Surprise: One of the best moments in recent wrestling history was rigged. Go figure.


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At this point, we all know professional wrestling is fake. (If not, surprise!)

But back in 2003, former MMA and NFL player Brock Lesnar suplexed Big Show off the top rope onto the mat, causing the ring to buckle and eventually break in one of the coolest moments on WWE television.

While neither would admit the spot was rigged over the years, but Show finally let the truth out on former wrestler Chris Jericho's podcast Talk is Jericho.

As transcribed by Sports Illustrated:

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"We did a spot right before we broke the ring where we're both down and they shoot a real close-up of both of us selling. Well in that time, [WWE Stunt Coordinator] Ellis [Edwards] had airbags under the ring. So they had lifted the ring a couple inches. So now, when I'm standing on that top corner, that ring is like standing on marbles. Because it's moving. Of course now I've got my fat ass up in the air, 500 pounds on a not very stable surface ... So then the ring broke. I just remember when it happened because ... you don't know how the stunt is going to look. But man, it was so perfectly timed the way we did it and Ellis did a great job of setting up. That thing collapsed and everybody they bought it so long."

"And this is the first time out of all the interviews I've ever done, I've admitted the truth that that was a rigged angle. On hundreds of interviews, I have lied right through my teeth and said it's a shoot. But if you get a chance to suspend people's reality just for an instant, for a second, it's good for them"

So there you have it -- the only area we clung to that might have been real in the fake world of wrestling is just a farce. Still a cool spot regardless.