PARKS'S TAKE PARKS'S TAKE: So, about that crowd last night...
Apr 9, 2013 - 7:57:41 PM
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By Greg Parks, PWTorch columnist
The talk of the pro wrestling world over the last 24 hours wasn't any of the fall-out from Raw: It was the actual crowd in attendance at the Izod Center in New Jersey. The crowd has even overshadowed Wrestlemania the night before. You know, the biggest night of the pro wrestling year? In other words...that must have been some crowd, right?
It was, but was it for the right reasons? Sure, I was entertained by their meta chants and humming along to the Fandango theme at random times during the show. The creativity was off-the-charts, especially now that fans watching at home are used to crowds dying by the top of the third hour on Monday nights. Post-Wrestlemania Raw crowds, still full of fans from all over the world who came together for the big show the night before, have gotten quite the reputation over the past few years. I'd hate to be in the crowd next year, having to live up to this.
I'll buy that the fans were creative. I'll even buy that they were entertaining. But some have tried to construe the chants as the fans showing their dissatisfaction with the WWE product. That's where I'm not buying.
The fans went into business for themselves, chanting "we are awesome," after they had seemingly run out of other chants. This shows the fans were all about entertaining themselves, not indicting the WWE with their reactions. Those who loved the show because of the crowd are trying to make it out to be more than it really was. They weren't unhappy with seeing Sheamus vs. Randy Orton: They were trying to get themselves over. Mission accomplished.
Looking at it through that lens, shouldn't this crowd face the same scorn that others have? Isn't their "we are awesome" chant and attempts to get themselves over on-par with TNA crowds chanting "this is awesome" or "you still got it?" Isn't the disrespect they showed to Randy Orton and Sheamus in their match tantamount to the crowds that chant "what?" during promos, or "you f'd up" when moves don't go as planned? Or, do they get a pass because of the creativity? Are fans, watching at home and perhaps unsatisfied with Wrestlemania and the build-up, projecting their unhappiness with WWE into the crowd's reactions?
Fans are buzzing about this crowd, quite frankly, because there wasn't a lot of buzzing to be done about Wrestlemania this year. The crowd was creative, so they've gotten a pass from most people. The fact that WWE is embracing it can be a defense for fans to say, "See? Even WWE is okay with it!" But if the crowd's reactions truly catch on (possible, especially considering Raw goes to London in a few weeks), how long will fans watching on TV find it entertaining?
Greg Parks has been a columnist for Pro Wrestling Torch since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @gregmparks for live Tweeting during Raw, Impact, and PPVs, as well as other bits of wisdom. Comments, questions and feedback are welcome, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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