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    Best in the World: Favorite Daniel Bryan Memories

    #ThankYouDanielBryan

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    Hi, it’s @JoeyOnEarth. The recent retirement of Daniel Bryan has led to a bit of reminiscing on my part and I decided to share some of my favorite moments of his career. Dawning on the realization that we’ll never see another Bryan match was instant heartbreak but recalling all the special times he provided in a wrestling ring has put it in a more positive perspective for the closure of my favorite wrestler.

    My introduction to Bryan Danielson was in 2006. I actually wanted to dislike him. This was around my early stages of being welcomed into the “internet community” of wrestling fans. I’ve always had a thirst for pro wrestling and would watch literally any show that featured wrestling from childhood. WWE and TNA were the only companies on my radar and around ’06, my interest in pro wrestling hit a new low.

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    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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    Yes!: My Improbable Journey To The Main Event Of WrestleMania (Wrestling On Earth Review)

    We all read the new Daniel Bryan book. Here are our thoughts.

    Wrestling On Earth perennial favorite Daniel Bryan wrote a book chronicling his life and career leading to his historic Wrestlemania XXX main event victory. The kind folks at St. Martin’s Press were kind enough to send @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh copies for reviewing purposes.

    Considering there are three of us and already many other reviews out there, we decided to just answer some of the most significant questions giving each of our perspectives and feelings on the book.

    You can get the book now at your local book stores or just order it on Amazon. Alternatively, request it at your local library to spite Lance Storm.

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    1. What did you like most about the book?

    Tim:

    I love wrestlers telling stories that involve other wrestlers and there are plenty of those in this book. Bryan’s humble honesty sets a different tone to these kinds of stories than most wrestling books.

    Joey:

    As Daniel Bryan is my favorite wrestler of all time, I liked that he opened himself up and gave us an honest glimpse into his career and life. Just learning more about who he is, what’s important and how he looks at the world was the most fascinating thing about this book. In terms of purely the wrestling, he’s as honest as possible and gives his genuine feelings on things without being bitter or negative.

    Tom:

    Bryan’s general attitude towards the wrestling business and life in general won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but it’s still refreshing to see it articulated. He doesn’t have a vindictive bone in his body and he seems able to put any bitterness he had in perspective, so it never seems like he has an agenda to bury anyone – he’s just giving his own honest perspective on things.

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    Around The Wrestling World In 7 Days: April 18, 2015

    Every weekend, Joey will give a glimpse of the things that have entered his mind.

    Hi. I have a lot of thoughts about wrestling. I decided to start a concept where I talk about what’s on my mind every weekend. I hope it’s enjoyable.

    Follow me on Twitter and let me know if you want me to hit on any wrestling topics next week: @JoeySplashwater

    WWE Universe

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    Injuries happen

    Daniel Bryan was pulled off the WWE European tour due to injury concerns. Rumor has it Bryan has suffered a concussion. I think fans need to back off making strong comments about injuries involving wrestlers and all professional athletes.

    For example – Many are discussing whether Bryan should change his style, start to plan a retirement and are just making critical comments about him. The same happened to Rey Mysterio on a more disgusting level with it becoming common to laugh at his injuries. It makes no sense.

    When your body is dealing with concerns that could effect your career or life, your opinion is the only one that should matter. Second guessing things in wrestling is the nature of the beast but trying to make decision for a wrestler himself is ridiculous.

    Extreme Stupidity

    After an amazing Wrestlemania, I was expecting a good card for Extreme Rules. Early signs indicate it will be a tough task for the show to deliver. The biggest issue I have with it is the stipulation in the Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins main event. A cage match where the RKO is banned.

    The cage match is outdated in 2015. Fans have shorter attention spans and the cage match tends to be a slow story. There’s also so many similar gimmicks in WWE. With the Hell In A Cell match having its own PPV and cage matches being on random episodes of RAW, no one cares about it as a feud ending PPV main event. Worst of all, it constricts the wrestlers into telling a very specific story and limits their athleticism. The RKO being banned is also silly. These guys deserve a better chance.

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    This Or That (4/8/2015)

    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:

    Will Seth Rollins still be WWE champion in September?

    No – 76%, Yes – 24%

    Cooler Wrestlemania entrance?

    Rusev – 91%, Triple H – 9%

    Who will be more successful on the main roster?

    Kalisto – 70%, Neville – 30%

    Better potato chip style?

    Ripple-cut – 67%, Traditional – 33%

    Which midcard title reign are you more excited to see play out: John Cena’s or Daniel Bryan’s?

    Optimism?

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    Tim:

    I really like Cena’s open challenge matches for the title. It has really elevated that belt a good bit already. I’m worried about Bryan and the Intercontinental Championship. It wasn’t even on Raw this past week and I’m really hoping they don’t make this a Smackdown thing. The match between him and Barrett was just kind of announced and they moved on. I’m really curious to see if they turn this around so I’m looking forward to seeing how that goes more than Cena’s US run. They’re both exciting in their own ways though.

    Daniel Bryan’s

    Joey:

    John Cena’s Open Challenge is already the best thing in WWE and the United States title is relevant just like that. Daniel Bryan wasn’t even on RAW and his short title reign has been used to put over Sheamus being back with a bad haircut. Basically, Cena has already rescued the US Championship and Bryan is already facing some “same old” hurdles with the IC Championship. That makes me believe the plan is for Cena to have a very long reign while Bryan’s may be more a traditional weird Intercontinental title run except with better matches.

    John Cena’s

    Tom:

    Watching Cena wrestle competitive matches with midcard dudes is a REALLY strange deal but not in a bad way. I don’t expect it to last longer than a few months but it should be an interesting time and hopefully continue to result in some fun, weird matches. Sadly for Bryan, the midcard scene is one he’s always had one foot in, so seeing him immersed in that world doesn’t feel as exciting. I’m sure his matches will be terrific but there isn’t the same novelty.

    John Cena’s

    Which mid-card title reign are you more excited to see play out?

    • John Cena's (66%, 47 Votes)
    • Daniel Bryan's (34%, 24 Votes)

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    WWE Fastlane Preview and Predictions

    “Fastlane is one word, pal.” – Vince McMahon

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

    The Usos w/Naomi vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd w/Nattie for the WWE Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    Cesaro and Tyson Kidd are obviously excellent. The Usos are probably the most underrated wrestlers in WWE right now. Naomi and Nattie are doing good work adding to this feud. I love this. I understand there will probably be a 4 team tag title match at Wrestlemania to get more people on the card but I’d love for these to have a straight up rematch on Wrestlemania with 5-10 minutes to steal the show. This will likely be the match of the night.

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: The Usos win.

    Tim:

    This is WWE Fastlane. It’s all about revving engines the engines of the WWE Universe and I definitely think this match-up between these speedsters will do just that! The Usos are like NASCAR cars (NASCARS? Is that the thing?) They are fun to watch and fast but definitely have some restrictor plates holding them back and keeping them the on same level as the others. Tyson Kid is like a fast car. He’s really good and entertaining. Cesaro is a classic muscle car that only gets better with time. I think I may have mixed up muscle cars and wine there but I’m sticking with it. This will be a fun match.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

    Deathlock:

    AWESOME. As much as it feels like “Oh, another Usos match” (the tag team problem in WWE is not the Usos’ fault) every time an Usos match happens, this one will be fun. That segment in the restaurant when Nattie and Naomi were trying to go on a double date was the best piece of non-ring programming on WWE television in a decade. “I thought you meant like Canadian doubles in tennis.” “You gotta tell me that Japan story.” “Fact. We don’t have some stupid catch phrase.” “Come on, nobody likes what the Usos do.”  BRAWL. Why does Jimmy call everyone Uce? What does that mean? Enlighten me, internet. If the match is half as good as this segment, it’s five stars.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: TAKE IT, CESAROGUN.

    Tom:

    First of all, the name of the show is “WWE Race Cars”, get it right! Also, is this on the preshow or the main show? I’ve not been paying attention at all, oh well.

    Anyway, Cesaro and old Tyson Kidd are a good laugh, though The Usos… well, The Usos remain The Usos. That’s not a diss, I like them! It’s just tough to work up energy for their matches right now, though Naomi being added as their manager is p. good stuff. She seems like a lovely girl.

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

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    Fandom Retrospective: Daniel Bryan

    Why do we love the wrestlers we do?

    Editor’s note: This feature will be running regularly and is hopeful to be written by different readers submitting their own stories about a wrestler they are passionate about, sharing how they became a fan and discussing 3-4 matches that stand out in their mind as most pivotal to their memories of loving this wrestler.

    Contact us: If you’d like to submit a future edition, please contact us at WrestlingOnEarth@gmail.com or just by tweeting @WrestlingEarth or @JoeySplashwater.

    Our debut edition is by Robbie Fox. Take it away, Robbie!

    Fandom Retrospective: Daniel Bryan by Robbie Fox

    Before we begin, I’d like to address why I’m doing this writeup on the American Dragon. I’m not writing this to tell my story, but I think in telling my story, many wrestling fans will relate.

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    Daniel Bryan first came to my attention in 2009, when Ring of Honor released a statement saying he had agreed to a contract with the WWE. This was within the same month that I discovered the famous, “internet wrestling community”. Late to the party, I had to pick up some slack. I was able to find a few matches online, one of which was his now classic battle against Nigel McGuinness at ROH Unified. This was the first time I was watching a wrestling product that wasn’t WWE, WCW, or TNA. I watched the match, and as soon as it ended, I watched it a second time. I didn’t know what it was about Bryan that was so good, but I knew he connected with me, in a match I knew absolutely nothing about. I was a lifelong fan from that day on.

    Throughout his run in the WWE, I was focused on everything he did. I didn’t miss a single match or promo. When I would go to live events, I’d go to the merch table (hey Tom Blackett, how ya doin?) and buy his shirts, action figures, towels, and pretty much anything with his name on it. Everyone around me, wrestling fan or not, didn’t really understand why I liked Bryan so much, as opposed to John Cena, or other wrestlers. Eventually this changed, as Bryan got more over with the crowd, who evolved into the “YES Movement”.

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    This Or That (11/4/2014)

    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:

    Better Frog Splash?

    Rob Van Dam – 74%, Eddie Guerrero – 26%

    Better Powerbomb?

    Sid – 76%, Kevin Nash – 24%

    Better Shooting Star Press?

    Paul London – 81%, Billy Kidman – 19%

    Better Superkick?

    Shawn Michaels – 57%, Young Bucks – 43%

    Which wrestling item would you rather have received at a show: The Rock’s elbow pad or Bret Hart’s sunglasses?

    Would you rather have had caught Rock’s elbow pad before he hit the People’s Elbow or have Bret Hart hand you his sunglasses when you were a kid?

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    Tim:

    Yeah, I want a smelly and sweaty elbow pad randomly thrown into the audience from a douchebag who is performing an overly dramatic and dumb elbow maneuver. Just kidding. I’m not a creepy lunatic after all. I want the cool wrestler who ends up being a bitter mess later on in his career to strap some cheap but really fucking shiny and pink sunglasses on my bulbous alien head.

    Bret Hart’s sunglasses

    Joey:

    As a kid, I despised Bret Hart and even I wanted those damn sunglasses. They were probably the coolest merch item in WWE history. Catching The Rock’s elbow pad would have been fun (and worth more on Ebay) but it would just be the luck of it falling to you. Bret actually picking you and putting it on your face would have been a memory for life. Give me the Hitman sunglasses. (Seriously. Someone send me a pair.)

    Bret Hart’s sunglasses

    Tom:

    Here’s the difference between Rock’s elbow pad and Bret’s sunglasses – when you catch the elbow pad, it’s a combination of reach, dumb luck and positioning. With Bret? He CHOOSES you. He picks you out as the number one kid in the crowd (or at least in the front row). Plus, you can wear them all around town afterwards whereas it’s difficult to tie an elbow pad into a snazzy outfit. Gimme dem sunglasses, boy.

    Bret Hart’s sunglasses

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    This Or That (9/9/2014)

    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:

    Will The Undertaker ever wrestle another match?

    Yes – 57%, No – 43%

    Worse writing in wrestling?

    Bella vs. Bella – 58%, Crazy Samuel Shaw – 42%

    Which wrestling journalist do you enjoy more?

    Dave Meltzer – 67%, Wade Keller – 33%

    Which would you rather give up?

    Video games – 51%, Junk food – 49%

    Which wrestler are you more excited to see return from time off: Daniel Bryan or Dean Ambrose?

    Daniel Bryan doesn’t need surgery. Dean Ambrose’s Walmart special movie is almost done filming. Who do you want back in your life more?

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    Tim:

    Daniel Bryan is my favorite wrestler ever so  even though I love Ambrose and am ready for his feud with Rollins to get rolling again I can not honestly say I am more ready for him to come back. There are a lot of things I’m really interested in seeing how they play out when Bryan returns. Will the crowd still be there for him? Will WWE put him back in the main event? If the crowd is still there chanting for him and WWE doesn’t put him back in the main event scene will the audience force WWE’s hand again? Most of all, I can’t wait to see him back in the ring wrestling. Give me Bryan vs Lesnar, please. Somehow.

    Daniel Bryan

    Joey:

    Daniel Bryan is the best wrestler in the world and my favorite wrestler of all time. Dean Ambrose is on a hot run but Bryan was on the hottest run and I think the fan support will still be there. The void without Daniel Bryan has been huge and I can’t wait to see him back on my television again.

    Another factor is that Daniel Bryan is great regardless of WWE booking. Dean Ambrose needs to be in a purposeful story to be most effective as seen in some of his throwaway matches, namely vs. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. If WWE shits the bed with booking either of the two, Bryan can still give you good little matches.

    Daniel Bryan

    Tom:

    I don’t know how anyone could pick Dean Ambrose, to be honest. His absence sucks but his return is a sure thing whereas Bryan’s path to recovery seems to be a little trickier – it seems like he’ll be back, but there’s still a question mark so it’ll make his return that much more special, assuming it happens.

    Daniel Bryan

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    This Or That (5/20/2014)

    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 @TomBlackett 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:

    More likely to be the next WWE champ?

    The field – 56%, John Cena – 44%

    Who will step up more in Daniel Bryan’s absence?

    Cody Rhodes – 65%, Dolph Ziggler – 35%

    More valuable free agent?

    Prince Devitt – 69%, Bad Influence – 31%

    Better small meal?

    Sandwiches – 58%, Soup – 42%

    If his estimated in ring return date is Summerslam, should Daniel Bryan be stripped of the WWE title: YES or NO?

    Should he?

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    Tim:

    I think if this ends up being the case they could easily go the interim champion route or just set it up so that when he comes back he can say he is the real WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That would only be three PPVs without him. It would be a great way for him to return and it would be an easy PPV match set-up.

    NO

    Joey:

    With the WWE Network, you are basically punting on a large number of traditional PPV buys so the emphasis on Payback and Money In The Bank to be amazing are not as great as many would think. From a storyline point of view, you can have Kane run Bryan off next week and steal the titles, going around proclaiming himself champion despite Bryan being the recognized title holder. Summerslam, we see the blow off to the feud and Bryan never “loses” the championship.

    NO

    Tom:

    Bryan holding onto the championship while he can’t defend it won’t do him any favours. It sucks that it has to happen, but nothing would be dumber than having a ‘fighting champion’ who can’t fight. Interim champions are the dirt worst, so none of that, please.

    I’ll admit that seeing him just hand over the belt to Stephanie or whoever will be a bummer, but fuck it, he can do it in a way that still makes him seem defiant and firey. Like, he can throw it in a river or something, that usually works.

    Anyway, rather than messing around with two belts or an interim champ, I think just taking it off him with the guarantee he’ll get a title match once he’s back is the best way option. Ideally, we’ll get a fun tournament to decide the new champ and then a great Bryan return at Summerslam to reset things.

    YES

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