Will More Casual WWE Crowds Take After the Fans at the Post-WrestleMania Raw?
While the crowd at the post-WrestleMania 29 Raw may have kick-started the Fandango trend, it won't turn more casual WWE crowds into the same raucous, uncontrollable entity we saw become the show's focus on April 8.
Much of the talk of that episode was not about Wade Barrett winning back his Intercontinental title or Ryback attacking John Cena, but instead of how wild the crowd became. Fans at the IZOD Center ignored a Randy Orton and Sheamus match to chant everything from "Michael Cole!" to "We are awesome!"
If WWE is afraid that more crowds will follow suit, taking control of the night as forcefully as those fans did, the company need not worry.
A post-WrestleMania Raw crowd is a special group. It's the all-star team of fans.
This is an audience composed of fans willing to travel across oceans and borders upon borders, an audience so dedicated to WWE fandom that they are willing to shell out the necessary dollars to travel to and attend WrestleMania, regardless of how far it is from their hometown.
Their passion led to them taking Raw hostage.
WWE's good-guy and bad-guy roles were turned on their heads. They booed John Cena. They chanted for Dolph Ziggler. They chanted for wrestlers who weren't on the show.
Most crowds are not nearly as in love with WWE as the folks in the IZOD Center.
There are certainly diehard fans in every city WWE travels to, but the arenas are also filled with casual fans. These are the folks who don't watch WWE's programming religiously. They like WWE, but don't live for it in the same way as the fans who stick around after WrestleMania.
Casual fans just don't have the fire that the rowdy fans on the post-WrestleMania 29 Raw have burning in them. They will cheer their favorites and make noise where appropriate, but won't have the arena reverberate with their energy.
That's why future episodes of Raw will show a return to normalcy.
What will have a lasting impact from that crazy night, however, is the strange fad of dancing to and humming Fandango's entrance theme. Those fans' moment of fun has turned into a phenomenon.
The Houston Texans cheerleaders posted a video of themselves doing the Fandango. The Kansas City Royals celebrated a win with the Fandango tune. Even PETA did its own rendition of the song-and-dance routine.
Fandango went from laughable to buzz worthy. This will be that famous WWE crowd's legacy. This trend may not have the staying power of the "Yes!" chants, but it's infectious and fun enough to keep going for a long while.
Even the casual WWE fans around the country and around the world will join in on the Fandango experience. It may or may not be because those fans care for Fandango, but because it's such a fun thing to do.
The next Raw and beyond will see heels like Ziggler get booed again. In many cities, Cena will get a far warmer welcome. Those norms will return, but the hype of the Fandango craze will keep echoing.
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