El Hijo del Generico wrote:The crowd was weird. There was definitely a lot of new faces attending, and they seemed to either not get all the chants and sometimes take a while to get into things. And the guys starting the TNA chant were not cute or funny. The Bucks use TNA heat to get over as heels, and chanting doesn't add anything to it. It just makes you look like a TNA fan, which is nothing to aspire to.
There seems to be a clear tradition of "contrarian chants". Someone chants for Yuma, and someone in turn chants for Cutler in the beat between the next Yuma. I think the TNA chants were little more than that. A smart heel plays to the handful of fans that are cheering for them, making the people who hate them try to drown out the Heel Fans. Negro Casas was a master of this, picking out the small pocket of 20 fans chanting for him out of a crowd of 5000 fans, pointing out, "See... I have fans too!" Then a few minutes later stooge in such away that his fans play along to turn their backs on him: "We can't support you Negro if you screw up like that." Bucks aren't that good. But there's nothing wrong with fans enjoying themselves chanting along to them.
A far worse reaction was that to Brandon: lots of crickets. It's a bit sad because he's a hard working guy. Fire wasn't there, crowd didn't care, and there remains a chunk of fans from BOLA who that give Joey "suck heat" rather than "heel heat". I know because I was sitting with two who just hate Joey for "ruining" BOLA, and it's not a good hate: they don't want to see him get punked, but instead want to see him stay backstage and not wrestle. :/ So mix those two together... and it wasn't a good dynamic.
PWG and the fans really shouldn't get too worked up about the TNA chants. The Buck came back and got a reaction from the fans. That's a good thing.
When it comes to Joey Ryan, I feel like he has shamed a lot of the crowd into cheering for him. For me, I'll boo him and enjoy doing it. And I think he has used the boos to good effect for his character, so people should feel free to boo him. The only thing he said is that he feels that some of us don't respect him as a wrestler. That isn't true. I totally respect him as a wrestler, and for what he does in the ring, and his sacrifices, and his skill, and I would never disrespect him as a wrestler. As a person, as a character/gimmick? Maybe. But booing and disrespect are different things for me when it comes ot Joey Ryan.
I agree with this mostly. I do think he needs overcome those who are giving him suck heat.