Professional wrestling in general is full of [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment these kind of moments]] due to its on-the-fly writing style and the relative secrecy most wrestling companies work under to avoid {{spoiler}}s. Frequently story lines are started and then squashed due to one or more of the performers dying, quitting, being fired, or being injured. Angles can also suffer heavily from attacks by MoralGuardians and by ExecutiveMeddling. It's worth noting that since Professional Wrestling is an ongoing medium, users should wait before posting recent examples until the actual storyline plays out.
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* In 1990, the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] was hyping a giant egg, whose contents would be revealed at the ''Survivor Series''. The egg's hatching turned out to be a [[StealthPun rotten]] moment, as what emerged was a huge chicken-like thing called Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker (played by Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's older brother Hector in a hideous suit). Website/{{WrestleCrap}} [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/gooker.html has more]]. Also, they name their yearly people's choice award for wrestling's worst thing, The Gooker.
** The Gooker has been referenced since then, but it's usually been to reference just how [[Horrible/ProfessionalWrestling horrible]] the idea was.
** And it wasn't a chicken, but a ''turkey'' - [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext which makes perfect sense]] when you recall that ''Survivor Series'' used to be held on Thanksgiving Day. The most hilarious aspect of this episode was that for weeks, both wrestling commentators and fans were wildly speculating on what could possibly be inside the egg. [[WhatAnIdiot Some even wondered if a new wrestler was about to make his debut.]] I mean....IT'S AN EGG! Did they actually think that ''anything'' other than a giant bird (or maybe a dinosaur) was going to emerge from it?
*** It was allegedly going to be gimmick used for the debut of Mark Callaway. They then decided against it, and his gimmick led to his debut as the ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker''.
* A Halloween episode of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE SmackDown!]]'' has Smackdown General Manager [[{{Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon}} Stephanie McMahon]] encounter Raw GM Wrestling/Eric Bischoff wearing a [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] mask in her office. After doing a bad impression of Vince, he rips off the mask and gives her a long, passionate kiss, which she resists at first, but slowly begins to enjoy. Aside from a very small inside joke during Eric Bischoff's trial on the December 5, 2005 episode of [[Wrestling/{{WWERAW}} RAW]], it is never referenced again.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s entire "Blood Runs Cold" angle was rather infamous for being a BLAM that was several months long, and ate up time on several of their shows. At a time when the entire WCW is gearing up for war with the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], and every storyline seemed to gradually weave its way into that, there was always one segment each night that involved a bunch of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' knock-offs fighting over a helmet for some reason. Once the whole thing was over, Wrestling/{{Glacier}} and Wrath disappeared for months, Ernest Miller was demoted to a {{jobber}}, and Mortis got mocked by Wrestling/{{Raven}}, eventually lost his mask, and became Wrestling/{{Kanyon}}. Glad to find out that this storyline, which was hyped for months and played out (badly) over several more months, was so damn important, guys.
** WCW was prone to creating unintentional {{BLAM}}s. They did not allow their commentators to view the backstage segments so that the commentary would be more spontaneous... unfortunately they just looked clueless more often. One notorious example was a segment where the [=nWo=] beat Wrestling/RicFlair up in some random farm field. Flair later hitchhiked to the arena in a truck filled with turnips. When he finally made it to the arena, dirty and stumbling around dazed holding an axehandle, the commentators - who didn't see the beating or hitchhiking scenes - wondered if he was drunk, rendering the whole thing a BLAM.
*** Not to mention, [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes is Seven]]... well, for a few vignettes anyway. The Standards and Practices department at Turner hated the character and wanted him gone, mostly because WCW made Seven look like a child abductor/molester. Just before Rhodes made his debut as Seven, Wrestling/VinceRusso was hired to be the head writer of WCW, and he debuted the character with a spooky Undertaker-like entrance - then had Rhodes [[WhoWritesThisCrap rail against that gimmick]] ''and'' his Goldust gimmick in one of Russo's many WorkedShoot promos to bury the gimmick once and for all.[[note]]The character's appearance was based on the title character from the 1995 movie ''Film/{{Powder}}.''[[/note]]
* On a 2003 episode of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]'', there was a note found backstage saying "I Still Remember" left for Wrestling/BookerT. Booker T was alarmed by this and seemed to be frightened by what it meant. It was never mentioned again, although it was speculated to be a sign of Goldust's return which didn't happen until quite some time later. (They could have at least [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on Booker's earlier discovery of that note.)
* During Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s Capital Combat in 1990, Wrestling/{{Sting}} was trapped in a cage with metal bars at ringside by the Four Horsemen. Later on, Franchise/{{RoboCop}}, yes, ''the'' [=RoboCop=], came out and bent the bars on the cage, allowing Sting to escape. There was never any mention of this again and [=RoboCop=] left just as quickly has he had arrived.
* WCW had a strange one that actually lasted a few months. In 1998 during Nitro and Thunder the lights would flicker and an EvilLaugh would be heard. Most assumed it was a buildup for a new wrestler until the whole thing reached its conclusion when Rick Steiner was doing an in-ring interview with Mean Gene Okerlund, only to be interrupted by the evil laughter, who was then revealed to be (we are not making this up) [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]]. The evil possessed doll star of the ''Child's Play'' movies appeared on the video wall and made some jokes at Rick Steiner's expense for a while, while Steiner actually challenged Chucky to come to the ring and face him. Chucky did a plug for his new movie, ''Bride of Chucky'', and then told Rick Steiner not to mess with Wrestling/ScottSteiner (who Rick was feuding with at the time) because Chucky wanted to direct him in a new film. This was, however, Chucky's only appearance in WCW, and the whole thing was never mentioned again afterward.
** Something similar (and more amusing) happened in WWE in 1994. They did this promo called "The Search For Undertaker," in which Lieutenant Frank Drebin (played by LeslieNielsen, at the time hyping [[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3:The Final Insult)]] was on the case to find Wrestling/TheUndertaker.[[note]][[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} had, with the help of around ten other guys, defeated the Undertaker in a [[GimmickMatches Casket Match]] at ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 94'' and UT had not been seen since. He returned at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}'' to defeat [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]]'s "Fake Undertaker," better known as Tennessee regular Brian Lee.[[/note]] Drebin narrated the whole thing in voiceover in his trademark style, and all the gags were of the IncrediblyLamePun variety, just like in the ''Naked Gun'' movies. When Drebin says, for example, that "the girls were feeling macho," we immediately cut to a scene of some supermodels stroking the face of [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage.]]
* On the September 28, 2007 episode of ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'', accomplished indy wrestler Krissy Vaine made her on-screen debut by attacking [[Characters/WWEDivas Torrie Wilson]] after she had lost her match with Victoria. Vaine was seen negotiating with ''[=SmackDown=]'' General Manager Wrestling/VickieGuerrero. However, Vaine, real name Kristin Eubanks, left Wrestling/{{WWE}} soon after, due to family health issues, and never returned. The attack was never referenced again.
* In December 2008, in the middle of a backstage segment on Smackdown, the camera suddenly cut away to a new wrestler standing in a dark alley. The wrestler discussed how he has lived in darkness his whole life and how he has searched for followers for over a decade. He ended the promo saying that the prophecy would be realized, and that he would destroy a certain superstar who would live on with him being the vessel. The original plan was for the wrestler, named Hade Vansen, to feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker. However, after the first promo aired, WWE decided he wasn't ready to be called up, and moved him back to developmental, where he was fired two weeks later. The promo was never mentioned again.
* On the December 21st 2009 edition of ''Raw'', WWE apparently decided it was time for them to finally make a joke about Tiger Woods and his crumbling personal life. Unfortunately, they chose the worst way to do it: during the show's opening segment, while the guest host was cutting a promo, they had someone in a tiger mascot costume run out of the crowd with a blond woman chasing after him with a golf club (the two were also in a backstage skit an hour or so later). No reason was given for this, the announcers didn't really make a point of mentioning it, and felt so out of place with the rest of the show that it was pretty much a BLAM no matter how you look at it.
* Probably the funniest example ever in pro wrestling occurred during the 2004 Royal Rumble. Midway through the match, right after Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/RandyOrton (the first two entrants) had managed to eliminate everyone else in the ring, they temporarily knocked each other out and the match essentially came to a standstill. That's when a diminutive fellow in a tuxedo and an Afro wig came running out with a microphone and announced: "Ladies and gentlemen -- Ernest 'The Cat' Miller!" Miller then came down to the ring as an official entrant -- but instead of eliminating Benoit or Orton, or both, he and the diminutive emcee began doing a ridiculous dance in the middle of the ring to the tune of the Motown-esque song "Somebody Call My Mama." Even Wrestling/{{Tazz}} (who was commentating) thought it was hilarious, and started singing along! Oh, and did I mention that Miller was wearing a ''white cape'' and ''platform shoes''? Needless to say, when Benoit and Orton finally woke up, they didn't find the segment at all entertaining; Benoit then tossed out the emcee while Orton eliminated Miller. The match then pretty much restarted without further incident. (Someone on Website/{{Youtube}} appropriately referred to this as the "Royal Rumble intermission.")
** That generally happens in a Rumble where there are early entrants who dominate most of the match like that, as a way to let them rest. In the 2001 Rumble, Wrestling/{{Kane}} entered at seven and was the last man over, at one point eliminating the entire ring single-handedly. So the next person to come out was old-timer Honky Tonk Man, who did something similar: had the audience participate in singing his theme song. After two minutes (exactly!) Kane beat him with his own guitar and eliminated him. The next entrant was [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who stayed for the rest of the Rumble almost, so it was definately just to let Kane rest before having an epic battle with Rocky. Still BLAM.
* How about the 2002 Royal Rumble when the Godfather made his return after being away for months[[note]]The Right to Censor gimmick was progressively scrapped after ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XVII'', with the Goodfather, Val Venis and Bull Buchanan being PutOnABus to OVW prior to the big promotion-wide face turn leading up to the [=InVasion=][=/=](Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=/=]Wrestling/{{ECW}})Alliance angle.[[/note]] by taking an overly long time to come to the ring while he danced with his Hos? It took him about two minutes to get to the ring...he didn't last long.
* Then there was the 2010 Royal Rumble, which really got rolling when Wrestling/CMPunk entered early and quickly eliminated Wrestling/EvanBourne, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, and JTG of Cryme Tyme. His next opponent was The Great Khali, who easily manhandled Punk and seemed on the verge of eliminating him. That's when Wrestling/BethPhoenix - yes, Beth Phoenix - came out as the sixth entrant...the first time in years that a woman participated in the Royal Rumble...and [[CrazyAwesome managed to eliminate Khali from the match by grabbing his face, kissing him, and leaning back against the ropes so that Khali fell over her and hit the ground]]! It didn't have much of an impact on the match, as Phoenix was tossed out by Punk soon afterward, but it did help to bring about Beth's HeelFaceTurn.
** Beth cut a promo about making history the very next episode of ''Smackdown'' and the announcers have constantly referenced her appearing in the Rumble.
* In 2002, a Wrestling/{{WWE}} match between Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/TheBigShow had a moment where Wrestling/TripleH- in full wrestling attire- [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1sfas_triple-h-and-the-forklift-of-doom_fun drove a forklift across the background]]. Much like the original BLAM, despite the seemingly random nature of the whole thing [[BrickJoke it did pay off later in the show - when]] [[Wrestling/RobVanDam Rob Van Dam's]] [[BrickJoke lumberjacks for the Lumberjack Match against Trips later in the evening found themselves mysteriously barricaded in their own locker room by a forklift...]]
* Let's talk about Jay Leno for a minute. After the bizarre match in which Jay Leno & DDP fought Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff - yes, that actually happened, but I'm not here to talk about that - the WCW wanted more from Leno. Leno began insulting Bret Hart on "The Tonight Show" which was to lead up to Bret Hart's return to WCW where he challenges Kevin Nash (who was WCW Champion at that time) to the World Championship. Tragedy, however, occurred the weekend before Bret Hart (and Nash supposedly) was to appear on the Tonight Show. Bret's brother, Owen Hart, died during a mishap at a WWF match. Bret Hart postponed returning to WCW for four more months, Leno offered his condolences on his show, and the Leno-Hart feud was never brought up again.
* On the 4/19/2010 version of RAW, there was a promotional spot cross-promoting the movie ''MacGruber''. To help with the bit, [[Wrestling/RonKillings Ron "R-Truth" Killings]] was up at the start of the entrance ramp, drawing a reaction from the crowd, when suddenly...R-Truth disappears in an explosion set up by MacGruber earlier. Only his smoldering shoes are left. The whole thing is PlayedForLaughs. The next night on NXT, R-Truth shows up right as rain. No mention of it is mentioned ever again.
** On TV. Killings was dropped from the week's Power 25 for it. [[http://www.wwe.com/inside/power25/archive/042410/]]
-->"The rapping Superstar is off the P25 after being blown up by MacGruber on Raw."
* In 2004, on WWE Raw, a video aired just before the main event of the show. It detailed the involvement of Japan in World War II, culminating in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The promo then said that a man was coming to WWE Raw to take revenge on the US for not only the bombing, but for the entire war and all the lives lost. The video ended with a man saying "Mark the return of Hirohito", and the word "Hirohito" being splattered on the screen in blood. The video was never mentioned or heard from again, the entire Hirohito gimmick was dropped, and the wrestler who was going to play him (Japanese star Kenzo Suzuki) ended up on Smackdown under his real name.
** Of course, the reason the Hirohito gimmick was dropped is because someone thought-and I know this sounds crazy-that a guy running around pretending to be the emperor of Japan during World War II might offend some people and/or be irrelevant in 2004 (particularly since the actual Hirohito ''died 15 years earlier'').
*** It was Hiroko Suzuki, Kenzo's wife, who apparently clued in creative that that Japan's not all that "seething with rage about WWII". The man who came up with such crap (along with [[LightIsNotGood Mordecai)]] was [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing canned.]]
* At [=''SummerSlam=] 2009'', Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/JohnCena faced off in a match that was restarted three times after increasingly illogical non-finishes. The third time the match was restarted, Cena quickly got Orton in the STF... then [[Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr Ted [=DiBiase=] Jr.]]'s brother ran in from the crowd, broke it up, and took off allowing Orton to get the win. The next night Orton started Raw by confirming it was indeed Ted's brother... then the entire subject (including the multiple restarts) was dropped entirely and not brought up any further in the Cena / Orton feud that continued for months afterward. [=DiBiase=]'s brother [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome hasn't been seen since, either]].
* The November 1, 2010 edition of Raw -- the day before Election Day -- featured a segment in which, after many weeks of not seeing [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] on TV, he appeared asleep in a hospital bed with Freddie Prinze Jr. standing next to him, dressed in a doctor's outfit. Prinze commented on Linda [=McMahon=]'s electoral campaign and how much money she spent on it, at which point Vince awoke from his coma, covered in Linda campaign stickers. He commented, "I hate politics" and asked Prinze if everything was okay in WWE. Prinze recounted several recent storylines -- such as Undertaker being buried and Nexus's reign of terror -- and Vince felt sick and had to go to the bathroom. Then he announced he would run for president, before standing up and apparently preparing to poop; a banner with the name of Linda's political opponent covered his butt. THEN, it cut to [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]] waking up in bed and talking about how she had "the most horrible dream" where her dad woke up from his coma and announced he was running for president. Offscreen, Wrestling/TripleH (who had also not been seen on television for many months prior) reassured her "No, I'm pretty sure he's brain-dead." She responded, "Thank God." and the segment ended. The rest of the show continued as if absolutely nothing had happened.
** Made even funnier by the fact that Vince was on TV the past couple weeks in pre-taped vignettes promoting the Stand Up for WWE movement.
* Wrestling/RonSimmons uses his CatchPhrase "DAMN!" whenever he personally witnesses a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** The running joke was that the moments weren't actually [=BLAM=]s, but ''appeared'' that way because [[NotWhatItLooksLike Simmons would only arrive on the scene in time to hear the punchline]]. One of the best was probably Wrestling/WilliamRegal trying to get [[Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan]] to hand him his two-by-four, becoming increasingly frustrated, and finally screaming [[DoubleEntendre "I WANT YOU TO PUT YOUR GIGANTIC PIECE OF WOOD INTO MY HANDS RIGHT NOW!"]]
* On the 4/2/2010 edition of Smackdown, Wrestling/{{Kane}} decided that he was bored and would take on all 8 of the Season 1 NXT rookies by himself in an elimination match. Kane would prove dominant and score a few eliminations, until the remaning rookies got together and ganged up on Kane and beat him down handily, even though they ended up getting DQed for ignoring the ref's 5 count. Aside from Kane making a couple appearances on NXT, this was never mentioned again. However, this would not be the last time that the [[Wrestling/TheNexus NXT rookies teamed up,]] so it may have been subtle {{Foreshadowing}}.
* In one episode of Raw, there's a brief segment where Derrick Bateman is promoting a WSM perfume, Wrestling/MarkHenry does a vo of the consequences of the perfume, and it's not at all talked about whatsoever for the rest of the show.
** It was a rib on Mark Henry (who was trying very hard not to laugh while doing the voiceover), as he's apparently the stinkiest sweaty guy in the company.
* In one episode of Raw, Wrestling/{{Batista}} was shown backstage preparing for a match, when all of a sudden a strange fan jumped in front of Batista and began posing before being chased off by security. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYuPdFa7wVM Even Batista had trouble keeping his composure afterwards.]]
* When [[Wrestling/TheNexus The Corre]] was having some internal disputes, Wrestling/SantinoMarella suddenly shows up with his own PowerStable consisting of himself, Wrestling/EvanBourne, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]. He introduces his stable as "[[FunWithAcronyms APPLE]]," short for "Allied People Powered (by) Loathing Everything (that you stand for)". They lose uneventfully to the Corre in a 4v4 tag team match, and the group hasn't been mentioned by the WWE or any of the wrestlers involved since.
** Santino is pretty much the resident PluckyComicRelief, and tends to be the source of everything [[CloudCuckooLander nonsensical and random]]. That said, the APPLE team-up may have also been a vague CallBack to the Corporation angle, when [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] assembled the "Union of People You Oughtta Respect, Son!", a rough assembly of people who had been attacked or generally screwed over by [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane [=McMahon=]]]'s group. It consisted of him, Wrestling/{{Test}}, Wrestling/KenShamrock and Wrestling/TheBigShow, and after the introduction he stopped, counted on his fingers, and figured out the initials worked out to "UP [=YOuRS=]!" The Union feuded with the Corporation for about a month until Mankind (the only top-lister at the time) was injured and the confusing Corporate Ministry angle started, after which the Union evaporated, almost making it a month-long BizarroEpisode of its own.
* One the June 20, 2011 episode of Raw, after the Capital Punishment PPV, Wrestling/{{R|on Killings}}-truth comes out, and whines about how he got "Okey Doked" by Little Jimmy, where one of the kid fans in the front row at the PPV threw water in his face and cost R-Truth his WWE title match with Wrestling/JohnCena. Wrestling/{{Christian}}, fresh off his 3rd lost against Wrestling/RandyOrton and heel turn comes out and whines about how he has been screwed by the fans, who voted on Friday Night SD after after Christian won his first WHC, to face Randy Orton in a title match, in which he lost. Wrestling/TheMiz comes out, whining about how he has been humiliated by his former apprentice Alex Riley and how he lost to Riley at Capital Punishment. This all turns into the three them in a most humorous way antagonizing each other on their past transgressions.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcajkK412PM REALLY? REALLY! REALLY? REALLY! REALLY? RILEY! RANDY! RILEY! RANDY! RILEY! RANDY! JIMMY! JIMMY JIMMY JIMMY!]]
* On the July 4, 2011 episode of Raw, WWE Tag Team Champions [[Wrestling/TheNexus David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty]] are celebrating a victory over Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov when out comes Wrestling/ZackRyder of all people. Ryder recites his {{Catchphrase}} ... and RAW cuts to a commercial and the interruption is not mentioned on the show again. It's odd because this is literally the second time that Ryder has appeared in front of a live audience on RAW this entire year. One could construe this as a challenge for the Tag Team titles, but Ryder didn't bring a partner with him and his tag team with Primo was disbanded off camera a few weeks ago on Superstars so Ryder could wrestle Primo in front of his Long Island hometown crowd. Perhaps WWE management finally listened to the cult following that his Internet show ZTrueLongIslandStory has garnered and decided to throw them a bone with a non-sensical cameo.
* The May 10, 2010 episode of Raw had Wrestling/RandyOrton interrupted by Music/MeatLoaf of all people, who tried to convince Orton to use one of the songs from his new album as his theme song only to get RKO'd, never to be seen again. To add to the randomness of the segment, this was during the GuestHost period of Raw and Meat Loaf wasn't even the Guest Host of the night, [[Music/PublicEnemy Flavor Flav]] was.
** The point was to (somewhat redundantly) make clear that Orton was out of control and would RKO literally ''anyone'' who got in the ring with him (despite being a face by this point!) for no reason. Wrestling/{{Edge}} at least made reference to the incident elliptically, saying that he was sick of Orton RKO'ing random people all the time.
* Throughout much of the late 1990s, the WWF had pretty much a series of [=BLAM=]s. They all involved a black and white hidden camera segment of sorts showing wrestlers and managers backstage, that often times would lead to pretty much nowhere. The segments were originally called "[=GDTV=]" but the name was later changed to simply "[=GTV=]." No explanation was ever given to, well, anything about these hidden camera segments. Not who was behind them, not what the name stood for (or even why it was changed), nothing. They were originally intended as promos for the return of Wrestling/{{Goldust}}. When he requested his release from the company, they kept running under the GTV name for a while. Presumably they were meant to be attached to someone else but were eventually abandoned.
** The [=GTV=] segments did indeed lead to something, though most likely not what the original idea was meant for. During an angle which saw Chaz (Mosh from the Headbangers) constantly being accused of abusing his girlfriend Marianna, Chaz's former partner, Thrasher, came out during one of these moments and revealed a GTV segment that caught Marianna on camera applying makeup to look beaten and bruised. Marianna was then arrested, and Thrasher and Mosh reunited as the Headbangers for a short and uneventful run.
* Wrestling/BethPhoenix tends to bring these out in her opponents. One absolutely random (and we mean random) moment came in a match against Wrestling/EveTorres at ''Vengeance'' where Eve used Beth's own outfit to hogtie her to the ropes so she could kick her in the ass.
** [[Wrestling/{{LayCool}} Layla]] seemed to take exception to Beth saying "you can't even lace my boots" at ''No Way Out'' and so stole Beth's headband and started playing it with, then doing the [[Music/{{Beyonce}} "Single Ladies"]] dance.
* Another one happened during Raw Roulette, where when he was spinning the wheel, Wrestling/{{Edge}} starting fistpumping and singing Dead or Alive's Right Round with Wrestling/JillianHall, only to stop and give her a weird look.