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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.19
Some time ago, Benoit's hometown announcement changed from "Edmonton Alberta, Canada" to "Now residing in Atlanta, Georgia."

Just this past week on RAW, Jericho's hometown changed from "Toronto, Canada (well, somewhere from Canada)" to "Manhattan, New York."

Yep, there's gonna be some "You Sold Outs" and booing to these former Canadians come Backlash. Why they didn't wait until after the PPV to change their hometowns is beyond me, but it's saddening that either Jericho, Benoit, or WWE Management doesn't consider Canada to be "good enough" for any face on RAW to come from anymore. I would have been surprised that the WWE would have considered their crowd naive enough to boo anyone who's not from America, but seeing as how they expect this Eugene gimmick to float, I'm not really surprised by anything anymore. I mean, even "Dudleyville" was changed to "New York City."

On the other hand, La Resistance now hails from French Canada. Maybe those annoying USA chants will finally die out and be replaced with cheers (and hopefully a new gimmick). That is, if they're even booked on the PPV.
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For what it's worth, WWE.COM has had this little blurb under "live events" for some time.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
Do people really care about the hometown announcement? Is it going to make the 5 people sitting around the TV set watching the PPV on their stolen box boo?



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.15
There won't be booing or any chants from the Canadian crowds. We're used to our celebrities moving to the US. It makes no difference to the Canadian crowds. Benoit and Jericho will get monster reactions.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.24
I said it in the Raw thread so I'll repeat it here: "moving" to Atlanta and Manhattan is pure genius by the two of them. There's always the talk of "Vince embarasses wrestlers in their hometown" that's even stronger in Canada. Heck, ever since Benoit was put in the main event scene I've seen people discuss how if he won at WM it was only so he could be embarassed in front of his hometown fans.

Well, now when Vince looks down the list of wrestlers for a Canadian to embarass, there'll be two fewer Canadians! Look for Christian and Trish to be embarassed by the Manhattan native, and the Atlanta native to hold onto his title! ;-)
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.21
    Originally posted by Hokienautic
    I said it in the Raw thread so I'll repeat it here: "moving" to Atlanta and Manhattan is pure genius by the two of them. There's always the talk of "Vince embarasses wrestlers in their hometown" that's even stronger in Canada. Heck, ever since Benoit was put in the main event scene I've seen people discuss how if he won at WM it was only so he could be embarassed in front of his hometown fans.

    Well, now when Vince looks down the list of wrestlers for a Canadian to embarass, there'll be two fewer Canadians! Look for Christian and Trish to be embarassed by the Manhattan native, and the Atlanta native to hold onto his title! ;-)


That's just silly....



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
On one hand, I think there is something behind it. On the Canadian broadcast of RAW, they gave fans the flight that Benoit would be arriving on in Edmonton, encouraging people to come out and meet him. Plus, he's doing something with the mayor.

On the other hand, maybe the WWE just felt that too many of their strong faces were Canadian, so they have emphasized the good guys(Benoit, Jericho) are from the USA, and the bad guys(Christian, Trish, and now La Resistance) are from Canada.

In the "I've been smoking up" fantasy booking, maybe this is going to set up a good Canadians vs. evil Canadians angle, marking the return of Bret Hart(there, I said it).
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    Originally posted by Hokienautic
    I said it in the Raw thread so I'll repeat it here:
Geez, it wasn't that great a point the FIRST time you said it. Repeating it is REALLY unnecessary.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.69
Point of contention...

I'm almost POSITIVE that the official announcement for Jericho was "Manhasset," (which I believe is in Long Island) not "Manhattan."

Still, I do find it interesting that WWE saw fit to make all Canadian faces (and Gail Kim) have US hometowns. I'd be offended if I were Canadian.

More interesting is the fact that Smackdown has NO Canadians...
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Besides, Val Venis keeps moving from Vegas to Thunder Bay back to Vegas and no one says boo about it :P



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    Originally posted by madiq
    Still, I do find it interesting that WWE saw fit to make all Canadian faces (and Gail Kim) have US hometowns.


Actually, Lilian announced Gail as being from South Korea (I think, I wasn't really listening until I heard 'Korea'.)

Point of interest: Lilian announced Nidia as from Puerto Rico. I thought she was from the South...

How long have they been announcing Benoit as being from Atlanta? I heard it the last two weeks, but never paid attention to it before that. And do they even announce hometowns on Smackdown?




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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.95
    Originally posted by madiq
    Point of contention...

    I'm almost POSITIVE that the official announcement for Jericho was "Manhasset," (which I believe is in Long Island) not "Manhattan."

    Still, I do find it interesting that WWE saw fit to make all Canadian faces (and Gail Kim) have US hometowns. I'd be offended if I were Canadian.

    More interesting is the fact that Smackdown has NO Canadians...


Rene Dupree?

Its probably only a matter of time before he makes the jump to French-Canadian.
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I'm sure when they come to Canada these guys will be billed as Canadians....if Benoit isn't announced as from Edmonton at Backlash, I'd be shocked.

As for crowd reactions, I wouldn't worry about it...the crowds here know who the Canadian guys are and respond accordingly. Even guys like Test (billed from nowhere) and Venis (usually billed from Vegas) get better pops here than in the US based on that recognition. The only way the Edmonton fans would turn on Benoit would be if he came out and endorsed the Calgary Flames and Pierre Trudeau.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
If I recall correctly, didn't Jericho used to live down in Tampa (along with like, 10 other Canadians)? When did he move to New York?
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.73
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    If I recall correctly, didn't Jericho used to live down in Tampa (along with like, 10 other Canadians)? When did he move to New York?


I'm pretty sure he was actually born in NY during the time his dad was playing for the Rangers. He does live in Florida.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.76
Between Nidia, Benoit, Jericho, Gail... maybe they're changing hometowns at random and seeing if anyone notices?

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.51
    Originally posted by Tenken347
    If I recall correctly, didn't Jericho used to live down in Tampa (along with like, 10 other Canadians)? When did he move to New York?


A lot of Canadians own winter homes in Florida. Usually it's just retired "Snowbirds", but I guess some wrestlers can afford one too.




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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.56
I just hope they never change J.R.'s hometown. Every time we go watch Raw here in Oklahoma, the fans go FUCKING CRAZY for J.R. It's the dumbest thing ever.
If they change his hometown, there will probably be an axe murder in the arena. We love our rasslin' down here...especially the hometown boys.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Greymarch
      Originally posted by Tenken347
      If I recall correctly, didn't Jericho used to live down in Tampa (along with like, 10 other Canadians)? When did he move to New York?


    A lot of Canadians own winter homes in Florida. Usually it's just retired "Snowbirds", but I guess some wrestlers can afford one too.


Doesn't FL have something like no state income tax, or something like that?



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.44
    Originally posted by Aerosion
    Just this past week on RAW, Jericho's hometown changed from "Toronto, Canada (well, somewhere from Canada)" to "Manhattan, New York."


Winnipeg, Manitoba. Not Toronto.

It sure smells fishy to me that all the Canadian faces in the WWE have changed their hometowns in their ring announcements. It's not a very Canadian thing to do, really. Canadian celebrities usually make it a point to be proud of where they come from. I wonder if there's some big angle in the works.

Lance Storm is still from Calgary. But I guess he's a heel now.

And how come Test is never announced as being from anywhere? The eternal homeless?

What about Edge. He's obviously a face. He hasn't been "announced" for a match yet. Will he still be from Toronto?

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