The wrestling media mostly sucks. And until further notice, it’s hopeless.
Wait, what? How could I possibly be saying that wrestling media sucks, on a wrestling website? Well, pretty simple. We make an effort to separate ourselves from the dirtsheets and sh*tposters here. We traffic in opinion and analysis of things that have already happened; you may find some of those opinions reasonable and some of them wacky and offbase, but we don’t try to pass off anything we’re doing here as fact or as if we have some kind of inside track on what may be happening next month. And we don’t say things like ‘In my opinion, Roman Reigns’ leukemia is work’ here. And look, it’s not just us. There are lots of bloggers and podcasters who do not traffic in that kind of garbage. But the ones who do have a browbeating coming and that’s what I’m here to do today.
Now just how does these guys suck? Let me count the ways.
Taking themselves too seriously
I’m mainly talking about the David Bixenspan’s of the world who treat their subject matter as if they are covering the White House or a war zone in a foreign country. Dave has attempted to dig in to the political donations of the McMahon family and the political leaning of the Sinclair Broadcasting, the owners of Ring of Honor. Last night he tweeted that maybe if Roman gave us some details into the form and nature of leukemia he was fighting then maybe it would calm the crowd of Leukemia Truthers down a bit……seriously, dude? Stop it already. On the former matter, any wrestling fan with a brain can figure who the owners of their favorite wrestling company support politically (hint: they all support the same party) and on the latter we talking about a professional wrestler, not the President of the United States. He doesn’t owe anyone a detailed explanation outside his family and his employer because of the nature of the business he’s in (can’t have Vince planning a big push if you’re going to be at death’s door in two months).
Do you really believe that people with ‘names’ like FlippyIsh420 or The Real Fan Podcast are entitled to a full medical diagnosis so that they will stop saying it’s a work? Do you think they stop even if they had that information? Dude, you cover wrestling shows. No one is going to die, or go without healthcare or be unable to get restitution for some wrongful act committed against them, because you didn’t find out THE TRUTH behind why the Curt Hawkins match got bumped from RAW to Main Event.
This was a topic du jour during the run up to All in last September. A lot of wrestling media outlets that covered the event were transparently in the tank for the show itself and the guys who ran it (Cody and the Bucks). I’m not talking about the podcasters who went there to have a good time and who present themselves as fans always and not journalists. I’m talking about the Dave Meltzers and Wade Kellers of the world, who were embedded behind the scenes like friendly campaign reporters during an election cycle. It was pretty obvious that some people there were given access because they’d provide favorable coverage and not dig into any dirt like whether or not the show was actually an indie show or a front for a Ring of Honor show like a lot of us suspected.
And the same kind of treatment has been going on with the coverage of AEW; lots of playing up certain things as a big deal and dismissals of negative stories as unimportant. Dave’s bias isn’t just about star ratings, it bleeds into dishonest assessments about what his buddies are doing and bad takes about what other companies (mainly WWE) are doing. Now look if you’re just presenting yourself as a fan site it’s no big deal. But when you want us to treat you as if you are the paper of record for professional wrestling then that’s a bunch of nonsense.
You know what I’m talking about here. The endless ‘reports’ with question marks in the headline and baseless speculation in the text. For the past month we’ve been inundated with ‘Does _ want to leave WWE and go to AEW?’ stories based off of Twitter tweets, Instagram comments, etc taken completely out of context. There was a ‘Did Jimmy Uso and Naomi get into with the police so they could get fired and go to AEW?’ story. AJ Styles was erroneously reported to have a hernia, based on an ‘injury report’ that Meltzer received.
Last week we learned that Lacey Evans might be the third ‘top lady in WWE’ and Ronda Rousey leaves (which itself hasn’t been confirmed beyond ‘I think so’ from the usual suspects), and a bunch of people got riled up only to see that it was more Meltzer shooting from the hip with his own opinion again. This type of irresponsible crap gets clicked on, posted in Facebook groups and on Twitter and ultimately shades fan opinions in a negative way that drags down the entire viewing experience. None of this stuff helps and I dare say no one has come to enjoy wrestling more than they used to after diving into these things.
Pregnancy calculators (that determine Ronda Rousey could get pregnant immediately after WrestleMania, give birth and be back in time for light duty at the 2020 Royal Rumble. Speculating that Roman Reigns probably had the ‘best kind of leukemia’ which is why he was able to beat it. Riffing about how Peyton Royce is ‘still attractive but looks like she may put on some weight since coming to the main roster’. Mindlessly wondering out loud if we’ve just seen a heel turn every time a face doesn’t act like a total wimp. Horrendously out of context analysis on TV ratings.
Who the hell thinks up stuff like this? Wrestling ‘jounalists’, that’s who. There is no take too far out, too galaxy brain for a wrestling journalist to come up with. And that’s just the writers; we haven’t even touched the dopey podcasters and YouTubers out there espousing all kinds of tinfoil hat nonsense. If you actually are in the market for this kind of stuff I really have to question your sanity.
Who are these guys? The ones who have nothing good to say, ever, but for some reason continue to watch the same television show every week for decades. Well that reason is money. Whether it’s old cranky and disgruntled Wade Keller or the wide array of poop stirring podcasters and YouTubers there are legions of people making money off of crapping on WWE television every week. And i have no idea how much they’re making but it must be enough to absorb whatever production costs they have for producing their ‘content’. If you can stomach just listen to some of these guys for a few minutes and you’ll question their sanity. Now I do think that a lot of these YouTube guys don’t really hate it as much as they say (at least one has admitted that he’s playing a character), which of course only makes what they’re doing worse because they’re souring people on a show that they themselves don’t actually think is that bad. And that’s disgusting.
That’s just a sample. There’s a ton of other examples out there of just how bad wrestling media is. If you’re wondering as to why I’m in such a tizzy about this stuff, it’s real simple. All of this stuff when you add it up does nothing but sour people on what they’re watching. It literally takes away from the experience when you’ve been swamped in ‘reports’ about who may be getting a push and all the inevitable complaining that comes with it, or when you’ve had the next three months of TV partially spoiled by speculation. And as someone who loves professional wrestling I want everyone who watches to enjoy it like I do. These people do absolutely nothing to help anyone enjoy it more so as far as I’m concerned they can go. Is there a place for real journalism? Sure. There’s lots of stuff that can be explored or explained with an objective and realist take that you will not get from any wrestling company. Unfortunately, wrestling media is mostly not delivering that and until it does they still suck.
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