For many fans in the WWE Universe, WrestleMania 31 actually did something many thought it would not do: deliver. Given the fact this year’s WrestleMania was clouded by doubt, primarily due to the fact the WWE generally does not listen to their fans, it was expected WrestleMania 31 to be nothing more than the business side, pushing their corporate agenda. So, it was truly a surprise when the Inquisitr reported results that satisfied fans, including Daniel Bryan winning the Intercontinental Championship and Seth Rollins cashing in Money In The Bank to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
With WrestleMania 31 being successful, not just for the WWE but for its fans, crowd expectations for WWE RAW right after the “Grandest Stage of Them All” were for them to be loud and unrequited. Such expectations came into fruition thanks to the true superstar of WWE RAW on March 30, 2015 — the live crowd.
According to ProWrestling, one of their readers, Aditya Gandi, reported on the March 30 live showing of WWE RAW, held in San Jose, California. Apparently, the crowd was highly vocal with their support or displeasure of certain WWE superstars during their performance. Brock Lesnar and debuting WWE stars, fresh from NXT, received the biggest pops of the night. For Lesnar, fans would either recited certain parts of Paul Heyman’s promo or chanted “Suplex City.” Major fan pop when Lesnar gave Michael Cole an F5. With NXT stars, fans popped whenever something cool, reminiscent of the action seen on NXT, occurred. They complimented said pops with “NXT” chants.
On the other side of the fan spectrum, heat was its hottest with John Cena and Roman Reigns. Cena got a taste of a crowd that did not like him at all. As a matter of fact, Cena received lyrics to his entrance music in which they incorporated the lyrics, “John Cena sucks.” Reigns received his flurry of boos but also insults such as “Worse Than Cena.” However, the WWE Divas seemed to get it the worst of it all, specifically the Bellas. Interestingly enough, whenever Nikki wrestled, the crowd would chant “You suck, Cena.” For Brie, the crowd would switch “The Champ” for “The Goat,” chanting “You suck, Bryan.”
It should be noted it is in the right of every fan of the WWE Universe to express their views vocally at live shows. However, WWE themselves probably didn’t like it. Wrestlezone reports the live crowd believes they were heavily muted during the main event, by turning the crowd sound down. If that is the case, this happening during the 6-man tag team match suddenly makes sense.
That’s right! The crowd started doing “The Wave,” and for those who don’t know, that is not good. Historically, WWE fans will only do “The Wave” whenever they are watching a match that has not accumulated enough interest among them or they do not really care about it. In this case, the WWE Universe never wanted this match. Instead, they really wanted the rematch between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
In the end, there are no words to truly describe the “WWE moment” the live crowd at WWE RAW right after WrestleMania 31 (or any WrestleMania for that matter) made. Maybe it is summed up best when WWE legend, Mick Foley, tweeted the following.
— Mick Foley (@realmickfoley) March 31, 2015
[Image via Screen Capture of WWE RAW (March 30, 2015)]