I’m not sure if it’s better or worse than WHAT. Every now and then, fans will start a chant that gets them a lot of attention. Some of the chants will be better received than others, as some of them are often about getting the attention on the fans instead of putting it on the wrestlers where it belongs. That was the case earlier this month and one of the wrestlers had something to say about it.
Rollins recently appeared on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast where he talked about a variety of things, including the crowd chants during his Extreme Rules Iron Man match against Dolph Ziggler. During the match, the fans counted down from ten to one every minute on the clock, which was eventually taken off the Titantron. The fans didn’t stop and the clock was eventually returned. Here are Rollins’ comments, with transcription courtesy of Prowrestlingsheet.com:
On The Fans Chanting
“Sometimes I don’t understand the concept of coming to a show and doing anything other than watch the show. I can’t imagine it. It is what it is.”
On His Reaction To The Chants
“They know it’s a thirty minute match; they’re just going to get it out of their system. And then, somebody actually took the clock off the tron. And that was bad. It was like you were taking a toy away from a petulant child, and they’re just going to be a jerk to you about it.”
And On How It Affected Ziggler
“I know it really messed with Dolph. Like, he was super out of sync from how he normally is. I just let them do their thing. I knew we had thirty minutes, and by the end of it they’d be invested in what we were doing — and I think they were.”
You can hear some of the chants here. What do you think?
Opinion: It really must be strange to hear something like that. I mean, how exactly do you respond to the fans chanting one thing over and over when it has nothing to do with what you’re doing in the ring? The match was pretty good and the guys were trying, but it wasn’t what the fans wanted to see. That presents a problem and of course it’s going to throw you off. I felt sorry for Rollins and Ziggler, but I have a feeling this isn’t going to go away.
What did you think of the match? What do you think of chants like that? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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