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#1 Posted on 6.12.02 0021.21
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A lot of people seem to read the spoilers. Personally, I'm of the "no spoilers for me, thanks" camp -- for me its much more fun to watch the show unfold. If you're not going to watch the show for whatever reason (eg. the people who can't get UPN stations), I can see why you might as well know ASAP. And I supppose there are people who decide whether to watch or not based on what the spoilers look like.

I'm just curious about the rest of the people who like the spoilers: Is it that you like knowing ahead of time? Is it just that you can't stand to wait (you little immediate-gratification puppies!)? :-) Does it enhance your enjoyment of the show? I'm seriously curious about how that works for other people.
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#2 Posted on 6.12.02 0031.37
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I read the spoilers from time to time, but only if I'm certain that I'm not going to be able to see the show. This usually is determined by whether I feel a show is 'recordable' or not. If a majority of it is not amusing for me, I may not record it. Or, if something is going to happen during the second hour that I might want to keep, then I'll begin recording then. This is based on Smackdown, of course.

Take tonight's show, for instance. Not interested in Albert taking our Rey Mysterio, so I didn't record that first hour. But you best believe that I have Guerrero Vs. Benoit Vs. Angle Vs Edge.

Reading the spoilers let me know what I should keep. They also let me know that I'll be angry because we had no Mattitude this week. grrr...
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#3 Posted on 6.12.02 0033.17
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I didn't read spoilers back when the product was great but now it's so hit or miss that I wanna know if I should be investing 2 hours or just taping it and fast forwarding or not watching at all.

If only Smackdown was live and RAW was taped.
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#4 Posted on 6.12.02 0043.14
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I used to try to avoid spoilers, because like others have said, you just knew you were going to watch regardless. Nowadays though, I no longer plan to keep monday or even thursday nights free anymore, so for me the SD! spoilers let me know how high to prioritize being at home to catch the show. Tonight rated high due to the Fatal Four Way match, and I was not at all disappointed. Other weeks though if things don't sound interesting enough, then I'll go do other things with my time.
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#5 Posted on 6.12.02 0406.57
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I read the spoilers just about every week, unless I know I've got Thursday off. Then I don't, because when I have Thursday off I always plan to watch SmackDown. But I only get Thursday off once every six weeks or so, not very consistently in any case.
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#6 Posted on 6.12.02 0415.21
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Never touch them.
I watch RAW and Smackdown every week, good or bad. I'm a hardcore fan and I know I'm going to watch. I have accidently read them in the past and it made the show about 450 000 times less enjoyable.
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#7 Posted on 6.12.02 0522.41
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I watch both shows as often as possible, and I usually read the spoilers. i think i actually enjoy smackdown more becauseof it. if its not a great show, i wont be so disapointed when i watch, which seems to happen more often for Raw.
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#8 Posted on 6.12.02 0732.39
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I read the SD spoilers every week. It doesn't hurt my enjoyment of the show at all.
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#9 Posted on 6.12.02 0853.19
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I'll read the spoilers 95% of the time. Usually, I don't mind that I did, with a few exceptions. (Bishchoff gay wedding angle) I find that it keeps me looking more forward to Raw each week because I don't know what's going to happen on Mondays. Consider it reverse psychology, I guess...
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#10 Posted on 6.12.02 0949.24
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Living in Holland, and getting the shows taped from Sky I get to watch em on Monday.
I am too much of a die hard to wait that long
I usually read all Raw reports (thus "spoiling" it) and everything, then first the SD! spoilers on wednesday and then SD! reports on friday.

It hardly ever takes away from watching the shows.
In fact, sometimes when I read alot of stuff online about how bad it was, I get to prepare and usually I like it alot, maybe because of expecting the worst.


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#11 Posted on 6.12.02 1004.19
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    Originally posted by dMp
    Living in Holland, and getting the shows taped from Sky I get to watch em on Monday.
    I am too much of a die hard to wait that long

    I usually read all Raw reports (thus "spoiling" it) and everything, then first the SD! spoilers on wednesday and then SD! reports on friday.

    It hardly ever takes away from watching the shows.
    In fact, sometimes when I read alot of stuff online about how bad it was, I get to prepare and usually I like it alot, maybe because of expecting the worst.





That was a brilliant old trick at university. A whole group of us would watch Raw and Smackdown and have bets on the results, the morons not knowing that it was a simple matter of checking the WWF website to know the results. I managed to blag it up enough one night that the Brooklyn Brawler and Kaientai won 40 for me (it would have been 20, but I bet double on the Brawler winning, which got me laughed out of the room).
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#12 Posted on 6.12.02 1051.31
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    Originally posted by Simba
    I'll read the spoilers 95% of the time. Usually, I don't mind that I did, with a few exceptions. (Bishchoff gay wedding angle) I find that it keeps me looking more forward to Raw each week because I don't know what's going to happen on Mondays. Consider it reverse psychology, I guess...



I'm with you on the Raw comment. I think that is why I can't wait for Raw each week, even though I am usually disappointed.

I always check spoilers, because there is (for me) a lot of good television on Thursdays, so I don't always watch Smackdown anyways. I want to know, like the rest, if there is something important happening on SD. For instance, I made sure to watch SD this week because of the 4-way match. It works for me.
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#13 Posted on 6.12.02 1052.27
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Living in the UK we dont get to see RAW till Friday and Smackdown the next Saturday. Effectively even reports on the 'live' RAW are spoilers for me so either I steer clear of sites like this all week or I read the spoilers. Generally I'll only avoid them if I know ive got the friday off to watch RAW but that happens about as often as Mark Henry has a ***** match.
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#14 Posted on 6.12.02 1300.10
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    Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff
    I read the SD spoilers every week. It doesn't hurt my enjoyment of the show at all.


Me either. I read the spoilers every week as well. It doesn't affect my enjoyment, and the lack of long term memory caused by my job allows me to forget most of them anyway.
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#15 Posted on 6.12.02 1553.23
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I really try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. I didn't read this weeks Smackdown Spoilers It really felt great buying into the false finishes of the main event last night. If I knew Angle was going to win I wouldn't be as into as I was.

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#16 Posted on 6.12.02 1742.21
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    Originally posted by mountinman44

      Originally posted by Spaceman Spiff
      I read the SD spoilers every week. It doesn't hurt my enjoyment of the show at all.


    Me either. I read the spoilers every week as well. It doesn't affect my enjoyment, and the lack of long term memory caused by my job allows me to forget most of them anyway.






Plus, it gives you a warning when something moronic like Fabulous Moolah in a main event occurs.
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#17 Posted on 6.12.02 1843.35
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I read spoilers, but I also don't get to watch SD!

I kind of like reading about what happens on SD! if for no other reason it always sounds so much better than what I get to watch on RAW! KInd of like its some magical land where beautiful wrestling occurs...
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#18 Posted on 6.12.02 2023.16
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I never read spoilers and get seriously pissed off when I run into unposted ones, which I must say hasn't been a problem around here for a few months IMO. When I have run into unposted ones, I enjoyed the show much less than I would otherwise.
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#19 Posted on 7.12.02 1339.41
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What an interesting assortment of answers -- thanks everybody! I didn't have any idea that there'd be so many people making "watch / don't watch" (or "tape / don't tape") decisions based on the spoilers. And its also fascinating (to me, at least) that knowing what's going to happen doesn't spoil the enjoyment for some people. Very interesting.
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#20 Posted on 7.12.02 1448.37
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I read the spoilers and enjoy the show just as much. In fact, the spoilers give me something to look forward to on Thursday.
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