The WWE Meltdown
According to PWInsider.com, select subscribers from Cox Cable requested and were awarded refunds of the Night of Champions PPV after HHH reversed the main event decision and stripping the title from Daniel Bryan, thus negating the results from the prior evening. In a world where everyone seems to have a voice, the majority of the time it’s used for displeasure. Where did this sense of entitlement come from?
Before the internet ballooned into the malignant tumor it is today, fan petitions helped to save shows like Family Guy and Futurama. It was then the internet had found its voice to save and let themselves be heard, for better or worse.
World Wrestling Entertainment is simply that, entertainment. The idea that someone may request a refund because the end result of the story being told was not what they expected is downright comical. WWE had already hooked the purchaser by selling the idea of ordering the PPV, their mission is accomplished. While they have a responsibility to put forth matches and segments that one would enjoy since it is a program someone paid for, they already received your $55.00, plus tax, plus shipping and handling, plus next-day delivery, what more do you expect of them?
This is not an example of suggesting WWE doesn’t have that responsibility to entertain its fans, they most certainly do, but to think they or the cable company for that matter should be held responsible because someone didn’t enjoy something for what it’s worth doesn’t make sense. The PPV is not called Night of Champions plus the next night on Raw. The story told at NOC was completed the moment Daniel Bryan left the arena with the title in air to the throngs of fans chanting YES! YES! YES!
Of course people will have ways to voice their opinion, and with the advent of Twitter coinciding with the internet, anonymity reigns supreme as people feel they can voice their displeasure without having the need to face repercussions for what they say. It’s easy for someone like myself to say I dislike something or don’t approve or something, but I make sure to put my name behind whatever I choose to write.
The latest discourse in the misadventures of the internet involves the announcement of Ben Affleck as Batman in the new Superman/Batman film releasing in 2015. The world went in a rage of fit over the announcement because it wasn’t their first choice for the character. While knee-jerk reactions are always the answer to everything on the internet, let’s take a moment to relax and reflect on this decision.
Let’s not forget that Batman was originally a comic book intended for children between the ages of nine and twelve to read. He wasn’t always this dark, brooding character that wore his emotions on his sleeve. This is a comic that used words like ZAP! BAM! SLAP! to emphasize action in its plot. The character has evolved since then, but the point being that it’s a character meant for entertainment purposes only. In a world where it’s possible for America to attack a country in the Middle East, the world-wide-web is upset over Ben Affleck, what a proud moral compass this country invokes.
Secondly, the same events transpired when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker in The Dark Knight. An Oscar win later and the rest is history. It’s easy to simply say what’s on one’s mind and not take responsibility for their own actions, but it’s time the internet just grew up.
Looking back on the WWE landscape, just imagine all the times fans could expect to receive refunds for what they disliked or thought didn’t meet their expectations. The PPV format is a risk/reward experience. You provide WWE the money in the hope that they will return with a substantial product. If they don’t, then you as a fan can make the decision with your wallet and choose not to support them in the future, simple as that.
Was Night of Champions a great PPV? Coming off of the epic escapades at Summerslam, I’d say no. But not every PPV can be a mega card stacked from top to bottom and deliver each and every time. WWE should strive for that expectation every time, but for anyone watching WWE over the last decade knows that’s not possible.
Same argument goes for Ben Affleck as Batman, if you as a fan are truly dissatisfied with the studio’s decision then make the decision to not support their product. Everyone choosing to criticize Ben Affleck as Batman who then decides to pay good money to see the movie in theatres is a full-blown hypocrite, and in two years there will be theatres full of them.
The next time you choose to have a compulsive breakdown over a WWE decision, just think for a second and remember that it’s entertainment and you have the ultimate power of choosing to watch or not. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.