Believe it or not! An asshole complained about the above vignette.
A complainant alerted Ofcom to content in a pre-recorded sequence featuring English WWE wrestler Wade Barrett, aired on Sky1 on November 10, 2012 at 9.20am.
The sequence depicted Barrett – who was raised “on the mean streets of Preston” – in underground wrestling and bare-knuckle fights, with people betting money on the outcome.
Lasting around one and a half minutes, the package included several close-up shots of punches and kicks to the head and chest in slow motion, with one competitor getting a bloody bruise on their chest.
The voiceover said: “Where I come from, the grim realities of life smack you in the face at every turn. An onslaught of fury is the only way to survive. I am Wade Barrett and my barrage has just begun.”
After being contacted by Ofcom, UK WWE broadcaster Sky said that the sequence was intended to portray Barrett “as a dark and dangerous character”.
In our stupid world, just one single complaint by a single citizen with too much time to waste is enough to ban a program?!!? Sound silly don’t you!?
The below vignette is the “censored” one. Just because one sorry ass asshole complained???!!!???
While living in Liverpool in his early twenties, Bennett became a champion bare-knuckle boxer, going on to fight in various locations throughout Europe. He competed in a match dubbed by the bare knuckle underworld as “The Battle of Buda”, in which he defeated a reputable opponent for a big cash prize. Afterwards, as he walked through an alleyway in search of a taxi to the airport, Bennett was stabbed with an eight-inch blade by someone who attempted to steal the cash. He has refused to elaborate on the incident for legal reasons, but the assailant incurred serious injuries, and Bennett escaped with the cash despite significant blood loss. The attack left him with a 12-inch scar that stretches from his upper back to halfway down his right triceps, and the punches he took during his bare-knuckle career left him with a disfigured nose, but he has expressed no regret over that period of his life.
He incorporated his bare-knuckle career into his WWE gimmick at the request of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes,being introduced to the WWE crowd as a European bare-knuckle champion who had fought on the streets of Europe. His Wasteland move is named after the site of many of his fights.
It seem really legit to me.
Wrestler: WADE BARRETT
Character: THE BARE KNUCKLE STREET FIGHTER
Wade Barrett could of been the special ‘niche’ character (above, right) that UFC/MMA fans could tune back into the product to see while blurring the lines between Pro Wrestling and UFC/MMA
Very interesting point of view.
Always be proud of your battle scars (broken nose, cauliflower ears, judo fingers…)