Originally Posted by Ding_Dong_#2
I’ve lived through David Arquette, The Gobbeldygooker, The Montreal Screwjob, Papa Shango, The “murder” of Paul Bearer, Mae Young’s baby, David Sammartino’s phantom submission match, Katie Vick and much, much more.
Its entertainment, we all know that – that means that you are going to have some duff moments, duff storylines, and some duff characters throughout the years; you wince one week and cheer the next, that’s how it has always been.
But editing crowd noise? Fans and the IWC pay good money to watch wrestling either at home or in various stadia – they have a right, a sincere right, as any sports crowd who have parted with their hard-earned dollars, to an opinion and have a right to express it in any legal way that they see fit. Wrestling organizations create “Superstars” – they ask you to build them up, and when they knock them down, they ask you to support someone else; that is fine, it is a business after all and they believe in what is “best for business”.
But “ask” is the key word here – that is all it should be, a request to support those that they have invested a lot of time and money into. Sometimes, as we all know, people think differently; people like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk would arguably have never got the pushes they did without vehement online support and at the events - this almost forces them into a situation which they loathe, a situation where the fans are telling them that they believe something different to what they are being spoon-fed every week.
Crowd reactions and noises have been responsible for some of the greatest moments in wrestling history – Bruno losing to Superstar Graham, Hogan slamming Andre, CM Punk’s pipe bomb and the aftermath, Undertaker’s streak being defeated and every Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania. If they alter what we say, then I personally feel used and manipulated – our cheers, boos and reactions are only good enough when you want them to be and it is unacceptable; you can’t compare professional wrestling to organized, professional sport but the principle is the same – it wouldn’t exist without the fans, it wouldn’t exist without is bankrolling them so we are more than entitled to have a voice, and to cheer/boo whoever we like at any volume we like.
I’ve been a fan for around 40 years now, and this situation has pushed me closer to turning my back on professional wrestling than anything else. Roman Reigns is clearly meant to be the next big thing, we all know that but if people don’t think so, then they have a right to make their voice heard at the events. If not, then why bother with crowd noise at all? Why not have it on tape?
I personally think that every fan should be completely silent at every event, show them that you can’t insult us and manipulate our reactions in this way – we deserve better, we pay your wages, we pay those that you “think” we should like and support. At the very least, we should be able to have our voice heard as I said.