Unless you’ve been living in a bubble the last several
weeks, you’ve heard the rumors that FOX wants something big to jolt the
debut episode of SmackDown’s ratings when the show debuts this fall on the
While they are looking for ratings, sadly, the network is
potentially falling back on a WWE Hall of Famer who might generate a lot more
than that. Word is FOX is looking at none other than President Donald
Trump to appear on SmackDown’s debut episode on the network.
It’s understandable why FOX – and even WWE – might want the
incumbent president to appear on WWE’s blue brand this fall. After all, he is
the president, so having him appear on your show would immediately make it
must-see television. Die-hard fans, as well as casual viewers, would likely
tune in to see what the president would say on live TV, not to mention the
attraction of what would happen on WWE programming, with all the various
characters who could interact with him.
But there are several reasons why this could backfire, not just for WWE, but for the office of the president.
Before this train leaves the station and plans run away from us, we should lock
down why this is a bad idea, and why WWE would be smart to walk away from it
before it becomes a serious problem.
Let’s get to it…
(Fair warning: This writer is no fan of the president,
but this column is intended to be as level as possible.)
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.