PROFESSIONAL wrestlers are not known for being arbiters of good taste. The arena-filling bouts of "WWE Raw" feature beefy men in often bedazzled leotards calling each other names before engaging in dramatically choreographed fumble sessions. (All spectator sports go best with beer; professional wrestling also needs spoonfuls of salt and an appetite for camp.) But at Monday night’s "WWE Raw" event in Washington, DC, an English wrestler by the name of Bad News Barrett got a little righteous. In his pre-match trash-talking, he had a go at the city for its “racist, constantly losing NFL team”—otherwise known as the Washington Redskins. Some in the audience booed him, others cheered. Many were simply chagrinned.
The controversial name of the local football team has been kicked around a lot lately, owing to the recent decision by the US Patent Office to cancel the team’s trademark registrations “because...Continue reading