It has been made obvious over recent weeks that the WWE are not above forcing their crowds to behave sound and even look in certain ways.
Stories emerged following the Payback PPV that claimed that the staff were giving out free Roman Reigns posters prior to the event.
It would now appear that WWE staff are confiscating and editing signs that are not consistent with what they want to show.
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Two key examples that WWE are trying to control what its fans are doing, in an effort to portray a certain image on its programming have recently surfaced on social media.
A fan sign from an NXT event and a sign that was in the first couple of rows at Payback have both been examined on Twitter recently.
One of the most dividing and interesting names in NXT right now is the reformed Eva Marie who has recently found herself partnered with Nia Jax.
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One Eva Marie sign was reportedly rejected by WWE staff working at the recent WWE NXT Live Event in Tulsa.
It is interesting considering the fact that Eva Marie has not received a legitimate push in WWE, and many fans and various wrestling sources have been mocking her in-ring ability.
Does WWE want its fans to have this opinion of Eva Marie? This action would certainly suggest so.
This image below is from another Twitter user showing a screenshot still image during a match between AJ Styles & Roman Reigns.
It depicts a ‘before and after’ style comparison where we can see that a fan’s sign has been edited to reflect a more positive opinion of Reigns on the WWE website.
This is very strange behaviour from WWE, especially considering that fan signs have always been a very popular part of attending live shows & WWE events.
Why is this happening?
The biggest question is why does WWE feel the need to do this?
It has the power to push whoever it wants to push and in fairness, the fans do not get a say in the matter.
It is strange that the company feels the need to try and influence or control its audience in this way.
WWE also reportedly muted boos that were heard on its WrestleMania PPV during Roman Reigns’ entrance, showing that the company appears to be doing everything it can to ignore the heat that Reigns is receiving from the fans.
Why is WWE refusing and editing fan signs?