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SLAM! Speaks: A fixed Taboo Tuesday?
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


Cartoon by Annette Balesteri, our SLAM! Wrestling Editorial Cartoonist


Ahh cynicism. What a dear friend you are.

While some WWE followers took Taboo Tuesday as being a legitimate interactive pay-per-view, where the fans got to book the matches, the seemingly vast majority of smart fans thought it was rigged.

At least that's what they thought going into the event. Now that the event is over, however, everyone is starting to get the feeling that maybe Taboo wasn't rigged. While we'll never no for sure if there was rigging, the SLAM! staff has weighed in with their thoughts over some Timmy Hoho's finest at the Rasslin' Roundtable.

SLAM! Speaks Topic Number Five: Was Taboo Tuesday fixed?


Jason Clevett
Having now watched the show, I still am not sure.

Given Shawn Michaels' injury, I don't think if the voting was fixed he would have been put in the match due to literally being a one-legged man. That said, a lot of the stipulations seemed way too convenient, which means either WWE's subliminal messages worked, or something wasn't quite right.

There have been a number of message boards and websites where people have said who they were voting for, and surprisingly other than the challenger for Triple-H, they all matched up, so I suspect that unlike the Diva Search debacle, Taboo Tuesday was in fact set by the fans, at least somewhat.

Jon Waldman
As hard as it is to believe, it appears as though Taboo Tuesday was not fixed… or was it?

It's really hard to tell at this point. I mean when you look at it on the surface, everything WWE could have wanted happened - we got the expected HHH vs. HBK match, the cage match and even the schoolgirl outfits. The only real "surprises" were the chain match and Shelton Benjamin getting the IC shot. Realistically though, Benjamin's shot isn't that much of a surprise, given how the crowd got behind him.

Let's face it though; even if this wasn't a complete fix, WWE did its damndest to ensure the "right" choice would be made. Whether it was giving certain stips more air time (such as the hair cut) or giving other wrestlers the edge on TV (witness Benjamin), WWE clearly had an agenda and twisted what a fan sees to influence their vote. I'm also not going to put it past the web guys at wwe.com to do something like click on a particular wrestler or stip over and over.

But there's another underlying factor that screwed with the votes here, and this one cannot be blamed on the Fed. I'm certain that many die-hard, dirt sheet reading, fan site column writing wrestling fans shied away for the simple reason that everyone on the 'net assumed there was a fix. So why bother voting when it's not going to mean anything right?

Well, I guess WWE showed us, didn't they. Now they'll show us even more when they see that Chris Benoit was the least popular of the three World Title candidates.

Greg Oliver
I think the WWE deserves credit for trying, at least. For the next one, they should take the extra step and have an outside source count up the votes. Even the state of Florida would have more credibility than doing it themselves.

Chris Sokol
I think WWE fixed Taboo Tuesday.

Throughout the PPV, it seemed as though everything the crowd wanted agreed with what the Internet fans wanted. Everything seemed to fit together a bit too well.

The Edge angle has it perfectly set up for him to join Evolution, which was being talked about in July. Having Shawn Michaels fight for the title yet again? They set the whole basis for that match on Raw when he injured his leg.

Shelton Benjamin getting a title shot and winning. Hmmmm, he returns, doesn't get the real big push until the Raw the night before (mind you, he wrestled a Heat in there) and he wins the title. All a bit suspicous.

Eric Bischoff getting his head shaved; that had to planned. The PPV seemed like a complete work. The only things the fans had a say in were the Divas matches; other than that it was just another WWE PPV.


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