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Hi, my name is Tiffany and I have a confession to make: I’m a Roman Reigns plant. My head is really a rosebud, I have lovely, sharp thorns, and a heavenly smell. I’m also a Twitter bot that WWE is paying to cheer Roman Reigns and denigrate ‘real’ wrestling fans.

Have you stopped laughing? Are you completely lost? Those are the latest accusations made by anti-Roman fans to explain the shift between Roman getting booed at WrestleMania and him getting cheered and Brock getting booed on Monday night. Apparently, the idea that the rumors of Lesnar’s new deal with WWE might have soured some fans, or that WrestleMania crowds aren’t the best gauge as to how popular or unpopular someone really is, is so outrageous it couldn’t be true. I realize that plants are an old wrestling thing, but the fact that people are using that to justify the belief that no one cheers for him is ludicrous.

The anti-Roman group has always had an excuse or conspiracy theory, to explain why Roman is cheered when the word in the bubble says he’s not: They’re muting the boos, the fans don’t know real wrestling, they’re cheering for his opponent, the opponent carried him to a good match, the list goes on and on and ON! WWE’s not muting the boos, the translation of Live audience to tape (or whatever they use to record) always quiets background noise so commentary and the wrestlers can be heard. In other words, they’re ‘muting’ the boos and the cheers. St. Louis is a great wrestling town, home of the NWA for decades, so I think they know what good wrestling is.

Why is the concept that Roman is more popular than the internet wants to believe so hard to comprehend? Why is it easier to believe that WWE is spending money to make Roman seem more popular than stepping back and saying ‘Okay, maybe it’s me’?

I’m not really sure why reactions to Reigns so obsess people. John Cena’s been booed for the better part of a decade, but the idea of WWE taking away his push would be met with scoffs and denial because ‘He’s John Cena. He always delivers great matches.’ Okay, but so why doesn’t Roman get that same treatment or respect. Why is him getting a mixed reaction a deal breaker for so many people?

I am not a plant, either literally or figuratively. I love roses, but pollen makes my sinuses go haywire. I am not a bot, I’m a living, breathing person who regularly watches bloody wrestling matches while doing her nails or needlework. I am certainly NOT being paid by WWE to cheer for Roman, and if I am, my checks are way overdue. I have been to three WWE events in my entire life, two of them were events where Roman was featured and can testify that he’s very over with crowds. Contrary to internet belief, Roman is extremely popular, both with live crowds and the boys in the locker room. He is a trusted employee and a respected co-worker, he makes WWE money and represents it very well all over the world. Stop trying to think of ways to delegitimize him and focus on your own damn favorites instead of bringing him up all the time and then complaining when the people you do claim to support don’t get pushed.


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Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans

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Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’

The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.

I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.

WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.

Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.

Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.

Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!

For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?

WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.

Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.


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Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?

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Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE

After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!

After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum. 

With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield. 

Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud. 

So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored. 


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