When internet sensation Logan Paul signed for WWE everyone expected they'd now have their next mainstream ‘bad guy’ on their hands.
The YouTube star has faced his fair share of controversy in the past and unfortunately for him, a lot of those controversies have followed him throughout his career.
And let’s face it, the guy is naturally unlikeable – sorry, Logan.
So you would think WWE would capitalise on the natural hatred towards one-half of the Paul brothers and position him as the next huge heel, or bad guy, on the roster.
Well, apparently not.
WWE is reportedly trying their hardest to find a way to stop live wrestling crowds from booing Logan out of the building.
Or at least, they’re trying to make it seem like he’s not getting booed mercilessly, to the viewers at home.
The podcaster announced his official signing to the professional wrestling company earlier this month, clearly impressing in his debut match at WrestleMania.
Since then he’s been pitted in a feud against his partner in that Wrestlemania match, and now his rival, The Miz.
The Miz is a stereotypical bad guy in the WWE and rarely has he been cheered by the wrestling fans, so pitting Paul against The Miz would surely get him some cheers, right?
The WWE is determined to nurture the internet celebrity into an up-and-coming babyface, or good guy, according to Wrestling Inc.
However, at Monday Night Raw in Madison Square Garden last week he was booed relentlessly by the fans.
This week, the WWE had a new plan, if they couldn’t stop fans from booing Paul they would make it seem like he wasn’t getting booed at all to the viewers at home.
The WWE Raw show kicked off on TV this week with Logan Paul and The Miz already brawling in the ring. No entrances, and no crowd responses as the wrestlers make their way out.
According to wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, this was done deliberately to avoid showing any of the crowd's reaction to fans watching at home.
In reality, if you were there live, you could hear the rapturous boos raining down on Paul as he made his way out to the ring before the official broadcast had even begun - so the WWE got the jeers out of the way before going live on TV.
The WWE hopes to position Paul as a mainstream favourite on the level of John Cena, The Rock, or Hulk Hogan. However, Paul and the WWE have got a tough job to make that happen.
Logan is set to face The Miz at Summerslam in what will be his second match in the WWE.
The WWE will have a tougher time trying to hide those boos, live during the match.
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