WWE Fan Ejected After Batista Incident, Jeff Hardy Update

– The WWE site has posted exclusive video interview with Jeff Hardy moments after winning the WWE Championship at Armageddon this past Sunday. “I could be no more happy than I am right now,” Hardy said. “I don’t know if can get any better than this, but we’re gonna see what we can do.”

– The following was submitted by reader Derek Greser regarding an incident his friend was involved in at this past Sunday’s Armageddon pay-per-view in Buffalo.

WWE Fan Robbed of History
By: Derek Greser 11/15/08

This past Sunday at WWE Armageddon 2008, history was made. In a shocking conclusion to the event, Jeff Hardy captured the WWE Championship. This would mark the first time that the high-flying Superstar would capture what is considered to be crown jewel of the sports entertainment business

. Any fan of the WWE and/or Jeff Hardy can tell you this has been a long time coming. The event emanated from HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. The event marked the 2nd ever Pay-Per-View event in the city and venue’s history, as well as its first major title change.

29-Year-Old Tom Griffith attended the event, and had front-row seats. Tom has been a 20-year tenaciously loyal fan of the WWE. I know Tom personally and I can say that without question, the WWE is one of the biggest passions in his life. Tom has attended over 25 live events in Buffalo, Toronto, Philadelphia and Rochester. He has purchased countless WWE DVD’s and box-sets (many on their release date), video games, memorabilia, clothing, and roughly $7000 dollars on pay-per-view events.

Unfortunately for Tom, he was not able to witness history. Prior to the main event, Armageddon featured a mid-card bout between Batista and Randy Orton. Tom, an avid fan of Randy lead his friends in a raucous chorus of boos Batista’s entrance. They even dared to direct a naughty hand gesture (The same that mega-star Stone Cold Steve Austin used on television for years) at the 300 plus lb. powerhouse dubbed “The Animal”. Batista himself made eye contact with Tom and his friends, and got right in their face before ascending the ring apron. Due to the quality of Tom’s seats, this was clearly visible to fans at home as well as in the arena.

Tom then received a signal from one of the cameramen working outside the ring. This WWE employee made the “slit the throat” gesture at Tom which universally means “cut it out”. Tom nodded, and decided that he had expressed himself enough. Minutes later, approximately 8 imposing looking men dressed in gray suits asked if they could speak with Tom in the aisle. Tom obliged and was then walked out of the arena, concluding in the gray suits tearing his ticket up in front of him. The explanation Tom was given was “The person renting this building tonight has requested you be removed from it”. Tom spent the rest of the event outside in the freezing rain waiting for his friends who were still inside to drive him home.

In the past, WWE has encouraged their fans to express themselves. Vince McMahon has encouraged fans to bring signs to their support, or anti-support of his performers. This leads to the question; why was Tom removed? He was not involved in an altercation with anyone performing at or attending the event. He was not publically intoxicated. The only possible reason Tom was removed is that the powers-that-be at WWE wanted to protect the image of their Superstar Batista, who is presented as a fan-favorite.

The right thing to do here is to refund Tom’s ticket price. In the interest of fairness, this should be the very minimum. The best case scenario is to give Tom priority seating at the next WWE event at HSBC to make up for this obvious mistreatment of a great patron and fan. This article will be sent to World Wrestling Entertainment as well as HSBC Arena and Tickets.com. The ball is now the court of these companies. Will any of them step up to right this wrong?

I am asking for the support of the Pro-Wrestling community to please let Tom’s story be heard. Let’s protect the right to express ourselves as fans, and paying customers.

– Derek Greser





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  • Jess


    id do the same thing he did… GO RANDY!
    and id kill someone if i missed my jeff getting his well earned wwe title!

  • jason

    maybe he should switch brands and stasrt watching tna to me i dont think wwe cares about its fans anymore and are trying to end the wrestling biz all together

  • Todd

    I try to look at things from both sides and… yeah, Tom got ripped off. If he did indeed stop when asked, I don’t see what the issue is. Granted, I’m sure this letter is slightly biased, but I don’t know what 1 fan could do to deserve his ticket being torn up. They could have at least moved him out of his premier seating into a less visable area, but I think even that would be wrong. As far as “Jason’s” comment, if this were 2 years ago, I couldn’t believe I’d say this, but TNA is definitely on the verge of WCW fame in being able to take on WWE. They’re not ready yet, just from a market share stand point, but the more major WWE stars that go there, the more share they will get. Plus the more WWE pisses off fans, these fans won’t stop watching wrestling, they’ll start watching TNA. WWE has not been the same since the Attitude Era, and I think it’s all on their shoulders. I don’t have any personal issues with Vince, but his dictatorship style of running the business may be keeping him rich, but he’s losing true fans, and what wrestling is meant to be.

  • Jennifer

    Oh Boo Hoo! Do ou want some cheese with that whine? I happened to be at the Armageddon Pay Per View as well and I happened to be sitting 2 rows behind Tom. This was my first live WWE event and my husband and I were very excited to get the seats that we did. I have to state that the only thing that put a damper on it for us was the obnoxious, rude people sitting in the two rows ahead of us. I agree that you should be able to express yourself and show your favotirism towards a wrestler you like and ones you do not, however if “Tom” is such a big fan as the article states, and has gone to numerous live shows, then he should know enough that you shouldn’t be doing hand gestures on a live broadcast. It’s one thing if you are in the nosebleed seats where nothing will be televised, but if you have the privilege to sit up front and enjoy the show, you should damn well know better. I watched this gentleman as well as the person next to him and the two directly behind him continue to yell obscenities (might I add that there were quite a few small children around us) and I wanted nothing more than for them to pipe down. If a wrestler (Batista) actually makes eye contact and says “F*#$ You People” and then spits at them, you probably said something you shouldn’t have. He sat in the freezing rain waiting for his friends? Bull. There are plenty of warm restuarants and Bars within walking distance where he could have gone and pouted. I do not feel sorry for you one bit pal. I happened to get a great picture of someone’s middle finger while trying to get a picture of the match. Let me know if you want to see it.

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