Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A better wrestling media

One of my favorite things to do around here is to expose bad wrestling websites for the frauds that they are and tell readers to "demand a better wrestling media." Today, we take a look at some of those sites that are making the internet a better place for wrestling fans.

WRESTLEGASM

Easily the funniest wrestling website on the internet. Imagine if WrestleCrap were run by a woman and didn't devolve into a cesspool of smark whining, then you might have an idea of Wrestlegasm's brilliance. The female demographic is obscenely underrepresented in wrestling, even moreso in the male-dominated internet wrestling community, but with the recent surge in female viewership - 40% of WWE fans are women - and sites like this, that's beginning to change.

WrestlingReader
The Wrestling News Aggregator is essentially the Google of wrestling news and opinion. You have to respect the sheer amount of work that must go into WR and sleek layout makes this one of the best looking wrestling sites out there. Also, major kudos to the folks (folk?) over at Wrestling Reader for taking a stand against the PW Torch after their morbid and tasteless editorial about Jeff Hardy following his arrest.

Ring Posts
Ring Post, part of The Baltimore Sun's sports page, is probably the most professional blog out there about wrestling. While some could say he's "just" a blogger, Kevin Eck is a part of a major metropolitan newspaper and a legitimate radio network, both of which carry weight in my book. He actually adheres to some kind of journalistic integrity, unlike the majority of "columnists" out there who are accountable to no one. Eck writes fair reviews, interviews people actually within the business (Dawn Marie, Shane Douglas and Chris Jericho, just to name a few), and focuses on actual wrestling news, not fabricated rumors or whatever minor tidbit could be scraped from the bottom of the barrel. When dirtsheets are no more, Ring Posts will be the template for how the wrestling community gets its news and opinion.

The Ring
Part of the EWBattleground, The Ring is hands-down, the best forum on the internet to discuss wrestling. Usually when you go to wrestling message boards, you get something like this:
"WWE SUXXXXX TNA 4LIF!!!"
"NO U SUX!"
"2 WORDZ 4 BOTH U - SUX IT!!!11111"

But thankfully The Ring is not like that. If you're looking for a good discussion and Twitter's 140 characters just aren't enough, come hang out. I hear one of their moderators is an ass though, so watch out.


WrestleSoup
We've had our differences in the past, but we're both working toward a common goal - creating a better wrestling media. Frequently updated, WrestleSoup is a great site for a fair and balanced take on
the latest happenings in the world of sports entertainment.

JR's Blog
While JR is a WWE employee, his blog is one of the most honest, blunt and interesting reads out there. JR's still obviously a huge fan of the business and it's a good insight into the mind of the man who is the voice of professional wrestling. With rumors frequently debunked and the record set straight,
JR's Blog is one of the most important sites out there for any wrestling fan to visit.

Storm Wrestling
Lance Storm is the epitome of class and it shines on his website. His columns are interesting, but I think my favorite part of the site is when he does Q&A with his readers. It's great to see wrestlers interact with the fans, but what makes this one so great is Storm frequently corrects smarks who think they know what they're talking about, when they actually have no clue. Storm's not afraid to give his opinion, but with his very humble demeanor, he doesn't present it in a fashion that a lot of other former Superstars do.

6 comments:

  1. That Ring sounds like quite the forum, if only I were allowed to post there. ¬_¬

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  2. I thanked you on Twitter, but thanks again man. I'm glad that you see me as part of the solution when it comes to a Better Wrestling Media.

    I suppose I am a sort of mini Kick-Out Wrestling in that we both have very similar views and opinions, and you really set me off on the whole Better Wrestling Media thing. I hated dirtsheet lies anyway, but I needed someone who would back my views up or who had opinions similar.

    Anyway, this is starting to sound too cheesey now, so I'm going to stop typing. But 140 characters wasn't enough for this message!

    Thanks, man,
    WrestleTrance

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  3. Thanks Razor.

    Yes we've had our differences in the past, but it's nice to have come to terms with everything.

    It's nice to be grouped in this category along with other wrestling sites I enjoy.

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  4. As others have said thanks for the mentions. I'm glad that there is a group of people starting to take a stand against this.

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  5. The funniest? Really? Crikey! That's nice. Thank you very much. And you're right, I do hate the smarky whining. Like the others have said, it's great to be considered part of this group. I shall try to 'stay funny' or whatever.

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  6. razor! your missing out two sites! wrestlingblog.com and thedellspell!

    ok ok they may ot be as good as some of these sites.... but at least thier nothing like the tourch and rajah!

    .... i wasnt cross promoting at all......

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