First off, they sure do love their wrestling (and sports entertainment) in the Windy City, don’t they?
Tonight's (8/2) RAW show is SOLD OUT. We are sure it is going to be a great homecoming event... pic.twitter.com/Y20yHPIlWa— Allstate Arena (@AllstateArena) August 2, 2021
Chicago area wrestling crowds also have a reputation for being hot ones - not to be confused with Hot Ones - and unafraid to express their displeasure with anything happening in the ring by showing their love for Phil Brooks.
Stephanie McMahon was also the target of Punk chants a year later, but her retort that time wasn’t as witty.
Steph’s unlikely to be called into duty tonight. But even if WWE has a good line or two ready for the inevitable, will the packed house of fired up Midwesterners just turn to another ex-WWE Superstar should they decide they’re not into, oh, say, Goldberg reacting to Bobby Lashley reacting to Goldberg’s SummerSlam challenge?
Could tonight see the birth of a Bray Wyatt chant? If the Allstate audience is feeling creative, maybe they’ll just start singing “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. If they’re not, it’ll probably just be A-E-Dub.
I doubt WWE will tempt fate like this, but you never know:
Whatever happens, the crowd should make this one interesting. Join us in our live blog at 8 pm ET and find out how interesting.