SETH ROLLINS can count himself among the WWE superstars to have broken one of Vince McMahon’s secret rules.
The Monday Night Messiah inadvertently got himself disqualified by attacking Rey Mysterio when he wasn’t the legal man.
But Rollins wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to fall foul of WWE’s unwritten rules.
Here SunSport runs through the top ten…
A popular WWE tradition among wrestlers is whoever wins the Royal Rumble, men’s or women’s, they must point to the WrestleMania sign.
Yet Triple H, who once did the gesture himself during a 2008 bout against John Cena, insisted the company doesn’t ask their superstars to copy the pose.
He told BT Sport, via Wrestling Inc: “It’s funny now, fans say they’re going to give the point at the sign like this is a hooky thing that has happened over the years and we tell everybody to point at the sign, we don’t tell anybody to point at the sign.”
Once considered an urban myth, WWE boss McMahon views sneezing as a weakness and he doesn’t expect to see it from his employees backstage.
Speaking on The MMA Hour in 2010, Paul Heyman said: “Here’s the best story I can tell you about Vince Mahon. It’s the ultimate Vince control story.
“If you’re in the room with Vince McMahon and he sneezes, go on your Blackberry for the next 20 minutes because nothing you say to him is going to get through.
“Because he gets really p****d off cause he can’t control the sneeze.”
Stephanie McMahon confirmed her father’s pet-peeve earlier this year as she admitted being brave enough to sneeze in front of Vince in the past.
If you’re in the room with Vince McMahon and he sneezes, go on your Blackberry for the next 20 minutes because nothing you say to him is going to get through
One of the most frequent unwritten rules is for a WWE superstar to lose whenever a show is held in their hometown despite usually receiving a great reaction from fans and having friends and family ringside.
Luke Harper, who has since quit Vince McMahon’s company to switch to AEW, shared his annoyance at the curse after he fell to three successive defeats in his local area of Rochester, New York.
He told the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper: “I know about (the curse), and I feel that.
“I actually had a really great match with Dolph Ziggler here that I thought I should have won and I didn’t. That really sticks in my craw. It’s something I think about… but it’s nothing that’s in my control.”
A staple of WWE television. Two wrestlers inking their names together in the ring to usually set up a title match at the next pay-per-view.
However, contract signings has now become custom for a brawl to break out at some point with tables split in half.
CM Punk memorably tore down the fourth wall when he noted the constant “physical calamities” WWE causes with the segment during his own contract signing with John Cena ahead of SummerSlam 2011.
While WWE Superstars take an enormous amount of punishment on a regular basis inside the ring, the same can’t be said for the men that officiate the match-ups.
Referees regularly hit the deck at the slightest of contact and are often dazed for several minutes after, usually to allow wrestlers to pull off some heel moves and avoid being disqualified.
THE LADDER CLIMB
A recent frustration for fans watching at home following the Money in the Bank pay-per-view – ladders in WWE take wrestlers forever to climb.
Despite the Superstars being highly athletic, any physical attributes go out the window when they have to put one foot above the other and haul themselves up to grab a title or briefcase.
POSING MAKES A MOVE MORE PAINFUL
At its core, wrestling is entertainment and if you can combine the two then you’re on your way to glory.
If you’re Hulk Hogan or The Rock flexing beforehand then an elbow or leg drop instantly becomes ten times more powerful.
Braun Strowman may have finally got his hands on the Universal Title, but he was once given an earful from Vince McMahon for asking Kevin Owens for a title shot on an episode of RAW in 2017.
Mick Foley, during a guest appearance on ‘Making Their Way To The Ring With Lillian Garcia’, admitted he would have made the same mistake The Monster Among Men.
You couldn’t say ‘belt’ because a belt is what you use to hold up your pants
He said: “I was about to go out there a couple weeks ago, and I heard Braun Strowman say, ‘I want a title shot’. Mr. McMahon’s behind the curtain, at the board watching the monitor, and he goes, ‘Oh god, it’s not a title shot’.
“I was thinking to myself, then what is it? That’s exactly what I would go to call it when I would go out there. You want a title shot.
“He’s like, ‘it’s a title match. It’s a match!’ So if you ever wonder what it’s like to see a six-foot-eight, three hundred pound behemoth get chewed out, you should’ve been there.”
Even if you managed to correctly ask for a title match and go on to win, Chris Jericho revealed McMahon had instructed wrestlers never to refer to championships as belts.
He recalled on the Talk is Jericho podcast: “‘Hey Vince, I don’t know if I should lose the belt.'[Imitating McMahon] The what?’ ‘Sorry, the title’.
“You couldn’t say ‘belt’ because a belt is what you use to hold up your pants.”
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FANS AREN’T MARKS
Die-hard wrestling fans who buy into the characters and storylines have long been described as ‘marks’ within the industry but McMahon also did not approve of his talent using that term.
Jericho added: “You couldn’t say ‘fans’ because it’s the ‘WWE Universe'”.
“And never say ‘marks’ because [imitating McMahon] ‘they’re not marks – they’re our fans!’