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The Wrestling industry has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that they have no respect for the "Dirt Sheets".
And why would they?
Generally, wrestling news sites put out two kinds of news: Stories that are true. And stories that are false.
And while the false stories are just a nuisance to wrestling companies like WWE and TNA, it is the real stories that are going to get them shut down.
When a website breaks a story about a planned wrestling angle the WWE was going to go forward with, it forces them to have to change the story, because the surprise has been ruined.
When a wrestler gets in to trouble, they can no longer sweep it under the rug, but in the blink of an eye, it's known world wide that somebody got busted for violating the wellness policy. Before, if a wrestler had a problem with drugs, and most of them did, it could be hidden away from public view.
But now, with the dirt sheets on the prowl, the WWE basically has to be the first to break the news so they can control the message. I highly doubt they want that negative publicity on their stars with their history and Linda gunning for a senate seat.
Which she will NEVER win. Ever.
Proof of this is the recent Evan Bourne and R-Truth incident.
The WWE did not want you to know that Ron Killings was also in violation of the Wellness Policy for smoking Spice and that his suspension was delayed, instead of immediately being handed down. But, thanks to Bourne, that news broke and in a flash, it was all over the wrestling world, spread by the dirt sheets and B/R.
In addition to this, backstage politics, real-life beefs between wrestlers, all of the dirty laundry of the business, it's exposed to the public. And the WWE does not want that. The internet has forced the WWE to be far more open than it really wants to be. That's a fact that is better known by older fans who followed the WWF before the IWC came into its own. They hid everything from fans.
Younger fans? Very quickly, once the WWE has the ability to control these things through SOPA and PIPA, you will learn that they've merely tolerated what they can't control.
The only news they want you reading about their company is the so-called "news" that they release on their site.
You might say: "Well, wait a second, these sites are reporting the news and are protected by the constitutional right to a free press!".
But the WWE doesn't have to go to the DOJ and say: "Hey, Lords of Pain is sharing news about our company that we don't want exposed."
The WWE merely has to go to the DOJ and say: "Hey, Lords of Pain is linked to a site called PWPIX.net that hosts a horde of copyrighted WWE photos and material. Shut them down."
"Hey, Lords of Pain gives away free, live results on our PPV's. In addition to this, on those result pages, we have evidence of people posting links to streams that air the PPV live on the internet. Shut them down."
And Lords of Pain is gone.
It would allow the WWE to circumvent freedom of the press, by using an almost impossible to defend standard of copyright protection. It is for this reason that Reporters without Borders are one of the main opponents to the SOPA and PIPA bills. Because corporations will now be able to utilize nefarious means to control the news by shutting down news sites that contradict their agenda under bogus copyright infringement claims.
And if you think major corporations wouldn't do something like this?
Then you need to get to know them a little better.
If these bills pass, live news and reviews for pro-wrestling will be a thing of the past.
And listen, I'm focusing on the WWE as an example, merely because they are the biggest shark in the sea.
But a single indie promotion can do this just as easily as a corporation. They can put on a bad show, get criticized for it, and if a news site provides video footage from the live event?
That promotion, from Chikara to ROH, can have it shut down in a heartbeat to prevent embarrassment and silence criticism.