An editorial parody: 'Willie The Writer'
WILLIE THE WRITER - Special to SLAM! Wrestling
Never did I think I'd sit down and pen a column for SLAM! Wrestling about my frustrations and concerns regarding the state of affairs at 123wrestling. However, it's not like I have an open forum to write anything critical of 123wrestling.
And I can't exactly go and post a column on SLAM! Wrestling talking about my experiences. There have been several times when I have wanted to contact SLAM! and ask them to let me write an anonymous column in the past, but I never got the balls to do it. But after sitting by and watching Dane Shredder publish this e-mail from "Willie the Worker" without even being able to verify the identity of the writer (and thus not being able to verify if the e-mail was even legit), well, this is the last straw.
Now I'm not going to say who I am, I mean, that would be career suicide. I'll just pen this column as "Willie The Writer."
So, let me get this straight. I'm important enough to write daily TV recaps, scan the web for newspaper articles on wrestling, and write columns and opinion pieces but I'm not important enough to be consulted about running the e-mail? Get real. Given the fact that they ran the anonymous e-mail without even knowing it was legit or not (it could have easily been written by some 12-year old from his parents' basement) really boggles my mind. Talk about being irresponsible!
Shredder decided to run this "Willie's" e-mail and has now given him a regular column while conveniently overlooking how this is a breach of journalistic ethics. But yeah, let's run the e-mail for the sole reason that it would cause a big stir on the Internet. Nevermind that the action opens the door for every unidentified "WWE wrestler" to come forward and try to get their column published as well. Instead of being a "news agency", they could just turn into a sounding board for any "wrestler" with a beef.
Yeah, that makes a boatload of sense.
What's my point of this column? Heck, I don't even have a point. I'm just so frustrated and hot right now. I guess I just wanted to let the readers know how it feels to be someone that has busted their ass for for many years and then is not even consulted on what turned out to be an embarrassing and amateurish editorial blunder.
I felt like a jabronie sitting on the sidelines. Guys like Shredder are making editorial decisions they are hopelessly unqualified to make and shaming all of the truly good wrestling journalism that is out there. Shredder isn't even qualified to clean my keyboard.
Yup, that's Shredder for ya.
"Willie The Writer"
To read the inspiration behind this parody click here.