10% that make up the Internet Wrestling Community
by, 06-29-2011 at 06:09 PM (2004 Views)
After reading some of Bischoff's rants about how the internet is such a small minute part of the puzzle, I would like to take the chance to show you a few examples of why Mr. Bischoff or anyone would be wrong to dismiss the IWC so quickly......
1) Matt Hardy: Long before the story hit WWE airwaves about Matt Hardy/Lita/Edge, it was all around the net. So if the IWC only makes up a small percentage of the wrestling fanbase, how did the fans know enough to start up the "You screwed Matt" chants before anything was discussed on TV?
2) Goldberg vs. Lesnar: You'd think if you put the 2 Supermen of wrestling in a match at Wrestlemania that it would be a success right? Long Before Wrestlemania the IWC knew about Lesnar and Goldberg planning on leaving WWE which led the fans to the "Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye chants" Again, nothing mentioned on TV, but the IWC's presence was enough to start a chant going through the whole arena at the biggest show of the year.
3) Chris Benoit: If wrestling fans only went by what they see on WWE programming, they'd be pretty puzzled about what happened to Chris Benoit other than he passed away. The IWC however were googling the hell out of Benoit the day that it happened and are the reason that wrestling fans really know what happened, or at least part of it
4) ECW: In the ECW days, we could name tons of examples where the fans knew what was going on before it was announced in the ring about who would be leaving, who would be coming in, the IWC knew the info sometimes as quickly as the talent. Even in the old days they used to post the ECW shows online before broadband quality was even here. You would be seeing a choppy ECW show on Realplayer, but it was still an ECW show when they didn't have TV exposure. Out of Paul Heyman's own mouth, the network didn't promote ECW, so if you were watching, you HAD to be a fan to know when they're on. Hello IWC with all the information
5) Wrestling Magazines: Remember back when WWF magazine, or Pro Wrestling Illustrated would be must-haves every month? Running down to the store or news-stand to pick up the latest issue and find out everything we could about wrestling. All of that's gone with cassettes and VHS. When the Internet came in, we saw a LOT of wrestling magazines fall to the floor and crumble because it was easier for fans to google something and get the info free than to wait 2 months for something to be reported on in a magazine and have to pay for 2nd hand news
Twitter: Have you ever noticed the percentage of wrestlers that now have a Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace page? That's direct interviews with unfiltered questions, that's first-hand information sometimes quicker than the wrestling companies receive it, That's True Power!!!
Ever notice the way that TNA and WWE keep a close watch on Twitter and make sure that nothing's said that could jeopardize things? Seems kind of silly if you believe them and the way that they portray the IWC to be such a small piece of the pie.
In conclusion, these are just a few examples of why the IWC presence is more powerful than people would assume by what the federations would like you to believe. Let's hope wrestling companies start paying closer attention to what the IWC really thinks and wants before we see another 2001.