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CANADIAN BULLDOG
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Since: 5.3.03
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I don't think I'm in the minority of those who've noticed an increase in the WWE-bashing on 1wrestling.com lately.

The slightest thing -- a ratings decline, a wrestling no-showing a house show, someone saying something on a radio show -- gets turned into "this is a sure sign of major problems in the WWE". ALWAYS. Especially by Scherer.

So today, they report the news about Hogan and TNA. Even the most optimistic person out there realizes this has the potential to be a HUGE problem for TNA. I'm not saying TNA is finished or anything, but let's be honest -- they were banking on this 11/30 PPV and the appearance of Hogan. Both are off, for the time being.

So what does Scherer write?


I know that covering NWA TNA is not my beat, but a huge story concerning the company broke late yesterday when they were forced to cancel the three hour pay-per-view event that they had planned for 11/30 due to Hollywood Hogan needing surgery on his right knee. Hogan is expected to have the procedure next week.

Hogan, who has had knee problems for years, aggravated his injury during a New Japan match with Masa Chono last week. Hogan was scheduled to wrestle Jeff Jarrett on TNA’s first ever three hour event on November 30, but with him being unable to work on the show, TNA decided yesterday to postpone the PPV until early next year.

As of right now, they still plan to work with Hogan but they have to wait until his knee recovers from surgery and doing a three-hour, premium priced Sunday PPV without him is just not feasible.


Why are there no messages of doom and gloom here? I know it's not as bad for the future of TNA, as, say, RVD saying something on an Internet radio show is for WWE (I'm being sarcastic), but it is a serious business concern. Why didn't he say that? Scherer offers his commentary for other news items -- WHY NOT THIS ONE?

And yes, I realize they are in bed with TNA via Ryder. Fine. I understand there will be a natural bias there. But the way they covered this news item is unacceptable to me. I am disgusted.






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Since: 13.6.03
From: Washington, DC

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.96
Another thing I noticed about this story was how long it took them to report on it. The original story broke a bit after 10pm ET, and it wasn't until a bit after 10am ET that they first made mention of it.

Their TNA connections always seem to result in a reluctance to say anything negative at all until WO and the Torch have both said it. Somewhat similar to how they treated WCW towards the end.

An interesting thing about the RVD interview was the fact 1wrestling changed their headline to make it a bit more scandalous:

RVD TALKS ABOUT EVERYTHING IN FAR REACHING INTERVIEW

became

RVD SAYS HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT IC TITLE, TALKS ABOUT HIS PAST, AND MORE

A few minutes after it was first published. Meanwhile, they complain because WWE doesn't treat them like real journalists, and wonder why so many in WWE have such a low opinion of the internet news media.



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Since: 2.1.02
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Man, welcome to the club. What Scherer basically did up there is say "Although I have no business writing about NWA:TNA at all ever, please allow me to take this time to spin this piece of obviously bad news for TNA into something that doesnt sound quite so bad." TRASH.

It's just like I was saying about the way they report the ratings. Like when the RAW rating goes down by like .0004 points from one week to the next and the link to the story about it is titled "RAW RATING PLUMMETS YET AGAIN, WHEN WILL THE FREE-FALL END??", but when the RAW rating *rises* from one week to the next and the link title to the story is "RAW rating", I notice. Calm down with that.

It really is getting out of hand, though. I dont know, maybe writing like that is more fun? I personally think they're still bitter over the WWE's "media ban" from last year. Remember that?!?!

Oh, and Ryder? Please stop putting ads for the "premium" pay version of your site under the "NEWSLINE" section. C'mon now.



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Since: 26.1.03
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Welcome to the world of internet wrestling journalism.
BigVitoMark
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Since: 10.8.02
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I've always gotten the impression that the problem stems with Scherer's perception of his own importance within wrestling. In terms of breaking a story, I'd estimate they may get the jump on one or two out of ten with Meltzer breaking the rest. Then, add to the fact that their website is just their website (rather than a promotional vehicle for a print medium like the Observer or the Torch), and they're just not on par with their contemporaries. I look at the respective websites and consider buying the Observer while laughing at 1W Premium and remembering Mean Gene's huge news updates until midnight tonight on the WCW Hotline.

Scherer, in my eyes, is not much of a journalist. Never was. When they had Ryder inside WCW and Styles inside ECW they had more breaking stories...but then again, that's a result of site owners working for the big companies and being willing to leak their privileged information rather than any remarkable research methods. They don't have a guy inside WWE feeding them their info, exposing the fact that Scherer on his own just isn't that resourceful. The Observer breaks news, the Torch has entertaining columns, and 1W has Scherer posting links to interview recaps that readers sent in and hocking his ECW passes on eBay. I think this is where the bitterness comes from. Scherer has an interest in WWE going down, because as that happens TNA goes up and Scherer has sources that matter again. As it stands, he's at the bottom of the legitimate internet totem pole, and it doesn't look like he's got any ideas on how to change that.
TheLurkingHorror
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Since: 14.7.03

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
From 1bob

"Obviously, Hulk Hogan is in the news today. A lot of people are still wondering what his situation with WWE is, especially with WrestleMania XX less than six months away. Here is the latest, as it stands today (and remember that with Hogan and Vince McMahon, it can change at the drop of a hat). People close to McMahon have told me that after Hogan left in June, after he didn’t want to do a job to Brock Lesnar, Vince “washed his hands of Hogan”. On Hogan’s side, he wanted to wrestle as himself, not as Mr. America, and was said to have wanted more than a novelty type of push. McMahon didn’t want Hogan beating his top guys due to the age factor. So, they parted ways.

People inside WWE have told me that right now, the plan is to do Mania without Hogan. It should also be pointed out that a lot of people have told me that HHH is not a big fan of bringing back the Hulkster so that will probably play a part in it as well. But, given the way that Hogan plays the game of wrestling, and make no mistake he is truly the best there ever was in that respect, I am not so sure he won’t make a comeback."


Man, is Scherer obsessed with HHH? I'm sure there's a case of unrequited love here, it's getting ridiculous. Who are these people who told him that HHH doesn't want Hogan back? Bob the janitor? Jimmy the concession stand operator?

He's making it up as he goes along.
CANADIAN BULLDOG
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.18
I'm sure Scherer *does* have some sources in the locker room. One would have to assume one of his old ECW buddies, but who knows, really? The guy has broken news before. That's the most maddening thing about all of this. He has the ability to be a `legitimate' journalist -- as far as that can be said in this industry -- and chooses to be a shill instead.

I would be much happier if he reported that:

Raw rating drops to 3.1, third week in a row

rather than:

Raw rating plummets again, company facing certain doom

I'd be a lot more impressed. The commentary simply has to go. Let the news speak for itself. We don't need you to say "this is a sure sign of problems" or whatever. We don't need you to tell us how WWE will spin it (and by the way, the last time they've said anything about justifying a ratings drop, it was when the war was in full swing). We don't need you to chime in on how this bodes for the company.

If you absolutely have to have an opinion in there -- use someone else's. That's what real journalists do, they present the facts and let someone else debate what they mean.

And good points, everyone -- glad to see I'm not in the minority here.



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Since: 19.1.02
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.08
    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    Oh, and Ryder? Please stop putting ads for the "premium" pay version of your site under the "NEWSLINE" section. C'mon now.


That is not NEARLY as bad as Meltzer's decision to post the entire two paragraph long ad for his newsletter in the middle of EVERY news bite. I don't know why he thinks it's a good idea, since his regular readers who aren't newsletter subscribers aren't going to become one just because he puts it in every story. Then he goes ahead and posts a special link to the same two paragraphs on the main page every week too. I get that his main source of income out of this is subscriptions, but there's something to be said for good marketing schemes. Maybe it wouldn't irk me so much if it was at the end, so I wouldn't have to scroll past it all the time.

"Hulk Hogan is injured blah blah blah

BUY MY NEWSLETTER

Also, RVD is unhappy with the cereal selection at WWE House Shows

In Indy news blah blah blah".



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Minnesota Vikings: 6-0 (What a play, huh? Everybody on the team played well and we won, can't ask much more than that.)
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Since: 2.1.02
From: Hawthorne, CA

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.95

    Originally posted by CANADIAN BULLDOG
    The commentary simply has to go. Let the news speak for itself. We don't need you to say "this is a sure sign of problems" or whatever. We don't need you to tell us how WWE will spin it (and by the way, the last time they've said anything about justifying a ratings drop, it was when the war was in full swing). We don't need you to chime in on how this bodes for the company.
Please. If Sherer took out all of the commentary from his "news" stories, he wouldnt have enough left over to fill a paragraph! Most of the crap he reports is maybe a grain worth of news. Most of it isnt even news at all! To me, it fits under the "Hey, here's this tiny thing I heard" catagory than the news catagory. But then he'll take that teensy piece of info he heard and cushion it up with a bunch of speculation. "That can't be seen as a good sign for WWE", "This most certainly has ruffled more than a few feathers in WWE management", etc. SAVE IT.



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