Heel Turn on James Ellsworth
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Prince George, British Columbia
Do you think the voting was fixed for Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sundays?
I was just thinking how WWE recently got busted for fixing some of their voting results which gave some insight into how WWE operates when it comes time to let the fans "choose" what they want to see. This sort of thing always makes me wonder what was really going on behind the scenes when they had the voting based PPVs each year. Since it was all done through their website, they had full control over it all.
I just wonder though, if they actually did let us have a say in it, but just specially designed it all so our votes would either be for something that has no impact on the results or have only one obvious choice to vote on.
There were only six title changes across the five events held. First Shelton Benjamin won the IC title after being voted as Jericho's opponent, every other option was either a weakly booked midcarder or a jobber. Both the 2004 and 2005 events had tag title changes, but they had no voting options and thus were out of our hands anyway. In 2006 Lita won the Women's title against Mickie James, but the voting was for match type and thus did not impact who walked away with the title. The same event saw Ric Flair and Roddy Piper win the tag titles after Piper was voted in as Flair's partner, the two other options were Dusty Rhodes and Sgt. Slaughter, two people who under no circumstances would have won a popularity vote against Piper. Finally in 2008 Batista won the WHC, but the voting was for who would be the special referee, which was also an obvious choice, who honestly would not have voted for a Steve Austin appearance?
I personally think they were probably fairly honest with the vote distribution, but there were one or two results that made me wonder. In 2004 it was very important that Edge lose the vote to Shawn Michaels for the world title match as it was a big part of his heel turn. Edge lost by only 5% which was pretty close, he was pretty popular that year so I could imagine it possible he actually won the vote.
The most laughable option ever was for Batista vs Coachman in 2005 where you could have voted for either a street fight, an arm wrestling match, or a verbal debate. In hindsight, I wish I voted for the debate lol.
Last edited by Regnes; 01-11-2013 at 05:34 AM.