WWE Wrestlers Catch Heat After Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Reference

Let me preface this article by being clear — I do not watch wrestling.

*Deep breath. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, you might want to take a deep breath as well before seeing the Vine below, that is, if you haven’t already.

The cringe-worthy video is from Sunday night’s “Battleground” pay-per-view in which CJ Parker Perry — who plays, ‘Lana,’ a Russian manager of Rusev (who is Bulgarian in role and real-life) — alludes to the “recent current of events,” Russia has been blamed for. Of course she is talking about Malaysian Airlines flight 17 that was shot down last week, which our government believes, with supposed promising evidence, was shot down by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. 

Happy, happy, joy, joy. 

The WWE issued this apology:

“Last night’s segment during WWE’s Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.”

You don’t have to be a genius to call bull**** on that one. 

You can see more reaction from Twitter in this Washington Post article. But the WWE got exactly what they wanted with everyone — including myself — giving them headlines. In fact, ya, I regret posting this article… go click on something else… this one is pretty good.

Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline Sports.