Demonstrating that there's not much that can be believed in the wide world of wrestling, USA Network and Vince McMahon's WWE acknowledged Thursday that an announcement that they had mutually released to the press last Tuesday saying that McMahon had sold Donald Trump his RAW franchise had no basis in fact. "We intended the release to be promotional for that ongoing story arc on the series. There is no such actual 'sale," the statement said. Neither the press, nor WWE investors, got the joke. A report of the sale was carried by numerous news outlets and spurred some WWE investors to sell their stock. Although Thursday's statement ended with an apology "for any confusion," a WWE spokesman sounded unapologetic when he told Daily Variety , "We do scripted entertainment."