A WWE Hall of Famer has weighed in on the company’s use of piped-in fake crown noise during matches as a way of directing reactions.
Recently, WWE was criticised for its use of piped-in audio after live footage of LA Knight appeared online.
In the footage, it was shown that LA Knight had received a positive reaction from the crowd at WWE SmackDown when the show was pre-taped on May 19, 2023.
When the show was broadcast on May 26, Knight came out to boos and jeers that were piped-in.
It was noted on Twitter that this was probably done as a way of keeping Knight heel for longer.
Booker T has now offered his take on the use of fake audio during the Hall of Fame podcast, saying:
“It’s not something I really think about or look at or anything like that.
“Just like when we had the pandemic and they piped in the crowd noise, it made the show a little bit better.”
With no live crowds during the pandemic era of WWE television, the use of fake audio helped make the shows sound more realistic instead of just having wrestlers performing to the sound of silence.
As for its use in the modern era of WWE, Booker T doesn’t have an issue with enhancing the audio and believes that fan attention is the reason why this has become an issue, concluding:
“I think, for me, I am not really paying too much attention to something like that.
“The thing is, the people that’s writing about it probably wouldn’t have paid a whole lot of attention to it if someone wouldn’t have written about it and said that it actually happened.”
During the Cody Rhodes and Brock Lesnar segment on the May 8 episode of WWE Raw, it was confirmed that WWE had piped in audio.
According to sources at the time, the “chorus of boos” made Brock Lesnar’s words difficult to hear for viewers at home.
Highlights from Brock Lesnar putting Cody Rhodes through a table and then cutting a promo on the fallen American Nightmare can be seen below this story.
The crowd reaction arguably doesn’t appear to widely match the audio as heard in the vide clip (and by viewers at home).
Transcript from Wrestling Inc.
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