why has WWE been silent on a member of their Hall of Fame being a documented bigot?
WWE and Donald Trump have more than a 25-year history of working together. WrestleManias IV and V were both held in Trump Plaza as the venue, and Trump himself became known as an early WWE supporter. Trump’s involvement with the early WrestleManias helped maintain legitimacy after its mega-successful third installment. Trump would continue to support WWE, famously participating in the “Battle of the Billionaires” with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 23. The event drew more than 80,000 fans, more than $5 million at the gate and a buy-rate that wouldn’t be broken for five years. With the current state of the WWE Network and the end of pay-per-views, that event will most likely stay as the second-highest grossing WrestleMania of all-time.
Trump would go on to “own” WWE Raw, fake booking matches and even having “money” come from the rafters for fans. Trump and Vince McMahon used whole segments of Raw to promote the presidential hopeful’s feud with Rosie O’Donnell for some reason. It’s clear that Trump has had a deep, long-standing connection to WWE. So, the idea of him being inducted into the Hall of Fame initially was a no-brainer. But not as much of a no-brainer as the fact Trump needs to be removed.