Wrestling fans can be a passionate lot, that’s no secret. In the old days, fans were so into kayfabe that they would actually attack wrestlers outside the ring and full-scale riots would break out. That may have faded a bit but fans are still very vocal in their feelings although some might argue they take it a bit too far. The Monday Night RAW after each WrestleMania has become famous for the fans doing wild chants to become part of the show and some might take it to a different degree. Too many times, fans seem to chant just to be jerks about it and some of the chants come off bad. Yes, it’s great hearing “welcome back” to guys returning or “this is awesome” to a truly great match. But too often, the chants are just fans going out of their way to be annoying.
ECW really fueled the belief of fans that they were part of the show, not just watching it and it’s infected other segments of the wrestling landscape as well. WWE is one thing but the indies can be even worse with fans acting up majorly and assuming their chants are what the show should be about instead of, say, the actual wrestling. The chants have gotten worse in many ways, more insulting while falling back to old stuff and fans thinking they’re clever. It’s not totally bad to encourage fans to be part of the show but too many of the chants are just so damn annoying and not even clever but fans love them still. Here are 15 chants wrestling fans make that really have to die out as they’ve passed the point of being fun and interesting and just damn annoying.
15. The Wave
Maybe not technically a chant but something that should definitely be ended fast. Imagine how it must feel for the guys in the ring; they’re trying to put on a decent match, to entertain as their jobs dictate and what do they see? The fans rising up to stand and raise up their arms in a wave motion around the arena. It’s a common sight in some indie shows as well as WWE house shows and every time, it comes off incredibly disrespectful to the guys doing their job and something that should be banned from most audiences reactions.
This is what fuels wrestling to continue to do “foreign heels” so much and gets pretty annoying when fans often chant it at someone who’s actually Canadian. It’s an easy one to go to but also a cheap one, just cheap heat so much of the time. Promoters recognize it to boost the “evil foreign guy” that often comes off badly and while patriotic fervor can be good, it can often be misused as well so this constant chant may sound great on TV at times but often comes off not fit for the circumstances at all. It’s all well and good to have pride in your nation but it can also be seen as insulting to those outside of the U.S. and how xenophobic some wrestling fans can come off as.
13. We Are Awesome
This one took hold with the post-WrestleMania RAW shows when the fans would hijack things with their chants and such. Once they realized how popular that was getting, the crowds soon took it on themselves to keep up those chants, no matter how bad they were or annoying, wanting to be the show more than the wrestling. That’s led to this chant, nothing more than a bunch of annoying fans who forget they’re supposed to watch the show, not be the show and taking over from the wrestlers crosses a line that on TV, just comes off as too smug to be likeable.
Yes, Ric Flair is a legend and should be remembered as such. But it’s long past time fans let out a Flair-like “WOO!” whenever someone does a chop. It doesn’t matter where it happens, a WWE show or an indie, a mega-star or some rookie, it keeps happening and while fans can claim it’s a tribute to Flair, it just seems something so throwback, especially given Flair’s status since. We can enjoy Flair’s exploits wonderfully without having it thrown into our face with a simple move so much. This trend should have passed on by now.
11. Let’s Go…
This is getting a bit out of hand with one-on-one battles, usually with a guy the crowd hates against someone they usually don’t care for but are cheering because he’s against the hated guy. You’ll hear it, say “Let’s go Roman/Let’s go Cena!” or such as they go at it and it gets really annoying when they exchange blows to the “Boo/Yay!” bit and fans once more thinking they’re so clever when it’s just so damn annoying. Wrestling is not a team sport and chanting like it is just makes things look more childish.
10. Better Than…
It started off with someone doing a sit-down power bomb and the fans yelling “Better than Batista!” Since then, the “better than” chant has come up constantly, usually in the indies when a guy pulls off a move much like a major WWE star and the fans eat it up as if it’s something original. It’s not, it just points out who had the bigger impact with the move in the first place and how fans just have to rant on someone being worse than they really are. Yet another case of a chant fans think is clever but comes off incredibly childish.
9. Justin Bieber
This just never made sense. Seth Rollins looks nothing like Justin Bieber yet somehow fans started chanting this at him in promos and matches. It’s a baffling idea, there’s no reason for it whatsoever yet it still pops up now and then, even with Rollins’ return. “Bieber” is yelled at other guys as well, none of whom look like the singer in any way and that the fans continue to think it’s a clever dig says a lot more about them then the guy they’re mocking and how it’s less a punchline than an annoying meme.
8. Show Your T—-s
Thankfully, this has pretty much died in WWE but still pops up in the indies and it’s still as degrading and annoying as it ever has been. WWE has actually done a much better job with their women, building a strong wrestling division and more than just pretty faces. The indies are better than that, especially Shimmer, which is why it’s so annoying to hear fans talking like fratboys at Spring Break, yelling out for ladies to flash them, even in the middle of a match. It’s lowered but it’s still around and should be long gone as sexist and even sickening for a woman in wrestling to hear yelled out.
7. CM Punk!
There’s no denying Punk’s popularity in wrestling, a cult hero for standing up to Vince McMahon and leaving on his own terms. But constantly chanting his name at WWE shows does nothing. He’s never coming back, he’s made that pretty clear and it’s far too much a distraction for other workers. True, WWE is making troubles with their current roster but continuing to chant for a guy long gone rather than try and support the ones around isn’t going to help things either. All it does is make it clearer for Vince to keep Punk in the past while fans refuse to accept the present and adds a bit more clout to Punk than he truly deserves.
6. You Can’t Wrestle!
It’s one thing to have this chant directed at someone who is bad in the ring (say, Eva Marie). It’s something else entirely for it to turn to just mocking someone they hate. John Cena is a major target for this one, which ignores the fact the man has proven himself as a great worker in various matches. Roman Reigns is getting it as well along with folks in the indies and such, fans tossing it at guys who are good workers but just not their favorites. Some may deserve this but too many who get the chant don’t and just shows the fans are being more foolish than clever in their likes or dislikes of a certain guy.
5. You Still Got It!
This one came up a lot in TNA during their obsession with pushing ‘90s guys constantly. It was one thing for Sting, who did have some skill left. But when a clearly out of shape Jim Neidhart is getting these chants, that’s something else. It pops up in the indies with a former star doing this and it just sends the message of a guy still a top star when he’s quite obviously far past his prime. It gives the idea fans will accept a guy no matter what, so workers who should have hung it up keep coming back time and again. Every now and then, someone can show they do indeed still have it but too many times, they don’t and the fan chants just encourage a poor showing.
There’s an interesting clash between “workrate” fans and those who want flashier stuff. The workrate guys talk of how a great technical battle is key but so many times, the live crowds will go totally against some great marvel of wrestling in exchange for something more visually appealing. It’s not so much in WWE but other places, the indie crowds where they love wilder stuff with high-flying action and their distaste for more methodical matches is annoying. It must hurt two guys doing their best to deliver a technical classic only to have it booed hard and shows up the audience as feeling entitled to something “better.”
It’s 2016, it’s time to let this die. ECW fans have always had a rather over-inflated opinion of themselves, something Paul Heyman utilized in that promotion’s rise. But the place has been dead for 15 years now, long past time the chants for it died as well. Yet the chants continue, in hardcore matches, in Philadelphia, even in a regular match, as if it really matters.
News flash: there’s a new generation of fans to whom ECW is just some relic of the past, not something clever and current. It’s not just in WWE but all over the indies as if that will somehow bring 1996 back again and it’s long past time wrestling fans let this die with the company.
2. You F—–d Up
We can really blame the ECW fandom for making this a serious thing. It’s the most judgmental thing of a wrestling fan, assuming every bout has to be sheer perfection, that wrestlers are not allowed to botch a move or bad timing. Like many of these chants, it’s gotten out of hand as it’s no longer for a major botch like falling off the ropes or failing to be in the right place at the right time. Now, it’s a wrong line in a promo or just slipping a bit.
Wrestlers are not perfect, mistakes were made even back in the “old days” and the prime of the Attitude Era. To rag on someone for making a tiny mistake as if it’s the worst thing to ever happen isn’t being a “smart” fan, it’s being a jerk to the highest order and not helping the show.
To be fair, Steve Austin himself has basically apologized for starting this whole thing. Part of his later run in 2001, Austin would interrupt people with a constant “what” over and over again, not bad at first but soon getting out of hand. Soon, it was in every one of his promos, the fans chanting “WHAT” over and over after every one of Austin’s lines and it follows him around to this day. That’s one thing but then you see it popping up still in other guys, usually ones the crowd hates, coming over and over again. It was annoying enough with Austin but even worse today, a chant that should truly die and one you wish had never started in the first place.
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