I've always been very interested in knowing how some professional wrestlers are with their fans in real life. Some I'm sure are smug and stuck up douches but I know there are some who are friendly and outgoing. I've met a wide variety of wrestlers and there are some who stand out more than others when it comes to personality. Please discuss!
Nicest: John Cena (It was back in 2004 when he was the United States Champion). He was a really really nice dude. Very personable and outgoing. He used my marker to sign the autographs. It was at a small non televised event in my town. Rey Mysterio was just awesome. I met him in an airport in Winnipeg Manitoba. He seemed very happy to meet everybody and took his time to sign autographs and take pictures with everyone. Eddie Guerrero was very soft spoken but was extremely polite and happy to meet me, as was Chavo Guerrero. Remember the diva Candice Michelle? Yeah, she was a sweetheart and gave me a hug right off the bat. It was awesome and I may of pitched a tent. Christian, like others was pretty quiet but was polite enough and actually held a short conversation with me about his tight travel schedule after he signed my shirt. Road Dogg Jesse James was awesome and I actually got to spend a few hours with him. I have helped set up two WWE events (both non televised, but still awesome) and one indy promotion called CWE. Road Dogg was a part of CWE and it was held in an old casino/bingo hall in my town. I'm not going to lie but I actually smoked a couple joints with him and a couple of the other wrestlers in the business. Booker T was super nice. He was laughing and joking with everyone but I'm convinced he was baked.
Rudest/Briefest: Randy Orton was a complete douche. When he got out of his car at the event, he ignored everyone and walked into the arena with no response to screaming fans. When he came out at the end, he walked up to Mysterio (This was the second time I met Mysterio), while Rey was signing autographs, asked him for the keys to the car. Got them and went and sat in the car the entire time the other guys interacted with fans.
Rob Van Dam was very brief and didn't seem interested in anybody around him. He shook my hand but he didn't smile or look at me. He was even looking away when he did it.. I had to laugh at the fact that he was wearing tight jean shorts and an unbuttoned red silk spiderman shirt with nothing under it. In a freakin' airport.
Renee Dupree literally only said "Sup" as he was looking down at a stack of money he was counting while standing in line at an airport. Didn't look up or smile.
Bob "Hardcore" Holly was outright rude. He got out of his car at an event and when fans asked him to come over for autographs he looked at everyone like we had two heads and simply said "No" then turned around and walked into the arena.
John Morrison and Joey Mercury were the absolute worst. There was a 10 year old overweight handicapped boy at the event, waiting outside amongst the crowd (He was standing beside me). When I say handicapped, I don`t mean completely out of it. I mean he was slow. When Morrison and Mercury got out of their car, the boy asked them flat out to sign his magazine. Mercury said "Got a pen?" The kid presented a pen..Mercury took it and threw it across the parking lot while the kid looked stunned. Morrison then said right to his face "Go pick up your pen, fat ass".
Please share your possible horror stories with the world!
Probably more but its been a while since I've went to an event but Triple H is the only one from memory that stands out to being a USDA prick.
- Undertaker/Mark Calaway twice - Met him once outside the arena before a live show, was really personable, extremely polite and just a hell of a guy. The second time was just by chance in a local market about 3 months after the 1st meeting, literally almost ran into him, and what do you know he remembered me. When I asked him how he remembered me, he responded with 'your tattoos'. So begin a long conversation on tats. We talked long enough that his milk got hot and he had to go get another container.
- Stone Cold - met him at the local arena after a show and he was super nice as well.
- Triple H - an absolute ****ing prick.
- Mick Foley - traveled to an out of state event and he just so happened to be there. Super nice to the point that I thought he was trying to hard.
- Edge - was back in the 'ministry' days and got lucky and found both Edge and Christian hanging out back of the arena just having a conversation before the show so I went up and chatted it up with the legends. Was a bit hard to follow their accent which I told them about but they returned the favor and let me know my Irish twang was equally as hard. Which we all three had a good laugh about.
- Christian - obviously same as Edge above.
Mick Foley - same as above, really nice and tries to have a conversation even though there are a load of people that he needs to sign gear for.
Nathan Jones - met him at an indy show a couple of times (didn't remember me) cool guy, seemed to enjoy working small halls even though he couldn't wrestle for ****.
Ivory - more natural charisma and charm than anybody I've ever talked to. she was 48/47 at the time and us lot all 30 years younger than her were hanging off her every word. Just ****ing hot.
Big John Studd and Earthquake - long time ago, Studd was cool and talked to people, Earthquake had a lot more people around him and less time to interact with fans but I couldn't say anything bad about him.
You were born free, you got f*ucked out of half of it and you wave a flag celebrating it.
Wow, some great stories. Those named above as "douches" doesn't surprise me at all. Randy and HHH kind of have this reputation anyway. Not really surprised at Bob Holly. As for M&M do you think they were just selling themselves as heels? Ie. doing it in character. I don't think anyone would be THAT nasty for the sake of it.
I unfortunately haven't met any wrestlers which is a great shame. I met Wee man in Vegas once but that's another story.
Has anyone met The Rock? I imagine he would be the nicest guy to meet.
But in terms of actually meeting him I wonder if he is as nice in person as he seems to be on tv/film. Does he actually take tiem out to spend with fans or does he just flash his smile and keep walking? What is he REALLY like?
Doug Williams: Very nice man indeed. We didn't even talk about Wrestling, we just had a general conversation about football and the weather. He's one of those people that live on your street and even though you're not that close, you can still talk to. He's a really cool dude.
I wanted to mention that I met the Undertaker once but I would kind of be lying. He shook my hand in a crowd but there was far too many people trying to do the same thing so I don't even think he noticed who he was meeting. Nothing bad to say about him. At least he was interacting. A couple other douches I met that are kind of lower names are Scotty 2 Hottie and Devon Dudley. Both were very ignorant and refused to sign autographs. Devon actually went as far to flip off everyone yelling for him. Paul London was really nice. Very very friendly and pleased to meet everyone. Johnny Stamboli (not sure if many remember him)..He was pretty cool. Didn't stick around much to sign and meet but he was nice enough. Billy Gunn was kind of brief but he agreed to a picture and smiled in the picture. Other than that he seemed like he really didn't want to be where he was. This was in the same setting I met Road Dogg. I also met Gangrel in the same setting and he also agreed to a picture but was a little nicer than Gunn. I met Bushwhacker Luke at an indy event. He was really really nice and I have a picture of him with his hands wrapped around my throat, giving the cross eyed, tongue out face. I also met Nunzio and Big Vito at a house show for WWE. They signed my shirt and were very nice. Kenzo Suzuki and his wife were another one I met in an airport. They were really nice but their english was horrid so the conversation was rather light. Nova (Rico) was another one I met. He was really nice until fans started making fun of his skin tight purple t shirt he had on, then he shook his head and walked to the back. I kind of felt bad for him because he was really putting forth an effort to interact with his fans and just got dumped on in the process. I think that may be everyone I've met..Can't really think of anyone else at the moment.
Oh I forgot Dean Malenko and John Heidenreich..They were both really nice too.
lol everybody talking about bob holly being a jerk (which he kinda was at first to me to be honest) but he was nice to me and even got a autograph(which is why I like him).
I am one that occasionally waits at the hotel lobby after Raw or Smackdown to try and meet wrestlers, but I always feel guilty about it. That is why i would totally understand if they told me to take a hike. However, one particular night I hit the jackpot and met Maria, Jeff Hardy, Great Khali, Shelton Benjamin, Jack Swagger, and even Super Crazy. It was even when Freddy Prince Jr. was a writer and I met him. They were all pretty awesome except Khali, ha ha. I also met Mick Foley once while he was on a lecture tour and stopped at my college. We were first in line and had waited hours and he kept making fun of us in a nice way.
I met Jim Duggan awesome dude.
I said hi to Doink the Clown and he waved back (greatest moment of my life)
met Maria didn't talk to her alot
Saw Rosita in public didn't talk to her (so damn hot)
Saw Torrie Wilson
Seen The Franchise Shane Douglas at a indy show normal guy happy to be there
met Zach Gowen with my brother (bro was drunk) he was cool
Saw Bruno Sammartino and Dominic DeNucci at a indy show cool guys
i think that's all
I met Harry Smith (David Hart Smith) at an indy show years back here in Vancouver, before he made it to WWE, he was pretty cool. Signed an autograph for me and took a picture. Super nice and seemed REALLY excited to be there, was always smiling.
Met Bret Hart a few years ago at a book signing right after his book came out. He was VERY quite could hardly hear him, this was when you could still really see the effects of his stroke. But he was very nice and polite, we were told we could only get one thing signed but he signed my book, his DVDs and a picture frame (used the frame for the picture I got with him) for me. I got to shake his hand, one of the most memorable moments of my life.
This isn't my story but my best friend used to work for the video game company EA, I think this was 8 or 9 years ago, maybe longer. But he got to meet The Rock. Said he came into the office and was VERY friendly, chatting and joking with everybody, hung around for a few hours even. He actually put my friend in a headlock at one point even. But very cool and very down to earth from what he told me.
Met Bobby Lashley. He was a super nice guy and was having fun signing autographs for people.Batista-kind of a dick. looked down and never said a word and signed autographs realy quick and shoving them backFinlay-Nice guy. I yelled for him during his entrance and he turned around, smiled, and gave me a thumbs up then during the match he spiked a basketball onto his oponet haha. After the match he signed some autographs but didnt get to stick around but he was having fun signing and taking pics from what I saw before I left.JC Bailey-Talked to him for a few mins and he was a super nice guy.
Doesnt really count as meeting but when me and a buddy tried to run a show down here a year and a half ago JC told us him, Drake Younger, Danny Havoc, and Scotty Vortekz were gonna come down a day early to stay at my buds house and watch some wrestling tapes the day before the show haha. (Do to funds we had to call it off)
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I have zero interest in meeting wrestlers, or bands or Celebs. They want to meet me though.....
Full of ****, Indyfan is.
growing up in Memphis I met/saw quite a few wrestlers around town
Jerry Lawler - Met him a couple of times. He could be douche or a nice guy depending on were it was. met him first at the airport in the early 90's and he completely blew me off (I think he was heading out for a RAW show). Next time around when he was running for Mayor and was trying to get signatures to get on the ballot and The Kat was with him and my step-grandfather tried to hit on her (dirty old man)
Bill Dundee - nice guy talks real fast, met him after a Saturday morning taping
PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie D) - even though JC is completely crazy he was really nice and Wolfie was a bit reserved again after a Saturday morning taping
Mean Street Posse - not so much met as yelled crazy things at them from across the mall when they were in Memphis for development
The Rock (as Flex Kavana then) - nice guy just remember shaking his hand and thinking he was huge, as most Memphis wrestlers weren't very big. it was a very brief encounter
I vaguely remember this but USWA used to do bbq's either before Monday night show or After the Saturday morning show and my grandfather took me, so I probably met more guys there but I was 6 yrs old or under so I don't remember much
from PWG shows I've met:
Paul London - super cool we talked for about 10 minutes about Memphis and how he lived there for a while. Told him we should go smoke bowl sometime never got the chance though
El Generico - really nice guy always out by the ring at every PWG show I've been to. My wife loves him and she didn't want to walk up and ask to take a pic with him so I went up asked if he would go sit by my wife and take the pic (she was so mad at me) and then when I tried to give him 10 bucks for the pic and the autograph (he signed my wife's El Generico shirt) he wouldn't accept it
Kevin Steen - I got to talk to him for about 10 minutes at KRR2 during the legends battle royal as he poked his head out of the curtain (it separated the venue from the backstage) between my wife and I. I told him he needed a shirt at the gimmicks table and was basically telling me he didn't want my money. My wife then chased him down after his match with Hero and got him to sign her El Generico shirt
Winter - sat beside me at KRR2 didn't really know who she was as I didn't follow wrestling between 02 - 09.
Joey Ryan - My wife is a huge fan of his and they talked for about 10 minutes (I think about baseball)
various legends from that day I said hi to or shook their hands - The Warlord, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, Tatanka, Barbarian. I wanted to find Jimmy Hart as always wanted to meet him. I wanted to say hi to Harley Race but he was having dinner with his wife at the hotel restaurant and didn't want to go bug him
I'll give nicest and douchiest.
Nicest was Scott D'amore. Holy crap this guy was nice. I was 13 and trying to get some auto's. We talked for 5 minutes about TNA, WWE, etc.
Thino was a douche. You could tell he didn't want to be there. I paid him 10 bucks, I expect a little niceness.
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