It went too far. When you hang a guy in the middle of your biggest show of the year for no real reason, you know you've gone too far
It was unneeded in every way imaginable. The sheer fact it didnt lead to anything proves that. It was just escalation of the increasingly dark and absurd road they were on. Atleast the crucifixion actually helped sell the Taker/Austin feud and the power of the ministry, not to mention it was nowhere near as horrific
It was complete and utter dead silence. A man was just hung in the ring. Thank God the main event was the two biggest stars on the planet otherwise the show would have stayed dead
It went too far? What is worse, when someone is killed and you know it's planned (because no police, they continued with the show without breaking kayfabe etc.) or these wrestling moments when they acted like someone is really injured with EMTs and officials rushing like someone is really injured or unconscious? Shawn Michaels collapsing in a match against Owen Hart 1996, Ric Flair heart attack on Nitro 1998, Vince McMahon Million Dollar Mania accident or the Jeff Hardy pyro accident are the best examples, those things are more shocking or distasteful.
I don't know, if I watch a scripted show where I know there will be scripted fights, injuries, turns and knockouts why not having a scripted death? Yes it was unusual but we all know it's entertainment and when we have deaths in movies, TV shows and music videos why not having a similar segment in sports entertainment?
Like I said in another topic, no one even gave a fuck it happened; the commentators were talking about the next match, no one was coming out to help the Big Boss Man, etc. The whole angle didn't make any sense whatsoever. I'm all for crash tv, and shocking moments, but like Redead said, have a reason for it.
Then you forgot what happened weeks later. It was revealed that the Corporation and the Ministry of Darkness worked together so that was the reason why nobody helped Boss Man and the reason why the commentators didn't mentioned Bossman and his condition anymore is because it should look weird why nobody mentioned it anymore.
Ministry visiting McMahons house, Vince vs Shane, faceturn of Vince, it was all a big plan from Vince, Shane and these 2 stables to fool Linda & Stephanie, Austin and the fans.
Maybe the Bossman death was a fake segment in a fake sport type? Vince, Taker and Bossman fooled all kayfabe-wise to make it look like a Ministry member killed a Corporation member