The easiest way to get boo'd in wrestling is to insult the town your in. If you really want to get heat, you'll take a step further by insulting the sports team in that town because no town likes it when you remind them that their sports team sucks, even if their sports team sucks.
On the October 1, 2018 episode of WWE Raw, Elias and Kevin Owens generated plenty of heat when they ripped on the town of Seattle for no longer having an NBA team after the Supersonics were moved to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder.
Former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide wrote the segment for Elias and Owens and reflected on the segment on Twitter.
If i can bottle what i felt after producing this and drink it, i would be a junkie. https://t.co/JbhLStelai— Kazeem Famuyide -- (@Kazeem) July 2, 2020
This prompted Brian Gewirtz, another former WWE writer who now works alongside The Rock at Seven Bucks Productions, to chime in on 'cheap heat' in the business.
Got into many, shall we say “spirited debates” with Vince about “cheap heat” and agree it can be a lazy crutch when overdone or non-organic but when it’s done right, it’s a thing of beauty. Nice @Kazeem! #FortheBenefitofThoseWithFlashPhotography #ItsTrue https://t.co/EWYVgQ6EtB— Brian Gewirtz (@bfg728) July 3, 2020
True! And I’m going to imagine that gif is of Harper striking out rather than hitting a home run!— Brian Gewirtz (@bfg728) July 3, 2020
Taking shots at Bryce Harper in Washington would get you a babyface reaction in 2020.
The segment garnered so much buzz that former Supersonics Detlef Schrempf and Brent Barry chimed in at the time. You can view their comments by clicking here.