On the November 8th, 1993 live Monday Night Raw show, the WWF announced that fans could pick Quebecer Pierre’s opponent for the main event for the November 15th by voting via a 1-900 number. I don’t know how much the call cost, but let’s say it was $2.99.
The choices fans could pick from were:
- The 1-2-3 Kid
- Marty Jannetty
- Doink The Clown
- Lex Luger
They then proceeded to spend the entire hour of that November 8th Raw shamelessly trying to get people to vote for Lex Luger.
Shockingly, Lex Luger ended up winning the poll!
Okay, so there’s nothing too unusual about that. The WWF was just trying to get people to vote for Luger because they wanted him to win, right? You’re thinking “That’s not too big of a deal”, right?
Well, the problem was that the November 15th Raw wasn’t going to be live- it was going to be taped the night of November 8th right after that night’s live Raw ended, and it was already set to have Pierre face Lex Luger.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at the relevant taping results for November 8th courtesy of The History Of WWE website’s 1993 section (I’ve edited it down to just the relevant information- you can see the full live Raw/taping results on the website).
WWF @ Bushkill, PA – Fernwood Resort – November 8, 1993
Monday Night Raw:
11/8/93 – during the duration of the broadcast, a 1-800 voteline was set up to determine who would face Quebecar Pierre the following week; the options were Lex Luger, the 1-2-3 Kid, Doink the Clown, and Marty Jannetty; Luger won in a landslide:
Lex Luger pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Quebecar Pierre (w/ Johnny Polo) with a forearm blow after knocking Polo off the ring apron; after the bout, Jacques came out to try to revive his partner; Pierre was eventually taken from ringside on a stretcher; as a result of the incident, Pierre was taken out of the Survivor Series
So no matter who actually won the voting, they were going to announce the night of November 8th that A). Luger had won, and B). Tape the match with Luger as the opponent later that night and air it the following week as if it were live.
The voting hotline served no actual purpose except to gyp fans out of their money, since the match was going to be taped on the same night fans were “voting” and the voting would actually not play any part in deciding who Pierre faced.
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that something in the world of wrestling is fixed, but this seems pretty scummy even by professional wrestling standards.
Vince Screwed Doink!
I want to credit my source for this story. I heard this story from Joe Gagne on the Joe Vs. The World podcast covering 1993. Joe gives his source as an issue of The Wrestling Observer (I assume one from late 1993 around the time this happened).