“The fans bought a ticket. They can say what they want.”
“These stupid marks are ruining the show for the rest of us who enjoy it.”
Thus rages the fan-on-fan battle royal for ownership of WWE fandom. Much like the “Let’s go Cena! Cena sucks!” dueling chants inside the arenas, there is a fan duel going down. So, are arena crowds really hijacking shows? Are they really damaging the product for TV viewers? Is that even okay?
For weeks, I’ve felt conflicted on the subject because I sympathize with it. I get really irritated with some of the crowd reactions. But the reality has become clear as arena after arena in city after city turns in similar verdicts. The answer is a resounding ‘no’, the arena crowds are not hijacking anything.
Fans at WWE shows are being typecast. They are being accused of ruining shows. This simply isn’t the case. They bought the ticket and attended the show. They, not we, get to determine whether the LIVE show was good or not. If you don’t like the sound of the crowd reaction, you and your friends need to go buy tickets and cheer the product louder. I don’t intend to be confrontational in saying this. I’m stating it as a realist. If you want crowd reactions to change, go there and change them.
There is also the matter of discernment. The fans are not universally down on the product. They cheer some and they boo some. This flies in the face of the ‘crowds ruining the show’ argument. The crowds don’t simply deface the entire card. When they see what they like, they do cheer. Loudly, passionately. You know, like fans.
So, there is no ‘takeover’. There is no conspiracy. There are only numbers. If you like all or most of WWE’s booking, no matter how much you decry it, the arena crowds are not ruining anything. The thousands in attendance at arenas across the country just disagree with you. And there’s more of them than there are of you.
If you’re upset at crowd reactions, I get it. Frustration is understandable. Problem is, that is the minority view. Like it or not. I don’t think angry name calling will fix it. If you like a match that’s getting graffiti’d, just turn the sound down and enjoy your match.