Talk about other wrestling sites goes into Site Bashing. This is not a new thing.
It's not the site that's down, just the board. Which means it's just a vulnerabiity in the php board script Rick was previously unaware of - it's no big deal, it's just the reason why sane people don't run boards, too much junk to deal with. I'm sure he'll fix it as soon as he gets a chance.
Maybe the Summer of 1997? As the websites became more prominent, I think people abandoned the community medium and just put stuff on their sites. I posted TV reports on their till about the end of 1998 maybe, then stopped going there altogether.