We have all been there space readers.
The card on this PPV could be a let down. It's on at 1am and its £15.
Here in the UK we Brit's are usually at work on Mondays anyway. Enough time to fire up the PC to download ready for Monday night viewing by our trusty torrent sites right?
Don’t worry I am not going to preach to you all this week. To be quite honest with you all I have been on the "Heel" side as well. I am not the media analyst but the relationship between wrestling and the internet has as many turns in it as a Vince Russo Storyline. Sitting comfortably?
In the early days of the internet wwe.com wrestlers has webchats occasionally and the eventual use of the internet for PPV was seen as pioneering on the flip side as time went on backstage news became an area widley reported on. This meant that the goings on in wrestlers personnel lives was just as interesting as the story lines on TV.
It became known as the dirt sheet and it's what us wrestling fans read on the internet all the time.
Raw discovered back in the late 1990s that tapping there shows was becoming an issue. Fans read the results and either decided to skip the show or tune into the parts they were interested in. Although these spoilers and insider information was no more than say the contents of a soap magazine would damage Eastenders it did cause controversy when WCW Nitro which was a live show began giving results to RAW which at the time was tapped.
So what of weekly television. Well early on WWE used to report there shows on youtube.. and now they produce content for youtube. When RAW went back to the USA network it's feeder shows Velocity and Heat did not follow. So rather than losing them altogether wwe.com streamed them for the US audience. The same with Superstars and indeed NXT until very recently. In fact the WWE's second biggest show (apparently Smackdown is the joint A show we are not allowed to call it a B show) is streamed online via American site hulu.
TNA found that Impact had no TV home in the US after the Fox sports deal ran out. There reaction was to release the show onto torrent sites for peer to peer shairing.
All this is before the main promotions started their love affair with twitter.
The internet also helps many smaller promotions who are able to offer ippv as opposed to an expensive TV deal. At the time of writing ROH PPVs are done in this way.
Here in the UK we don't get quite as gooder deal.
None of the WWE shows are available for VOD viewing which is a massive shame.
I think the internet has cost wrestling in some respects. No one here is going to condone downloading a PPV (even if they are overpriced) But wrestling has got to a wider audience through social networking, youtube and VOD. As we stated last week with the market changing it will be interesting what the future holds for wrestling fans online