Originally posted by InVersePeople must have a completely different definition of "good" than I do because I've always viewed Philadelphia as the worst sports city on the planet. The only thing keeping the average Philly sports fan from following in the steps of the Aztecs and beheading the losers is that the average Philly sports fan didn't make it past six grade and missed that chapter in history class.
I could see them fitting in well during the French Revolution chanting 'We Want Blood" and 'Razor's Gonna Kill You' around the guillotine.
Originally posted by TorchslasherWow, you seem to operate in a hyperbolic chamber. And nowhere in this rant does the word "wrestling" appear, so I guess I take this as inconsiderate and misplaced trolling. Like others have said, what makes Philly crowds memorable is the unique reactions that some people get. This makes it a more interesting crowd than somewhere like Portland or Fresno.
I wasn't aware that in a thread about wrestling crowds, on a wrestling forum, I had to specifically use the word wrestling to indicate my topic.
But the reason I didn't explicitly mention wrestling is because it's a problem that exists in every sport. This is the same city that throws batteries at players, shatters the glass by trying to climb into the penalty box, intentionally vomits on preteen girls and cheers when a rival team's player is lying on the field, immobile, following a neck injury.
Not surprisingly, it's the same city where fans first started chanting 'You Fucked Up' at wrestlers when they botched a move, potentially injuring themselves or their opponent. It's not a coincidence that ECW and CZW rose to fame in Philly.
My point again is that the title of the thread was "Best/Worst WRESTLING cities," so your assertion of Philly being a bad sports city wasn't really answering the specific question. But yes, that last paragraph of yours does at least provide some wrestling examples, so we can go from there.
I think the Philly crowds for ECW/CZW/etc. can set a bad precedent, but they were also very respectful and vociferous if the wrestling or storyline was done well. ECW's rise to fame also helped spur the Attitude Era in WWF/E, which ultimately led to a boom period in wrestling. How big a factor it truly was is a valid question, but the crowds and ECW worked hand in hand in getting the ball rolling there.
Philly and its crowds' contribution to past history and to today merits a spot, in my mind, on a list of best wrestling cities.
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I just bought ECW Hardcore History on DVD the other day, and one of the special features on the disc is a Steve Austin promo. This is post WCW pre WWF Austin. No gotee, blond crew cut, hunting jacket younger looking Austin.