15 Candid Pics Of Fans Meeting Wrestlers The WWE Doesn’t Want You To See
On 19th December 2016
Fan interaction is everything for the WWE. Fans invest lots of money into the company and without us, the WWE simply would not exist. As a token of their appreciation, the company loves to make their wrestlers give back to the fans with organized meet and greets. The key word there is ORGANIZED. Wrestlers are very nice when the situation is taken care of by the WWE, although the same cannot be said in others contexts. Superstars like their space and come off as very irritable if approached in other spaces, like an airport for example. Put yourself in their shoes, would you really be enthusiastic in meeting a fan after hours of travel? Probably not.
#1. The Shield
Usually, the goal of a faction is to create new stars. The WWE hit the nail on the head back in November of 2012 when they debuted the faction known as The Shield. The group featuring Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, took the WWE by storm. What made the trio so unique was how different they all were in terms of style. Like the WWE wanted, all three members would became huge stars for the company and would all enjoy separate WWE Championship Title reigns. You can expect the three to be in the spotlight for quite some time.
In terms of fan interaction, Seth and Dean aren't the most social on the WWE roster. Seth has admitted that he hates being approached by fans at the airport, while Ambrose is a bit of a loner and also isn't a huge fan of interacting with people in general. Roman on the contrary, has been said to be quite the gentleman when meeting fans in open situations. This picture however says otherwise, Roman and his Shield brothers don't look too impressed. Keep in mind this came during a period which saw the group be one of the most worked acts in the entire company, working three to four shows a week on the regular. Given Roman's current status in the company, surely the WWE doesn't want you seeing this picture.
#2. The Miz
Looking back at 2016, you'd find it hard to search for a wrestler that had a better year than The Miz. Before the brand split, it seemed like Miz was fading away and only hurting the prestige of the IC Championship. Well, after he joined SmackDown, that all changed and he became one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions in recent memory. With wife Maryse by his side, Miz's heel work suddenly reached new heights and his feud with Daniel Bryan arguably became the feud of the year. Entering the company in 2004, Miz is currently enjoying the best spell of his career more than a decade later, truly remarkable for the 36 year old.
What's interesting about The Miz is the fact that he loves to play a heel outside of the ring as well. Unlike his other co-workers, Miz plays the same role outside of the ring which only adds to the prestige of his character. This picture also proves that with Miz pulling a disgusted smile. Although he seems like a jerk out of the ring nowadays, he's actually said to be a really cool dude when he's not playing a gimmick.
#3. The New Day
Similar to the Shield, the goal of the New Day was to create new stars alongside the veteran Kofi Kingston, who was desperate for a career resurgence. Right off the bat, the crowd wasn't buying the group and it seemed like their days were instantly numbered despite the talent with the group featuring Big E and Xavier Woods, two great prospects. Perhaps nobody could have predicted this, but the group would go on to absolutely thrive and become the long serving Tag Team Champions of all-time beating Demotion's previous record which dated back 28 years ago. Without a doubt, the trio absolutely thrived and are continuing to do so.
Outside of the ring however, fans have mixed reviews about the trio. According to speculation and fan stories, the group seems uninterested when meeting the fans in a candid environment like the airport. This picture shows exactly that with Kofi looking none too pleased, Xavier Woods pulling a dreadful fake smile and Big E well being Big E.aaa
At the age of 49, Kane's WWE career is finally winding down but you have to believe he'll be a part of the family for life. He made his debut with the company way back in 1995 and after bouncing around some awful gimmicks he finally struck gold as The Undertaker's evil brother Kane, in 1997. With some minor alterations, the gimmick would last over a decade. He'd switch to a formal Authority member role in 2013 only to return to his old roots in 2015 dawning the epic mask. In terms of class and valued employee throughout the years, Kane is certainly at the top of the WWE ladder.
Within the company, Kane is an absolute class act and some even label him as the smartest man to ever step foot in the wrestling industry. However, the same cannot be said for his interactions with fans. Take nothing away from Kane, he respects his fans enough to take a picture after all these years but looking at some candid pictures online, he seems very uninterested when taking the photos. At the age of 49 and with two decades of WWE experience, Kane is one of the few that gets a pass on this list given his years of service.