Merchandise plays a massive part in WWE, as both young and old never hide their admiration for their favourite superstars whenever they roll into town.
Whether you’re saving your legendary ‘Austin 3:16’ t-shirt from the glory days of the Attitude Era, or you’re one of the many that collect the colourful range of John Cena merchandise – it’s always great to see venues flooded with fans showing their support for the big names, and the lesser names.
Obviously, not every single WWE star is fortunate enough to have merchandise, either because they’re hardly on television or there’s no genuine interest in them. In fact, it took WWE quite a while before they even gave Braun Strowman his first official shirt, but the demand was so high that they caved in, despite him being a heel on paper.
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It’s been well-documented in the past that WWE goes all-out in ensuring that more Cena merchandise is sold at live events, compared to other WWE stars as they’re not given the same amount of space on displays.
Ask anyone that has attended events, even they’ll tell you that Cena merchandise dominates the stands, so it comes as no surprise that he makes the company plenty of money on that front, even if he’s not appearing at the show.
It turns out Randy Orton knows that’s the case too, as he posted a hilarious tweet earlier today in response to a fan as he aimed a subtle jibe at both Cena and the WWE.
Knockoff merchandise isn’t anything new to WWE, as there are companies that produce fake merchandise which looks exactly like the real thing. However, it’s quite obvious that it’s a bootleg piece of merchandise when the WWE star on the t-shirt doesn’t match the name.
Twitter user @VanceParks95 posed the question to both Cena and The Viper, as Orton’s name was on the shirt with Cena’s face.
He posted: “@RandyOrton @John Cena Was browsing and I saw this? What do you two think?”
Even though it’s on sale for a special price, you have to laugh at that hilarious effort, but Orton’s response probably took many by surprise as he claimed that if the shirt was real, he might have actually moved some merchandise with Cena on it.
He replied: “Too bad it’s a knockoff, if it was legit I might be able to actually sell some shirts.”
Sounds like Orton isn’t too happy with the merchandise situation either. Of course, Orton does sell shirts as he’s universally popular, but he does seem to be in a trolling mood in recent weeks as he poked fun at the decision to have the Punjabi Prison make a return.
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