I just want to take a second to speak about the sorry state of reporting breaking wrestling news.
Like many that visit this site, I joined the wrestling observer website because it made me feel that I was connected to the business of wrestling. My friends watched wrestling but I was the guy that had the behind the scenes dirt because I was willing to pay the ten bucks a month to find out the scoops before everyone else.
Now after every story is reported by everyone else I have to hear Meltzer say oh I've known something was going down for weeks blah blah blah. Then why haven't you said so on one of 35 shows you do every week in between all of your well you know/I don't knows? I'm not paying to hear Bryan Alvarez talk to his grandmother. I want the dirt. You acting like this fountain of knowledge while not giving your members the information you have is a disservice. The truth is no one really breaks news in a professional and entertaining way anymore. The inside fan is better off just going on wwe.com to get the scoops.
I think a lot of that is valid, actually. As much as I love the daily Observer Radio shows with Dave and Bryan, Dave can be really evasive about stuff or does a lot of "Oh, ask me after we're off the air" to protect sources and such. And yeah, I also find the Granny and contest portions of the B&V show a drag and generally skip them. And the Todd Martin departure was such an embarrassment on a lot of levels for them. I will say I'm enjoying Filthy Tom Lawlor's appearances thus far as Todd's replacement. And for me, as you can probably tell by now, having the 1996 Observer archive to get insights from the time while I'm reviewing the shows is invaluable and worth the $10 a month for me by itself. Which is not to say Dave himself can't be kind of a jerk about things at times, but personally I get my money's worth out of the subscription even with all the flaws. It's not like Bryan isn't TRYING to make things better, but even the F4W board has pointed out a lot of the same things.