On Wednesday night’s episode of Red Eye, a segment of the show was devoted to the R-Truth smoking angle from Raw. They showed the footage, the comments from Patrick Reynolds, and WWE’s response. The panelists pointed out that R Truth is a bad guy now in WWE, and that it was a negative depiction of smoking. They then went on to compare it to a villain smoking in a movie and that kids should recognize that bad guys do bad things.
Bret Hart was recently interviewed by the UK Sun. When asked about WWE’s latest move away from wrestling, Hart had the following to say: “I’m kind of scratching my head about that,” said Hart. “I don’t know that it makes any difference. Wrestling is wrestling. Call it whatever name you want, it’s still wrestling.
“I think WWE is synonymous with wrestling. If WWE doesn’t stand for World Wrestling Entertainment then what does it stand for? It may be a case of Vince trying to monopolise wrestling even more than he has. I think a lot of the wrestlers today, judging by the styles they have, they are wrestlers. They are not bodybuilders or powerlifters or strongmen like in the days of Hulk Hogan, where it was more the look. The young stars today don’t want to be Hulk Hogan. They want to be Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels.”