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* An unusual example of this came in "Not Daniel Bryan" heat, whereas anyone who got scapegoated for WWE's bad booking of Bryan (by either squashing him in match or being essentially a ReplacementScrappy for him) unfairly got booed out of the area. Amongst those offenders include Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} (for "18 Seconds"), Wrestling/RandyOrton (for his 2013-14 title reign when he cashed in MITB on Bryan right after he beat Cena), Wrestling/TheBigShow (when he was shoved into Bryan's spot as Orton's main title challenger), Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr (for being #30 in the 2014 Royal Rumble), Wrestling/{{Batista}} (for winning that year's Rumble and being pushed in Bryan's place as the main anti-Authority babyface), and of course Wrestling/RomanReigns.

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* An unusual example of this came in "Not Daniel Bryan" heat, whereas anyone who got scapegoated for WWE's bad booking of Bryan (by either squashing him in match or being essentially a ReplacementScrappy for him) unfairly got booed out of the area. Amongst those offenders include Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} (for "18 Seconds"), Wrestling/RandyOrton (for his 2013-14 title reign when he cashed in MITB on Bryan right after he beat Cena), Wrestling/TheBigShow (when he was shoved into Bryan's spot as Orton's main title challenger), Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr (for being #30 in the 2014 Royal Rumble), Rumble when it became clear Bryan would not be in the match that year), Wrestling/{{Batista}} (for winning that year's Rumble and being pushed in Bryan's place as the main anti-Authority babyface), and of course Wrestling/RomanReigns.


** The positive responses didn't last long after his return though - by his first post-return pay per view match, he was already getting mixed reactions leaning towards boos.

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** The positive responses didn't last long after his return though - by his first post-return pay per view match, he was already getting mixed reactions leaning towards boos. That being said by the end of 2019, it has mostly mellowed out for him. Much like Cena, Joe Anoa'i is respected by fans as they do see strides in his workrate and mic skills, which also helps that he isn't as force fed in the main event as much as he used to.

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** The Royal Rumble reaction was particularly jarring for the company as it took place in Pittsburgh, which is a city that has a historical reputation for quiet/passive crowds. The intensity of the anger was more akin to something you'd see in cross state Philly.

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** Corbin continues to get this reaction into 2020 as he's been continually pushed into main event feuds. This trope could honestly be renamed "Baron Corbin Heat" given that he elicits a far stronger hate from the audience than even the Trope Namer.


In short: if fans LoveToHate the character, or wish to see someone beat them, they're a heel. If fans just hate the character regardless of their alignment, they're the Scrappy. If fans hate seeing the performer, it's X-Pac Heat.

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In short: if fans LoveToHate the character, or wish to see someone beat them, they're a heel. If fans just hate the character regardless of their alignment, they're the Scrappy. If fans hate seeing the performer, performer ''behind'' the character, then it's X-Pac Heat.


* Wrestling/JeffHardy received a terrible reception from the [=RoHBots=] at his initial ROH appearance. He had already antagonized the fans by making comments about having no passion for wrestling in an interview, and the fans were further antagonized by the presence of a couple hundred teenage girls in the audience who'd showed up ''just'' for Jeff Hardy. Things got worse when Hardy came out in his Willow-the-Wisp attire, and received chants of "We want Matt!". Then the match started, and it was awful, with Hardy botching nearly everything he attempted to do, and Krazy K (a trainee of Hardy's who had no other reason to even be in the match) being worse than Hardy. The fans cheered for everything Joey Matthews (who was supposed to be the heel) did and booed everything Hardy or Krazy K did. When the match ended, with Jeff winning, the fans chanted "Don't come back!"

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* Wrestling/JeffHardy received a terrible reception from the [=RoHBots=] at his initial ROH appearance. He had already antagonized the fans by making comments about having no passion for wrestling in an interview, and the fans were further antagonized by the presence of a couple hundred teenage girls in the audience who'd showed up ''just'' for Jeff Hardy. Things got worse when Hardy came out in his Willow-the-Wisp Will-o-the-Wisp attire, and received chants of "We want Matt!". Then the match started, and it was awful, with Hardy botching nearly everything he attempted to do, and Krazy K (a trainee of Hardy's who had no other reason to even be in the match) being worse than Hardy. The fans cheered for everything Joey Matthews (who was supposed to be the heel) did and booed everything Hardy or Krazy K did. When the match ended, with Jeff winning, the fans chanted "Don't come back!"


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.

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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.
''performer''.



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* Sexy Star may have one of the best reasons of anyone on this page for having X-Pac Heat with the fans, due to the Wrestling/{{Rosemary}} Incident. To wit, after applying a worked armbar to Rosemary, she then cranked it for real, spraining Rosemary's elbow and putting her out of action for 3 months. The fandom and her fellow wrestlers alike were outraged, and Sexy Star was promptly blackballed from Wrestling/LuchaUnderground, Wrestle Circus, and every major wrestling promotion in the ''world''. Even years later (the incident happened in August 2017) she can't find pro wrestling work outside Mexican indy feds.



* Sexy Star may have one of the best reasons of anyone on this page for having X-Pac Heat with the fans, due to the Wrestling/{{Rosemary}} Incident. To wit, after applying a worked armbar to Rosemary, she then cranked it for real, spraining Rosemary's elbow and putting her out of action for 3 months. The fandom and her fellow wrestlersalike were outraged, and Sexy Star was promptly blackballed from Wrestling/LuchaUndergroud, Wrestle Circus, and every major wrestling promotion in the ''world''. Even years later (the incident happened in August 2017) she can't find pro wrestling work outside Mexican indy feds.

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* Sexy Star may have one of the best reasons of anyone on this page for having X-Pac Heat with the fans, due to the Wrestling/{{Rosemary}} Incident. To wit, after applying a worked armbar to Rosemary, she then cranked it for real, spraining Rosemary's elbow and putting her out of action for 3 months. The fandom and her fellow wrestlersalike were outraged, and Sexy Star was promptly blackballed from Wrestling/LuchaUndergroud, Wrestle Circus, and every major wrestling promotion in the ''world''. Even years later (the incident happened in August 2017) she can't find pro wrestling work outside Mexican indy feds.


* The second half of 2019 has seen Wrestling/SethRollins become a major recipient of X-Pac Heat, but unlike his former Shield stablemate Wrestling/RomanReigns, it appears to be at least partly his own doing. The backlash toward Rollins started becoming evident in early October, in the aftermath of his Hell in a Cell match against "The Fiend" Wrestling/BrayWyatt, a match that ended in a massively unpopular non-finish and gave off the (ultimately false) impression that WWE had no plans of having the revitalized Wyatt and his brilliant character win the Universal Championship. However, fans were already turning on Rollins due to his penchant for defending WWE to the death on Twitter, going as far as to argue with NJPW's Will Ospreay over their respective paychecks (among other topics). With Rollins still mouthing off on social media as the heat intensified -- this included comments about Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling's Wrestling/KennyOmega competing in the "minor leagues" -- the boos kept ramping up, to the point that WWE had to edit them out of a pre-taped ''Raw'' from Manchester, England, in November. It hasn't helped his cause that he was also criticized by Wrestling/JimRoss, who said on his podcast that "maybe one day you'll be as over as [[Wrestling/BeckyLynch your girlfriend]]" while reacting to Rollins' comments on AEW and Omega. Likewise, Wrestling/CMPunk took aim at Rollins on his ''WWE Backstage'' debut on Fox Sports 1, advising him to delete his Twitter because it isn't doing him any favors -- this was in response to Rollins challenging Punk to a fight on repeated occasions ahead of the episode, and possibly to his past Twitter shenanigans as a die-hard WWE company man as well. For what it's worth, WWE seems to have leaned into the criticisms and had Seth pull a FaceHeelTurn post-''Survivor Series''.

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* The second half of 2019 has seen Wrestling/SethRollins become a major recipient of X-Pac Heat, but unlike his former Shield stablemate Wrestling/RomanReigns, and to a large extent it appears to be at least partly his own doing. The backlash toward Rollins started becoming evident in early October, in the aftermath of his Hell in a Cell match against "The Fiend" Wrestling/BrayWyatt, a match that ended in a massively unpopular non-finish and gave off the (ultimately false) impression that WWE had no plans of having the revitalized Wyatt and his brilliant character win the Universal Championship. However, fans were already turning on Rollins due to his penchant for defending WWE to the death on Twitter, going as far as to argue with NJPW's Will Ospreay over their respective paychecks (among other topics). With Rollins still mouthing off on social media as the heat intensified -- this included comments about Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling's Wrestling/KennyOmega competing in the "minor leagues" -- the boos kept ramping up, to the point that WWE had to edit them out of a pre-taped ''Raw'' from Manchester, England, in November. It hasn't helped his cause that he was also criticized by Wrestling/JimRoss, who said on his podcast that "maybe one day you'll be as over as [[Wrestling/BeckyLynch your girlfriend]]" while reacting to Rollins' comments on AEW and Omega. Likewise, Wrestling/CMPunk took aim at Rollins on his ''WWE Backstage'' debut on Fox Sports 1, advising him to delete his Twitter because it isn't doing him any favors -- this was in response to Rollins challenging Punk to a fight on repeated occasions ahead of the episode, and possibly to his past Twitter shenanigans as a die-hard WWE company man as well. For what it's worth, WWE seems to have leaned into the criticisms and had Seth pull a FaceHeelTurn post-''Survivor Series''.


* The second half of 2019 has seen Wrestling/SethRollins become a major recipient of X-Pac Heat, but unlike his former Shield stablemate Wrestling/RomanReigns, it appears to be at least partly his own doing. The backlash toward Rollins started becoming evident in early October, in the aftermath of his Hell in a Cell match against "The Fiend" Wrestling/BrayWyatt, a match that ended in a massively unpopular non-finish and gave off the (ultimately false) impression that WWE had no plans of having the revitalized Wyatt and his brilliant character win the Universal Championship. However, fans were already turning on Rollins due to his penchant for defending WWE to the death on Twitter, going as far as to argue with NJPW's Will Ospreay over their respective paychecks (among other topics). With Rollins still mouthing off on social media as the heat intensified -- this included comments about Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling's Wrestling/KennyOmega competing in the "minor leagues" -- the boos kept ramping up, to the point that WWE had to edit them out of a pre-taped ''Raw'' from Manchester, England, in November. It hasn't helped his cause that he was also criticized by Wrestling/JimRoss, who said on his podcast that "maybe one day you'll be as over as [[Wrestling/BeckyLynch your girlfriend]]" while reacting to Rollins' comments on AEW and Omega. Likewise, Wrestling/CMPunk took aim at Rollins on his ''WWE Backstage'' debut on Fox Sports 1, advising him to delete his Twitter because it isn't doing him any favors -- this was in response to Rollins challenging Punk to a fight on repeated occasions ahead of the episode, and possibly to his past Twitter shenanigans as a die-hard WWE company man as well.

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* The second half of 2019 has seen Wrestling/SethRollins become a major recipient of X-Pac Heat, but unlike his former Shield stablemate Wrestling/RomanReigns, it appears to be at least partly his own doing. The backlash toward Rollins started becoming evident in early October, in the aftermath of his Hell in a Cell match against "The Fiend" Wrestling/BrayWyatt, a match that ended in a massively unpopular non-finish and gave off the (ultimately false) impression that WWE had no plans of having the revitalized Wyatt and his brilliant character win the Universal Championship. However, fans were already turning on Rollins due to his penchant for defending WWE to the death on Twitter, going as far as to argue with NJPW's Will Ospreay over their respective paychecks (among other topics). With Rollins still mouthing off on social media as the heat intensified -- this included comments about Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling's Wrestling/KennyOmega competing in the "minor leagues" -- the boos kept ramping up, to the point that WWE had to edit them out of a pre-taped ''Raw'' from Manchester, England, in November. It hasn't helped his cause that he was also criticized by Wrestling/JimRoss, who said on his podcast that "maybe one day you'll be as over as [[Wrestling/BeckyLynch your girlfriend]]" while reacting to Rollins' comments on AEW and Omega. Likewise, Wrestling/CMPunk took aim at Rollins on his ''WWE Backstage'' debut on Fox Sports 1, advising him to delete his Twitter because it isn't doing him any favors -- this was in response to Rollins challenging Punk to a fight on repeated occasions ahead of the episode, and possibly to his past Twitter shenanigans as a die-hard WWE company man as well. For what it's worth, WWE seems to have leaned into the criticisms and had Seth pull a FaceHeelTurn post-''Survivor Series''.

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* The second half of 2019 has seen Wrestling/SethRollins become a major recipient of X-Pac Heat, but unlike his former Shield stablemate Wrestling/RomanReigns, it appears to be at least partly his own doing. The backlash toward Rollins started becoming evident in early October, in the aftermath of his Hell in a Cell match against "The Fiend" Wrestling/BrayWyatt, a match that ended in a massively unpopular non-finish and gave off the (ultimately false) impression that WWE had no plans of having the revitalized Wyatt and his brilliant character win the Universal Championship. However, fans were already turning on Rollins due to his penchant for defending WWE to the death on Twitter, going as far as to argue with NJPW's Will Ospreay over their respective paychecks (among other topics). With Rollins still mouthing off on social media as the heat intensified -- this included comments about Wrestling/AllEliteWrestling's Wrestling/KennyOmega competing in the "minor leagues" -- the boos kept ramping up, to the point that WWE had to edit them out of a pre-taped ''Raw'' from Manchester, England, in November. It hasn't helped his cause that he was also criticized by Wrestling/JimRoss, who said on his podcast that "maybe one day you'll be as over as [[Wrestling/BeckyLynch your girlfriend]]" while reacting to Rollins' comments on AEW and Omega. Likewise, Wrestling/CMPunk took aim at Rollins on his ''WWE Backstage'' debut on Fox Sports 1, advising him to delete his Twitter because it isn't doing him any favors -- this was in response to Rollins challenging Punk to a fight on repeated occasions ahead of the episode, and possibly to his past Twitter shenanigans as a die-hard WWE company man as well.


** It came back with a vengeance in 2017, when he won the Universal Championship. Many despised him once again due to the fact that he rarely defended the title, along with the fact that his run surpassed CM Punk's record for longest world champion reign in modern WWE history.

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** It came back with a vengeance in 2017, when he won the Universal Championship. Many despised him once again due to the fact that because he rarely defended the title, along with the fact that his run surpassed CM Punk's record for longest world champion reign in modern WWE history.


** The third was at the 2014 ''Royal Rumble'', and 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.

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** The third was at the 2014 ''Royal Rumble'', and 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. The sad thing is it's likely that WWE realized whoever came out at #30 was going to anger the fans, and they chose Rey for it because they thought he might be able to still get cheered.

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* Sexy Star may have one of the best reasons of anyone on this page for having X-Pac Heat with the fans, due to the Wrestling/{{Rosemary}} Incident. To wit, after applying a worked armbar to Rosemary, she then cranked it for real, spraining Rosemary's elbow and putting her out of action for 3 months. The fandom and her fellow wrestlersalike were outraged, and Sexy Star was promptly blackballed from Wrestling/LuchaUndergroud, Wrestle Circus, and every major wrestling promotion in the ''world''. Even years later (the incident happened in August 2017) she can't find pro wrestling work outside Mexican indy feds.


* Wrestling/CharlotteFlair got hit by this in August 2018. She'd actually been on the verge of getting it off-and-on ever since her debut, but she generally kept ahead of it through solid in-ring performances. She was booked as by far the strongest woman on the roster, becoming a six-time Women's Champion. Some fans started to turn against Charlotte when she ended Asuka's massive winning streak but she wasn't outright hated until she won the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship at Wrestling/SummerSlam 2018, becoming a seven-time champion in the process. Numerous fans were incredibly angry of her being once again in the title picture after so many reigns, along with the fact that Wrestling/BeckyLynch, a massive EnsembleDarkHorse who had been expected to finally win back the championship after a near two-year long dry spell, was once again screwed out of a title reign. When Becky turned on Charlotte after the match, she was outright cheered, while Charlotte received enormous boos. At one point, the crowd was even chanting "YOU DESERVE IT!" to Charlotte following the attack. In the ensuing feud, the more arrogantly heel-ish Becky is booked to act (such as demanding that Charlotte call her queen and put the title belt around her waist), ''the more the crowd cheers''. It seems that Charlotte's X-Pac Heat and WWE's questionable booking have, completely by accident, transformed Becky Lynch from a standard face into a Stone Cold Steve Austin style AntiHero who can do and say almost anything and still get cheered for it, while Charlotte can act like the nicest, most proper face and get booed. It almost became worse after Becky Lynch's injury prevented her from facing Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series and Charlotte was chosen over Asuka to square off with the Raw Women's Champion, seemingly undoing their months-long blood feud. Come Survivor Series, however, it seems she's, at least for now, [[Main/RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap back in the fans' good graces]] with her not only putting up an ''excellent'' outing against Rousey, but [[Main/FaceHeelTurn absolutely decimating Rousey in the post match]], [[Main/RootingForTheEmpire with the fans actually being on her side despite all the boos they've been giving over the past few months]]. This was short-lived, however, as the fans return to booing her in 2019, especially when Vince [=McMahon=] made her Becky Lynch's replacement for Ronda Rousey's opponent at [=WrestleMania=] after Vince suspended Becky for 60 days. Fans were outraged that Charlotte was once again given a high profile match on a platter to the point the [=YouTube=] video of this segment on WWE's channel was regarded as the most hated WWE video of all time, surpassing any of Roman Reigns'. Although Becky was eventually reinserted into the match, mere weeks before the Grandest Stage of Them All, Charlotte once again received another nuclear heat, by winning the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship for the second time in a match that wasn't announced prior to that week, having Asuka coming out during the commercial break and pushing aside every other women in the [=SmackDown=] roster, all in order for Charlotte to shine along side both Ronda and Becky. Post [=WrestleMania=], her heat somewhat died down but it doesn't changed the fact that Charlotte's constant tittle runs had turned her into one of the most hated superstar in the company.

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* Wrestling/CharlotteFlair got hit by this in August 2018. She'd actually been on the verge of getting it off-and-on ever since her debut, but she generally kept ahead of it through solid in-ring performances. She was booked as by far the strongest woman on the roster, becoming a six-time Women's Champion. Some fans started to turn against Charlotte when she ended Asuka's massive winning streak but she wasn't outright hated until she won the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship at Wrestling/SummerSlam 2018, becoming a seven-time champion in the process. Numerous fans were incredibly angry of her being once again in the title picture after so many reigns, along with the fact that Wrestling/BeckyLynch, a massive EnsembleDarkHorse who had been expected to finally win back the championship after a near two-year long dry spell, was once again screwed out of a title reign. When Becky turned on Charlotte after the match, she was outright cheered, while Charlotte received enormous boos. At one point, the crowd was even chanting "YOU DESERVE IT!" to Charlotte following the attack. In the ensuing feud, the more arrogantly heel-ish Becky is booked to act (such as demanding that Charlotte call her queen and put the title belt around her waist), ''the more the crowd cheers''. It seems that Charlotte's X-Pac Heat and WWE's questionable booking have, completely by accident, transformed Becky Lynch from a standard face into a Stone Cold Steve Austin style AntiHero who can do and say almost anything and still get cheered for it, while Charlotte can act like the nicest, most proper face and get booed. It almost became worse after Becky Lynch's injury prevented her from facing Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series and Charlotte was chosen over Asuka to square off with the Raw Women's Champion, seemingly undoing their months-long blood feud. Come Survivor Series, however, it seems she's, at least for now, [[Main/RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap back in the fans' good graces]] with her not only putting up an ''excellent'' outing against Rousey, but [[Main/FaceHeelTurn absolutely decimating Rousey in the post match]], [[Main/RootingForTheEmpire with the fans actually being on her side despite all the boos they've been giving over the past few months]]. This was short-lived, however, as the fans return to booing her in 2019, especially when Vince [=McMahon=] made her Becky Lynch's replacement for Ronda Rousey's opponent at [=WrestleMania=] after Vince suspended Becky for 60 days. Fans were outraged that Charlotte was once again given a high profile match on a platter to the point the [=YouTube=] video of this segment on WWE's channel was regarded as the most hated WWE video of all time, surpassing any of Roman Reigns'. Although Becky was eventually reinserted into the match, mere weeks before the Grandest Stage of Them All, Charlotte once again received another nuclear heat, by winning the [=SmackDown=] Women's Championship for the second time in a match that wasn't announced prior to that week, having Asuka coming out during the commercial break and pushing aside every other women in the [=SmackDown=] roster, all in order for Charlotte to shine along side both Ronda and Becky. Post [=WrestleMania=], her heat somewhat died down but it doesn't changed the fact that Charlotte's constant tittle runs had turned her into one of the most hated superstar in the company.company at the beginning of 2019.

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