WWE loves to branch out into various avenues of entertainment including cross-promotional efforts with professional sports. Some of WrestleMania and Raw’s greatest highlights include amazing guest spots featuring the likes of Muhammad Ali, Lawerence Taylor, and Shaq. It would have been nice to snag Shaq for a WrestleMania match against Big Show, but that’s a story for another day.
To add to the prestigious lineage of sporting greats who have graced the stage of WWE programming they thought it would be a good idea to let the Balls appear on Monday Night Raw. Not only that, but WWE put them in the ring on Miz TV in a live environment with practically no net. It was a train wreck of a segment that resulted in LaMello Ball shouting the N-word on live television.
Bryan Alvarez said he wasn’t watching the show live, but he revealed on Wrestling Observer Live that when he looked at his phone and read a text from someone we’re assuming is of some importance in WWE saying: “Oh my god did that make air?” He knew something bad had happened.
WWE has since distanced themselves from the comment completely. They don’t want to touch racial issues with a ten-foot pole. This is why they still haven’t brought Hulk Hogan back into the company. But Alvarez said this certainly changed plans for WWE.
First off, Vince McMahon was baffled and didn’t know what was going on while Kevin Dunn was losing his mind. They sent Dean Ambrose out early to stop the Balls from saying anything else or stripping off any more clothing. This is why Ambrose looked at the camera and said: “what the f is going on?” This also explains some of the awkwardness of Dean’s entrance.
The Balls were scheduled to sit at ringside for the Miz’s match but those plans were obviously scrapped as well. It looks like Lonzo Ball’s first performance in the Staple Center was a smashing success.