Even though everybody is bemoaning the weakness of the tour season this summer, there’s one artist who has bucked the trend: Lady Gaga. Her sold-out-everywhere Monster Ball tour has been one of the hottest tickets in the world since it launched, and the artist continues to deliver night after night after night. As a result, fans of Mother Monster have become victims of ticket-related scams. The latest victim? WWE wrestler Jayson Paul (known on screen as JTG, formerly one half of tag team Cryme Tyme).
A self-proclaimed “Lady Gaga fanatic,” JTG answered a post on Craigslist for a pair of tickets to Gaga’s Wednesday night (August 11) show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He paid $125 each for the pair of ducats, but when he arrived at the venue to check out the Monster Ball, he was denied entry because his tickets were fake.
He spoke to TMZ about the incident. Though he is upset, he also approached the scenario practically. “Game recognize game, so I gotta respect his hustle,” JTG said. “But when I catch him, I hope he can respect my Brooklyn-style beatdown.” Calls to the seller have gone unanswered, but don’t count JTG out (he’s known for his in-ring tenacity).
Remember fans: Try to get your sports and concert tickets from legitimate sources, and if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. And if you’re out there selling fake tickets to people: Stop it, lest JTG find you and deliver his finishing move (it’s called “Da Shout Out”) on you with extreme prejudice.
Have you ever been the victim of ticket fraud? Tell your story in the comments!