"That's an open hand slap!" Photo via Ring of Honor.
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...
News broke late Saturday night (Aug. 11, 2012) following Ring of Honor's (ROH) Boiling Point internet pay-per-view (iPPV) that ROH World Champion Kevin Steen attacked two fans who were jawing back and forth with the Canuck.
According to initial reports, the altercation seemed to be legitimate as both men took stiff punches from "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" and were down for the count.
But now PWInsider is reporting what I suspected all along:
I wanted to let everyone so angered and upset about the situation know that the incident was a planned angle.
Numerous ROH sources have indicated that the "fans" involved were actually students of Bob Evans who did a tremendous job in getting themselves over as actual fans all night and then did an even better job in selling the attack.
In this day and age of dirtsheets and wrestling news websites at every corner of the world wide monsterweb, it's hard for any wrestling promotion to keep planned storylines under wraps and unexpected surprises ... well, a surprise.
So kudos to ROH, Steen and the two men involved for pulling off a fantastic angle while making the entire thing seem legitimate.
There wasn't much buzz about Boiling Point going into the show thanks to the relatively weak card but the buzz after the event was fantastic.