During a recent edition of Bischoff on Wrestling podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff discussed rowdy problematic wrestling crowds (like this week on Raw). Below is Bischoff’s explanation on how to handle these crowds:
“Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the first, I think, when the crowd really started to try to take over a show and when it became problematic with the “WHAT?!” chants. I remember being out there and cutting promos that had nothing to do with Steve Austin. I’d be out there in the middle of a promo, either by myself or with someone, and you’d get that “WHAT?!” chant. For me the best way to stop it or control it is to simply talk over it and ignore it. Not letting it throw me off. The moment you react to it it’s only going to intensify.
Not only is it going to intensify in the ring at that particular moment but the people watching at home will show up at RAW the next week, or week after that, and realize they have the ability to throw you off your game. That’s really what they are trying to do. They are not just having fun they are doing it trying to have an impact on what is going on inside the ring. The best way to overcome it is to just keep going on, ignore it, stay on track and they will quit pretty quickly.”
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