Before what’s now often known as Endeavor Group bought Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for $4 billion in 2016, UFC nearly offered to Disney.
While UFC has since licensed its content material to ESPN, which Disney owns, Disney has no management over the UFC occasions ESPN airs. ESPN doesn’t actually have a say in who the broadcasts are, which is why Joe Rogan nonetheless seems ringside.
UFC, led by Dana White, is the alternative of Disney/ESPN. As an entire, UFC doesn’t take a political stance and encourages particular person UFC members to precise their very own views. This philosophy makes UFC genuine, courageous, and unpredictable. Some UFC fighters have even — gasp — brazenly supported Donald Trump, which provides drama to some bouts.
While UFC caters to its base of sports activities lovers who’ve a wide range of political views, Disney does the alternative. It caters to its critics to make sure nobody calls it racist. As a outcome, Disney is by the ebook, politically right, and cowardly.
So think about an alternate universe by which Disney and all of its wokeness ran UFC, the one skilled sports activities league that has not caved to progressives. It’d look lots totally different. If Dana White would have survived the preliminary acquisition, Disney definitely would have fired him after he defended Rogan in January.
“Guess what? This is fucking America You can have your own opinions about these things and you can voice them. That’s what this fucking country was built on. All these little whiny fucking pussies that don’t like it? Too bad,” White mentioned of these making an attempt to cancel Rogan for asking questions on COVID-19.
Under the management of Disney, UFC would resemble the NBA and WNBA, “Black Lives Matter” would seem in the midst of the octagon, and fighters would nonetheless be carrying masks whereas within the ring.
It’s amusing to think about such a state of affairs as a result of UFC by no means truly offered to Disney. But that doesn’t imply Disney gained’t purchase one other model. On Thursday, CNBC mentioned the likelihood that Disney may buy WWE and Formula 1 as an alternative.
“While Disney balked at UFC’s image, it’s easy to envision WWE- or Formula One-branded roller coasters and theme park rides for media companies that own them.”
Don’t scoff at the potential of Disney shopping for WWE. Rumors regularly flow into that WWE may promote, and WWE president Nick Khan informed The Ringer final month that WWE is “open for business.”
Streaming is Disney’s primary precedence shifting ahead, and there are few higher streaming choices than WWE. Since March 2021, greater than three million Peacock subscribers have watched WWE content material, and greater than half of these three million subscribers say that they signed up for Peacock “because of WWE.” WWE would bolster the streaming bundle of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu instantly.
So shopping for WWE could be good for Disney’s enterprise, however regarding for WWE’s high quality. Just consider how unhealthy WWE could be below ESPN’s management.
WrestleMania this previous weekend was a spectacle, and Disney would have ruined it.
First, the 2 primary occasions featured Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar. Three of these guys are white, and each orange pores and skin and white pores and skin are unhealthy now. Sorry, Austin, you’re white. That’s unhealthy.
— WWE Australia (@WWEAustralia) April 6, 2022
At ESPN, just one white man is allowed at a time.
I believe the inclusion of the white man is what Stephen A. Smith calls “white privilege.”
WWE broadcaster Pat McAffee showcased his stardom at Mania within the ring and within the sales space. Disney would have had Mark Jones on the decision as an alternative. Jones would have mentioned Jacob Blake and cops in between matches, as he does in the course of the NBA and school soccer video games he calls.
— WrestleMania Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 4, 2022
Disney, due to its reliance on the profitable Chinese market, certainly would have had a wrestler channel his internal JA Adande and defend the systemic genocide dedicated on the behest of the CCP.
Oh my. @ESPN simply promoted the video of this fool evaluating the CCP committing genocide, slave labor, compelled abortions and compelled sterilizations to purple states requiring voter ID.https://t.co/sxxnerYanb
— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) February 4, 2022
What a freak.
And nothing with ESPN’s title on it will possibly go on air with out the privileged Mina Kimes becoming a member of in. That’s a rule. So possibly Kimes would have gotten into the ring with Charlotte Flair and overwhelmed her ass with Sarah Spain because the particular visitor referee.
We can say for sure that Disney would haven’t allowed Roman Reigns to stroll out to the ring shirtless. Instead, Reigns would have worn a “Say Gay” shirt with BLM written on his gloves.
Perhaps a Disney-run WrestleMania would characteristic Elle Duncan, the creepy SportsCenter anchor, begging for a college trainer to speak about intercourse with third graders. I wouldn’t doubt it.
Here’s @ESPN’s Elle Duncan getting very upset that lecturers can’t speak to very younger youngsters about intercourse and gender identification:
— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) March 18, 2022
We are fortunate that then-Disney CEO Bob Iger in the end nixed a deal to purchase UFC as a result of it was too “bloody and violent.” Now sit again and hope new Disney CEO Bob Chapek, a cowardly man, decides to not purchase WWE and woke that up.