Former WWE Champion asked Vince McMahon permission to flip the bird on national TV. The segment aired back in 2019 during his run as champion.
The WWE is a PG company. Unlike the Attitude Era, the promotion is now very careful about what they show on television now. There are moments however, when they let air some controversial segments such as when Kofi Kingston flipped the bird on Samoa Joe during their feud in 2019.
While discussing Big E’s Money in the Bank contract victory on the group’s New Day: Feel The Power podcast, they spoke about the aforementioned segment. Big E expressed surprise that off all the people it was Kofi who did it while the former WWE Champion revealed that he had Vince McMahon’s blessings for it.
Former WWE Champion asked Vince McMahon permission to flip the bird on TV
Big E said:
“[Kofi], throwing up the bird, when you had the WWE Title with Samoa Joe. For some reason, you flipping him the bird, I feel like you’re the most unlikely person to flip anyone the bird in WWE history.”
Kofi Kingston replied:
“The whole situation was so funny because we were talking about how we wanted to present this idea and we needed a punchline. I was like, ‘It’s got to be the middle finger.’ Maybe not the middle finger, but something along those lines.
“The more we talked about it, it was like, ‘Nah, it’s gotta be the middle finger.’ We went in and asked He Who Shall Not Be Named [Vince McMahon] and he cleared it. ‘Yeah, that’ll be fine, we’ll just shoot around it. ‘What? Okay. Good luck.’”
— WWE (@WWE) July 3, 2019
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