Saturday, January 26, 2008
Warrior running scared
Checking the popular wrestling website Wrestling Headlines (this is called 'giving credit' or 'blog synergy' as I like to refer to it- we will get into that in a moment) this evening, I came across this story about our good buddy the Warrior. Seems all the bad press has him shaking like his old ring entrance.
On the heels of Ultimate Warrior's controversial blog regarding the sudden death of 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger earlier in the week, he requested police protection from local law enforcement. TMZ reported this on their syndicated show last night as that is what Warrior told them when they asked him for comment. Warrior told TMZ that he's been getting threatening e-mails due to his comments, hence the request for police protection. Despite the threats, Warrior said that he still stands by his comments. The blog is still up on the page. The Warrior story was the lead story on TMZ last night as they showcased his comments and showed footage of him from WWE's DVD release on him two years ago.
I am just going to call a spade a spade. Earlier this year, right around the time of the Benoit murder/suicide, Ren threw the Warrior's blog into his blog feeder. Never thinking anything would come of it but just because the guy is a lunatic, a legend in his own mind, and is good for a laugh once in a while. Anyway, this week the Warrior posted his Ledger comments and both Ren and I knew we were sitting on a gold/land mine.
The story got picked from our site by a few other sites, the biggest being from Deadspin. Every single site credited us for the find and gave links and kudos.
The next day, while surfing through my blog feeder, I noticed that TMZ.com had a story posted about the Warrior and the Ledger blog. Never mentioning how they just happened to come across it. I am sure it's in their list of daily pages to check for celeb gossip, right after Perez Hilton and E! Online. I am sure every available TMZ staff member, upon hearing of Ledger's death, ran straight to their computer to get the reaction of a washed up, ex-juicing wrestler.
Now, am I that full of myself to believe that someone at TMZ.com found the story on our site and ran with it? No. Could it be possible they stole the story off Deadspin, arguably the top sports on the Internet. Yes.
I find it ironic that the MSM hates blogs, yet they sure take enough material from us. Can I even classify a website that follows celebs with cameras and hides in alleys and behind garbage cans as 'media?'