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WWE Network to Edit Over The Edge 1999, Stephanie Comments on Benoit & Owen Decision

– CBS Pittsburgh has published an article on WWE deciding to air the controversial Over The Edge 1999 pay-per-view on the WWE Network.

WWE issued the following statement on Friday:

“WWE Network will be airing the 1999 Over The Edge pay-per-view. However, portions of the event will be edited out of respect for Owen Hart.”

Before the Royal Rumble last month, CBS spoke with Stephanie McMahon about Over The Edge 1999 and she said they had not made a decision at that time. Stephanie did confirm that Chris Benoit matches will be on the Network.

In the video above, Stephanie said:

“They are incredible challenging decisions to make. At the end of the day, we try to do what’s right for our fans and we try to give them exactly what they want to see.”

  • TheFizPop

    ah, thanks.

  • Ray Myer

    That’s because true fans don’t just up and leave. Some of us actually want the product to get better. We the fans know what we want. It’s popular fact – not one person’s wayward opinion. It doesn’t take a genius to listen to the majority of their fanbase and give them what they want. Also.. the WWE brand isn’t anywhere near as popular as it used to be. You have to understand how business works to realize that they’re a company capable of working IN the financial state they happen to be in at the time. They’re alive because of that. But the product is nowhere near as quality as it used to be. Back when stars were busting their ases and being GIVEN the spotlight for their hardwork. Not tossed aside in lieu of guys that couldn’t care less and are there for the money and or are the boss’s buddy.

  • TheFizPop

    Who spoke of Batista? Him winning was nothing positve (except i do love WWE continually pissing off the all mighty IWC) I said nobody acknowledges positives in general. Creative do what they like, fans still tune in, still blabber on thinking they know best. Either way, speaking positively or negatively the WWE brand is still getting noticed, thats all that matters in business.

  • Ray Myer

    Name one positive with Batista winning the Rumble. Let’s see these positives you’re speaking of. Name a positive outcome of a washed up never was returning and winning the Rumble because of his affiliation with the boss.

  • Ray Myer

    I’m not. 🙂 I’m using this site to learn what happens. I won’t give them the benefit of my viewership.

  • TheFizPop

    Thing is the IWC are full of some of the most obnoxious, entitled, know it (think of your own ending here, as that would be rude for me to brand). There really isn’t much difference between WWE, creative and the fans. All think they know best and neither wanting to acknowledge positives.

  • MrDr3w

    If you’re still watching and engaged in the storylines (which are still fake, just thought I’d remind you), they’re obviously doing it right…

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I like that they’re airing them both. Especially bc of the rarity of OTE and because Benoit is still a great wrestler. Sucks what happened, but he can’t be erased from wrestling and some people choose to remember him as just that.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    100% agree.

  • ChrisDV

    I’d rather they didn’t show Over The Edge. Everyone knows it was the event with Owen’s accident, and it’s just going to feel odd/tasteless watching even an edited version of the show, knowing what was going on at the time.

    I have no problem with the Benoit matches, I’ll just not watch them. I’ve managed to do it for the past 7 years on DVD.

    Also, I just realised it’s 7 years this year, which puts Eddie’s death at nine years come November. Christ, it doesn’t seem that long.

  • JAckh45

    Even tho what he did was disgusting in all meanings… I still want to see his matches. The series he did against Angle was some of the best technical wrestling I’ve ever seen.