Fan etiquette is important when it comes to meeting wrestlers in person. The rare experience of getting to meet a wrestler can be hit or miss. It often depends on the situation. Most wrestlers are very kind at conventions and meet and greet appearances when they are being paid to interact with the fan base. There are still some wrestlers that will be ornery and provide a negative experience. The potential of a negative experience is way more likely if stumbling upon a wrestler in everyday life and attempting to meet them.
Many Superstars hate being spotted outside of the squared circle due to the fact that they are on private time. The wrestlers will however try their best to be polite and accommodating given their position as a public figure with fans being the ones to support them. A few wrestlers do not believe in that and have no problem being a jerk to fans that are trying to meet them. These specific performers have negative reputations for providing horrible experiences when it comes to meeting fans in some form. We’ll look at the worst of the worst when it comes to fan interaction with the twenty wrestlers you definitely don’t want to meet in real life.
Virgil’s story is not one of someone that is mean spirited but rather a wrestler living in the past. Virgil shows up at numerous wrestling conventions and sets up next to popular wrestlers. As fans are walking past him to meet the other talent, Virgil will sucker them into a conversation and try to bully them into overpaying for a picture or autograph.
One of the worst tactics of Virgil featured him taking photographs with fans paying to get a picture with Ted DiBiase. Virgil forcing himself in pictures with DiBiase’s customers would be bad enough, but he then charges the fans money, demanding they owe him for his presence in the photo. If you spot Virgil at a convention or even in everyday life, just turn the other way and keep walking. Nothing good will come of it unless you don’t mind getting swindled.
19. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins is arguably the most popular full-time wrestler in the WWE today. His face turn allowed fans to start cheering him every week. Rollins is someone a large percentage of fans hope to meet in real life for a photograph or an autograph to commemorate the experience. The airport, however, is not the place you will want to meet him at.
Rollins has been known to take pictures with fans at the airport, but he clearly dislikes the fact that he has to take the time to do so after a long flight. The travel makes the airport a terrible spot. Rollins however has crossed the line and a fan once shared the story of him making a big stir towards airport employees for not allowing him to skip the line and get on a plane quickly. Basically, Rollins could snap on anyone at the airport.
The wrestling career of Tazz followed his backstage reputation of being one of the most intimidating wrestlers to meet. Tazz has taken himself very seriously throughout his wrestling career. That has changed to an extent with his broadcasting career softening him up following retirement as an active in-ring performer. CBS Radio’s The Taz Show allows him to have fun with fans and he has great chemistry with the callers looking to chat with him.
However, Tazz is still one of the wrestlers you don’t want to meet in person. Tazz attended one of the big wrestling conventions to meet fans in the New York City area and admitted on his show that he didn’t enjoy it. Not everyone enjoys the social aspect of wrestling. Some wrestlers just want to do their job and entertain the audience without meeting them. An in-person experience with Tazz would lead to potential awkward interactions you’d want to avoid.
Konnan is often forgotten in the wrestling world today, but he was one of the biggest draws of all-time in Mexico. Wrestling pundit Dave Meltzer believes Konnan was a bigger in Mexico during the early 90s than Steve Austin and The Rock were for the WWE in the Attitude Era. With that popularity and star power, Konnan adopted a bit of an ego.
On his Keeping it 100 podcast, Konnan admitted he is not afraid to snap at a fan if they are intruding on his personal time. Konnan named Rey Mysterio and John Morrison as two wrestlers that will spend their free time signing autographs for everyone that wants one in public, but he instead will tell the fans off if they’re at a restaurant or public place. So basically, ask Mysteiro and Morrison for the picture and avoid making eye contact with Konnan.
16. Sasha Banks
The airport has been mentioned as the place most likely to result in a negative experience when meeting a wrestler. Sasha Banks is the perfect example as she often speaks out against the disdain she has for fans approaching her at the airport. Many fans camp out at the airport and hotels that the WWE stars stay at and try to meet the Superstars while in the area evading their personal space.
Banks has thrown insults towards fans that approach her at the airport expecting her to sign autographs and take pictures after her flight. One specific fan posted a photo online with Banks that featured her having a look on disgust on her face for taking the picture in the airport. Big E actually made custom socks with the image on them to celebrate the ridiculous photo. However, Banks is pleasant to meet at organized events.