In today’s world, the internet is your main source of news. The same thing goes for the world of professional wrestling where Ryan Satin has been on the forefront with ProWrestlingSheet.com. Satin previously worked as a senior producer for TMZ.com, where he helped the company become a force in wrestling reporting largely in part to exclusive stories he landed such as Impact Wrestling’s Spike TV cancellation and Rey Mysterio receiving his WWE release.
Recently, I was able to dig into Satin’s mind and get to know more about his background in the wrestling industry.
When did you first discover your love for pro wrestling?
Satin: I started watching wrestling religiously after watching a VHS tape of Mick Foley being thrown off the Hell in a Cell. The reality of that situation hooked me for life.
Growing up, did your other friends watch wrestling? Was it something that was popular in your community?
Satin: Can’t say wrestling was that popular at my school, but I did have a friend or two over the years who I watched with. It was more of a secret love for most of my life though. I really wasn’t even open about it until I started working at TMZ and realized there was a whole community of people like me who watched.
What made you want to leave TMZ and start on your own wrestling blog?
Satin: I decided that I wanted to make a change in wrestling news by creating a site that focused on fact-checked news and exclusive reports that weren’t hidden behind a pay wall.
Who right now would be WWE’s biggest competitor?
Satin: I don’t think they have one.
Who do you feel is the future of WWE or all of professional wrestling?
Satin: This is a really hard question. There are too many to list. There are guys like Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and more in WWE. As well as wrestlers like Ricochet, Matt Riddle, Ethan Page and Zack Sabre Jr. who are doing it on the independent level. Every single one will help mold the future of wrestling.
How do you deal with other sites refuting some of your claims on wrestling rumors?
Satin: It depends on the website. But honestly, websites failing to give credit to others for their work is really a bummer. I attempted to make peace with PWInsider the other day in an effort to have them credit my site more instead of passing off our stories as their own, but received a 10-page scathing response from the website’s owner instead.
If you could change or alter anything about the WWE product, what would it be?
Satin: I would love to see them include more storylines that blend reality with fiction. As I stated in the beginning, the reality of Mick Foley being thrown off the Cell is what hooked me from the start. And along the way, the storylines that have got me the most excited are the ones that do it best. Similar to CM Punk’s pipebomb. I feel like in the age of the internet, this could easily be done more and I believe it would attract more people.
Who is your favorite wrestler of all time?
Satin: Shawn Michaels, even though he has me blocked on Twitter.