"Good Guy" Roman Reigns Attempted To Kill His Opponent Last Night
We get it - professional wrestling is fixed. Is it ridiculous? Yes. Can some of it's content be lowest common denominator? The sport was birthed on the foundation of carnival grounds so absolutely. Can it be a product that's simply executed and entertaining? 100% - it's good vs. evil. Babyface vs. heel. Just like any other storyline, fans root on the good guys while the bad guys are to be despised (think if 90's Ken Griffey Jr. faced bigoted degenerate John Rocker at the plate and who would you want to see win) but leave it to Vince McMahon and WWE to dump mud in such crystal clear waters.
Last night during their new PPV, "Great Balls Of Fire", a show literally named after a song that was released 60 years ago, Braun Strowman (the bad guy) fought Roman Reigns (the company's positioned top good guy who gets booed like crazy because their core demographic are men and he's the guy who acts like they'd steal their girlfriend) in an ambulance match. If you're not familiar with the rules of an ambulance match, it's quite simple: beat your opponent senseless, get him in the back of an ambulance and close the doors.
Braun Strowman won this match last night. Fair and square. The big bastard moved out of the way of a charging Roman who couldn't stop from diving into the back of the ambulance. Braun then closed the doors.
But ol' sourpuss Roman's not done. He reemerges to spear Braun, throws him into the back of the ambulance and then proceeds to intentionally crash the back of it into a parked semi-truck, maybe or maybe not killing him in the process.
Roman just walked away like he just pulled up to a Bob Evans with no repercussions. Just "Raw GM" Kurt Angle standing there with mouth agape. A wrestler on your roster just potentially murdered another man and no follow up with a call to the authorities? That seems sensible.
The announcers got "all serious" as the Jaws Of Life were used to pull the side door off the ambulance for a bloodied and probably severely concussed Braun Strowman to muster up the strength, the guile, the piss & vinegar to walk out on his own two feet to seemingly nowhere.
Our hero still remains intact while a man of attempted manslaughter walks free.
Pro wrestling is something else. Vince McMahon should swagger out to this more appropriate theme from now on: