I was doing some thinking. At Wrestlemania X7, Austin turned heel in his home state of Texas. Later that year, Christian turned on Edge in his hometown of Toronto. Last week on Raw, Benoit turns heel in yet his hometown of Edmonton. Is it me or does the WWE hate its fans? Anyway, who else has turned in their home?
I think it's probably because the "home" crowd will react the most to it. If you look at old-school regional stuff, when a home-town boy turned on the fans it got more heat than if he was someplace else. The same will apply here. If Benoit turned, say in Boise, Idaho, and nobody reacted to it, like most crowds do to anything on Raw, then nobody watching TV (that will be going to the subsequent shows) will accept his turn. But put Benoit in front of a home-town audience and turn him, and watch the crowd become pissed at Benoit for turning his back on them.
Sometimes (well, most of the time with WWE) this isn't done right, but I think they did a good job with doing it with Benoit. And as a side note, he can always turn face once he hits Smackdown because he sided with McMahon's rival, Flair, and McMahon wants Benoit to pay for that.
Just to underline Trineo's point, that's the reason why in the past you've seen Jim "JR" Ross embarrassed in front of his home state fans in Oklahoma (a beatdown by Austin one time, being forced by the Undertaker to kiss Vince McMahon's ass another). While it may seem that WWE is being cruel to its fans by not giving them a feel-good ending for their local favorite, there's no denying that by having these segments take place where they did greatly increased the heel heat on the antagonists (indeed, had the incidents I mentioned above involving JR taken place outside of Oklahoma, the crowd may not have reacted at all or, even worse, may have cheered). Still, when the occasion calls for it, you will see World Wrestling Entertainment putting a smile on the faces of the hometown fans: Bradshaw getting a title win in Texas, Lawler picking up a victory in Memphis, and Trish becoming WWE Woman's Champion in Canada are a few recent examples of the fans getting to see their local faves come out on top.
Man, it's too bad there is no one from New Hampshire. I guess the closest hometown pride I can feel is for Hunter, since he's from Connecticut. Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat. Subsequently, I don't have a huge grasp of this whole hometown thing. Are all wrestlers from big cities that the WWE conveniently does shows at? None of them live in the countryside where a stadium would be inaccessable?
Originally posted by socetewMan, it's too bad there is no one from New Hampshire. I guess the closest hometown pride I can feel is for Hunter, since he's from Connecticut. Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat. Subsequently, I don't have a huge grasp of this whole hometown thing. Are all wrestlers from big cities that the WWE conveniently does shows at? None of them live in the countryside where a stadium would be inaccessable?
HHH isn't really from CT, he's from NH. I think he lives in either Bedford or Nashua and I believe he's lived there his whole life(I'll have to give my HHH magazine a look later to see if that's right). I remember when they were showing commercials for that house show they did at the new Verizon Wireless Arena, they pretty focussed them solely on the fact that HHH was going to be there. On another note, if HHH is to win the title from Taker at KOTR, he'll make yet another homecoming in July when they do Raw there.
//Edit As long as we're on the subject of wrestlers from New England, Scotty's from Maine and Saturn and Albert are from Boston. Not sure about anyone else.
(edited by LeechOfTheNight on 5.6.02 1006) "You better get his ass outta here before I get up"- Undertaker
hey, why so that is true, leech! Yeah, NH. I can't believe I forgot about that. I do remember knowing about that at one point. Well, Hunter doesn't scream New Hampshire to me, even if that's where he's from. I mean, not in the way that SCSA and Bradshaw scream "Texas!".
I used to be in CT, but alas no more. I know I'm not a wrestler.. whatever.
Frankly they ruined RVD right from the start. When he showed up, he was still the same limited worker, but he was at least motivated. And more importantly, every single thing he did had the crowd on their feet screaming themselves hoarse.