It’s long been no secret that Vince McMahon isn’t particularly fond of the so-called “Internet Wrestling Community”, and in fact has been fairly adversarial with them in the past. But in an interview this week with the Orlando Sentinel, Vince actually explained why he often finds himself opposed to a section of the fan base that are arguably some of the most die-hard wrestling fans on the planet.
“Nonetheless, it’s difficult to hold something like that but if you can, the audience loves it. It’s one of the reasons why I’ll always be anti-some members of the media, so-called dirt sheets or whatever it is. I’ve always disliked them. Not because of their voice and certainly not because of their opinion. No one respects the First Amendment more than me. Their opinions, negative or positive, they’re entitled to. I’ve always appreciated that because, quite frankly, some of the things I’ve learned from. I learn from everybody. It’s that they want to be a spoiler. No! No! Don’t spoil this. Don’t spoil it for the public. But I know that’s a part of their job too. It’s one of those things we try, with any form of the media now, we try no, no, no. Let me surprise you.
As a matter of fact, with Shane and a number of instances we’ve had, like Brock Lesnar when he first came back, we keep people on a bus in the parking lot. We won’t let our techs, we won’t let the talent, we won’t let anybody know until it’s time for them to walk out there. Shane was in a bus and he was not allowed to come out of the bus until Stephanie’s music hit and Stephanie had walked down the ramp. Shane comes out of the bus with security and goes right up to what we call Gorilla position and the guys there go, “I can’t believe it.” And all of the guys backstage, the vast majority of them, they didn’t see Shane when he walked through. They were all shocked and surprised.
That’s what I try to do: totally surprise our talent. They like to be surprised just like the audience. They like to be entertained so I like to entertain our talent as well. And the talent likes to be entertained or entertain themselves as we all do. It’s one great big entertainment wheel on all fronts.”
That’s actually a fair criticism, because the Internet does spoil a lot of things. In fact, we’re pretty sure that in the last month, we’ve accidentally spoiled unannounced matches for NXT TakeOver: Dallas without meaning to (we’re sorry, we’re just so excited). On the other hand, HBO has managed to almost entirely keep a lid on Game of Thrones Season 6 spoilers despite the Internet searching every frame of available media to find proof that Jon Snow is alive, so surprising the audience is still possible, if difficult.
From our side of the discussion, part of the reason the Internet wrestling media dig so deeply is because WWE keeps so much information hidden and often doesn’t even let legitimate news get out to the general public (although they have loosened up considerably in recent years, with things like Superstars appearing on ESPN after Raw). As hardcore fans, we want to know as much about the wrestling business that we love as possible, and WWE, for the most part, gives us nothing. We’re not saying throw open the curtains and let us wander around backstage, but if you’d let more of us do some fluff interview pieces with the talent, that’d be nice! In fact, if you let us talk to Sasha Banks for like, half an hour, we’d promise not to spoil anything WWE-related for the next six months. Okay, a year.