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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 New Jack
New Jack is the most risky wrestler to meet given his controversial personality. The hardcore icon was absolutely unpredictable in ECW and that has not changed. Jack gets into fights with people that rub him the wrong way and appears to have a few screws loose. There has never been an incident of Jack attacking a fan, but it's entirely possible on any given night.
14 Kevin Nash
The snarky personality of Kevin Nash makes him a wrestler that is a bit strange to meet. Nash doesn’t seem like a bad guy or a mean spirited person. However, he has the reputation of having fun at the expense of others. Nash is not afraid to insult fans under the intent of it being in good fun. That makes him a questionable wrestler to meet at organized events.
13 The Miz
Wrestlers of past eras liked to keep kayfabe alive by being jerks outside of the ring if they were portraying a heel in the squared circle. Very few wrestlers do that these days, but The Miz is one to try to keep the act going off-screen. Earlier in his career, The Miz refused to break character and would be obnoxious and rude at public appearances to fans looking forward to meeting him.
ECW legend Sabu is a very quiet person that likes to keep to himself. That makes him one of the less fascinating wrestlers to meet. Sabu is guarded and fans struggle to have a noteworthy conversation with him when meeting the ECW Superstar at conventions. In recent years, Sabu has started taking bookings with his significant other, Melissa Coates. She usually does most of the talking and Sabu just poses for the pictures or signs the autograph with minimal interaction.
11 Stacy Keibler
The term Diva was used to describe the female performers in the WWE during Stacy Keibler’s tenure. It still applies to her these days as she has the reputation for being a Diva in her real life. Keibler left the WWE for an acting career, but it never panned out with her only noteworthy roles coming as guest appearances on sitcoms. The bombshell doesn’t enjoy being spotted by supporters and apparently goes out of her way to avoid being greeted by fans.
10 CM Punk
CM Punk is a polarizing figure in the wrestling business with perceptions of him leading to different opinions from fans. Many fans have had positive experiences with him and believe he’s actually a cool person to meet. Others have been snubbed by Punk being downright mean to them. Punk is clearly a moody person as confirmed by his fellow wrestlers.
9 Ric Flair
The legendary Ric Flair is universally loved in wrestling circles by longtime fans. Flair is responsible for some of the greatest moments in the history of the business, but fans unfortunately don’t get the same love from Nature Boy that the bar does. His ego grew with his success in the ring. Flair believes his own hype and has frequently treated fans poorly in various interactions.
8 Jake Roberts
The personal issues of Jake “The Snake” Roberts have led to fans forgiving him for many of the terrible things he has done in the past. Roberts is known for being one of the worst wrestlers to meet. Over the years, he flat out disrespected fans and failed to treat them with kindness, despite the fact that they were paying to meet him at independent shows.
7 Scott Hall
Another DDP Yoga success story has seen Scott Hall change his life for the better, overcoming his addictions to drugs and alcohol. Hall however still is one of the wrestlers fans should try to avoid meeting at all costs. "The Bad Guy" lives up to his moniker by being all about the money and caring little about the fan. One specific incident saw Hall refuse to sign a birthday card for a sick child suffering from cancer.
6 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is a veteran of the sport and still believes in keeping kayfabe alive. The majority of Jericho’s career has seen him work as a heel and he never breaks characters during that time frame. Jericho wants fans to boo him at the show. To get fans to genuinely despise him, he treats those to approach him poorly by giving the allusion he’s a jerk.
5 Randy Orton
Randy Orton's career has consistently painted him as a villain in the grand scheme of things outside of the ring. Orton always treated fans with contempt and developed a reputation as one of the meaner wrestlers outside the ring. WWE overlooked multiple issues with him due to the potential of him blossoming into a top star.
4 Bubba Ray Dudley
Bubba Ray Dudley almost starting riots on a nightly basis by being mean to fans in ECW led to him adopting that persona outside of the ring as a somewhat hostile person. Many wrestlers view Bubba as being one of the more mean spirited people they’ve worked with through the years. Fans have experienced it twofold with him living up to his TNA name as Bully Ray.
3 Hulk Hogan
The star power of Hulk Hogan means millions of fans have envisioned meeting the wrestling legend at some point over the past three decades. Hogan is a household name with a world of fame making him remain relevant through the years. The driving force for him in every aspect of life is money. Hogan is known for charging hundreds of dollars at conventions to get a picture or autograph from him.
2 Scott Steiner
There’s no one quite as terrifying in the wrestling world as Scott Steiner. The unpredictable Steiner has been involved in numerous fights and confrontations with wrestlers through the years. Steiner doesn’t seem to get hostile with fans the same way, but there have been instances of him being a jerk to them. Big Poppa Pump is not one for small talk. You’re simply not getting a juicy conversation out of him.
1 Brock Lesnar
Another intimidating figure in wrestling that’s completely anti-social is Brock Lesnar. WWE’s resident Beast originally left the company in 2004 due to his disdain for having to travel and be around people that often. Lesnar accumulating great wealth through the years has allowed him the opportunity to live a secluded life on a farm in Canada with his wife, Sable, and their children.
All the facts show Brock quite frankly has no interest in meeting you. The stories shared by those to interact with him in public places matches it. Lesnar has turned down requests of fans asking to take a picture with him or get an autograph. The rare pictures to surface online of the few times Lesnar actually said yes often shows him looking completely unhappy about doing it. There’s always the chance of Brock flipping out and providing you with the most horrifying moment of your life if you approach him. Stay away.
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