By Ryan K Boman, Editor in Chief
“I couldn’t stand living in a society that admires the emperor’s new clothes, when I see so clearly that he is naked.”
— Patricia McConnell
Sometime during RAW tonight, a familiar intro will play, and the fans in Sacramento will explode. There will suddenly be a billion-dollar boom throughout the arena – like the sound of thunder.
As the first few beats of “No Chance in Hell” are played, Vince McMahon will begin his usual cocky strut down the ramp, flailing his arms like a man with a nervous condition. Then, he’ll grab the microphone, and attempt to change the course of WWE history in one night, and in one all-encompassing promo.
I’m anxious to hear what the WWE CEO has on his mind, as an appearance by him is usually good for next day, armchair fodder. It’s also pretty timely. Ratings for both programs have been tanking, providing an inclination for wrestling’s most powerful man to try and save the day.
So, anticipation has been building, and with the TLC pay-per-view now out of the way, the general chatter this morning has moved toward speculation. As if, tonight, McMahon is going to step through the ropes to sprinkle some of his old magic, delivering an announcement that’s FINALLY going to fix everything and send us all home happy.
Theories abound on what Vince might say – and honestly – I don’t have a clue, myself. There’s a few different ways he could go with this. I’m just interested (and even excited) at the prospect of change.
However, no matter what comes out of McMahon’s mouth, I do know what kind of statement the fans in attendance should make…
Instead of cheering like Pavlovian dogs when Vince enters the arena, the crowd at the Golden 1 Center should make a statement for all WWE fans: They should boo the shit out of him.
I’m not joking. Let ’em really have it — Raspberries and all.
I dont mean a mixed reaction or a ’50-50′ crowd response. I mean, give him the type of ‘ovation’ that Roman Reigns received the night after he defeated the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Rain a chorus of boos down on him, and don’t let him speak until you feel like he’s heard your collective voice first.
As much as we can all respect Vince McMahon for his accomplishments, I don’t think giving him a ‘hero’s welcome’ tonight is the right move. Generally, the WWE Universe is pretty upset with getting spoon-fed a lot of garbage lately, and this would be a good time to have a little talk with the #1 Trash Man.
And while it seems to be in our instinct to go batshit crazy anytime someone returns from a long absence, tonight’s show can’t be business as usual. For McMahon, OR the audience. That might send Uncle Vinny the message that, despite the grumblings, everything is actually okay.
It isn’t… And he needs to hear that from the crowd.
It’s a rare occasion that Vince makes live appearances anymore, and as the God of Sports Entertainment, I can only guess that he’s pretty insulated from criticism in his day-to-day life. So, this might be one of the few opportunities that the paying public has to make a statement DIRECTLY to him.
So, I’m begging the people in Sacramento, California, tonight: If you really are as collectively tired of the WWE Machine as I believe you are, let your anger be known. Don’t give Vince McMahon the obligatory ‘pop’. Don’t chant his name or cheer wildly.
Voice your opinion, and be loud and proud. Feel free to display your disdain for the recent television product that he, and his company, have been producing. PLEASE send a statement for all of us, and deliver it directly to the top.
Because if you think you can make an emperor change his mind without bruising his ego? There’s No Chance in Hell.
Ryan Boman is the Editor in Chief of TheGorillaPosition.com and a feature writer whose work has appeared at The Miami Herald, 1Wrestling.com, The County Journal and SB Nation. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @RyanKBoman