I was at MSG on both Monday and Tuesday, and on both nights, the crowd did shout "What!" during almost every pause of the National Anthem. Not everybody was doing it, but it sure sounded like it. You can say what you want about the people who did it, being that it *was* New York City and all, but I will say this: when Lillian was done, the pop was absolutely INCREDIBLE. When you see spoiler reports that list biggest pops of the night, you never see "National Anthem" on the list. But, believe me, it *was* the biggest pop of the night, for both shows, hands down. Bigger than Triple H. The terms "spine-tingling" and "tear-jerking" do not even do it justice. So, some may say that the New Yorkers were insensitive idiots, but I think we redeemed ourselves at the end.
The potential of the July angle was squandered, but it changed Punk's career and life immeasurably. He went from the #5 heel to #2 babyface. Went from a program with Randy Orton where he wasn't allowed to win a match to passing Orton on the depth chart.