The Live Audience is very important to any sport, whether it be football, baseball, basketball, or professional wrestling.
In terms of wrestling, their reaction is crucial to a match, a return, a promo, etc. A dead crowd kills it for all of us.
For example, I was watching Triple H's return on Summerslam 2007, on Youtube, and the crowd was dead. I felt that totally killed his return.
But, if they had done the opposite, it would've made a huge difference, because their reaction influences our reaction.
When we think of Stone Cold, we remember the fans on their feet at the sound of breaking glass. He was able to generate a huge fan reaction.
As Kevin Williams' article, entitled 'The Case of the Missing Pop,' states, that kind of fan reaction is missing today.
But, there are still a few places that cheer and boo as loud as they can. It's not the same as the Attitude Era, but it's the best we can get today.
In this article, I will look at the cities or states that have the best crowds and gives the loudest pops. I will name most of the arenas in that place that the WWE uses.
I will also name some famous wrestlers that come from that place, and then all of the big four PPVs that took place there.
So without further ado...
The Reliant Astrodome, Reunion Arena, Alamodome, Frank Erwin Center, Toyota Center, Reliant Stadium
The Von Erichs, The Funks, JBL, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mark Henry, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series 1994 and 2003; Royal Rumble 1989,1997 and 2007; Wrestlemania X7 and XXV
"Every thing's bigger in Texas!" Wrestlemania XXV was proof of this statement. It didn't have the best matches, but the crowd made it enjoyable.
Especially during the HBK vs 'Taker match, as they were cheering for both sides very loudly and cheered even louder every time someone kicked out of the other's submission hold or pin.
Texas has every reason to be proud as it has produced some all-time greats, with Steve Austin being the most famous one, as he is credited for the starting the Attitude Era.
Every time WWE holds a show in Texas, it is always energetic and lively because of the crowd.
Braehead Arena, Echo Arena, 02 Arena, LG Arena, Sheffield Arena
The British Bulldogs, William Regal, Layla, DJ Gabriel, Paul Burchill, Katie Lea Burchill, Finlay
Any crowd outside of the USA tends to be very loud as they don't usually get WWE shows. The UK has the second loudest audience outside of the US, especially in England.
It's a shame that they don't get any WWE PPVs held there because of the time difference as it would've definitely been different and entertaining.
Colt Cabana, Justin Roberts, CM Punk
Summerslam 1994; Survivor Series 1989; Wrestlemania II, 13, 22
Chicago has a hot crowd all by itself, which is why instead of choosing Illinois as a whole, I chose Chicago.
Wrestlers often say that Chicago has the best crowd. After I saw Wrestlemania 22 and, most recently, Judgment Day 2009, I felt that it was true.
But, there were two other places that were louder...
Nassau Coliseum, Knickerbocker Arena, Blue Cross Arena, Marine Midland Arena, Madison Square Garden
Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Tommy Dreamer, Michael Cole, Gorilla Monsoon, Cryme Tyme, Ezekiel Jackson, Beth Phoenix, Matt Striker
Summerslam 1988, 1991, 1998 and 2002; Survivor Series 1996 and 2002; Royal Rumble 1992, 2000 and 2008; Wrestlemania I, II, X, and XX
New York is home to the "World's Most Famous Arena," Madison Square Garden. It's where all the big things take place. The last Wrestlemania that it held was Wrestlemania 20, where HBK, Benoit and HHH battled it out in a classic match. Then there was Royal Rumble 2008, where Cena made a huge surprise return.
For every big thing that happens, there's also a big crowd. New York has the second largest crowd. I believe NY has the largest and loudest crowd in the U.S.A.
But it doesn't get the No. 1 because it was beaten by...
Air Canada Centre, Copps Coliseum, Centre Bell, The Skydome
Chris Benoit, Edge, Christian, The Harts, Chris Jericho, Trish Stratus, Gail Kim, DH Smith
Summerslam 2004; Survivor Series 1997; Royal Rumble 1988; Wrestlemania VI and X8
They cheer the heels loud and boo the faces louder. Canada has the weirdest crowd because they cheer and boo for the wrong person. Is there any other place where HBK is booed as much as he is in Canada?
But, that's what makes them entertaining. I guess it makes sense since most of their wrestlers turned out as heels.
In the end, I decided Canada had the loudest crowd of all, who recognizes real wrestling when they see it.
*Side Note: My sources were Wikipedia and wwe.com. And thanks to Shane Howard for helping me with the New York slide.