With Hulk Hogan’s racial statements leading to him being completely disavowed by the WWE, it seems like a good time to look back on the entertainment giant’s checkered past. You would think a company that takes that strong of a stance against racism would have a squeaky clean past, but…no. Quite the opposite actually. Here are seven of the most racist things the WWE has ever done.
7. Cryme Tyme
Just watch this video and listen to the absolutely ridiculous voiceover. It’s unbelievable that this is a real thing that actually happened. Oh and the name of an all-black tag team duo was CRYME TYME.
Jerry Lawler came up with a gimmick where Kamala would dress like a horrible Ugandan stereotype and behave like a savage, like some sort of National Geographic parody. He would eat live animals and required a handler to keep him under control at all times.
5. Vince McMahon Drops the N Word
For some reason McMahon decided it would be a good idea to chat with John Cena about “the hood”, call him “my n***a” then walk by Booker T to get a reaction. Where on earth was this storyline possibly going to go?
4. Jimmy Snuka on Piper’s Pit
Piper goes on an unbelievable rant about people from Fiji including a suggestion that they’re monkeys that run up and down trees to get coconuts and then litters Snuka with bananas. This was after Snuka’s first appearance on Piper’s Pit where Piper also included a line about women from Fiji looking like moose.
3. Kerwin White
Chavo Guerreo needed a new gimmick after parting ways with Eddie Guerrero, so they decided the only rational thing to do was to turn him into a stereotypical white guy. He wore sweaters around his neck, drove around in a golf cart, and made jokes about Hispanic people either being unemployed or working at a taco stand. His catch phrase was even, “If it’s not white, it’s not right.”
2. Roddy Piper’s Blackface Interview
When Piper was feuding with Bad News Brown they decided a good way to put Piper over as the face was by putting him in half blackface and having him do an interview as both Brown and himself. At the end he talks about being all colors and raising his fist for black power. We still have no idea what on earth he was talking about.
1. DX Does Blackface
Somehow this segment still runs on WWE programming all the time in Best Of countdowns and Raw highlights, despite it clearly being next level racist. DX was feuding with the Nation of Domination, which was just basically the WWE’s way of sticking all the black wrestlers in one group, and they took things to another level by coming out and doing a 5-minute blackface bit impersonating them.