Major Changes For WNW In The Works? - Tell Us What You Want To See!

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I posed a question in today's WNW Premium Mailbag and it's something that I would like to ask the entire readership of the website. Perhaps you could use the weekend to brainstorm about it and help us out.

Recently, I have become very disillusioned with the quality of journalism in the IWC. Normally I do not pay much attention to what goes on outside of WNW but after examining the landscape, I want to make a change. Now I'm not sure what all needs to change but the fact of the matter is the quality of work around us is deteriorating.

I am by far from perfect. Just this morning I had a glaring typo in Ask WNW and I've had to post my fair share of retractions and corrections. I'm only human and even though every thing I post has been checked, edited and done to the best of my ability, the best of my ability does not equate to "no mistakes."

However, given the decline around us, I want to change WNW to set us apart even further. While all of our stuff is exclusively written and edited, I want to take another step - perhaps a big step - in a direction that sets us completely apart. Now, I'm not quite sure what this direction is, but here are some things to consider…

Possible additions:

  • Ask WNW is the most popular feature on the website. Would you like to see more Q&As? Perhaps separate WWE and TNA Q&As? Different writers answering questions or just from yours truly?
  • Editorials and a more "blogging" style of writing has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. Bleacher Report, a website with a policy against breaking any of their own stories, has risen up as one of the most popular sources of news and information. We've seen tremendous growth and success with the material on and Would you be interested in seeing more of this type of content on WNW?
  • The comment area is filled with great minds with strong opinions. Would guest articles be something that you would welcome?
  • Videos and multimedia content are taking the Web by storm. I know websites that are posting a large amount of their content in video format. Would you like to see more videos featuring news, analysis and reactions?

Possible eliminations:

  • If it's not broke, don't fix it. That's been my motto for years and there is nothing that I want out right remove from the website but if there are things you want to see more of, there has to be things there will be less of. My question is would you be OK with less posts in favor of more detailed posts? Why or why not?

Some things are already changing:

  • A change I've just made over the course of the last week is making news and notes posts "meatier" with fewer of them. The fact of the matter is there are tons of Tweets and interviews and appearances and reminders. However, not all are worth an entire post. Yes, this does mean less page views but I would rather quickly make mention of these notes so other, more original material, can be focused on. Do you like what you've seen or do you enjoy more updates?

Things that won't change:

  • Further, we're always going to provide exclusive results to shows, spoilers for the things that are taped and plenty of blogs and interactive things to go with it. The idea is what do you want the content to look like that goes around it?

We're open to suggestions because I want to make sure to always look outward. No progression or change can be made because I'm "comfortable" with the way we do things. We want to make WNW a must-visit and Dirt Sheet a must-download. What will guarantee a permanent place in your bookmarks for now and the years to come?

This is your opportunity to offer up suggestions in the comments below. I ask that you respect the website, respect each other and offer constructive criticism. Trolling or posting deliberate "hate" comments is really just a distraction that benefits no one. Give us some suggestions and I promise I'll take them all into consideration.

  • David Jr.

    Two ask WNW’s one by you, and one by one of your bloggers or special guest. Sounds like a good idea. Even if it’s once a week.

    • Guy Landau

      I know I would love to do one from time to time, especially since I won’t have time to do the Rundowns anymore. I would love to be able to remain relatively active in the coming months.

      • David Jr.

        I would enjoy reading questions answered by you.

        • smark calloway

          someone has a little man crush on guy dont they ? haha

          • David Jr.

            I would enjoy reading them from Kendra and Jesse, too.

          • smark calloway

            i know, i was just joking with you

          • David Jr.

            I know, I was just lobbing one up for you.

          • Thanks David!

            I know I can speak for both Jesse and I, we’d love to do it.

            Also, I have a bit of a wrestling crush on Guy myself – only wrestling, he’s young enough to be my son! Guy has a fabulous wrestling mind, and we should be using it more.

          • David Jr.

            I’ve said this before, but the reason I come here for my wrestling news is because I think the people here actually like wrestling.

          • Guy Landau

            I agree.

          • David Jr.

            You agree you have a great wrestling mind?

          • Guy Landau

            with that joke I was running the risk of sounding pompous. I assure you, it’s just a joke and I’m actually humbled by Kendra’s comment.

          • David Jr.

            When it comes to wrestling minds I’d give you a solid B+.

          • Guy Landau

            So basically when it comes to a wrestling mind, I’m a Daniel Bryan?

            I can live with that.

          • David Jr.


          • smark calloway

            oh my !!..i could DEFINITELY make a joke about guy making you scream ” yes yes yes ” haha

          • Guy Landau


            Guy? That holier-than-thou prick?! He’s an overrated know-it-all as far as I’m concerned. I swear he just looks for ten syllable words to sound smart in whatever he writes.

          • Guy Landau


            Guy? That holier-than-thou prick?! He’s an overrated know-it-all as far as I’m concerned. I swear he just looks for ten syllable words to sound smart in whatever he writes.

    • Ben

      I agree. Guy, Brooks, Kendra and Jesse would be a good start for special guests.

  • HugeRockStar

    I’d dig more audio stuff. News, interviews, stuff like that in audio format

  • Davidh

    I’d like to see the ability to chat with others during RAW or a PPV. I know this is something you offer for premium, but I’d like to see a free version of this.

    • Jesse Sherwood

      We have been trying to do something similar to that for Raw and Impact via to Watch Parties that I co-host, but an actual chat format is something that I would like to try as well. We actually had our biggest number of comments in a thread on Raw this past week with 842!

      • Nostaljack

        This last “RAW Watch Party” was a total blast!

    • Nostaljack

      With all due respect, I think the “chat” thing should stay a “premium” perk. There are quite simply things that paying customers should get that non-paying customers shouldn’t. This is one of them. Why should a website expend resources at the service of those who don’t contribute. While we’re at it, I think tighter control should be taken over “premium” news so that it isn’t leaked to non-paying “Ask WNW” readers a day later as has happened in the past. Those of us that pay are (for my part, anyway) quite happy to do it but when you take away exclusivity, it seems a bit wasteful for us to continue doing it.

      • I agree with Nostaljack about the Live Blog staying Premium, I worry that it would be uncontrollable any other way.

    • Yeah, our chats during RAW and Impact (we’ve also been trying to get SD going a bit as well) have been growing each week and have been a lot of fun, and sometimes rather heated. You should stop in and shoot the bull with us.

      • David Jr.

        I think I’m partially the reason why Smackdown ever had one, though they are no where near as big as Raw or Impacts.

        • You’re really have helped with SD, and when I’m available, I’m in there too, but I’m learning that Fridays are sometimes busier than I thought!

  • Brandon van Reenen

    – Maybe 7 questions in AskWNW
    – Special guest blogs
    – How about a “Fan of the Week” feature? There are 20 questions that WNW readers answer (ie favourite wrestler, best match they’ve seen) and that gets posted on Fridays or Saturdays. Would be a nice break from news and actually get readers more engaged.
    – AskWNW in audio format was great that one time, perhaps have AskWNW in audio as well in future

    • Dustyn

      I love the “Fan of the Week” idea!

    • I’m one who’s not a fan of audio Ask WNW, but my vote means a lot less as I work here and I want the readers to get what you want.

      I LOVE the idea of a Fan of the Week feature, even possibly bringing in some really young wrestling fans every now and then, just so we’re reminded of the littles and why they love wrestling.

      • Brandon van Reenen

        Thanks, Kendra… it would also give people from all over the world a chance to learn about other fans. I know WNW reaches all corners of the globe and it’d be a great cultural experience as well. Kinda.

    • Randy Rupley

      I’m also not a fan of audio Ask WNW. But a fan of the week feature would be awesome. Nothing wrong with readers being more engaged at all.

  • Guy Landau

    I for one am completely for meatier, less frequent updates. It means that the other non-news features, like the blogs or Mailbags, get to stay on the front page for far longer, and as a tab-opener anonymous, I wouldn’t mind having less tabs needed open simultaneously.

    • David Jr.

      I second that, meatier updates.

      • smark calloway

        im sure i could definitely make a joke about you and guys ” meatier updates” ..but i wont haha

        • David Jr.

          What are you talking about? I never said anything about meatier updates,

          • smark calloway

            you did . you said to guy ” i second that , meatier updates ” . a few posts above

          • David Jr.

            I changed it to doesn’t say meatier anymore.

          • Guy Landau

            You changed the text simply because Smark Calloway made a penis joke? Assert yourself, brotha! Not only was he not serious, but even if he was you changing what you wrote to meet such childish quips to me shows that character development is in order.

            I want meatier updates. I need my updates as big as they come. I want them so big I could barely handle them. There.

          • David Jr.

            I changed it back.

          • Guy Landau

            You just did that to appease me, that’s not any better. What I wanted was for you to assert yourself, it was not about the thing you wrote specifically. This is something to think about for the future

          • David Jr.

            I didn’t change it in the first place because Smark Calloway made a penis joke. I did it as a joke.

          • smark calloway

            i didnt wanna cause any heat between you and dave , but yeah , i agree a bit of meat is always good ( did i just say that ? haha )

          • smark calloway

            haha everyone loves those big juicy meaty updates ..dont be ashamed david

  • Nostaljack

    I, for one, have been glad to see the near-elimination of video content and don’t think bringing it back adds much. Nothing personal at all but reading and listening’s enough (though reading’s preferred in all cases). Also, why are their myriad websites connected to this one? and seem superfluous to me. One website’s enough. For my part, I don’t visit either of the aforementioned sites. I visited both a time or two and only saw opinion pieces there anyway. The important stuff is all here. I don’t use the “Dirt Sheet” app as I only care about what’s here.

    • Guy Landau

      That’s exactly what they are for. Opinion pieces that if they were on this sight it would have to be changed to Wrestling Opinion World. They are on a seperate site exactly so those who aren’t interested wouldn’t have to scroll through countless opinion pieces.

      • Nostaljack

        Why, though, have two websites devoted to nothing more than opinion pieces? Not sure what it accomplishes.

        • Actually, the readers really seem to love it. They’re very much like Bleacher Report, but specifically dedicated to WWE and TNA. The content is specific to those companies, and with a wide group of writers, there’s many opinions put out there.

          • Nostaljack

            Thanks for understanding the spirit in which I said that…LOL! I figured I was going to be flamed for sure. Everyone is different and, with the exception of the blogs as they appear on the main site, I have no interest in opinion pieces. Others do and I get that.

          • Nostaljack, you do a great job of deserving the flaming the OTPs each week, so we will leave it there – LOL!

            To each their own, but those who read and really seem to like what they’ve read, and Alex and I, as well as Richard and our writers, are very proud of our sites.

          • Nostaljack

            Lol! Apparently expressing my opinion is all it takes to be labelled a troll. I couldn’t care less so it’s all good. I get what you’re saying about the other sites and if people are enjoying them, who cares what I think.

          • Sweetie, you’re not a troll at all! I actually like most of what you say because it gets people thinking. We have a few trolls that have been closely watched, and one who’s been removed, but you are not one of them.

            We do care what you think, we care what all our readers thing, I’m just saying that we actually have been growing quite a following on those sites. I will admit that Alex is better at pushing, but I’m working on!

    • BIG M

      Everything on here is on the APP you know.

  • Malboja

    I have to say that I love wnw the way it is
    It has some great comments by good informed people a few things I would like to see are an where are they now section there are so many stars of the past who I would like to know more about and know of the big wrestling family’s
    Maybe a section on recommendations for the hall of fame … My first pick would be jake the snake Roberts an all time great also would be good to have a “one to watch” section
    Where you could highlight new up and coming talent who may not be well known or with the big companies
    Also would be nice to have someone cover ring of honor

    I would like to also take this opportunity to say thank you for all the hard work you put into this already it’s always a pleasure to read and comment on when I feel I have a relevant opinion and the fact you are trying to constantly improve is a testemant to the quality of wnw
    With regards from England
    The Malboja

  • Personally, I think that the type of articles that are on and are signature to those sites and should stay that way. Maybe do some crossovers, and push the other sites more?

    I’m really liking the way the other sites are going, and possibly tying them all together a bit more in some way, but I think it would take a lot from each site and what they’ve been building in their own right.

    Just my two cents.

  • Lance UpperCutt

    Maybe having a wrestlers bio page on each wrestler where you have information about that wrestler, where they are for older wrestlers (stops these question on WNW my only hate on this website) and it could link to previous reports articles that have been reported on them here.

    I like the idea of questions being asked by guested, but could also have few different answers to the question from multiply

    I would like older content from the premium account to become available to stand users once the content has passed and become void, this would allow users to see what they would be paying for

    • We are starting to build wrestler bio pages on our wrestling news page. You can check those out at I know there’s only a couple, but it’s a slow process with many people lending in to help.

  • Justin O’Riley

    One thing that I’ve noticed (probably more a technical issue though) is that I am not able to access the audio content on my mobile phone, either through the web page or the “Dirt Sheet” app itself. I think this is due to the Adobe Flash-based technology that the player uses. Is it possible to maybe include an audio file that uses something like Adobe Air? I have a Motorola Droid RAZR if that helps. It’s not a big deal, but if I’m having issues, perhaps someone else could be as well.

    Another suggestion is maybe the inclusion of “Top 10, Top 50, etc” lists that can be influenced both by the WNW staff and the readers. While I’m sure it could be a potential nightmare with the logistics of trying to include everyone’s opinion, maybe a Premium Member perk could be having a more direct input on what to include on these lists. For example, if there was a “Top 20 Most Underrated WWE Heels” list being constructed, I could throw in there “The Model” Rick Martel, after which Premium members or staff could vote to not only decide to include him or not on the list, but also where he should rank. This obviously would require a great deal of work and logistics, but it’s something that I would love to click on and read if I wanted to pass the time. Hopefully this bit of input helps, and keep up the great work here!

    • We do some of the Top 10… On and on Those sites are specifically devoted to opinion pieces, and we have a variety of writers expressing their own views about the WWE and TNA.

  • Landshark

    Is there anyway you could stop getting the majority of your articles off of Twitter or tweets by wrestlers? My visits to this site have steadily decreased over the last couple of months because it feels like that’s the only source for your news now other than the premium stuff. I still remember you made an article a month or so ago about CM Punk grammar checking Curtis Axel on Twitter. I’m sorry, as a fellow journalist, that’s not newsworthy.

  • HazMatt23

    I’m all for me getting my own guest article. To my knowledge, I’m one of the only readers you’ve ever called out by their real name haha. Every Batman needs their Joker.

    • smark calloway

      he broke grayfabe on that occasion , i remember

    • You can always apply for a writing job at WWENews, or TNANews through myself of Alex.

  • Alexander Wu Flores

    I’d say 5 ask WNW questions a day. I like the more videos idea but not all the videos play in the mobile app. I mainly use the WNW app during the day because I’m at work and not every video posted plays through mobile

  • smark calloway

    sex it up a bit in the uk we have ” page 3 girls ” in our newspaper. which is , for those that might not know ..a pic of a topless girl ( on page 3 ) to enjoy whilst we read the news . nobody, and i mean nobody complains about this in the uk ( even females ) in fact it is a national institution ( or should i say insTITution ) and girls are quite willing to pose… have a random hot pic of a diva or knockout on the page while we read the news and i guarant -‘ damn’- tee you, no one will complain , guys will love it ( and lets face it they are the main audience of this website , right ) and you might even get more hits on the website win all round !

    • Randy Rupley

      As one of the guys that reads this site I will say that this would make me actually leave the site. I have zero interest in the site being “sexed” up

      • smark calloway

        i think the majority of guys wouldnt mind , as most straight men dont mind appreciating the female form whenever they can . and lets face it sex sells, its a fact….but then again, you cant please everybody i guess

        • As the one, lone female who works here, I’m not sure how I’d feel about that, other than I think it would make us feel and look like too many other sites trying too hard to bring in readers through T&A, rather than through solid news and writing.

    • Kris Mystery

      I think the idea is to get rid of the fluff.

      • smark calloway

        haha i get it ! ..fluff

  • BigMarkLew

    What about a monthly audio debate or roundtable between you and the other staff maybe put out your opinions you disagree with. Nothing that causes serious fights maybe a Ask WNW question that someone didn’t like or a news story someone feels a different way about.

    • Guy Landau

      I guess if we were to do that it could be done on Skype…

      • JJ

        You guys do it via Skype recording for youtube.

  • Ben

    I personally enjoy “Richard Reacts” one or two sentences of your
    instant reaction Richard to the bigger, more important stories (Standard and
    Premium) at the end of the article. I know you have done this before, but it
    would be great if it could become a regular feature. I think Jesse, Kendra and
    team have done a fantastic job on the Live “RAW Watch Parties” Its great to get
    everyone’s instant reaction. I live in New Zealand and am at work (RAW is
    starts at 12pm here) so don’t usually join in on the conversation, but its
    great to see the instant reaction and commentary coming in – Keep it up!

    • Jesse Sherwood

      Thanks Ben! The Watch Parties are something I love to do, as I love getting the instant reactions from the WNW community as well and we have had a record breaking week this week in them, with both Raw and Impact!

    • Yes Ben, thanks! We love hearing everyone’s reactions to what’s going on here on WNW. Jesse has really stepped up with RAW and Impact, and Gesus has been stepping up the past couple weeks. We are also trying to work on picking things up a bit more on Fridays for SD.

  • LeftyTosser

    How about eliminating the voice version of your updates and get back to typing it out. For those of us that want to get the information quickly rather than listening to you talk, it would be greatly appreciated. There are things we want to read and know, then there are things we really don’t care about that we have to listen through to get to what we are interested in.
    From a technical standpoint, how about figuring out a way that I don’t have to go through a login every single time I access the Member area of the site? I went through tech support and they fixed it quickly, but everything you change the site, it reverts back to having to login.

    • Jesse Sherwood

      Lefty, might I recommend going through tech support again? I had a similar issue a few months ago and they were able to clear it right up, with no issues since then.

  • lll

    I agree with meatier updates. Eliminate the fluff. Love ask WNW. With all the changes a new site should come with it to celebrate it.

  • James

    I really like rumors and maybes. And written content

  • Thomas M.

    I would love some “roundtable” discussions or blogs that involve the “heels of the IWC”, people on this site that run contrary to typical IWC feelings. One of the many that come to mind is Justin Lal. I love to hate that guy and I just have to read his comments if he posts. I would pay for a podcast featuring a different “heel” every month in a debate with one of the regular bloggers such as KB or Jesse.

    • Jesse Sherwood

      Hmm… Interesting idea! I might just run with this myself on for an upcoming article! I don’t have any podcasting experience, but a back and forth like Kendra and I did for Chain Wrestling would be an interesting idea. Thanks Thomas.

  • fiascobeans

    More vlogs. More ask wnw. More variety in articles on TNA news, and more frequency in articles on WWE news. More articles on guys in ROH and other Indy wrestlers.

    • Vlogs? Really? This is something we’ve discussed, and Richard has done some of in the past. I, personally, have been nervous about trying this, but have been wanting to.

  • Richard

    How about spreading Ask WNW throughout the day (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, 1 in the evening. or 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 format spread throughout the entire day) keeping the people coming back. Also a roundup at the end of each day possibly, of the “rumors” floating about the IWC… you don’t have to post them as news, just as tidbits as “what’s the rumor mill today?” type of thing.

    Is it just me or does there seem to be less Premium content than 6 months ago? It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the stories do not seem as groundbreaking (exceptions of course). I appreciate some sources do not want to give away information as much with jobs on the line etc. So perhaps bring back Richard’s backstage blog? I LOVE the breaking stories, and the only one I never opened with fear of being spoiled is the Rock’s return. Those huge breaking stories make me come back on an hourly basis.

    • Guy Landau

      For that first part to work Ask WNW would need to become its own mini-feature on the site in a sidebar so as to not clog up the site with just ask WNW questions.

  • I would still personally love to see the Premium Mailbags transcribed, not as a replacement to the podcast, but as an addition. I have a lot of trouble taking in podcast information. Conversely, it might be nice (and preferrable for some) to offer Ask WNW as a podcast as well as its current text-based format.

    Another point – I’d love for the new site to be customisable per-user. So, say, I could customise it so when I come to I see WWE News and Ask WNW sorted by date, where someone else could customise it so they only see TNA News. And also (maybe for Premium subscribers) the ability to minimise/remove the stuff currently in the right column of the site, as all it does for me currently is take up space.

    Nonetheless, hope the changes go smoothly and WNW continues being awesome!

    • Guy Landau

      I would imagine transcribing an audio podcast would take A LOT of time that could be better served doing other things.

      For what it’s worth, I always prefer audio to text in these features.

  • Steve

    I really miss Richard Reacts during all PPV and the written version of it. I work away from home so don’t have great internet so the audio doesn’t work for me personally.

  • BIG M

    As long as there is some sort of screening process put in place I think guest articles are a great idea.
    Provided all visitors of this site not just the paying ones have an opportunity to participate.
    Hey maybe you can make it a competition or something.
    Yeah give us a subject to write about let people send there articles in the best one gets published and win a 1 month premium membership.

  • Adam

    Please identify a way to see all of the comments in the live blog. If I want to join in on a mobile device then I struggle to read others posts. Because I can’t see then I’m discouraged from joining in.
    Also would love to see fan of the week type questionnaire, could make for some interesting discussions

  • eskymi

    I like ASK WNW as it is. I do not need other opinions unless they are willing to write a good detailed reason as to why they feel a certain way. I like the fact that you (Richard) are not afraid to criticize WWE for the failings of a superstar but you do not do it in a way that gives me the impression your are saying something just for shock value because it goes against the popular opinion.

    Separating TNA and WWE questions might be good. I have no interest in TNA so I could skip those and just focus on WWE. To me TNA is like watching Minor League baseball, I only care about PRO sports.

    Other than that I think the site is pretty good. I do not follow the twitter stuff, facebook or all those other social media forms, so any changes to those would be a mute point for me.

  • Kris Mystery

    One thing i would suggest (and really…i’m not a prude lol) is to have better moderation in the comment section. People need to realize that there are younger people who read this site and they don’t need to read some of the stuff that appears here at times. (If this has already been mentioned i apologize… don’t have time right now to read through them all) Not to mention all the unneccesary nitpicking at and between some of posters.

    • Interesting. We have much tighter rules than most wrestling websites and try to make sure the cussing, blasphemy and personal attacks are kept to the minimum. I can’t think of much that I wouldn’t let my kids read. What specifically are you asking about? I just want to make sure I understand what you’re asking for exactly.

  • Amanda

    I think letting a guest write an article would be a good thing. Maybe give a topic and publish the best argument, For or against? This would also encourage people to keep visiting to see if their paper was either published or acknowledged. It would also allow people to prove or determine their point and add something different to the website. Just a suggestion! 🙂

    • I think it’s a great idea. What about have them give their best argument against a WNW writer?

      It might also be a great way to find new writers for and

  • likkle

    If you’re looking for a way to improve readership then not banning people for having legitimate criticisms would be a good start. I got banned on the old comment system after I showed how Richard had gone back and edited articles to remove assertions he had made once he had been proven wrong. I’m not talking about errors of fact that needed to be fixed, I mean that he was making assertions and claiming he had seen certain developments “coming for months”, but later that day said developments turned out to only be rumours. Upon learning that it was all rumour rather than fact, he then went back and edited the articles he had written on the topic to remove his claims to “have seen this coming for months…” etc, including removing comments he had responded to in which he reiterated his claims to skeptical readers. I pointed it out in the comment section and my IP address was banned as a result. Does that sound like the practice of a trustworthy website? Considering you want my money, why would I pay for peoples articles when said people go to such lengths to hide the fact they were wrong? Honesty and not censoring people for catching you out would be good things to implement. But hey, delete this comment like I’m sure you will, I have learned that is how it is here and it is why I only visit this site once in a blue moon. That, and the fact that there isn’t much original material, this site at times just seems like a collection of tweets and links to interviews done with other media organisations.

  • Sheldon

    Gray is becoming like Vince McMahon himself. He’s expanding his website from just wrestling to other stuff just like Vince is did with WWE. How ironic. Richard Gray is the Vince McMahon of the ICW. Lmao