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\'Mystery\' writer plagues WWE
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling


Who will be wrestling Brock Lesnar at BackLash? When will Kevin Nash return as Diesel? Forget about all that. The WWE has a bigger mystery on its hands. A full-fledged mutiny by an unidentified employee who has taken to publicly criticizing the company using the alias: \"Willie The Worker\" on the Internet.

Though it is believed the origin of the columns is being investigated by the WWE internally, the company declined to comment on the situation when contacted by SLAM! Wrestling citing the company\'s ban on communicating with the Internet press. Even though the author claimed that their original article has \"gotten the attention\" of the WWE higher-ups, the WWE was not aware of that or any other such column when initially contacted by SLAM! Wrestling yesterday afternoon. SLAM! Wrestling has confirmed that the author is indeed a current WWE employee through several sources.

Earlier this week, a writer claiming to be a frustrated WWE employee submitted a scathing column to several wrestling news sites on the Internet. Though many balked at publishing the anonymous column which tore into the WWE for not utilizing the hard-working talent that it has at last weekend\'s WrestleMania pay-per-view and ripped on several current employees, 1Wrestling.com admittedly ran the piece without confirmation of the writer\'s identity. The mystery writer has since submitted several more columns which have published on the site.

1Wrestling.com editor Dave Scherer justified printing the original column on April Fool\'s Day by attaching a note stating that even though he wasn\'t certain of the author\'s true identity, the article reflected the growing sentiment felt by many of the WWE\'s current stars.

\"I made the decision to run the column because the things said in this column completely echo things that many WWE wrestlers have told me in the last week or two. So, even if this isn\'t a current WWE wrestler (and I am not saying it is or isn\'t since I have no way to corroborate it), I can tell you that there are a number of current WWE wrestlers who feel the same way as the writer of this column does,\" wrote Scherer.

The original column titled \"WWE wrestler sends along his empassioned take on WrestleMania\" criticized the WWE and its chairman Vince McMahon for dedicating pay-per-view time to the Miller Cat Fight Girls and shutting such stars as Rob Van Dam and Kane out of WrestleMania.

The writer also singled out stars A-Train and Nathan Jones. Of A-Train, the author wrote: \"Now I have nothing against Albert. Matt is a real nice guy and has always been cool with me. But come on already. How many times are they going to try with this guy? They have been trying to push him down the throats of our fans for years now and he\'s just not connecting with the crowd.\" Jones, a new addition to the WWE locker room, was called a \"putz\" and \"joke of the locker room\" in the piece.

In subsequent articles, the writer has joked about the re-signing of former stars like Rena (Sable) Mero and \"Rowdy\" Roddy Piper while lambasting the WWE for releasing such wrestlers as Raven, who has since went to the WWE\'s main competition --- Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling.

In writing the articles, the mystery WWE superstar has left clues to his or her identity. The author claims to have been sitting backstage at WrestleMania XIX and watching the event and boasts that more of their merchandise was probably sold at the event than the wrestlers they criticized.