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You either loved or hated Hugh Jackman on WWE Raw

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It happened exactly as predicted. Well, almost. Instead of punching WWE superstar and bad guy Damien Sandow in the face, “X-Men” actor Hugh Jackman hip tossed him. (If you want to skip the lead-in skit, which is what simultaneously excited and angered WWE fans, skip to the 4:25 mark to view the move.)

Jackman’s got skills! But that’s pretty much all that WWE fans agreed on. The rest of the skit was hotly debated on Twitter during Monday night’s broadcast.

In it, Sandow, who promotes himself as the “intellectual savior to the masses,” confronts Jackman and Dolph Ziggler, another WWE superstar who beefed with the Australian actor in 2011. Jackman and Ziggler make amends, before Sandow emerges from backstage wearing a comically ill-fitting Magneto suit meant to provoke Jackman, who stars as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movies. The two jaw-jack before Jackman executes the hip toss and Ziggler follows with his signature move, the Zig-Zag.

About half the fans thought it was hilarious:

And the other half? Well, not so much:

Okay, Okay, Okay. So, the segment wasn’t intelligent by any means. As WWE announcer Jerry Lawler put it, it made Sandow look like a doofus. But can anyone really argue that it didn’t entertain, or at least attempt to? After all, that is what the “E” stands for in WWE, right?

Here’s what’s up: To enjoy professional wrestling, you have to think organization like the WWE like the Harlem Globetrotters. Sometimes they miss a trick dunk. But at its core — just like the Globetrotters — the WWE is composed of a group of extremely talented, hardworking athletes. No one can call that dumb.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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