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Chekhovs Gun / Professional Wrestling

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  • This trope is the entire idea behind WWE's "Money in the Bank" matches, which give their winner the opportunity to exercise the right to a world title match anytime they like within the coming year—usually at a theoretically unexpected and dramatically opportune moment, like right after the current champion has just been thoroughly beaten up by someone else or at an event where they have better moral support, like Rob Van Dam at One Night Stand 2006, who is the only person to successfully cash in his shot after announcing it beforehand.
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  • In their classic WrestleMania 13 submission match, Bret Hart grabbed the timekeeper's bell from ringside midway through the match and set it on the apron without ever getting a chance to use it. Later, as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin attempted to strangle him with an extension cord by hanging him off the apron, Hart grabbed the bell and smashed Austin in the face with it, allowing him to escape, recompose himself, and lock Austin in the Sharpshooter to win the match.
  • Mick Foley brought a chair with him to the ring for his confrontation with Ryback on the April 22, 2013 Raw. Mick left before the chair could be used. Then The Shield showed up and looked to be targeting Ryback. WWE Champion John Cena walked out and it looked like he was going to simply stand back and let the Shield beat up on Ryback, in retaliation for Ryback having done the same thing the week before. Instead, Cena grabbed the chair and used it on the Shield.
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  • Averted during Jerry Lawler's first-ever WWE Championship Match against The Miz on the November 29, 2010 Raw. The Miz had set up a table outside the ring for him to slam Jerry Lawler through. During the last minutes of the match, after having already disposed of Alex Riley, Lawler managed to push The Miz off the top turnbuckle and through that exact table The Miz set up for him earlier. Averted as Lawler still lost the match due to Michael Cole interfering on The Miz's behalf.
  • Subverted during the Dean AmbroseBrock Lesnar match at WrestleMania 32 in 2016. According to this review by an ESPN writer, "It was the match that finally put the lie to the Chekhov's Gun principle — they introduced a sea of weapons and managed to use approximately two."
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