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W.W.D. Goes Extra

I’ve moved on yet again in the competitive world of pro wrestling news sites.

Pro Sports Extra has brought me in to provide content for them and it’s an actual real job. So many other sites promise to pay staff and contributors and never follow up or tell people they have no budget to pay them.

So that is where I will be for pro wrestling until I get fired somehow.

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Wrestling… With Demons Now At Blogger

Just a bit of an update before Ice Ribbon starts in a few minutes on YouTube..

I don’t know what this site will look like on Monday or Tuesday. The business plan is set to expire which means the SEO and certain themes and other options will be lost. Basically it’s probably going to look like a jabroni free site that won’t be on the radar of search engines and a scaled back theme.

W.W.D. has moved over to Blogger, and so far I’m happy with it, but still figuring some options out. I’m getting much more traffic hits on there compared to here which is great.

The address will remain here on Word Press. So this will be like an archive of old results.

I had a nice conversation with the Blogger staff. They told me transferring over the address would cost the same as having a new website address and it may take days or weeks to transfer which would leave me without a site in the process.

They suggested I keep the current address with them, so that is what the address will be to find new W.W.D. content like today’s Ice Ribbon and NOAH result later today.

You can subscribe easily on the W.W.D. Blogger site right where it says “subscribe” on the front page. Your email is confidential and you will receive email alerts of stories posted.

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Reminder: W.W.D. Is Moving

Just a reminder that W.W.D. is no longer being updated on Word Press and we’ve moved over to Blogger

I’m trying to transfer over the address. But in the meantime, head to Blogger today for news on the indie wrestling star in Hustler Magazine plus NOAH and Choco Pro 5 results coming up later today (cheap clickbait, I know).

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W.W.D. Is Moving

I don’t know where we will end up just yet, but Wrestling… with Demons will no longer be active here on Word Press as far as new updates go starting this week. Our business deal is expiring and I want to move on instead of continuing as a free site on WP.

The website address should let you continue to find us, as will the @WrestlingDemons page on Twitter.

Thanks for your time and support. Today’s NOAH show results at 7am EST will probably be the test of what new platform W.W.D. goes to. Followers are always nice, but I’m more concerned with always trying to get information out to the general public as quickly and accurately as I possibly can.

Update: W.W.D.’s new home will be here until I get the usual website address transferred over hopefully. It’s set to adults only.

Shannon Walsh

Site Update #2

I wrote about W.W.D. closing in its current form a few weeks ago. Things have changed a bit since.

The domain name has been renewed for another year. Those are hard to get if you lose them. I won’t be renewing some of the package plans that go with sites like this when they expire in a month. So barring more changes, it will basically be a free site.

W.W.D. will continue @ but it will probably look like a jobber site off the search engine radar for the most part. Perhaps that’s a good thing. So… if you like any content you see on here, it’s important to follow on Twitter.

I will still contribute to PW Insider as well.

I no longer contribute to Wrestling Observer/F4W. I believe there is too much bias and pandering going on over there with they way STARDOM is always covered by Jim Valley while other Joshi groups are left out as if they don’t even exist. My issues are not about STARDOM, they’re about most of the Wrestling Observer/F4W staff.

I do want to thank Dave Meltzer for really putting me and this site over in his free Observer/F4W Daily Updates during the off and on decades I shared results and information with him (even before W.W.D. was its own site). He always gave credit and the link here to help give traffic. He didn’t have to do that and I appreciate it.

I know it’s impossible to cover everything these days, but I really do try. Things might become more difficult with the Coronavirus putting a dent in many shows in Japan. So far my regular correspondents are not afraid and staying healthy as they continue to attend shows there. I can’t thank them enough. There are a lot of people in Japan far more angry about the virus than fearful.

Thank you for the support. I believe that the “athletic magic trick” known as professional wrestling is a universal language which brings the world together in its own very unique way.

Shannon Walsh

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W.W.D. Site Update

In a few weeks “Wrestling… with Demons” will close in its current form. The year contracts are set to expire and I’m not sure where thing go from there.

It will continue (I hope) on some level, but as of now, I think changes have to be made. This site was never intended to be fully about pro wrestling but it ended up being that way because of so many pro wrestling shows on any given day taking place around the world.

It’s been an interesting and very sobering year. There isn’t a day that goes by where other sites steal content from here or the “carbon copy” reports I allow PW Insider to use. Some may have noticed that the pen name/author name has changed at times the last few weeks. I do it to see who’s using reports without permission and to troll the “cut and paste” sites. To me the name isn’t nearly as important as trying to give honest and accurate results out to the public.

There is a lot of pro wrestling out there but the pro wrestling news and information website traffic isn’t good. I saw recent data, which if true, showed that even the major sites don’t get the traffic they once did now. I’m not an expert on numbers but I can only assume it’s due to so many sites drowning each other out.

I have written up rare minor blurbs on horror movies and adult entertainment the last few months that have actually out trended the pro wrestling stuff on here by several thousand hits. I will be adding more non- wrestling items in the future in an effort to “go where the clicks are” as an adult movie producer told me.

I want to thank all of you who do take the time to look at this site each day. I also want to thank Mike Johnson over at PW Insider for his continued support. Huge thanks to correspondents Tomi Yamada and David Rivera for sending results of non-televised shows in. I wouldn’t have nearly as many reports posted up without their kindness and generosity each day. Thanks to promoters in Japan, U.K., Texas, and California for working with me.

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Ryan Satin Continues To Lose Credibility

On 12/21/19, Ryan Satin of WWE Backstage got into a heated Twitter exchange with Mike Johnson of PW Insider.

The whole thing started after PW Insider’s Dave Scherer answered a fan question about Satin being part of WWE Backstage. Scherer said there really is no more journalistic integrity any place these days (I totally agree) and he personally wouldn’t have taken the job. He was merely answering a question honestly.

Satin mistakenly thought it was Johnson who responded to the fan. That ended up getting Johnson’s attention which led to a brief war of words between the two.

During the exchange, Satin apologized for wrongly accusing Johnson, but he made it clear he didn’t like that PW Insider itself questioned his journalist integrity to begin with. He claims he writes his own scripts for his “The Satin Sheet” segment on FS1’s WWE Backstage.

The show airs every Tuesday at 11pm EST on FS1, but thus far Satin has not been consistently booked every week apparently due to time restraints with revolving segments and guests on the broadcast.

Fans on Twitter jumped in and asked why Satin never mentioned Corey Graves criticism of Mauro Ranallo’s commentary, which caused Ranallo to quit Twitter, or Jordan Myles (ACH) getting released by WWE NXT after making a series of hostile public demands for them to let him go.

Satin responded with what surely seemed to be a poor excuse by saying the Ranallo and Myles situations involved mental health issues. He said he didn’t want to make things worse by talking about them on TV. He then deflected the criticism by bringing up that he reported Johnny Gargano is out of action with an injury, Dio Madden is no longer on Raw, and various WWE talent has recently renewed contracts as examples of his news segment on TV.

Conveniently left off of “The Satin Sheet” segments, and WWE Backstage as a whole by the hosts, were several bad PR news items that WWE doesn’t want covered on their affiliated programming. Kairi Sane is out of action with a possible concussion after a dangerous and potentially career threatening TLC match. Bobby Roode and Primo are suspended for drug testing failures. Luke Harper, Sin Cara, and The Ascension were recently released by WWE after requesting to be.

Satin has no journalistic integrity. He is a spoiled Hollywood Trust Fund Kid stereotype that sold out long ago. (His father is Scott Satin, a reality show writer and producer.)

He started off as an “ambulance chaser” reporter on the sleazy entertainment news show TMZ thanks to his father’s connections in the entertainment industry. He gained popularity as “The Wrestling Guy” who wore wrestling T-shirts on air. Occasionally he would catch up with pro wrestlers at LAX for interviews. A lot of pro wrestlers recognized him from watching TMZ, and many were glad to be on the show knowing it was big mainstream press.

Despite his claims, he and the WWE Backstage hosts are only allowed to talk about what WWE and Fox Sports allow them to talk about on the air. It is a “fluff news” show like “Live with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest”. You will hear more heated controversy and opinions on The View than either of these two shows.

It’s sobering to see fans on social media always defending Satin with many claiming they “prefer” him and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp over Mike Johnson and Dave Meltzer. The fact is, 98% of PW Sheet and Fightful content is copy and pasted from PW Insider, Wrestling Observer, and WWE press releases.

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The Burning Ground: what this juke is about

The Burning Ground section will be opinion and commentary under the banner.

I have covered and/or been involved in pro wrestling going back to my grade school years. It all started with a monthly newspaper column.

In high school, I launched a cable access TV show and a weekly radio show simultaneously.

I have contributed to the Wrestling Observer, PW Insider, and 411 Mania. I want to thank everyone over at those sites for giving this site its acknowledgement when we officially launched. They didn’t have to do that being so well established on their own for so many decades.

I decided it was time to take a chance and launch something of my own while still sharing information to the other website. There is just too much pro wrestling content for everyone to cover at once. I feel like I spend 24/7 watching and covering wrestling, yet it’s still not nearly enough time to get to everything.

WWD’s focus is on women’s wrestling, smaller indie wrestling and a bit of men’s international coverage.

I am not anti- WWE, ROH, AEW, etc. No other sites can cover those groups better than Wrestling Observer, PW Insider, and 411 Mania. If WWD was to cover it on a daily basis we would just turn into a rehash site. It would be a waste of everyone’s time. The entire Internet already has plenty of Raw and Smackdown recaps each week.

Pro wrestling news coverage has drastically changed for those of us in Generation X. Pay streaming services and the magic of free YouTube and Twitch are a technological gift for the ages. However, it amazes that results and accuracy get lost in the media compared to a few decades ago.

In the 1980s and 1990s, pro wrestling fans would have to pay to call hotlines, know someone in the business, or wait each week for newsletters in the mail to find out results and insider information.

You had to make sure that you were picking the right hotline because several were kayfabe storylines with no value. Kids would be in trouble with their parents for running up the phone bill by a few hundred dollars per month because of these lines.

The WWF had a daily hotline for fifty cents a call that was always advertised in the magazine and on TV. It was nothing more than the roster cutting long recorded promos over the phone.

For a while people could cheat the system by using a pay phone (remember those?) for the regular quarter a call instead of paying full price from their home phones. Eventually it was too much of a headache for the pay phone companies and they ended up blocking every 976 and 900 number that there was. And there were a lot of them in those days!

Black Jack Brown out of New York had a live hotline where you could talk to him about insider news along with other wrestling fans calling in from around the U.S. It was 99 cents a minute! It was basically pro wrestling’s version of a “party line” which were popular among teenagers in the 80s.

“Coach” Kurt based out of Michigan was the best. His line was available in Detroit, Chicago, NYC, and even Windsor, Canada twice a day for fifty cents a call. I don’t know how Kurt did it, but he had correspondents from all over the world and they covered everything.

The updates were recorded and he only had two minutes of time given to speak and fit in all of his notes. If you missed some information, you had to call back and listen again. His accuracy was impeccable!

Kurt would tell you “who beat who”, how, and in what amount of time. He and his small crew of staff took things just as seriously as real news journalism. They never wanted to work people to lose any credibility and steer their paying customers wrong. They never made themselves the story, it was always about the facts and news. At times if there was a big and legit scandal, Kurt would do respectful commentaries about it.

By the early 2000s the Internet phased out pay hotlines and people were getting information for free on their computers. In 2009, everyone started getting smartphones with websites right on them and that phased out desktop computers for accessing instant news and entertainment information.

Today’s wrestling reporting, in my view, has lost a lot of the accuracy and all of the sincerity. There are too many pro wrestling websites and outlets for starters.

WWD is one of countless sites out there and we’re very late to the party. We are proof that literally anyone can have a website, podcast, YouTube, etc. to talk about pro wrestling. There are many to choose from and the few quality sites get overlooked.

It seems like most people today don’t care about sending results in unlike the old days.

My generation lived for getting results and passing them on to Coach Kurt, Dave Meltzer, and Wade Keller. We would run down all the squash matches and what move the top stars used to win over the talent enhancement.

My brain had its own calendar. Every three weeks meant WWF Superstars and Challenge TV tapings on a Tuesday and Wednesday night. NWA/WCW/WCW Saturday Night tapings were every few weeks in Atlanta. NWA/WCW would also have separate tapings for the syndicated NWA Worldwide and NWA Pro Wrestling shows.

Loyal fans and those in the business would tune into the WWF, NWA, AWA, World Class, and GWF TV shows every week still wanting to see how everything looked and sounded on TV despite already knowing the results days and weeks in advance.

Impact Wrestling and ROH TV taping in 2019 are the best examples of how things have changed in quality of information. A site like Wrestling Inc. will somehow manage to get ongoing basic results. Then all of the other sites will steal those results and pass them around the Internet. Gone are the days of multiple reports being sent in from different people to pick and choose from.

Twitter and Reddit are instant basic information with video clips. Fans seem to be more interested in being in the live event experience while trying to get themselves over for more social media followers.

When Priscilla Kelly’s tampon move went viral, that was only sight and news the wrestling world got out of that event. Nobody knew who won the match or what even happened after the incident at the show. The vivid clip had everyone talking for a few days, but nobody cared about the actual “who beat who” results of the match, much less the results of the entire card.

Our goal with this site is to try to bring back some of the old school ways of pro wrestling reporting while in this fast paced and technological society. Mistakes have indeed been made due to a lack of sleep on the Japanese schedule, but I try to correct them as soon as possible.

We hope that WWD grows enough to become a place of daily reading in addition to your other favorite pro wrestling news sites.

Best Wishes and Life’s Best,

Shannon Walsh