Friday, June 15, 2007

Wrestling: Soap Opera / Pot: Kettle

While watching a recorded TV show, my thumb was a tad slow to hit the fast-forward button when the commercials started. I saw a promo for the latest installment of the World Wrestling Entertainment show, and was transfixed by a limousine explosion! I watched the whole commercial which reported that Mr. McMahon, the chairman of WWE, was in the limo at the time of the explosion, but that WWE would soldier on with their wrestling matches. Purely from an anthropological standpoint, I decided I needed to go to the WWE website for more information. The site reported the "presumed death" of McMahon and built quite a story around the "presumed" incident. An exploding limo, federal investigation, no body, questions surrounding "presumed" victim's psychological condition, a possible conspiracy... sounds like a soap opera plot. Who wants to start the betting pool on when Mr. McMahon will rise from his "presumed" flaming death much like a mythical phoenix rising from the ashes.