WWE's had a busy day, but used some of the time saved in making the AJ Lee retirement announcement so brief to respond to Justin Roberts' blog post about their crafting both the company's relationship with Connor Michalek and Ultimate Warrior's Hall of Fame speech into a WWE-approved narrative.
Without mentioning Roberts by name, they don't pull any punches in making the point that many have made - regardless of versions of the story or differing viewpoints of those close to the situation, real positive outcomes have resulted.
Here's their statement:
It is offensive to suggest that WWE and its executives had anything but altruistic intentions in honoring Connor and his legacy with The Warrior Award. In conjunction with Connor's father, Connor's Cure was established by Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer, and to honor a boy that so many people within the WWE family came to love. The fund is managed by the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and has already raised more than $200,000 for pediatric cancer research.
In addition, following the Ultimate Warrior's impassioned Hall of Fame speech last year encouraging WWE to recognize its unsung heroes, the Warrior Award was established in his memory to honor those who exhibit unwavering strength and perseverance, and who live life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of the Ultimate Warrior. With the full support and input of Ultimate Warrior's widow, Dana Warrior, Connor Michalek was the first recipient of the Warrior Award, and moving forward the award will be given annually to acknowledge other unsung heroes among WWE's employees and fans.
WWE is proud to use our global platforms to raise awareness for important social causes, including Connor's Cure as well as our longstanding partnership with Make A Wish, our on-going partnership with Susan G. Komen, which has resulted in more than $1.5 million in funds raised, and our international partnership with Special Olympics.
The right response? Change anyone's minds - if Robert's writing changed it to begin with? Let us know your take, Cagesiders.