While some fans take WWE to task for piping in crowd noise during their shows, Booker T isn’t sure what all the fuss is about.
WWE has long used so-called “canned” crowd noise to enhance its programming, particularly when presenting pre-taped shows. This was evident during the May 26th episode of SmackDown, which was taped the previous week to allow talent to travel to Saudi Arabia ahead of Night of Champions on May 27th.
While many fans don’t enjoy the fake noise and would prefer the company to rely on its natural crowd reactions, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T doesn’t believe the pre-packaged noise is a big deal. He pointed to the use of canned noise during the pandemic as something that enhanced the viewing experience while fans were unable to attend live shows. During that time, canned noise was used as fans appeared on television screens to simulate the experience of a live crowd.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker had this to say:
“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.”
Continuing, the Hall of Famer said he doesn’t pay a lot of attention to crowd noise when watching wrestling, and he believes fans wouldn’t notice the pre-packaged noise nearly as much if not for the Internet and social media.
“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.”
Booker T recently gave his thoughts on who he believes to be the true four pillars of AEW.