This week, the Republican Party nominated businessman
and WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump to be its candidate for president of the
United States this fall.
The path to the nomination has been fraught with
self-detonated land mines that would have sunk any other political candidate,
but instead have helped catapult Trump to becoming the most polarising presidential candidate in modern American history.
Even in just reading that paragraph, there likely are
readers from the U.S. who are chomping at the bit to thrash this column in the
comments below, while there are others from this country and around the world
who are equally ready to give a thumbs-up and bash “The Donald”.
Trump’s history with WWE goes back decades, with
WrestleMania IV and V taking place at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. Trump
also briefly “owned” Monday Night Raw in
2009 as part of a storyline and he famously participated in the Battle of the
Billionaires at WrestleMania 23 against Vince McMahon, with Bobby Lashley
and Umaga, respectively, standing in as their avatars.
Some fans have called
for Trump to be removed from the HOF, saying that he is “promoting a
violent and discriminatory war on people of different religions and
However, this is about more than a Change.org petition.
Rather, let’s take a look at reasons why WWE should remove Donald Trump from
its Hall of Fame, with those reasons tied to the wrestling world, not just the
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.