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Dave Scherer has been covering the business of professional wrestling since the early 1990s, Dave started “The Wrestling Lariat” newsletter in June of 1995. Over the next few years, the Lariat grew steadily and became one of the must-read publications for those in and around the wrestling business.

In August of 1997, Dave was approached by Bob Ryder to become a part of the new website Ryder wanted the name value of Dave and the Lariat to be one of the draws for the new website, and the two joined forces. Dave worked at as columnist, reporter and webmaster until January of 2004 before deciding to branch out on his own and start this website.

Dave’s extended network of contacts and ability to consistently break the top stories in pro wrestling has made him a must-read for anyone who follows the wrestling business online. Dave’s column, “The Daily Lariat,” quickly became a favorite of cyberspace’s wrestling fans.

Also during Dave’s time at, he was a staff and features writer for the now-defunct WOW and ECW magazines. He also penned the Saturday pro wrestling column at the New York Daily News for two years. And, he was the webmaster for the Extreme Championship Wrestling website until the company ceased operations in 2001.

Dave’s combination of reporting skills, humor and ability to succinctly analyze the trends and patterns of today’s wrestling business allow for him to pen informative and entertaining pieces for the readers of

Dave Scherer can be reached at


Mike Johnson is one of the most well known and respected writers covering the world of professional wrestling today, having traveled all over the United States and Canada to cover everything from the grandest pay-per-view events to the smallest independent shows.  

With a knack for breaking some of the biggest stories of the last several decades, Mike has been interviewed and/or has had his reporting cited in CNN, CBS Sports, The Los Angeles Times, E!, USA Today, ESPN, TMZ, The New York PostThe New York Daily News, The BBC, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report,, and even the official WWE website, among countless other outlets.  

In 2017, CBS Sports described Mike as "possibly the most well-connected man in wrestling."

Beyond, Mike has been featured as an expert in the field in a number of documentaries about professional wrestling including A&E's Biography: Stone Cold Steve AustinBarbed Wire City and Forever Hardcore, among others.  He has scripted, hosted and produced a number of pro wrestling projects, including three seasons of Highspots.TV's Legends of Extreme series.   

In 2022, Mike was named the recipient of the first-ever Blackjack Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for "demonstrating excellence in journalism and continued passion in reporting and covering professional wrestling." 

As an interviewer, Mike has conducted thousands of discussions with the biggest names in professional wrestling, including Paul Levesque, CM Punk, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Ric Flair, The Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Tony Khan, Rob Van Dam, Nailz, Eric Bischoff, MJF, Mick Foley, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Lita, Bill Mercer, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Kevin Von Erich, Bill Watts, Stan Hansen and countless other professional wrestlers, promoters, authors and legends.  

Mike has hosted discussions at New York Comic Con, Starrcast and many other major pop culture gatherings.  His 2019 CM Punk: Best in the World interview was broadcast live on pay-per-view, at the time Punk's first pro wrestling-related appearance in five years. 

Mike was a regular contributor to CBS Radio's The Taz Show and has made appearances on WFAN, the biggest sports station in New York City and co-hosted the nationally syndicated Mouthpiece Wrestling Show.  He has appeared as a guest on podcasts for Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Jim Cornette, ESPN Radio, My Bizness and many others.

Mike consulted on a series of children's books about professional wrestling for Capstone Press, which were released to schools and public libraries across the United States and has been involved in fact-checking numerous other book projects.  He has written forewords for several books about professional wrestling. Excerpts of his book reviews can be found on the back covers of countless books published by ECW Press.

Prior to, Mike worked alongside Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award-winning talents in talent management and production roles in the film and Broadway worlds, allowing him to bring a very unique perspective to professional wrestling as an entertainment property.  

Mike worked with the original Extreme Championship Wrestling, serving as ECW's official website historian and is considered one of the foremost experts on ECW today.  He was regularly credited on ECW broadcasts as a researcher for announcer Joey Styles on International Talents, scripted some of the most popular titles in the Pioneer Home Video ECW DVD line and assisted with the company's action figure and video game lines.

Mike regularly writes pieces for TrillerTV and has also written for, 1Wrestling, and The Wrestling Lariat Newsletter. He is still threatening that one day he'll finally write his first book.  Until then, he'll be writing endlessly about professional wrestling here on, his home.

Mike Johnson can be reached at