->''"Career Lows: Oh come on, it's X-Pac do I even need to say it?"''
-->-- '''A guide''' for ''WWF Raw'' on the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}.

->''"X-Pac sucks!"''
-->-- '''Fans''' at many, many Wrestling/{{W|WE}}WF events.

"Heat" is a term used in [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] to describe any reaction to a wrestler and his [[TheGimmick gimmick]]. {{Face}} and {{heel}} heat can make or break a wrestler, while not getting any heat is the [[KissOfDeath kiss of death]] in the industry.

Then there's '''X-Pac Heat'''. This is when the audience boos and insults a wrestler not because they hate the "character", but because ''they hate the performer''. It can be because they've been [[CreatorsPet pushed too hard]], they have political power behind the scenes, or because they're terrible performers. For wrestlers, this often refers to guys who have poor matches (or actively wreck the pushes of others) and become overexposed despite crowds not caring for them one way or the other (either as heroes or as villains). This is not a heel, a villain whom fans [[LoveToHate want to see punished]]; an X-Pac is someone fans don't want to see ''at all''. It's a very specific form of breaking {{kayfabe}} by the fans and happens to be quite rare.

"Not the right kind of heat" is an alternative meaning to "X-Pac Heat" that can, but does not always intersect with it. It's more of a "we are sick of this one and don't want to see him anymore" reaction than a "we want this one to get his comeuppance" reaction (which is the impression you ''want'' the fans to have). This is more or less the equivalent of a villainous [[TheScrappy Scrappy]], but has its own page.

Normally, it is possible to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap correct an unfavorable response by altering a wrestler's gimmick or shifting their position in the company]]. It is significantly harder to overcome X-Pac Heat; unlike [[TheScrappy the Scrappy]], the audience is reacting not to an annoying ''character'', but to a bad or overexposed ''performer''.

In short: if you [[LoveToHate love to hate]] the target, or wish to see someone beat him, it's a heel; if you just hate the target, it's [[TheScrappy the Scrappy]]; if you hate seeing the performer, it's X-Pac Heat.

Note that the live audience in professional wrestling is considered to be [[InUniverse in-universe]] because it is such a major part of the show. When the reaction is obvious and on-camera, examples involving it can be considered objective, unlike those involving the viewers at home or other media.

''Please only add professional wrestling examples.''

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* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman Sean "X-Pac" Waltman]]. He was part of the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder and [[{{Wrestling/DGenerationX}} [=D-Generation=] X]] stables in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and was actually a popular performer during this time. Several years and a heel turn later, DX was long since over and X-Pac hadn't evolved his persona in any significant way. Despite not getting pushed or doing much of anything, he was still booked on just about every show, winning a disproportionate amount of matches against opponents who were often more interesting than he was. Fans soon started regarding X-Pac matches as a safe time to take a bathroom break.\\
Both the X-Pac persona and Waltman himself, due to his membership in Wrestling/TheKliq, soon became ''really'' grating, as he gyrated and gestured around and acted like a petulant little tool, making the crowds, who were ''supposed'' to find him rotten, hate him on a ''personal'' level instead of a kayfabe one. The vicious combination of declining performance due to years of injuries, a stale personality (to put it mildly), and a reputation for attaching himself to a hot act, losing to them, but then squashing them cleanly with a rematch to ensure he captured more attention, caused wrestling fans to start chanting "X-Pac sucks".\\
Unfortunately for those who were sick of X-Pac, "[Wrestler's name] sucks" chants are frequently the result of regular heel heat (i.e. "[[{{Wrestling/TheRock}} Rocky Sucks]]"), so X-Pac's push continued, to the point where he received his own stable (X-Factor) comprised of himself and the similarly-hated Justin Credible and Albert. The hatred for X-Pac eventually reached a point where fans would chant "X-Pac sucks" when there was nothing else to chant, even when Waltman wasn't booked on the show. In the end, Waltman ended his tenure with the company with an awful reputation amongst fans ''and'' wrestlers. One that would continue to deteriorate due to domestic violence charges during his relationship with Wrestling/{{Chyna}} ([[BrainBleach along with a]] [[{{Filth}} very disgusting]] videotape the two released) and a crystal meth addiction that got him fired from Wrestling/{{TNA}} after botching a match with Wrestling/AJStyles. To this day, the phrase "X-Pac Heat" is given to performers who "aren't getting the right kind of heat".

* "[[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hogan sucks]]" and many variations there of (such as "Hogan sucks mother fucker!") were common place in Wrestling/{{WCW}} until the formation of the New World Order. Once this happened, the chants were turned into "good heat", at least until the nWo really outstayed its welcome on top of becoming {{boring invincible villain}}s, leading to Hogan getting X-Pac Heat all over again.
* By the end of Wrestling/JeffJarrett's last run as Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA Champion in TNA in 2006, fans were pleading with him to "Drop the title! Drop the title!" There were even chants of "Fuck you, Jarrett! Fuck you, Jarrett!"
** Jarrett was truly hated by TNA fans for good reasons. During the first four years, he held the NWA Championship for nearly three years. Occasionally, he would lose at a pay-per-view, only to win the title back at the very next show. Fans saw the title as meaningless, since it had just become a prop for Jarrett. In ''every'' match he had at the time, he resorted to running into the crowd. To make matters worse, Jarrett was more than just the [[CreatorsPet creator's pet]]. As one of the founders of TNA, ''he was the creator''. It was almost as if he helped build TNA just so he can make himself the champion. It's no wonder some fans started calling him [[FanNickname Triple J]].
* This sort of heat sometimes gets attached to a [[TheGiant giant]], especially if they have [[GarbageWrestler bad fundamentals]] or [[WrestlingPsychology psychology]]. Of particular note, WWE fans have nicknamed Paul Wight ([[DoNotCallMePaul a.k.a.]] [[{{Wrestling/TheBigShow}} The Big Show]]) "The Big Slow". Former WWE wrestler The Great Khali used to get "You can't wrestle!" chants.
** In one of the rare examples of escaping X-Pac Heat, The Big Show took some time off, dropped 50 pounds and got in shape, and came back. Khali didn't get over until they overhauled him into a face, gave him a Bollywood-musical styled theme, and started calling him "The Punjabi Playboy", complete with him having the Khali Kiss-Cam.
* [[{{Wrestling/TheRock}} Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. Cue a FaceHeelTurn, reducing his time on camera, and letting him cut loose with his formidable mic skills, and he's a notable case of being RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploding as a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him (leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]]), his recent epic feud with [[{{Wrestling/JohnCena}} John Cena]] has the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.
** The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later.
*** Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants and did an interview with him about them (though it was sort of in kayfabe). This could've been a sign that they were going to use them as a reason for The Rock's heel turn.
* Fans of TNA wrestling were so disgusted with how matches were booked, that some fans started "Fire Russo!" chants, aimed at writer [[{{Wrestling/VinceRusso}} Vince Russo]]. Russo's not the only one behind the shows, of course, but his track record with WWE and WCW made him a convenient lightning rod for fans' wrath. He ''was'' fired in February 2012, so it's left to the fans to come up with new chants.[[note]]He secretly returned to TNA as a consultant from 2013-2014 since neither the fans or Spike wanted him anywhere near the product.[[/note]]
* To this day, [[{{Wrestling/VinceMcMahon}} Vince McMahon]], [[{{Wrestling/ShawnMichaels}} Shawn Michaels]], and former WWE and current TNA referee Earl Hebner still receive [[MontrealScrewjob "YOU SCREWED BRET!"]] chants whenever they appear in Canada, and it's probably one reason why they don't appear in Montreal very much even when they do go to Canada. In all fairness, they did screw [[{{Wrestling/BretHart}} Bret Hart]].
** When Michaels needed some heel heat, [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcflzf_who-s-your-daddy-montreal-raw-08-15_sport Montreal was a perfect place to get it.]]
** This heat has mostly died down in due to Hart making amends with both Michaels and Vince [=McMahon=] in 2010.
* When Wrestling/{{Lita}} [[RealLifeWritesThePlot cheated on]] Wrestling/MattHardy with Wrestling/{{Edge}}, both Lita and Edge were showered with legitimate anger from the fans. This only intensified after Vince [=McMahon=] fired ''Hardy'' for complaining about the situation online. Their respective storylines had to be scrapped, and Lita was forced to turn heel. Edge, a natural heel, was able to turn the X-Pac Heat into regular heel heat relatively quickly, and Hardy getting re-hired calmed things down a lot. Lita did not get the fans' approval back so easily. She was still showered with boos and vicious insults a few years later, and actually quit wrestling entirely over it. However, she was [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments well received when she made a one night return in 2007]]. She was ''very'' well received when she returned for the 1000th episode of ''Raw'' when she performed her infamous moonsault on Wrestling/HeathSlater. During the latter, she was referenced as a legendary "Diva" (what the WWE calls its female wrestlers), a far cry from [[SlutShaming another four-letter word she was once referred to as]]. Fans were also genuinely happy when she made the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014, so hindsight has erased a lot of the tarnish.
* One of the strangest cases on record: Miguel Perez, a wrestler known less for his talent than his body hair, would inspire chants of "SHAVE YOUR BACK!" every time he stepped into the ring.
** Matt Bloom, better known as Albert, A-Train, Giant Bernard, Tensai, and now Jason Albert, inspired similar chants due to his Wookiee-like pelt. He has since done as the fans asked, and gotten himself some badass chest tattoos to boot.
* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[{{Wrestling/BigBossman}} Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way.
** He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when he wore a prison guard outfit). Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working a security guard style gimmick) was just awful as he really shouldn't have been in the ring by that point. His KarmaHoudini heel run also killed any interest that fans might have had in seeing him.
* During WWE's infamous "Rosie O'Donnell" vs. "Donald Trump" match, fans got so sick of what they were seeing, they chanted for TNA instead. The WWE takes videos of the match down when it finds them, but for now, [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5tcer_donald-trump-vs-rosie-o-donnell_sport here's the full fight]]. "BORING" chants start at 6:30, "TNA" at 7:20, and "WE WANT WRESTLING" at 8:20.
* Wrestling/VickieGuerrero. The hate the crowd had for her during her run as GM of ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown [=SmackDown=]]]'' was absolutely brutal. The screaming lowlight of her X-Pac Heat was at a PPV, where she came out to restart a match. Through the booing, you can very clearly hear a fan yell "[[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero THE WRONG GUERRERO]] [[DudeNotFunny DIED!]]". Since then, she'd gotten better, mainly with reducing her screen time and taming down her heel persona;
** Vickie is a fantastic example of the creative department taking the ball and running with it. Capitalizing on her annoying voice (which at first is why she got X-Pac Heat but became the signature of her on-screen personality; her shrill "EXCUSE ME!!!" being her CatchPhrase), her ability to generate heat in WWE was unmatched. Wrestlers working in the industry for ''years'' couldn't hope to get the level of fervor she got just by ''showing her face''. True, she probably could never, ever get over as a {{face}} with her character's direction but she'd unquestionably left her mark.
** When Vickie did retire on June 24, 2014, she got cheered big time between the fans showing they respected her work in the business, and it was a nice touch seeing her come out to the music of her late husband Wrestling/EddieGuerrero before she got well-justified revenge against Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon.
* Wrestling/VladimirKozlov. Too easy. He began to be pushed to the moon months within debuting and was even originally planned to be given the WWE Championship at one time. Any problems? Oh yeah, he couldn't wrestle. Yes he was a heel all this time, so it could be translated to heel heat, but the smart fans hated him even more. To back this up, they turned him into an American loving goofy babyface, and the fans still hated him. It took a team up with the hilarious Wrestling/SantinoMarella and a serious expansion of his moveset to become tolerable, though he was eventually fired. Wrestling/CMPunk cut a promo where the audience cheered his being brought up.
* [[DumbassDJ Bubba the Love Sponge]]. He was brought in around the time Hulk Hogan came to TNA as he hijacked Jeremy Borash and Christy Hemme's job as backstage interviewer, leading to loud "FIRE BUBBA" chants from the audience. It didn't help that he said [[DudeNotFunny "Fuck Haiti"]] on his radio show after the tragic earthquake, leading to [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]] [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome kicking his ass backstage for his disrespect to the numerous lives lost or ruined]] (or so was the assumption as his reputation of being a backstage bully wasn't widely known yet). One not-so-sincere apology later (with Hogan siding with him and making PMS jokes about Kong) and Kong asked for her release from the company. Bubba later ambushed Kong during her appearance on ''The Cowhead Show'' which turned out to be an elaborate setup by Bubba and show host Mike Calta to lure Kong on the show in the first place. This eventually led to his firing from TNA, capped by Wrestling/MickFoley giving Bubba a legitimate punch to the face. [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Guess how the fandom responded.]]
* A classic of this were the Dynamic Dudes, who were skateboarding wrestlers. When they received a face push by having manager Wrestling/JimCornette betray them for an opposing heel {{tag team}} (Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress), the audience cheered Cornette. Funnily enough, the Dynamic Dudes contained later modern day X-Pac Heat recipient Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis.
* Speaking of John Laurinaitis, his appearances on WWE programming from 2011-2012 were especially grating, between his voice, which caused fans to call him [[FanNickname John Laryngitis]], his frequent messing up of his lines, and the monotone delivery of his lines made people grow very tired of his run as General Manager of ''Raw''. It got even worse after [=WrestleMania 28=] when he became General Manager of ''[=SmackDown=]'' as well. Even worse, he was booked in a main event feud on pay-per-view with John Cena, himself a base-breaker, and hardly showcased any of his former in-ring talent. The fact that this match took place after the very well-received championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan took any remaining interest in Laurinaitis and dropped it entirely, and everyone was rejoicing when Vince [=McMahon=] uttered his hammiest two words to him a month later.
* The No Limit Soldiers[[note]]Music/MasterP, Konnan, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterio Rey Misterio, Jr.]], Wrestling/BillyKidman, [[Wrestling/GlennGilbertti Disquo]], "BA" Brad Armstrong, Chase, Swoll and 4x4[[/note]] were hated because they were a [[HipHop rap group]] in a promotion whose audience were primarily white Southern males who dislike rap. Even though they were supposed to be faces, they acted like heels, couldn't wrestle, had a bloated roster of ten wrestlers, and most were less than pleasant in real life (particularly Swoll, who would eventually be arrested for dodging child support even though he was making $100K a year while working for WCW), and, even with Master P, had terrible raps. Their rivals, the West Texas Rednecks, were an inversion of this, as they were supposed to be heels but appealed to the fans more, particularly when they recorded a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments downright hilarious]] song titled "Rap is Crap", held their own against the No Limit Soldiers with only four wrestlers, and had Wrestling/CurtHennig, widely considered one of the best ever in the business and a really nice guy to boot, as their leader. It's no surprise the latter stable became a collective EnsembleDarkHorse. As for the No Limit Soldiers, Konnan, Kidman, Misterio and Disquo eventually split from them to form the Filthy Animals stable, BA reunited with his brother Scott Armstrong, and Chase, Swoll and 4x4 disappeared uneventfully.
* The trope namer had a stablemate named Justin Credible who suffered the same fate. In Wrestling/{{ECW}}, he was pushed as a solid ex-jobber who was "actually very skilled", though his workrate was artificially inflated by giving him good workers to wrestle with (like Wrestling/JerryLynn). Eventually, as one of the last reasonably-big names in the company, he got the ECW World Title, which resulted in ''massive'' overexposure. Even his former fans began seeing him as a mediocre worker with a terrible look and bad mic skills (he had a catchphrase and a fake "angry voice" that involved him hissing his words out in a loud whisper all the time), and X-Pac Heat resulted. ECW died not soon after his Title win and he promptly got similar reactions in the WWF, culminating with X-Factor and his eventual removal from the company. He was so bad that some fans even blame him for the death of ECW, though that wasn't truthfully his fault any more than anyone else.
** Hysterically, after ECW folded and was bought out by the then-WWF, Justin had a very short tenure. He retired from wrestling, and got a job as the ''overnight stock manager'' at a Target superstore in New Jersey. After working there for a while, he ''got back into wrestling'' and, though confined to the independents (and going from Target to baking breadsticks at Olive Garden), got a respectable level of popularity.
* John Cena is a case of not having any heat to begin with, becoming very popular, getting X-Pac Heat with both barrels, shaking it off in an odd way, and then getting it back. Fans were pretty apathetic towards Cena up until WWE decided to run with a Halloween joke impression he did as Music/VanillaIce, turning him into the very over Doctor of Thuganomics. Then came his first world championship win at [=WrestleMania 21=] against [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]], where a lot of people became convinced he just couldn't wrestle. Between feuds with Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/KurtAngle, his X-Pac Heat really took off (not helped at all by his abandonment of the Thuganomics gimmick, which if nothing else had been a good source of legitimately funny smack-talk whenever Cena cut a promo, replaced by the WWE using him as a generic '80s-style babyface with no actual gimmick at all). His matches also became rather generic, with most amounting to him getting beat up the entire time before suddenly [[HeroicSecondWind "overcoming the odds"]] with his FiveMovesOfDoom. The X-Pac Heat died down (but never completely disappeared) for a while after smarks noticed a 2006 interview from Cena himself saying he'd rather drop down the card and redevelop his character but hasn't been allowed to but is once again on the rise after he became the top star of the WWE. The way the WWE booked almost every single one of his feuding opponents in recent years only serves to fuel the sentiment even further.
** The highlight of his X-Pac Heat was predicted to come during his ECW One Night Stand match against Wrestling/RobVanDam. Instead, Cena acknowledged and played to the negativity, acting as an effective heel if only for one month (going so far as to proclaim he'd beat Van Dam even if the ECW mutants rioted) and now the X-Pac Heat is mostly gone. Cena's character is still hated by many but mostly because it is the product of poor booking. Cena himself has a large fanbase that eats up his merchandise at rates surpassed by very few other wrestlers, none of whom have had his longevity in the company, unfortunately
** Though as of 2011, "Cena Sucks" chants started to ring out during the shows of NWA promotions that never have and probably never will book John Cena, spontaneously, without any effort to work the crowds into it, putting him on the same level as the trope namer. Even more so after Cena claimed he would never wrestle for another promotion, saying it would be an insult to the WWE Championship during his otherwise hot feud with [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]. While some people took the line as sounding shockingly honest and felt he had the right to feel that way, [[BrokenBase others resented him for it.]]
** It's got so bad that by the go-home show of 2013's TLC pay-per-view, the audience practically ignored the in-ring characters and commentators' efforts to sell Cena's title-unification match against Wrestling/RandyOrton, the slated main event of TLC 2013, and instead kept chanting for Daniel Bryan (who was relegated to a mid-card match in the PPV). Only due to Cena successfully piggybacking himself onto Bryan's popularity did the crowd give any attention to that main event.
* A stable in TNA called Shore (Rob Eckos and Becky Bayless) were two wrestlers who were [[ShallowParody paper-thin parodies of]] ''Series/JerseyShore'' cast-members "The Situation" and "Snooki." They debuted before the "Bound for Glory" PPV on 10/7/10, and by their second appearance (said PPV), fans were universally booing them out of the arena.
* Good god, Wrestling/MichaelCole. His constant {{Troll}}ing of the crowd had taken him to new levels. His "Anonymous GM" emails, his incessant crapping all over [[SmartMark smark]]-beloved wrestlers like [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]], his creepy fanboying of Wrestling/TheMiz, and his severe lack of respect for Jim Ross didn't just make fans want to boo him, but want to wring his neck. Even a little payback from his screwed-over broadcast partner Wrestling/JerryLawler hadn't dimmed Cole's huge amounts of smarm. There's playing a heel commentator, and then there's Michael Cole. However, he seemed to have been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap due to him gaining a ton of respect from the 9-10-2012 episode of ''Raw'', when Lawler collapsed [[http://youtu.be/PeNtRVg0g70 during a match between Daniel Bryan and Kane vs. The Prime Time Playas]] (which was reported to be a heart attack and wasn't a part of the planned entertainment that night). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weGr3MgTWzU Not only did Cole retain his composure, but showed a lot of legitimate emotion on air as he gave updates concerning Lawler's condition]].
* The Miz is an interesting case of shaking X-Pac Heat and then getting it all over again. He started off as a reality star of ''Series/TheRealWorld'', where it was made pretty obvious that he was a ''massive'' fan of wrestling and WWE. He got onto a season of WWE's ''Tough Enough'' where the winner is given a WWE contract. He was popular on ''Tough Enough'' but didn't win. Yet the winner disappeared and The Miz was pushed as the new star. Back then, The Miz had little mic ability, even less wrestling ability, and made a constant idiot out of himself. Crowds loathed him, the locker room, JBL in particular, hazed the shit out of him, and he was constantly put into embarrassing matches and gimmicks. However, when he teamed up with Wrestling/JohnMorrison and drastically improved his mic and in-ring skills, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap he earned some respect]]. Then he became WWE Champion, and the IWC wanted to strangle him with his newly acquired belt. Despite his improved in-ring skills, The Miz's still isn't believed to be that good. Now there's a split between (a) hatred and (b) being happy to finally have a vulnerable champion after years of unstoppable supermen holding the belt.
** What grates some people about his championship run is that literally up until the week before he won it, he was treated as a worthless JokeCharacter, and even after winning it, he still hadn't lost that status completely. Some find his character and CatchPhrase grating and full of {{Narm}} considering that he's supposed to be the top heel in the business, and the fact that he practically had to murder both Randy Orton and John Cena before he could be seen as a legitimate threat, and both of the two were already pretty badly beaten when he got involved. It isn't so much that some hate him, it's that they wish he would be allowed to be a credible heel, or that the belt could have been given to somebody that was.
*** And when Alex Riley got [[{{Kayfabe}} fired]], he was. For about two weeks, where he got the jump on Cena twice and beat the ever loving crap out of him. Then they brought Riley back, and The Miz went back to being a [[SmugSnake smug]] little shit, much to everyone's annoyance. He's still being alternated between the two settings, and it must be admitted that aforementioned hatred for Michael Cole at the time probably doesn't help, as Cole slobbered all over The Miz's knob at every opportunity.
*** Some of the aforementioned problems, Cole sucking up to The Miz, have been remedied and The Miz has since been turned face. However, an ill-advised decision by WWE to revive the [[Wrestling/RicFlair Figure Four Leglock]] and give it to The Miz as a finisher did no favors for his (already shaky) reputation in the eyes of wrestling purists. One can only imagine the firestorm that started when people started finding out that the face turn, and finisher, were originally slated for EnsembleDarkhorse Wrestling/DolphZiggler.
* Erik Watts from the early days of WCW. He was pushed because [[{{Nepotism}} he was the son of Cowboy Bill Watts]], who was in charge of WCW at the time. He was a crappy wrestler, didn't have a great physique, and was nearly booed out of the building whenever he appeared. The sad part is that he did eventually develop some talent in the ring and a decent look, but was so notorious for his nepotistic push that he still couldn't get over and promoters were afraid to push him very hard.
* The Harris Twins in general, but especially in WCW in 1999 and 2000. They were pushed as monsters and rarely lost, but they were pretty much lacking charisma entirely and their OneHitKill finisher the A-Bomb didn't look particularly devastating.[[note]]It was more or less a two man flapjack press.[[/note]] When it was announced that they'd been released, and then a couple days later they performed a run-in at a pay-per-view, the fans ''groaned''.
* As Wrestling/MarkHenry was walking to the ring for a match against CM Punk on the April 2, 2012 edition of ''Wrestling/WWERaw'', a fan behind him held up a sign that said this:
-->"Sir! I feel compelled to stress that we are not booing because of your effective heel work, we are booing because you are simply awful."
** Mind you, this was after ''fifteen'' years of the guy suffering X-Pac Heat but staying because of [=McMahon=]'s obsession with big men.
* In the dud on the [=WrestleMania XX=] card, a match between Wrestling/BrockLesnar and [[Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} Bill Goldberg]], Lesnar was immediately showered with boos and chants of "You Sold Out", in reference to him retiring from wrestling to play football with the Minnesota Vikings (the fact that Goldberg was about to leave wrestling as well only made things worse). This continued to an extent in Lesnar's brief return to wrestling in Japan and even his mixed martial arts career after he was picked up by UFC, where he humorously decided to cut a heel style promo after winning their heavyweight belt.
** It got so much worse for him after [[spoiler: he ended the streak]] on April 6, 2014. Wrestlers and fans alike have been treating him worse than ever due to his attitude of only being in the company for [[OnlyInItForTheMoney the money]]. The crowd didn't bother booing him till the next night, while wrestlers backstage treated him like a non-entity the night of, and both fans and wrestlers alike treated Wrestling/TheUndertaker with the respect due to being a legit legend, even though Taker ended up in an ambulance shortly after getting backstage. The hate came out in spades when he came out the next night on ''Raw''. The look on Lesnar's face made it clear that he was ''not'' used to the raw hatred he was being shown even though he was trying to play it off by acting like a heel was supposed to. Made worse by all the media coverage of the event, from the Internet to newspapers to even Creator/JonStewart appearing to be upset at situation, though he seemed to be only half joking at the time on his broadcast of ''The Daily Show'' later on that same night as the ''Raw'' broadcast.
*** Things have since changed for Lesnar. Despite holding the WWE Championship with a potential return to UFC rumored after [=WrestleMania=] 31, Lesnar began to lose his X-Pac Heat in part thanks to the fallout of the 2015 Royal Rumble and Wrestling/RomanReigns' victory. WWE's failure during the Road to [=WrestleMania=] to get Reigns over with the crowds combined with the extraordinary mic skills of Creator/PaulHeyman has turned Lesnar's X-Pac Heat into legit face heat. Furthermore, there was much jubilation in the IWC when Lesnar revealed that he had resign with WWE.
* As mentioned above, Roman Reigns is now suffering from X-Pac Heat because WWE is clearly pushing him as the next top babyface despite him being too green, having terrible mic skills, and not having evolved his character in any way since Wrestling/TheShield disbanded.[[note]]He's still wearing the SWAT attire, uses a remixed version of the Shield's theme, still enters through the crowd, and uses a modified version of the Shield's catchphrase (Believe That!). Some fans have even called him the X-Pac of the Shield because of this.[[/note]] Many fans believe that he is only being pushed because of his look and [[{{Nepotism}} because he's an Anoa'i]]. As a result, many of his fans having turned against him since he won the 2015 Royal Rumble and want him to go away. His reception as a solo star went from cheers, to mixed reactions, to boos. He has even received dead silence at times. Since WWE shows no signs of changing their plans with Reigns, he's going to have trouble shaking this heat off.
* [[Wrestling/SgtSlaughter Sgt. Slaughter]] was a very popular wrestler in his time and even became a character in ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]''. Then when the Gulf War built up, he defected to Saddam Hussein, teamed with old foe The Iron Sheik and was even given an {{expy}} manager that he initially thought was the real deal. This, along with vicious assaults on AllAmericanFace Hulk Hogan, caused fans to hate him to the point that he received death threats. As a result, Sgt. Slaughter feared for his life. So in a sense, he was getting the right type of heat but it got a little too real. After losing to Hogan, and a HeelFaceTurn, things settled down a lot.
* On rare occasions, a wrestler or stable can get good heat from some fans and X-Pac Heat from others at the same time. Right to Censor, a stable of moral guardians whose catchphrase was "You do NOT know what is good for you!" and who occasionally did things such as abort fanservice segments by covering the fanservice with sheets, are probably the best known example of mixed good heat and X-Pac Heat. About half the fans loved to hate the RTC, and the other half wanted them to just quit existing. The fact that Jerry Lawler, on commentary, was normally a heel sympathizer at that point, talked worse about the RTC than he did about faces like Mick Foley or The Rock, is just more proof of how hated they were.
* This was actually ''invoked'' when Kurt Angle debuted in the then-WWF. He was such a cheesy, over-the-top good guy (think Beaver Cleaver in a singlet) that it was almost painful to watch. And then he started wrestling: not "pro" wrestling, but collegiate/Olympic style wrestling, with holds even more drawn out than usual, and downplaying what few showy and impressive bits there were. This went on for ''weeks'', to the point that the fans didn't need any prompting to begin the "boring" chants, and many wondered why anyone thought bringing "the other kind" of wrestler in was a good idea. Then Angle [[FaceHeelTurn snapped under the constant verbal abuse, yelled at the fans, and changed his style into a somewhat brutal form of technical catch-as-catch-can pro wrestling]], the X-Pac Heat turned into the regular kind. Then, people were reminded that, sometimes, [[MagnificentBastard everything goes exactly as]] [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] [[MagnificentBastard wants it to]].
* Wrestling/BoDallas (Taylor Rotunda, real life son of [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Mike "Irwin R. Schyster" Rotunda]] and brother of [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt Windham "Husky Harris/Bray Wyatt" Rotunda]]) has been seeing a lot of this through 2013. In January, he was entered into the Royal Rumble where he proceeded to eliminate Wrestling/WadeBarrett (the reigning Intercontinental Champion at the time), get into a feud with Barrett about this, and proceed to go over him clean in a singles non-title match. While WWE tried to recreate Maven's infamous elimination of The Undertaker and push Dallas right out of the gate, most fans saw him as a generic, incredibly green babyface who made Barrett look bad. WWE did catch onto this after awhile and took him back to NXT. But even there he continues to be a powerful force, winning the NXT Championship by defeating legit fan favorite Big E. Langston (an act that caused the live audience to turn their back to the ring following the victory and any other time Bo is seen). [[Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} NXT]] seems to have capitalized on this by turning him into an disingenuous, egotistical heel that believes the fans love him even though they hate his guts.
* Eva Marie. She's getting boos just for getting tagged into a match. She's getting a lot of exposure in the ring and on ''Series/TotalDivas'', but it's led to her getting her own hatedom. If they gave her a mic, she could reach Vickie Guerrero levels of heat soon. It's debatable how much of it is intentional on WWE's part, given that one of her first on-screen appearances had her slapping Jerry Lawler for pronouncing her name wrong - and their efforts to portray her as an over-ambitious GoldDigger on ''Total Divas''.
** It was a conscious attempt to garner heel heat, portraying her as a selfish model type character who didn't care about wrestling or want to learn, playing into fan perception of "bad" Divas. Unfortunately, doing this was the ultimate way to garner "go away" heat. Ideally, that "go away" heat would have just been directed at the Eva Marie character, which would have made it easy to turn into straight heel heat, but unfortunately her early matches showed her as someone who hadn't even properly learned how to take moves yet, which cemented her status as someone the fans just absolutely hated. She's taken a break from wrestling for a while, most likely to train, and seems to be trying to reconvert that X-Pac Heat into legit heel heat, showing off a very heelish entrance on NXT in August 2014, playing up the fact that this is a character much more strongly. Whether the fans will start booing the character rather than the performer remains to be seen.
** Quite a lot of Eva's X-Pac Heat comes from the fact that unlike other Divas, she essentially debuted through ''Total Divas''. Fans utterly loathe this for two main reasons: one, the success of ''Total Divas'' means that it's highly unlikely that any of the Divas on it will be fired or dropped down to NXT (the one exception, [=JoJo=], was dropped down to NXT because when the first season aired, she was only nineteen- too young to be on the main roster)- even the ones who can't wrestle, are despised by the fans, or who are essentially useless. While it could be argued that ''Total Divas'' is simply being used as a way to flesh out the characters of some of the less hyped Divas, it could also be argued that as a result, the matches on the main shows are being used to continue those story lines when there are some very talented Divas who aren't on the show who are just as, if not more deserving of those matches- in other words, being on the show means that Eva's getting preferential treatment over Divas who are adored by the fans. And two, she sucks in the ring and has pretty much no character besides the show. If she'd come through NXT, the fans would probably still hate her, but at least she would have actually had some experience. Instead, while it's true that she is improving, but the fact still remains that compared to Divas like Paige (who's been wrestling since she was a teenager) and Wrestling/{{Bayley}} (who's had years of experience in the indies), Eva has no idea what she's doing, but she's still being hyped as someone just as good.
* Wrestling/{{Batista}}'s been getting X-Pac Heat for a while, with his match with The Big Show on ECW being his worst offense, but it was nothing compared to the backlash over him winning the Royal Rumble in 2014 when fan favorite Daniel Bryan wasn't even in the match. It certainly didn't help that he had been back on television for less than a week beforehand after being gone since 2010 and won the Royal Rumble altogether, which in [=WWE=] parlance is the biggest push a wrestler can receive.
** Though the latter was more due to revulsion with the WWE creative team than Batista himself (case in point, when Rey Mysterio came out at number 30 the boos started hard and heavy, which ''never'' happens to Rey). Batista winning was just twisting the knife (since it was only his second appearance since his 2014 return), although he certainly took it poorly (reportedly flipping off fans and mocking the "YES!" chants with his middle fingers before walking backstage). By February 2014, his appearances were literally greeted by fans chanting "BOO-TISTA!", NXT audiences chanting "BETTER THAN BATISTA!" any time anyone does a powerbomb, and by cheers for his opponents Roman Reigns, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, and Randy Orton - the last of which was ''the top heel of the company'' at the time - thus leading to Batista's undergoing a quickie heel turn and Daniel Bryan being inserted into the main event.
** Batista is just the latest in a growing trend of fans turning on what they see as "part-time" wrestlers, similar to Wrestling/TripleH, Brock Lesner, and others, who burst onto the scene in a titanic comeback and leap into the main event scene while performing only a handful of dates each year. But while The Undertaker is one of the most popular superstars of the past two decades and fans expect him to focus on his famous [=WrestleMania=] winning streak matches, and Brock Lesner and The Rock wrestle in special marquee matches and stay far from the world title scene with their appearances being that of "special guests", Batista reappeared after a four year absence and won the Royal Rumble less than a week later over several more popular and tenured wrestlers, putting himself into the Wrestlemania main event. Fans turn on these types of appearances because they feel that even though they used to be main event stars, these part-timers haven't earned the main event status they're given back as though they never left. The fact that the past several Wrestlemanias have been headlined primarily by part-time performers only adding fuel to the fire, and this latest example at the Royal Rumble is a popular reason given in wrestling news sites for [[Wrestling/CMPunk CM Punk]] walking out on the company the day after the event.
** Of course, Batista did a good job of turning that into actual X-Pac Heat. His work rate hadn't measured up to the current roster, the matches he had since the Royal Rumble had shown him tiring quickly and botching simple moves like clotheslines, and of course, telling fans that he was going to main event [=WrestleMania=] and that they should just [[Memes/ProfessionalWrestling deal with it]] didn't help him either.
* Despite generally being well liked by casual fans and smarks alike, Rey Mysterio, Jr. has fallen afoul of X-Pac Heat three times.
** The first time was during his run with the aforementioned No Limit Soldiers (later the Filthy Animals) in WCW. The No Limit Soldiers were a rap themed stable that were supposed to be anti-heroes but really just came across as heels. The Filthy Animals eventually turned heel. It didn't help that Mysterio was terrible at playing a heel.
** The second was in Wrestling/{{CMLL}} and tied into the WCW angle above. Mysterio was feuding with [[Wrestling/{{Psicosis}} Psychosis]] in CMLL, and the original plan was to build to a mask vs. mask match with Psychosis winning Mysterio's mask. However, when CMLL got word that Mysterio had already been unmasked in WCW, they forbade Mysterio from wrestling with his mask on. This forced the feud to be rebooked to a much less meaningful stipulation, and Mysterio ended up winning the match and feud. Masks are taken very seriously in Mexico and allowing himself to be unmasked in WCW was considered a serious cultural faux pass, and the fact that Psycosis had held out against pressure to unmask in WCW made Mysterio look even worse in comparison.
** The third was at WWE's 2014 Royal Rumble. It wasn't Mysterio's fault per se. The fans wanted to see Daniel Bryan in the Rumble, and when Mysterio came out at #30, he ended up being the recipient of the vitriol of the pissed off fans.
* Wrestling/JeffHardy's appearance at Wrestling/RingOfHonor had a mixed reception of squeals from his fan girls who came to see him and chants of "We want Matt! Don't come back!" from others. Wrestling/MattHardy himself had a rough start in Ring of Honor but the bots eventually took a liking to him.
* In Summer 2007 "Emo Kid" Wrestling/JimmyJacobs was transitioning into a new, much eviler role as the leader of a stable called The Age Of The Fall. This, in and of itself, wasn't all that awful an angle. However, at the Ring of Honor ''Man Up'' PPV in September, Jimmy came out to speak to the crowd. For over 10 straight minutes. Much of this wasn't speaking, but standing around with his arms raised, saying nothing, while wearing a nice white jacket and being bled on by Jay Briscoe of The Briscoes suspended from the ceiling, head down, bleeding ''copiously''. The crowd was ''furious'', screaming to move ''on'' already. It totally burned all the house energy, which was at insane levels after the previous match a tag team match featuring The Briscoes facing off against [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]] and Wrestling/KevinSteen (aka "Steenerico") in a Ladder Match referred to as "Ladder War". It also bears mentioning that, initially at least, Jimmy Jacobs (and at that, all members of Age of the Fall) used a track of high-pitched female screaming for their entry music that lasted for several minutes. It was utterly intolerable, and changed quickly. Laurie Strode's screaming from the ''Halloween'' remake was eventually used as the intro for The Age of the Fall's actual entrance theme.
* NXT's CJ Parker has surpassed Bo Dallas as the resident X-Pac Heat magnet. He didn't get bad reactions as a generic jobber, but once he started winning and developed a neo-hippie gimmick, complete with long dreadlocks, fans outright hated him, bombarding him with [[LampshadeHanging Change Your]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall Gimmick chants]] and boos. Feuding with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Tyler Breeze]] didn't help his cause either.
** NXT has attempted to channel this heat into the right kind of heat by turning CJ Parker heel, into a smugly superior eco warrior character who holds up protest signs and bashes the fans for destroying the planet. This is going over much better, and he isn't getting the "change your gimmick" chants any more.
** Mojo Rawley is now the target of most NXT fans' hatred. He's seen as yet another generic babyface.
* The [[http://rspw.org/faq/4-keithfaq.txt R.S.P-W FAQ]] explains X-Pac heat thusly: [[labelnote:Explanation]] Section 0.1.11 [[/labelnote]] "There is also "bad" heat, which is unintended negative heat. When either a face or a heel draws bad heat, it is generally not because of any actions done by the character, but simply because the fans can no longer tolerate the person. [...] the fans are simply tired of seeing them and boo out of frustration rather than genuine dislike of anything they say. Bad heat is considered undesirable because it can actually hurt the drawing power of the person receiving it, since it can never be resolved in the ring." Jeff Jarrett, Hulk Hogan, and Eric Bischoff, during their time in WCW, are cited as examples.
* In a mix of this and NeverLiveItDown, Terry Taylor would often get "ROOSTER" chants wherever he wrestled after his oft-maligned WWF run in the early 1990s as the Red Rooster.

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* A particularly significant example came during the Mabel-Savio Vega tournament final at WWF King of the Ring 1995, which was held in [[{{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}} Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]], the heartland of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. This at a time when that promotion was at its hottest. The crowd was ''decidedly'' displeased with the tournament, which saw then-[[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWF World Tag Team Champion]] Yokozuna, that year's Royal Rumble winner Shawn Michaels, ''and'' Wrestling/TheUndertaker all get eliminated (Savio defeated Yoko by countout, Michaels ''drew'' Kama a.k.a. The Godfather/Papa Shango/etc., and Mabel actually pinned Taker after Kama interfered in a particularly underwhelming finish). By the time Mabel and Savio Vega faced off in the finals, Philadelphia finally started chanting "ECW! ECW! ECW!" in protest and Mabel had trash thrown at him by the crowd during his coronation. The lesson? Don't go into Philadelphia with a terrible show.
* The 2014 Royal Rumble and the "Road to [=WrestleMania=]" was crapped on repeatedly when part timer Batista came back and won the Rumble, being set to feud with Randy Orton, who has never truly been over as either a heel or face. At the same time this was going on, Daniel Bryan was white hot with the crowd via the "Yes Movement". CM Punk quitting the company eventually lead to a rewrite that saw Bryan enter a match against Triple H to gain entry into the [=WrestleMania=] main event, which he won.
* The 2015 Royal Rumble match was another absolute travesty that was completely panned by the audience in - where else - Philadelphia. After massive pops for Daniel Bryan, Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, and Dolph Ziggler (among others), the quick eliminations of those three inevitably led to Roman Reigns, who had rapidly been losing fan support after some less-than-stellar ring work coming back from injury on top of some of the worst promos of 2014, winning the Rumble. Not even an appearance by The Rock could calm the crowd down. Fans were so furious that [=#CancelWWENetwork=] was the #1 trend on Twitter and the page where they could cancel their WWE Network subscription crashed because it overloaded.