Thanks to Hulk Hogan’s apology and the responses to it, and Stephanie McMahon’s announcement, and just the rapidly cycling 2018 news cycle, the controversial Pittsburgh Extreme Rules crowd barely even got their 15 minutes of fame.
The audience for July 15’s pay-per-view (PPV) trying to turn the Iron Man main event between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler into a mini-Royal Rumble is the kind of moment from wrestling lore which will come up repeatedly from here on out though. So it’s not surprising Rollins was already called to speak on it when he was a guest on the latest episode of Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast:
“Uh, yeah [unintelligble] You know, they started it early on and I was like okay, let’s just do that. They know it’s a 30 minute match, they’re just gonna get it out of their system. And then somebody - I have no idea who or whatever, they made the call to actually take the clock off the ‘Tron. And that, really, that was bad. Then it was like you were taking a toy away from a petulant child and they’re just gonna be a jerk to you about it now. So I was like ‘no, what a terrible, don’t do that - but, oh no.’
I know it really messed with Dolph. He was super out of synch from how he normally is. I was okay. I just let them do their thing. I knew we had 30 minutes and by the end of it, I knew they’d be invested in what we were doing and I think they were. It was okay, it was a weird one though. Sometimes I don’t understand the, ‘I’m gonna be here bored, you’ve been sitting there for 5 hours, just trying to find anything to keep yourself entertained’, but I never understood the concept of coming to the show and doing anything other than watching the show. I don’t know, I can’t imagine it, but whatever. It is what it is.
They pay the money, they can do what they want.”
Garcia brings up the influence of European fans on post-WrestleMania shows as a factor in more and more crowds wanting to make themselves part of the show, but neither she or Seth addresses the argument that long or poorly booked shows contribute to those kind of “revolts”.
So even though we now have a more detailed take from The Kingslayer, there’s still plenty to argue about. Now somebody go get Ziggler to respond to the claim he was rattled.