Mick Foley is one unhappy man.
The general manager of Monday Night Raw went off on Twitter yesterday after ESPN reporter Amin Elhassan appeared to make fun of the reaction of Kevin Owens' son when his father won the WWE Universal title this past Monday.
KO defeated Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Big Cass to score the upset win with a little help from Triple H and become the second ever holder of the primary title on Raw.
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Foley's tirade comes hot on the heels of Cody Rhodes' insistence that the company should distance themselves from ESPN in light of the joke.
Of course, Rhodes is no longer with the company after being granted an early release earlier this summer, but he made his feelings on the matter clear on Twitter, too.
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Foley is demanding that ESPN issue an on-air apology for the joke and it appears as though now that the Hardcore Legend has taken exception to it, something will have to happen.
What makes this whole scenario complex is the fact that the WWE just recently agreed a new content deal with ESPN, who have subsequently launched a new WWE sub-section on their website.
Really, it was a bit of a stupid joke. Independent superstar Riccochet and former WWE personality and fellow ESPN employee Jonathan Coachman also condemned the tweet and Elhassan's refusal to apologise is only adding more fuel to the fire.
When a follower informed Elhassan that Owens' son was autistic - which, we must state is unconfirmed - the ESPN reporter went on to further enrage the twitter fanbase by suggesting that has nothing to do with his naivety, it's his age.
Overall, it was just a joke that didn't need to be done, least of all, at a the child's expense. Really, the laugh is at wrestling. But given ESPN's new deal with the WWE, even that is pretty ill-advised.
There is nothing wrong with an eight-year-old boy being overcome with emotion watching his dad, on live TV, reach the pinnacle of his profession, no matter how you view that particular industry.
ESPN would be wise to apologise for this mishap and move on quickly.
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