WWE Cyber Sunday

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WWE Cyber Sunday
Other name(s)Taboo Tuesday (2004–2005)
Promotion(s)World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s)Raw (2004–2008)
SmackDown (2007–2008)
ECW (2007–2008)
First eventTaboo Tuesday (2004)
Last eventCyber Sunday (2008)
Event gimmickInteractive pay-per-view in which fans vote on certain aspects of the matches

WWE Cyber Sunday was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. From 2004 to 2005, the event was known as Taboo Tuesday as it was held on Tuesdays; in 2006, the event was moved to the more traditional Sunday night for PPVs and was renamed to Cyber Sunday. The theme of the event was the ability for fans to vote on certain aspects of every match, using their personal computers and text messaging via mobile phones. The voting typically began in the middle of an episode of Raw a few weeks beforehand and ended during the pay-per-view, often moments before the match was slated to begin. Because of this, the event was billed as an "interactive pay-per-view."

During the event's first two years as Taboo Tuesday, it was held exclusively for the Raw brand. The 2006 event, which was the first held as Cyber Sunday, was also Raw-exclusive. Following WrestleMania 23 in 2007, however, brand-exclusive PPVs were discontinued, thus the events in 2007 and 2008 featured the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands. The event was discontinued and replaced by Bragging Rights in 2009.

History[edit]

In 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) established a new pay-per-view (PPV) event titled Taboo Tuesday. The inaugural event was held on October 19 that year, and as its name implies, it was held on a Tuesday. It was the first regularly-scheduled pay-per-view held by the company on a Tuesday since 1991's This Tuesday in Texas, the first regularly-scheduled non-Sunday pay-per-view since the 1994 Survivor Series, and the first non-Sunday pay-per-view of any kind since In Your House 8: Beware of Dog 2 in 1996.[1][2]

To coincide with the brand extension, in which the promotion divided its roster into brands where wrestlers exclusively performed, the inaugural event was held exclusively for the Raw brand. Taboo Tuesday returned in 2005, but was pushed back to early November and was also Raw-exclusive.[3] In 2006, which was again Raw-exclusive and held in November, the show was moved to a more traditional Sunday night slot—alleviating problems with the taping schedule of SmackDown!, usually held on Tuesdays. As a result, the event was renamed to Cyber Sunday.[4] Following WrestleMania 23 in April 2007, WWE discontinued brand-exclusive PPVs, thus the 2007 and 2008 events, which were both held in October, featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.[5][6][7] In 2009, the event's pay-per-view slot was replaced by Bragging Rights.[8]

Concept[edit]

The most distinctive feature of the event was the ability for fans to vote on certain aspects of every match, using their personal computers and text messaging via mobile phones. The voting typically began in the middle of an episode of Raw a few weeks beforehand and ended during the pay-per-view, often moments before the match was slated to begin. Because of this, the event was billed as an "interactive pay-per-view."[2] For the first four events, voting was made online through WWE.com, with the official tagline for the PPV being "Log On. Take Over."[9][3][4][6] In 2008, however, this was replaced by votes through text messaging, but this was only available to United States mobile carriers. However, the match between The Undertaker and Big Show was made universal, as fans were allowed to vote for the match stipulation on WWE.com.[7] After Cyber Sunday was discontinued, the fan interaction aspects of the pay-per-view were incorporated into Raw as WWEActive (originally RawActive) for some Raw episodes, which was eventually dropped altogether.[10]

Dates and venues[edit]

Raw-branded event
# Event Date City Venue Main Event Ref.
1 Taboo Tuesday (2004) October 19, 2004 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair in a Steel Cage match [9]
2 Taboo Tuesday (2005) November 1, 2005 San Diego, California iPayOne Center John Cena (c) vs. Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels in a triple threat match for the WWE Championship [3]
3 Cyber Sunday (2006) November 5, 2006 Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. Bank Arena King Booker (c) vs. WWE Champion John Cena vs. ECW World Champion Big Show in a "Champion of Champions" triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship [4]
4 Cyber Sunday (2007) October 28, 2007 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center Batista (c) vs. The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee [6]
5 Cyber Sunday (2008) October 26, 2008 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center Chris Jericho (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the special guest referee [7]
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cyber Sunday Pay-per-view History". WWE. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  2. ^ a b "World Wrestling Entertainment Introduces New Interactive Raw Branded Pay-Per-View To Air on Tuesday, October 19, 2004". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporation. October 5, 2004. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Toward Taboo Tuesday". World Wrestling Entertainment. October 17, 2005. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Cyber Sunday 2006". Pro Wrestling History. 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  5. ^ "WWE Pay-Per-Views To Follow WrestleMania Formula". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2007-03-18. Archived from the original on March 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  6. ^ a b c "WWE presents Cyber Sunday". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved November 2, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c "Cyber Sunday 2008 results". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved September 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Preview:WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena (Anything Goes Iron Man Match)". WWE. Archived from the original on October 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. Find out when the first-ever WWE Bragging Rights airs Sunday, Oct. 25 live on pay-per view.
  9. ^ a b Tarlach, Gemma (2004-10-18). "Choose and Bruise Taboo Tuesday gives WWE fans a chance to have a say in the ring action". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 01.
  10. ^ "Your Guide to Getting RAWactive!". WWE. Retrieved March 16, 2021.

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