Ah, popular culture, how I love thee.
Check out this fabulous moment during a live WWE broadcast where Vince McMahon, WWE chairman, attempts to call a lucky winner to award him $200,000. He gets a reverse ringtone: Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” And poor old Vince McMahon just can’t make sense of what is happening.
Now, I have given a truly unnecessary amount of thought to whether this guy intentionally rickrolled Vince McMahon. Seriously I have just been playing this clip over and over again for like twenty minutes trying to figure it out. I think the answer is yes. They must talk to these people beforehand to let them know to expect a call and to pick up the phone. This guy must have called one of his buddies like “Holy shit, someone from the WWE is supposed to call me tonight. It might even be that live on-air call to tell me I’ve won all that cash!” and his buddy was like, “Dude. You know what you have to do?” and he was like “What?” and his buddy was like “Rick Astley, dude. Rick. Fucking. Astley.”
Right? No one just rickrolls everyone who calls, right?
Rickrolling: as pointless as the WWE, but somehow way, way cooler.