Sports fans who tuned in to Spike TV’s weekly wrestling show “Raw” Monday at 9 p.m. were treated to a locker-room scene featuring a strapping black athlete being vamped by a well-endowed young woman wrapped in nothing but a large bath towel.
Sound familiar? The taped piece was a parody of the infamous seduction scene that preceded “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 15 in which Nicolette Sheridan, clad in just a towel, threw herself at Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver.
The players in the WWE spoof are the federation’s intercontinental champion Shelton Benjamin and women’s champion Trish Stratus, who also was wearing an elaborate bandage to protect a supposed broken nose inflicted by a rival in the ring.
Resisting her advances, Benjamin says he’s about to participate in “a six-man tag match. William and Eugene need me.”
“But what about my needs,” Stratus coos.
“Ah, sugar, don’t worry. You’ll find somebody else. I mean, you are the biggest slut on ‘Raw,’ ” he responds.
Ignoring the insult, she starts to slip out of the towel. But Vince McMahon, chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, enters the locker room. Shocked, McMahon barks out, “This is unconscionable. This is scandalous. I can see the moral fabric of America disintegrating right before my very eyes. … The FCC is not going to tolerate this. … This is the WWE. This is not the NFL, and it damn sure is not the NBA.”
Benjamin exits to join his tag team. Stratus, alone in the locker room with McMahon, drops the towel and leaps into his arms. While the “MNF” theme music plays in the background, McMahon looks into the camera and says, “Are you ready for some wrestling?”