In professional wrestling
terms, a "shoot" is something that wasn't in
the planned script
of events. A "shoot interview" is one where
a wrestler says something he wasn't supposed to about another wrestler,
or perhaps another promotion. If two wrestlers stop cooperating in
the ring and legitimately try to hurt each other, they are "shooting" on
Shoot interviews were nonexistent until the mid-1990s, but they are
now commonplace. Rarely a night of wrestling will pass without hearing
some wrestler refer to something outside of kayfabe--breaking character.
This is nearly always done, however, with the approval of the federation.
Shoot matches simply do not happen. Aside from a few non-rigged
matches in the WWF's ill-advised Brawl For All in 1997-98, nearly every
single pro wrestling match since the early 1900s has been real. Wrestler
have nothing to gain by not cooperating with each other in the ring, and
it's a legitimately dangerous situation. If it ever were to happen,
the feed would be pulled immediately and the referee would immediately
try to break it up.
The golden rule of wrestling is: If you see it on television, it's