If you were like me wondering why in the world anyone would prefer to see Mason Ryan vs. Evan Bourne over Bourne vs. Sin Cara on RAW Monday night, well at least we got an explanation. Sin Cara was screwed!
The WWE website has an article up on their website documenting technical issues with text voting during Monday’s Power to the People RAW. Fans were allowed to vote on matches via text throughout the RAW show, choosing from three options. This seemed like a good idea in theory, although the credibility of the voting came into question when it came to deciding the second match of the night.
[adinserter block=”2″]The second poll of the night asked fans to choose Evan Bourne’s opponent. Fans were asked to choose between Jack Swagger, Mason Ryan, and Sin Cara. The obvious choice here was Sin Cara. However, Mason Ryan wound up getting the votes. Here is how Camel Clutch Blog writer Justin Henry described it in his ongoing 6/20 RAW blog posted last night on the website.
“Booker T busts out the Monsoon-memorial “Bourne vs. Cara is a main event anywhere in the world”. And Vince’s phone is busy, as Mason Ryan somehow wins. Rigged voting show? On my TV? It’s more likely than you think. But wait, maybe the fans DEMANDED this plodding hoss just so they can chant “BATISTA” at him (which they’re doing).”
I thought the fans lost their minds and so did the WWE if you followed the pattern of events closely. A video package featuring Bourne aired prior to the match, so the idea here was to push him. Ryan wound up getting the victory here which had to be an audible. Why would they go to the trouble of putting Bourne over the night before and creating the big video montage just for him to lose? It’s easy, the WWE creative team said, “Oh sh*t” when the votes came in and God forbid a little guy like Bourne beat Ryan, so the audible was called.
Well the WWE offered an explanation for this conspiracy today on their website with a big headline on the front page that says “Sham voting screws Sin Cara.” According to WWE.com, the fan voting was so heavy for the WWE Divas match that the amount of text votes coming in broke the system.
[adinserter block=”1″]”As a part of this interactive event, WWE fans were given the option to text A, B or C to 46993 (GOWWE) in order to decide what they wanted to happen during Raw. Things went perfectly at first when text votes selected Kelly Kelly (option B) to take on Brie Bella for the Divas Championship. However, our vote tabulating provider’s system became overwhelmed, resulting in these votes to spill into later polls. This technical mishap soon led to Mason Ryan (also option B) being voted into a match against Evan Bourne — even though, as it was later discovered, Sin Cara had received 90 percent of the total votes in WWE.com’s Live Chat poll, and should have been Bourne’s opponent.”
Now the cynic in me wonders if this is the WWE trying to save face on Triple H’s pet project. Did the fans really reject Sin Cara in favor of Mason Ryan? If so, is the WWE trying to protect Sin Cara from the perception that he is not over with the WWE universe? Why would they even bother to acknowledge this if this really is what happened? Nobody would ever know. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know why so many people are willing to take this story at face value when after all, this is the WWE.
Now that the Mason Ryan mystery is solved, can explain to me who voted to see Kane vs. Mark Henry in an Arm Wrestling Match?
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