Lafayette’s WWE Monday Night Raw Crowd Gets Mocked Online
WWE brought their primer weekly show, Monday Night Raw, to the Cajundome in Lafayette last night.
The show was stacked, with Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey, soon-to-be Hall of Fame member Triple H, Braun Strowman, Paul Heyman, and some surprise NXT call-ups, making their WWE debuts. Its the kind of show that a city like Dallas, Chicago, or Los Angeles dream of. It's the type of Monday Night Raw that happens 2, maybe 3 times a year. This was set up to be a magical night in Lafayette...
But, midway through the night, it became obvious that something was overshadowing the action in the ring. It was the crowd.
Sometimes you don't realize how much the crowd adds to a WWE show until you experience a bad one. I'm not one of those online fans either, who thinks that a crowd chanting "boring" or "you can't wrestle" takes away from a show. In fact, I think that adds. A crowd showing emotion, even if its them not agreeing with what they're seeing, is much better than what we got last night.
The crowd in Lafayette last night was dead. Silent. Indifferent.
In fact, Forbes labeled the crowd "low-energy", WhatCulture made the "mute crowd their #1 takeaway from a show with some major moments, while hardcore pro wrestling sites like WrestleYard blasted the crowd too.
In fact, WhatCulture went as far as saying:
"Lafayette, Louisiana might have set a record for the worst live television audience in recent WWE history."
Twitter was upset with the crowd too. Even WWE Hall of Famer Bubba Ray Dudley commented on it:
But he wasn't alone:
That's just a taste. As one of the Tweets noted, Lafayette was trending last night, but not for a good reason at all. Wrestling fans can barely, if ever, agree on something online. But last night, the city of Lafayette was able to finally get them to agree on something...that the crowd was terrible.