TWD Inside the Wrestler’s Studio: Cut AW’s Mic Off

People need to stop feeling sorry for Brian Jossie, a.k.a. Abraham Washington.

Am I sorry we won’t be seeing any more of him (at least for the foreseeable future?) Yes. He’s a great talent, and I liked where his character was going. He was a great mouthpiece for Darren Young and Titus O’Neil, and it looked like those three were about to hit their stride together. But then…

“Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel room. He’s unstoppable!”
That was what Jossie said on the July 29 episode of Raw, a live broadcast, which ultimately led to his downfall in the company. Allegedly he made additional comments in public that aggravated the situation, including some about Linda McMahon’s senate campaign. But that was the remark that started it all. He was let go August 10. After his release was announced, Jossie threw a Twitter tantrum, and ha since thrown a few more on his new personal account, @BJRatedR.Among his Tweets were…

I’ve offended the wrong people that taught me how to have ATTITUDE It was the #WWE that made me bold and now it has turned it’s [sic] back on me

Let this be a lesson to up and coming talent in the WWE don’t try and be great like the Rock or Stone Cold. WWE isn’t the same…

[To Linda McMahon, referencing WWE allegedly going TV PG for the benefit of her senate campaign] Creates jobs my ass!! I’m fired thanks to you and your campaign.

The #WWE is afraid of me…

Vince, you shook my hand and betrayed me within the same week…

He and his Twitter followers also called WWE out on various “edgy” moments from their programming over the years, most notably Big Show making a similar Kobe Bryant crack in 2003, Vince McMahon beating up a one-legged wrestler Zach Gowen, and the company’s celebration of Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist.

Ugh. Whining about the PG era? Really?

Despite all his Twitter rage, and one or two valid points (he’s got them on the Mike Tyson thing), Jossie really has nobody to blame but himself.

From WWE Superstar to ShamWow demo guy at the mall...Hey, at least he still has the headset mic.

When you’re a performer and you’re on a stage, you not only have to keep your audience in mind, but remember whose stage you’re on. No matter what part you’re playing, or where, you’re there because someone has chosen you for the role. In Jossie’s case, as he wasn’t star, if you’re disrespectful there are literally hundreds of other performers willing to step up and take your place. Respect your audience, respect your stage.

When AW made that Kobe Bryant joke, my response was: “…huh?” The reference was dated, made Titus O’Neil sound like a rapist, and it came off as a poor attempt at shock entertainment. What purpose did that crack serve that couldn’t have been accomplished by something less crass?

Apparently, Jossie had a bad attitude about the backstage heat he got from the incident. A WWE representative told TMZ that Jossie made “offensive and inappropriate comments on live television and on social media.” Allegedly it had something to do with him talking about Linda McMahon’s campaign. I don’t know anything about all that, but considering how Jossie is conducting himself publicly these days, it’s not exactly far fetched, is it? Over the past few days he’s made derogatory comments about Linda’s appearance, comparing her to the Crypt Keeper, and has put pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X up on his account. Because he’s obviously the head of a new revolution, right? The sour grapes, rape joke revolution…

Yes, Linda McMahon’s senate campaign has undoubtedly had an impact on WWE television. No, WWE is not the same as it was when Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock were on top. You can’t say some of the things they did. But those two would have been stars in ANY era. Whether they’d have been as big a stars is up for debate, but their talents were not limited to four letter words and innuendos. I honestly believe that people who whine and complain so much about WWE’s PG rating and long for the Attitude Era don’t understand what made it so great in the first place: Great characters, great performers, good drama, good storytelling. None of that is necessarily dependent on being edgy for edginess’ sake.

Linda McMahon did not get Brian Jossie fired. Brian Jossie got himself fired by saying something he knew was off limits on a PG show, and then being a child about it. Now he’s taken to social media to display the same kind of behavior that got him fired in the first place. I can only imagine the anger, frustration and bitterness he must be feeling about it all. But he’s humiliating himself. Worst of all, he’s got a bunch of other childish idiots feeding his misguided sense of righteousness. Fans are setting up Twitter accounts dedicated to him, talking about censorship, racism, #WeWantAW, etc.

Hey, I want AW back too. I liked him. But I think if we’re ever going to see him again, Brian Jossie needs to grow up.


Rob Siebert is the former Chief Theatrical Correspondent for The Wrestling Daily. Nowadays, he’s marking out for comics, wrestling and all sorts of pop culture at Primary Ignition.


3 Responses to TWD Inside the Wrestler’s Studio: Cut AW’s Mic Off

  1. Avatar DJ Rallo
    DJ Rallo says:

    I honestly believe that the firing was unjust. If AW was fired solely for that joke, it was unjustified.

    However, I could have seen him returning in a matter of months, ala Daniel Bryan in 2010, had he not acted the way he did following his firing.

    AW’s attitude on social networking also makes me believe that this joke was not the primary reason he was let go. He without a doubt must have had a lousy attitude backstage before his firing.

    AW was talented, humorous, and a great asset to the Prime Time Players. His presence will be missed, especially in the tag division. I’m over it and have lost respect for him based on his rants…but it’s a same to see him burn all of his bridges.

    Again, it’s a shame…but he isn’t doing himself any favors. Daniel Bryan dealt with the same issue, albeit he had an immense amount of crowd support. Nonetheless, WWE potentially would have brought him back eventually. Not now because he has acted beyond immature.

  2. Avatar Hold Me Closer Tony Danza
    Hold Me Closer Tony Danza says:

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