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Fans react to ‘distasteful’ pandemic joke during WWE SmackDown

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WWE fans have reacted angrily to a joke made by Sheamus during the final segment of WWE SmackDown this week on FOX.

The Irish Superstar was expected to be facing Drew McIntyre with the winner going on to face the Undisputed WWE Champion at Clash at the Castle.

Before the match could start, Sheamus would pull out, saying that he had ‘the old COVID,” and fans were not happy.

McIntyre would end up facing Butch/Pete Dunne instead, defeating him with the Claymore kick. It’s expected that Sheamus vs McIntyre will be taking place at WWE SummerSlam.

Sheamus joke on SmackDown

Here are some of the reactions from the WWE Universe to the joke made on the Friday Night show:

  • Making fun of COVID isn’t funny’¦ #SmackDown
  • WWE false advertising a match the entire night and using Covid for heat, wtf are we doing #SmackDown
  • Am I the only person a little hot at WWE using “COVID” in storyline one’¦then having it nix an advertised main event? #SmackDown
  • They are really playing about Covid now? No standards’¦ smh #SmackDown
  • Whoever thought of putting COVID into this segment needs to get their job terminated! Millions of people lost their lives and we are still dealing with it today. Very disturbing and distasteful! #SmackDown
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