So, actual fast story right here. I went to Monday Evening Uncooked in St Louis yesterday, and I used to be sitting subsequent to a girl who was there together with her grandkids. I’m not good at guessing ages, however I’ll say she was in her mid-to-late 60s. Anyway, she was extremely good and gave some applause to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn once they began the present. She was semi-engaged for the subsequent hour or so and talked to her grandkids in a means that made it clear she’s up on no less than the key plotlines of what’s occurring in WWE. I just about assumed that’s how the remainder of the night time would go however then Dominik Mysterio walked out.
The second Dominik Mysterio’s music hit and he appeared, one thing modified on this candy older girl. She began booing like she simply came upon Hulk Hogan was the third man at Bash At The Seaside ‘96. Within the matter of about three minutes, she informed me: 1) she hates how he seems, 2) he has no respect for his household, 3) she doesn’t perceive why Rhea Ripley hangs out with him and 4) she will’t take it watching him win matches anymore.
Evidently, she was livid when he beat Johnny Gargano and loudly sighed repeatedly throughout his post-match promo. You’d have thought Dominik Mysterio personally slashed all 4 of this lady’s tires within the parking storage. At one level, I felt the necessity to say, “It’s OK. Rey Mysterio will beat him at WrestleMania” and with out lacking a beat, she responded and mentioned, “I’ll go down there and beat his ass myself if his daddy received’t.”
After Dominik Mysterio’s section was over and he went to the again with Damian Priest, the girl subsequent to me sat down and went again to consuming the present and not using a ton of emotion. In truth, aside from some claps for Rhea Ripley, she didn’t stand up from her seat once more till Roman Reigns got here out and he or she screamed “cheater” a number of occasions at a excessive quantity. She informed me she hates how he has The Usos intrude in his matches and in addition doesn’t like how he handled Sami Zayn.
So, to recap, this girl watched three hours of Monday Evening Uncooked and probably the most emotion she confirmed throughout all the present was for Roman Reigns and Dominik Mysterio. And it’s not like she was some anecdotal outlier at Uncooked. The boos had been loud and so they had been aggressive all through all the area. My CinemaBlend co-worker Philip Sledge was in a unique part than I used to be, and he mentioned the warmth was intense round him too, with one man full-on dressed as Roman Reigns standing up and speaking shit throughout Dom’s complete match.
Final month, I went to a Smackdown taping in Evansville, Indiana and it was the identical factor. Dominik Mysterio obtained booed like a late 80s Bobby Heenan. Some man a pair seats down from me muttered “I hate this little shit” and folks had been turning on Rey Mysterio for not hitting him and rolling out of the ring. They wished blood.
The purpose of wrestling is to make individuals really feel one thing, optimistic or destructive. The worst factor you will get is indifference, and Dominik Mysterio has tapped into one thing particular right here. He’s getting predominant occasion ranges of warmth wherever he goes, and the extra he’s making good outdated women lose their shit, the extra he’s going to maintain rising up the cardboard, which is nice as a result of Judgment Day has all of the potential to be an all-time nice secure.
Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio hasn’t been formally confirmed for the WrestleMania 39 card but, but it surely’s clearly coming. If these latest crowd reactions are any indication, it’s going to possible get the loudest non-Bloodline pop of all the night time. You’ll be able to watch it free with a Peacock subscription on April 1st and April 2nd.