Just hours after mainstream media published Joe Gacy’s NXT promo, all traces of this segment were removed from WWE’s social media accounts and their website. The links to the Gacy segment are now dead as they have been removed.
WWE has not commented on why these segments were pulled by that could have anything to do with stories published by Fox News, The Daily Mail, and the New York Post. The Fox News headline described Gacy’s promo as WWE pinning the “left awake with controversial new wrestler.” The New York Post had a similar headline: “WWE Laughs Left Wake Up With New Wrestler. “
The Daily Mail headline read: “WWE hits the left awake: New character Joe Gacy says he ‘doesn’t need to use male privilege’ to get what he wants before training his opponent in a HUG “
Here’s a transcript of Gacy’s segment (h / t at New York Post):
“NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest micro-aggression to the most heinous grudges. It’s a place where we settle our differences
“I come to you tonight with a conflict resolution mindset where I don’t have to use my male privilege to get what I want.
“I understand just as you do that life is not fair. I believe that we can achieve unity and tolerance for all of us, and I can be the man who will show you that we can achieve peace in this safe space. And it starts tonight!
The Fox News and New York Post articles both noted that Gacy lost to Cameron Grimes in less than five minutes and it is not clear if this character is a one-off experience or if there are long-term plans. .
Fox News added that the Gacy segment may have been an attempt to generate headlines to counter the buzz AEW generated with their “critically acclaimed shows, wins in key 18- to 49-year-old demographics. and recent high-profile signings from a string of former WWE stars.
Here is Joe Gacy’s segment and match that was taken from WWE accounts: