The "theatrics" was part of the show in LNAH through the 2000's. For all means and purpose Jacques Dube was a house. And not in a good sense. He was an overweight tank who had a myriad of fans. None of which came to a game to watch him play hockey. They wanted 2-3 fights from him each game, and that's normally what they got. Back then the fighters got more money than the actual guys who put the puck in the net.
Were the theatrics way overboard? Yep. They played it up for the fans though. Everybody had their own schpiel. Sugden with dual Six Shooters, Jason Clarke with the heavy weight champ belt, Jason Bone skating a hundred miles an hour after a fight. Ashlee Langdone telling the fans he won every single fight even when he lost. Kurtis Swanson giving the fans on opposing teams the middle finger......The list goes on and on, and that's on top of the pre-fight figure eights and circles the players did squaring off.