On Monday's Raw, WWE teased a segment where Undertaker would respond to CM Punk, promising that he would eviscerate him. Fans took to Twitter to poke fun at WWE, to express their confusion about the usage of the word "eviscerate" and for some, confusion over the word itself.
WWE was clearly trying to use hyperbole to describe how Undertaker would attack Punk verbally.
Choosing "eviscerate" was a misreading of the WWE audience and of the meaning of the word. Undertaker is capable of some intimidating actions, but likely not disemboweling his enemy on live TV.
Baltimore Sun columnist, Arda Orcal was brave enough to admit that he didn't immediately know what the word meant.
The tweet had over 160 retweets, but there are likely a number of folks unwilling to let folks in on their ignorance of the word in question. Once those fans looked up the definition, the confusion likely continued.
Fan Paul Griffin was kind enough to share the meaning of the word.
"eviscerate: 1. to remove the entrails from; disembowel: to eviscerate a chicken." I dont think @WWE knows what it means. #RAW2013-4-2 01:28:25
That's what Undertaker was going to do to Punk? Not exactly. Michael Cole later clarified that Undertaker would "verbally" eviscerate Punk. That's a relief. He was just going to use words to remove his entrails.
As edgy and controversial as WWE might get, we weren't going to see one man kill another, right? That would certainly assure that Punk couldn't end Undertaker’s undefeated at WrestleMania streak.
At least one fan sounded excited about that violent prospect.
Undertaker is going to eviscerate CM Punk? We might see a murder on tv. #RAW @WWE2013-4-2 01:28:39
Fans of the Attitude Era have been clamoring for WWE to amp up its violence. This is not what they had in mind.
Undertaker did not end up eviscerating anybody. He simply threatened CM Punk one last time before their WrestleMania 29 match. Punk, disguised as a druid, attacked Undertaker and poured the contents of his urn onto him.
WWE fans didn't get to see a single entrail removed. It's just one more thing they can blame on the PG Era.
Does @WWE actually know what "eviscerate" means? If that's happening live we're leaving PG far behind. #RAW2013-4-2 00:54:09
Unless, as this fan tweeted, WWE was headed into a new era altogether.