Hello one and all! My next editorial was suppose to be part 2 regarding WWE tag teams, but after watching the Royal Rumble, I decided to do this one before that one. Since last night, there has been all kinds of talk! Talk about Daniel Bryan and Brat Wyatt's stellar match, talk of Cena and Orton's average to above average match, Big Show and Brock Lesnar barely a match match, and the Royal Fumble...er I mean Rumble. This isn't going to be an editorial where I say "Damn the WWE for not having Bryan in the Rumble or having him win it" or "I can't believe Batista won the Rumble!"..no. This is going to be about the fans, and the wrestlers in those rings.
Last night we saw something we've been seeing in other arenas throughout the US. One could argue that it started after WM 29, but I think in the last 6 months or so it really has started to kick up. We've seen whole arenas high jacking the shows with their chants. Some think this is awesome, others find this obnoxious and disrespectful. I for one, love it. This isn't about what I love to see from the fans though. Think back to when the WWE was in Washington and had the ascension ceremony. The fans, while we know it was the state Bryan came from, hijacked the final segment. When it became Cena's turn to speak, he turned the attention to the man the fans all wanted.
Less than 24 hrs ago, the fans chanted a variety of things. You can't wrestle, boring, Yes! Yes! Yes! Y2J! This is awesome! And of course..Daniel Bryan. Personally I really wanted to see WWE stars interact with the fans more. Perfect example is this. Last night in the Cena/Orton match, the fans begun to chant Y2J. Next thing we know, we see Cena going for his version of the Walls of Jericho. I thought that was pretty cool. I think the WWE is missing out on a prime opportunity to really engage with the fans though.
Example number one. During the Orton/Cena match the fans were chanting to Orton, "You Can't Wrestle". Now imagine if in the next moment, Orton began to nail Cena with different technical wrestling moves. Another chant was boring to which Orton either ignored, or just looked around. I would have loved to seen him blow up or even get into the face of fan ringside.
Example number two. Last night, Batista wins the Rumble, and the fans absolutely BOO the piss out of him. Tonight on Raw, they could have Batista come out and turn heel, bashing the fans. More than likely though, we will see Batista come out and play it off while still trying to be a face. I hope I am wrong on the more than likely, but this is the WWE we are talking about.
Now obviously, the WWE can't have this happen each and every single time the fans chant something. For all we know, it could end up with the fans chanting something crazy just to see if a wrestler will do it. With that in mind though, I think the WWE is really missing out on an opportunity to grab the fans in. I can't remember in the last 5 years when the fans have been this volatile with their chants. We all know they want Daniel Bryan, and I have different thoughts on what should/could happen with Bryan, but I think the WWE needs to give their wrestlers leeway in regards to interacting with the fans during promos or matches.
Anyways, I look forward to reading your thoughts and comments! Thanks for taking the time to read.