Kevin Owens has publicly lambasted SmackDown superstar Jaxson Ryker for seemingly attempting to use the current political tensions in the USA to further his own storyline on social media.
Ryker, along with Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler make up The Forgotten Sons, a faction on SmackDown depicting the trio as military veterans determined to have their voices heard.
Ryker tweeted his support for US President Donald Trump on Monday evening, including his faction’s catchphrase ‘Forgotten No More’.
‘Thankful for the @POTUS we have! God bless America. Built of freedom. Forgotten No More.’
Owens certainly did not mince his words in his response:
‘The freedom you speak of entitles you to speak your mind all you want. I’m not here to argue that. I just really need to tell you that I think you pushing your shitty wrestling catchphrase as all of this is happening is absolutely fucking pathetic.
It’s hard to be completely clear about Ryker’s intentions here. Either this is his own feelings (Which, as Owens noted, he has every right to voice), in which case, including his own wrestling catchphrase seems woefully misguided. Otherwise, it was a tweet made ‘in character’ as a member of The Forgotten Sons. Again, trying to capitalise on the current mass civil unrest and seemingly antagonising the Black Lives Matter movement to further a wrestling angle seems incredibly crass, to put it mildly.
As would be expected, a number of other wrestling personalities have responded to Ryker on Twitter including his Smackdown colleague and former police officer, Mustafa Ali.
Ryker, Cutler and Blake joined Smackdown from NXT just after WrestleMania before making their PPV in a four way tag team match at Money In The Bank.
Kevin Owens recently returned to Raw after five weeks on the shelf due to an injury he sustained during his match with Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Last night he faced Apollo Crews for the WWE United States Title.