Thanks to the YouTube account GlobalWrestlingTube for uploading the above video showcasing each and every chant the fan unleashed during last night's (April 8, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It was the night after WrestleMania 29, so the crowd was filled with plenty of "smart marks" who paid a lot of money from all around the world to come watch wrestling. That meant they weren't planning on putting up with the same-old, same-old, and they wasted no time going into business for themselves when Randy Orton and Sheamus had their match.
Cagesider DWalz286 shed some light on this for us, as he was in attendance at the show:
I was at Raw last night-- the crowd reaction was the result of a perfect storm. And Justin Roberts was the catalyst.
Here's what i mean:
First, the ingredients had to be in place.
A. King wasn't blowing smoke. There were A LOT of Europeans there last night which does always make for some interesting reations.
B. I would say a conservative estimate is about 75% of the fans there last night were at Wrestlemania the night before (including myself.) Naturally, we felt shafted by Cena winning and the generally underwhelming show itself. People were antsy to begin with.
C. Before the show went on the air, they announced the Rock wouldn't be there. People were pissed. And this is before the show even started.
Now you take A B & C and add it to this:
During the commercial break immediately before the Orton/Sheamus match, they did a segment where Justin Roberts came into the ring and told everyone in the crowd to hold up their signs. They showed a bunch of them on the TitanTron and Roberts would announce whatever they said. Right before the show went back on the air, the camera man got cute and showed referee Mike Chioda on the TitanTron. Not missing a beat, Roberts announced "And we've got Mike Chioda" as if he were announcing another sign. Chioda then hammed it up a little bit for the crowd which got a huge reaction.
Now the match starts. And it's Orton vs Sheamus... two guys who people are sick of. So naturally, a "Mike Chioda" chant starts up, followed by a "Justin Roberts" chant... and the rest, as they say, is history.
It really was the perfect storm. A volatile crowd to begin with, the camera man putting Chioda on the screen, Roberts announcing him, followed immediately by a boring match.