Being in the NYT has to be a huge honor for Meltzer, I would guess.
"In World of Wrestling, Trying to Keep It Real
Dave Meltzer, who began watching professional wrestling at age 9, has been putting out The Wrestling Observer as a weekly since 1986. By JAKE ROSSEN Published: May 14, 2013
Dave Meltzer was gravely ill, but the phone would not stop ringing. It was December 1993, and someone had circulated the number of the hospital where Meltzer was being treated for a ruptured appendix, the delayed diagnosis of which had caused a life-threatening abdominal inflammation.
The professional wrestlers he often wrote about called to wish him well. Several would then launch into trade talk or gossip, which a fevered Meltzer would dutifully record.
“For 16 days,” he recalled, “I sat there with my notebook, waiting to go home and write.”
Not really, but did Daniel Bryan have such an awesome character back then? He rose to the occasion with the entertainment aspect, combine that with the excellent skills in the ring and it really is no wonder he made it so big.