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#WTFWednesday: NBA Playoff Drama, WWE-Style



We're still pretty hungover from the ridiculous, cardiac finish of a Finals game in Game 3 (which has been the tone for all the games so far), so we decided to pull out this match from the annals of history for this week's What the Fuck Wednesday.

What do you get when you mix a city that has an obligation to the NBA and a historically petty billionaire who runs the biggest wrestling company in the world? A five-on-five tag match with NBA jerseys, that's what.

Back in 2009, Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers was to be held at the Pepsi Center. The only problem was the WWE was also scheduled to hold RAW  there at the same night. Now, the WWE books arenas way in advance. Like waaay before they would have ever known the Nuggets would've been going to the Playoffs that year, and obviously, waaaaay before they would have ever known that the Nuggets would make it to the Conference Finals.

But Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke chose to kick the WWE out of the Pepsi Center so they could have the NBA game instead. Which, when you look at it, does have some justification. The NBA Championship does have more merit than whatever the WWE was trying to run at the time (which we can no longer remember). It's just that the WWE were more justified because they did schedule the arena far in advance.

As far as we can remember, after the announcement was made, the WWE were scrambling hard to find another option until the Lakers offered the WWE use of the Staples Center for RAW that night.

Because the snafu was heavily publicized, Vince McMahon did what Vince McMahon does best: he took his stress out on the Nuggets by having a 10-man tag match as that episode's main event. The faces—John Cena, Batista (!), Jerry Lawler, MVP, and Mr. Kennedy—were clad in custom Lakers jerseys, while the heels—Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Big Show, and the Miz—were rocking Nuggets jerseys.

And of course, Vince being Vince, the Lakers beat the Nuggets.

Here is that match in full.






Incidentally, Mr. Kennedy would soon be fired after this. Rumors swirled that he both was reckless with Randy Orton (see the spot where he gives Orton a back suplex) and that he injured his wrist in the match.

In the meantime, who you got? Dubs or Cavs? Let us know!

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