WWE Issues Statement On Controversial Segment; More On Who Approved It

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Charlotte remains in the news following Paige’s controversial line during the WWE Divas Championship Contract Signing segment on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw. The line featured Paige stating that Charlotte’s late-brother, Reid, didn’t have “much fight in him.” It drew outrage from Charlotte’s mother and made Ric Flair cry. Flair also stated on his podcast he had an opinion but was afraid to voice it. On Thursday, WWE issued the following statement:

"Subject matter this personal is only approved as a result of the strong advocacy of the talent themselves. Notwithstanding that, WWE is ultimately responsible for what airs in its programming.”

Rumors have been rampant about who approved what and when and there were apparently even discussions about nixing it completely. In the end, Vince McMahon made the decision to go forth with the line in the segment. Conrad Thompson, who is the co-host of Ric Flair’s WOOOOO! Nation podcast, says it’s 100% false that Charlotte came up with the line and that she did not approve it.

Flair has stated that Triple H, Michael Hayes and Stephanie McMahon all have Charlotte's back and he doesn't believe they would do anything to intentionally hurt her. However, he also stated he doesn't believe Charlotte feels comfortable saying no to anything.

Richard Reacts: WWE has needed some heat to generate buzz and momentum and now that they have it, it's the wrong kind. My opinion remains consistent. Incorporating real-life tragedies in professional wrestling storylines is extremely controversial. If they're going to do it, everyone needs to sign off. The fact WWE didn't run it by Flair and his family beforehand makes this out-of-bounds. People keep asking about the stuff CM Punk and Paul Heyman did during his Wrestlemania program with The Undertaker, mocking the then recently deceased Paul Bearer. I know for a fact WWE ran the angle by Bearer's children before they did. Everyone that knew him said he would have loved it. That's the difference.

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