WrestleMania 29 was impactful with numerous unforgettable moments. However, the Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania shocked everyone.
There was an electricity that was reminiscent of the crowds during the Attitude Era. The roof was blown off the Izod Center in New Jersey. Fans erupted to high-level decibels when Dolph Ziggler cashed in his contract and became World Heavyweight Champion. A new cheer emerged as the crowd hummed Fandango’s theme song. They cheered for Ryback attacking John Cena. Even Michael Cole got chants directed toward him.
Was the post-WrestleMania Monday Night Raw now the most fun event of the year? Emphatically, yes!
Take a look at the Raw after WrestleMania 28. It featured the birth of the “YES” chants and the return of Brock Lesnar. That night, the roof was blown off the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, the same reaction as this past Monday night.
Why is the post-WrestleMania Monday Night Raw successful? Why are fans so excited that night and then normal the week after?
The answer is simple: Some of those crowd members are attending their first Raw, just like they attended their first WrestleMania.
WWE shows and events are not filmed around the world. The United States has that privilege. All other countries experience is either the house show tours or the rare video-tapings of Raw and SmackDown. These crowds love it because it’s atypical for them to attend. They need to travel to see their favorite Superstars and Divas in live action.
That’s what makes the Raw after WrestleMania successful. Generating that reaction comes from the fans gaining a chance to see their favorite wrestlers live.
Even Vince McMahon is taking notice. According to F4WOnline.com (via Wrestlezone), there are talks of scheduling Raw after WrestleMania 30 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Bringing a stadium atmosphere for those same fans, and not to mention the revenue it could bring makes perfect sense.
The post-WrestleMania Raw is the most fun event of the year created by the fans’ loyalty and enthusiasm. So, should the WWE capitalize and keep this trend going? Yes, it's a no-brainer!
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