I thought the match we watched today with Stone Cold against Dude Love with Vince Jr. as ref was absolutely hilarious. It was completely unabashed in its over-the-top soap opera elements, plot twists and turns, and commentary full of double-entendres. The addition of the extra personalities all around the ring, the set modifications, including the ridiculous slew of cars, added to the sense that this match was loud and proud about its dramatics-- the concept of 'real' was not noticably present in the arena for this one.
That said, as I was thinking about the match tonight, it was masterfully complex in its dynamics, and the physicality was comparably complex. The action seemed very much to be staged in acts, with the set change from the ring to the sudience area to the cars, as well as the introduction of Vince's impromptu 'reminders' about the rules both signaling shifts from one phase or act to the next. The plot is amazingly layered; with the alliance of referee Vince and Dude Love composing a seeming Goliath for Stone Cold to topple. Predictably, Vince sways the rules and paces counts to favor Dude Love. But not so much to completely ruin the match. The mysterious introduction of the Undertaker ringside add another check to the situation, so that the match isn't ruined by cutting its last thread to the rules and order of the sport.
The match is made even better in its choreographic restraint. Stone Cold has a finely tuned performance of beatdowns and resurrections. The match is hard and goes on for a long time through so many turns in advantage; the formulatic tone that sometimes overrides matches dissapates. This is the match that the fans earn when they watch heels win over and over; here is the match where the good guys wins through persistence, physical endurance, and breaking the rules only when they were already broken by the bad guy. In all the craziness and hyperbole in the match, it stands out as a moment when good wins out, and the massive evils of Vince Jr. and his cadre are momentarily suppressed.