I think there's an appreciation for the narratives of a fight that I can really relate to in the Japanese crowd. The American fans don't seem to care about the historicity of fights like Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie. They'd just get irritated that it was 90 minutes long.
My second question was rhetorical, and we do want to hear why you like Japanese crowds better.
It also has a lot to do with the Japanese respect for the ground game. That's a respect that doesn't exist in the United States, even in professional wrestling. Professional wrestling in the U.S. isn't even about grappling. South Park had an episode about professional wrestling in which they pointed out that there's a homophobic reaction to what grappling looks like in the United States.
Mostly, though, it has a lot to do with this:
I love this attitude.
Thereís a tradition among sumo fans that the favorite competitor should not be a guy at the top of the heap, since itís easy to be a fan of a yokozuna. Itís tough to be a fan of a guy when heís not at the top of the heap, because it means having to keep awe somewhat proportional to performance. I donít mind being a fan of a guy who started his career 1-8-1, because when I look at his career, the numbers are what I care about anyway.
I love the anti-bandwagon attitude. It's refreshing, and something that I can definitely relate to personally.