So we have still learned just nothing have we?
So once again there is compelling enough evidence from this particular sub category of journalism that i once again feel like writing an open appeal about how we need standards, and not jump to churnalism off of one vague source in an as clandestine world as this niche really is.
Pro Wrestling journalists, content creators and providers of “news” in this space. We have learned nothing. Except in this instance mr Meltzer isn’t at fault and hasn’t to my knowledge spoken on this. Instead its one the websites that provide content on a whim to get the clicks and the attention. There are no credible sources, insiders, or people to reference its just “This outlet has heard from this source that this person is going this place and will be making this money” and not only does it not stay on that one site, it burns like wildfire through every other outlet looking for a story to publish quickly instead of doing their own journalism, interviews and research to break original stories, on this one i can exempt the gang at WrestletalkTV like i usually can. As they also spoke on this, but they at the very least had the decency of not flat out confirming or denying, merely reporting that this other outlet confirmed on their own merit that their story was true.
The Story of former impact world champion Brian Cage, and his future being All Elite however, as his wife and later himself put it, is bullshit. He has signed nothing. And so once again with journalistic, or rather churnalistic integrity now once again thrown out the window. You still have put that out into the world to a large audience that this wrestler/talent is going to this one promotion, confirming based on nothing, but the headline reads “fact” and so your narrative is false, and everyone else that now has reported the story (unless you are wrestletalk and know how to cover news and your own ass at the same time) but especially you the outlet that broke the story, you now look like an absolute dimwit for listening to your source that cannot actually confirm the story, nor can be cited as a credible reference.
And this space is plagued by that. Just like the NXT to USA Network story, where every outlet alleged that the announcement was happening on monday night raw. Had it on good authority and everything, but it didn’t happen until the day after everyone said it would happen.
It also accounts for truly any other story that gets pushed out every day where there is nothing concrete to go off of, and not enough to allege a truth. If you don’t have the references, or evidence to back up your story, then you don’t have a story ready to post.
I say this coming from the perspective of consumer of your content. I want you to be better, i’m not out to smear any one single creator or provider, i want to be able to believe what you publish, regardless of medium, is truth, or things that can be backed up with facts and sources. Instead of being served maybes and perhaps’s that I can’t trust to do anything but either get my fantasy booking hat spinning or piss me off. And I can’t be the only one that feels this way. Anyone seeking trustworthy news should feel the same and should be doing the same critical thinking i just did in frustration over this space that i spend so much time looking at is telling stories from whole cloth more often than it should, and by proxy, dear content creators and providers in the pro wrestling space, you look to provide things that your consumers would enjoy, i have just given you a snapshot of the inside of your consumers mind. i implore you to use that, and going forward that you opt not to publish bullshit and false narratives, until you can actually verify said bullshit to actually be true and that we would want to know about it. That is all.