Interesting thread. I don't see why Bruce Prichard should be considered a "con man" (like Dave Meltzer apparently said). Prichard is a great storyteller. He's the type of guy who can get an audience to listen his stories and he's telling stories most of the listeners are interested in (a lot of people grew up on watching WWF). He's been pretty clear that he's telling things from his point of view. He worked for the WWF/E and the WWE is putting his show on the Network. I don't see why we would question his credibility more than anyone else in the wrestling business.
Is Prichard always telling the truth? Probably not, but is anyone really? There will be stuff that he misremembered or stuff that he remembered his way or just stuff he wants to tell in a different way. You can't stop that. If we want to stop that, then we should delete every podcast or shoot interview ever right now.
If anything, Meltzer is the real con man. He's worked so many people believing that he is the begin all and end all of wrestling and that the Wrestling Observer is like the Bible of pro wrestling that we should all read and worship. Yet, in reality, he's match ratings are not much more reliable than our match ratings. Sure, he does have good connections and he was one of the first doing it. And yeah, his success can't be denied. I used to be subscribed to his newsletter too back in the 1990s. And he provided lots of useful news over the years (and also a lot of false rumors). But, him calling Prichard a "con man" is kinda silly and is probably just him reacting to Prichard shitting on Meltzer on the podcast.
About the whole Prichard vs. Meltzer thing... they are both giving each other more publicity and the both probably realize it. I think it's more just a running joke now, not really to be taken too seriously. If anything, Meltzer should thank Prichard for his name being mentioned on the WWE Network on a weekly basis now. Plus, Prichard is just talking shit about Meltzer because Conrad Thompson keeps referring to Meltzer's comments and ratings from the Observer. It's part of the show.
I think Meltzer is secretly enjoying the fact that New Japan World commentators have been mentioning his star ratings and that his name is getting mentioned all the time on a very successful podcast (Prichard's podcast) on a regular basis.
The way I see it, Prichard is a great storyteller and he's telling stories about an era in WWF that I grew up watching. I love listening to stories from that era (even if they may or may not be 100% accurate). Prichard telling stories about Vince McMahon and doing Vince McMahon impressions are fun and worth listening to. I have been watching all the episodes on the Network so far. I don't listen to every single episode of the regular podcast anymore, but I have good memories of the ones I have listened to.
Prichard's success is obvious. People are listening to his podcast, watching his show on the Network and going to his live shows.
I think like with a lot of things in the wrestling business, we'll never know what the truth really was. All we can do is listen to the stories and form our own opinion. It's like the WrestleMania III attendance debate... Meltzer will always claim his number was right... Prichard will always claim that Meltzer was wrong. There is a whole thread dedicated on the subject of the WrestleMania III attendance on this forum because it's something we will probably never find the truth about.
Just the fact that we are talking about Prichard right now shows that he has been successful in what he does, no matter what Meltzer thinks.
I think people who want Prichard's shows to be a 100% accurate news report are missing the point of the show.
With that being said, I will be watching Something Else to Wrestle With...................................................... Bruce Prichard next Wednesday on the WWE Network.