While they may comprise of a smaller percentage of the overall wrestling audience, Internet dirt sheets have had a substantial influence on the culture of professional wrestling and, in turn, the death of kayfabe.
However, with the over-saturation of news in the information age of today, a lot of unwarranted and uninteresting stories make their way through a system of news dissemination that has virtually no filter.
This week saw more heaping scoops of dirt sheet headlines that the wrestling world really could have done without.
WWE quasi-Diva Maxine caused quite the stir this past week when she confirmed reports via Twitter that she had indeed quit the WWE.
While she showed promise as a dynamic character and talented talker as an FCW and NXT mainstay, Maxine never made enough of an impact on the main roster for news of her departure to warrant much fanfare.
Maxine got yet another small taste of the big stage this past Monday on RAW during a diva battle royal, but she was quickly eliminated in what turned out to be her last appearance on WWE's flagship show.
Twitter is the microblogging website that has given us online social media beefs between titans from Brown vs. Punk, to Brown vs. Pink, to Brown vs. Meek Mill.
But since Twitter is a service open to the public, it's only natural for feuds to develop between stars of lesser stature.
A perfect example occurred this week when tag team legend Matt Hardy's girlfriend, Reby Sky, engaged in a nasty Twitter feud with WWE Hall of Famer Sunny over Sycho Sid and his alleged reputation for no-showing events.
Sunny is currently the youngest member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and on this day, she acted like it thanks in part to similar immaturity from Sky.
Cody Rhodes is one of the up-and-coming future stars in the WWE, but his Twitter career was never as promising as his in-ring career.
Rhodes held out from the Twitter craze for quite some time, and shortly after jumping on the bandwagon recently, the second-generation star is jumping back off.
Rhodes has been tweeting that his 100th tweet will be his last.
After several months of bland, uninteresting tweets that never truly captured the skilled talker he really is, the Rhodes era on Twitter was probably never meant to be in the first place.
Jim Ross anywhere near an announcing booth is always great news; however, the fact that the WWE still has the greatest wrestling announcer of all time under contract and he is being used as the voice of an invisible, small-time pro wrestling show is inexplicable.
Ross clarified his NXT role on his blog, saying:
“I’m on all the 1st four episodes of new NXT from open until close and do the main events only, as I understand it, going forward.”
Ross likely did a superb job on commentary for the developmental show (as he usually does). However, this is the type of headline that just seems wrong, if not painfully inconsequential.
Tyson Kidd is one of the premiere workers in the WWE, and he will probably never get booked properly enough to emphasize his supreme talents.
However, Kidd seemed to have finally seen a breakthrough this past Friday on SmackDown when he qualified for the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank after defeating Jack Swagger.
Kidd's spot in a high-profile pay-per-view match is encouraging, to say the least, but given his lack of emphasis over the past few years, his inclusion is likely an excuse for WWE to feature a big spot during a match short on high-flyers.