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5 backstage things that happen during Raw and SmackDown Live

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Putting on shows like Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live requires a great deal of effort and hard work, which is something that fans of WWE seem to forget. The product may not always be great sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that we should neglect what the crew members have to go through week in, week out.

WWE, as we all know, is a year-round product with the closest thing to an off-season being the few days that superstars have off for Christmas. Other than that, they’re on the road for the majority of the year and the same can be said for the hundreds of crew members that work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for the company as a whole.

Over the years we’ve been able to peek behind the curtain of WWE on more than one occasion, allowing us to see what really goes on throughout the course of the red and blue brand’s shows. There are certain aspects that we’ll probably never know the full details about.

With that being said, here are five backstage things that happen during Raw and SmackDown Live.

Officials and referees

The referees have to multi-task during matches

Being a referee in WWE may seem like an easy task, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Alongside having to try and protect the safety of the competitors in the ring at all costs, the refs actually have earphones plugged in throughout the course of matches as they attempt to multi-task their way through the event.

On the other end of the earphone, will usually be the voices of officials who assist the referees in telling them how long is left of the match and what he needs to do next. There’s a lot of effort that goes into it and we can imagine that it’s quite a stressful job, especially when you consider how many bumps they have to take.

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