It seems that every time WWE allows their fans to vote on a stipulation or award on the WWE app, the fans end up questioning the legitimacy of the results. Most notably was the WWE Superstar of the Year award that was given out this past December, which Roman Reigns won. While Reigns was cheered in the building that night, the WWE fans at home believed that WWE rigged the voting and forced the award to go to Roman Reigns, who was on the cusp of a push to the WrestleMania main-event.
This past Monday night, WWE allowed the fans to vote on what the main-event for next month’s Payback pay-per-view will be. The fans overwhelmingly voted for a triple-threat match between Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, and Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. However, unlike when Reigns won the Superstar of the Year award, nobody questioned the legitimacy of the results.
In a recent blog written by former WWE writer Kevin Eck, the truth behind the WWE app voting was revealed. Eck said that he could only comment on the time he was working for WWE [2011-2014], and he insisted that WWE app voting — no matter what the situation — was and is completely legitimate.
“I don’t work for WWE anymore, so all I can comment on is what I witnessed during my three years on the WWE creative team from 2011 to 2014.
In this unprecedented [peek] behind the curtain, I will now reveal the shocking truth about the fan voting — it was all legitimate.
I know many will be skeptical, but it’s the truth. I can tell you that there were times where I and other members of the creative team suggested to Vince McMahon that we work the results to get the desired outcome, but he always refused to compromise the integrity of the voting.”
Most WWE fans would likely think it would be the other way around, with the writers talking McMahon out of rigging the voting. Furthermore, the fans questioning the legitimacy of the WWE app voting are the more hardcore wrestling fans, who will complain about any vote that Roman Reigns or John Cena wins. So, their opinion typically doesn’t represent the opinion of the masses.
The triple-threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship match was rumored to be taking place before the WWE allowed the fans to vote on what match they’d like to see main-event the next pay-per-view, so, there’s no question that the three-way title match was WWE’s desired result. So, the fans gave WWE, and themselves, what they wanted.
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