After Vince McMahon’s storyline arrest on Monday Night RAW, the NYPD received a flurry of calls from fans who thought the chairman’s incarceration was legitimate, according to a report from TMZ.
McMahon, 70, was in the opening segment of RAW last night emanating from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He confronted the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, who assaulted McMahon with his trademark Superman Punch just a few weeks earlier. Eventually, McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, became involved in the segment, too.
Alongside several NYPD officers, Stephanie McMahon urged them to arrest Reigns, who moments earlier shoved McMahon on his rear-end. However, the officers refused to arrest Reigns. This angered Vince McMahon, who became belligerent with the officers. Therefore, the cops handcuffed Vince McMahon, read him the Miranda Rights, and led him out of the arena and into a patrol car.
— WWE (@WWE) December 29, 2015
As TMZ’s report states, “It seemed real enough for viewers to call the police…presumably to either express their displeasure or lobby to have the book thrown at him.”
It should go without saying that most skits and performances that transpire on WWE television are part of a storyline and do not pertain to the superstars’ real life. It’s understandable that fans in any instance are confused by what they see on television, but they should look no further than Stephanie McMahon being arrested last year during her on-screen feud with Brie Bella.
It was all a part of the McMahon vs. Bella storyline, which culminated at SummerSlam last year. Additionally, this wasn’t the first time that Vince McMahon himself was “arrested” on WWE television, as the image of the chairman in handcuffs occurred during the Attitude Era over a decade ago.
This time, Vince McMahon’s stay in prison lasted all of two hours, as the chairman was released before the conclusion of the show. He returned at the end of the night after the WWE United States Championship bout that pitted the defending champion Alberto Del Rio and the returning John Cena.
— WWE (@WWEIndia) December 29, 2015
That match ended in a disqualification and turned into a brawl involving the League of Nations, Cena, and Reigns. After decimating everybody in sight, Reigns was met by McMahon, who had a big announcement to make. Before he made that announcement, McMahon proclaimed that he is going to sue the city of New York and would sue each fan in attendance if he could.
Next week on RAW, Reigns will defend his WWE World Heavyweight championship in a one-on-one match against Sheamus. The match will also feature a special guest referee, Vince McMahon.
After not being able to abide the rules of society earlier in the night, McMahon will now direct rules next week inside a WWE ring.
Reigns tweeted about his title defense next week, saying the chairman will have the “best seat in the house.”
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) December 29, 2015
As far as the Mr.McMahon character goes, the Inquisitr reported recently that if ratings continue to rise, he could become more of a fixture in the future. RAW saw a dramatic increase in the ratings two weeks ago with the return of McMahon and Reigns winning the WWE World Heavyweight championship in the main event.
For right now, the Mr. McMahon character is not scheduled for any WWE shows after next Monday’s edition of RAW, but that could all change.
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