Dear WWE: Stop Showing the Fans, or How to Ruin Edge’s Royal Rumble Return

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The 2020 Royal Rumble brought back one of wrestling’s worst habits. No, I’m not talking about Kofi Kingston throwing pancakes out to the fans, but wasting the viewers’ time showing the fans. One of professional wrestling’s worst practices is when the production truck switches from a shot of the in-ring action to a shot of the crowd. It’s something the territories were notorious for, and last night, the WWE reminded everyone why it’s such a bad idea at live shows, with a shot of the crowd taking place when Edge entered the ring and speared Dolph Ziggler.

The man who allegedly proved to be too vigorous for Amy Schumer in the sack even tweeted about it:

The only time we should see the crowd during a match…

I get it, the WWE likes to show the crowd’s reaction, but the 2020 Royal Rumble production crew spent way too much time filming the ham and eggers’ reaction to the matches when they needed to show the bouts themselves. Can you imagine UFC showing the crowd while Conor McGregor dispatches with his latest Glass Joe-like opponent? When it comes to seeing crowd reaction shots, I hold them in the same category that renowned motivational speaker Dennis Reynolds does for dreams:

I hate listening to people’s dreams. It is like flipping through a stack of photographs. If I’m not in any of them and nobody is having sex, I just don’t care.

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Mike Rickard II

Retired bank robber and author of "Wrestling's Greatest Moments", "Laughing All the Way to the Bank Robbery, "Flunky: Pawns and Kings," and "Don't Call Me Bush Beans: The Legend of a Three-Legged Cat." Pro wrestling and hockey fan. Hired gun for several pro wrestling sites and a top 10 YouTube wrestling channel. Available in regular and extra-strength.

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