Re: Positive crowd reactions are really that important anymore?
I fully disagree that crowds always need to be dead, or don't want to be worked, etc.. Jericho still works crowds brilliantly. He might get pops sprinkled in because he's excellent, but if he WANTS heel heat he will draw heel heat. It's like a lost art. Owens on Monday did an okay job of burying the "You deserve it" shit, but I felt he should have been more scathing. Take your cues from the Rock returning to Toronto after the fans turned on him there, then he turns on them. Fans enjoyed it because it was such a charismatic and funny performance, but at the same time, he was a HEEL.
On the same token, acts that actually engage the crowd, like New Day or Enzo/Cass, regardless of how stupid their segments can be, are still waking crowds up. Audiences are so dead because there's nothing really captivating them. It's not all because the fans have changed. WWE doesn't help matters with their booking. Seth Rollins upon return should have IMMEDIATELY been put in some kind of program where he could work a face turn, hell, even do a double turn with him and Reigns to help both guys out. Did they? Of course not. Instead, Rollins gets embarrassed by HHH again months later, and gets a "Randy Orton face turn" where he's beat up by someone so now he's a face. All the while Roman Reigns is still doing the same boring bullshit he's been doing for two years. Enzo/Cass are the most popular guys on the show, lets job them to the Shining Stars, while we continue our push to make them as lame and dopey as the New Day. HHH's actions from RAW two weeks ago drew face pops, was HHH there on Monday to explain and draw heel heat? Of course not.
There's just so many little fundamental things they do SO wrong these days in booking the show. At least on RAW, SD has been immensely better at booking to strengths, making guys/girls matter, and so on.