Many fans of professional wrestling find the behind-the-scenes part just as interesting as what goes on between the ropes. Television ratings, camera work and direction, and real-life drama can be every bit as intriguing as the stories being told on TV. Some hardcore fans go out of their way to make themselves a part of the show.

For those who want a legitimate way to catch a glimpse into the inner workings of WWE television have a better option. Live event television frequently employees the use of “seat fillers” to keep up the illusion of a packed crowd. When someone in the camera’s view goes to the concession stand, they are the people who take that spot until the fan returns.

The State Farm Arena in Atlanta has posted guidelines for the position. There are some interesting tidbits included. Everybody already knows that WWE and other promotions use seat fillers. WWE doesn’t want that already public knowledge known.

‘You can take pictures of the event for your own personal use. You can also post them to your social media accounts if you want however we ask that you refrain from mentioning that you are a seat filler. We do not want the general public knowing that we use seat fillers. No videotaping whatsoever.”


The videotaping policy has been broken in the past. Leaked footage of a WWE employee explaining the rules to seat fillers made its way around the internet earlier this year. It may be the company’s worst-kept secret.

Fans who are interested in being seat fillers can check out the application. For more information, the full list of rules and guidelines is online. It might be just the thing for WWE fans who want to be a part of the show without being disruptive.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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