Dolph Ziggler defended his Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins last weekend at Extreme Rules in a match that was the first singles Intercontinental title pay-per-view main event in more than two decades. Despite this being a historic match, the fans in the arena in Pittsburgh decided to take it upon themselves to count down with the clock on screen and make Royal Rumble sound effects.
Rollins and Ziggler were obviously affected by these chants throughout their 30-minute Ironman match but the former Champion has only recently been able to open up about how much he felt Ziggler was put off his game by the surprising reaction when he appeared on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast.
“I know it really messed with Dolph. He said via EwrestlingNews. He was super out of synch from how he normally is. I was okay. I just let them do their thing. I knew we had 30 minutes and by the end of it, I knew they’d be invested in what we were doing and I think they were. It was okay, it was a weird one though. Sometimes I don’t understand the, “I’m gonna be here bored, you’ve been sitting there for 5 hours, just trying to find anything to keep yourself entertained”, but I never understood the concept of coming to the show and doing anything other than watching the show. I don’t know, I can’t imagine it, but whatever. It is what it is. They pay the money, they can do what they want.”
This isn’t the first time that the WWE Universe has hijacked the main event since Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns received the same treatment at WrestleMania, it’s a worrying trend that WWE is proving powerless to prevent in the future.