Originally Posted by @MrDrewFoley
The other thing that I thought made it really good was the fact that what had happened to King was actually real, and people had real feelings about it. Punk was mocking a man who had nearly died and telling him it was all his fault. I don't think you can generate a situation like that in a storyline.
No, you can't generate that since people are so jaded when it comes to what they are watching. A show can depict all kinds of assault and abuse and people just cheer like it's a good thing, but when someone just makes fun of something real it's horrible.
It's especially interesting to see how people complain about the segment being disrespectful to Lawler (who clearly must have been OK with it) when the segment included Foley coming out and arguing with Punk, actually making what happened to Lawler sink in much more with the audience (in a positive way). That was the goal that the segment reached, the mockery was just some of the travel distance.
When some complain it reminds me of the people that had Bill Maher fired for making a truthful comparison between the 9/11 terrorists and the US military.
My main complaint about the segment was that it wasn't that good. Punk had a couple of funny lines and Foley had some intense ones, but overall it just didn't reach the levels that those performers can.