Fans of professional wrestling worldwide are in shock today after WrestleScoops.com, an online source of wrestling news and opinion, backed up a report with credible, fact-checked information.
In an article about the rumors that rocker Billy Corgan intends to purchase Total Non-Stop Action (TNA) Wrestling, the author actually contacted and quoted representatives of both Corgan and TNA.
The reporter who wrote the piece, a recent journalism school graduate named Bruce Marshall, took the unprecedented step of supporting statements in the article with proper attribution and fact-checking.
“I figured, hey, it’s not that hard to call a PR rep and ask for comment, right?” said Marshall. “It took, like, 10 extra minutes.”
It was the first known example of a professional wrestling news site delivering something known as “responsible journalism.”
Most other wrestling news sites, which have long relied on the practice of cutting-and-pasting unverified news from each other, are not expected to follow the example.