The future of this journal

Over the last eight years, this website has been littered with journals that have gone without any updating. This is mostly due to social media sites. MySpace started the trend in 2007 when users of online journals went away in droves. When Facebook eclipsed MySpace, former LJ users went there. Throughout that time, I have seen wrestling pages dwindle to nothing and no one making any effort to update the ones that didn't get deleted. A handful of sports communities have essentially been locked because moderators have either gone on indefinite hiatuses or have deleted their profiles and LJ users have not been able to comment or post their thoughts.

I have reached the conclusion that I, too have to adapt to social media since the only comments I seem to get are random ones or ones that are in Russian. As a result, I am downgrading this journal. The January 6 entry was the last regular posting. From now on, this journal will only focus on three things:
1. Additional alternative history timelines as I see fit
2. A detailed focus on Timelines #1, #6 & #9 as premium timelines which will be provided with their own entries as "this day/week/month in alternate wrestling history" (Timelines #2 & #7 may be promoted to premium status if I add more timelines)
3. The Worst in Wrestling awards

I may also permanently turn off comments, but for now, I'm evaluating things on a case-by-case basis.

I pondered starting my Facebook page, but I didn't want to have a shared page in the wake of the site's real name policy, I passed. There's also a community page named the Pro Wrestling World but the problem with that one is that interaction is rapid fire to the point that it's quicker than Twitter. I have consistently replied to posts that are anywhere from hours to three days old--at that point, everyone has moved on, and I'm left out of the loop. It's because of the ultra quick pace that I'd make a very horrible moderator.

Since 140 characters isn't my thing either, I have decided to go to Ello. My new page for more immediate reaction to the ongoings of pro wrestling is https://ello.co/dagrappla.

The Worst In Wrestling 2016

Jabronie of the Year
Dixie Carter

Most Deteriorated Wrestler
Alberto Del Rio

Worst Wrestler
Mahabali Shera

Worst Tag Team
The Shining Stars

Worst Female Wrestler
Shelly Martinez

Worst Match of the Year
Rebel vs Shelly Martinez at ONO: KO Knockdown

Worst Bookers
The Raw team

Worst Wrestling Move
Joey Ryan’s “finisher”

Worst Decision
WWE’s selective forgiveness

Worst Angle
Grado’s firing and rehiring

Worst Feud
Nia Jax vs Alicia Fox

Worst Gimmick
The Steve Harvey Miss Universe imitations by Bram and R-Truth

Most Overrated
Mike Bennett

Worst PPV
Wrestlemania 32

Biggest Disappointment
WWE’s cruiserweight division

Worst Authority Figure or TV Personality
“William” Corgan

Worst TV Show
The April 19 Impact

Worst Phrase
“I’m not a bad guy, I’m not a good guy, I’m the guy” by Roman Reigns during his spring WWE title run

Dishonorable Mention
Adam Rose
Baron Corbin going from being “injured” to disrupting the Cruiserweight title match at Survivor Series
Triple H meeting with NWA boss Bruce Tharpe over the rights to the Houston library
Matt Sydal jailed in Japan on drug charges
Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling
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The Worst In Wrestling 2015

Jabronies of the Year
Dixie Carter & Hulk Hogan

Most Deteriorated Wrestler
Daniel Bryan

Worst Wrestler
Tyrus

Worst Tag Team
The Ascension

Worst Female Wrestler
Eva Marie

Worst Match of the Year
Robbie E vs Brooke on the March 13 Impact

Worst Booker
Vince McMahon

Worst Wrestling Move
Twin Magic by the Bella Twins

Worst Decision
John Cena brings back the Authority

Worst Angle
The Lana-Rusev-Dolph Ziggler-Summer Rae love quadrangle

Worst Feud
Robbie E vs Jesse Godderz

Worst Gimmick
The New Day

Most Overrated Wrestler
Kenny King

Worst PPV
Triplemania XXIII

Biggest Disappointment
WWE's handling of Sting's return

Worst Authority Figure or TV Personality
Dixie Carter

Worst TV Show
The January 5 Raw

Worst Phrases
"I own Sting just like we own the Superstars and all of you. The Authority always wins"
Quote #1 from Triple H at WrestleMania 31

"If Lesnar thinks he can go back to MMA, as he announced on SportsCenter, he just signed a contract with WWE. That means I own that son of a bitch!"
Quote #2 from Stephanie McMahon on the March 30 Raw

Dishonorable Mention
Rusev
Crazzy Steve
Bo Dallas
Global Force Wrestling
Joey Ryan's "finisher"
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Timeline #9: TNA selects Paul Heyman over Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff

Background: In a fall 2010 interview with The Sun, Heyman revealed that he was exiting wrestling for MMA after laying out his five-year plan for TNA.

Point of Departure: Panda Energy and Spike TV executives decide to put their trust in Heyman's gradual buildup over the flash of Hogan and Bischoff in fall 2009.


Playing Catchup
• Heyman makes good on his word: Older wrestlers are pushed out in favor of younger talent
• Sting is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, loses to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXVII, and signs a Legends contract later in 2011
• Brock Lesnar never gets into a confrontation with the Undertaker in 2010 and only makes guest appearances in TNA. The Beast returns to UFC in 2013
• Bryan Danielson has awesome feuds with CM Punk, Bobby Roode, and Christopher Daniels after he joins TNA in September 2010
• The Knockouts Division is stronger than it was in 2009—and it’s the envy of women’s wrestling
• Impact’s ratings have long surpassed Smackdown’s and rumors persist that the Monday Night Wars are about to be revived even though Heyman rebuts them and most of America sees TNA as legitimate threat to WWE
• Rumors float around in fall 2013 that Vince tried to send Hogan and Bischoff to TNA with the purpose of sabotaging the company and eliminating a potential competitor. All three men have remained conspicuously silent since the unsubstantiated reports

Meanwhile back in WWE
• Daniel Bryan (Danielson) is released in May 2010 and WWE executives are caught on tape saying “that B-plus player won’t go anywhere.” Evan Borne is the seventh man for Team WWE at Summerslam three months later
• CM Punk drops the WWE title to John Cena in two minutes to open Money in the Bank 2011. Vince orders Cena to defend the belt against R-Truth in the main event. Cena beats back the “All American” American
• Cena beats Jack Swagger at Summerslam, gets powerbombed by Kevin Nash, and loses the WWE title via an Alberto Del Rio cash in
• Punk leaves WWE since his contract expired on the day of the PPV and appears at Bound for Glory three months later to help D’Angelo Dinero dethrone Roode in the TNA World title match. He cuts his pipebomb four nights later
• WWE downplays the Punk move and TNA until the beginning of 2012 when it finally sees the company as a threat
• As a part of WWE’s desperation over TNA’s rise, the WWE and World titles are unified at Over the Limit 2012 as Wade Barrett defeats WWE Champion Justin Gabriel, Chris Jericho, and World Champion Sheamus in a Fatal Four Way elimination match
• The Authority has feuded with Gabriel ever since his upset win over Cena at Summerslam 2013
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Timeline #8: Magnum TA doesn't get into a car accident that ends his career in 1986

Magnum goes on to have a run as the U.S. Champion before he finally defeats Ric Flair at Starrcade in November 1987 to capture the NWA Championship. Sting's push is stalled and he goes to the WWF in 1989. Terry Funk feuds with Magnum throughout '89 until Flair returns to reform the Four Horsemen over the next year. After being stuck in the WWF's midcard, Ricky Steamboat goes on a prolonged hiatus from wrestling given the lack of upward mobility in JCP (the Dragon is WCW Champion during the summer of 1993 until Vader recaptures the belt at Halloween Havoc).

During Hulk Hogan's downtime, Sting and the Macho Man take turns being the WWF's top babyface. The Ultimate Warrior is turned heel in 1991 as he feuds with Sting. Jake the Snake never has an alliance with the Undertaker and Paul Bearer. His heel turn happens because of "mental breakdown" in relation to Earthquake killing Damien.

Warrior shows up in WCW in 1993 and stays there until the company folds in 2001 when Magnum retires after beating Flair on the final episode of Nitro. Sting retires in 2005 and gets inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame two years later.
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Timeline #7: The transistion of the NWA goes smoothly in the early 1980s

Background: Sam Muchnick's wife Helen suddenly passed away in February 1981. That made it easier for Sam to leave pro wrestling behind. Larry Matysik had business issues with Delaware North that eventually led to demise of the St. Louis shows and Matysik working for the WWF from 1983 to 1993.

Points of departure: Helen Muchnick doesn't die until 1997 and Sam dies the following year as he did in OTL; Matysik, Jim Crockett, and Fritz Von Erich are able to hold the NWA together by gradually uniting the territories throughout the '80s.

The AWA withers on the vine as Vince McMahon poaches Verne Gagne's roster but the NWA withstands the WWF onslaught. Regional championships are in place for aging stars to put over younger talent.

During the early '90s, there are rumblings in Atlanta and Philadelphia that lead to the formation of the Eastern Wrestling Association. The EWA becomes the #1 promotion with Ted Turner, Eric Bischoff, and Paul Heyman in charge.

The NWA eventually regains the lead in the 2000s but has teetered between #2 and #3 since 2010 as the EWA and WWE have improved their products.
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Timeline #6: Vince McMahon never gets to overhaul the pro wrestling scene

Scenario A
Background: Vincent J. McMahon (Vincent) had the power to nullify the sale of the WWF had his son, Vincent K. McMahon (Vince) missed a monthly payment based on the agreement that was made in the spring of 1983.

Point of departure: In December 1983, an unnamed source finds out that Vince is not financially secure since his investments were all based on potential earnings and a hostile takeover attempt is launched.

After the takeover is successful, Vince is ridiculed out of wrestling and is never heard from again. No Vince means no Rock 'N' Wrestling on MTV, and it also means that the WWF's foray into becoming national are snuffed out. Vincent is rumored to have uttered "I knew he couldn't make it" once his son gets stopped by the territorial promoters.

Hulk Hogan stays in the AWA but later gets frustrated by not going over Nick Bockwinkel nor getting the AWA title. As a result, Hogan leaves wrestling to become a full time actor.

During the rest of the '80s, chaos is the order of the day in the NWA. The UWF and Jim Crockett Promotions join forces in 1990 and break away from the NWA. Around the same time, the NWA joins forces with the AWA.

Today, the NWA and WCW are still in intense competition with each other but the boom-bust phases of professional wrestling are very extreme.

Scenario B
Point of departure: Vincent McMahon hands the WWWF over to Gorilla Monsoon rather than to Vince in 1979.

Monsoon never thinks about taking the Northeastern promotion national. Vince is frozen out of the wrestling picture in the '80s. Georgia Championship Wrestling is bought out by Ted Turner in 1989. The territories tend to cooperate with each other even though there is a sense that pro wrestling can be more than what it's offering the public.

No name change means no costly lawsuit filed by the World Wildlife Fund.
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Timeline #5: Ric Flair jumps to the WWF in mid-1998

Background: Flair missed the April 13 Nitro in Minneapolis because he assumed that Eric Bischoff had already fired him for missing the April 9 Thunder. Flair was in Detroit for son Reid's wrestling tournament. Lawsuits are filed.

Point of departure: During the summer, Ted Turner is unable in persuading Flair and Bischoff to work together, which leads to Billionaire Ted buying out the Nature Boy's contract himself. On the September 7 Nitro, Curt Hennig slams the cage door on Chris Benoit's head, marking the symbolic end of the Four Horsemen. The following, Bischoff declares the iconic stable "dead tonight and dead forever." Crowds chant "we want Flair" at all WCW events as a way of expressing their displeasure.

Mick Foley as Mankind wins the vacant WWF title at Survivor Series but the McMahons turn on him the following night on Raw as they have him defend the title against an unnamed opponent who turns out to be...Flair. After the Foley face turn and title change, the Nature Boy becomes the "Corporate Champion" as he feuds with Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The Rock remains a babyface and his uppercard push is delayed until the summer of 1999 and his movie career doesn't take off until 2001.

Around the same time the Rock's career is skyrocketing, the vast majority of Mexican and Japanese wrestlers accept Bischoff's walkout offer. After Raven leaves, Bischoff is fired. Even though the 30-day walkout is officially cited as the cause, the real reason is later revealed to be leftover animosity Turner had at Bischoff for letting Flair walk. Bischoff returns to wrestling in 2002, having buried the hatchet with Flair, but the two never fully trust each other again--not even during their TNA stints.
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Timeline #4: Hulk Hogan stays in the AWA

Background: Verne Gagne dropped the AWA belt to Nick Bockwinkel and booked Bockwinkel to beat Hogan via screwjob finishes--Hogan's wins being nullified the week after the match. Fans were turned of by this, and on December 15, 1983, Hogan sent Gagne a telegram that he was "not coming back." The AWA was plagued with dwindling attendance and bad booking for the rest of the decade.

Point of departure: Hogan resists Vince McMahon's overtures to jump to the WWF and Gagne convinces Hogan that he will get the strap at a Super Sunday show. Hogan feuds with Larry Zbysko throughout the '80s. McMahon is in a bind after Hogan's rejection and decides to keep the WWF belt on Bob Backlund until Roddy Piper dethrones him in mid 1984.

While the AWA and the NWA are locked in an intense battle for the rest of the decade, the WWF struggles to find its way because it's never able to find the "right fit."
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Timeline #3: Bret Hart jumps to WCW at Bash at the Beach 1996 and becomes the NWO's third man

Background: Bret was upset over losing to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII. The WWF was on the verge of bankruptcy when Hart reclaimed the WWF Title from Kevin Nash at Survivor Series 1995.

Point of departure: After feeling ignored for so long, the Hitman feels as though he no longer has a say. At the last minute, Bret leaves for WCW. Speculation among smart fans is that Sting would be the third man after Eric Bischoff is unable to match the WWF’s offer to Brian Pillman.

The WWF files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 1997. Storylines are written through WrestleMania XIII. Hulk Hogan becomes jealous backstage over Bret's popularity. Rather than joining the NWO at Halloween Havoc, Hogan sits out but fans don't miss him.

The Macho Man leaves for the WWF in early 1997 and becomes the leader of the Nation of Domination (his affair with Stephanie McMahon is never revealed).

The big Bret-Sting title match at Starrcade '97 sets PPV ratings records. After he returns from an extended Hollywood stint, Hogan dons his own loner gimmick and is a tweener. Nitro's run continues even as the WWF emerges from bankruptcy the following year. The Fingerpoke of Doom leads to Raw winning its first week since 1996 on January 11, 1999.

Eventually, both WCW and the WWF are weaker wrestling promotions today. Retirements: Hogan in 2003, Bret in 2009, Savage in 2010, and Sting in 2011.
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