Watch As a WWE Host Tries Real Hard To Ambush-Interview Glenn Beck

Pro wrestling and Glenn Beck are in a fight. Apparently this has been news for a few weeks, but we've only just learned about it, courtesy of Mediaite, who bring us the delightful video clip you see above, of WWE commentator Michael Cole trying his hardest to storm Glenn Beck's Las Colinas studio for an interview. Spoiler: he does not succeed.

The very important, deeply serious back story: WWE has invented two "Tea Party" villain characters named Zeb Coulter and Jack Swagger. They wear safari vests, hate illegal immigrants, and are real bullish on President's Day. In the video promo for WWE at the link, they fulminate about "hard-working English speaking folk" losing their jobs to shadowy illegals, against a backdrop of a "Don't Tread on Me" flag.

It's all very subtle. Slate pretty much calls this one, terming it a blatant publicity stunt. As opposed to the stuff WWE does to promote literacy and fight world hunger.

Several people, probably the ones you'd expect, have taken the bait. Alex Jones and his InfoWars folks got pissed off about it first. Beck leapt on the bandwagon shortly thereafter, asking "Did George Soros buy the WWE?"

WWE quickly responded, inviting Beck to appear on a Monday night broadcast. In an unusual display of common sense, he declined, responding, "Unfortunately, I am currently booked doing anything else."

WWE, though, isn't willing to let such a golden TV opportunity slip out of their hands so easily. On Monday night, WWE aired a segment showing Michael Cole and his hideous tie as they hang out in the Las Colinas studio lobby, demanding to see Glenn Beck. Because that always works.

"You'd think if Mr. Beck had such inflammatory comments about our product, he'd at least be willing to come out here and do a one on one interview with me," Cole says. A few minutes later, he reiterates, "What I find hard to believe is a man with such outspoken views, it is extremely difficult to get this man to come out and talk about those views with us."

A few moments later, a tiny, terrified-looking teenager in a large suit and an earpiece comes over with this to offer: "Um, yeah, the president of the studio asked me to ask y'all if you had a permit to be filming here?"

Eventually, the person who appears to be the studio president himself comes out. "This is my studio and I'm telling you you're not welcome here," he says, giving Cole the opportunity to flee to the parking lot and relate the whole sad saga into his cellphone and the camera simultaneously. Just extraordinary.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Republicans don't like *answering* questions.  It's too "thinky" for these highly emotional, and under-educated people.

If they want Beck to grant an interview, they need to appeal to his fear and hatred, not his intellect.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

What I took away from the link  I posted was them saying they are STORYTELLING / Entertaining Pretending  in front of  the same audience that watches you why the heck do you want to rain on our parade ? 


cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Michael Cole did more as a reporter in that 2 minute clip than anyone in the local Dallas media has the balls to do in a year. 


Even if there is a high chance it is a work. 

Mark
Mark

MAH GAWD!!  MAH GAWD!!  THAT'S GLENN BECK'S MUSIC!!

 Cole went face after Lawler's heart attack.


And yes, honey, WWE does a shitload to promote literacy, reduce bullying, and entertain troops in the Middle East and around the world.


Not to mention that John Cena and many others are heavily involved in the make-a-wish program.


They do it live, six nights a week, and have writers from Conan, etc., and perform some of the best live comedy you will see, complete with chair shots and the occasional Crimson Mask.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

This is classic wrestling. For too long it's been toothless and PC. Wrestling is supposed to be offensive. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Shouldn't Albert Finney be in here defending Glenn's honor by now?


Haven't seen that sock-puppet in a while. . .

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Swagger's character was remade here recently because he was boring and nobody cared about him. So they did a good job getting the guy some real attention, I suppose. Of course, the guy playing Swagger managed to get himself arrested on DUI charges just last week, something the WWE is apparently glossing over and not letting affect their new storyline.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Wait, is Cole taking a face turn now?  I thought he was full-on heel?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I would pay a lot of money to watch Glenn Beck throw down in a cage match with Michael Moore.


Just try and tell me this wouldn't be a Pay-Per-View goldmine.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

whoa, back up. Coulter and Swagger were 'invented?'

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@bvckvs Under-educated? You're like 50 years old and go to Richland college dude. Seriously. You aren't fooling anyone into thinking you are smart. 

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@Mark Yeah, I haven't seen much wrestling, because I've been too lazy buy a TV and have my cable hooked up. I guess I was trying to say that faulting the WWE for doing something "for publicity" is like accusing us of writing something "to sell papers." (Our papers are free, but you know what I mean). Like, of course they want publicity. That's how their business works. You could critique these characters for other reasons, and our Gavin Cleaver did just that over on the Mixmaster blog today, but critiquing them for wanting publicity is just silly.    

But I do see now that they have actually partnered with a literacy organization in the UK. That's pretty awesome. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Also, I love that they are trying to explain to Beck that they are just entertainers and are apparently oblivious that Beck is just an entertainer.

Which tells me that this is all a gimmick, and Beck is probably in on it.  Wrestlemania is April 7, so this is right on schedule for this to come to a head there and for Beck to show up and job something.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@everlastingphelps He's been more face than heel since Lawler had his heart attack and missed time. They let JBL be full on heel commentator when he's there. Lawler's heart attack on-air showed how good Cole can be when he's sincere.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

@everlastingphelps Beck doing a job at Wrestlemania would be great.  And the worked shoot in the video is fabulous.  "Coulter" can really work the mic and he works the shoot really well also.

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