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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.53
"If Cena Wins We Riot"
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Forgive me if this subject has already been discussed.
Has there ever been pro-wrestling related crowd riots? If so, what caused them? Thanks in advance.



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The legend is that there have been plenty of riots in Puerto Rico. Never heard of a specific case, but I know I have heard that they have had them down there.
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I'm not sure this counts as a bona fide riot but the closest equivalents I can think of was when Hulk Hogan turned heel and formed the nWo in 1996. The fans went nuts and threw all kinds of stuff into the ring. Besides that, there's the famous ECW incident where the fans threw dozens of chairs into the ring.

I'm not aware of any wrestling crowd riots in America where full blown violence erupted and people were hurt or arrested, like there are after some baseball and football games. Thankfully.



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Another questionable one, as it involved workers, but the ECW vs. XPW incident might be. That was more of a brawl than a full-on riot.



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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Besides that, there's the famous ECW incident where the fans threw dozens of chairs into the ring.


Apparently begged on by Brother Ray(Bubba Ray Dudley) at a recent, says it was posted June 10th, hardcore type NWA show the chair throwing was repeated with not nearly as much force but it was interesting to watch.

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ROH's One Year Anniversary did a work riot, but people in the crowd didn't know it was scripted, so it became a legit riot.



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In that youtube clip above, watch as first the former Billy Gunn and then the former RoadDogg just simply walk out of the match (both while Brother Ray is still trying to work the match). It's only at that point that Brother Ray tries to get people to stop (where just seconds before he seemed to be egging people on). I found that funny for some reason.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.57

not a full scale riot, but how about the night lawler got his head shaved inside the cage by tommy rich and austin idol?





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What, no



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There's the story about Piper being in Mexico and doing something or another that required him to go to the ring for an apology. He says as his apology, he'll play the Mexican national anthem on his bagpipes. Then he starts up La Cucaracha. Cue riot
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    Originally posted by Greymarch
    What, no



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Touche'


I'm actually surprised John Orquiola didn't come up with that before you.



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Ox Baker-Ernie Ladd in Cleveland is a famous one.



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I can't believe that no one mentionned this yet...

Hulk Hogan vs Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA title in Minneapolis (I think) almost caused a riot when they did a dusty finish, screwing Hogan of his first world title.



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No mention of the flaming towel near-riot?

From pwinsider (http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.asp?id=13994&p=1)

"Bill Alfonso gave Foley a chair wrapped in a towel that Foley set on fire. He went to hit Funk with it but Dreamer jumped atop of him and took the shot. Foley then charged Funk and went to hit him with the chair, but Funk ducked out of the ring. What it looked like was supposed to happen was the chair would hit the ropes and bounce back at Foley. Instead the burning towel fell off the chair and landed on Funks back. Funk went up in one of the most frightening things I have ever seen in my life. Foley tried to grab him but Funk ran around flailing away until the towel fell to the floor.

In the midst of all this, ECW employees came out with fire extinguishers but in a moment of stupidity, shot them through the ring (as there were small burning pieces of the towel on the mat) spreading mist out into the air, instead of just focusing on the locations where the burning towels were. So now weve got the chaos of Funk going up and everyone coughing from the extinguisher. To top things off, the lights in the building went out as was planned for an angle where Raven would crucify Dreamer in the old Eagles Nest. Lord knows why that wasnt stopped but for whatever reason, it still went down and a lot of people were really freaked by that because when those lights went out, 95% of the crowd stampeded for the doors, fearing the worst."

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Flair, in his book, talks about a "riot" that took place the night the Horsemen attacked Dusty Rhodes in a cage, where the Horsemen needed cops to escort them from the ring, and how they were punching fans all the way back to the locker rooms. I think I've seen the angle before, but never the clips of the riot after... so not sure how legit that is.




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    Originally posted by CANADIAN BULLDOG
    Flair, in his book, talks about a "riot" that took place the night the Horsemen attacked Dusty Rhodes in a cage, where the Horsemen needed cops to escort them from the ring, and how they were punching fans all the way back to the locker rooms. I think I've seen the angle before, but never the clips of the riot after... so not sure how legit that is.



While we are at it Don't forget Bret's Riot after Survivor Series 1997.

Spitting, Monitors Slammed,Security called out to get Bret before he destroys anything else, And Vince getting knocked out backstage.







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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.21
Not strictly a riot, though. More Bret going nuts.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.27
Didn't the England crowd go pretty wild when HBK beat British Bulldog at the "One Night Only" PPV? I don't know if it qualifies as a full-scale riot, but it was a hell of a reaction.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.48
Please debunk this rumor I heard years ago so I can stop thinking there's a slight chance it actually happened...uh, unless it did:


Back when Backlund was running around putting everyone in the "inescapable" chicken-wing around '94, Savage was announcing on Raw. I don't remember what the main event was on this particular Raw broadcast, but it was some crazy finish (not involving Backlund) where the crowd was going nuts in anger. After that was over, they were wrapping up the show and Backlund came out from the crowd (or something) and attacked Savage, putting him in the chicken wing. I don't know if it was a full-scale riot or not, but that was supposedly enough cause some people to jump the barrier.

This was not broadcast on Raw (I remember hearing about it on a "hotline" prior to the episode, wondering if they'd show it or not). And actually, the way it was edited sure looked like that's where they were going. They'd show the empty ring while the announcers talked, then cut to Savage, then the ring, then Savage again. It didn't look like a regular segment the way it was edited. At that point though they just wrapped and faded to black instead.



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    Originally posted by KaneRobot
    Back when Backlund was running around putting everyone in the "inescapable" chicken-wing around '94, Savage was announcing on Raw. I don't remember what the main event was on this particular Raw broadcast, but it was some crazy finish (not involving Backlund) where the crowd was going nuts in anger. After that was over, they were wrapping up the show and Backlund came out from the crowd (or something) and attacked Savage, putting him in the chicken wing. I don't know if it was a full-scale riot or not, but that was supposedly enough cause some people to jump the barrier.
They taped Backlund putting Savage in the chickenwing during a RAW taping, but before it was scheduled to air Savage's contract ended and he quit the WWF, so they never aired the segment. I never heard about any rioting.



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