Throughout its long history, WWE hasn't earned much of a reputation as a credible and trustworthy
source for stats/info. They are known for tweaking, manipulating and
influencing the truth and reshaping it to their liking, pushing false
narratives and excessive exaggerations to influence. If you’re a
fan, it’s best to question rather than diligently accept some of the
announcers, commentators and press release claims.
‘Fake’ is obviously a taboo term when it comes to describing WWE given it’s what detractors/haters label it (ignoring the immense punishment its wrestlers put their bodies through whilst constantly being on the road). But it’s deserved for some of the bullsh*t fake news WWE’s came out with over the years.
Just look to WrestleMania VII (when WWE were coming out of their '80s peak). They were scheduled to run the LA Coliseum which could hold over 90,000 fans, but abruptly switched venues to the much smaller in scale LA Memorial Sports Arena. They claimed this was down to significant bomb threats aimed at the venue due to the ongoing Sgt. Slaughter storyline, in which he turned his back on the U.S. and became an Iraqi sympathizer - in the midst of the real life Gulf War. However, some journalistic digging would later reveal it was due to low ticket sales.
Or look at the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ tagline for John Cena vs. The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII when they ran the exact same main event the following year at WrestleMania 29. Gross exaggerations are part of the product.
WWE seemingly has no issue sneaking fabricated and fictitious comments throughout its programming - many of which fly over the heads of mainstream fans. Here’s 10 of the biggest.