Saturday, June 24, 2023

the last book I ever read (Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America, excerpt thirteen)

from Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America by Andrew Riesman:

For years, the Undertaker had worn a black trench coat during his walks to the ring. That article of clothing abruptly became a problem on April 20, 1999, when two high school students who had sometimes identified themselves as the “Trench Coat Mafia” walked into Columbine High School and murdered twelve students and a teacher.

The news media started to cast blame on violent pop culture. USA Today ran a story in which they juxtaposed Taker’s trench coat with those of the killers. As a result, Taker didn’t wear the coat at April 25’s Backlash ’99 PPV. He did, howver, kidnap Stephanie once again at the very end of the show.

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