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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Happy birthday goes out to Brian Miller - one of our former PPV
play-by-play staff. The bastard turns 20. :) Go get drunk
buddy....wait...you have one more year to go. LOL.
Alright, on with the news.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> BACKLASH POSTER- The Backlash 2001 promotional PPV poster has been released. The poster
has a picture of Triple H posing with his fist down, with half of his
body morphing into the black background. The same Backlash logo used for
last year's event is being used for this one as well. The PPV will be
live from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO. Tickets go on sale on the
23rd of March and Chris Benoit will be at the box office signing
autographs. The PPV is on April 21st. You can check out the poster at
our InfoCentral website at http://www.wrestling-online.com/infocentral/
under the PPV Posters section.
> TOUGH ENOUGH 2 STARTS TONIGHT- 13 contestants will begin their road to glory today as WWF and MTV
present the second season of Tough Enough. Tonight, at 10PM EST on MTV -
right after Smackdown! ends on UPN - a one-hour casting special that
recaps the selection process of the 13 finalists will be aired. The
casting process was done late last year in Las Vegas, NV., in Caesar's
Palace. Trainers on the show are Al Snow, Ivory, Bob Holly and Chavo
Guerrero Jr., while Chris Jericho, Edge, Big Show, William Regal, Stacy
Kiebler and Torrie Wilson will appear throughout the 13 episodes as
special guests. The series continues with 13 half-hour shows every
Thursday night at 10PM EST on MTV.
> WWF STARS IN JAPAN- Two dozens of WWF superstars and a truckload of WWF crew are currently
in Japan getting ready for the first stop of the 'Smackdown! Tour' in
Asia. The card will be headlined by Chris Jericho vs The Rock for the
WWF Undisputed title. Other stars on the road include Edge, Dudleyz,
Kane, Ric Flair, DDP and others. The show is sold out and will take
place at the Yokohama Arena. March 2nd is dedicated to traveling only
and business will pick up on the 3rd and 4th with shows in Singapore and
Malaysia. RAW on Monday will not feature any of the stars which will
participate in the Asian tour.
> SMACKDOWN! PREVIEW- The following matches are scheduled to air on Smackdown! tonight.
Hardy Boyz & Lita vs Dudley Boyz & Jazz; William Regal vs Big Show;
Maven vs Goldust; APA vs Chuck & Billy; Booker T vs Scotty 2 Hotty; HHH
& Kane vs Chris Jericho & Kurt Angle.
> HENRY RECAPS HIS VICTORY- WWF.COM interviewed Mark Henry this week after he won the Arnold
Strongmen contest last weekend in Ohio. Henry took a couple of months
off from his OVW training to train for the competition and ended up
winning it. As a prize, Henry won a Hummer vehicle, $10,000 and a
cruise. Not to shabby. Check out the interview at
> WWF STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 13.55, a 0.97% increase over the previous
day. The day's range was 13.41 - 13.70.
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Okay, straight down to business. No Way Out was the worst WWF PPV Ive
watched in a loooong time (UK PPVs not included natch). Now I know a lot
of people arent going to like that statement, but Im sorry, it is what
believe. There was not one outstanding match, like at No Way Outs of the
past (2000 and 2001 were stellar events). No stand-out performances, no
real elevation for any characters. You ask yourself what was the point?
But Andy, how can you say there was no elevation of wrestlers when both
Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho scored victories over Hunter Hearst
Helmsley (who?) and Stone Cold Steve Austin? Dont get me wrong, I
was thrilled that they won, but disgusted how cheap their victories
were. Same with the Taker/Rock match. All three top billing matches were
tainted with screwy refereeing or outside interference. Okay, fair
enough, the nWo attack was in order to start the feud with Austin. But
what about Taker and Rock, did we REALLY need McMahon and Flair sticking
their beaks in? Couldnt Taker lie down cleanly, as The Rock has done a
And what about the (tri)Plaitch/Angle match. Dont even get me started!
Firstly, the match was a farce due to the whole Stephanie thing, yeah I
know they got her out the way, but you always knew shed make a miracle
recovery and run back to the ring. Didnt you? Then she screws about
and Angle gets the win. Now this I can cope with as referee impartiality
can always play a good part (even when its as predictable as it was
here). But the following night on RAW disgusted me. I mean I really did
feel physically sick. Not only was H3 incapable of putting Angle cleanly
over, but he just HAD to beat him the next night on RAW, didnt he? Well
DIDNT HE? Because no-one but no-one can beat this man, because he IS
The Dame. Oops I mean the Lame, I mean the Tame - oh whatever. But
seriously. Triple Hs victory on Monday rendered their match at No Way
Out utterly pointless. A waste of your $35 (or whatever is the price)
and a waste of time when I could be sleeping! So its HHH vs. Y2J at
RIP WWF New World Order: Feb 17th 2002 - Feb 21st 2002. Question - what
got the New World Order over in their golden era of 1996-97? Answer -
The fact that no-one could beat them, the fact that no-one could get one
over on them. 5 days into their WWF tenure and they have already been
outsmarted and humiliated by another unstoppable WWF wrestler, Austin.
Well weve already seen that Austin is far stronger than the three of
these wrestling veterans put together, so whats the point of going on.
We know Austin will get the win anyway.
Sure, the nWo have got their own back on RAW this Monday, but we will
likely see tit for tat each week until March 17th. Hey it might work,
but my personal opinion is that the nWo would work better if they were
marketed as unbeatable.
How p!ssed am I? Jerry Lynn released by the WWF. Who exactly did he p!ss
off? He didn't even get a mention on the Ross Report saying that he had
been freed. He was also omitted from the Invasion last July which just
didn't make sense! I think he must have really upset someone, perhaps
with his stunning interview at WWF New York last year when he laid into
the WWF booking committee for neglecting the cruiserweight division so
badly. I think it was at Backlash or something? It was a superb
interview, could have become a great angle, but as usual, it came to
nothing. It is a great shame that Jerry Lynn has been cut when guys like
The Godfather, Bossman, Billy Gunn and the APA continue to clog up TV
time. Jerry has more talent in his little toe that any of these guys...
So we are looking ahead to WrestleMania and the tag-team 'main event'
attraction seems like being a washout already. Sure it will be heated
and the build up this week on RAW seems promising, but lets face it, all
is gay-bashing. Its a good old
blue-collar-boys-kick-the-crap-out-the-fags. I'm sorry, that wasn't
entertainment in the 50's and it ain't entertainment now. Whatever.
Why didn't the WWF save the production costs of that new Billy and Chuck
entrance theme, and just use Gunn's old music, @ss Man. Listen to the
lyrics. Just a thought...
I'm really excited! The WWF, after a 9 year absence (by my count) is
coming back to Glasgow, Scotland. My current home town. Hopefully I will
be able to get tickets even if it means camping outside the SECC (where
I assume its going to be held) all night. It would be fantastic to have
the opportunity to see the WWF live again as I haven't been able to do
so for 2 and a half years due to scarcity of tickets. And since its in
Glasgow, hotel costs are eliminated. But I may also try to buy tickets
for the PPV two days later. But we'll see.
Mark Henry wins the Arnold Classic to become the 'World's Strongest Man'
title? Hmm, correct me if I'm wrong isn't there an actual World's
Strongest Man tournament, which has national champions from each country
competing over a few days and is shown in the UK every Christmas? I
don't know, I suppose it's like WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, NBC etc.
Oh yeah NBCOlympics.com claiming ENGLAND won the women's curling event
at the Winter Olympics. Frickin IDIOTS! The team was Great Britain and
Northern Ireland and if they HAD to regionalise our nation they should
have named them Scotland, as all the girls were Scottish. But I applaud
Britain's medal winners, as we aren't exactly known for our winter
That's it for another week (or 2) citizens. Sorry if the column was a
bit disjointed, but I started writing it right after No Way Out but my
computer dropped dead on me. That's my excuse for sucking. Even then I'm
still the best writer on this newsletter (CHEAP SHOT! *cackle*). If you
have any comments about what I've said, all are welcome at
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