After Raw went off the air last night, a male fan in audience apparently got overly excited, jumped the barrier, and tried to get to John Cena as the wrestler made his post-match rounds. As Cena high-fived and greeted fans, the man was immediately tackled to the ground by security. To Cena’s credit, he gave the fan a high-five shortly before the man was carried away by security. Cena then went back to saying hi to the ringside fans and taking time to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Cena has been involved in similar incidents in the past. Another fan jumped over the barricade in 2008, but didn’t get close as security took him down quickly. A fan coming at Cena in 2010 actually threw a punch at the wrestler, missing, before security removed him. In 2012, a female fan tried to tackle Cena in a frenzy of emotion before being nabbed by security. With such small barriers in place, the fans are close to the action. That’s sort of the whole point. It’s a spectacle for an audience and these sort of incidents happen quite frequently. The job of really good heels is to draw heat from the crowd, and throughout the years the really good heels are actually in fear of the audience’s reaction. Randy Orton has had his fair share of fans trying to hit, hug, or grab him when he got too close. CM Punk even once infamously smacked a fan after getting pushed during his Straight Edge Society run.
For all my complaints about John Cena, I don’t sincerely wish him any ill will. Fans should keep their distance and be able to separate reality from the show they are watching. WWE does a pretty good job with meet and greets outside the ring area. And most of the superstars will very politely interact with the fans, giving high-fives or getting into hilarious screaming matches. Occasionally, they might rip up a fans sign. That is part of the show, initiated by the wrestler. When fans take matters into their own hands, they risk being injured, fined, or even prosecuted. Not only do they risk legal consequences, but the wrestlers are hard-body athletes. They could do some damage or even become injured themselves. Bottom line, stay where you belong, fans: in the audience. Yell, cheer, clap, boo, wave your sign, but please don’t act like some weird stalker and try to physically harm or get at the superstars.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker