WWE is professional wrestling, but Vince McMahon would tell you it’s sports entertainment.
It’s scripted and pre-determined. But it’s not as simple as that.
While we know it’s not real – like most TV shows – the magic is in treating it like it is.
For WWE since the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve stretched the creative barriers further than ever before.
Some fans love their wrestling to be believable, others love the absurd possibilities. Money in the Bank was certainly the latter.
At the end of the Money in the Bank ladder match – which only commenced after both male and female competitors battled their way up through WWE’s headquarters – Baron Corbin actually chucked two of his foes off the roof!
As you can see by the clip below, Corbin really took Aleister Black and the legendary Rey Mysterio and chucked them off the roof – or so it appeared.
In reality, there was a crash pad below the raised platform where the ring sat and they were merely tossed to a crash pad.
Still, to the TV viewers, it appeared like they had tumbled to their untimely death and Black sent out the perfect tweet after the show:
Black has been on a serious roll for the past few months and has been one of the best parts of Monday Night Raw since the pandemic restricted their production to the Performance Center.
Many had the former NXT champion pegged as the favourite to win the Money in the Bank briefcase this year, but that distinction fell to Otis of Heavy Machinery, albeit in controversial circumstances.
As Baron Corbin and AJ Styles battled for the briefcase after unhooking it, it slipped from their grasps and landed in Otis’ hands.
Apparently, that’s good enough to constitute winning the Money in the Bank contract these days!
There has been rumours that Rey Mysterio may well be done with WWE and this was a way to write him off TV, but the same surely cannot be said for a raising star like Black.