With Raw’s 15th Anniversary 3-hour show airing this Monday, WWE’s official website asked fans to vote for their favorite moments, Divas and Superstars, among others, in Raw history. They announced the results of the polls earlier today, but at least two of the polls appear to be rigged.
WWE.com stated that the John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels nearly hour-long match in the U.K. last April was voted as the greatest match in the history of Raw. Here is what they wrote regarding Raw’s greatest match:
“Raw has had thousands of matches, but tops on your list, with 24.2 percent of the vote, was John Cena and Shawn Michaels’ nearly hour-long epic classic in the U.K. on the April 23, 2007 edition of Raw. Coming in second, at 19.6 percent, was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s battle with Kane for the WWE Title in 1998, followed by Jeff Hardy and Undertaker’s 2002 Ladder Match at 17.61 percent.”
According to the real poll results on WWE.com, the Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit steel cage match that took place on June 11, 2001 was voted as the greatest match in Raw history with 32.33 percent of the vote. The Cena vs. HBK match didn’t even finish in second place as that distinction goes to the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Kane WWE Title match that took place the night after King of the Ring ’98, which took home 26.09 percent of the vote. Cena vs. HBK actually finished in third place with 11.34 percent of the vote. Additionally, the Jeff Hardy and Undertaker Ladder Match in the summer of 2002 only garnered 6.89 percent of the vote, not 17.61 percent, not to mention that it finished in fourth place, not in third place.
The ‘Greatest Match’ poll wasn’t the only poll rigged on WWE.com as the results for Raw’s ‘Hottest Diva’ were rigged as well. Here is what they wrote regarding ‘Hottest Diva’:
“For our fans, it was “100% Stratusfaction” when deciding Raw’s Hottest Diva. Seven-time Women’s Champion Trish Stratus took top honors in the voting with 20.8 percent of the vote.
The four-time Women’s Champion Lita came in second with 14.6 percent, and Candice Michelle finished third with 11.8 percent. There’s really no loser in this category, however. All the Divas are smokin’! We all win.”
According to the real poll results on WWE.com, Lita was the legitimate winner of the poll, not Trish Stratus. Trish didn’t even finish in second place in the poll as that distinction goes to Mickie James. According to the real poll results, Lita came in first place by a mile with 34.77 percent of the vote. Mickie James, who is not even mentioned in WWE’s blurb, finished in second with 21.79 percent. Trish actually finished in third place with 12.18 percent of the vote, but was deemed the winner of the poll by the WWE overlords anyway. Candice Michelle actually had a low vote tally with a 4.26 percent vote total. Mickie James garnered over five times the amount of votes of Candice, but is not even mentioned in the blurb on WWE.com. Melina and Torrie Wilson also finished ahead of Candice.
As far as the other poll results are concerned, they appear to be legitimate as the results listed on WWE.com match up with the actual poll results.
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