The WWE has had to cope with increased scrutiny of both it's superstars and story lines in recent years as the internet wrestling community has grown exponentially.
Quick-fire criticism, in-depth analysis and the blurred lines between kayfabe and reality have all become common place as the WWE has expanded out of the ring and onto the world wide web.
The transition into the modern world of engagement and entertainment hasn't been all positive though. That was made all the more obvious today as one Superstar unleashed a long rant against the "internet fans" in particular and their self-importance in the modern WWE.
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The Miz and Summer Rae were interviewed by Sam Roberts to promote The Marine 4: Moving Target last week, and spoke about a variety of topics. The Miz got especially impassioned when conversation turned to the WWE Universe's incredibly negative reaction to Roman Reigns' push.
"The WWE fans and the bloggers and the Twitter people, they all think they know everything about the WWE and what it takes to be a WWE Superstar," said Miz. "They think they know what's right. They are entitled to their opinions."
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Daniel Bryan Fantasy
Miz would go on to say that he thinks fans want to believe that they made a superstar over the WWE making them.
"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is now a problem, but the fact is Roman Reigns works hard," Miz added.
"A lot of the things you read are like, 'they system is giving him the push.' It's like who cares if it is or it isn't? The guy is talented, the guy is good at what he does. If WWE ignored him they'd love him even more. They like people that it's like, 'we made him.' Like Daniel Bryan."
Roman Reigns has only just started to be cheered by WWE fans after the chorus of boos that greeted him following his Royal Rumble victory. The fans were upset that their favorite, Daniel Bryan, got booted out early.
WWE fans really do have a weird obsession with Bryan, and Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler to a lesser extent. Just like Vince McMahon favours musclebound wrestlers with insane physics, the IWC goes crazy for the smaller athlete that they can view as an underdog story.
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