Even if it is actors playing a part, the issue is that they decided to go down that road in the first place. It just gives the company this slimy look when they take the near death experience of one of their most famous, loyal and long time workers and try to make money off of it. That goes for everything-the t-shirts they made, the footage of Lawler they kept replaying showing him passing out and making it into an angle. Regardless if Lawler WAS cool with it, they're trying to push a story where he WASN'T cool with it. They don't see Jerry on screen saying "yeah, its cool, I don't mind." On top of that, even if he was ok with it, that doesn't mean there are people in the audience who are. What about the people watching at home who have had friends or family who have died of a heart attack, then they see WWE making fun of it for the purpose of making money. I just get kind of turned off by all of it, not because I'm offended, but its more due to the fact that its a sign that they can't use legitimate, tactful means of getting heat. It comes across as a sign of desperation that they're willing to go to very questionable extremes in order to advance the product. Time and time again they've proven they can keep things tasteful and succeed, and then every so often they bust something like this out, and I have to wonder why. It could have been achieved another way, and instead the way they chose comes across as very low class-hence why people here are referring to it as cheap heat. Its a shortcut guaranteed to work, but they're treading touchy waters. Does the end justify the means? I don't think so. They had the ability to work around this and find another equally, if not more, effective way that they could have used to display their creativity. It wasn't like this was the ONLY way to go. The fact that they did makes it seem like they're grasping for anything that will work, and if its easier, all the better, regardless if that method is pretty apparently offensive to a lot of people.
I'm sure that the company has been slimier. A heart attack is a terrible thing, but Stratus degrading herself and barking like a dog on all fours for Vince's amusement and in front of the world was pretty damn bad too.
Granted, I would personally punch a guy who was mimicking a heart attack in front of a person who just suffered one if it happened in real life, but this is no longer real life anymore. Choosing to do the heart attack angle wasn't against Jerry's, Foley's, Punk's, Cole's, JR's or anyone else's own will (Jerry most importantly), so I personally don't see a problem in taking that road. Sure there are plenty of other options they could have taken, but as "cheap"
as some of you say this angle was it was still effective.
If the audience decides that the WWE is making fun of anyone's heart attack issues other than Lawler's then maybe they deserve to stick with lighter shows on TV. I have family that have dealt with some of the issues that the WWE has made angles on and I know better. Not everyone knows better, though.
In your opinion what would have been a more tactful, legitimate means of getting heat? A move like this is something that a villain character would do. Punk just needs to do more. OR take a break and return as a face if doing more does Punk no good and the crowd always remains on his side.
I don't see it as desperation. I see it as them finally able to flex their wings a little without politics overshadowing them and Linda thus influencing what Vince needs to do to keep that shadow away.
I just got back into watching it this year. How often is the show tasteful and successful and I don't just mean in parts.
Like I said before, offensive can be good. Maybe the WWE will get a different audience demographic over time. Maybe it won't. Maybe there will be so much backlash that Cena will have to go back to "son-of-a-beez-wax". Again, I would rather be offended and hating a fictional character than to sit there rolling my eyes at the stories I see unfold.
Those are just my views, though. I know not everyone is going to think like me and that's fine.