WWE will respond to Glenn Beck's controversial comments this Monday night on WWE Raw. Last week Glenn Beck drew the ire of the wrestling community when he implied that WWE wrestlers and fans were uneducated rednecks. This was after the WWE portrayed characters Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter as Tea Party sympathizers. Beck was offended by the portrayal of the supposed Tea Party characters, and went on a verbal tirade against World Wrestling Entertainment.
Immediately after Glenn Beck's tirade on his television show, the WWE issued a challenge to Beck to appear live on their popular Monday night television series, WWE Raw. The political commentator declined the invitation, stating he has a previous commitment. But McMahon is undettered and it is expected that Jack Swagger and Zeb Coulter will address the issue on this Monday's episode.
This will not be Vince McMahon's first time using his television show to further a personal conflict. Back in the late 90s, Vince McMahon sent several of his top wrestlers to a WCW wrestling event to "invade" the competition. At the time, WWE was winning the Monday night ratings war, but McMahon continued to pour salt in the wounds of WCW in the name of spite. Years later in 2009, McMahon's WWE Raw was pushed out of Denver's Pepsi Center due to a Denver Nuggets basketball game. In response, McMahon verbally lashed out against Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke on WWE Raw.
Vince McMahon's spite isn't relegated just to personal issues. When Rosie O'Donnell had a verbal feud with McMahon's friend Donald Trump back in 2007, WWE Raw took center stage in the heated conflict. WWE provided a mock match between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell, in which Trump won the bout. It was widely panned.
Sources close to the situation state that they expect the response to Glenn Beck may be like when Vince McMahon challenged Eric Bischoff to a fight on WWE Raw years ago.