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Wrestling rumors, that dreaded phrase that you find when searching for backstage news on WWE or TNA. But what exactly are wrestling rumors and where do they come from?
The wrestling business itself is a very secretive industry and unlike other industries like Hollywood or video gaming, wrestling tries to keep the lid closed on what’s going on, not open it up for all to see. Video game companies send out games to magazines and websites to write previews and give details on the various gaming modes. Soap Operas leak their storylines to magazines to garner more interest and on the sets of movies literally hundreds of media outlets get sit downs with the top stars.
Wrestling is much different. Because the idea is to suspend the viewer’s disbelief, in other words present the product as real, it’s counter productive to reveal all the backstage goings on and where a storyline is heading. This is where wrestling rumors come in.
Over the years various wrestling reporters have slowly built up friendships and contacts in the business, who they can go to, off the record to get “insider” details on storylines or any backstage incidents. Because a lot of the time they can’t reveal who told them something (in fear that they’d lose their job for leaking news) the reporter cannot write “so and so said that…” This leads to several scenarios. They can either say “sources within the WWE or TNA have revealed that…” or they can say “it is rumored that…” This is where rumors come from. If a reporter has something confirmed from multiple people and all the pieces fit in to place then they can often just call it news, but if one wrestler leaks something and there is no way to back it up, then it will be written as a rumor.
Although a lot of people refuse to visit wrestling rumors sites, 9 times out of 10 rumors turn out to be true or have an element of truth as the story develops. As they say there’s no smoke without fire and its rare for something to get leaked for political reasons or to deliberately make people look bad.
A lot of what is written in national newspapers or in books is from only a few sources, its just that in wrestling people have to be protected, so what would be wrestling news has to be reported as wrestling rumors.
One of the big mistakes people make is visiting the official websites of wrestling companies. These sites play in to the storylines that you see on TV and anything they write should be double checked with the real sites that report backstage news and wrestling rumors to see if it is the truth or part of the show.
For as long as the wrestling business remains secretive then there will continue to be wrestling rumors.
write by James Brown