WWE Universe Fails Miserably with Championship Fan Polls
The WWE Universe was presented with multiple opportunities, via fan polls, to select the greatest champions of all time.
And they totally embarrassed themselves.
Throughout Sunday's pay-per-view, fans were made to vote for the greatest Intercontinental, United States, WWE, Divas, tag team and world heavyweight champions of all time.
The veiled social experiment got off to an auspicious start before quickly degenerating. Pun intended.
First, Chris Jericho was voted as the greatest Intercontinental champion. Debatable, but surely a debate one could win by taking the affirmative.
Most notably, chronic WWE evader Sting won the United States Championship poll. Slick marketing sure to fill up half of a news cycle.
By night's end, the usual suspects, Trish Stratus and Hulk Hogan, would find their rightful place as poll winners of the greatest Divas and WWE champions, respectively.
Somewhere in the middle, things just got nutty.
Booker T, whose "five-time" catch phrase seems to be paying dividends, was voted the greatest World heavyweight champion of all time.
Who is the most undeserving championship poll winner from Sunday Night?
Booker T beat out Ric Flair, Undertaker, Edge and Batista for the honor. Flair, a 16-time world championship winner, may have been victimized by ballot-stuffing from angry WWE officials. That's the only possible excuse for what happened there.
The tag team division would be desecrated next as special-attraction tag team Degeneration-X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) picked up the victory for greatest tag team champions of all time.
The competitive tag-team career of Shawn Michaels and Triple H in 2009 played out like a greatest hits tour, designed to sell merchandise more than cement a legacy. They weren't a tag team as much as they were a merchandise-hocking tribute band, paying homage to themselves.
Not only are Michaels and Triple H not the greatest tag team in WWE history, they're not even the greatest tag team in Degeneration-X history.
This is the equivalent to voting the 1996 Eastern Conference All-Stars as the greatest NBA team of all time. After all, they had Michael Jordan and Shaq.
Once polls closed, more questions should have been raised about who was actually voting than who won. It was the popularity contest from hell. Merit was secondary. This was a multiple-choice quiz of the WWE historical intellect of the WWE Universe. And it failed, miserably.
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