David Shoemaker will be the next Meltzer if he wants to be.
I like Shoemaker...but he's got a lot of work to do. Its a different world now, and the amount of research that Meltzer did, the difficulty of making the connections and doing said research, the decades of work, coupled with the resentment of the business he was trying to report on makes Meltzer once in a lifetime writer.
Shoemaker will make his own way, in world and a business much different than 40 years ago. I will say he has a good attitude and respect, and hook ups. I will say he needs to brush up on his history before messing up live on air....his memory isnt his strong suit....and his book is the pits...with many errors....
Okay, I'm not sure if I'm using the right words in the thread title, so let me explain.
There are a lot of outlets and organizations that discuss professional wrestling, whether it's the state of the industry or the quality of matches. But at the end of the day, is there a single outlet that has the best and most impartial insight on professional wrestling?
For example, growing up, I relied on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's annual achievement awards to identify the year's best. Overtime, I realized it was a farce. WWE has its own process (Slammys, WWE.com lists, etc), but we know those tend to be more than biased at times. I know a lot of people rely on guys like Dave Meltzer or Wade Keller, and even they tend to have flaws.
So who's the definitive authority on professional wrestling?
I voted in a lot of the PWI Year-End Awards. Why do you call them a farce?
Nobility is not a birthright. It is defined by one's actions.
I wouldn't put them on any list. So much of their public writings and output were fabricated, it's hard to say what sort of knowledge they truly have. While they and their photographers have certainly been there to mark historic occasions, they have never really utilized whatever they have to make a definitive voicing on the business. Also Apter's oddness over the last few years has cost him even more credibility.