The European Wrestling crowds are well known for their colourful chants and vivid participation in the shows. However, a very active and vocal audience can be a double edged sword, as the WWE superstars found last night in Leeds. The houseshow seems to have been a train wreck, mainly due to the a hostile atmosphere created by the unwelcoming crowd.
The show was marked by loud YOU CAN’T WRESTlE and WHO ARE YA? chants. The atmosphere must have been really bad because it triggered responses from some of the WWE superstars, who wrestled that night.
Justin Gabriel, who suffered rejection from the crowd, in the form of dismissive chants, lashed out on Twitter:
The audience in Leeds must have touched a nerve with Cesaro as well. A photo of the Swiss Superman, flipping off a fan surfaced on the Internet.
To top off a bad night, a botch happened in the main event between Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose. Bray Wyatt had been laid on a table and Ambrose was setting up to hit a flying elbow from the top rope. However, the table failed to withstand Wyatt’s weight and broke down before the Lunatic Fringe could execute his move. Dean improvised and did the move anyway.
Sami Zayn wrestled Adrian Neville and the welcome for those two wasn’t too warm either. Reportedly, there were notable WHO ARE YA? chants in particular. This makes me sad. Not knowing talent when you see it is usually not a trait of the UK wrestling fans. Hopefully the crowd in Liverpool tonight will make up for the terrible welcome that the WWE superstars received in Leeds.
I’m a big believer in the importance of fan support throughout shows, so I’m personally going to attend the SmackDown taping tomorrow to pay my contribution to some more positive chants. Also, this week’s SmackDown review will have a different look, since it will be based on live experience.
If you want to see what the fans had to say, follow this link.
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