Yahoo has posted a new blog examining WWE’s decision several years ago to ban video game playing backstage at events. The blog lists the top 5 “infamous gaming mishaps,” and WWE being “bodyslammed by Playstation”.
In 2001, Vince McMahon’s wrestling organization conclusively won the Monday Night Wars, buying rival organization WCW, which for years had threatened its dominance of the pro wrestling world. But four years later, the product was growing stale. Fans complained the matches were lackluster and the shows were uninspired.
The WWE decided part of the problem was the habit many wrestlers had of playing video games backstage instead of watching and learning from live matches. The organization promptly banned games from the backstage area, though gamers do get the chance to throw down virtually once a year at the company’s THQ Superstar Challenge event.
Quick Quip: For a company that constantly touts the variety of writers of hit TV shows, soap operas, movies and reality shows, their “entertainers” playing video games should not be a priority. At least games distracted the guys from some of the vices the wrestlers succumbed to in the 80s.
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