Much like Saturday Night Live does, WWE satirizes pop culture, anything topical from celebrities to politics to sports. WWE’s Monday Night Raw and SmackDown are scripted television shows. The company brands itself sports entertainment, combining athleticism with action, comedy and drama. WWE even has its own movie studio.
With its Colter/Swagger ticket, WWE is jabbing the Tea Party movement, which is generally considered partly conservative, partly libertarian and partly populist.
Ironically, the name Colter is similar to Coulter as in Ann Coulter, a real-life outspoken conservative who has supported the Tea Party (sometimes).
Coulter, a well-known political pundit, was anti-Linda McMahon during her run for Senate in Connecticut. McMahon, the wife of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, was a high ranking executive with WWE before venturing into the political arena.
Ann Coulter is an outspoken conservative who can rile a crowd. Zeb Colter is an outspoken conservative who can rile a crowd.
Zeb Colter also has some Ted Nugent tendencies. Nugent, a rock-n-roll musician, is another strong conservative, who when bearded Colter resembles. Isn’t Nugent a WWE fan?
This isn’t the first time pro wrestling implemented pop culture and politics into its programming.
WWE had some fun with impersonators of President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
Can you smell what Barack is cooking?
The company also booked a Donald vs. Rosie match during their high-profile war of words.
Pro wrestling’s objective is to entertain, and to do that, bookers, creative and promoters devise angles piquing the interest of fans.
After World War II, those portraying German wrestlers in American wrestling rings were the bad guys (heels).
Killer Karl Krupp, Hans Schmidt, Karl Von Hess, Fritz Von Erich, Waldo Von Erich, Baron Von Raschke. They strutted using that German goose-step with stiff arm salutes.
Because of the war, Japanese-billed wrestlers like Mr. Fuji, The Great Kabuki, Kendo Nagasaki, Mr. Saito, Mr. Sato, Prof. Toru Tanaka, Tojo Yamamoto also took bad guy personas in America.
American democracy and freedom stood tall against Communist Russia. So American promoters booked the Russians like Russian Bear Ivan Koloff, Russian Nightmare Nikita Koloff, American traitor Krusher Kruschev, Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov as heels.
When U.S. President Ronald Reagan enticed Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev to end Communism — and he eventually did — shaking hands in a sign of unity in 1985, wrestling once again imitated life. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes teamed with the Russian Nightmare Nikita Koloff in 1987 as the Super Powers, and fans loved it.
The Cuban Assassin Fidel Sierra elicited quite the response from American fans who chanted, “USA, USA, USA.” Those chants fueled many American wrestlers in their battles against the foreign heel opponents.
The Iraqi War, the war against terrorism, Middle Easterners Iron Sheik, Skandor Akbar, Gen. Adnan Al-Kaissie, The Sheik, The Grand Wizard, Muhammad Hassan, Tiger Ali Singh with Babu.