Monday night on RAW the Ascension delivered their first live promo on the main roster and the response it triggered turned out to be probably far more negative than what the WWE had envisioned.
The promo featured Konnor and Viktor, trash-talking the Road Warriors, while wearing ring gear that resembles suspiciously much the Road Warriors’.
WWE Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal (Joe Laurinaitis) apparently didn’t take well the Ascension’s promo. He posted the following stark comment on his official Facebook page:
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.
I consider this to be an overreaction. Viktor and Konnor were playing heel in the oldest possible way – squash jobbers and badmouth beloved superstars. If nothing else, it’s a compliment to have the Ascension target the Road Warriors in their promo. It means that the WWE considers the Road Warriors relevant enough to the current fans to earn the Ascension some heel heat.
But I do agree that this promo wasn’t the best that Konnor and Viktor can do. The Ascension will never get over if they are booked to “shine” over local jobbers, who don’t even get named on TV. Konnor and Viktor should have taken the WWE by surprise. They should have interrupted whichever tag team match was happening on their debut night and they should have dismantled all four competitors with authority. That would have actually made an impact.
Do you think the Road Warrior Animal is right to be offended by the Ascension? Do you think the WWE is on the right track with Konnor and Viktor?
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