Fans Wearing All Elite Wrestling Merch Allegedly Turned Away from SmackDown Taping (UPDATED)

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Two Pro Wrestling Tees employees were allegedly told they could not enter tonight’s SmackDown taping wearing All Elite Wrestling merch … Pro Wrestling Sheet has learned. 

The employees tell us they were in line to buy tickets when a security guard approached the box office to inform them they wouldn’t be allowed inside wearing the AEW merch. He then told the woman selling tickets to not sell them any unless they change clothing.

We’re told the PWTees employees asked for something official saying they couldn’t enter in AEW merch, but were not given an answer and security walked away. 

One of the men tells us security simply said, “WWE doesn’t want that in here.”

As we previously reported, today’s rally down the street confirmed the involvement of Chris Jericho and PAC. AEW also said women will be paid equal to men, wrestler care is important and more

After publishing the article, a rep for WWE reached out claiming there was no directive told to security tonight which would ban people from entering the building wearing AEW merchandise.

This would seem to be contradicted by the below video, however, which shows security tell a fan they were initially not allowing people to enter in AEW merchandise … but something changed. 

UPDATE: After seeing the arena changed their stance, the two PWTees employees later returned to try again. This time the same security guard told them something had changed and they would now be allowed inside the building to enjoy the show. 

  • http://realwrestlingnewsandopinionatedview.blogspot.com/ Nick Noel

    Here is hoping the fans highjack smackdown the whole night is nothing bout ALL ELITE chants

    • The Truth

      *tips fedora*

    • Sidney Bernstein

      It’ll be the most television exposure they’ll get for a long while

    • Sean Mooney

      Oh man. That’ll really make the WWE fear them. Perhaps when AEW signs television contracts for billions of dollars it will matter.

      • Zack Webster

        Your sarcasm is admirable but unnecessary

        • Sean Mooney

          Sarcasm is always necessary

    • Zack Webster

      It’s always fun watching the fans and audience members hijacked the shows in the middle of a live broadcast. We paid to get in there so we can say what we want.

  • The Truth

    Fake news.

    • Zack Webster

      Four different wrestling sites have been reporting on it for the last while now. It’s not fake.

      • Will

        Four sites using the same source doesn’t verify it. Now, I wouldn’t doubt it, but using that as an argument is ludicrous.

      • MSD

        Four sites who all share the same advertising. Blogs aren’t news…

  • Steve McCroskey

    Well……DUH?!
    The E is feeling the hot breath of deep pocket competition. The last time this happened, The E was on the ropes and got its ass handed to it, forcing them to change their creative direction. They were cool with Bullet Club shirts showing up because of street cred and because NJPW wasn’t a credible threat to the US Market. To be a fly on the wall in the exec offices in Stamford….

    • Zack Webster

      New Japan Pro Wrestling will always be a credible threat to the WWE. They have a significantly better roster and product and storylines. WWE just continues to push out shity rap battles and a half-assed women’s Revolution that looks like a total joke.

      • Steve McCroskey

        Comparing McDonalds to Yoshinoya. WWE’s reach is made for mass consumption. New Japan’s is localized for Japan and gets popular in the states thanks to gaijin performers from American and British promotions and weaboos into anime and Babymetal. 😛

      • Steve McCroskey

        Whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess. HAHAHA. Reality is this: NJPW still doesn’t have an english language app beyond Amazon Firestick, there’s no real video game presence, and their main event gaijin have all left the arena. But, to borrow from another entry I already did…You can find Yoshinoya in LA if you really want to travel for it.

  • Zack Webster

    I bet some WWE officials or backstage agents told the security not to allow anyone wearing the merchandise in the building but they were catching backlash for it on social media and other people so it looks like they changed their minds. It’s still Petty and pathetic that they resorted to this.

  • http://www.Twitter.com/Godlike_Virus ElectroheadDante

    Y’know…if WWE wasn’t feeling threatened, then they’d not have a single problem with people wearing such to their events, right?

  • AMOLAD_79

    Insecurity.

  • Will

    Gotta love the “pay women the same” crap being spewed. Entertainers are paid based on how much of an audience they can draw in, not what is between their legs.

  • MSD

    Something doesn’t seem right… Not saying it’s staged but how would security have picked those two guys out of thousands going into the arena. They own a store… Wonder if they were trying to drum up business with a stunt. We don’t have a video from then bring tossed…