It all seems so simple, when watching from a distance; just a bunch of guys putting on a show in a ring. The reality of it all is that this couldn’t be any further from the truth.
In this day and age of wrestling, the suspense and thrills seemed to have disappeared in the recent years because of the rise of the internet “dirtsheets” which often reveal all the spoilers before they can take place at a wrestling event.
Now because of all this unbound knowledge available on the internet, it’s getting more and more difficult for the WWE to keep their secrets on how they run shows to themselves, mostly because of how almost everyone knows that it’s all a work in the company and many reveal their surprises months before they can even happen.
Wrestling is much like a circus, constantly travelling the globe putting on shows 300 days a year.
In this article we will take a look at some of these secrets that WWE comapny keeps quiet behind closed doors. So without further ado, here are 8 incredible behind the scenes secrets the WWE never wants to reveal. Enjoy!
8WWE OFTEN PUTS NOISE INTO TAPED SHOWS
Ever wonder why the crowds on Smackdown, Superstars and Main Event are so loud and weird sounding?
Well, that’s because the WWE pumps added noise into their taped telecasts. WWE loves to encourage its fans to voice their opinions and make noises during its shows, some negative noise to some of their wrestlers isn’t really likened by the WWE as they often take matters into their own hands to help the wrestler get the reaction which they want them to get in their taped shows.
When a big bump or popular superstar makes his way to the ring, an audio record of a loud crowd is intensified. Look closely during episodes of Superstars or Main Event, the crowd is sitting not paying attention with most of them not even having arrived yet, and somehow they seem so loud.
This is the reason why RAW and PPVs have much more of that real feel to their telecasts. Edits are a huge part of WWE programming on a weekly basis.
7ALMOST EVERY PROMO IS SCRIPTED
One of the biggest changes to the wrestling business today is the quality of the promos which have subsided enormously. The promos just don’t have any feel of realism anymore. Unlike the olden days, today’s wrestlers are given a script on exactly what to say.
Former WWE legend Jim Ross also recently said that scripted promos are hurting the overall product. Ross claims that they are too predictable and come off as time fillers more than anything else.
6MOST OF THE WEAPONS USED AREN’T REAL
The violence which the WWE provides is often the thing which gets so many eyes to its product, as much of the fan base wants to see stipulation matches which involve weapons being used to cause much pain to the superstars. Although the sound and thumping effect of these weapons might sound devastating from the end of the television, much of the weapons which are used aren’t actually real and are often made out of very safe elements. Plus, the weapons barely even touch one’s body at times, as the sound effect provided by the backstage crew is what depicts the devastation. WWE wouldn’t want their fans to know about the fakeness of the weapons because the violence provided by these items is what keeps the fans hooked to the product and they definitely wouldn’t wants fans to know about this.
5THE MATCHES FINISHES ARE ALWAYS SCRIPTED
The fact that WWE matches are scripted is something almost everyone watching knows about these days, but it’s not only the matches’ result but the finish to the match that is always scripted. Though the wrestlers might go a bit “off the book” during the match, they have to end it just as the officials want them to and even though many of the finishes look to be shocking and abrupt, they are actually scripted. The WWE wouldn’t want the fans to know about this secret though, as the thrill of the finish to the matches could be hampered by this fact which might not be known by everyone.
4USE OF BLADING
“Blading” is a wrestling term used to describe the way wrestlers bleed during a match. Blading involves a wrestler intentionally cutting themselves in order to bleed during a match. The blade itself is usually hidden in the wrestler’s attire or in their wrist bands. In some cases, the ref hands wrestlers the blade when the camera is away from them.
Blading can be very dangerous, however; in 2004, Guerrero accidently cut too much and sliced an artery on his forehead. Guerrero felt the effects of this for the next couple of weeks. Because of this and many other reasons, the WWE has band blood since changing to a PG rating in 2008. If blood does happen to appear, it’s usually by accident and in these cases, the match is stopped and the wrestler is cleaned up.
3REFEREES ARE ALSO IN CHARGE WITH PUTTING UP THE RING
Thanks to some awesome camerawork, it may not seem like the refs have a whole lot of responsibility, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Refs have a lot of duties during a match, and one of them is timing. Refs let the wrestlers know when they’re on a commercial break or when it’s time to go to the finish. Referees also used to hand wrestlers mini blades to cut themselves with during matches.
Refs are also in charge with putting up the ring before each show and getting a script on how their matches will finish. They’re not throwing down real counts, as they know when the match needs to end, and this is typically discussed by the parties involved in the match and referee himself. Ref involvement has much more meaning than many fans really think.
In order for a show to be great, most of it really comes down to camera work. It certainly isn’t as easy as it seems. There are so many cameramen working during a telecast, and it’s all about the coordinators putting on the shots that are best for the given moment. The hard camera which superstars look at during a promo is usually the main camera of use. Wrestlers are told to talk into that direction while speaking. Wrestlers like Steve Austin reportedly hated this concept and would purposely walk all around the ring so the other cameras can get a shot. Austin did so to get more of a genuine feel to his promos.
A big factor for a cameraman is to make sure the wrestlers aren’t being looked at from up-close when they are calling a move or speaking to each other. If you notice during live telecasts when wrestlers are calling a move, the camera normally switches to another angle so the viewers at home are unable to see this go down. If they do catch a bad angle with the wrestlers speaking to each other, the camera will quickly cut to another angle. Cameras are not only useful for production value, but are also crucial in keeping the integrity of the business in check. As you can imagine, filming Smackdown or Superstars is much easier because of edits that can be made after the show. When you’re live, it’s all about getting it done in the moment which sometimes does lead to mistakes (as we’ve seen in the past).
1THE COMMENTATORS ARE INSTRUCTED ON HOW TO CALL THE MATCHES
The commentators are the mouthpiece of the WWE, as they are responsible on feeding us with the necessary information during the matches and shows as they are WWE’s way of telling fans on whom to like and whom to hate.
The commentators speak through the shows amazingly and help to entertain us with their own charisma, but the fact is that the commentators are also instructed on how to call the matches and have some rules on how to and how not to call a match. They are always communicating with Vince as well, as they are told on what to call throughout the match and relay that in their own manner. Now the WWE wouldn’t want the fans to know about this, as it can hamper the commentators influence as well as their own as the fact of backstage people feeding information on commentators on how to talk through a match is something very silly and can tarnish the company’s reputation.