Donald Trump's relationship with WWE is well documented but you would hope that the president of the United States and his aides could tell the difference between reality and fiction.
It has previously been reported that back in 2007, Trump was concerned that his friend and owner of WWE Vince McMahon had been killed during an on-screen explosion. You wouldn't think that lighting would strike twice but it appears to have happened again and this time it's the Trump administration who have been left confused by a WWE storyline.
A document obtained by Politico has revealed that the US Department of Health & Human Services were ordered to rebrand America's fight against Covid-19 to spread more positivity. It was reportedly set to be called: 'Helping the President will Help the Country.' As part of this initiative, contractors were asked to compile a list of celebrities that might be willing to participate in an advertising campaign to 'defeat despair' and air them before election day.
The document called the PSA Celebrity Tracker features 34 pages of major American celebrities such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Dwayne Johnson and Brad Pitt and whether they would be suitable for a Trump campaign. Next to their names are 'additional notes' which contain notes such as their political allegiances and if they have a criminal record.
One person who was listed is former UFC fighter and WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey, who was unlikely to take part as she is a confirmed supporter of the Democrats and Bernie Sanders. However, it also lists that she was arrested on WWE television in 2019. Although this did happen it quite clearly wasn't real in the slightest.
The angle occurred between Rousey and two other wrestlers, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch in the build-up to Wrestlemania 35 in April 2019. The three wrestlers were involved in a mass brawl which police had to break up and even saw Rousey kick the window out of a police car and taken into custody. A fake mugshot was also posted online of Rousey. Just by watching it, most people would be able to tell that it was all part of the show.
It appears that wrestling journalist Ryan Satin was one of the first people to notice this and it soon resulted in a lot of ridicule for the Trump administration.
We can only imagine what Rousey will make of this when she sees it.
Away from this, the campaign doesn't appear to have been that successful by the celebrities that were contacted. The list states that many of the names are 'pending answer' and many others, including Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Mark Wahlberg, Trevor Noah, Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana had declined. According to the list, only Dennis Quaid and Marc Anthony have accepted so far. Some celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Jon Bon Jovi, Wil.I.Am, Sean Penn and Jay-Z as 'maybe.'
Politico reports that of the 10 celebrities that had been approved to take part in interviews, including Garth Brooks and controversial TV doctor Mehmet Oz, may now never air and is seen as an expensive campaign inside the HHS.