Let's look at a few examples.
Nation of domination. - Farooq as the leader of a black panther style group. Totally not racist....
Headshrinkers - Completely lacking in depth, portrayed a no longer true stereotype of a minority group. Totally not racist....
Kaientai - Again it was shown ethnic minorites don't deserve any depth to their character, and the group turned into fodder for comic relief. Indeed. Totally not racist.
Cryme Time - Remember, black people are just dumb gangster caricatures right. Totally not racist.
When non white wrestlers are paired together they get reduced to the most common stereotype. When not paired with other non white wrestlers perhaps they get a chance to show more than a stereotype.
Sorry, didn't feel like finding more examples. I'm lazy and all that.
A lot of wrestling fans don't like character development or storytelling that's actually interesting or well thought out. So, yeah. We should want better. I know I do.
As for ratings, that's a can of worms that doesn't need to be opened again. Long story, short. Wrestling in the Year 2000 = Super white hot. Wrestling by the Year 2001 = not so much. It's not cool anymore. Simple. And arguably, wrestling was at it's peak when it was the most offensive.
Cody really proved he was his father's son. Every gimmick he had he made sure worked. American Nightmare now is no different. Guys like him I would have thrown a lot of money at as he can reinvent himself endlessly. Then again, I am not sure Cory is done with WWE. I think in two years he will be brought back at a higher price after becoming a top indy guy.
Flowers gathered in the morning,
Afternoon they blossom on,
Still are withered by the evening:
You can be me when I'm gone.
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