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Jerry Springer will appear on Raw next week to 'moderate a discussion' between the Bella twins


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With Michael Sam apparently all set to accept an offer from the Dallas Cowboys to join their practice squad, effectively eliminating any chance of his showing up on Monday Night Raw next week, WWE quickly announced what we can only assume they believe is the next best thing.

Jerry Springer.

Yes, seriously:

The Bella Twins are about to get some family management advice from a third-party.

Jerry Springer has been confirmed to moderate a discussion between the estranged "Total Divas" stars on the season premiere of Monday Night Raw in Baltimore on Sept. 8. The Bellas, as the WWE Universe knows, have been at vicious odds since Nikki turned on her twin sister Brie at SummerSlam.

My colleague Sean Rueter laid out all the reasons this ongoing feud between Brie and Nikki Bella has been awful earlier today (read it here), and bringing in Springer appeals to the absolute lowest common denominator among the wrestling audience.

As if the "Growing Up Bella" video wasn't awful enough, we're now legitimately going to get an episode of the Jerry Springer Show playing out as a segment on Monday Night Raw. You can bet Brie and Nikki will hurl insults at each other before it breaks down into a brawl and the Baltimore crowd will chant "JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!"

What started as a simple premise -- "I was made to suffer for your sins, now I'm going to make you suffer mine" -- has devolved into this.

WWE, ladies and gentlemen; forever missing the mark on women in pro wrestling.

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