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 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2019 05:24 pm
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tamalie wrote: I've ranted about it in greater detail elsewhere, but to sum it up, if you're going to go in the direction of having a non-finish to a match like Bray vs. Seth in the cell, you need fans who are conditioned to going with the promotion and who want to like what they're getting. WWE fans are so disgruntled right now that they're conditioned to hating the WWE and instead of being willing to go with the promotion on things like this, instead view it with skepticism or outright contempt. That the match was bad leading up to the finish and fans disliked the red cell and lighting only adds to the problem.

With that in mind, let’s remember that the first HIAC match between Shawn Michaels and Undertaker on 10/5/97 saw the wrestlers spend an extended part of the match outside the cage (set up by a local indy wrestler working as a camera man take a bump for Shawn to necessitate opening the door), featured outside interference (Kane debuted and got involved), and a screw job finish (Kane tombstoned Taker for a clearly beaten HBK to steal the win) while red light bathed the arena while Kane was present and saw his exploding ring posts gimmick debut, all while fans had been repeatedly told ahead of time that no one could get out of the cage and no one could interfere.

Was there mass outrage and complaining, with fans vowing to watch Nitro the following night and never order a WWF PPV again? To the contrary, by and large the fans loved the match and finish. Screw job or not, the match was good enough, Shawn and Taker were over enough, and fans were so thrilled to finally see Kane that the finish being screwy didn’t matter. The complaints were few if any because the fans were conditioned to going where the WWF wanted them to go and wanted to like what they saw. Until the WWE gets guys over to their potential and gives the fans stories, wrestlers, and action they want to see, unrest over things like last night will continue to occur.I think part of the problem is that the heel in this program is way more over than the face and the crowd legit thought they were going to see a title change.  I think that the booing and the total "outrage" people are feeling is based on this fact.  And honestly, while I don't watch any WWE product other than certain replays or matches that I track down after the fact, I also expected Bray Wyatt to go over.  I understand that times are different and you don't need a heel champ to go from territory to territory - but with that said, it's the heel champ that draws the most money because the fans are going to rally around the right babyface to take his title.  Case in point...did anybody here ever in their wildest dreams ever expect to see Kofi Kingston of all people make the run that he did and then overthrow a white hot Daniel Bryan (who none of us ever expected to get cleared to wrestle by WWE ever again)?  No, but the momentum that he built himself followed by the way they booked him to go through everybody to get there was actually selling tickets and drawing huge interest from the fanbase they are targeting.  Had they given Bray the belt last night and built up his successor over a 2-3 month period, it's money.  And it is fun to watch also.
Maybe again it's just me, but Seth Rollins as champ reminds me of the guy at the local deli that makes my sandwich and then I can see him at 9:30 that night at the laundromat washing his work clothes. 

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