The WWE is currently running an angle where Triple H is playing the evil corporate leader in the company and is punishing anyone who steps in his way. Some fans have complained that this is done in the face of the WWE's "Be a Star" anti-bullying campaign. Wrestle Zone reported on Sept. 4 that both Triple H and Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross have come to the defense of the storyline.
Jim Ross said that people who confuse real life bullying and how a TV wrestling villain acts are "embarrassingly misguided."
While that seemed slightly insulting, Triple H had a better analogy. The WWE COO mocked the fans by saying that he just learned Darth Vader is just a movie character. He said that all this time, he thought Darth Vader was a "big bully."
This also falls in line with what Stephanie McMahon said last week in a Q&A with some fans. When asked about the "Be a Star" campaign and how the bullying in the WWE storylines might make that look bad, she asked how it was different than bullying displayed in movies and other television shows.
The fact of the matter is that the WWE is an entertainment television show, just like "Law and Order" and "NCIS." Both of those shows also have characters that might be deemed bullies, and in most cases those people are put in their place. As the WWE television shows are long running stories, the Triple H as a bully storyline is expected to end with those he bullied rising up against him.
This is entertainment television, and both Triple H and Jim Ross are right. If a person can't separate a TV show like "WWE Monday Night Raw" from real life, the problem doesn't belong to the WWE.