Ok then. The biggest story of the week in WWE was Retribution coming up to the next level on Monday Night Raw. The team not only unmasked, but were also announced as having signed contracts with WWE. This meant that they were suddenly allowed to wrestle on the show, which took place in Monday’s main event. However, it ended in a weird way and now we know why.
This week’s Monday Night Raw main event featured Retribution vs. the Hurt Business in a six man tag. The match ended with Retribution being disqualified when T-Bar attacked Bobby Lashley from the apron. As soon as the match was over, the reset of the masked members of Retribution came in and attacked the Hurt Business to end the show. It was a strange ending to the match and there was a reason for that.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the match was ended due to an unwritten rule of Vince McMahon’s. The rule states that a tag match automatically ends in a disqualification if an illegal wrestler attacks a legal wrestler in front of the referee. The referees are told to call the match like a real contest, meaning the breaking of the rule meant the ending of the match. The rule excludes moments such as the five second grace period after a tag or if a brawl breaks out during the match.
The match was a wild one. Check out how it went down:
Opinion: I’m not sure what to think of this, as the ending did not go well, but to their credit, the referee did his job as he was supposed to. That being said, this is still professional wrestling, where the story can go however the company wants it to. You would think that WWE would have found a way around this, though I can accept the idea of keeping the traditional rules, even if it didn’t make sense. It’s not like this was the only problem with Retribution, as the team was already in trouble before the match even started.
What did you think of the match? Was the rule ridiculous? Let us know in the comments below.
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