Hello everyone. I hope you have had a great holiday season a safe and happy new year. Christmas was very good to me and I am forever thankful for any gifts I’ve received those physical and intangible… As time ticks away on this story that is my life, I become more and more reflective on where I come from and what I’ve been through. There’s no question that 2014 hasn’t been the greatest year for me personally, but the site has flourished. Compared to where we left off at the end of 2013, we are in a much better position. And we have no signs of stopping quite yet.

2015 will definitely be an interesting year for us as we embark on a provocative journey, not just with the podcasts, but how this industry that we all love is covered by the its own media. One of my passions definitely is news, and were going to take an in-depth look at what makes the new cycle spin. We’re going to tell you what we think of their coverage and whether the worth your time. Quite simply, I am always fascinated to see what sources get the most traffic. There’s a lot of crappy websites that the people believe that gospel. I don’t want to make this up to be a feature touting my work in news reporting. That won’t be the intention of this journey, there are people that do it much better than I. Instead our goal will be making you understand the importance of good information and hard work over convenience and BS.

It’s been an amazing year with the wrestling world. Within the last twelve months we have two over-the-top networks in WWE and New Japan. This will fundamentally change how future generations appreciate action and understand history going forward. Coming from the days of tape trading and flea markets to have all that footage at your fingertips. It is simply amazing. I know a lot of fans are disenfranchised with today’s wrestling scene due to complacency of creative direction and lack of change. But if you really look at the business from January until now we have more buzz going on in the industry now than ever before. Whether it be the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom show in Tokyo, Lucha Underground, the rise of Insane Championship Wrestling in Scotland, and much more. There is much more to be excited about as a fan.

We saw wrestling personalities transcend the genre and prove that the business has its cultural hold on society from time to time. Take a look at the passing of The Ultimate Warrior earlier this year. This sad moment brought us together as a community and showed how a character can touch the hearts and lives of kids and adults alike. Daniel Bryan winning the championship prove that fans want to believe. If you don’t insult their intelligence that is. Understand that even though it is just wrestling. It represents society as a whole wanting someone to overcome the odds and topple conventions becoming a banner for the American dream everywhere. The story of CM Punk I think showcases when that dream doesn’t come true. Do you take your lumps? And keep going because that’s what you do or do you make a drastic shift and go for a new brass ring? Batista has become a bit of a pop culture icon becoming the newest Hollywood darling to come from the wrestling world. John Cena, The Rock, Dolph Zigler and others continue to make their mark on the silver screen as well. There’s more wrestling crossover than ever before. Those who hope the industry reaches heights of the Attitude Era may be unrealistic. The media world has changed with the advent of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. But it doesn’t mean that wrestling is not as popular. We just all enjoy it at different times at different speeds.

As I head into my fourth year doing this I am always excited working on the site, but I am more excited than ever to see what comes this year.

About The Author

Dan is host of Shooting from the Hip which you can hear every Sunday at 8pm EST, 7pm CST right here on PWpop.com.