View single post by tamalie
 Posted: Mon Oct 7th, 2019 04:57 pm
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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.

Last edited on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 04:58 pm by tamalie