• Year End Awards

    Wrestling On Earth’s Top 10 Twitter Accounts of 2015

    Wrestlers have Twitter accounts. Usually they’re very bad, but sometimes? Sometimes, they’re solid stuff.

    Over the course of about 90 emails, @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh determined their ten favorite wrestling Twitter accounts in 2015. Feelings were hurt, shots were fired and things got very real, but we ultimately came to terms on a list that we can live with, or at least one that we’re too exhausted to keep fighting about any longer.

    PLEASE NOTE: We’re only ranking wrestlers and other notables in “The Biz”, so shut up about how funny you and your stupid mates are on Twitter, it’s not always about you ffs.

    10. Dave Meltzer

    Joey:

    The pandering for NJPW/PWG and hatred for WWE/Neville has made Dave Meltzer a great presence on social media. Most of his gems are on the podcasts but he will give a fun out of context tweet every now and then. MeltzMan has a perfect dry sense of humor for Twitter. (Sorry, Neville. I tried to keep him off the list but Tom WHINED for HOURS about it.)

    Tim:

    I did not agree with The Meltz making this list but a lot of things were said (by Tom) in the deliberations. Eventually you just give up the fight and move on to something else. He’s made a few funny tweets here and there despite not knowing it. His actual jokes can be funny for all of the wrong reasons. I still think someone like Randy Orton deserves this spot. Anyway, there are worse accounts that could have made the list so I can be thankful for having Big Dave in the number ten spot instead.

    Tom:

    The other two gave me so much shit about this, you wouldn’t believe it. Is Big Dave a wrestler? No, no he is not. However, his presence on social media is one of my absolute favourite things about wrestling, even when he’s droning on about UFC.

    The times when he makes “jokes” are especially sensational. Really, my favourite bit about Melty is the way everyone else reacts to him, like he’s the mad old uncle in the corner of the room making references no-one gets.

    9. Daniel Bryan

    Joey:

    I love Daniel Bryan’s presence on social media. You can tell he clearly hates it but his employer and his wife kind of forces him to use it. The results are that of an old man who thinks smart phones are evil posting rare honest thoughts without a filter. I know this is about Twitter only but I’m a fan of Bryan’s Instagram always being updated coincidentally the same time as Brie Bella’s and typically all posts about Brie Bella.

    ALSO OF NOTE: Bryan RT’d a link to our review of his book in 2015. Tom is confirmed a traitor.

    Tim:

    I could have went either way on this one. Daniel Bryan seems like a really sweet person who tries to stand by his core set of values. He uses his platform to try spreading what he believes is right which is kind of nice in the wrestling world. He has a certain charm about him but that’s what makes him so likable in the first place. I don’t think he tweets enough but it is always funny when you get the vibe that he’s just there because he has to be.

    Tom:

    I personally wouldn’t have Bryan in my top 10 list. I think he’s an absolute sweetheart and his anti-consumerism messages that run in complete opposite to WWE’s core mission are very fun, but he’s just not active enough – when it comes to social media content, I need volume!

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    Wrestling On Earth Slammy Award 2015 Picks

    We’re doing a Slammys forecast. We’ve lost our minds.

    Giving their thoughts and personal picks for the 2015 Slammys are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Best John Cena U.S. Open Challenge

    Joey:

    Of the choices, the only ones I remember fondly are Cesaro and Neville. I know Cesaro had the overall “better” match but Neville’s match opened my eyes to just how great he could be in WWE and earned him a new fan.

    Pick: Neville

    Tim:

    The Zayn match gets me down. It could have been an incredible surprise match but ended on such a sad note. I’m glad he’s back in the ring now! I think it comes down to the Neville match and the Cesaro match for me as I remember nothing from the other two. I’m leaning towards Cena vs Cesaro though. It had a great pace and was given a good bit of time. Cena unsurprisingly had amazing chemistry with Cesaro and it ended up being one of the best TV matches of the year.

    Pick: Cesaro

    Tom:

    I have no memory whatsoever of the Ziggler or Ambrose matches, but that’s true for almost all Ziggler and Ambrose matches in 2015. The Sami Zayn match was pretty good, considering the circumstances, but kind of a colossal bummer given the injury and what it could have been.

    Anyway, as good as Neville was, my pick is the Cesaro match. It’s frustrating that it didn’t really go anywhere, but it still stands out as the pinnacle of the Cena US Title Open Challenge to me. Just two great lads having a sensational strong style match, right here in the US of A.

    Pick: Cesaro

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    Top 10 Wrestlers of the Year 2014

    Time to rank the best wrestlers of the year.

    Fresh off of our Year End Awards Extravaganza, we decided to create a panel to compile a list of our Top 10 Wrestlers of the Year. Five regular Wrestling On Earth contributors ranked their top 15 wrestlers of 2014 using whatever criteria they determine makes one “Wrestler of the Year.” The criteria is completely subjective to each person.

    To get on the list, you have to be on 3+ panel member lists and then we’d do simple math of who had the highest rankings to see how it played out.

    The panel:

    Honorable mentions: Brock Lesnar and Adam Cole just missed the list as they were on three lists but didn’t quite crack the top 10.

    10. Daniel Bryan

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    Tom:

    Even though he was absent for such a good chunk of the year, his story made for the best Wrestlemania in a decade and his announcement that he’ll be back in 2015 is such a relief. Raw’s gotten to the point where there’s only a handful of performers I actively look forward to, and Bryan’s absence made the show a really rough watch for a while – even with guys like Rollins and Cesaro and so on, there was a point where Bryan would be wrestling a couple of matches every show and he was always excellent. He’s just special, y’know?

    Brad:

    Daniel Bryan started the year in a position that was some what undesirable to say the least. It may have been perhaps the plan all along to put Bryan in his spot he ended up having at Wrestlemania. One thing that I will say about Bryan is he is the one guy who was involved in some of the most memorable moments of the year in my opinion.

    Bell to bell, there are few guys who truly work harder in those 3 ropes (not four) than Daniel Bryan. While Bryan’s 2014 was cut short, the intensity he brings and the level he connects with the fans makes him very worthy in the top 10.

    Deathlock:

    DBry is on my list in spite of missing half the year. You all probably know the story — he defeated Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX to get a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Bryan vs. Triple H was my favorite WWE match of the year). He won that match, and later in the night defeated Batista AND Randy Orton to capture the championship. That is freaking magical. A whole arena full of nothing but love for their favorite wrestler finally getting what they think he deserves after a years-long buildup. That’s one reason why wrestling is great, and one reason why Bryan is so high on my list for 2014. His recent promo on Raw announcing his entry into the 2015 Royal Rumble makes it even better. 2014 is not the end!

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    Wrestling On Earth’s 2014 Year End Awards Extravaganza

    If a year ends and your wrestling site doesn’t deliver year-end awards, did the year really happen?

    2014 was a weird year for pro wrestling. Here we give out our hypothetical awards breaking down what was an eventful year to say the least. “Wrestler of the Year” is not included as we will have a big post for that coming before the end of the year.

    As always, @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed, and @TomBlargh will hand out their awards.

    Best Promotion

    Joey:

    NJPW

    NJPW

    WWE was great for about 25% of the year before falling off track. TNA had another bad year. ROH had some highs and a really great first half to the year but were inconsistent after. PWG fell off a pedestal. Chikara = LOL.

    NJPW wins this one kind of by default and by becoming a relevant promotion in America. I didn’t watch all New Japan shows nor am I most connected but they gave me memorable matches, great moments and excitement. The G1 was some of the most fun I’ve had watching wrestling as I think back to watching random puro matches on train rides in the Summer.

    Also my main man who I like to pretend isn’t a Republican AJ Styles keeps saying NJPW is the only wrestling company to make money in 2014. I guess he isn’t aware of CHIKARA but I’m sure Allen Jones is talking about both promoters and wrestlers making money. New Japan wins.

    Tim:

    NXT

    Watching NXT grow throughout this year has been a blast. It’s had the most consistent and enjoyable special events of any promotion I’ve watched this year. The roster is one of the best around and only got better as 2014 progressed. The weekly TV show, while not perfect, usually delivered at least one or two fun or memorable moments per episode.

    2014 has been a bland year for wrestling. PWG lost it’s steam. ROH couldn’t keep me intrigued. TNA was a bore. The post-Wrestlemania main roster WWE product was excruciating to watch. Absolutely heartbreaking. Out of all of this two bright spots were always there: NJPW and NXT.

    NJPW has brought me some great shows and matches all year but there seemed to be something missing for me. A certain energy or atmosphere that I can’t really put a finger on. NXT kept me excited and optimistic about wrestling in a year where I actually questioned why I watch. NXT is full of talent that makes the most of it’s simple (but often satisfying) booking.

    Is it over-hyped by fans? Probably but I can’t let that annoyance move me away from thinking it’s the best part of pro wrestling in 2014. People just want to be excited about something.

    Tom:

    NXT

    Obviously, as the site’s number one puro fan, you’d expect me to choose New Japan but GUESS WHAT, I refuse to sully their name by mixing them in with all this gaijin American trash wrestling. So, instead, I’ve gone for the next best thing – NXT.

    Yes, it’s still part of WWE. No, I very rarely watched the weekly show. However, the few specials they’ve had have all been incredible and felt unlike almost anything else The Fed’s put out this year. Also, there hasn’t been much competition. TNA’s a non-entity, WWE’s been dreadful for most of the year, PWG’s been in a weird state and ROH has just been a bit lacking.

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    Wrestling On Earth: Top Ten Matches of 2013

    Welcome to another of our very serious and important year-end awards. In this one, we’ll be ranking our top ten matches for 2013.

    Like our top wrestlers, originally we were each going to do a separate top five.. but once again, we found that we’d picked a few of the same ones, so there were only ten different matches across the three different lists. What’s wrong with us?!? Anyway, once again, we’ve mashed together all our opinions for one collective top ten.

    As usual, members of the site @TimWelcomed@typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their (lack of) expertise.

    10. Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. The Shield: WWE Raw, 15th October

    Tom:

    The presence of The Authority has been a drag for the most part, but their feud with the Rhodes family was one thing that worked out pretty fantastically, with the high point being this match where Cody & Goldust won the tag titles from The Shield.

    The history between the Rhodes and the McMahons gave it a satisfying edge of truth and, when you get down to it, I think people really do just want to see brothers united and victorious against a common enemy. Big Show’s presence tempered the finish slightly, but it was still an amazing slice of raw emotion that you don’t see a lot of these days. A middle-aged guy in smeared facepaint is money, brother.

    9. Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins: WWE Raw, 10th June

    typicalROHfan:

    These two are spectacular. Magic was made during the Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield string of matches and this was my favorite match from it. Continue reading

    Sexy Wrestler of The Year

    Welcome to the grandest event in the history of pro wrestling.

    You voted and we, being the lovers of democracy that we are, listened. We are gathered here to name out first ever Sexy Wrestler of The Year. Not The Sexy Wrestler of The Week, not The Sexy Wrestler of The Month, and definitely not The Sexy Wrestler of The Season. This is going to change the world and we hope that you are ready for it.

    Let’s count down the participants and their votes!

    Roderick Strong
    1 vote / 2%

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    Wrestling On Earth: Top Ten Wrestlers of 2013

    Welcome to another of our very serious and important year-end awards. In this one, we’ll be ranking our top ten wrestlers for 2013.

    Originally when we came to do this, we were each going to do a separate top five. However, when we came to write them up, we saw that we’d all picked a few of the same ones and there were only ten different wrestlers across our different lists. Convenient, right? So, rather than doing individual top fives that we’re all happy with, we’ve mashed them together to make a top ten list that none of us quite agrees on. DEMOCRACY – IT DOESN’T WORK.

    Without further ado, members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett break it down. (We are not associated with Degeneration X. We swear.)

    10. Goldust

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    Tom:

    Comparing anyone to Shawn Michaels is generally a pretty ridiculous claim to make… but Goldust’s recent return really does remind me of latter day HBK. Crazy? Hear me out. He knows exactly what he’s doing, there’s no wasted energy in the ring and yet he’s still innovating and trying out new things to keep matches exciting.

    His return match was the best thing that Randy Orton’s been a part of for years and his tag matches with Cody against The Shield were always excellent. I don’t know how long he’ll be back in the mix, but it’s great to have him here.

    9. Seth Rollins

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    typicalROHfan:

    The Shield had an incredible year in 2013 with three great young wrestlers getting the ball and running with it. Of the three, Seth Rollins proved he was one of the best in-ring performers in pro wrestling.

    The Shield feuded with the three biggest stars in WWE John Cena, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk respectively over the year and Rollins had by far the best match with each of them. If not for Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins probably would have had the best year of work rate production in North America wrestling.

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    Wrestling On Earth 2013 Year End Awards

    2013 is over. We’re hear to give our very, very, very prestigious awards.

    A few weeks ago, we gave our Whammy Awards for the lesser wrestlers, moments and memories of the year. So why not do a positive one? We are equal opportunists and love smile inducing things in pro wrestling.

    Two categories excluded were the Match of the Year and Wrestler of the Year. We’ll go more in depth with a top 5 list for those in the next few days so be on the look out for that!

    Without further ado, members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their picks for each award.

    Promotion of the Year

    Tim:

    PWG

    PWG

    There’s really nothing else that comes close to them. NJPW is great but it hasn’t been as consistent, especially lately. Hopefully in 2014 will see more competition.

    typicalROHfan:

    PWG

    I wanted to go with another option to give a different perspective from my two Earth brothers but there’s nothing else. I don’t watch NJPW enough anymore to view them on an equal footing. The other American promotions endure large ups and downs. PWG is consistently fun; all I can ask for in a wrestling promotion these days.

    Tom:

    PWG

    So, yeah, no surprises here. I’ve heard good things about the antics of the Bullet Club in NJPW but since I’m a) extremely lazy and b) deeply xenophobic, I haven’t gone out of my way to get into all that business. Meanwhile, PWG’s been really good on a consistent basis – probably not as good as previous years, but still the best thing going.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Year

    The big moment has arrived. The most prestigious award in all of wrestling’s fate is now in your hands.

    You will get to pick your Sexy Wrestler of The Year out of all the Sexy Wrestler of The Week winners from this past year. This should be taken seriously and given your highest respects. Now, let’s run down the contestants: Continue reading

    The Whammy Awards 2013

    With the Slammy Awards happening tonight on RAW, Wrestling On Earth has decided to debut our Whammy Awards! Highlighting the worst wrestlers, wrestling moments and wrestling moments of the year, we’re taking you on a ride of events you hope to forget that was the year 2013.

    Fear not, fans of non horrible wrestling. The essential Wrestling On Earth awards will come later this month with categories you love such as Wrestler of the Year, Match of the Year and Hair of the Year.

    Members of the site @TimWelcomed, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett give their picks for each award. Without further ado here are the Whammys.

    Worst Feud of the Year

    Tim:

    Daniel Bryan vs The Authority. It went nowhere. It was convoluted. It was repetitive. It involved way too much Triple H. I quit caring about it so fast. What more do I really need to say about it?

    typicalROHfan:

    I have to go with Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority. As great as Bryan has been in 2013, this feud was just abysmal. Many had high expectations for it catapulting a new era in WWE. What does the end game look to be? Triple H weekly promos and a Randy Orton vs. John Cena program. Not to mention just about everything involved sucked aside from a few Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield matches.

    Tom:

    The Aces & Eights saga. Bully Ray has been pretty excellent, but he was already great before it all started, so what did the Aces & Eights stoyrline really do for TNA? It helped Taz become insufferable in a slightly different way on commentary, gave Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco the chance to shine in some pretty terrible matches on TV and… that’s about it.

    Well, I guess it also showed what happens when you give a bunch of midlife-crisis victims the chance to connect with the kids through the medium of wrestling. “Motorcycles! Terrible tattoos! Leather vests! That’s what the kids are into these days, right? Oh god tell me I’m still relevant.” Continue reading