In the WWE, there are two very different types of events. The televised shows like RAW, SmackDown or pay-per-views, and live events that are usually non-televised and meant for smaller audiences. Because the live events - or house shows, as they're commonly known - aren't shown to the audience at large, they can't have reveals or large storyline twists and feature basic matchups. For casual fans, if you tried to list the rules of a WWE match, you would likely run down the well known ones.
Even though the live events are a little more basic in their presentation, they are sure strict with their rules. When a document recently leaked outlining the house show rules and guidelines, fans burst into laughter at the specificity of some of them.
The leaked documents specify rules for only the house shows, but some of them can probably be applied to the televised events as well. Here are the top 12 that you won’t believe:
1. The WWE has officially banned pile-drivers from their live shows due to their new wellness policy. - Yeah, we'll let you tell the Undertaker that one.
2. Referees must retain their credibility. The WWE has completely flipped on this, as it used to be commonplace for Divas or Managers to distract the official while a heel took advantage of the situation. They even must be replaced if one is bumped or knocked out by accident.
3. The first match is generally a warm up for the crowd, so they're told not to stall too much. Heels used to 'take a walk' often to get away from the ring and possibly even avoid the match entirely. Now, that's not allowed by any but the biggest Superstars.
4. The use of chairs and tables must be approved first by producers. To which we say, approve, approve, approve.
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