Originally Posted by The Lady Killer
Agreed, and Choke2Death saying "hadn't HHH hogged the spotlight enough at that point" is ironic considering Cena hasn't left the spotlight since that match...
But that was just the beginning of it. Hunter had been at the top in some way since 2000 and the only time he really left the spot was when he went out with the quad injury. That and his "end of Evolution" feud with Flair in late 2005. Cena had the title for one year and fans looked like they wanted to kill him.
For the life of me I still can't understand how the hatred towards Cena reached such
an aggressive height. Nobody had ever gotten blunt "Fuck you" chants before him in the WWE and the boos he received spread from city to city like a disease. From the 2005 stuff I've seen, after his Angle feud started, the little bit of booing followed him in every city (even when he paid tribute to Eddie Guerrero) and then when 2006 started, it took over completely.
I guess Vince just didn't know what to do at that point. Cena needed to lose the belt due to the heat he got, Edge still had his briefcase to cash in and they wanted Cena/HHH for WM22 badly so they had to force Cena down throats at the expense of Edge and have the crowd just sucking it up.
And couldn't agree more on the comment of the fan that was speechless when Hunter tapped out. That's a classic picture I can't forget. He was literally confused and shrugged after that finish. Has there every been any other instances where a crowd got silenced like that after the end of a match?