NXT Debuts Controversial New Wrestler ‘Greasy O’Grady’

April 29, 2022 by , featured in Wrestling
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In an unexpected WWE development, NXT recently debuted a brand new wrestling superstar named “Greasy O’Grady.” The half-Italian, half-Irish brawler, who hails from “Potaaaatoes,” made quite a splash in his premiere matches. He took on Adam Cole for the NXT Championship, Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship, and Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship. All in the same unbelievable night! 

Fan Reactions

Comments on social media ranged from, “What the hell was that?” to, “Why did a random guy with a gentlemen’s pipe just win every NXT title?” as well as, “Is it racist to hate Greasy O’Grady?” The Iron Sheik even chimed in, praising Greasy as “GREAT DEPICTION IRISH MAN. MAKE ITALY HUMBLE.” With the WWE long plagued by a reliance on crude stereotypes, many question the addition of this potentially problematic new character.

[irp]Vince McMahon, however, proclaimed that O’Grady represents “a major step forward in our company-wide diversity efforts.” He fondly predicted that Greasy would “find a place in WWE history” alongside other “diverse characters,” like Papa Shango, Saba Simba, and Muhammad Hassan. McMahon himself brought O’Grady into the ring during the show. They were trailed by a band of Irish tin-whistlers and Italian organ-grinders, all of whom had to dodge sharp objects hurled by the furious capacity crowd.

Muhammad Hassan was WWE’s first-ever Arab character to be portrayed by an Italian man.

An official Greasy O’Grady Twitter account launched the next morning with a picture of O’Grady enjoying a heaping bowl of spaghetti and a double-pint of whiskey, captioned “Breakfast O’Champions.” The tweet currently has 19,407 replies and three retweets. It also has 88 likes, largely from elderly potato farmers, Hornswoggle parody accounts, and sidelined WWE Superstar Sheamus.

Concluding the broadcast, McMahon said he “hopes [Greasy] will be a major icon for our many biracial and immigrant fans”—amidst a deafening chorus of boos from the arena. Reports of Triple H sobbing uncontrollably in his office remain unconfirmed at this time.

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