Dolphins1925 and the Great (Non) Controversy
by, 08-25-2013 at 01:44 AM (2318 Views)
“Do what’s right for business. Please stop the leaks. #RAW”
Spoilers aren’t new to the wrestling industry. As long as there’s been someone who’s wanted an inside scoop, there’s been someone there to provide it. Back in the early days of the Monday Night Wars, WCW provided their entire audience with RAW spoilers in order to pull in extra business. The thought process being, “if people already know what’s going to happen over there, they’ll be better incentivized to check out what we’ve got going on over here.” There are dozens of sites (including this one) that supply live recaps/reviews of every televised WWE event and even some house shows. So the question is, is there a problem with any of this?
Dolphins1925 wants to be wrestling’s version of Anonymous. He wants to facilitate change, or at least make a point, through thief-in-the-night tactics. He wants to be heard, but not seen. To be honest, I don’t follow Anonymous all that closely, but I associate them with cyber activism (“hacktivism”). They wage online war against the likes of major corporations, governments, and organized religion. It’s their way to effect change, level the playing field. Dolphins1925 has a different sort of end game in mind. He (essentially) wants to restore the illusion of kayfabe.
So here’s the deal. Dolphins1925 and his compatriot are fed up with the WWE’s inability to run a tight ship. He’s sick of the leaks. He’s tired of potential story line plans hitting the web weeks in advance. He wants change. But wanting change in one thing, making it happen is a whole other matter. Well, turns out Dolphins1925 has a guy on the inside willing to dish out the dirt. The mission is simple; turn the proverbial leaks into a flood by divulging pay per view results. The goal is to back the WWE into a corner where they are forced to react. They’ll finally drop the hammer and put a concerted effort towards protecting the sanctity of their product. Almost seems kind of noble, right?
Here’s the thing, there are two types of wrestling fans: those who put more stock in the journey, and those who put more stock in the destination. To find out which you are, take a match that’s considered to be 4 or 5 star quality but didn’t have the finish you wanted. For all the Cena naysayers, a good/recent example would be Cena v. Lesnar from Extreme Rules 2012. A very intense/physical match that felt like a big deal. As good as it was though, many people felt “the wrong guy went over.” For some people, if the guy they want doesn’t get the W, then the match automatically becomes a dud. “Oh that guy won, I don’t even care then.” I’m not saying a bad finish can’t hurt a great match, but they rarely ever ruin them.
I’m a guy who cares more about the journey. I could care less about Dolphins1925 and the fact that he posts spoilers. Before writing this blog, I had never read a single one of his posts. He thinks he’s defending wrestling but he fails to notice that the issue that plagues wrestling isn’t spoilers, it’s curiosity. Leaks are avoidable. In fact, wrestling fans actually have to go out of their way to get the scoop on what’s around the corner. Leaks will always be there, spoilers will always be there. It’s up to fans to read or not read whatever they choose.
Personally, I make a choice beforehand if a wrestling PPV, on paper, is worth my money. I never have a problem giving the WWE my money if I feel they’ve earned it. I know there are live stream options as well as near-instantaneous live updates on any number of sites. If I’m invested in a story, I’ll hand over cash to watch it unfold. I don’t believe the same can be said for fans that latch onto Dophins1925. It’s like grabbing a book from off a shelf but only reading the synopsis and then skipping to the last page. You were never going to buy the book. You were never going to spend the time or money to become truly invested. You just wanted bragging rights and the opportunity to dish out your complaints before anyone else.
So no, Dolphins1925 isn’t ruining the wrestling industry. Fans choose the type of experience they’re looking for and for some that involves spoilers. But, in my opinion, those same people who want to be ahead of the curve aren’t the ones who would shell out hard earned cash to watch your show. Until Dolphins1925 starts posting spoilers in pop-up ads, I’d say the WWE is safe.
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