WWE presents RAW LIVE

It's no secret that WWE, supposed professional wrestling, is all about the drama. Don't let the glistening, steroid-aided muscles, scantily clad divas, or pyrotechnics fool you into thinking it's a sport or even a circus. It's a traveling soap opera, pure and simple. That doesn't mean it's not amusing, of course. Millions of people flock to WWE Raw events, and watch the televised version on USA Network (wrestlers are on the road year-round, and an astounding 300 live shows were aired in 2008). But what casual fans might not know is that when RAW pulls into the Xcel this week, it's coming on the heels of a real-life legal drama in addition to the staged stuff. In a stunt televised in June, WWE founder and rabble-rouser Vince McMahon announced that he had sold his organization to none other than billionaire attention-whore Donald Trump. Well, it turns out when a major entertainment company announces its sale on TV and posts a press release on its corporate website, the real world and news sources assume it's true. WWE is a publicly traded company, after all, and its stock price was, shall we say, body-slammed following the news, which WWE tried to explain was not true and just part of the show's plot. But all that no-fun reality stuff aside, RAW promises wrestling fans quite the show with stars Kofi Kingston, John Cena, and the lady stars of the ring, Maryse and Mickie James.
Sat., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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