WWE News: Reddit User's Pay-Per-View Hot Streak to Fall Upon Deaf Ears

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

From WWE.com
From WWE.com

A frequenter of the pro wrestling forum on Reddit has sparked WWE's latest mini-controversy.  The user is a less deadly, less dangerous and likely more nerdy version of Christopher Dorner.  Manifesto and all.

Dolphins1925—as they call him—has allegedly used WWE's inside information against it as part of a valiant mission to expose the company's internal problem with leaked information. 

WWE's scandals have included, but aren't limited to, wrestler deaths, murder-suicides, locker room infidelity, top stars no-showing, allegations of rampant steroid use, stunts gone wrong, more wrestlers dying and Jimmy Snuka

A Reddit user's admittedly suspicious perfect record of picking WWE pay-per-view matches—he has nailed all 38 of his picks as of this writing—is by no means one of these scandals. 

Is it undermining the integrity of professional wrestling?  Sure, why not?  But since when has that been a bad thing under Vince McMahon's watch? 

The more people are reminded of how fake pro wrestling is, the easier it is to be branded as an entertainment company.  More importantly, the easier it will be for Vince and other greasy WWE higher-ups to slip through the threat of congressional oversight due to questionable business practices. 

How could fake wrestling have such serious issues?  Death?  Taxes?  Steroids?  For a staged sport? 

Case dismissed.

The Redditor's clairvoyant streak has been picked up by Deadspin in a story that includes a playful, albeit dismissive, response from WWE. 

We may have a modern day Nostradamus on our hands. We might have to monitor these posts in advance of our next pay-per-view to see how good he or she really is.

It wouldn't be far-fetched to assume that WWE's creative team has been loaded with moles since its inception.  That's just part of the culture. 

The promotion has sought to control the issue by shying away from candidates with extensive knowledge of professional wrestling.  The thinking behind this is to prevent hiring writers with ties to the ever-prodding dirtsheet community. 

But that hurdle is as easy as downplaying said wrestling knowledge.  This was the case with announcer Jim Valley, who gave insight to the PWTorch on the WWE's hiring process:

I took second-place to Todd Grisham. That's how good I am. (sarcasm)  I think things have changed a little bit, but at the time, having wrestling knowledge was not a plus. Obviously, I got in (for the audition) on my wrestling announcing, but I had to downplay it.

Former ECW writer and dirtsheet darling Dave Lagana was fired by WWE in 2008 for allegedly leaking stories, according to Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.  But WWE's recent experiment of hiring top creative writers from Hollywood with limited pro wrestling experience has been an abject failure met with high turnover.  

It's no wonder that internet wrestling types like Kevin Eck are still able to find work with the promotion following stints in the blogosphere.   

A Reddit user's apparent collusion with a creative writer is the least of WWE's worries.  This is a so-called scandal limited to the same diminutive percentage of hardcore wrestling fans who will watch regardless.  Should Dolphins1925's streak ever become a national news story—Sting will wrestle in the WWE before that ever happens—that just means more casual fans tuning in out of curiosity. 

Can Nostradamus continue his incredible run?  Why, he's got a better record than The Undertaker at WrestleMania!    

Forget stories about WWE officials being upset with a wunderkind with ties to a creative defector.  The officials in question are most likely purists from the territory era.  They still hold kayfabe near and dear to their hearts out of a misplaced sense of pre-internet nostalgia. 

Vince publicly slaughtered Kayfabe in 1997.  The result was WWE's biggest boom period in history.  

Somewhere in a Stamford high-rise building, WWE's chairman and professional provocateur is taking his daily five-second break to smirk at an involuntary publicity stunt. 



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