Case in point: A Cuban-born wrestler named Konnan, who has helped institute immigration-inspired storylines on the Spike TV show, TNA: iMPACT!
For instance, one storyline played off the national immigration work stoppages that took place across the U.S. earlier this year.
During one episode, he and his Mexican colleague, The Truth, refused to work during a match scheduled for the May 1 Day Without A Mexican Protest.
But while immigration is a polarizing issue in the U.S., the work stoppage plotline was well received by both Hispanic fans and those who simply like rooting for rebels.
Still, Konnan says theres a legacy of racism that hasnt been erased from pro wrestling yet, but hes trying.
In his words, [TNA Wrestling officials] know Im very sensitive [to immigration issues]; it may have been ignorance in the past, but now they come ask my opinion about this.
TNA: iMPACT! airs Saturdays.
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