Just hours after mainstream media outlets posted about Joe Gacy’s NXT promo, all traces from that segment have been removed from WWE’s social media accounts and from their website. Links to the Gacy segment are now dead because they have been deleted.
WWE has not said why these segments were pulled by it might have something to do with stories published by Fox News, The Daily Mail, and the New York Post. The Fox News headline described Gacy’s promo as WWE pinning the “woke left with controversial new wrestler.” The New York Post had a similar headline: “WWE pokes fun at the woke left with new wrestler.”
The Daily Mail’s headline read: “WWE bodyslams the woke left: New character Joe Gacy says he ‘doesn’t need to use male privilege’ to get what he wants before he sweeps opponent into a HUG”
Here is a transcription from Gacy’s segment (h/t to the New York Post):
“NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest microaggression to the most heinous grudges. This is a place where we settle our differences
“I come to you tonight with a mindset of conflict resolution where I don’t need to use my male privilege to get what I want.
“I understand just like you that life isn’t fair. I believe that we can achieve unity and tolerance for us all, and I can be the man that will show you we can achieve peace in this safe space. And it starts tonight!””
Both the Fox News and New York Post stories noted that Gacy lost to Cameron Grimes in less than five minutes and it’s unclear if this character is a one-off experiment or if there are long-term plans.
Fox News added that the Gacy segment may have been an attempt to generate some headlines to counter the buzz that AEW has generated with their “critically acclaimed shows, ratings victories in the key 18-49 demographic and recent high-profile signings of a string of former WWE stars.”
Here is the Joe Gacy segment and match that was pulled from WWE’s accounts: