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Top 10 WWE Superstars who got booed in their hometown

Published at :February 22, 2024 at 7:32 PM
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The world of professional wrestling has witnessed its fair share of fan emotions, from roaring cheers to thunderous boos. One peculiar phenomenon is when a WWE superstar finds themselves at the center of discontent in their own hometown. It’s a rare occurrence, as hometown heroes usually receive an outpouring of love, but for these ten superstars, their homecomings turned into unexpected bouts of animosity.

Here are the 10 WWE legends who booed in their hometown:

10. John Cena – SummerSlam 2006

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John Cena is a 16-time world champion and one of the most iconic figures in WWE history. He has always been a divisive figure among fans. Even in his hometown, the reaction was mixed. At the 2006 SummerSlam event in Boston, Massachusetts, Cena faced Edge in a highly anticipated match. Despite the hometown connection, Cena was met with a surprising chorus of boos, showcasing the complexity of his relationship with the WWE Universe.

9. Jason Jordan – RAW 2017

In 2017, Jason Jordan, who was billed as the long-lost son of Kurt Angle, found himself in an intriguing storyline. However, when RAW hit Chicago, Jordan’s hometown, the reception wasn’t what he might have expected. The crowd, known for its vocal and passionate reactions, showered Jordan with boos, perhaps expressing dissatisfaction with the creative direction of his character.

8. Ronda Rousey – Survivor Series 2018

Ronda Rousey is a former UFC star who transitioned into WWE with immense popularity. However, during Survivor Series 2018 in Los Angeles, Rousey faced an unexpected backlash. Despite her mainstream success, the hometown crowd expressed their displeasure, revealing the unpredictable nature of WWE fan reactions.

7. Hulk Hogan – WrestleMania 37

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WrestleMania 37 marked the return of live events for fans after a lockdown hiatus. The legendary Hulk Hogan, donned in a pirate outfit, aimed to set the tone for the night. However, the Tampa Bay crowd did not take kindly to the peculiar wardrobe choice, and Hogan’s opening promo was met with resounding boos, proving that even wrestling icons aren’t immune to hometown criticism.

6. The Miz – TLC 2014

The Miz is known for his brash persona and Hollywood aspirations, had a rough night at TLC 2014 in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Despite being a native, The Miz faced a less-than-warm reception, emphasizing the fickleness of hometown crowds and their expectations for their local heroes.

5. Kurt Angle – RAW 1999

Kurt Angle, an Olympic gold medalist, initially portrayed a patriotic hero character. However, during a 1999 episode of RAW in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Angle’s hometown, the audience showcased their disapproval. The hometown hero was met with a barrage of boos, revealing that even Angle’s impressive credentials couldn’t shield him from the scrutiny of his own community.

4. Sami Zayn – RAW 2019

Sami Zayn, known for his high-energy performances and charismatic persona, experienced an unexpected turn of events on RAW in 2019. When the show hit Montreal, Zayn’s hometown, he found himself on the receiving end of a disapproving crowd. The complex relationship between Zayn and his hometown fans added an intriguing layer to his character’s narrative.

3. Brock Lesnar – SmackDown 2004

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Brock Lesnar the “Beast Incarnate,” usually evokes awe and fear from the WWE Universe. However, during a SmackDown episode in his hometown of Minneapolis in 2004, Lesnar encountered a surprising wave of boos. The hometown crowd’s reaction showcased the unpredictability of fan sentiment, even towards a dominant force like Lesnar.

2. Edge – SummerSlam 2004

Edge, a Canadian wrestling icon, found himself in an unusual position at SummerSlam 2004 in Toronto. Despite his Canadian roots, Edge faced a mixed reaction from the Toronto crowd. The hometown hero experienced both cheers and jeers, emphasizing the complexity of fan allegiance in the unpredictable world of professional wrestling.

1. CM Punk – Night of Champions 2010

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CM Punk known for his rebellious attitude and outspoken nature, had a memorable clash with his hometown crowd at Night of Champions 2010 in Chicago. Despite being a beloved figure in the Windy City, Punk’s actions during the event sparked a negative reaction from the audience. The incident showcased the thin line between adoration and disappointment in the dynamic relationship between a wrestler and their hometown fans.

In the world of WWE, hometown receptions can be as unpredictable as the in-ring action. These ten instances serve as reminders that even the most celebrated superstars are not immune to the ever-shifting tides of fan sentiment, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the drama unfolding inside the squared circle.

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