The WWE look like they have dropped the Russian-American feud between Rusev and Jack Swagger after widespread criticisms of a reference to the MH17 airline disaster at Sunday's 'Battleground' pay-per-view.
According to reports from wrestlingInc.com, the feud may have been extinguished at last nights raw. From the Article:
"On RAW, WWE made mention of Swagger tapping out to Rusev at Battleground, even though their match ended in a count out, which likely was to set up a rematch.
It's possible the feud is being dropped due to the heat on Lana for her promo at Battleground, which is why WWE had The Great Khali interrupt her promo on RAW before she could even get started."
Prior to Rusev's match with the Real American Jack Swagger on Sunday night at the critically panned Pay-Per-View, Lana had told the crowd: "You blame Russia for the recent current events, when in fact you Americans should be scolded for your war mongering in Afghanistan and Iraq."
It's that recent current events bit that has everything rightfully up in arms. I mean, what else could they be possibly referencing.
The Florida-born CJ Perry, who plays Ravishing Russian Lana, has been generating classic Cold War style heat as a heel alongside Rusev. Lana often dedicates the Bulgarian Brute's matches to Russia's president Vladimir Putin and makes disparaging remarks about the US and its president Barack Obama.
These promos have led up to the pair's current feud with Zeb Colter and Real American Jack Swagger. Colter portrays a deep-south racist on the show who wants all the foreign wrestlers kicked out of the WWE. Yeah it's all a bit weird.
The WWE were fairly quick to come out with a not at all apologetic statement on Monday.
"Last night's segment during WWE's Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy," the statement read.
"The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than three months. "WWE apologises to anyone who misunderstood last night's segment and was offended."
But the promo that WWE claim was clearly in-offensive has been scrapped. Another strike for the McMahon refusing to apologise for something column.