Crowd tells WWE exactly what it wants. “Screw You” responds WWE!

Posted: January 27, 2014 by Kick Out At 2! in Shane D
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imagesI’ve watched a lot of wrestling over the years.  I’ve seen some amazing crowd reactions…be it the glass shattering when Austin helped Mick Foley win the WWF Championship or even a few weeks ago when Daniel Bryan had the entire WWE Universe in the palm of his hand to end Raw…but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd react out of pure disappointment like I have last night.

I’m not going to go on and on about who should have won the Rumble.  Honestly, from the moment that it was announced that Batista was returning, his spot in the Rumble and at the end of Wrestlemania was locked down.  I really don’t feel that WWE ever had another choice in mind.  No, this one is going to be able listening to the crowd.  Wrestlers constantly talk about listening to the flow of the crowd in a match and changing things on the fly to keep the crowd on their feet.  WWE officials, even Vince himself, talk about how they are there to entertain the crowd and send them away happy.  Thing is, they’re just not following through on those promises.

Last night, as the Rumble worked it’s way towards that final entrant, the crowd was hot.  They KNEW it was going to be Daniel Bryan.  It’s the payoff they’ve been wanting for months now.  The chants, the “Yes” working its way through the rafters…the crowd was ready.

“Booyaka, booyaka, 619!”

The crowd immediately turned.  Despite being a fan favorite, Rey Mysterio may have well been the top heel in the company last night for those few moments.  It wasn’t hatred at Mysterio, though…it was just hatred at the realization that Daniel Bryan just wasn’t going to be in this Rumble at all.  The fans had told WWE exactly what they wanted for months…chanting and Yessing and making Daniel Bryan arguably the most popular Superstar in the company.  How was that repaid?  A loss in the opening match of the PPV that should have began the march on the Road to Wrestlemania and the beginning of the payoff of the slow burn they’ve been working on and we’ve been hoping for.

One of my favorite parts was the crowd bringing back the “No” chant through the rest of the match…especially as Sheamus started “Sheamus-ing Up.”

Their hopes dashed, however, the crowd soon found another to get behind.  Roman Reigns was the recipient of a monster push coming out of the Royal Rumble.  They’ve been teasing and working towards the breakup of The Shield for quite a while now and it became quite apparent that Reigns is going to be the one to come out of it as the man.  They let him break Kane’s record…something I didn’t figure they’d ever get around to…and they teased him very heavily as the winner by putting him in the final two.  The crowd wanted it.  They loved it.

Then, Batista reversed the Irish whip and tossed him over the top rope…and the crowd went mild.

At the end of the day, I’m not against Batista winning.  It’s a “safe” choice.  It makes sense from some points of view.

batista randyHowever, one would imagine that with a heel champion going into Wrestlemania, that you would want your most over babyface chasing that title.  Batista got that initial “He’s back!” pop, but since then, the WWE Universe hasn’t really responded to him that well.  Bryan gets cheered for when he’s not even in the match.  That’s the WWE Universe…the FANS…telling Vince what they want to spend their money on.

One can’t help but wonder how much money they left on the table by playing it the safe route and not listening to their fans.

-Shane D

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