->''We felt that something had to be done. And it was done in a manner in which people are still talking and asking questions about it--the ''right'' questions about it--to this very day. "Who knew about it? What did they know about it? ''When'' did they know about it?" Nobody knew about it. Just [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman Paul]] and I, and on that night, Shane.''
-->--'''Tod Gordon''', {{Wrestling/ECW}} founder, on Wrestling/ShaneDouglas seceding from the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA (''Forever Hardcore: The Documentary'')

In [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] parlance, a "work" is anything scripted (i.e. anything that's part of {{kayfabe}}), while a "shoot" is anything "real" (i.e. not scripted). Put them together and you have the worked shoot; something that is definitely part of the act, but attempts to trick the viewer into thinking (if only for a second) that it's real.

A worked shoot plays off of a wrestler's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real life]], and it breaks many pro wrestling conventions, in an attempt to convince the viewer it's totally different from anything else that's going on. Since a worked shoot so often borrows from real life elements, it can be difficult to tell where the shoot ends and the work begins.

Worked shoots may be a reaction from pro wrestling bookers to the apparent death of kayfabe and the "outing" of pro wrestling as scripted; they're an attempt to put that genie back in the bottle, to make fans think it's real again, just for a second. Of course, they must eventually spill over into wrestling storylines, but until then...

An alternate definition is a wrestler taking the planned storyline and using it to express their real feelings -- thus shooting during a work, for a worked shoot.

When trying to figure out if something is a worked shoot, ask yourself the following questions:

* Is the wrestler's microphone on?
* Are the cameras focusing on them?
* Are they claiming that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial this is a shoot, or that "this is not a work?"]]
* Are they using "insider" language such as {{face}}, {{heel}}, mark, {{smark}} or booker?
* Was their entrance music cued?
* Are members of the staff nowhere in sight or making no attempt to stop them?
* Do their actions make sense in the context of a storyline (e.g. crazy wrestler rebelling against the company or out for revenge)?
* Is their vocabulary roughly equivalent to their usual, scripted speaking pattern?
* Are highlights of their actions shown, mentioned, or otherwise recapped by ''anybody'' else on the program?

If you answered "yes" to more than half of the above questions, then don't worry: that wrestler's "shoot" was all part of the show. Remember that the default response to something completely unexpected happening is to ''cut away and pretend it never happened''.

This can also be applied to entire matches and promotions. Japanese wrestling once had a tradition to stage "shoot fights", but most of them were actually worked matches with many degrees of realism. Years after, the promotions who followed the "shoot-style" movement featured matches designed to look like UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts bouts, and many of them put actual MMA fights into their cards to blur the lines between kayfabe and reality. Even outside of Japan, the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] had a similar system of real fights called Brawl for All.

To tell apart between a real shootfight and a worked shoot, you have to question:

* Firstly, are the wrestlers selling (or {{No Sell}}ing, but always in a theatrical way) each other's hits?
* Are they nonchalantly taking strikes which could be easily avoided or parried in a legitimate fight?
* Do they spend time in fully locked submissions doing nothing more than TheatricsOfPain only to miracleously revert it afterwards, instead of immediately searching the escape or reverting it ''before'' the locking?
* Are they fighting in a slow, meditated pace with innocuous rest holds and pauses, instead of a fast, instinctive rush?
* And lastly, are they using any sort of recognizable WrestlingPsychology which would be weird or improbable in a real fight?

Again, if you have answered affirmatively to three or more, then you are watching a worked shoot fight.



[[folder: Trope Maker]]

* It is believed to have been originated by Wrestling/JerryLawler, Wrestling/JimmyHart, and Creator/AndyKaufman, with the long-running Lawler/Kaufman feud. Qualifies as a worked shoot because some of the stunts Kaufman and Lawler pulled, like getting into a fight on the set of David Letterman's show, managed to convince a lot of people who weren't usually fooled into believing kayfabe. This was revisited during the filming of Kaufman biopic ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'', with Lawler and Creator/JimCarrey getting into a fistfight on-set. As the story was told, Carrey had gone into method-actor mode, would only answer to "Andy" on the set, and started picking fights with Lawler in order to get into Kaufman's head. This didn't spill over into the wrestling ring, unlike most worked shoots, but it did get a lot of airtime on Wrestling/{{WWE}} programming. While Carrey was doing publicity for ''Man on the Moon'', he was visited by Tony Clifton, resulting in a fight and Clifton actually urinating on scene with a [[GagPenis gag penis]]. The journalists gathered seemed to realize that it was a worked shoot, however. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAi08eAMG6E Seen here.]] Finally, most of Kaufman's career consisted of worked shoots, like faking a British accent and reading ''The Great Gatsby'' instead of performing his comedy routine because he was "sick of your lowbrow American humor." The [[http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com/fridays.htm night he hosted]] ''Fridays'' was another such moment, and he was so infamous for this behavior that even tabloids [[CryingWolf refused to believe he actually had cancer]].


[[folder: WWE]]

* Wrestling/CMPunk's on-screen feud with Wrestling/JohnCena and off-screen contract squabbles in the summer of 2011 were turned into one giant worked shoot. After declaring he was leaving WWE on TV, he then cut a promo where he bashed WWE for being MerchandiseDriven and firing his friends like Wrestling/ColtCabana;[[note]]Cabana had had a brief, unsuccesful run as Scotty Goldman.[[/note]] he was promptly "suspended" for his words, only to be reinstated the following week at Cena's request (WWE actually announced the reinstatement five days earlier, possibly to suggest further that the suspension was real). Punk then beat Cena at Money in the Bank and ran out with the WWE Championship, only to keep popping up at WWE promotional events, inciting smarks in the area and daring new WWE head Triple H to hire him back. Sure enough, once WWE appointed a "new" WWE Champion, a re-hired Punk appeared on ''Raw'' to challenge with the old belt.
* Wrestling/AJLee cut a CM Punk-esque promo during her run as the Divas Champion, and she used it to great effect, tearing apart the supposedly "plastic, interchangeable" ''Series/TotalDivas'' women who seemingly hadn't earned their spots on the roster like she had. Despite supposedly being a heel, it just got her over even further.
* One example that helped catapult wrestling into pop culture was the "Gold Record Incident" in February 1985, where Wrestling/RoddyPiper interrupted an award ceremony on MTV with Lou Albano and Cyndi Lauper, smashed Albano's commemorative record over his head and then body slammed Lauper's manager David Wolff. The whole thing was so realistic that a NY cop rushed into the ring and tried to stop Piper, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero which made him mess up his slam and actually hurt Wolff]]. The whole thing was a setup for the "War to Settle the Score" special, which itself was a setup for the original ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''.
* The on-screen [[NeverFoundTheBody apparent death]] of WWE chairman Wrestling/VinceMcMahon may have been an unintentional worked shoot. WWE was very up-front about the fact that it's only the ''character'' "Mr. [=McMahon=]" that died, and the ''real'' Vince was alive and well (though for at least a few hours, WWE.com claimed that Vince was "presumed dead"), but that didn't stop some news outlets from running the story as real within a couple of days after it happened, and it didn't stopped some finance columnists from [[http://www.cnbc.com/id/19330600 all but accusing WWE of securities fraud for faking the death of the chairman]]. The storyline was scrapped, however, when the Wrestling/ChrisBenoit incident happened, forcing [=McMahon=] out of "death" to address it.
* They tried to turn the obviously scripted stage collapse accident on [=McMahon=] in 2008 into a worked shoot. He can be heard saying "Paul, I can't feel my legs."[[note]]Paul is the real first name of [=McMahon=]'s son-in-law, Wrestling/TripleH and [[DoNotCallMePaul he generally refuses to let anyone use it]].[[/note]] Then they pretty much just forgot about it.
* When UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump "bought" ''Raw'', despite the fact that ''Raw'' is a TV show, not a corporate subsidiary, the company did a poor job signaling that he didnít ''really'' buy the company. There were some official press releases from the USA Network that seemed to imply the whole thing ''wasn't'' an angle, and there were also press conferences held by Vince and Trump reiterating the storyline. Any long term plans for this arc were scrapped on next week's show with Vince "buying ''Raw'' back" for twice what he was originally paid because the storyline was affecting the company's stock.
* Not all worked shoots are full of hate and violence: Stan "Uncle Elmer" Frazier's wedding to Joyce Stazko on a 1985 broadcast of ''Saturday Night's Main Event'', was the real thing; Roddy Piper's attempt at disrupting the ceremony and Wrestling/JesseVentura's snide commentary were kayfabe, but the couple remained married until Frazier's death in 1992.
* In 1997, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels engaged in a series of "unscripted" incidents, including an entire tirade against Wrestling/TheUndertaker that was edited out of a later ''Raw'' broadcast. Rumors flew left and right that Michaels was trying to get himself fired in order to go to rival WCW and join his friends Wrestling/ScottHall and Wrestling/KevinNash in the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]; in fact, the entire thing was a set-up to the birth of [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} D-Generation X]]. This particular incident arose first as a dare by a fellow wrestler (and real life friend of Taker), and then Michaels decided to have some fun. The guy conducting the interview, Wrestling/JimRoss, was none too happy about it, but the Undertaker took it better.
* Wrestling/MattHardy discovered that his girlfriend [[Wrestling/{{Lita}} Amy "Lita" Dumas]] was cheating on him with fellow wrestler [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} Adam "Edge" Copeland]], and when he started to talk publicly about it, he was unceremoniously fired. After he slowly built a rabid fanbase using the sympathy from this incident on the Internet, he suddenly began appearing on ''Raw'' again, jumping over the barricade and attacking Edge, then being carried out by security while screaming things like, "I thought you were my friend, Johnny Ace!" (a reference to WWE executive John "Johnny Ace" Laurinaitis). Soon enough, the truth came out; Matt had been re-hired, and plans were in place for a storyline based on the problems between Matt and Edge (even though this meant {{retcon}}ning a year's worth of storylines in which Lita was Wrestling/{{Kane}}'s wife). To this day, fans still debate whether the infidelity that started the whole thing was work, or shoot. Realistically, there's little question it was initially a shoot - WWE didn't talk about it, and you know that WWE.com would have been full of stories about it if it was a work. Note that the ''second'' Matt showed back up on ''Raw'' and bragged about it being "a shoot" on his blog, any illusion that he was acting independently was broken.
* Wrestling/JoeyStyles's rant on sports entertainment before "quitting" the commentating job on ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' was a working shoot. This became more obvious as he later became the commentator for the WWE revival for ECW and there was no way in Hell Vince [=McMahon=] would have let him on TV if he legitimately bashed him and his whole company off the cuff on live TV.
* Chaz Warrington dropped his horrible Beaver Cleavage gimmick via worked shoot. While pretending to cry to his mother because he didn't want to wrestle "some guy named Meat", he abruptly said "I can't do this" and walked off screen. Marianna yelled "Chaz, we're live!" and then the feed cut abruptly to Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, who apologized for the "creative differences" and said the match wouldn't take place. In reality, Chaz actually thought the vignettes were amusing.
* The ECW One Night Stand 2005 pay-per-view plays it straight with one promo and subverts it with some commentary later on. The first instance was a Wrestling/RobVanDam promo where he claims he's shooting and talks about how important the night was and how to him, missing it is worse than missing ''[=WrestleMania=]''. The subverted part is during Joey Styles' infamous remarks about Wrestling/MikeAwesome (calling him a "Judas" for the way he left ECW for WCW while still champ, and wishing that a [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Suicide Splash had actually killed him]]). Wrestling/MickFoley points out it's a shoot (which, as mentioned above, is typically a sign that it's a work), but Joey really did get in trouble for his comments after the show.
* Wrestling/TheMiz actually did several of these throughout 2010 during his reign as the United States and later WWE Champion. He referred to the real life bullying he suffered in the locker room at the hands of [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]].
** His more recent rant against Wrestling/DanielBryan on the 8/23/16 edition of [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Talking Smack]] leaned into the RealitySubtext of Miz being accused of [[DirtyCoward wrestling like a coward]] and using the "soft WWE style", in contrast to Bryan [[CareerEndingInjury being forced to retire from the ring]] as a consequence of the high-risk style he'd been using since his indie days. The argument got so heated it caused news outlets to speculate on whether both men had gone off-script or not.
* When Wrestling/KenShamrock was new in WWF, they booked a Pancrase-style match between Shamrock and one of his students from the Lion's Den, Vernon White. The match was billed as an exhibition, but during the match, White supposedly "tried to turn it into something it wasn't supposed to be" and shoot kicked Shamrock, which caused Shamrock to snap and ground n' pound White unconscious. The match was a work from top to bottom, though. Ironically enough, Shamrock was involved in a number of worked matches in Pancrase. He did a job to Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki to drop the Pancrase title (before facing Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA champion Dan Severn in a UFC bout; since the NWA was "fake" wrestling, Pancrase would have lost face if Shamrock lost), and it's believed that he dropped a match to Minoru Suzuki when fans needed to believe a Japanese guy could hang with him. He also tanked a match to avoid an injury before facing Royce Gracie in a rematch, and "carried" several other opponents to more exciting finishes than would have happened in a pure shoot.
* While The Undertaker was leading the Ministry of Darkness, the idea that Mark Calaway, the man behind the gimmick, was beginning to really believe in the Satanic cultist stuff was floated a couple of times. Most notably when Ken Shamrock cut a promo in the ring where he called "Mark" out and threatened to beat a sense of reality into him.
* After Wrestling/CodyRhodes was fired on ''Raw'', the Professional Wrestling Syndicate announced that as soon as Cody's 90 day no compete clause ran out he would be competing for them, which Rhodes confirmed on his Facebook page while putting over all the PWS talent he wanted to face. Of course his "firing" didn't even last 90 days.
* On the ''Raw'' following The Undertaker's shocking defeat by Wrestling/BrockLesnar at [[Wresting/{{WrestleMania}} WrestleMania XXX]], Wrestling/PaulHeyman decided to "''shoot'' from the hip," and talked about Taker's legitimate concussion during the match as well as Vince [=McMahon=] leaving the [=WrestleMania=] set to make sure he was alright. While the whole promo was very obviously a work, it involved a lot of events that would normally be kept out of kayfabe.
* An inadvertent one happened during the 2015 Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental Championship. When Sheamus was supposed to be released from his pod, the door got stuck, which visibly disrupted the match and led to wrestlers stopping and audibly directing each other as if improvising a new plan for the match. After throwing a fit for several minutes in his pod, Sheamus suddenly stops and lifts up his necklaces from the floor of his pod, as if he had deliberately gotten himself stuck in his pod.
* On the ''Raw'' following the 2015 Elimination Chamber, [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]], after defeating John Cena cleanly, mentioned how despite all the years it took for him to make it to WWE, his son looks up to Cena as his hero. He also mentioned the issues Cena's detractors have against him.[[note]]For example, he referred to Cena as "[[AscendedFanon Super Cena]]" during his promo.[[/note]]
* WWE realized that fans were starting to understand what the "X" sign means when a ref puts his arms in a cross above his head.[[note]]If you don't, it's when a genuine injury has happened in the ring and the ref is signaling that someone needs legitimate medical attention.[[/note]] So there have been a number of instances where it's fairly obvious the event was scripted but the ref still does the gesture anyway.
* At one point during Wrestling/TheMiz and Wrestling/DolphZiggler's 2016 feud for the Intercontinental Championship, Dolph threatened to leave WWE if he couldn't beat The Miz for the title at No Mercy. Ziggler, being no stranger to working fans himself, later tweeted that after No Mercy he would accept bookings through an outside agency. Between this and The Miz's repeated potshots at Ziggler's entire in-ring career, including his time in the Spirit Squad and near-forgotten stint as [[Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr Kerwin White's]] caddy, this seemed to imply that his exit from WWE was legitimate. [[UnderdogsNeverLose It wasn't.]]
* When Wrestling/AJStyles won the #1 condenter's match for the WWE World Championship held by Wrestling/BrayWyatt, Wrestling/RandyOrton, who betrayed Wyatt a week ago, set out to challenge Wyatt as the winner of the ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''. Ultimately, Styles and Orton had a match to determine the true contender, which AJ lost. Frustrated, he lashed out backstage at Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon, going as far as driving him head first into his car's window. For that he was "fired" by the GM [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], and AJ's profile was moved to the "Alumni" section of WWE.com. After that Shane challenged AJ to a match at ''[[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania 33]]'', "reinstating" him as an active superstar.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLZwB1kUXBI face-off]] during the contract signing between Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/RomanReigns in the lead-up to their match at ''Wrestling/NoMercy 2017'' saw both men cutting promos on each other ''laden'' with reality subtext, as they brought up pretty much every real life issue fans have with them that make them such {{Base Breaking Character}}s. Cena called out Reigns for being a half-baked, corporate-manufactured {{Expy}} of him, Reigns criticised Cena for burying the careers of other young up-and-comers, Cena criticised Reigns for being given all the opportunities in the world but not managing to even get as over as him, and both men used booking terminology such as describing each other (and even themselves) and being "protected". It's uncertain ''exactly'' how much of the promos were scripted and approved backstage in advance and how much saw them improvising; certainly a part where Reigns visibly forgets his lines and Cena rips into him with "It's called a promo, kid, if you wanna be the big dawg you gotta learn to do it" wouldn't have been preplanned, but [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]] was thoroughly convinced that pretty much all of it had been personally cleared by Vince in advance. It was unquestionably given away to be at least mostly a work when John rebutted Reigns' accusations of him having a "golden shovel" by saying [[BlatantLies "they]] ''[[BlatantLies (the fans)]]'' [[BlatantLies hold the keys, they always have, they always will"]].


* An example of a worked shoot gone awry is the "Loose Cannon" gimmick Wrestling/BrianPillman did in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. Pillman said and did things that seemed specifically designed to tweak the noses of management, such as when he ended a PPV match (an [[GimmickMatches "I Respect You" match]] against booker Wrestling/KevinSullivan) about a minute in by shouting, "I respect you, booker man!" Subsequently, he was "fired", and he convinced WCW to really release him from his contract in order to make the illusion complete; then, freed from contractual obligations, he went to ECW instead of finishing the storyline.
* WCW saw another Worked Shoot backfire when wrestler/booker Kevin Sullivan put together a storyline that had his (on-screen and real-life) wife, Nancy "Woman" Sullivan, sleeping with his rival, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. Sullivan was from wrestling's old school, and he made sure that Woman and Benoit traveled together, were spotted entering each others' hotel rooms, and otherwise spent a lot of time together in public, just to drive the angle home. The problem? After spending all that time together, [[RomanceOnTheSet Nancy fell in love with Benoit]], [[LifeImitatesArt and left Kevin for real to marry him]]. This led to Woman being moved into a non-speaking role as a valet for Wrestling/RicFlair, and Benoit kicking Sullivan's ass in match after match, along with fighting his way through Sullivan's PowerStable the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom, culminating in Benoit defeating Sullivan in a "Career vs. Career" match at ''WCW Bash at the Beach 97''. Sullivan was replaced as booker in late 1998 by Wrestling/KevinNash, who gave the world the FingerpokeOfDoom and roughly a year of terrible booking. and was himself replaced by Wrestling/VinceRusso and Ed Ferrara in October 1999. Benoit left the company in January 2000 when Sullivan re-gained the head booker position, as Benoit feared that Sullivan was still holding a grudge. Worse yet for WCW, his friends Perry Saturn, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero all left for fear of becoming collateral damage; the quartet formed The Radicalz in the [=WWE=], where Benoit and Guerrero became ''huge'' stars. To Sullivan's credit, Benoit said on the ''Hard Knocks'' DVD that for all the animosity he held toward Benoit, Sullivan remained a consummate professional in the ring and never tried to hurt Benoit in any of their matches.
* The worst-ever Worked Shoot for WCW was when the company ''started shooting on itself'', complete with the user of insider terms during the show.[[note]]For example, when Kevin Nash and Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} cut "shoot" promos and the commentators acted like it's a shoot. There was also rather explicit mentions of predetermined match finishes ''on purpose while the cameras are still rolling during the show''.[[/note]] Unsurprisingly, this came at a time when Wrestling/VinceRusso was writing for WCW. The stupidity culminated at the wretched New Blood Rising show, where WCW promoted a match between Goldberg, Kevin Nash and Wrestling/ScottSteiner who were going to have a "real fight". Midway through the match, Goldberg "stopped co-operating" and walked out on the match, with the announcers criticizing his lack of professionalism. Nash and Steiner then proceeded to "improvise" a finish, with the announcers praising how professional they were. Soon after, they ran Fall Brawl promos talking about how Goldberg [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cZtuwjdPJU "refused to follow the script".]] This was one of the factors that led to WCW going out of business less than a year later.
* Bash at the Beach 2000 was almost as bad. Wrestling/HulkHogan [[ProtectionFromEditors was pulling his creative control card]] and insisting on beating Wrestling/JeffJarrett for the title while Vince Russo and Creative were set on Booker T ending up with the belt. The negotiation between Hogan and Russo ended with this: Russo would tell Jarrett to lay down in the ring to make Hogan win in a way that would make Hogan look bad, Hogan would leave in a huff, and then Russo would come back out by himself and reveal everything that went on backstage to the fans just so he could nullify Hogan's win and put the belt back on Jarrett - with no one but Russo and Hogan actually knowing it was all a work. As a result, Jarrett was obviously incensed but went along anyway, but the end result in not telling the announcers was them actually saying ''on the air'' "This is not part of the script!" and then saying Russo was not "in character" when he cut his promo. The promo ended up being the reason Hogan later sued Russo for defamation of character (the suit was dismissed in 2002), claiming that he never knew about it, or at least (according to ''The Death of WCW'') that it was a worked shoot turned half-work half-shoot where Russo went completely overboard in calling Hogan a "big bald son of a bitch." The likely real reason for the suit was Hogan reading claims from fans online that Russo had finally "put him in his place" while Russo didn't call him the next day after claiming he would because TNT president Brad Siegel told him not to (according to Russo in a later interview). Enraged by this, Hogan refused to continue working for WCW despite having a contract.[[note]]Which is really ironic, because, according to Hogan's 2002 book, the reason he was insisting on winning the belt was Russo supposedly trying to force him off of WCW TV; given what Siegel told Russo about not calling Hogan so they wouldn't have to put him on the air, it's clear ''someone'' connected to WCW wanted Hogan gone and thus he gave them just what they wanted by refusing to work.[[/note]]
* On the very first WCW card Russo booked, Buff Bagwell and former tag partner Scotty Riggs shot a backstage segment where Riggs informed Bagwell that he (Riggs) would be winning the match, and Bagwell reacted with disbelief - and then when they actually had the match, Bagwell used a small package pin and "wouldn't let go", winning the match. A couple weeks after that Bagwell was in a match against La Parka. He no-sold everything, then took a dive from the "run into someone's feet in the corner" spot and "threw" the match.
* The tendency for WCW staff not to be informed of plot developments led to some hilarious situations where, when something genuinely unexpected happen, the staff would assume it had been planned and just not told them. Most notably, a fan dressed as Wrestling/{{Sting}} jumped a barricade and started to interfere with a match and the commentators, so used to not being told about changes, assumed it was meant to be the real Sting.
* WCW once attempted to save an angle with a worked shoot. Dustin Runnels' new character, Seven, was hyped in a series of creepy vignettes that left the unfortunate impression that he was a child abductor. Turner Standards and Practices axed the gimmick, and in an attempt to get some use out of Seven's elaborate entrance and costume, had Dustin interrupt his own debut, rant about how Goldust had caused him to be stuck in silly gimmick characters, and swear vengeance on WCW for firing his father, Dusty Rhodes.
* This quote, taken verbatim from a 2000 WCW broadcast, from Tony Schiavone, of course, "We do not wrestle in WCW." Note that the company's name was World Championship Wrestling. For those wondering, the quote was from a Hulk Hogan-Wrestling/BillyKidman backstage brawl that ended with the Hulkster throwing Kidman into a dumpster and then ramming it with a Hummer.

[[folder: ECW ]]
* One of the most famous worked shoots was a interview made by [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]], known as the "Cane Dewey" promo, during his time in Wrestling/{{ECW}}. The promo was inspired by a sign Cactus Jack saw during a match against Wrestling/TerryFunk, which read "Cane Dewey".[[note]]Dewey being Mick Foley's son, who was 5-year-old at the time.[[/note]] Cactus Jack became somewhat disillusioned with the wrestling business at this time and, at the advisement of ECW promoter and booker Paul Heyman, channeled that into his feud with Tommy Dreamer, which had Cactus Jack, then a {{heel}} being against the "Hardcore" wrestling style, and attempting to get Dreamer, who had a hardcore gimmick, to leave ECW for Ted Turner's WCW.[[note]]Which was at that time reviled by ECW fans.[[/note]]

[[folder: TNA ]]
* Vince Russo continued to do worked shoots in TNA. One particularly atrocious worked shoot was the scene where Mick Foley goes backstage and meets Vince Russo and the writers. Foley tells them that they're doing a great job, and asks if they can write a scene where Dixie Carter returns his phone calls. Foley was clearly not happy about having to break the fourth wall in this fashion.
* At Wrestling/{{TNA}} Turning Point 2007, Wrestling/SamoaJoe was supposed to team up with Kevin Nash & Wrestling/ScottHall in a match against Wrestling/AJStyles, Tomko & Kurt Angle. However, Hall no-showed the event. Joe was asked before the match to go out and cut a promo to announce their replacement for Hall, Eric Young. However, Joe used the opportunity to bury Hall and voice his frustrations against the company for not properly using the younger talent and giving more breaks to the older, more established stars, frequently shooting nasty looks at his partner Kevin Nash and his opponent Wrestling/KurtAngle while talking. Kevin Nash was shown to be visibly upset by Joe's words, as was TNA President Dixie Carter, who was sitting in the front row. Towards the end of his promo, Joe looked down into the crowd where Dixie was sitting, noticed she wasn't happy and said "Are you mad? No, go ahead, fire me. I don't care." After the match, Joe and Nash had an argument backstage that nearly became physical and the next day, Joe apologized to the TNA locker room for his comments.
** Not everyone in the crowd was sympathetic to Joe: Karen Angle (Kurt's then-wife) was close enough to the microphone that the words "Shut up! Stop being a crybaby!" made it over the air. Of course, Kurt was one of the people to whom Joe was referring, so Karen wasn't exactly unbiased in the matter.
** Reportedly, Joe was only supposed to take a shot at Hall and bring out Eric Young as Hall's replacement, but realized midway through that he'd been handed a live mic on a TNA PPV and decided to air some grievances as well.
* Wrestling/ScottHall's first pro wrestling appearance after no showing several TNA and WWC events was for Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling, where he was a founding member of the "juggalo World order". Hall challenged the jWo to go "on the road" and invade either WWE, ROH, TNA or UFC. They decided to start with TNA, by buying front row tickets to the "Turning Point" event. TNA officials actually thought JCW was actually threatening to interfere with the show and even Samoa Joe was worried because he thought they might have been there on behalf of Hall, who he had dissed. Sheik Abdull Bashir thought the jWo [[ActuallyPrettyFunny was a welcome part of the show]] and started to "[[ThrowItIn fight]]" with 2 Tuff Tony, which security interfered with and had the jWo expelled. The "invasions" of the other three companies never got passed the planning stages.

[[folder: Other Professional Wrestling Organizations]]
* In 1957, the NWA ran an angle where several member promotions took different sides in a dispute over whether Wrestling/LouThesz or Édouard Carpentier had won a match for the World Heavyweight Title. This was supposed to be building to a big match but then Montreal promoter Eddie Quinn left the alliance, leading to NWA President Sam Muchnick declaring Thesz the official winner, ending the "dispute".
* The phrase was also applied to what is more popularly known as "shoot wrestling", a Japanese wrestling style reminiscent of MMA (in fact, many early UFC participants like Ken Shamrock or Dan Severn were veterans of groups employing this style). Although outcomes were predetermined (the "worked" part), holds and strikes were generally applied in a realistic manner (the "shoot" part). Many of these later became full-shoot MMA organizations.
** Worked shoots were somewhat endemic to Japanese professional wrestling. First, there was Wrestling/AntonioInoki, who won a series of (fake) shoot fights with fighters of various martial arts disciplines (and drew a real fight with Muhammad Ali, doing serious damage to Ali's legs in the process despite goofy restrictions on his side.[[note]]Ali was under the understanding that the match would be a work, and only found out 15 minutes before bell time that Inoki had planned on fighting for real - the rules were then cobbled together in that 15 minutes before the match started. One of them was that Inoki could only throw kicks if one knee was in contact with the ground, leading to a surreal fight where Inoki lied on his back and kicked Ali's legs a lot.[[/note]]) Then in the 1980s, several wrestlers in Inoki's New Japan promotion with real martial arts backgrounds felt that they were being forced to lose to inferior opponents. Two of them ([[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Satoru "Tiger Mask" Sayama]] and Wrestling/AkiraMaeda) formed the UWF, which was the first shootwrestling promotion. The shootwrestlers eventually made their way back to the mainstream promotions, and New Japan to this day still has a heavy emphasis on matwork and submissions due to their influence (and almost all major promotions in Japan go to clean finishes for the same reason). Several promotions down the line, shootwrestlers such as Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki and Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki felt they were being forced to lose to inferior opponents, and formed Pancrase, which did away with the whole predetermined outcome thing, and set the stage for Japan's next cultural fad (and America's MMA PPV phenomenon.)
* Gabe Sapolsky burying Wrestling/ChrisHero on commentary when he made his first appearance for Ring of Honor, leading Hero to call Sapolsky and ungrateful bastard and boast that his match drew more than any ROH ever did with Wrestling/KentaKobashi. This lead to a serious escalation in the Wrestling/{{CZW}} feud.
* Wrestling/JimCornette banning Wrestling/LowKi for life from Wrestling/RingOfHonor. It worked because Low Ki does have a history of leaving promotions when he doesn't get his way, being hard to deal with or being too stiff, the reason his banning was for supposedly giving Cornette an injury. [[GoneHorriblyRight In fact]], [[XPacHeat it might have worked a bit too well]], as people started to hate Cornette and ROH ''personally'' for it. And not in the come to the show on the off chance someone might beat Cornette way.
* Ring Of Honor also ran angles involving CM Punk and [[Wrestling/SethRollins Tyler Black]] threatening to take the Ring Of Honor World Title Belt with them to WWE. This was also done in Full Impact Pro, only in this case the threat was to take the Florida Heritage Title [[ComicallyMissingThePoint to Japan.]]
* Wrestling/KevinSteen burying Ring Of Honor on their official message board while putting over Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla after being sent out of ROH by Wrestling/ElGenerico.
* In Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri's SMASH, there was "The World Famous" Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}} writing a manifesto on how to save Joshi pro wrestling. This somewhat backfired, as most fans either wondered why she had gone off on this tangent or just equated it to all the heel promos she had already cut in 2010. Other pro wrestlers and promoters were the people most upset, to the point it actually setback her bookings for a couple years and lead to {{flanderization}} of Kana being a sneaky, manipulative, {{arrogant|kung fu guy}} megalomaniac for the next [[NeverLiveItDown half decade]].
* In Wrestling/{{WSU}}, there was Tina San Antonio's absence from a show being explained as her faking an injury to tryout for WWE, leaving her tag team partner Marti Belle to fend for herself.
* When the World Wrestling League was starting up, the World Wrestling Council's Facebook page started filling up with criticism of the newer promotion. Then Wrestling/CarlitoColon, one of WWC's three owners, became a WWL regular and later still the two companies became affiliates.
* In WSU, there was DJ Hyde firing a good part of the roster and banning Jessicka Havok for life after she decided to work at a TNA event. In this case it worked because many women had left the company when he took over, coincidentally [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere or otherwise.]] [[note]]they left because of Drew Cordeiro becoming their boss and some came back when Hyde took over. But Hyde has an evil boss gimmick so [[CardCarryingVillain he incorrectly takes the blame]] [[{{Heel}} for getting rid of wrestlers.]][[/note]][[/folder]]