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Slapstick Saturday: Land of the rising pun

Welcome to another edition of "Slapstick Saturday," Cagesiders, where your old pal Hulk Holland pokes fun at every botch, blooper and bomb the world of professional wrestling has ever given us.


Longtime professional wrestling icon Ric Flair has always been great on the stick.

But what was acceptable in a promo 30 years ago just won't jive in this generation. For example, Hulk Hogan was constantly referring to Tony Atlas as a "Brown Clown" and repeatedly called him "boy" during their short-lived feud back in the day.

See for yourself.

It was cheap heat, no doubt, but it didn't ruffle any feathers because the times were different. Things change, however, and it's up to the person in front of the camera to keep track of what works -- and what's taboo -- when trying to get a rise out of the audience.

Something Booker T found out the hard way, after dropping the n-word on Hulkster.

You would think by 2004, in a group called "Evolution" -- which suggests that some or all of them have evolved -- that stuff like that wouldn't rear its ugly head.

As if.

Flair was trying to pump Batista up for his big showdown against Tajiri (lolz) and got a little overzealous with his insults, taking aim at the opposing wrestler's nationality.

"Up next, the big man! That little sneaky jap Tajiri! He missed at Triple H, he missed at you, so tonight, what?"

Surprisingly, Jim Ross was not fired for this transgression.

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