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Encyclopedia > Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. Perhaps the most famous dirtsheet, WON was an underground publication that circulated around the industry and its fans. It was known for revealing events inside the business by breaking kayfabe. October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... City nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... do i even know who you are??? // Headline text Bold textAn Editor is a person who prepares text—typically language, but also images and sounds—for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. ... A newsletter is a regularly distributed publication generally about one main topic that is of interest to its subscribers. ... Bruno Sammartino puts the pressure on Stan The Man Stasiak. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (IPA kəˈfeɪbi; kuh-fay-bee) refers to the portrayal that events within the industry are real, that is, that professional wrestling is not staged or worked. ...

Contents


Early life

Meltzer showed an interest in pro wrestling early on in his life. Dave wrote several publications that predate WON. Meltzer states that he was just "a fan" at first and started a tape trading newsletter. The Observer started from Dave wanting to keep his friends in college "in the loop" for his tape trading as well as the happenings in the business. He started writing the Observer full time in 1987. 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter started off as a way to keep fans informed of various wrestling regions that readers may not have been aware of or had no access to. The Observer's earlier years were also founded in breaking insider news and various behind the scenes happenings in the industry.


Since major wrestling promotions would never acknowledge the existence of any dirtsheets, Meltzer had to find other ways to advertise his newsletter. Adverts were often posted in kayfabe and semi-kayfabe publications such as Wrestling Main Event magazine and Wrestling Eye magazine. Meltzer was also able to advertise his publication during various guest appearences on wrestling radio shows and guest editorials in various national newspapers.


With the ubiquitous emergence of the internet and wrestling web sites that are able to provide news in real time, today's Observer differs in the way it covers the wrestling scene in that it provides more of an editorial on the news and what impacts it could have on the business. An editorial is a statement or article by a news organization (generally a newspaper) that expresses an opinion rather than attempting to simply report news, as the latter should ideally be done without bias. ...


Impact

The Steroid Scandal

Due to the WWF steroid scandal in the early 1990s, Meltzer came into the national spotlight. It was due to the fact that Vince McMahon criticized Meltzer during this time due to his critical coverage of the WWF that Meltzer began appearing in newspaper columns and TV talk shows. // World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... Seven-time Mr. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... Vince McMahon Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 24, 1945 in Pinehurst, North Carolina), is an American professional wrestling promoter. ... Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ...


Match Rating System

Meltzer pioneered the "star rating" system (originated by Jim Cornette & Norm Dooley), which rates matches on a scale of 1 to 5 stars in a similar manner to that used by many movie critics. As in the field of film, a rating is a largely subjective affair that may take into account the amount of action, as opposed to restholds ("workrate"); the difficulty and variety of moves used; the past history of the workers and their feud; the development of an in-match storyline based on the wrestling moves and how they affect the wrestlers, and the overall reaction of the crowd. One of the classic examples of a "five-star" match was the battle between Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada on June 3, 1994 in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Jim Cornette James E. Cornette (born September 17, 1961 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... Mitsuharu Misawa Mitsuharu Misawa is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... Toshiaki Kawada Toshiaki Kawada is a professional wrestler who is most known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) (全日本プロレス, zen nihon puroresu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972. ...


Impact on Workers

Despite the history of recurring tension between those employed in the wrestling business and Meltzer, there is no doubt that most people in the business regularly read WON and take much of it to heart. Mick Foley credits a writeup in WON for boosting him from a "no-name independent" wrestler to one whom a national federation would consider. It has been reported that Vince McMahon and Ric Flair are Observer subscribers. [1] Paul Heyman and Jim Cornette are often cited as two of Meltzer's closest "sources" and fans. Michael Francis Mick Foley (born June 7, 1965) is an American professional wrestler and author. ... Vince McMahon Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 24, 1945 in Pinehurst, North Carolina), is an American professional wrestling promoter. ... Ric Flair on WWE Raw. ... Paul Heyman Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... Jim Cornette James E. Cornette (born September 17, 1961 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ...


WON Hall of Fame

Insofar as wrestling has a "Hall of Fame", the WON's Hall of Fame is probably the closest thing to it. The WON HOF is not a physical place, but nonetheless, it has earned respect for its attempt to cover all areas of wrestling fairly and equally. The WWE does have a Hall of Fame, but it does not really fulfill that function for wrestling at large: Its voting system is unknown; it has often passed over workers who have a bad relationship with the WWE company; and of course, it only inducts WWE-related personalities. Summary The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) only exists on paper, but nonetheless is considered one of the highest honors that professional wrestling has to offer. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ...


Wrestling Observer Live

Dave Meltzer currently hosts the Wrestling Observer Live, a popular wrestling radio show. Co-hosting the show with Dave is Bryan Alvarez, editor of the Figure Four Weekly newsletter, and is largely regarded as being one of the most humorous observers of the sport. Dave and Bryan host the show every Sunday night from 8:00 to 10:00 pm EST on the Sports Byline Radio Network. The show debuted in October, 1999 and aired five days a week on the internet radio channel, eYada.com. eYada closed it's doors on July 9, 2001, with Wrestling Observer Live, it's highest rated show, being the last show to broadcast on the station. Wrestling Observer Live was picked up by Sports Byline on March 17, 2002 and has stayed in it's current position ever since.


See also

Summary The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (WON HOF for short) only exists on paper, but nonetheless is considered one of the highest honors that professional wrestling has to offer. ...

Links

  • Home of the Wrestling Observer Live radio show
  • The official site of the Wrestling Observer
  • An interview with Meltzer
  • Bryan Alvarez's Figure Four Weekly homepage

  Results from FactBites:
 
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (245 words)
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame ("WON HOF" for short) only exists on paper, but nonetheless is considered one of the highest honors that professional wrestling has to offer.
Unlike other forms of "sports entertainment" such as baseball and basketball, wrestling does not otherwise have a Hall of Fame that is voted on by a panel of experts who are independent of any of the sport's governing organizations.
In 1996, Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer chose a large class of initial "inductees".
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