I had this feeling that a lot things at WM18 and Raw semed to be done on the fly due to the wierd Canadian mark responce. Take this example from the infamous Torch reader feedbag-
Sébastien Lecours, Quebec City, Quebec (9.5): Best match: Matches? Almost a perfect show. It could have been the best in history. But once again, the WWF blew it. We all thought of the same thing, right? Rock is going to swerve Hogan and join the NWO. And that's what they should have done. But no. I'm sorry to every wrestling fan that didn't happen. What about that crowd tonight? There's nothing like a Canadien crowd. We cheer for who the hell we want, and that's the beauty of it.
I don't even know how to decipher this shit. What kind of Bizzaro marks are we dealing with here? Matches? Ha. They blew it. I'll give it a fucking 9.5 anyway. We do what we want.
Hopefully they can get the convoy past customs without too many drug busts and get back to "normal". Nah na nah na, hey hey hey, good riddence.
(edited by Jackson on 19.3.02 0200)
Those educated feet! One went to Harvard. One went to Yale. Their daddy must be proud! - good ol J.R. hating his life
My feeling? I don't think the WWF anticipated that Rocky would get such a negative reaction. There were people chanting “Rocky Sucks” for the first time since 1999. And Rock reacted with some of his old heel mannerisms-- the first time I've seen those in about that long, too. You know, he sneers at the Coach when he does crazy shit. But at WrestleMania he sneered with disdain for all humanity, so it seemed. LOL...
It could have been an ad-libbed response to the negative reaction he was getting. But I don't believe that the WWF anticipated that the crowd would be so partisan Hogan. Had they anticipated that, they should've turned Rocky heel and teamed him with the nWo, and by not doing that they wasted a perfect opportunity. But I'm not convinced that they planned for Rock to get that much heat-- particularly when he really hasn't done anything himself to deserve it. There hadn't been any foreshadowing of a Rock heel turn that I could detect.
But now that the WWF knows about the heat Rock got in Toronto, maybe they can take it further and eventually build Rock as a monster heel again. It'd certainly add some much-needed spark to a product that seems to be getting a bit stale-- and create one hell of a heel for Triple H to feud with over the Undisputed Title.
So, I wouldn't be too quick to assume that just because the Rock nWo turn didn't happen at WrestleMania, it won't happen period.
“If my answers frighten you, Vince, then perhaps you should cease asking scary questions.”
--Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Pulp Fiction
I was a stunned as everyone to watch Wrestlemania and see my fellow countrymen (And women) root for the orange goblin while bad mouthing the Rock.
However, maybe the pro Hogan feeling was a "Welcome back, and fare thee well" type response. And I think that while the WWF may have had to scramble to accomodate the unpredicted fan response, it would be foolish of them to make major booking decisions based on one night.
As Pepe Le Pew (That Sebastian guy) said, they'll cheer for who they want, so keeping that in mind, why change the whole face of the company if only a small portion of your fans want it. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the WWF listening to Canadian Fans (Or even fans from Quebec or Toronto...trust me, inside Canadian Joke) but how often will the WWF be touring the Land of the Maple Leaf in the next year? Usually they like to stick to the Lower 48, so if that is the major fan base, focus on them.
"Money's the Same whether you earn it or scam it" Bobby "The Brain" Heenan "Will you stop!" Gorilla Monsoon after just about everything Heenean says. "Welcome to Monday NYQUIL, where the Big boys Play with each other": Steve Austin, in ECW imitating his former boss Eric Bischoff.
Does anyone think the reason they didn't play "Real American" at WM after the Hogan face turn was because they were in Canada? I thought it would have been pretty cool, seeing as he hulked up and was playing to the crowd and everything.
-The Big Kat "It's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care." -Peter Gibbons, Office Space
I think at WM 18, it was more of JR letting his personal hatred for Hogan interfere with his calling of the match. He just couldn't bring himself to put over Hogan. Well as it turns out, Hogan didn't need the great JR to "make" his match.