Originally Posted by wrestlingmasters55
But at the same time, Meltzer has been wrong sometimes especially has it concern to WWE attendence number like the Wrestlemania 32 numbers for exemple. He reported one number and then WWE reported another higher number at their conference call and Meltzer never wrote a retraction about the fact that he reported a false number. That's the problem with Dirt sheet writers compared to reporters, they don't have the same connections within the WWE that reporters do, so they have to go with second hand source that might or might not give them the right info and since they have to publish a new issue every week they just go with what they got and don't always fact check their info. Meltzer while well respected is guilty of that, not because he not great at what he does but because he doesn't have time to fact check everything that his sources give him and since he doesn't have a lot of contacts within WWE compare to other companies, he kinda stock reported second hand stuff that may or may not be true.
There's a difference? Is there even such a thing as a "reporter" of pro wrestling? It's an extremely guarded and very superstitious product. The closest person who can "go in and ask questions" is in fact, Dave Meltzer himself. Wade Keller coming up behind him with Bryan Alvarez. They ALL report second hand information. It's the only way to get any information.
Also, bare in mind, WWE counted the people in the theater room in that call. I don't recall the exact numbers between the two, and there is in fact room for error. But at the end of the day, the point of all this is that it is pretty silly to dismiss him as some guy making up things.