Needless to say, the Ball family segment on Monday Night Raw got people talking. According to most of the feedback we got, it seems like most people were not fans of the segment. We noted that there were people backstage rolling their eyes at LaVar Ball’s antics. The feeling from wrestlers has been that it came off disrespectful and The Miz did his best to keep the segment together as best as he could.
Baron Corbin’s jab at LaVar Ball (click here to read his comments) made it clear that he was not a fan of the segment. Curtis Axel is another WWE Superstar that was not pleased with the segment. Axel said the following on Minneapolis’ 93X Half-Assed Morning Show:
They don’t need to be on TV. Get them off. It was embarrassing. Looking at that from my perspective, it was funny backstage looking at it, but that’s not something that… you know, this is my opinion. The kids watch this show. It’s a kid’s program, we took it down to PG-13 and made everything kid-friendly, right? And for someone to come on there and grab the microphone and go off and do something outlandish like this and you were told… I guarantee they were told not to do it – it’s embarrassing.
And yeah, I watching it backstage and I was embarrassed. Growing up in the family business like this and seeing some guy… the whole family to me. Granted, you know the kid’s gonna be a superstar or whatever but the dad and the other guy, they do this on a program where my family’s busted their ass – it embarrasses me and it pisses me off. It sucks.
They went off on their own and did whatever they did to hype themselves up, so I was disgusted with the whole thing.
WWE got the publicity they wanted…well, most of what they wanted. A couple of hours after the show, they had to issue a statement regarding LaMelo Ball’s use of the N-word just as Dean Ambrose was making his way to the ring. Let’s hope that this is the end of the Ball-WWE relationship.