During the course of his legendary near 20 year in-ring career, Arn Anderson performed in front of every kind of crowd imaginable. But whether appearing as a singles star, a member of The Four Horsemen or in tag team action with Tully Blanchard, one thing was always clear, Anderson was in control.
In recent years there has been a rise in fans taking over a match, and going into business for themselves. A number of ‘RAW after WrestleMania’ shows immediately spring to mind. While to the contrary it has also been said that the crowd can elevate a much, such as during the clash between The Rock and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8.
Performing in front of a live crowd means that if the audience love something, they’ll make their feelings known instantly. However, this also works the other way, if the fans dislike something, the dreaded “boring” chant will undoubtedly cascade down from the stands.
Anderson explained that in typical Arn Anderson style, he would do the total opposite to what you’re told and expected to do. For the simple reason that he’s in control, not the audience.
22m30 – “I know what you’re supposed to do, you’re supposed to get up and give them something to wet their beak on. I go the other way, I grab a hold and sit in it until the chants stop. They don’t control me; I control the match – it’s my baby. I’m running the show here, they’re not. So most times it’s just to be assholes because most wrestling fans, they want to have a good time. You come to the ring, it’s usually you do one thing and they’re already chanting ‘boring’ because they want to see something else on the card – not because what’s going on in the ring is not any good or doesn’t fit or is a lousy story or anything like that. They just want you to somehow magically skip to the main event or whatever they paid to see and forget all the other stuff; that’s not the way it works and I just ignore it.”
Arn Anderson retired from active competition in 1997, due to a series of neck and back injuries. Although he continued to be a fixture on WCW television until the company was brought by WWE in 2001. Anderson would wind up joining WWE as a road agent while still making occasional on-screen appearances.
The multiple time World Tag Team Champion, left WWE in 2019, before quickly joining AEW, where he now appears as advisor and coach to Cody Rhodes.
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