The appearance of beach balls in the crowd at WWE events at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center the past two nights has re-ignited the debate about “good” and “bad” fan behavior.
It’s an argument which pops up occassionally, and especially around these “Big 4” pay-per-view (PPV) weekends from WWE where you seem to have a lot of the same people in the audience for several shows in a row - what does buying your ticket entitle you to do? What constitutes expressing your unhappiness with the product and what is making the show about you instead of the performers in the ring? Should we all just loosen up?
If reports coming out of SummerSlam and Raw are any indication, it seems those are also discussions which go on among the wrestlers and others responsible for producing these shows.
This special edition of our Rumor Roundup feature is a way to put those various tidbits in one place and give you a chance to discuss them.
Feel free to share anything you've heard or read in the comments (usual rumor caveats* apply), and let's hash this out, Cagesiders.
- There are those who believe that Cesaro going into the crowd to grab, retrieve and destroy a beach ball during the Raw tag title match at SummerSlam encouraged more fans to bring beach balls on Monday night.
- A similar debate is happening about the decision to mention and show the crowd on-air Monday night, and John Cena’s support of the fans during the post-show dark segment.
- Fans were reportedly kicked out of Barclays during the Finn Balor/Jason Jordan match when the balls they were bouncing made their way past the barricades and into the ring area.
- That specifically has led to talk WWE will add beach balls to their list of prohibited items for future shows.
- During Raw’s main event, Miz cut a promo chastising the crowd for their behavior (see it here) which was said to really inspire fans to “act out”. PWInsider says that was an audible called by Cena, who also encouraged the crowd during the match in addition to his show-closing support.
* Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it's just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt.
If you have heard of any interesting rumors that you'd like to add, feel free to post them in the comments section below. Just remember they are rumors and not confirmed as fact, so please take them as such. Have fun with it.