Originally posted by jrg:
i thought the heyman thing was real at first. i thought the "X" isn't something WWE would play around with and they ONLY use it when something serious happens
most casual WWE fans don't even know what it means, so i assumed it was something legit
WWE has "messed" with the "X" in matches before for example I remember them using it a few years ago when Mysterio was slammed into the ring post when he was strapped to a back board, all the refs came out to help and a few threw up the X. He wasn't really injured from the spot but they were using it to write him off the show for a while anyway. More recently, it was used on Jericho at the elimination chamber, and Cena used it when Zach Ryder was wheeled off the stage by Kane. All parts of story lines without a legit injury.
It is a nod to the smarks as they try and keep everyone guessing a little bit. It isn't as if the people in the back aren't aware of these things and will get confused when the gesture is used as part of a story line, nor has it ever been off limits, I guess most people just haven't noticed it before.