There was an interesting change of plans for one of the matches at the NXT live event in Dallas, Texas on Friday night. Chad Lail (formerly Gunner in TNA) wrestled Kassius Ohno. Lail is a heel but, for whatever reason, fans started to cheer “Chad, Chad, Chad.”
Instead of going against the crowd and sticking with the planned finish of the match, they decided to go along with the crowd. On Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about the match. He said, “In the middle of the match, all of a sudden, it just flips and Ohno starts playing the heel and loses. They actually listened to the crowd and changed everything on the fly. Ohno would have won [because] Ohno always beats Lail [at the house shows] and he lost. They changed the finish just so the crowd would be real happy.”
We’ll see if this was a one-time occurrence or if it happens again at a future show if the fans don’t react the way management wants to. It’s nice to see things like this from time to time instead of going against the grain. Granted, there are storyline reasons that prevent audibles like this from being called but house shows can be used to experiment. WWE ought to try a Roman Reigns heel turn on a few house shows.
This crowd is really booing Ohno and cheering for Chad (Gunner from TNA) #NXTDallas
— Hector (@TranquiloHector) May 19, 2018