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      Ex WWE Employee Calls out WWE for Hall of Fame Induction & WWE Responds


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      Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts has posted a lengthy but insightful blog over at Medium.com. In it, he discusses his relationship with Connor “The Crusher” Michalek, how he was brought into the WWE family, his induction into the Hall of Fame, and much more. The blog provides an interesting take on the whole situation, and while some may say it’s sour grapes (Roberts’ contract was not renewed last October), the former WWE employee focuses on Connor, his story, and why WWE should take a look in the mirror.

       

      Read Full Blog Here:

      https://medium.com/@JustinRoberts/believe-half-of-what-you-see-and-portions-of-what-you-hear-296f34743af4

       

      WWE Responds!

       

      Today, WWE has issued a response:

       

      “It is offensive to suggest that WWE and its executives had anything but altruistic intentions in honoring Connor and his legacy with The Warrior Award. In conjunction with Connor’s father, Connor’s Cure was established by Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer, and to honor a boy that so many people within the WWE family came to love. The fund is managed by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and has already raised more than $200,000 for pediatric cancer research.

      In addition, following the Ultimate Warrior’s impassioned Hall of Fame speech last year encouraging WWE to recognize its unsung heroes, the Warrior Award was established in his memory to honor those who exhibit unwavering strength and perseverance, and who live life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior. With the full support and input of Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior, Connor Michalek was the first recipient of the Warrior Award, and moving forward the award will be given annually to acknowledge other unsung heroes among WWE’s employees and fans

      WWE is proud to use our global platforms to raise awareness for important social causes, including Connor’s Cure as well as our longstanding partnership with Make A Wish, our on-going partnership with Susan G. Komen, which has resulted in more than $1.5 million in funds raised, and our international partnership with Special Olympics.”

       

       

      credit: http://www.topropepress.com/news/4352/wwe-responds-to-controversial-article-written-by-justin-roberts

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      Normally I'd cast that off as a display of sour, bitter behaviour if this was just any ex-WWE employee.

       

      However, considering he was close to the Michalek family, it does make me put more trust towards what Justin's saying.

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      This is going to be REALLY unpopular, but who the fuck cares if their intentions were less than altruistic?

       

      It's like the ALS ice bucket challenge. Most people just wanted to post videos acting all cool, but a charity got a shit ton of money, so who cares?

       

      The only parts of this story that mattered was that a very sick little boy went to Heaven genuinely believing that he helped his hero, Daniel Bryan, win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I don't care if WWE's intentions are about making money. I don't care if Justin Roberts didn't get his credit, I care that a beautiful child's last days were happy and full of love and he was so proud. 

       

      At the end of the day, WWE has a charity that will help sick kids. That's the only thing that matters. They've raised $200K in less than 6 months and Dana Warrior has called for them to raise $1 million. I'm sorry that Justin Roberts feels slighted that no one kissed his ass, but that kid had the happiest day of his life and WWE is going to raise money for sick little kids and if they help even one kid so he doesn't end up like Connor, then good for them.

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      Normally I'd cast that off as a display of sour, bitter behaviour if this was just any ex-WWE employee.

       

      However, considering he was close to the Michalek family, it does make me put more trust towards what Justin's saying.

      ! Read his post and the thread about it on Wreddit. It's eye-opening for someone who usually glances over WWE's charity work (because it's already innately transparent). When you really look at the numbers and logistics behind it, it's pathetic.

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      It is 'offensive' that a multi-million dollar company can only fork over $200,000 towards a charity they themselves established. It shows what the intent really is behind the action.

       

      That's how much money that has been raised, not how much money WWE themselves handed over.

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      This is going to be REALLY unpopular, but who the fuck cares if their intentions were less than altruistic?

       

      It's like the ALS ice bucket challenge. Most people just wanted to post videos acting all cool, but a charity got a shit ton of money, so who cares?

      I agree with you about Connor being happy taking more precedence than Justin's s/o, but it's not like ALS at all because $200K is not a shit ton, yet WWE is sitting here acting like it is. :skull:

       

      Between this and the 'philantrophy is the best marketing' tweet, I definitely have a sour taste in my mouth, and I'm really glad I didn't cave last Sunday and get the Network.

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      That's how much money that has been raised, not how much money WWE themselves handed over.

      Melon, I'm not going to get into this argument with you because I know you're pro-Steph/Hunter and it'd be a waste of my keystrokes to play up a rhetoric that's not necessarily worth forming, but just know I'm just going to be disgusted by them for a minute and allow you to do you.

       

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      I agree with you about Connor being happy taking more precedence than Justin's s/o, but it's not like ALS at all because $200K is not a shit ton, yet WWE is sitting here acting like it is. :skull:

       

      Between this and the 'philantrophy is the best marketing' tweet, I definitely have a sour taste in my mouth, and I'm really glad I didn't cave last Sunday and get the Network.

       

      It's a start for a brand new charity. Let's be honest; when WWE donates money, we all piss and moan it's just a tax break for them. When they start a charity, we pick it apart. In the end, sick kids are getting money that they wouldn't otherwise have, and for that I'm grateful.

       

      Shame on Justin Roberts for taking a lovely moment that clearly meant a great deal to Justin's father and Jackson, as well as Dana, Indiana and Mattigan Warrior, 5 people who have lost someone over the course of the year and making it all about him and how DARE they not acknowledge him, despite Connor's father thanking him in his speech? The only important thing here is that money is being raised and sick children are being helped and Connor's last few days were spent happy and full of love. I'm more disgusted that Justin Roberts selfishly made this about him. We all know that WWE is a company that wants to make money and nothing they do is altruistic. But Justin just showed that nothing he did was altruistic either; he wants the glory, the "look at meeeeeeeeeee. I helped a sick kid....everyone love meeeeee for it," which leaves a sour taste in my mouth more than what WWE did, because at least we KNOW WWE is full of shit. Now we know Justin is too.

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      Melon, I'm not going to get into this argument with you because I know you're pro-Steph/Hunter and it'd be a waste of my keystrokes to play up a rhetoric that's not necessarily worth forming, but just know I'm just going to be disgusted by them for a minute and allow you to do you.

       

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      Word. Let's agree to disagree.

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      You can't really look at numbers because you have to take into account that Vince is cheap by nature. When they pulled up his numbers for how much he contributed to the Republican party when Linda was running, the most he has ever contributed was 5k. The fact that he has garner 200k for that charity is amazing.


       


      Another thing, I'm going to need people who have been fired by WWE to stop mentioning it when they want to go in. His whole beginning paragraph is about hi being fired and how he was unhappy. Girl....Why are you even talking about that?


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      I'll prbably post a longer message but I'm tired of fans latching onto anything they can try and make negative to drag the WWE, even for its charity work.

      No company worth it's salt doesn't publicise it's charity, WWE still goes above and beyond for causes.

       

      I don't even think Justin said anything that bad.

       

      but bleurgh, I'm too tired now to go into it. 

       

      I honestly do not see what there is there to be disgusted about. 

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