Fresh off the high of winning his second NASCAR Cup Series championship back in 2019 (doesn’t that seem like forever ago?), Kyle Busch won himself another title on WWE’s Monday Night Raw. And, then, proceeded to lose it only moments later.
With the Joe Gibbs Racing driver being in Nashville, Tennessee for Champion’s week and the WWE hosting its flagship program in Music City, it only made sense for the NASCAR and professional wrestling worlds to collide. And they definitely collided when the NASCAR champion won the WWE 24/7 championship by pinning wrestler and reigning champion R-Truth, with some three-count assistance from special guest referee Michael Waltrip.
Busch’s moment of glory was short-lived, and while he was celebrating his big win in his dressing room with Waltrip, a former NASCAR driver and two-time Daytona 500 winner, R-Truth (whose real name is Ron Killings) snuck up behind Rowdy and pinned him to regain the WWE title.
Even though WWE is scripted (as you hopefully know), Kyle’s wife, Samantha Busch, showed a little of what the behind-the-scenes experience was like via a couple of tweets, and two things were very much real. First off, five-year-old Brexton Busch seemed to be having the time of his life, with both stealing the WWE championship belt back for dad and practicing some high-flying moves of his own. Secondly, even the “fake” sports entertainment world of professional wrestling doesn’t come without its injuries.
Yikes! That finger injury looks like it smarts. Nothing serious — like a racing-induced concussion or getting punched in the face by Richard Childress — but definitely right up there with a paper cut or stubbed toe. Props to Kyle for bouncing back from that one.
This post was originally published on December 3, 2019.