It’s no secret to anyone that has watched WWE in the past couple of years that former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan is one of the most popular Superstars in the company and that popularity has not died down in the least since Bryan required corrective surgery back in May. By contrast, the WWE Network has not had quite the success that WWE thought it would and it became clear this week that WWE put those two facts together as PWTorch.com is reporting that WWE actually used “Yes” chants at Tuesday’s SmackDown tapings and, with some clever editing, made it appear like the chants were in response to a sales pitch by Vince McMahon. The fans in attendance for the tapings in Houston were greeted by Big Show, who appeared in the ring to discuss Daniel Bryan’s recovery. Big Show then asked the fans to deliver a “get well” message to Daniel Bryan, prompting the entire arena to chant “yes”.
WWE then spliced in an announcement from WWE CEO Vince McMahon, who announced that the WWE Network will be free for the entire month of November for new subscribers to the Network. WWE then cut to the crowd chanting “yes”, making it appear as though the fans were going wild about getting a full month of the WWE Network for free. The whole ruse shows just how difficult of a time WWE is having getting people to subscribe to the WWE Network. This is hardly the first time that WWE has used some clever editing to pull the wool over fans’ eyes as WWE has been piping in “boos” for heel Superstars in recent years. Anybody who watches a live show like RAW then watches a taped show like SmackDown will notice an almost comical pipe-in of negative reactions for certain Superstars.
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