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    Dirt Sheet History: March 2008

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at February 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from March of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy March 2008.

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    3/1/2008

    * Recently Jonathan Coachman disobeyed one of Vince McMahon‘s rules and was punished for it in public for it. During an Undertaker match, Taker and his opponent brawled outside the ring near the announcers’ table. WWE announcers are instructed to run away when the Undertaker is brawling on the outside and Coachman just sat there. As punishment, Coachman to come back into the ring at the end of the and took the finishing moves of multiple SmackDown! stars including Taker, Batista, and Finlay.

    3/2/2008

    * Controversial college basketball coach Bobby Knight has rejected TNA’s offer to become their first-ever “head coach”. A spokesman for Texas Tech University contacted TNA to inform them that Knight would not take them up on their offer, nor would he tape a brief segment for TNA Impact. Jeff Jarrett commented on the situation at TNA’s official website. “We knew luring Coach Knight to TNA wrestling was a long-shot, sort of like a half-court shot at the buzzer, but we had to give it a shot.” Jarrett added, “The door is always open to Coach Knight.”

    3/3/2008

    * A number of people in both Ring of Honor and TNA Wrestling are as baffled as anyone else about the official WWE website including news on their promotions. No one is complaining but everyone that I have spoken with has said it is a very weird move by WWE.

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    This Or That (12/16/2014)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start (and despite technical issues), here’s last week‘s results:

    More likely?

    CM Punk wins a UFC championship belt – 70%, Batista wins an Oscar – 30%

    Better Slammy moment?

    Owen Hart steals a Slammy– 56%, Vince McMahon performs Stand Back – 44%

    Which feud bores you more?

    Kane vs. Ryback – 59%, Big Show vs. Erick Rowan – 41%

    Do you enjoy snow?

    No – 54%, Yes – 46%

    Who do you love more: Sami Zayn or El Generico?

    Which loveable redhead do you prefer?

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    Tim:

    The El Generico character was something very special to me. He got me to care for him through the wackiest gimmick and the energy he brought to the ring was phenomenal. Now take the guy behind that, give him a more grounded persona, and give him a platform to go all out.  There’s Sami Zayn.

    It’s amazing how good his speaking skills are and how comfortable he seems on the mic. His facial expressions are top-notch. No wrestler in the WWE is more exciting for me on a weekly basis than Zayn.

    Sami Zayn

    Joey:

    El Generico was fantastic but the move to Sami Zayn has been perfect. Zayn is my favorite non-Daniel Bryan wrestler right now and I can’t get enough of him. You can see the passion and emotion in him with every move or facial expression in that ring. I don’t think there’s been more than 10 wrestlers in the 20+ years I’ve watched wrestling that I feel emotionally invested/connected to the way I do with Zayn during his matches on the big NXT live specials. Sorry, Generico. At least you had cooler merch!

    Sami Zayn

    Tom:

    What a choice. I was actually thinking about this the other day, specifically in the context that the team of El Generico and Kevin Steen were wrestling’s version of Groot and Rocket Raccoon; Steen was the mouthy, funny one prone to ultra-violence whereas El Generico was the loyal, sympathetic and (mostly) silent character who’s the ultimate innocent and will never give you a reason to hate him.

    Sami Zayn is a more well-rounded and layered character that I think has a lot more main event potential but, in terms of sheer loveability, I don’t think there’s ever going to be a wrestler that tops El Generico.

    El Generico

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    ScoopZone Elite: December 15, 2014

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    News for The Week of December 15, 2014

    WWE

    • Erick Rowan, Big Show, Kane, and Ryback are becoming known as The New Kliq backstage as many within the company believe they play heavy politics to help one another and love to have a laugh at the nerds.

     

    • WWE will be attempting to get Roman Reigns face time on as many TV shows as they can. Be looking for him on various USA shows as well as on The Today Show where he will be standing in the audience outside hoping for the camera to pass by.

     

    • Sheamus is missing and no one notices. This is not the first time this has happened.

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    • CM Punk will be getting a tattoo of an octagon with wings to commemorate this time in his life.

     

    • CM Punk has been spotted training with the legendary Jerry Flynn.

     

    • CM Punk probably blocked you on Twitter this week.


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    • Alberto Del Rio will be wrestling for ROH in 2015. Ricardo Rodriguez will “coincidentally” be in the area on the day of each of those shows.

     

    • Matt Striker will be commentating NJPW Wrestle Kingdom with Jim Ross and he plans to make you cringe.

     

    • Lance Storm HATES the concept of pizza.

     

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    WWE TLC 2014 Preview and Predictions

    TLC (the band) didn’t want no scrubs. TLC (the PPV) apparently does.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston with Xavier Woods) vs. Gold and Stardust on the pre-show

    Joey:

    I like The New Day and really hope this can help their careers out. Stardust has already ran its course and it’s hilarious seeing Cody Rhodes rant about Colt Cabana and Freight Train online given his current role.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Tim:

    I have hopes that The New Day will succeed. All three guys are talented. I’m over Goldust and Stardust. The tag team division is absolutely awful. The New Day should come out on top here.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Tom:

    Jeez, what a show to follow NXT R Evolution. I like all these guys but I don’t want to see this match. The New Day has been a bummer so far. I think they could turn things around but… man, I just don’t know.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Rusev vs. Jack Swagger for the United States Championship

    Joey:

    The matches sucked with great build. Imagine how lame it will be with less of a build. Seriously, how many opportunities will Jack Swagger get? It honestly wouldn’t shock me if WWE tried to create a swerve with Swagger winning but I refuse to believe they are that foolish.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

    Tim:

    Rusev is better than another match with Swagger. I can’t believe WWE keeps using Jack Swagger and on top of that there’s been hardly any build to this. I’m just not into it. Rusev better win here.

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

    Tom:

    I still fucking love Rusev but FUCK’S SAKE MAN, we’ve DONE THIS already and Swagger’s a bag of SHITE. Hopefully it goes a hot 30 seconds and Rusev kicks his head off and burns the American flag live on the spectacular WWE Network.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Rusev wins.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    It’s time to name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. You know this!

    The counts have been voted and the name has been winnered! Well, I think I should cut to the chase. This is a huge night for our winner and this will only help. You all voted on someone who definitely deserves it.

    SWOTWZayn

    Sami Zayn is your new NXT Champion but more importantly, he is your new Sexy Wrestler of The Week! It’s like you all could see into the future and decided this week should be all-in for this man. Coincidentally, I have proof that he is a time traveler. Here he is about to buy an old-timey newspaper. Not a huge deal because I’ve time traveled and let me tell you, it’s not too bad except for the Time Police.

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    Dirt Sheet History: February 2008

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at the start of 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from February of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy February 2008.

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    2/1/2008

    * As noted earlier, ECW writer Dave Lagana was fired last week. He was with WWE since 2002 and at one point was the head writer of SmackDown. His firing had been brewing for nearly two years.

    While Lagana was on vacation, Stephanie McMahon sent a one sentence terse e-mail to all the other writers saying that he had been fired. Stephanie’s e-mail was said to be very cold unlike most e-mails where they at least acknowledge the contributions of a person who is leaving the company. The basic story on Lagana’s firing is that Stephanie believed that he was responsible for leaking storyline plans and management information to wrestling newsletters and wrestling websites.

    The story on what lead to Lagana being terminated from the company dates back to May 2006 during a creative team meeting. The way the creative team meetings work at buildings prior to television and pay-per-view is that everyone gets together in a room set up like a classroom. Vince McMahon, Stephanie, television producer Kevin Dunn and the lead writers sit together at tables in the front of the room and the low-level writers and road agents sit at desks. The creative team writers go over the show and they do a read-through of the script, and then Vince adds his input. The agents also give their advice on changes that could be made. Lagana often sat at one of the desks with his laptop, usually in the back of the room so nobody could see his screen. On this particular day, people could see his screen, and one person allegedly saw him sending an e-mail to one of the major wrestling websites. Nobody said anything during the meeting, but Stephanie was approached and told what this person. Stephanie immediately confronted Lagana and almost fired him on the spot, but he insisted he was innocent. Lagana managed to get off the hook.

    The next week, Lagana was demoted from his head writer position on SmackDown to ECW. WWE tried to paint it as a positive move, but he didn’t think that was the case. He worked under Paul Heyman, who he’d known dating back to the old ECW. He was no longer the head writer and would basically just type up the scripts that Heyman recited to him. After Heyman was let go, it was expected that he’d be moved up to the ECW head writer position but they went with Dusty Rhodes instead. Some people inside WWE believe that his confidence started to erode during his time in ECW and things got really bad for him over the holidays.

    Lagana also had a bad reputation from his time on Smackdown because a number of wrestlers believed that he talked down them. Also, a lot of people would privately make fun of his appearance as he is said to be a dead ringer for the guy who appeared on Blue Clues, not to mention that they would make fun of his voice as they say he sounds like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers.

    There were a great number of storyline leaks from Lagana, including the story on plans for Mr. Kennedy to be named Vince’s illegitimate son and details on Chris Jericho‘s viral campaign. During one meeting in October, Stephanie blew a gasket due to some storyline information being leaked on to the Internet and warned the agents & creative members that there were to be absolutely no leaks and if she discovered a person revealing private information to a newsletter or news site, he would be fired on the spot. Without saying so directly, Stephanie said she thought she had a pretty good idea on who was responsible for the storyline leaks. She looked directly at Lagana when saying it.

    Later that afternoon, all the writers got laptop upgrades (everyone has a WWE-purchased laptop and Internet phone). Apparently, the laptops have shadowing software. The belief among some people in WWE is that Stephanie had been feeding him false info on very specific information to see if it would get out on to the Internet, and it eventually did. After she had finally caught him, he was fired.

    There was also a thing a few weeks ago where Raw writer Brian Gewirtz went into Lagana’s office at Titan Towers and saw a bunch of wrestling newsletters sticking out of his laptop bag. Lagana tried to hide them, but obviously didn’t do it well enough. Lagana then claimed that he wasn’t actually reading them but they kept showing up at his house because his subscription hadn’t expired yet and he’d just happened to pick up all of his mail up from home. Over the next few days, Gewirtz made some snide remarks saying that he wasn’t surprised that news kept getting leaked on to the Internet. Michael Hayes, who hates wrestling newsletters and websites, also began to bury Lagana in a really demoralizing manner.

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    This Or That (12/9/2014)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Who do you side with?

    CM Punk – 92%, Triple H– 8%

    Who do you side with?

    CM Punk – 61%, Ryback – 39%

    Who do you side with?

    CM Punk – 80%, Chris Jericho – 20%

    Which would you rather?

    Wrestle a match with Ryback – 60%, Let CM Punk punch you in the fucking throat – 40%

    More likely: CM Punk wins a UFC championship belt or Batista wins an Oscar?

    Which new career is more likely to reach an unthinkable success?

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    Tim:

    I think Batista has pretty good potential as an actor. I like him in movies way more than I have ever liked him as a wrestler but I am not so confident in anyone ever casting him in a role that could lead to an Oscar for him. I think he could possibly pull off a good enough performance if given the chance though.

    CM Punk is a determined individual. I think his pride and determination could very well lead him to doing better in UFC than most people think… or end in him being super bitter and grumpy about the whole experience. So, I guess I’m going with CM Punk here but really WHO KNOWS?

    CM Punk winning a UFC Championship

    Joey:

    I don’t think Batista will ever get a serious role in a depressing film. Only serious movies with depressing themes win Oscars. Batista will just get fun characters in high budgeted Summer flicks.

    Dana White loves CM Punk. Plus I’m sure Paul Heyman can manipulate the system where they introduce UFC Tag Team Titles which Brock Lesnar and Phil Brooks will hold forever. In all seriousness, I can see CM Punk finding a weird route to a title while the Academy will never stop snobbing out Big Dave.

    CM Punk winning a UFC Championship

    Tom:

    As much confidence as I have in “Big” Dave “Batista” Bautista’s acting abilities, Hollywood is NOT ready for him. They can only handle one wrestling superstar at the top of  their system at once and they’ve gone with ol’ Dwayne Johnson this generation. Yes, they fucked up.

    Meanwhile, UFC is a total fucking work for confirmed jabronie marks without a life so I’m sure they’ll let Phil “The Punker” Brooks win one of their bullshit belts.

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    NXT Takeover R Evolution Preview and Predictions

    It’s that time on your calendar again. NXT has a live special with a weird name.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami vs. The Ascension

    Joey:

    Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami haven’t stood out much from my skimming through NXT episodes. They come off like just another set of guys. Still immensely talented, hopefully this match is an early breakout performance. I have a feeling Itami will turn on Bálor and the Ascension will get the win before going up to the main roster.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: The Ascension win.

    Tim:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami wrestle as always but they really need to work on making them stand out more. They’re great talents. The Ascension still sucks. I’m thinking they go with Itami and Bálor will getting the win as The Ascension descend to the main roster.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami win.

    Tom:

    Fuck The Ascension! FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF TO SMACKDOWN! Praying for this to be super short and just a strong style (PURO TERM!) showcase of Bálor and Itami having great fighting spirit.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami win.

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    ScoopZone Elite: December 8, 2014

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.

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    News for The Week of December 8, 2014

    WWE

    • Vince McMahon was so impressed with Grumpy Cat’s performance a few weeks back that he has offered the cat a contract to be the next GM of Raw.

     

    • Jack Swagger continues write himself into Raw scripts with a black crayon without anyone noticing.

     

    • Adam Rose has requested to be sent back to NXT as soon as possible.

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    • CM Punk can’t figure out what hair style he wants to sport for his first UFC fight. He’s currently leaning towards “the almost bald one.”

     

    • CM Punk is considering fighting The Green Power Ranger in his first MMA fight because “it’s a step up from feuding with Curtis Axel and Ryback.”

     

    • Colt Cabana is hiring Nate Glass to take down a Chicago hospital for putting the name “Phil Brooks” on CM Punk‘s birth certificate.


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    Other

    • Jim Ross has no idea who his commentary partner will be for Wrestle Kingdom but he intends to ask them why ROH wrestlers don’t slow down or fix the dang lights.

     

    • Despite popular belief, AIW and AAW are completely different promotions. We swear.

     

    • Lance Storm sleeps with a night light.

    Wrestling Is Awkward

    Welcome to the first edition of a new irregular (let’s say once every three months!) feature on Wrestling On Earth.

    Wrestling Is Awkward will be something of a light-hearted yet cold reminder that professional wrestling and social media are not a perfect match. Wrestlers, promoters, bookers, writers, fans (myself included as anyone who has or does follow me can tell you) can make a real ass of themselves. The Powers That Be and I decided it’s high time we all reflect back on some of the more hilarious and strange moments.

    “You won’t believe what this person said before they joined WWE/TNA!”

    Occasionally, a person involved in independent wrestling will feel comfortable enough with their station in life to bury WWE or TNA for one thing or another (both companies generally suck, to be fair). That’s not the awkward part though. That comes when said person later begins to work for WWE or TNA and then has to promote that company all the time.

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    (Update: Despite Lasagna apparently bringing a “wrestling show” mindset to the company, TNA is usually still quite bad!)

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