World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon was mortified this morning when he realized that the name of the upcoming WWE pay-per-view, Extreme Rules, is a nonsensical oxymoron.
“Wait a second!” McMahon blurted while eating his breakfast at the McMahon mansion in Connecticut. “The rules aren’t extreme! If anything, the rules don’t even exist! Oh man, this is embarrassing.”
In his epiphany, McMahon realized what most literate wrestling fans have known for years — the term “Extreme Rules,” when taken literally, means precisely the opposite of what it is intended to convey.
The annual event, inspired by the no-holds-barred mentality of Extreme Championship Wrestling, features matches in which the usual rules do not apply.
Far from being “extreme,” the rules are significantly relaxed in order to allow the use of weapons and other typically illegal offense.
“Well I’ll be damned,” McMahon mused to himself. “I never thought of it that way.”
McMahon has since announced that next year’s incarnation of the pay-per-view will be called “Extremely Lax Rules.”