Earlier this week, WWE fired Abraham Washington for making a rape joke on Raw, saying one of the Prime Time Players was "like Kobe Bryant in a Colorado hotel room... unstoppable."
Is this the gravest offense in the history of WWE's long line of offense? No. But this is a Superstar-driven industry. It's why Hurricane got fired and Jericho didn't. Or why HHH got punished for the Curtain Call and HBK didn't (not that the Curtain Call was anything like making rape jokes or drunk & disorderly, but you get the point).
I've seen a lot of talk that AW was encouraged to be "edgy," and WWE has clearly lifted the shackles in the last year. They let a lot of the top guys run free a lot more than they did in 2009 and 2010, but sorry, you can't make a rape joke and expect to keep your job. AW may have tried something edgy and failed, but all it proved is that he lacks the common sense that guys like Cena, Rock, Triple H and Lesnar have. They all might say some stupid shit now and then, but they're not making rape jokes about a five-year-old case that was dropped regarding the most well-known basketball player in the country, who just so happens to play in the venue where they hold SummerSlam every year.
AW's behavior in light of the controversy strikes me as someone who's buying into their own hype a little too much. He had a couple weeks as a mildly entertaining manager of a mildly entertaining tag team during a mildly entertaining period of WWE where no one gives a shit about tag wrestling. They could've went somewhere with him, but his absence will be noticed this time next year as much as Armando Alejandro Estrada's.
Just cut out the middleman for the Prime Time Players and give them Jimmy Hart.