By Craig Edwards
Don't believe everything you read and hear. Despite reports to the contrary, Vince McMahon, the chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, is not really dead. In the real world, he's alive and kicking. Though on TV, it is a different matter.
For those who don't follow the world of pro wrestling, Vinnie Mac got blown up at the end of "Monday Night Raw" this week. He walked out of the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA and hopped in his limo, which immediately exploded to end a heavily hyped three hour interpromotional show that featured wrestlers from all three WWE brands (Raw, Smackdown, & ECW).
For most wrestling fans, the stunt was a cool moment, killing off the evil TV character that was one of the main catalysts for wrestling's popularity boom in the late 90's. It also had many asking "what are they going to do with this?"
Small problem though; several news agencies reported it like he had REALLY died, leaving many people confused. A couple even called our newsroom today, asking why we weren't reporting the news.
I want to clear this up for you, once and for all. VINCE McMAHON IS ALIVE. The whole thing was a stunt, taped the night before the show. Here's a statement from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department to prove it:
For verification purposes regarding those inquiring as to the alleged car bombing of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township on Monday, June 11, 2007, the incident was a staged event, prearranged with Fire Department personnel and authorized by Township Code Enforcement officials. All necessary precautions were taken during the filming of the event so as to ensure the safety and security of all persons involved in the event. Mr. McMahon was not injured during the event contrary to what is being reported on internet web sites and other media sources.
Folks, I'm going to break it down for you. About 98% of what you see on a wrestling show is just that, part of the show! Just follow it and have fun. Also, know that WWE.com is part of the show. The company has another web site for its business and real world stuff.
What's funny is that WWE has gotten in trouble for stuff in bad taste, just plain stupid, or makes you wonder why you watch their product... BUT THIS confusion is what people will be upset about... when they really didn't do anything wrong here.
Enjoy the show, just don't forget that is just a show.