WWE runs the wrestling industry with zero legitimate competitors over the past sixteen years. The death of WCW saw the final chance of any promotion being able to compete with WWE. Impact Wrestling tried and suffered a long, humiliating defeat. We are now in a wrestling world where WWE controls the landscape along with pushing their narratives as fact. WWE isn’t known for being the most honest source when it comes to giving information to the fans. Some would go as far as to say WWE are huge liars that enjoy manipulating things to fool the viewers.
If a fan only watches the WWE product and doesn’t go out of their way to find the truth, it is very likely that these lies from WWE will be believed without question. WWE knows this and that is the reason they can sneak in little false tidbits into their shows and production without most being aware of it. We'll expose WWE regarding some of the things they have fooled people into believing. All of these are things the company doesn’t want fans to question. Let’s take a deep look for the truth with fifteen things that WWE lies to the fans about.
15 Women's Empowerment
WWE has recently gone all the way in marketing their Women’s Division. Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss and many others are stars on WWE television right now. The Women’s Division is stronger than ever with the women finally being treated as respected athletes. WWE pat their own backs through this entire process celebrating their approach.
14 Wrestlers' Lifestyle
The life of a WWE wrestler is portrayed as glamorous. It is the dream job for millions of people all over the world. However, there are a lot of negatives associated with the life of a WWE Superstar. Wrestlers work a ridiculous schedule that only allows them to see their loved ones two or three times per week. Two of those days are usually interrupted by their travel schedule.
13 WCW's History
Vince McMahon purchased WCW at a price way below its value in 2001. It ended up being one of the greatest business moves in wrestling history. WWE killed any and all forms of competition to put itself in the position of complete dominance. There is also the bonus of making money off the WCW history by putting the shows on WWE Network and producing DVDs about the company.
12 Attendance Figures
WWE will always attempt to inflate their attendance numbers regarding PPVs, television episodes and house shows. The most debated instance of this came with the record setting WrestleMania 32 becoming the most attended show in wrestling history. This fact is true regardless of the attendance numbers, but WWE reportedly still lied about it.
11 The Size Of Wrestlers
The wrestling business has changed and the performers no longer have to be giants or bodybuilders to thrive in WWE. Fans have fallen in love with the work of Daniel Bryan, A.J. Styles and Finn Balor proving the smaller man can become a major star today. Vince McMahon however still prefers the larger men and WWE will often show this by lying about the sizes of their performers.
10 Hall of Fame Criteria
WWE tries to present their Hall of Fame as being of equal importance to the Hall of Fame ceremonies in other forms of sports and entertainment. Most sports leagues use historical stats and facts to prove the worth of a performer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame looks at the impact made by a musician. WWE however just picks the people they feel could give them a good moment and that they have a good relationship with.
9 Well-Organized Machine
The WWE's machine is often referred to as a professional operation. Specials about the Monday Night Wars will always compliment Vince McMahon on running a tight ship with a committed staff of workers that keep everything running smoothly. People have the idea that WWE is run with complete efficacy to put together shows ahead of time.
8 House Show Ads
One shady tactic that WWE loves to do is promoting matches for live events that don’t take place. WWE will sometimes go out of their way to advertise a big main event for a house show in hopes of convincing fans to come to the venue. The stipulation of the card being subject to change means they can easily switch out the match for a less impressive combination.
7 Wrestlers' Hometowns
The ring announcer will announce where a wrestler is from during introductions before every match. WWE usually is honest about where a wrestler is from most of the time, but there are some occasions where they will lie for various reasons.
Kofi Kingston’s early career featured this as he was announced as being from Jamaica. WWE wanted him to be a Jamaican character so they lied during his introduction. This has been corrected as Kingston is now correctly being announced as being from Ghana.
6 Wrestlers Not Yet Arriving To Shows
A silly instance of WWE lying to the fans will see them claim a wrestler has yet to show up to the venue during an episode of Raw or SmackDown. This typically occurs when a wrestler is challenged by his or her enemy. Announcers will say the wrestler in question has yet to show up and we patiently await them showing up later in the night.
5 WrestleMania Main Events
The biggest goal a wrestler can achieve each year is main eventing WrestleMania. WWE has seen WrestleMania grow into an even bigger event each single year over the past decade. Tens of thousands of fans travel from all over the world to witness the major event. This is WWE’s version of the Super Bowl and every wrestler dreams of being in the match that closes this night.
4 Taped Shows Being Live
WWE has always tried to portray all of their shows as being live. This goes back to the 90s when the majority of shows were taped. Eric Bischoff turned their world upside down when revealing WWE show results on live WCW television due to the results leaking from WWE’s tapings. That is no longer a worry, but WWE still attempts to act like taped shows are live.
3 Vince Likes Competition
One huge lie that WWE employees love to state in documentaries is about Vince McMahon and how much he loves competition. The claims are that he enjoyed competing with Ted Turner and Eric Bischoff during the Monday Night Wars. Some people even believe that McMahon misses having a viable competitor to push him, but that’s just not true.
2 Why Bret Hart Refused To Lose WWE Championship Before The Montreal Screwjob
The Montreal Screwjob is still among the most controversial moments to ever take place in WWE. Both sides will argue their respective points. One reason people say the Montreal Screwjob was the right way to go was due to WWE stating Vince McMahon had no choice. McMahon, Triple H and various others make it seem like Bret Hart was just being a jerk and had no right to refuse to lose to Michaels.
1 "Fans Make The Stars"
Triple H has started using the motto of “the fans make the stars” as WWE’s approach to answer how they decide who to push. This has been a WWE statement for years claiming the fans hold all the power in regards to who becomes a big star and who fades away. Recent years have shown that just isn’t true in the slightest when it comes to Vince McMahon.
Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman are regarded as McMahon’s two biggest projects in recent years. Both men received massive pushes and opportunities. Raw is currently built around the two of them. Finn Balor still gets huge pops and you can visibly see many fans rocking his merchandise yet McMahon’s hesitation on pushing him is sinking his chances of moving up. Fans can change plans, but ultimately, McMahon is the one deciding who is made into a star.
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