Angry WWE Fans Tried to Block Wrestlers from Leaving After the Royal Rumble
As you may have heard, wrestling fans at the Wells Fargo Center (and at home) weren’t too happy with the outcome of the Royal Rumble on Sunday night. I wasn’t happy either, but it was less of a “I feel emotionally invested and you’ve betrayed me” thing and more of a “I would have won $50 if Rusev won” thing. But that $50 is long gone and I’m okay with it.
Leaving the Wells Fargo Center, however, fans didn’t have time to calm down yet. According to some (probably exaggerated wrestling website reports), fans tried to block wrestlers from leaving the parking lot by hitting their cars with chairs, heckling them, and just getting in the way. Bleed Philly [via Wrestling Inc— careful, spammy popup] shares the story:
Most fans were very excited and happy to catch a glimpse of the talent. Unfortunately, there were a few morons who ruined it, the type who give wrestling fans a bad name.
One such guy was banging on the Usos car with his souvenir metal folding chair from the floor seats. The driver slammed on the brakes and an Uso got out from the passenger side while the heckler TOOK OFF. The Uso yelled, “Come on, man! This ain’t no wrestling s–t! Let’s go!” People cheered for this and laughed as the idiot with the chair ran away.
There was one doofus in particular who was really making a scene, and the car carrying Fandango caught the worst of it. This “fan” set up his souvenir chair directly in front of Fandango’s SUV and wouldn’t let him pass. Some other idiot was slamming a Hulk Hogan poster against the passenger side windshield and yelled, “Welcome to Philly! Hulk Hogan rules the universe! This is Philly and you ain’t s–t! We don’t like WWE’s bulls–t!” Fandango, to his credit, stared straight ahead, but he looked really annoyed.
The same guy with the chair set up in front of the car JBL was driving, but JBL swerved and went around him, blaring his horn. Byron Saxton was in the passenger seat laughing.
Paige was super cool. Her driver beeped the horn as Paige rolled down the window and slapped hands with fans.
[Editor’s note: Hey, Paige.]
Poor Fandango. His whole gimmick is that he’s a dancer, he entered the Rumble 11th, and he was the 10th person eliminated. He’s got as much to do with the match’s outcome as you do, but one fan was so mad he Tank Man of Tiananmen Square’d Fandango’s ride home. The fans do not discriminate with their hate, and poor Fandango got the worst of it.
It would be great if, from now on, lazy reporters stopped dropping “they threw snow balls at Santa” and instead went with “they hit sports entertainers’ cars with steel chairs BAHWGOD!”
UPDATE: It’s doubly hypocritical that the critique (or commentary) on female reporters’ dress comes from a guy who wears fur coats and neon Beats headphones on the sideline.