Those watching Thursday’s edition of WWE SmackDown! on UPN were treated to a visual content warning several times before the terrorist attack angle against The Undertaker, as WWE’s taping of the show came before the London attacks. Nonetheless, controversy and discussion over WWE’s decision to go ahead with the segment has replaced the roster cuts as the Internet’s hot topic.
Both WWE and UPN came to a mutual decision to air the attacks on the broadcast. While some readers with broadcasting experience have contested the claim, the “on the record” justification is that it was not practical to remove the segment and retime the show on such short notice.
One wrestler told PWTorch.com, “I was busy at the live taping and didn’t see any of the show except of course the segments I was in. One thing that is important to remember is how hard it is to edit something out of a show (and I haven’t seen it yet so I don’t know the content). It is almost impossible to edit something of any length out of a show with limited time, which I know was the case with this situation.”