10 Wrestling "Shoots" That Were Total Works

Real? Fake? Does it matter?

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There's an old adage that states that in pro wrestling, whatever makes it to television is fake. As much as a given angle may seem to be getting "real" in the moment, everything is pre-produced to the point where there's no room for error. All the fans see is the script being played out before them.

Of course, fans with more than a cursory familiarity with pro wrestling know that it isn't that simple. Twenty years ago, Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart out of the WWE Championship at the Survivor Series, making for a very real, very live crisis. Since then, backstage disputes have made their way onto ours screens, fans have run into the ring, and injuries and tragedies have plagued the sport.

The result of all of that is a gray area between fact and fiction, where certain angles or matches were executed realistically enough that fans still debate about whether or not they were "real" or "fake."

Admit it - we've all been duped at one point or another. But there's no shame in that; these angles were designed to fool us into believing - for just a second - that they were as real as real.

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Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried. *Best Crowd of the Year, 2013