I don't think anyone (Deadspin included) has definitely figured out if the Reddit guy is really a WWE guy spoiling things, or if the Reddit guy is just looking at the odds and someone else is affecting them (either by betting on them or just selling the info straight to the betting site.) They're only allowing small bets on wrestling, small enough that the odds shouldn't be moving towards unexpected winners unless the betting site already knows the outcome.
Whatever's going on, it's not the first time someone in WWE's heard of it. Meltzer and Alvarez have been mentioning this since WrestleMania and it's clear from them that the writers know and have been discussing it. Maybe it's just reaching Vince?
Originally posted by CRZWhy exactly should WWE care if their PPV results are posted on Reddit a few hours early?
Well, they have tended to care in the past, though exactly why I'm not sure. I don't know if the casual fan's desire to spend money on PPVs is influenced by spoilers, but I'd think it is. I have the same fear that the author (or someone commenting, can't remember) had - when Vince/Creative gets wind of this, they tend to flip the script spectacularly, usually in a way that makes no sense logically or financially, in order to keep it unpredictable. And that usually leads to the quality of the product dropping.
I can see where WWE wouldn't want anything to do with the wagering question. That could invite a level of scrutiny that they just don't wan to have to deal with. And I can also see where PPV results leaks could have an effect on buys. I've never really heard much about WWE's mandate to employees about leaks, although that seems like it should be covered under "intellectual property" clauses of whatever contracts they have in place.
We could probably do a bunch of fantasy booking -- anything from Stephanie's manacurist's cousin, who thinks it's hilarious that her passwords are all "steph"; a disgruntled (ex-)employee who got in trouble for leaking info, when somebody else is doing it much bigger already; the guy in WWE IT who keeps trying to tell everybody that they need to spend more $$$ on security. Doesn't really matter though, does it? Once it crosses Vince's radar, it'll be an issue.
While its nice to have our own Snowden, it really is meaningless. I mean I am with CRZ, this all seems a little too good to be true. It comes down to how many people are on Redditt were going to buy the show then changed their minds, I am thinking like three people. Now, that it becomes an IWC urban legend maybe next month people will post his results on the various website probably not this one and it make cause maybe a hundred people not to get it. That is a giant maybe.
I don't think Vince will flip script, he will fire some C level guy like Ryder since well it has to be Ryder since he is on the twitter machine. Then, we will find out its actually Punk who leaves after Mania. Dolphin becomes Will O Wisp. God, I love that thread by the way.
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Originally posted by lotjxIt comes down to how many people are on Redditt were going to buy the show then changed their minds, I am thinking like three people.
There's no way of knowing how many people have cancelled PPV subscriptions because of spoilers (I'd guess 3 might be a bit high) but there are 20,000+ people subscribed to the SquaredCircle subreddit, so it's not like nobody was reading the predictions.
I'm more amused that while the Deadspin article is currently the second highest ranking article on r/SquaredCircle, it currently has less than half the number of upvotes as a gif of Fandango doing the sunset flip powerbomb off the ladder last night.
Note that Darryl said the following: The wrestlers were ranked on actual wrestling ability, the lasting impressions they made on the industry, their drawing power, their character development skills, and their markout value to the authors.