WWE news: 10 of the strangest things you can get fined for in WWE

O'Neil was fined for joking with Vince McMahon

WWE is not your average workplace. 

The professional wrestling industry has a long history of quirky traditions and rules. 

Some of those rules are written, others are not - and breaking certain ones will even land you in trouble. 

We've heard plenty of cases of wrestlers being punished over the years for some rather unusual reasons. 

So, with that in mind, let's take a look at 10 things in WWE that are considered finable offences.


Once a common practice in WWE, blading - the act of cutting your own forehead with a razor - is now banned. 

Batista found that out the hard way in 2008 when he went old school during a match with Chris Jericho.

Per WhatCulture, after an 18-second, expletive-riddled phone call, McMahon met with the pair and dished out a $100,000 fine for Batista, as well as $5,000 penalty for Jericho. 

Blading is now banned in WWE

Chair shots to the head

Again, these were once commonly seen in WWE, but have been banned for many years as part of the company's concussion protocol. 

We have occasionally seen chair shots to the head return, but you can be sure a hefty fine will follow for the guilty party afterwards. 

The Undertaker and Triple H, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton are all said to have been punished in recent years. 

Chair shots to the head bring hefty fines

Any 'intentional' blow to the head

Chair shots to the head aren't the only thing covered in WWE's concussion protocol.

WhatCulture writes that fines can also be applied for 'any blow to the head that is deemed an 'INTENTIONAL act'. 

While it's not clear exactly what that means, it's likely WWE ban the use of any foreign object to the head, such as kendo sticks, rather than just punches and kicks. 

No blows to the head are allowed with any weapon

Touching the crowd

Perhaps a more preventative measure than anything, it makes sense to discourage any WWE stars interacting too closely with someone in the live audience. 

Mark Henry once revealed: "We’re not allowed to put our hands on nobody. $70,000 fine if you reach out into the crowd. You're going to get fined."

Those fines may well increase in future - once crowds are allowed back - given the current situation we're in. 

WWE stars are not really allowed to touch fans

Bleeding on the ring canvas 

As well as handing out fines for blading, it seems WWE also punish wrestlers getting any kind of blood on the canvas - accidental or not. 

According to Brodus Clay (Tyrus), the fine can be up to $3,000. You may remember he famously jumped out of the ring at Extreme Rules in 2011, bleeding at ringside rather than in the ring.

But why? It was a tactical decision on his part, to 'save a dollar'. 

Superstars aren't supposed to bleed on the ring canvas

Drinking alcohol

As part of WWE's wellness policy, stars are expected to be 'free of the influence of alcohol when performing'. 

Interestingly, they are also 'prohibited from using or consuming alcohol at any time within a twelve-hour period prior to any event or scheduled performance'. 

Breaking these rules can land you a $2,500 fine - and there may well have been plenty of these handed out in the past. 

Don't turn up drunk, unless you're Stone Cold

Testing positive for marijuana 

The rules on marijuana in WWE are very similar to the rules on alcohol. Their policy states: 'In the event of any positive test for marijuana, the WWE Talent shall be fined $2,500'. 

Interestingly, the fine was upped from $1,000 in 2009. Perhaps Brian Kendrick testing positive on 12 separate occasions had something to do with that?

There is a loophole though - WWE can waive any positive marijuana tests on a variety of medical grounds, according to WhatCulture. 

Riddle has been rumoured to like his weed

Joking around with Vince McMahon

Although this rule is undocumented, messing around with the boss can land wrestlers in hot water. Just ask Titus O'Neil.

Back in 2016, he jokingly pushed Vince McMahon at the end of Daniel Bryan's retirement speech and it did not go down well at all. 

O'Neil was immediately hit with a 60-day suspension and a $5,000 fine. Brutal.

O'Neil was fined for joking with McMahon

Turning up late 

This one is far from surprising. If you're late in any job, you expect to face repercussions. 

But in WWE, there's a 'zero-tolerance rule' for turning up late to SmackDown or RAW tapings. It's unclear how much the fines are - they probably vary. 

D’Lo Brown once told a funny story about being fined 10k for being 15 minutes late during a tour of South Africa. Luckily for him, he was fined 10,000 rands... or approximately $580. 

Never turn up late to WWE

Failing to wear a suit

Believe it or not, WWE does have a dress code. It calls for stars to dress in a 'professional manner' when appearing in front of fans

According to WhatCulture, that means they need to be suited and booted at all times. As you can imagine, this is a popular rule to break. 

It's believed the fine for a first-time offence is $500, but that doubles if the same wrestler breaks it twice and get this... breaking it three times can lead to a suspension. 

WWE Superstars need their suits

Well, it's fair to say there are some strange rules in WWE

But as long as wrestlers avoid being late, dress smart and try not to hit each other in the head... they'll probably be fine. 

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