WWE News: England and the 6 Most Electrifying Crowds in Wrestling Today
"Yes! Yes! Yes!"
This was only one of the many loud chants heard around the world last night on Monday Night Raw in London, England. It's no secret that the English fans always make for a hot crowd every time WWE travels overseas, and they certainly made last night's program ten times more enjoyable by enhancing the show with their electric energy.
Regardless of how solid a wrestling match may be, it's the fans who are the deciding factor in the end. If there's no audience, there's no wrestling. It's as simple as that.
Obviously, getting over as a wrestler is one of the biggest compliments you can receive in your career, as it means you're finally connecting with the crowd with natural chemistry.
If you perform horribly in the ring or on the mic on any given night, the fans won't be shy to let you know about it through their antics in the audience.
However, the atmosphere of an audience differs from city to city, or country for that matter. WWE has traveled to numerous locations over the years, but only a select few have that electric atmosphere that makes the show that much more entertaining.
Please note that the following crowds are in no specific order, nor am I biased towards any of them, since I don't live near any of the listed locations.
These are strictly based off my opinions and judgment, so it's understandable if your ideal list differs from mine.
The first full episode of Monday Night Raw I watched was on April 14, 2008 and on that night, the flagship show was held in England. Ever since then, I've noticed that WWE always provides very entertaining shows every time they travel overseas, and their energetic atmosphere almost always makes the night as entertaining as humanly possible.
In what was quite possibly one of the biggest pops ever in wrestling history, England's own British Bulldog defeated Bret Hart in the main event of SummerSlam in 1992 to win the Intercontinental Championship.
In other notable moments, fellow countrymen William Regal and Wade Barrett have both faced Randy Orton on separate occasions in front of their own in England.
From the moment WWE Champion CM Punk walked through the curtain to Lord Tensai's demolition of John Cena, the English crowd made last night's Raw an enjoyable viewing experience. If nothing else, the additional double-decker bus and phone booth placed on the stage each time WWE visits the United Kingdom is always a nice touch.
Similar to England, Canada is another foreign country that always makes for an electric atmosphere, even if it's not that far away from the states. Hockey may be the stereotypical favorite pastime for Canadians, but wrestling is surely up there as well.
A decade ago, Toronto hosted WrestleMania 18 and witnessed history in the making with The Rock defeating Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Undertaker extending his streak to 10-0, and much more. Not only that, but the country given us legendary performers such as Edge, Christian, and of course Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
Last year, WWE presented Monday Night Raw live from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The show featured CM Punk vs. John Cena only eight days removed from their SummerSlam rematch.
During that main event, the Canadian crowd reacted to every near-fall and made for a very fun audience the entire evening.
With WrestleMania 29 not being scheduled to occur in Canada after all, one can only hope there are plans in place to return to the northern region of North America in the very near future.
In general, Florida has always been a great wrestling crowd. You can see them every Thursday night, as TNA films most of their television tapings at Universal Studios in Orlando.
However, the city of Miami in particular deserves a rightful spot on this list after their spectacular performance two weeks ago on Monday Night Raw. While they were above average the night prior at WrestleMania 28, the portion of fans who stayed over for Raw the next night created one of the greatest televised atmosphere in recent memory.
Of course, crowds were almost always like this at Raw shows ten years ago during the Attitude Era, but they're no doubt difficult to encounter now with a vast majority of children attending the tapings. Miami can also be credited for giving birth to the ever-so-popular "Yes!" chants that blow the roof off every building Daniel Bryan is in these days.
There's no questioning that Miami certainly brought the heat that night, pun intended.
Nearly 15 years ago, Philadelphia gave birth to a small organization later known as Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW for short) that would revolutionize the wrestling industry big time. A major factor of the company's brief success in the late '90s was due to the dedication of the fans who attended nearly every show during its tenure.
ECW fans were known as some of the craziest, nuttiest, and most daring fans to ever attend a pro wrestling event, given the hardcore nature of the product in its latter years. While WWE may not host its shows in the Bingo Hall venue, most of those very same fans attend the WWE tapings when they come around to The City of Brotherly Love.
The most notable show to occur in Philadelphia was WrestleMania 15, where Stone Cold and The Rock met in their first of three confrontations over the WWE Championship.
Late last year, WWE also presented a show primarily for the IWC when CM Punk teamed with Zack Ryder and Daniel Bryan in the main event of the program, where each individual entered through the crowd like the good old days.
Philadelphia's history of wrestling and its die-hard fans respectively secure this city a spot on the list and rightfully so.
Madison Square Garden (New York)
If there's any arena in the world with the most WWE history embedded in it, it would have to be the famous Madison Square Garden arena in New York. From the company's early beginnings many decades ago, MSG has always been the home of the WWE.
Its massive capacity has hosted WrestleMania on more than one occasion, with its rich history always being acknowledged every time WWE visits The Garden. Similar to the aforementioned cities, MSG is usually packed with dedicated, die-hard wrestling fanatics who are in attendance for the solid shows WWE usually provides at the venue.
Most recently, WWE celebrated the 25th anniversary of Survivor Series at MSG last November, creating memorable moments with The Rock, John Cena, CM Punk, and others.
WWE has made it a tradition to host WrestleMania at MSG every ten years, so I hope that's the case in 2014 for WrestleMania 30 as well.
If you ordered the Money in the Bank pay-per-view last July, you'd know exactly why Chicago belongs on this elite list. Needless to say, the Chicago natives that night set the bar extremely high as one of the best atmospheres a wrestling fan can ask for.
Throughout the entire night, Chicago made nearly every match on the card extremely entertaining and worth watching with their unique antics and chants. When it came time for the highly anticipated CM Punk vs. John Cena, the Chicago crowd was far from burned out and provided one of the most exciting environments in years.
While their hometown hero CM Punk might have played a factor in the crowd's electricity that night, there's no doubt that Chicago made Money in the Bank a very enjoyable viewing experience for those watching at home and in attendance.
In less than two weeks, WWE returns to Chicago for their Extreme Rules pay-per-view where Punk will defend his WWE Championship against Chris Jericho. I, for one, can't wait for what the Chicago crowd will bring to the table yet again come April 29 in the Windy City.
Not only that, but WWE will present their programming for the rest of this week in England as well, so that should give most viewers an incentive to tune in just for the electric crowd we witnessed last night on Raw.
Does one of these cities not belong? Did I fail to mention a deserving venue that should be included?
As previously stated, the aforementioned candidates for the most electric crowds in wrestling today are strictly my opinion and I also opted to leave off some cities such as Los Angeles and Boston that I feel didn't match up to the other listed cities. As always, I encourage you to drop a comment below with your thoughts on my list and the answers to the questions above.