October 28, 2004
SLAM! Readers speak: A fixed Taboo Tuesday?
By SLAM! Wrestling Readers
The results are in, and your choice is...Well, it looks like you, just as we were, a bit undecided as to whether or not Taboo Tuesday was fixed. Based on our reader votes, it would seem like a couple of the matches were on the up and up, while others were pre-planned.
In Tim Baines' Ottawa Sun column from Saturday, WWE Canada president Carl DeMarco said reports that Taboo Tuesday results were fixed are way off base. "It was on the up and up ... legit," he said. "It's such a cool concept. Why mess with that?" Baines promised more from DeMarco this coming Saturday.
Here's what you thought of Taboo Tuesday.
By the end though, I didn't believe it anymore. It was perfect. Every major Raw angle got advanced, with the groundwork perfectly laid out for the next few months and ultimately 'Mania. I think in all honesty, this was one of Vince's greatest achievements. He worked us so well, he had us believing we weren't being worked.
For what it's worth here's how I voted.
IC Title : Stevie Richards (I had just rewatched ECW Holiday Hell from '95,
it was Stevie night with him in like fivesegments as the mouthpiece for Raven).
I agree with Greg Olivers suggestion to have WWE put on another such
event and have an outside organization receive the ballots. Perhaps the writers
at SLAM! Wrestling would be willing to count the votes.
Taboo Tuesday was rigged from conception. If you give somebody their choices, is it really a choice? For example, I was only allowed to vote for three people to face Triple H: Edge, Benoit, or Michaels. Except I didnt want to vote for any of them. I wanted to vote for Sheldon Benjamin. I couldnt. Is that a fix? Absolutely. I was only allowed to vote for one of four stipulations for the Bischoff/Eugene match. They didnt allow for the option I wanted: Dark Match. Is that a fix? Sure is.
Taboo Tuesday was good in concept, but poor in execution. In the future, Id like to see a more open ballot system, where there are a dozen choices for every match, and no matches are set beforehand. Just say, X champion is defending his/her belt against one of the following twelve people, and let us choose who it is. I guarantee you wont be seeing Shawn Michaels carried through any more lame World title matches. And maybe some of the younger guys could get the legitimate shots they so badly deserve. It worked for Sheldon.
Do I think the voting was fixed? Not really, since the choices offered were obviously meant to keep things under WWE's control. If WWE wanted to be really daring, they should have given fans the option of selecting/deselecting bouts. Let the fans decide if they want to pay for pillow fights, or pay to see Vince continue to fight the Monday Night Wars. Maybe the fans would want to see matches between ppeople who can wrestle. And give the results out the week before the PPV, so people know what's in store.
-- compiled by Jon Waldman