In 2011 I said that the WWE should never go back to Buffalo, NY for anything more than house shows. I said this because the Night of Champions PPV event, hosted in this festering city of 260,000, had a crowd with about as much life in it as the World Bodybuilding Federation. This has been a trend in Buffalo for a while now; live crowds that give little to no reaction to any segment or match.
Tonight during the 3/4/2013 RAW the Rock came out to one of his most muted receptions in recent memory. John Cena was booed slightly, but was met with another muted response. Their combined promo, which was better than you'd think based on said crowd reaction, was met with disinterest and quiet. Past legends such as Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, The New Age Outlaws, and the Honky Tonk man did not elicit any reaction whatsoever. Triple H was met with silence. Whether you are a fan of the aforementioned wrestlers or not is irrelevant. For them to be met with no enthusiam, whether boo's or cheers, was not the proper response.
Let's analyze why Buffalo is a cesspool for professional wrestling. It's not due to it's geographic location. Toronto, just minutes away, is one of the best WWE cities. New York City, in the same state, is another excellent wrestling city. It's not due to the city's small size. Cities with populations under 500,000 such as Green Bay, Tulsa, and Pittsburgh have always been known to give good reactions. To understand why the atmosphere at Buffalo WWE events is so bleak you need to have a knowledge of Buffalo itself. Buffalo is a dying city. It's population has declined every decade since 1950 due to steel and other heavy industry getting exported out. This has lead to a poor local economy and high crime. Drive around Buffalo and you will see innumerable destered shopping plazas with boarded up stores. Drive a little more and you will find yourself in unending high crime areas. Buffalo is a dying city and the crowd reflects it's city.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; WWE: stay away from Buffalo for RAW and PPV's. House shows are fine, and SmackDown is fine as they can edit in crowd noise. The bottomline is Buffalo is a dying city and the crowd reflects it's city.