Monday's Raw saw CM Punk face off against Kane in the showpiece main event—a match created by the results of an active poll that asked viewers to tweet who they'd like to see take part.
Kane's tag team partner Daniel Bryan was the apparent loser of the poll by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent despite it being openly acknowledged at one point during the show that his name was trending worldwide.
But according to Hashtagbattle.com, a website that tracks twitter trends, he may not have been defeated after all.
It claims that Bryan received a total of 585 votes while Kane only received 408, reversing the outcome given on television.
Bryan tweeted today:
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) November 27, 2012
Raw General Manager AJ Lee also weighed in on the faux scandal, tweeting:
Some controversy over Vickie’s RawActive Poll. These things never happened when I was GM.
— A.J. (@WWEAJLee) November 27, 2012
Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are more than capable of wrestling an entertaining, high-quality match, so why did WWE feel the need to disregard the viewers' response?
It is likely that the show's officials expected Kane to receive more votes and were not in a position to adapt on the fly when this was not the case.
Monday's episode would have scripted the Kane vs. CM Punk main event as well as the humorous segment preceding it with the Big Red Machine mocking Bryan about his loss.
While the news is not likely to cause much controversy in the grand scheme of things, it will cast a shadow on WWE's increasing focus on viewer interaction—after all, if the result is fixed in the first place, why vote?
What do you think about the revelation that Bryan actually won Raw's active poll? Is it a work?