Monday afternoon April 15th 2013, the world was stunned and shaken when the news hit about the Boston Marathon experiencing what has been labeled a terrorist attack, with two explosive devices going off at and near the finish line. This horrific event brought our nation to a standstill at what is supposed to be one of the most peaceful and heartwarming events of the year. The country has come together as one to show an indestructible unit of solidarity when it comes to supporting the historic town. However, it was very questionable and very unlike the WWE to not make any mention of it at all on this past Monday on Monday Night Raw.
Raw would’ve been one of the first nationally televised sports/entertainment broadcast to air after the tragedy. Granted, baseball games and basketball games were going on at the time, but the WWE has a very unique way to make sure they stay above the curve in terms of social relevance. When the broadcast began, nothing was mentioned at the top of the show, very odd move. The WWE Champion starts the show out addressing the live crowd in South Carolina, granted it’s been about 5.5 hours since the event took place so the majority of the crowd was aware. Still nothing mentioned. John Cena, the WWE Champion, who is from the Boston area and calls Boston home didn’t make any supportive comments?
The WWE did a noble job on the live edition of Smackdown two days after the September 11th attacks in 2001. Smackdown would be the first sports broadcast to air after the attacks took place and did a tremendous job in showing honor to this nation. With the rich history that the WWE has with the city of Boston, having some of their most historic events take place in the Boston Garden and some of their all-time top superstars being from the Boston area, why was this neglected? I’m sure that there will be a package put together for this Friday night on Smackdown, but not striking when the iron is hot and the emotions of the viewers are high is highly questionable.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sport