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One of two for me. These are football pops I experienced live and not wrestling pops, but both were massive and deserve mention:

a) The Iowa Hawkeyes run back the opening kickoff to the 2003 Orange Bowl against USC. The crowd was 75-25% IA to USC and the place went berzerk. 'Course, the game went downhill after that, but for the opening minute it was great to be a Hawkeye. I still think the program would've been better off smashing Washington St. in the Rose Bowl and finishing 12-1 that year. It's not what bowl you go to, it's whether you win or not that matters.

b) Last season's upset of Penn St. by Iowa via last second field goal. Iowa hung around and hung around the entire game, then nailed the gamewinner with a second or two left on the clock. Place went apeshit. Being a night game made it even more dramatic (there aren't many Iowa home night games). Side note from that game - I froze my arse off. There was a brutally cold wind blowing in my face the whole time, but I was enthralled in the fourth quarter when the Hawks came storming back and forgot my frozen feet and legs.



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srossi wrote: beejmi wrote: In terms of ones that "I wasn't there in person" for, the Goldberg-Hogan crowd pop was off the charts. Has to be the biggest and loudest one I can remember.
The loudest I've ever heard that I only saw on TV was Nikita Koloff turning face by slowing walking into that cage after being announced as Dusty hodes' partner and then attacking Ric Flair.  It was a slow build as the place was buzzing for like 3 minutes and then when he finally hit Flair it was maybe the loudest pop in wrestling history, even taking into account larger crowds.  Just unreal.

The Koloff face turn was the loudest pop that i've ever heard. Great suspense in the air that night.



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Probably when Hogan came out to face Orndorff in 1986.

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May 27, 2002.  RAW in Edmonton.  Benoit made a surprise return in his hometown, it was fucking awesome, huge reaction.  It's all kind of bittersweet now.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: srossi wrote: beejmi wrote: In terms of ones that "I wasn't there in person" for, the Goldberg-Hogan crowd pop was off the charts. Has to be the biggest and loudest one I can remember.
The loudest I've ever heard that I only saw on TV was Nikita Koloff turning face by slowing walking into that cage after being announced as Dusty hodes' partner and then attacking Ric Flair.  It was a slow build as the place was buzzing for like 3 minutes and then when he finally hit Flair it was maybe the loudest pop in wrestling history, even taking into account larger crowds.  Just unreal.

The Koloff face turn was the loudest pop that i've ever heard. Great suspense in the air that night.



Loudest I ever heard (on TV) was on RAW when Foley won the title. The Corporation and DX started brawling outside and when Austin's music hit the place came absolutely unglued.



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Loudest pop I ever heard was at Giants Stadium, Jets Opening Day around '91-'93...late in the season before, Dennis Byrd was paralyzed from a helmet to chest hit  he laid on his own teammate Scott Mersereau (his intention was to separate Steve DeBerg's torso from his head, but he missed).  The next year on Opening Day, he walked out to mid field from the tunnel against what I think was the 49ers.  The stands were jammed full...a rarity because the traffic around Giants Stadium usually kept at least 1/4 of the crowd filing in throughout the first quarter.  The place was insane, lots of people were crying, it was wild.

The only pop I can think of worth mentioning in wrestling that I've seen in person was November '91 at MSG when Flair pinned Hogan to "unify" the WWF title and "The Real World's Championship".  Of course, a ref came out from the back and reversed the decision to piss everybody off.  MSG was a good 90% full, only empty seats looked like the old blues upstairs.  The concession stand guy said it was the biggest wrestling crowd in four years.  The amazing thing was, when Flair came out it was to mixed applause.  When he got the pin, even the kids wearing Hogan shirts were cheering that they saw a title change.  I have this match on TV and the crowd noise doesn't come across like it did that night in the Garden, and that was probably done on purpose.



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Superstar wrote: Loudest pop I ever heard was at Giants Stadium, Jets Opening Day around '91-'93...late in the season before, Dennis Byrd was paralyzed from a helmet to chest hit  he laid on his own teammate Scott Mersereau (his intention was to separate Steve DeBerg's torso from his head, but he missed).  The next year on Opening Day, he walked out to mid field from the tunnel against what I think was the 49ers.  The stands were jammed full...a rarity because the traffic around Giants Stadium usually kept at least 1/4 of the crowd filing in throughout the first quarter.  The place was insane, lots of people were crying, it was wild.

I would have loved to have been there that day.

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Loudest tv pop: Ultimate Warrior over HTM for IC title SummerSlam 88. You could see the reaction as the entire arena leaped too their feet

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convoy71 wrote: Loudest tv pop: Ultimate Warrior over HTM for IC title SummerSlam 88. You could see the reaction as the entire arena leaped too their feet
Good one.

Loudest TV pop I remember seeing was when greg Gagne and Crusher Blackwell shook hands and hugged after Greg saved blackwell from Sheik and Brody during their Lights Out match...October 1984 IIRC. Gagne's run-in pop (first time back in the ring since Brody put him out in April) was massive, but after they cleared the ring, they stood in opposite corners, just looking at each other...bitter enemies for years...but, realizing they had a common foe now, met in the center of the ring and shook hands and then embraced. On TV it seemed like the rafters shook, I can't even imagine what that was like in person.

For in-person wrestling, I don't remember attending an event that had a really, really memorable crowd pop. Abdullah winning the Montreal title from Ayala in 87 was pretty loud, but nothing earth-shattering.

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In person: Jerry Lawler being introduced prior to a Monday Night Raw in Memphis at The Pyramid.

On TV: Maybe when Hogan-The Rock from Wrestlemania. That was crazy.

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How about Hogan coming out of the dressing room with Elizebeth pulling him to the ring to save Savage from Honky, Bret and Jim N. The the Handshake between Hogan and Savage after.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: srossi wrote: beejmi wrote: In terms of ones that "I wasn't there in person" for, the Goldberg-Hogan crowd pop was off the charts. Has to be the biggest and loudest one I can remember.
The loudest I've ever heard that I only saw on TV was Nikita Koloff turning face by slowing walking into that cage after being announced as Dusty hodes' partner and then attacking Ric Flair.  It was a slow build as the place was buzzing for like 3 minutes and then when he finally hit Flair it was maybe the loudest pop in wrestling history, even taking into account larger crowds.  Just unreal.

The Koloff face turn was the loudest pop that i've ever heard. Great suspense in the air that night.

He actually attacked Ole & JJ but the feeling was amazing to be sure. The buzz going thru the crowd as people started noticing who was with Dusty was magical and then the pop once he finally nailed Ole & JJ was insane

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NCJames wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: srossi wrote: beejmi wrote: In terms of ones that "I wasn't there in person" for, the Goldberg-Hogan crowd pop was off the charts. Has to be the biggest and loudest one I can remember.
The loudest I've ever heard that I only saw on TV was Nikita Koloff turning face by slowing walking into that cage after being announced as Dusty hodes' partner and then attacking Ric Flair.  It was a slow build as the place was buzzing for like 3 minutes and then when he finally hit Flair it was maybe the loudest pop in wrestling history, even taking into account larger crowds.  Just unreal.

The Koloff face turn was the loudest pop that i've ever heard. Great suspense in the air that night.

He actually attacked Ole & JJ but the feeling was amazing to be sure. The buzz going thru the crowd as people started noticing who was with Dusty was magical and then the pop once he finally nailed Ole & JJ was insane

It meant that the Cold War was truly over, at least in the wonderful world of JCP sports. It's a shame that Koloff's career went downhill soon afterwards, due to the American Fatman. It killed all of His heat.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: NCJames wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: srossi wrote: beejmi wrote: In terms of ones that "I wasn't there in person" for, the Goldberg-Hogan crowd pop was off the charts. Has to be the biggest and loudest one I can remember.
The loudest I've ever heard that I only saw on TV was Nikita Koloff turning face by slowing walking into that cage after being announced as Dusty hodes' partner and then attacking Ric Flair.  It was a slow build as the place was buzzing for like 3 minutes and then when he finally hit Flair it was maybe the loudest pop in wrestling history, even taking into account larger crowds.  Just unreal.

The Koloff face turn was the loudest pop that i've ever heard. Great suspense in the air that night.

He actually attacked Ole & JJ but the feeling was amazing to be sure. The buzz going thru the crowd as people started noticing who was with Dusty was magical and then the pop once he finally nailed Ole & JJ was insane

It meant that the Cold War was truly over, at least in the wonderful world of JCP sports. It's a shame that Koloff's career went downhill soon afterwards, due to the American Fatman. It killed all of His heat.



What? The face turn kicked off the biggest part of Nikita's career. It didn't go downhill until his wife got sick in 1988 and he (understandably) stopped giving a shit about wrestling.

I mean, there's tons of things to hate Dusty about, but to say he somehow killed Nikita's career is just odd.



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The night Ric Flair beat Big Van Vader for the WCW Title. Flairs career was on the line and they had been showing his family on the screen all night. The fact that we were in Charlotte, N.C. probably had something to do with it. (We take our wrestling seriously down here) But my ears I think are still ringing form the pop when the referee counted 3.



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