WWE Raw opened with a hot segment last night. Logan Paul and The Miz had a brawl that didn’t involve much talking. There was a method to the madness.
Since signing a new multi-year deal with WWE, the company has pushed Logan Paul as a babyface. Unfortunately, the fans don’t see things that way. Paul was met with a chorus of boos when he first returned to confront The Miz.
Logan Paul was booked for a talk show segment on last night’s show. On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer pointed out that the reason WWE had the brawl take place before that segment was to hide the crowd booing him. The hope was that by having Paul make his entrance when the cameras weren’t rolling, the crowd would get it out of their system.
“So the deal here, the reason that they did this, aside from hot open, Logan Paul, celebrity and everything like that. But, if you noticed, they opened with them brawling as opposed to, let’s say Logan Paul in the ring going, ‘Miz, get out here, let’s fight right now,’ which, he actually tried to do that later in the show. The reason they did was because they figured that the people were going to boo Logan Paul when they first saw him, a lot.
So, they would have him come to the ring and do all this with no cameras on so you don’t see it. So, his coming to the ring to the music and everything like that had happened off-screen before Raw started. And, in fact, he was booed very heavily…
I think that they think you go out there and go, ‘I love New York. I’m in Madison Square Garden,’ that the people will get behind him, and they do to a small degree.”
Even though they hid his entrance during the opening hot segment, by the time he came back out, the crowd was over it. Logan didn’t get booed out of the building, but the crowd didn’t treat him like a babyface. It will be interesting to see how WWE handles these reactions from here on out.
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