Woah. Who else was blown away by the Canadian crowd's reaction to Rhyno? The dude is from Detroit and used to wrestle in Toronto area indy feds, so I'm guessing it was good luck that WWE was in the London, Ontario area for Smackdown.
That crowd was ON FIRE! Best of all, the "RHY-NO!" chants weren't piped in through editing -- you could see the fans in the floor section on their feet cheering their asses off and chanting for Rhyno. And that's just when he was on the apron!
There will likely be a big dropoff in reaction to Rhyno in the coming weeks, but my god, who ever thought the crowds would be THIS into him at all, let alone in his return debut?
There has been nuild up through the Interent that Rhyno was coming so they had a chance to get ready for him. However, I agree with you as I did not think Rhyno would generate this type of positive reaction. Of course, I am hoping that he turns on Benoit and join Matt Hardy VI to set up a Rhyno/Benoit match at Wrestlemania.
Big brother representative: Now, Mr. Simpson, may I ask why you're here? Homer's Brain: Don't say revenge. Don't say revenge. Homer: Ummm... revenge? Homer's Brain: Okay, that's it. I'm outta here. [Sound FX: step step step step step... slam]
People argue all of the time about the WWF taking a guy, bringing him in hot in the main event, and then pushing him back down to the midcard. I always hear this as a bad thing that kills the heat of the guy.