The WWE is home to some of the most vocal fans in the world. Fans attend WWE live events to be entertained from beginning to end. Once a fan enters the arena to take their seat, they can cheer and boo as they please. After all, the electricity of the audience is what makes these events so fun to attend. Wrestling fans have the essential power to make or break a star in this industry, using the power of their voice. The electricity from a jam packed arena is like no other atmosphere. Every fan has an opinion about someone, so expect them to voice it.
Since, the Attitude Era, the WWE Universe has become much more vocal. When fans dont like someone, they voice their opinion. Kayfabe has been put to rest and the WWE fans use the power of the internet to see into the future of the company. Fans tend to know what's gonna happen before it takes place, which could create a hostile environment if it's not to their liking.
Superstars of the likes of CM punk and Daniel Bryan have been brought to superstardom because of the power of the WWE Universe. Two superstars that were never supposed to make it big in the WWE turned out to be two of the most popular superstars to ever enter a squared circle.
Things dont always go this way though. Countless times, we've seen our heroes held back from propelling to the main event seen, regardless of the positive reactions they receive. And vice versa, we see superstars that we dont see deserving of that main event spot getting a huge push. When fans are upset, they make it very clear, creating some of the most hostile environments in all of sports.
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12 Unforgiven 2006 (Edge vs Cena)
The Air Canada Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, hosted the 2006 edition of WWE's Unforgiven Pay-Per-View. The air was electric as they welcomed Edge, the WWE champion, to a home town hero's welcome. Edge would take on John Cena in one of the most remembered TLC matches in recent memory.
John Cena was entering enemy territory, as the Massachusetts native entered to a horrific chorus of boos as he made his way to the ring. The Edge-heads in the arena made their voices known that they were not John Cena fans. The crowd gave Cena a hard time all night long, filling the arena with "Cena Sucks" chants.
It was so different from other events that Jerry the King Lawler said, "this may have been “the first time I’ve heard anyone cheer this guy.”
After putting Edge through a pair of tables, Cena would secure his title and endure the stunned reaction from the crowd.
11 Royal Rumble 2014
After parting ways with the WWE in 2010, Batista made his long awaited return to the WWE in January of 2014. He received a very warm welcome when he first got back, but things would change quickly during the Royal Rumble.
Coming off of one of the hottest years of all time, Daniel Bryan was the odds on favor to win the Royal Rumble... until the fans realized three quarters of the way through the Rumble that there was a high possibility that he might have been subbed from it.
Once Batista entered, at the number 28 spot, the fans lashed out with boos because they feared that Batista was going to win the Rumble and headline the main event of WrestleMania XXX. As you might figure, Batista would eliminate Roman Reigns and win the Royal Rumble. In a matter of six days, Batista went from a face to heel and received one of the most ruthless reactions in Royal Rumble history.
10 WrestleMania XX (Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg)
It was supposed to be one of the most anticiped WrestleMania matches of all time. Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg, on paper, sounds like a must see match. As you might remember, it was far from that.
These two beasts were fighting in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, surrounded by some of the most hostile fans in the world. Once that bell rang, it was all downhill from there.
The New York city crowd was well aware that this was Brock's final match, as he planned to take his talents to the NFL in pursuit of a career with the Minnesota Vikings. The fans rained down with "na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye" chants to Brock. As for Goldberg, he was being taunted with "Goldberg sucks" chants. The only man that was receiving positive reasons was the referee, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The match turned hostile real quick, as the New York city crowd got impatient very quicky, booing and chanting random names. The highlight of the entire match was Steve Austin celebrating Goldberg's victory with a Stone Cold stunner and a cold "Steveweiser" of course.
9 Survivor Series 2011
After 10 long years, FINALLY The Rock returned to the ring. Madison Square Garden was home for one of WWE's longest consecutive Pay-Per-Views, Survivor Series. The Rock, partnered with John Cena, and took on The Miz and R-Truth in a tag team match. The Rock was scheduled to fight John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII, but in the mean time, they would "try" to work as partners.
As you know, John Cena is the most controversial superstar of all time. Every arena he enters, he receives a mixed reaction from the WWE audience. This night in particular, he received one of the most unpleasant reactions he's ever received. The ruckus crowd took their attention off of the fighting going on when Cena was in the ring; instead, they would boo until Cena would tag The Rock in. No matter what Cena did, the fans would not get behind him. Chant after chant, the New York City crowd was heckling Cena all night long. Usually Cena has a few fans in attendance, but on that night it looked as if there wasn't a single John Cena fan in the arena.
8 The Raw After WrestleMania XXVIII
The Raw after WrestleMania is always the best Raw of the year, due to the awesome crowd and post WrestleMania drama. The night before, the world witnessed The People's Champ take on John Cena in a once in a lifetime match. For a year straight, Cena promised his legions of fans that he would walk out of WrestleMania XXVIII victorious. Unfortunately, that night, he couldn't get the job done.
The following night, the Raw crowd was rocking and energetic, as they celebrated Miami's home town hero's victory. The night would end with Cena coming out to face all his non-believers, as they greeted him with a not so welcome response. The hostile crowd chanted "You're a loser,'' as Cena stood in the ring, suffering from the biggest loss of his entire career.
7 Royal Rumble 2015
After completely dropping the ball at the 2014 Royal Rumble, the fans were hoping the WWE would rebound with a better outcome the following year. It was speculated for months that the WWE was giving future golden boy, Roman Reigns, a huge push and that he would win the title at WrestleMania 31. Once fans had a glimpse into the future, thanks to the internet, they immediately tried to change the outcome, like they did the year before with Daniel Bryan.
Daniel Bryan was the fan favorite to win the Rumble. Once he entered, he received an enormous pop, as the arena filled with excitement and 'Yes" chants. No one thought Daniel Bryan was gonna lose. Once he got eliminated by Bray Wyatt, only 20 minutes into the Rumble, the arena went in to complete shock. The vibe in the air drastically changed as their hero headed to the back. The fans knew what was coming next and they were not happy. The remainder of the Rumble was filled with Daniel Bryan chants and constant booing towards the participants, especially Reigns.
Roman Reigns would go on to win, while an unpleased Philly crowd booed him out of the building. The Rock tried to help the cause by coming to his rescue, but only made things worse. The WWE dropped the ball once again on the Royal Rumble match, leading to one of the most volatile crowd reactions in recent memory.
6 John Cena - 2006 WWE Hall Of Fame - William "The Refrigerator" Perry Induction
The night you least expect there to be any hostility, got salty real quick when John Cena walked on stage. Just days before the biggest match of his career against Triple H, Cena was given the opportunity to induct the great William "The Refrigerator" Perry as a celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Right when he approached the podium, the entire arena booed the champ out of the entire building. It wasn't just for a few seconds, but for minutes the crowd would not let Cena speak.
His opponent, Triple H stood tall first row at the Hall of Fame. When the camera shined on him, the entire arena went crazy as they chanted "Triple H, Triple H" over and over again. The tension in the air filled the entire arena, as the fans showed that they had no appreciation for Cena,
An unusual place for hostility, but you can never count any place safe.
5 WrestleMania X8 (Hogan vs Rock)
No one ever thought Hogan was gonna receive the reaction he did at WrestleMania X8. It was a moment in time, as the fans in attendance were showing love for the iconic figure. The arena was so electric that Hogan had no choice but to play the crowd by doing his legendary poses.
The Rock, on the other hand, received a not so friendly reaction. The Rock was coming into this match as the babyface, but judging from the boos and "Rocky Sucks" chants, you would have thought otherwise. The entire match, every single fan was into it. When Hogan had the edge. the fans would go crazy, but when The Rock was in control he would be smothered with boos from a sold out Skydome.
Ultimately, The Rock would receive the passing torch that night after securing a victory. The night Hulkamania lived again.
4 Money In The Bank 2011 (CM Punk vs John Cena)
A sold out arena in Chicago hosted the most important match of both CM Punk and John Cena's careers. Not only was the WWE title on the line, but so was Cena's job. CM Punk's contract was expiring at midnight and he planned to walk out of Chicago with the WWE title around his waist. John had everything to lose while Punk on the other hand had everything to win.
CM Punk would enter that night to what Michale Cole called a "partisan crowd." John Cena, on the other hand, entered into enemy territory. A sea of proverbial sharks, surrounded the ring as Cena had had to lace his boots and count his blessings.
The match would end with CM Punk landing a "GTS" on Cena and covering him for the pin, thus giving him the victory and the WWE Championship. One of the most hostile and controversial nights would end with CM Punk blowing a kiss to the chairman, Vince McMahon, and escaping though the partisan crowd.
3 Raw After WrestleMania 29
If WrestleMania doesn't turn out to your liking, dont worry. The Raw the following night always aims to please. It has become the hottest night of the year, where anything is possible. What makes the Raw after WrestleMania 29 so special is that this is where it all started. No one knew it was gonna turn into the wildest night of the year. It started with a fired up anti-Cena crowd, as they let him hear it after his victory the night before against The Rock.
What really got this crowd going was witnessing Dolph Ziggler cash in his Money in the Bank successfully against World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio. It had to have been one of the loudest reactions of all time. The entire arena went crazy.
The fun didn't end there. After the cash in, the crowd was red hot and they made it well clear during the Sheamus vs Randy Orton match. The crowd had no interest with what was taking place in the ring and were getting very impatient. Next thing you know, the entire arena was chanting random names over and over like Randy Savage, HBK, Y2J, Chris Benoit, and many more.
The hostility that took place that night was one of a kind. Now, it's tradition that the Raw after WrestleMania hostility continues every year.
2 Raw August 15th, 2005
Monday Night Raw has had its fair share of loud and electric crowds, but nothing compares to the reaction Shawn Michaels got from a volatile Montreal crowd on the August 15th, 2005 edition of Raw. Shawn entered the arena as a full blown heel, hot off kicking Hulk Hogan's teeth down his throat. He cut a perfect heel promo that had every fan in the Bell Centre booing, chanting, and directing genuine hatred toward Michaels.
It got even more hostile when the fans started chanting "You Screwed Bret!" What was Shawn Michaels' reaction? "You're damn right I screwed Bret, and I would do it again." Out of nowhere, Bret Hart's theme song played and the entire arena went berserk. Michaels looked like he had seen a ghost, but it was prank the whole time. The negative crowd reaction seconds after was beyond deafening.
Till this day, it was the most hostile WWE crowd Raw had ever seen.
1 ECW One Night Stand 2006
The number one crowd on this list will never be matched. Never has there been a more hostile environment in WWE history than the night we saw WWE's best take on the best of ECW. From the start of the show to the finish, the crowd was rude, belligerent, and flat out awesome.
The most hostile part of the night took place when John Cena took on Rob Van Dam for the WWE title. There was not one bit of remorse for Cena. Every bit of hatred those New York fans had towards Cena that night was let loose on him, verbally and physically. Paper towels were thrown at him, his shirt was thrown back in the ring numerous times, and a warm "f*** you Cena" chant rang throughout the arena. The fan holding the "if Cena wins we riot" sign could have predicted a realistic possibility if Cena actually walked out that night retaining his WWE Championship.
Luckily enough, with the help of Edge, RVD was able land the "five star frog splash" on Cena, pinning him 1,2,3. The Hammerstein Ball Room made it a night WWE fans will never forget, as they were the most hostile crowd of all time.
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