The #HijackRaw movement attempted to show the WWE that fans were not satisfied with the current product, but maybe the protests are going in the wrong direction all together.
There has been a lot happening in the WWE recently that has left a majority of fans more than a little disgruntled.
We had Dolph Ziggler lose his World Heavyweight Title after suffering a concussion and at Summerslam in August we had fan favourite Daniel Bryan instantly losing his title belt to Randy Orton. Following this, Bryan was continually held back from going anywhere near the title. Batista returned after four years to instantly be given a main event spot at Wrestlemania and finally, CM Punk walked out on the company.
It’s been an abysmal time for a lot of fans who have grown apathetic to the way the WWE continues to stubbornly ignore what they want.
The culmination of this apathy came at the Chicago recording of RAW.
Despite the fact other towns had shown their disdain at the current situation, none are considered more vocal than the fans in Chicago. To help formulate a protest the Twitter hashtag #HijackRaw was initiated to help funnel the anger into unified action.
There’s just one problem with this idea. It doesn’t work.
There are many reasons why #HijackRaw didn’t work. For one, the WWE were very prepared. RAW was truly outstanding.
It gave the audience everything they wanted. We had a reprise of The Shield vs the Wyatt Family, Aaron Paul came out with Dolph Ziggler and the Usos won the Tag Team Championships. The show was stellar and left the audience unable to really let out their disgruntled attitude.
Unfortunately even when they did have a chance, the “hijack” had no real effect. We can boo Stephanie McMahon and Triple H all we like, but that’s what they want.
They are the heels after all, and any heat is good heat as far as wrestling is concerned. The consistent boos only reinforce, in their minds, that they’re playing their roles as required.
If the WWE Universe really want to shock the foundations of the creative team, the key is not noise – it’s silence.
As I mentioned in my Elimination Chamber 2014 review, the most powerful moment at that event was the stark silence of the crowd after Randy Orton’s win. Can you imagine how much more powerful the protest would have come across if the crowd had turned silent whenever Stephanie McMahon or Triple H had spoke but cheered at everything Daniel Bryan had to say? It would have been a disaster for them.
Obviously such an undertaking would require a huge amount of solidarity from a crowd, but are we not at this point of frustration? Are fans not ready to do what the top brass thinks is impossible.
If fans really want to #HijackRaw, a silent protest would send a message louder than words possibly could.