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Barrylad. 22. Irishman incapable of growing proper facial hair. Faux-journalist. Fan of beer and hugs. Sinister. Friend to everyone.

Columnist for Pro Wrestling Ponderings - the number one site for indie wrestling coverage.

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PWP Column: 'How Far Is Too Far?'

I’ve been meaning to write a column like this for a while; basically I’m just looking at the risks indie wrestlers take and whether it’s worth it. Do fans expect too much? Or is it just the way wrestling is? 

Let me know.

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New column: What will Ring of Honor's legacy be?

New column with PWPonderings. Will the troubled times ROH currently stuggles through currently, outweigh the great times from their past when we remember them in years to come?

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[Brodus] came out doing this giant dancing gimmick with Trinity McCray and Ariane Andrews as his dancers. McCray was Naomi from NXT, the best athletic woman they’ve probably ever had, and thus, never used. Andrews, also known as Cameron Lynn, is the woman from Tough Enough who was the first person cut from the show, and when asked by Austin what the best wrestling match she ever saw was, said Melina vs. Alicia Fox. Yes, Luke Robinson can’t even get a developmental deal. Jeremiah Riggs with all his obvious potential can’t get a deal (granted, he was his own worst enemy, but they got better reactions from the crowd than half the roster). And she not only got signed, but is now a few months later on the main roster.

This gives me the anger.

I’m going to play devil’s advocate here for a minute. Tough Enough was a work. Everyone should be able to infer that simply based on the fact that Andy Leavine (Kevin Hackman) and Christiana Crawford (Caylee Turner/Alicia Fox’s sister) both had WWE developmental contracts PRIOR to the show. All of the contestants were playing characters and chosen for a specific reasons. That’s not to say that some of them aren’t the same kind of person in real life as they portrayed on the show, but I wouldn’t count Ariane Andrews/Cameron Lynn out. I watch her every week at FCW and the girl is committed. She’s also not half bad. That’s not to say she’s a Sara Del Rey, but she’s also not a super botch machine like the Bellas and Rosa some of the other girls on the main roster. That’s all.

Oh, p.s. I’m stoked about Naomi.

There was a lot of worked aspects of Tough Enough, like it was known that certain people weren’t going to get cut despite their failings because they were favoured by WWE (Rima Fakih) but it wasn’t a total work. Ariane may be showing improvement in FCW, but the point is how she got there to begin with. She showed less than nothing on Tough Enough and became a massive joke to anyone who saw the show. Whereas Luke and Jeremiah not only outshined most of the other contestants, but could also teach some people on the main roster a thing or two when it comes to charisma.

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A rant about this Kharma situation…

Just some things that need to be said about the internet;

1) I get great enjoyment out of this fake outrage by some people. “What the FUCK is wrong with this woman getting pregnant at this stage in her career?” Yes, how dare she have a personal life, and how dare she make a personal choice, and how dare she throw a spanner in the works of this EPIC program she’s building with Brie fucking Bella. What IS wrong with her? People are weird, and get annoyed (or realistically, they pretend to get annoyed) about the weirdest stuff. Even if this turns out to be true, it’s an absurd thing to complain about.

2) This fake outrage is all based on MADE. UP. “FACTS”. The initial story as broken by F4Wonline.com said she’d be out for over nine months. Nothing more. Nothing less. Of course this leads to every internet GENIUS coming to the conclusion that she’s pregnant. You are getting outraged over something that there is no evidence for. To make up a story, or believe an obviously made up story, AND THEN GET ANNOYED ABOUT IT is completely absurd.

3) This whole debacle reminds me why I’m glad I have a subscription to the Observer and am not reliant on free sites. The embellishment and bullshitting that goes on there is just mind boggling. Say what you will about F4W, and there is some drawbacks to the site of course, but free sites are just the dirt worst. Here’s their system;

-Take news stories from the Observer/The Torch/PWInsider.

-Misinterpret or half-read these stories.

-Write up a distorted, misinformed version of this story.

-Embellish upon it, making up extra facts and tidbits, citing the Observer/Torch/PWInsider as the source, or citing “a reliable source in WWE/TNA”.


An example of this came today when I read a free site (who I wont plug) covering the Kharma situation. Citing F4W as their source, they mentioned everything that Bryan Alvarez originally published yesterday evening but went on to say that “We have been told by a reliable WWE source said ‘It’s what you think it is…’”. Basically making up a source, and implying that this rampant internet speculation is accurate.

If it comes out that this pregnancy thing is true, my points will still stand. The fact is, right now we don’t know and it’s just bringing out the worst in people. People are moronic enough to post made up shite, passed off as news, and other people are stupid enough to buy it. And to go back to my original point, people are treating this woman as though she’s the Anti-Christ because she is having a child and is not adhering to their smark-boner enduing fantasy booking.

I think that’s all. I have to say.

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