Joe Laurinaitis — better known as Road Warrior Animal — wrote the following on Facebook about The Ascension’s promo from this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw:
The idiots in charge make the call everyone knows how stupid it is to copy icons yet they still do it. Do it in a mocking fashion to get heat I understand do it in a disrespectful way well that's another issue that's low and has no place in the business.
Where does it end and I usually are just are playing when I comment but this one is a shoot I believe they should have had Me Animal find a team. For some undetected odd reason they don't do it. They missed the boat with Ascention and they missed it when my brother John was in the ring both great times to bring me in and they missed it.
They need to go to their merchandise numbers today and see we rank up with the main roster on selling merchandise for a reason.
Oh what a rush.
Lance Storm said the promo pissed him off so bad, he turned his TV off. I thought The Ascension bombed yet again and that WWE is on the fast-track to making yet another successful NXT gimmick a main roster failure. Lazy/non-sensible booking at it’s worst.
JBL buried the segment on the air, which resulted in some accusing Vince McMahon of intentionally sabotaging the gimmick. While I don’t believe that to be the case, I do wonder if they’re even trying.