Sky Sports Criticized For Airing Wade Barrett’s Bare Knuckle Fight on WWE Superstars

Nick Paglino

Wade BarrettThanks to Chris Noice for sending in the following:

According to DigitalSpy.com, Sky Sports has been criticized by Ofcom for airing violent scenes such as the Bare Knuckle Fight which took place on WWE Superstars last year. The report notes the following:

A complainant alerted Ofcom to content in a pre-recorded sequence featuring English WWE wrestler Wade Barrett, aired on Sky1 on November 10, 2012 at 9.20am.

The sequence depicted Barrett – who was raised "on the mean streets of Preston" – in underground wrestling and bare-knuckle fights, with people betting money on the outcome.

Lasting around one and a half minutes, the package included several close-up shots of punches and kicks to the head and chest in slow motion, with one competitor getting a bloody bruise on their chest.

The voiceover said: "Where I come from, the grim realities of life smack you in the face at every turn. An onslaught of fury is the only way to survive. I am Wade Barrett and my barrage has just begun."

After being contacted by Ofcom, UK WWE broadcaster Sky said that the sequence was intended to portray Barrett "as a dark and dangerous character".

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