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    Bullet Point Reviews: ROH Champions vs. All Stars 2014

    We watch wrestling shows. We will talk about wrestling shows.

    New feature! We will start talking about some of the random wrestling shows we watch with quick thoughts in the form of bullet points.

    @JoeySplashwater is starting off the feature that will be a revolving door of usual WOE members. I’m going to give my review of ROH Champions vs. All Stars. Going forward, I look to provide more reviews for ROH, PWG, the occasional Evolve show and other random independent wrestling shows I happen to watch. Maybe old wrestling too.

    Enjoy the quick recap and some of my instant reaction when watching the show.

    Nigel McGuinness, Adam Cole and Tommaso Ciampa promos

    • Match-maker Nigel McGuinness is out to start the show. Nigel looks happier and healthier in spirit and energy than he’s been since returning to ROH in a non-wrestling role.

     

    • Nigel announces that Mark Briscoe has poison ivy and will sit out the main event match leaving Team All Stars in need of a replacement.

     

    • Adam Cole is out to gloat about Briscoe being afraid of him. Cole used the term “story time” before his promo which elicited “story time” chants by the fans for the 2nd show in a row. That seems like a new catch phrase. Mark Briscoe comes out with his poison ivy to chase Cole to the back.

     

    • Tommaso Ciampa comes out and asks Nigel to replace Mark Briscoe in the Champions vs. All Star main event. There’s some tension teased between Nigel and Ciampa but Nigel agrees claiming Ciampa was on his short list of replacements anyway.

     

    • Decent segment to set up the change for the main event and everyone played up their current storylines. This was one of the better uses of Nigel McGuinness. Despite watching just about every ROH show and being a huge Nigel fan, I sometimes forget what his role actually is.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Welcome. This is where we name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. Enjoy.

    So this week I decided to change things up a bit. Participants in the voting process are people who read this site. I wanted an outside view.

    “Who would people who aren’t aware of this wonderful website, that features a democratically elected award for the sexiest wrestler every week, vote for if they had a chance?” With that question an idea was born. I took to the Twitter search and entered “Sexy Wrestler.” The results were extremely underwhelming. Most were Filth Men tweeting out putrid creep-addled vibes of desperation. “I dare not count these as votes,” I thought to myself.

    You see, I represent The Sexy Wrestler of The Week Voting Committee. If I don’t make a stand then who will, damn it?! These types will not taint this awards ethical prestige. I believe beloved 90’s (ironic “Remember The 90’s” wink so you know I’m fly as hell) character Garrett “Humbug” Himble from ABC’s hit comedy series Four Mates In One House said it best: “The leader, mingling with vulgar host, is in the common mass of matter lost.”

    When it all came down to it there was only one tweet I could possibly count as a vote but… I can’t say I support the winner this week. Alas, I stand by my experiment. Without further wait, here is the one tweet I could use as a vote without a guilty conscience and this week’s winner…

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    SWOTWSamShaw1

    There you have it. Samuel “Sam” Shaw is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. Don’t worry about your votes from this week. They’ll be added in to next week’s votes. Your voices will not be ignored due to my curiosity anymore. 

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    Dirt Sheet History: September 2007

    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 August 2007, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from September of 2007 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2006 right here. Now enjoy September 2007.

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    9/1/2007

    * Sources are saying that at least one wrestler named in the media stories as turning up in the Internet pharmacy client list will not be suspended by WWE. That should show that everyone named by the media is innocent until proven guilty. Granted, most of them probably are guilty, but every single wrestler listed isn’t. Thus far, fourteen people under contract to WWE have been named in the media — an additional one was fired yesterday in Mike “Simon Dean” Bucci. According to WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt, eleven wrestlers in all have been suspended by WWE.

    As we all know, Mr. Kennedy had a lot of things to say this summer regarding his personal steroid use and that people like Marc Mero were wrong because drugs were a thing of the past in pro wrestling. According to Sports Illustrated, Kennedy received shipments of Anastrozole, Somatropin and Testosterone between October 2006 and February 2007 — well beyond when the WWE Wellness Policy was put in place. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid. Somatropin is a Growth Hormone drug. And of course, Anastrozole is the drug used to ward of developing female breast tissue.

    Here are some select quotes from Kennedy regarding steroids that he made in an interview with The Sun a little over two weeks ago. The interview is called ‘WWE stopped my steroid use’ and you can read the interview in its entirety at this link:

    “I never took massive amounts of steroids and do you know why I stopped taking them? Because of the WWE’s Wellness Policy.”

    “Because they instituted the Wellness Policy (in February 2006) and I knew that having a job with the WWE was way more important than the 10 pounds of extra muscle that the steroids gave me.”

    “I stopped taking them and I had the biggest push of my life.”

    “I worked with The Undertaker for the last six, seven months. Working on top of all the house shows. I worked PPVs, I was on every PPV.”

    “I didn’t take any steroids and that’s the thing, nowadays, in our business, you don’t have to take that stuff in order to get a push.”

    “We’ve got thousands upon thousands upon thousands of applicants every year, that apply to have a job as a WWE superstar and Vince picks the best of the litter, he picks the guys that have very good genetics.”

    9/2/2007

    * According to Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch, Randy Orton will not be suspended by WWE despite his name turning up as a client for the corrupt Signature Pharmacy online firm. Things do indeed appear to be in Orton’s favor considering that he appeared at last night’s Raw house show whereas the other wrestlers listed as being clients of Signature Pharmacy didn’t.

    WWE is telling people that Orton fessed up to his dealings with Signature Pharmacy a few months ago, and somehow “already did his time.” Most of the guys in the locker room are not buying it at all and see this as WWE trying to get out of losing him right now when they need him in his high-profile storyline with John Cena.

    * WWE has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstars Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard and Jayson Paul) as of September 2. We wish them both the best in all future endeavors.

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    This Or That (10/21/2014)

    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:

    Which match would excite you more?

    Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins Hell In A Cell – 51%, Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville Ladder Match – 49%

    More likely to be a future WWE World champ?

    Bray Wyatt – 53%, Rusev – 47%

    Which wrestling related service would you rather get?

    TweetSecret – 89%, Vince Russo’s VIP – 11%

    Better PBS show?

    Sesame Street – 54%, Arthur – 46%

    Which new wrestling program are you more likely to watch: British Bootcamp 2 or Lucha Underground?

    Two new wrestling shows debuting in the same week. Is this 1999?!

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    Tim:

    I’m really excited about checking out Lucha Underground. I used to watch AAA when I could but I could never figure out what was going on and it seemed like it was edited weird. This has the possibility of being something pretty fresh and different. That’s something wrestling desperately needs. Hopefully it’s not doomed from the get-go and people go into it with and open mind. I mean… It’ll probably end up being shit. That’s how this usually goes but I’m going to try it.

    As for British Boot Camp 2… The first one was okay. It’s a great idea for a show. This one has the best of TNA involved (outside of Al Snow) but I really have no attachment to the TNA product anymore. The “TNA” name is so damaged that I have trouble caring about anything they do, even this show which should actually be watchable and maybe even highly enjoyable.

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    Joey:

    When it comes to TNA, I’m more prone to trust productions by Jeremy Borash so I do believe British Bootcamp 2 will be decent. Samoa Joe, Gail Kim and Rockstar Spud should add some interesting aspects as well but honestly, fuck Al Snow. He’s a less respected version of Jim Ross when it comes to being grumpy and close minded about different styles of wrestling so expect lots of elitist Al comments.

    Lucha Underground is something I’m very hopeful for as I’ve started to read more about it. I want to see how a wrestling show works when structured in the form of a season. This is going to be the first time I watch a lucha-based wrestling show and the American talent provide a nice middle ground to try it out.  I’m also looking forward to seeing Ricochet and John Morrison in a setting completely different than where I’m used to watching them.

    I was slightly on the fence but then I found out Drake Bell is a part of the project AND Brad Ward was told by Big Dick Johnson that it would be good. How can you top that?

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    Tom:

    I really enjoyed the first British Bootcamp – there was a pretty heavy dose of the usual reality TV nonsense mixed into it, but it was really well put together and it was fun to see a spotlight put on the British indy scene. Series 2 can only be better, since Gail Kim, Samoa Joe and Jeremy Borash are three of the most likeable personalities in wrestling and should be enough to counterbalance that creepy old fuck with terrible opinions about modern wrestling, Al Snow. Also, with some guaranteed Grado time, it’s sure to have some funny moments.

    I know very little about Lucha Underground aside from the fact that it’ll have John Morrison and Matt Striker involved to some extent. Thanks but no thanks.

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    Which new wrestling program are you more likely to watch?
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    ScoopZone Elite: October 20th, 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.

    [WELCOME ELITE MEMBERS. THANK YOU FOR THE SUBSCRIPTION!]

    News for The Week of October 20, 2014

    WWE

    • The WWE creative team have been throwing shows together at the last minute due to spending too much time trying to figure out what costume they want Hornswoggle to wear next.

     

    • Vince McMahon is looking into the possibility of having The WWE World Heavyweight Championship actually appear on a show before 2015.

     

    • WWE is desperately rushing to find a way to make sure they’re responsible for Randy Orton‘s RKO Vine meme jumping the shark.

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    TNA

    • Taz continues to ask Netflix for residuals of Orange Is The New Black‘s financial success.

     

    • John Gaburick wants it to be known that he has not contacted CM Punk or any other wrestlers you’d want to see to appear in TNA.

     

    • Trying to save money, TNA no longer hires catering services. Instead, Dixie Carter walks around with a sack of candy and tells the wrestlers “you can only have one so choose wisely.”


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    Other

    • NJPW is very interested in bringing in Matt Taven, The Briscoes and just about anyone in ROH not named Michael Elgin.

     

    • Chris Jericho is currently writing his fourth book which will cover his time writing the previous three books.

     

    • Lance Storm loves ebola.

     

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    Seven Things: Top 7 Wrestlers Younger Than I Am

    God damn. This is going to be depressing to write.

    I was reading The Wrestling Blog a week ago and one of the questions was asking to compile a list of the best wrestlers younger than you. An idea was fully formulated to write this because as I grow older, I continue to find myself getting quite depressed for a good few minutes when realizing a great athlete is younger than me. I’m still relatively young with my birth date being in February of 1989, making me a healthy 25 year old.

    Luckily in wrestling, there are very few wrestlers younger than me and the ones that are, happen to just be a couple of months younger typically. I’ll delve deeper into my insecurities and self doubt as a human looking at the wrestlers younger than me who have accomplished far more than I have in less time.

    Disclaimer: This list is based on how much a wrestler depresses me with their age more so than who is the best. Only the most scientific ranking systems here at Wrestling On Earth.

    7. Bo Dallas (24 years old)

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    Before I researched this, I never would have guessed Bo Dallas was younger than me. In fact, I’d have assumed he was nearing 30 rather than barely being 25. Maybe it’s due to the nature of Dallas being an odd looking individual. I recently watched an interview of Bo that made me appreciate just how awkward of a human being he truly is and I now like him a little more than I used to.

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    The Merch Table: King of Swag Style, Shinsuke Nakamura

    Wrestling companies make merchandise. It’s usually pretty bad, but sometimes, it’s terrible. Welcome to The Merch Table.

    Every so often, @TomBlargh will look at some of the awful merch that someone expects you to buy. Up this time though, it’s a celebration of one man’s posing abilities: King of Swag Style, Shinsuke Nakamura.

    One of the finest things in life is when wrestlers are forced to pose wearing their own merch, mostly because it almost always looks SUPER cringey. I used to run the ‘Awkward TNA Picture of the Week’ as a feature here because of the sheer volume of terrible pictures featured on ShopTNA. Check out a few of my favourites below:

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    Yeah, no surprises that Mr. Anderson got featured more than once. Anyway, there’s an exception to every rule – in this case, it’s New Japan’s own Shinsuke Nakamura (seen below getting beat up by Hello Kitty):

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    It’s already well established that I am both the Internet’s foremost authority on puroresu AND its leading wrestling merchologist, so it was inevitable that my two passions would finally collide. On PuroResuShop.com, Shinsuke has a fairly astonishing amount of merch to pose with. However, not only does he look FANTASTIC in every picture, he’s somehow managed to strike a different scintillating pose in each one. LET’S GET STARTED.

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    Slightly biting his lip but projecting confidence as he clenches his fists. We also get a nice view of him from the back too, but where is his right arm? That’s for Shinsuke to know… and for us to find out ;)

    SWAG RATING: 8/10
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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    We’ve gathered here to name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. Thanks for joining us!

    Another week, another Sexy Wrestler of The Week to announce. This week I have a wild discovery to show you all. But first, let’s just announce who the winner is.

    SWOTWSethRollinsYo

    Yes. Seth Rollins is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. You all have been really into voting for him recently and that is okay. But, did you know Seth Rollins shares facial traits with a famous scientist? Take a look at the area outlined in red in the next photo. Study it. Remember it.

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    Now, take a look at this photo of Albert Einstein.

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    It’s undeniable! The nose, the brow, and the eyes are identical! I showed some of my friends this but they were so in shock by this revelation that they could only justify it in their little dweeb brains by convincing their selves that it was a photoshop! I couldn’t help but laugh in their faces and kick them the hell out of my cabin.

    Listen, I have an eye for these sort of things. Anyone with a big smart brain like me can tell this is 100% real. If you can’t believe this just take my word for it so you don’t embarrass yourself. This is one of the greatest discoveries I have ever seen and I should be awarded a medallion.

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    Dirt Sheet History: August 2007

    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 July 2007 featuring the aftermath of the Benoit tragedy, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from August of 2007 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2006 right here. Now enjoy August 2007.

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    8/1/2007

    * Dustin Rhodes is scheduled to do a gimmick called Platinum in TNA. The idea is to slowly morph him into as much of the old Goldust character as possible while avoiding legal implications from WWE. Instead of quoting lines from movies like he did with Goldust, he will be quoting lines from songs. When going through trademarks, they found out that an indy wrestler had trademarked the name, so he might not be called Platinum after all. Rhodes’ return to TNA is a sign that Vince Russo‘s power is growing because he was the one pushing the hardest for his return.

    8/2/2007

    * WWE released their second quarter earnings to the public today. It was interesting to note the pay-per-view buyrate information that was included in the financial report.

    WrestleMania 23 did an outstanding buyrate, as the show sold 1,188,000 shows. That was 230,000 more buys than WrestleMania 22 did last year.

    Following WrestleMania, WWE’s Backlash pay-per-view only did 194,000 buys (down from last year’s 213,000). The company then rebounded with Judgment Day which did 242,000 buys which was up from the previous year’s 238,000 buys. This year’s edition of One Night Stand tanked only doing 186,000 buys which was down from the previous year’s 294,000. Vengeance dropped by 96,000 buys from last year doing 243,000 buys.

    8/3/2007

    * Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart recently appeared on the British equivalent of QVC (a television network dedicated to home shopping) to sale the new Hulk Hogan brand grill. According to a source close to the situation, the appearance helped them sell 12,000 grills, far exceeding their expectations.

    * Jimmy Hart, who almost never says anything negative about anybody in wrestling, lashed out again the Pacman Jones to TNA deal. Hart said, “Pacman Jones?! Are you freakin’ kidding me? Oh, my. It’s over [for TNA]. Not Pacman Jones! They’re desperate, man. They’ve lost their minds. After what’s happened to Vince [McMahon] and stuff — Why?”

    8/4/2007

    * When you go to TNA’s YouTube account, it says that the account has been suspended. Whenever you go to the front page of TNA’s official website, the daily “TNA Today” video — which is hosted on YouTube’s server — would automatically play. They currently have the code for the latest “TNA Today” video embedded on the front page, but it says that it’s no longer available to play. This is the second time in which their account has been suspended from YouTube. In mid-2006, they couldn’t serve the “Global iMPACT!” video on YouTube servers anymore, supposedly because they were using too much of YouTube’s bandwidth. They were allowed to host videos again a few months later.

    8/5/2007

    * TNA recently sent Konnan a letter saying he had been suspended for no-showing TV. Even after he quit. There is some talk that the company may file suit against him, but others have advised against it because of the feeling that with Konnan, the case could get “really dirty.”

    * There was talk about Konnan returning to TNA because they had an angle for him. Vince Russo was trying to smooth things over between Konnan and TNA because he wants to use him on the show. Apparently, they’ve hit a snag as a return to TNA for Konnan is definitely off the cards again.

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