If you have been living in a prison cell, you may not have known WrestleMania 34 is here. The greatest wrestling event known to mankind rivals the Super Bowl, that’s how big it is. Vince McMahon and the ladies and gentlemen backstage have worked hard to bring you an entertaining night of laughs, action, and nostalgia.
As the story goes, Vince McMahon put all his chips into the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985. It was either go big or go home and McMahon would deliver. He didn’t just put on some great wrestling matches, he officially became known as the guy that would hire celebrities to push his product. You can make a case that WrestleMania I was the beginning of “Sports Entertainment.” McMahon would hire the musician Cyndi Lauper, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the suave Liberace, the Rockettes, and former popular Major League Baseball manager Billy Martin.
WrestleMania is supposed to be about fun, but even the WWE has rules for the public. This list is all about items you can’t bring in at this year’s WrestleMania 34. You may think some of these bans are reasonable while others are downright stupid. The WWE hasn’t always made sense and this list may prove it. Enjoy.
15 Masks That Aren't WWE Merchandise
Leave it to the WWE for watching what their fans wear. Do you think the company backing musical sensation Taylor Swift is looking for fans who are wearing Beyoncé merchandise during her shows? Have you ever heard Arena Football going after fans wearing NFL gear at their events? Has the UFC gone after fans that wear merchandise of MMA artists not of their own?
For some reason, the WWE wants to only support their brand and no others in the wrestling industry. You would think a billion dollar company would take the higher ground and not care if someone was wearing a luchador mask from another company. Fans should get together and rock nothing but Bullet Club merchandise during a Pay-Per-View. The look on Vince McMahon’s face would be priceless and worth the trouble of organizing it.
14 Selfie Sticks
His name is Wayne Fromm and he created a stick that you can attach a phone to the end of, however, homemade selfie sticks date back to 1925. Apparently, the WWE has a hard time with fans doing their own thing at their events. They have a lot of reasonable positions on what not to bring into an event but selfie sticks seems a bit absurd.
Basically, the WWE is telling you they don’t want you to be the center of attention, they want your attention on them. There are tons of reaction videos during WWE events, so we’re pretty surprised they would ban selfie sticks. Maybe they don’t want selfie wars going on during the event. Has there ever been on incident involving a selfie stick at an event?
Remember the adorable Alex Bliss throwing glitter all around Full Sail University during her NXT days? Now that she has become the Goddess, her glitter days seem to be over and the WWE wouldn’t have it any other way. Apparently, WWE doesn’t want fans to have glitter with them during WWE events. The question is what if a fan drenches them self in glitter as a custom, would WWE deny them entry?
If they’re worried about fans throwing glitter on their wrestlers, a glitter bomb is pretty harmless. Also, there haven’t been any documented cases of wrestlers becoming injured due to glitter. Historians suggest glitter, or mica flakes that give off a sparkly appearance, have been around for over 2,000 years. Leave it to WWE to ban the ancient product.
There once was a time when you could walk into any public event with your own personal bag, no matter how big or small it was. Whether you needed the bag for extra clothes like a sweatshirt, cool signs to show off, food and drinks for the belly, or any other items, it usually was allowed. Not in 2018, when security is at an all-time high at public events.
The WWE only allows a specific size and type of bag these days. All bags are banned unless they are 12” wide x 12” height x 6” deep, gallon size Ziploc bags (limited to one) or a small clutch purses. Diaper bags are also allowed but they have to be clear, a sight no one wants to see.
11 Banners & Offensive Signs
Technically a banner can be a flag or other piece of cloth bearing a symbol, logo, slogan or another message, and we know there will be countless signs at WrestleMania 34. They won’t be able to enforce the ban and it’s a head-scratcher that it exists. We understand the WWE doesn’t want to see banners promoting their competition or have vile messages but they’re taking away a huge part of going to a live event.
Does anyone remember those long fan signs that several attendees held up? For example, there was Ric Flair’s “Wooooo,” “Edge Sucks,” and “Yes! Yes! Yes!” WWE is depriving fans of the ultimate experience and limiting their participation during the event. Be on the lookout for crazy signs being taken at the start of WrestleMania 34.
10 Laser Pointers
As technology gets more sophisticated, so do the fans that want to disrupt events in a very quiet way. There have been several documented cases of fans using laser pointers during professional sports games. One case was during a Monday Night Football broadcast when Houston Texans quarterback, Brock Osweiler, became a victim of the laser pointer in 2016.The pen-shaped item is small enough to get past security and hard to spot out in a crowd.
If you didn’t know, it’s technically not a real laser; we’re not in Star Wars folks, but a light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. The first one was developed by researchers at Bell Labs in 1958, and today, anyone can purchase the item online or at a store. The last thing WWE wants is hundreds of lasers pointed at the face of Roman Reigns. It was actually common during the wacky Attitude Era but not anymore.
9 Fire Works
Hey WWE, you’re telling us we can’t bring in any whistlin’ bungholes, spleen splitters, whiskey biscuits, honkey lighters, hossker dos, hossker dont's, cherry bombs, nipsy daisers, with or without the scooter stick, or one single whistlin’ kitty chaser? What about snakes and sparklers? This one is basically a no-brainer but what if fireworks were legal?
Imagine seeing amateur fireworks going off during a match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar? There would be chaos and Reigns would be a huge target for the Roman candle and bottle rocket enthusiasts but still could be an interesting sight nevertheless. We’re pretty surprised ECW didn’t hand out bottle rockets to fans during their extreme days in the 1990s. If any promotion would allow fans to use fireworks, it would have been ECW.
8 The Beach Ball
Jonathon DeLonge gets the credit for inventing the beach ball in 1938. Originally a bland color and about the size of a hand, the beach ball has evolved into a colorful toy for all ages. Before 2018, the beach ball was never banned at WrestleMania but things have changed. It all started at last year’s SummerSlam when a beach ball was being passed kicked around.
It got the attention of several Superstars including John Cena, who mentioned it during a promo. WWE’s Cesaro had this to say about it, “Excuse my language, but fudge beach balls.”Adding, “Seriously. That’s absolutely disrespectful. We were wrestling for the Tag Team Championships, and you want to play with a beach ball? Get the hell out of here. Go. Leave the arena, and don’t come back. I think every person that brings a beach ball into a WWE arena should get ejected for life.”
We mentioned hand held bags but what about backpacks? Backpacks are another item that used to be a common site at sporting and entertainment events. As we mentioned, 2018 is a whole other ball game compared to decades ago. You cannot bring in any backpacks to WrestleMania. You can call it a bookbag, kitbag, knapsack, rucksack, sackback, or backsack, the truth remains, WWE will not allow you to bring one in.
It’s an understandable position and venues aren’t equipped to handle looking through thousands of bags during an event. We’re pretty sure Greg Lowe, the creator of the internal frame of the backpack, never intended his invention to be a banned item at events; in fact, he probably created the damn thing just for events like WrestleMania.
Any and all noisemakers are not allowed. That means pea whistles, air horns, ratchets, sirens, vuvuzelas, groan tube, moo box and pop toob are all banned from WrestleMania 34. Next thing you know WWE is going to ban your voice because that’s a noise maker too. It’s not uncommon for sporting events to ban these items but others welcome it.
If you follow the World Cup, then you know the vuvuzela became a big item for fans. When it comes to having an event in an indoor arena, we understand the ban. But if you're holding an event at an outdoor stadium that can fill 70,000, a couple of bullhorns won’t make a difference. We imagine the WWE would want to cut off their fan’s hands as well, after all, clapping is a noisemaker as well.
Animals are cute but the WWE rather you not bring them to their shows. It’s a big blow to all the people that love bringing their pets to events but an understandable one. Sorry ladies and gentlemen, you cannot bring your tiny dog in, even if that dog is going to chill inside a comfy purse. It’s unfortunate nobody told former WWE Superstar Al Snow about the pet rule.
If he knew, it’s possible the Big Boss Man may never have had the chance to kidnap Pepper. We can contemplate the past but one thing is for sure, animals will not be allowed in except for one exception. That exception is service animals, animals that have been trained to perform tasks that assist those with disabilities.
Ever wondered how the first balloons were made? We have to warn you it is graphic. Did you put away your food yet? Okay, good, the first balloons were made from pig bladders and animal intestines. That’s right, our ancient brothers and sisters would mess around with animal intestines to make the decorative product. Whether it was the Aztec who used cat intestines or the Swiss who used whale intestine, balloons have a weird history.
The first rubber balloons that we all grew up loving were created by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824. Thank you, Faraday, because we doubt anyone would allow their children and loved ones to touch animal intestines today. Why WWE has a banned on balloons today is simple, they rather not let the fans have fun on their own terms.
3 Tablets Or iPads
This one blows our mind in 2018. WWE does not want you to bring your tablets or iPads to an event. That’s like saying to an alcoholic you can’t bring beer to a block party. The WWE likes to control the environment and we assume they may be afraid their fans are looking down at devices and not the match itself.
Would you be surprised to see everyone on their devices during a lower card match between Curtis Hawkins and Heath Slater? These devices aren’t going anywhere and will improve by each decade. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates broke the glass ceiling with their devices, a company like WWE can’t hold back the tide. There’s also one other big reason why these items are banned and it’s next on our list.
2 Smartphones/Video Or Audio Equipment
You may be shaking your head with this one because pretty much everyone has a smartphone these days. Apparently, WWE is still fickle about audiences videotaping or recording events but no there is no chance in hell they can ban phones. So when they announce no video or audio recording equipment, they usually put GoPros as an example. It still doesn’t make sense, which is a normal thing in the WWE.
A smartphone can produce some awesome quality and there are tons of great videos shot by a phone. With technological advances in this area, there is no way the WWE can stop the wave from crashing. Countless videos are shot by amateur fans at live events to PPVs and the WWE knows this ban is silly.
This is a weird one but apparently, the WWE doesn’t want to see any stickers at their events. It’s still debatable but most historians believe R. Stanton Avery became the inventor of the sticker in 1935. Others have suggested that Ancient Egyptians created “stickers” to advertise market rates. Archeologists have found artifacts of an early form of paper that may have been plastered on buildings. Others say Sir Rowland Hill created the modern sticker in 1839.
We can debate who created the product for years but one thing is for sure, WWE will take away any stickers they see. Someone should make create an experiment and see if WWE would ban their WWE stickers at events. The company wouldn’t even have to take off all the stickers in the venue anyway, so what’s the hubbub?