10 Greatest Worked Shoots In Wrestling History

The line between reality and fiction gets scuffed by some very big boots...

There€™s a lot of misunderstanding that crops up when people discuss the idea of the €˜shoot€™ and the €˜worked shoot€™. A shoot is a completely unscripted moment in the otherwise entirely worked world of professional wrestling, whether it€™s an off-the-cuff remark, an angle gone off the rails, or a wrestler going into business for himself during a match. A worked shoot, on the other hand, is a planned and approved segment on a wrestling show that€™s given the appearance of being a shoot. Where a shoot is just someone deviating from the script, a worked shoot is an attempt to fool an audience that€™s become blasé about knowing that wrestling is a work. In the right hands, and with the right preparation, a worked shoot can be the most incendiary angle a promotion can put on, garnering mainstream publicity and laying the groundwork for a huge feud that culminates in blockbuster pay-per-view performance. At least, that€™s the idea€

Honourable Mention: The Undertaker And Brock Lesnar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjHtxPew5Os This beautiful moment came during the aftermath of UFC121 in October 2010. An out-of-character Mark €˜Undertaker€™ Calaway (famously a massive MMA fan) was interviewed by respected MMA broadcaster and journalist Ariel Helwani just after Lesnar had lost the UFC heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez. While Calaway was giving his opinion about the match itself, Lesnar would walk past him and apparently eyeball the big man, who immediately fronted up to Lesnar on camera saying, €œYou wanna do it?€ Calaway would then inform Helwani that he and Lesnar had some private issue, some unfinished business, and that he€™d just seen a little of it there. Calaway€™s relaxed, nonchalant attitude completely sold the encounter as a shoot €“ but of course, it was scripted to occur, the idea being that, if contracts could be worked around, Lesnar could have faced the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXVII the following April. Sadly, the legal issues involved would render this perfect match impossible, as Lesnar was under exclusive contract to UFC. In addition to that, scuttlebutt (like gossip with a jetpack on) at the time said that UFC owner Dana White was personally miffed that Calaway, Lesnar and Vince McMahon hadn€™t checked that running the angle at his show was okay with him, leading to some very unscripted backstage apologies. We€™d have run this as part of our top ten list if the Wrestlemania match had actually taken place, but given the outcome, it ranks as an interesting curio.
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