I *SO* remember TWNPnews! They had to be the KINGS of CUTnPASTE news stealing.
I used to love how they'd start all their "news stories" with "I dont expect ________ to be back by WM", or "I have just received word that ________ was spotted backstage at Raw/Nitro. Look for him to be signed any day now".
My first internet memory was Scoops...exactly when I believe it was sometime in '97. I stuck with them until they went down but I heard about CRZ and WrestleLine (after reading Hyatte's crap I was willing for a change) around about late '98 early '99. And have stayed their except for my early on admiration for Keith's PPV recaps.
I was given a web address by a 'internet' friend of mine that linked me to a page on Wrestline with statistics from previous Wrestlmanias. It was my first experience of internet journalism. I just jumped on the WL bandwagon and it carried me to [slash] and then, later, to OO.com. I think it's only been a little more than year or so since I've began reading it.
In my case I was in the computer lab in my dorm and I was trying to figure out how to get this "internet" thing to work. When I finally figured out how to use a search engine (it only took a day) I decided to search for pro-wrestling and came upon the Online Museum and the FAQ. Eventually I found Scoops, which led me to New from Dayton that became Online Onslaught... I think you can figure out the rest.
"HOROWITZ WINS! HOROWITZ WINS! HOROWITZ WINS!" Jim Ross
Has this happened at all? I agree with you (and others) in that this is an exemplary gesture regardless of what brought it about. The timing is what we all know it is, but at least something immensely positive has come out of it.