Every wrestling fan’s dream is to meet his favorite wrestler.
You watch Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown every week, you really start to like a certain superstar and you think to yourself, “Man, I really want to meet him.”
On the off chance that you actually get to do that, though, you might want to be prepared and know what to do and, most importantly, what not to do if you ever cross paths with a WWE star.
Based primarily on things I’ve read, seen and/or heard, here are eight things you should avoid doing whenever you meet a well-known pro wrestler.
No. 8: Do NOT React to Them Like You Would Their TV Character (If You Dislike It)
Many wrestlers will stay basically in character during autograph signings, and that’s all fine and dandy.
But if you do not like, let’s say for example, Cody Rhodes, and you meet him at an autograph signing, that doesn’t give you free reign to yell/curse at him like you would at a WWE show.
Yeah, you may not like Rhodes' TV character, but that doesn’t mean you have to treat him like you want to when you watch him on TV.
He’s a person, first and foremost, and he’ll probably be pretty friendly anyway.
No.7: Do NOT Approach a Wrestler at the Wrong Time
If a wrestler is walking to the bathroom, then leave him alone.
If he is mid-conversation with someone else, then leave him alone.
If it’s 6 a.m. at the airport and he looks tired, then leave him alone.
Basically, if it looks like the wrong time, it probably is.
No. 6: Do NOT Demand That They Sign Anything for You
Just like in any real-life situation, politeness gets you a lot further than rudeness.
If you want to get something signed, chances are that you’re a lot more likely to make that happen if you say the magic words, like “Please” or “Thank you.”
“Hey, sign this!” isn’t going to work.
No. 5: Do NOT Take Pictures of or With Them Behind the Scenes
If you work backstage at an arena as a security guard or something along those lines, be forewarned: You never want to take pictures with or of WWE stars behind the scenes.
If they catch you trying to do so (especially if you try to take a picture of a heel with a baby face), there will be hell to pay.
No. 4: Do NOT Use Insider Terms…Unless You’re Actually in the Business
If there’s one thing pro wrestlers hate, it’s people who aren’t in the business but act like they are.
Thus, they probably hate just about everyone on Bleacher Report who uses any sort of wrestling terminology and thus, thinks they know everything there is to know about wrestling.
Don’t ask a wrestler “when he’s going to turn heel” or “why he’s been jobbing so much lately.”
They’ll hate you for it.
No. 3: Do NOT Disturb a Wrestler if He has Headphones On
I recently listened to CM Punk on “The Art of Wrestling” podcast, and he talked about some of the ridiculous things that fans have done to him while he had headphones on.
This included, but was not limited to, fans actually taking his headphones out of his ears (I’m sure that didn’t go well) and another fan interrupting him mid-set while he was working out.
Come on, guys—that’s absolutely ridiculous. You should know better.
No. 2: Do NOT Ask Him to Sign a Billion Different Things
The general rule of thumb when it comes to autograph signing is one piece of merchandise per person, especially at a WWE-sanctioned signing.
Don’t be the ignorant guy who brings 128 different things for John Cena to sign.
He’s either a) going to think you’re inconsiderate or b) think that you’re going to sell that merchandise and make money off of him.
You don’t want either of those things to happen.
No. 1: Do NOT Interrupt Him While He’s Eating
This should go without saying.
How would you like it if you were trying to eat a meal, but every two seconds, had some 47-year-old virgin come up to you and ask you for your autograph?
If you wouldn’t want somebody to do that to you, then it’s simple: Don’t do it to someone else.