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‘Attack’ Potentially Added To WWE Banned Word List?

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon

It appears that the word “attack” has now joined others such as “wrestler” and “title belt” on WWE’s banned list.

For many years it has been known that Vince McMahon and WWE prefer the words “Superstar,” and “Championship Title” to be used rather than “wrestler,” and “title belt” respectively. Furthermore, despite the company producing wrestling matches, it is known as “sports entertainment.”

Interestingly, on the May 23rd episode of Monday Night Raw, announcer Jimmy Smith may have given an insight into another newly banned word. As Seth Rollins came to the ring and brawled with Cody Rhodes, Smith described the action as an “attack” before correcting himself to use the word “assault.”

Speaking during a review of the episode on the Bryan and Vinny Show, Bryan Alvarez mentioned the incident, questioning whether the word was banned.

“I think it was Seth Rollins attacking Cody. He goes ‘Seth Rollins has attacked Cody. I’m sorry, assaulted.’ And they just kept going. I was like, that was f*cking weird. And I went back and listened to it again. And sure as sh*t he goes, ‘Seth Rollins has attacked Cody. I’m sorry, assaulted Cody.’ And then he just moves on and I thought, is this f*cking word banned?

Alvarez later revealed that a source had told him the word was unofficially banned due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“I asked someone there and unofficially they also believe that you can no longer say the word ‘attack’ and I don’t even want to say this because it will end up as a story but you know they basically said like, ‘Russia attacked Ukraine so we don’t want to use the word attacked. Now you have to say assaulted.’ I was like, what?!”

Seth Rollins and Cody Rhodes are set to clash for a third time at WWE Hell In A Cell.

H/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.