Paul Heyman couldn't have found a better time to insult a referee.
In the opening segment of Monday’s Raw, Punk and Heyman decided to berate referee Brad Maddox for costing CM Punk last Monday’s main event tag team match.
Heyman took out a blindfold for Maddox to wear. The blindfold itself was adorned with an NFL logo.
Of course, this is all a result of Vince McMahon’s yearning for cultural relevance by riding on the coattails of pop culture, which in this case is the poor performance of the NFL’s replacement referees.
Now, this method hardly ever works in the long run. These things are usually implemented for cheap laughs or to gain the casual fan’s attention for a few weeks.
But WWE may have coincidentally stumbled on something great as a result of the shocking conclusion to the game between the Packers and Seahawks.
Such an uproar over a blown call raises questions of the NFL’s legitimacy. On the other hand, WWE knows exactly where it stands on the spectrum of reality. Wrestling possesses real qualities in a fake setting. After the erroneous call, the average NFL fan might consider the league as somewhat fake in a very real setting.
These binaries between what is real and what is scripted could work in WWE’s favor. It may very well lead to a slight increase in viewers.
An uproar over the events in the NFL resulted in wave of comparisons between WWE and the NFL over Twitter, so much that the XFL was trending worldwide.
The XFL has been a part of WWE’s blacklisted history for some time now, but given the reaction from both wrestling and football fans, you bet Vince McMahon is smiling over the decision to include a referee in the WWE Championship picture.