Last night's (April 1, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw featured Paul Heyman dressing up as Paul Bearer, WWE using his audio of his voice, CM Punk beating up Undertaker with the urn, and Punk dumping out the ashes held within said urn all over Undertaker while rubbing it on his face and body.
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Some of you found it offensive while some of you simply passed it off as another chapter in the storyline feud between the two as they head into their match at WrestleMania 29 this Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
What really caused a stir was a Facebook post from Michael Moody, son of William Moody, who of course performed as Paul Bearer while with WWE. He said:
"If anyone is wondering, yes WWE did come to us wanting approval for tonight's storyline. The way it was presented to us was ok. Seeing it on screen was a different story. I don't even know what to say."
That caused some confusion, as it seems as though he's saying he was asked for his okay and he gave it thinking the angle would go one way and it went another.
It turns out, that's not the case.
WWE released a text message Moody sent to officials within the company to Cageside Seats that reads as follows:
"Hey. I woke up in time to watch the tail end of the show. What you explained would happen happened. Which is fine. Just it was a little difficult to watch it play out. I put a message on Facebook last night saying that we approved it but it wasn't what I envisioned. That I didn't have anything to say. Well woke up this morning and that quote is being used all over "media outlets". For the record. I was fine w it. Was hard to watch but y'all are professionals and I trust."
So it's not that WWE pulled a bait and switch, it's that Moody gave his okay and found it difficult to watch once it came across his television screen. That's certainly understandable.
And that clears that up.