The nature of professional wrestling means that its practitioners need to take things pretty seriously. The results may be predetermined, but the risks are real, so when you step into the ring with a fellow athlete, you’re obliged to take things seriously to avoid risk, and to more accurately simulate a shoot fight, thereby elevating the product.
Still, at its core, wrestling is a pretty silly business. There are oversized personalities, ridiculous match stipulations, blood feuds that suddenly end after a conclusive match. Sometimes, there’s nothing better for the business than for those involved to cut loose, indulge their playful sides, and embrace the ridiculousness of it all.
Wrestling and comedy doesn’t always go well together, and in WWE especially the focus is often on the scatological and sophomoric (i.e Vince’s sense of humour), but when it works, it can be more entertaining than any technical masterpiece or grizzly bloodbath.
The business is built on intensity, athleticism, and drama, but all that darkness needs shading with a little levity. These moments demonstrate that even the biggest bruisers like a laugh from time to time.