WWE: The 5 Biggest Pops Fans Can Expect to See at Survivor Series
Tonight, the "most charismatic team of all time" will join forces for the first, and last time.
But besides the return of a particular WWE legend, another aspect that is so appealing about this year's Survivor Series PPV is that it is being held at Madison Square Garden.
WWE is synonymous with the famous arena and the city of New York in general, much like WCW was synonymous with Atlanta and ECW was synonymous with Philadelphia. And the Garden is notorious for hosting some of the most astute, opinionated fans in wrestling history. In short, "smarks."
With that in mind, there is no doubt viewers can expect to see some great pops at the PPV. For those who don't know, a pop is wrestling vernacular for crowd reaction.
This list counts down the top five pops that fans can expect to see at Survivor Series.
Depending on whether or not he is present at the event, if Triple H makes an appearance he will no doubt receive a very warm reception from the crowd. For this, he has form.
In 2002, he returned from a quadriceps injury and received a pop from the MSG crowd that many consider one of the greatest in history.
Another man with history at MSG, Nash will no doubt receive some form of a reaction if he makes an appearance at the Survivor Series PPV. He is a high-profile heel at the moment, so he may garner heat, but at the same time, MSG crowds are notorious for reacting how they want, and, with them usually being predominantly more seasoned fans, they may as likely cheer the veteran Nash as boo him.
To be succinct, Orton is one of the most over stars in WWE, and has been for many years. He'd be placed higher on the list if he was involved in a more high-profile feud and match, but at the moment, he is featuring in a relatively low-key angle with Wade Barrett.
5. Zack Ryder
A hometown hero, Ryder has had one of the greatest breakout years in recent memory, and is as over as anyone in the business at the moment, including main event level stars. In fact, his popularity is reaching such mammoth heights that CM Punk brought him out for a dark match after Raw went off the air recently. No doubt that when he appears, the fans will be delighted.
4. Mick Foley
Like Ryder, Mick Foley is a hometown hero; what's more, he has a great deal of history with MSG, having been inspired to wrestle by a famous match he saw there between Don Muraco and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. A massive star and legend in WWE, he will likely appear at Survivor Series, and when he does, his entrance will earn massive cheers. And if it doesn't, Foley will pull a cheap pop out of somewhere.
3. CM Punk
Punk is over everywhere he goes these days, having transitioned in the past few months from heel, to idolised "smark" wrestler, to beloved fan favorite. When "The Cult of Personality" is heard throughout arenas, people know erupt in response; what's more, fans are really pumped at the possibility of seeing him as WWE champion again.
2. The Rock
Of course The Rock is on this list. Without doubt, he is the star attraction of the PPV, and seeing him in the ring will be truly evocative and nostalgic. He will entertain, most definitely, like only he can; the MSG fans will blow the roof off of the building when they hear his iconic entrance theme. Which is why readers will be surprised to see him featured second on this list.
However, there is another person to whom the MSG crowd will react even more loudly...
1. John Cena
"Oh no he didn't!"
Oh yes, I did. But how, how could I possibly believe John Cena will get a bigger pop than the Rock? Well, to put it simply, John Cena will be booed louder than the Rock will be cheered.
Hardcore crowds simply live to boo a wrestler, even more than they do to cheer them. And what's more, hardcore crowds live even more for the opportunity to boo John Cena. So in this case, hate will outdo love, and the reaction to Cena will surpass the Rock's.
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