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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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some notes with results and other interesting tidbits. Thanks.
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over 5,400 of your favorite wrestlers from 1880 to 2002, all the
information you need can be found on this CD-ROM. Where else can you
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> OLD TAKER GIMMICK RETURNING- On Smackdown! yesterday a video promo aired on the Undertaker,
announcing his return for the Royal Rumble. However the promo featured
clips from the old Undertaker gimmick and the following message popped
up on the screen, "Darkness consumes the light and beckons His return.
The dead man walks again.....Royal Rumble." It will be interesting to
see if this will be a short-term revival of his old gimmick or a full
return to the dark side!
> RATINGS- Smackdown! did a 4.2 in the overnight ratings for yesterday's show
with a 6.0 share. Final ratings aren't out yet. RAW ratings are still
unavailable as well. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put
online by 1wrestling.com)
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM HONOLULU, HI.- W-O Newsletter reader Peter Comeau attended yesterday's live RAW brand
WWE event in Honolulu, HI., and sent in these results. Hurricane
defeated Rico; Lance Storm defeated Tommy Dreamer; Christopher Nowinski,
D'Lo Brown & Steven Richards defeated Bubba Ray, Spike & D-Von Dudley;
Booker T & Goldust defeated Chris Jericho & Christian; Victoria defeated
Trish Stratus; Scott Steiner defeated Raven; Rosey defeated Test; Triple
H & Batista defeated Kane & Rob Van Dam. Shawn Michaels appeared before
the main event and the artist formerly known as Val Venis came out
telling HBK that he's taking up his time on the show. HBK superkicked
Morely. The Fink also announced that those who bought tickets for this
show were eligible for a 50% discount for tonight's show at the same
arena. Read: They need full seats.
> JR STOPS THE ROSS REPORT- In a quite surprising move Jim Ross will not be doing his popular
weekly Ross Report on WWE.COM from now on. Today's installment was just
a goodbye note saying that due to his busy schedule he can't keep up
with updating the happenings inside WWE via his Internet column. No
replacement was announced. The Ross Report was one of the most visited
sections on WWE.COM since it started a couple of years ago.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the week at 8.15, a 1.81% decrease over the previous
closing. The day's range was 8.15 - 8.30.
> WWE ON BILLBOARD- The following videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports
chart for the week ending January 11th. 'Divas Undressed' is in third
place, 'No Mercy' in fifth, 'Summerslam 2002' in sixth and Hulk Hogan's
'Hulk Still Rules' in tenth place. The mentioned videos can be purchased
from WrestlingMegastore.com on VHS or DVD. The WWE Anthology album
remains in the top spot of the Independents albums but it dropped out
from the Billboard 200 chart.
>> INTERVIEW WITH RON 'THE TRUTH' KILLINGSBy Lekisha Oliver, [lekisha@...]
The truth is one thing that all people require, but Ron "The Truth"
Killings has brought a new truth to wrestling. The first NWA African
American heavyweight champion has put "The Truth" into the record books.
Making his WWE debut on MTV as a rapping superstar, Killings has been
K-Kwik to K-Crush to "The Truth". Killings has incorporated his unique
style of hip-hop and dance steps into a very lucrative music career and
an equally successful wrestling career. This North Carolina native has
made his way to the top and intended to stay at the top with NWA Total
Nonstop Action. In this interview, Ron has went explination on how he
was released from the WWE, to how much passion he has for the business
of which he is famed. So if you want more of the Truth, check out
www.nwatna.com or watch him every Wednesday night on NWA:TNAs
Lekisha Oliver (LO): Its my pleasure to talk with you today; and I was
going to go ahead and get started. You just lost your belt (a few weeks
ago) to Jeff Jarrett, what are your comments about losing the belt?
Ron Killings (RK): It was a great reign. Jeff deserves it. He didnt say
I just beat ya to it. At the end of the match, it was toe to toe. But he
is a great competitor and a great worker. It went to the person who
wanted it more.
LO: I guess it was an honor that you got to be the first
African-American to hold the NWA champion.
RK: Well, anytime you make that kind of history, thats just awesome.
LO: Thats very awesome.
RK: Oh yeah.
LO: I tried to do some research on you over the web and I could not find
as much. Can you tell me a little about your background, like did you go
to college or schooling?
RK: I dropped out of school in the second grade nah Im just kidding
LO: (Laughs) You got me on that one.
RK: Yeah you got really nice on that one. (Laughs). I did complete
twelve years of school. I graduated in 1990 from Harding High School in
Charlotte. Played sports almost all year. I ran track and football. I
ran the hundred-yard dash in like a 10.6.
RK: I had a scholarship to Clemson, Georgia Tech and Syracuse for
football. I didnt take it, I had already gotten into music in the
middle school years. By the time I got into high school, I was on the
road opening concerts for guys like Kid-n-Play and I was more involved
LO: Have you thought about going back?
RK: To football?
LO: No to school.
RK: No, maam.
LO: Youre doing really well with your music. Which label have you
RK: You mean like record label? I have my own independent record label.
LO: Really? Whats it called?
RK: K-Crush Enterprises.
LO: K-Crush Enterprises. Basically, is your label mostly rap or are you
trying to incorporate other types of music?
RK: Yes. Let me get across that its a lot of hip-hop with some rock
beats with it.
LO: Pretty cool. Some people have been talking about the release from
the WWE, and what did you think about when they released you and what
was the reason for the release?
RK: I was told that the creative staff could not come up with anything.
I just signed a four-year deal.
LO: I really dont see why they would just let you go. You had the mic
skills and still do, you have physique and the look, I just dont see
why. It seems like it was just a waste to let you go.
RK: I heard that from a lot of guys in the business. I heard that from a
lot of people. Just after me and Road Dogg split. (We) came up with the
idea for the whole thing. I called back to try and get an explanation
and I was told I was released. I could not get a call from these people.
These are the people I talk to on a daily basis, and I couldnt get a
phone call from anyone. You know, I was still cool with all the guys in
the locker room and everything. A lot of the guys didnt know for a
month that I was released, they thought I was hurt or off or something.
A lot of the guys called and asked "What the hells going on? Are you
released for real?" You know they didnt call me back and tell me
nothing. I wasnt the only one that didnt get called back
LO: Who else did you hear that got that treatment?
RK: Jerry Lynn.
LO: I forgot about that.
RK: Jerry Lynn couldnt get anyone to call him.
LO: Well youre getting to work with him now. From what I have seen, TNA
has been so much more than what Vince has been putting out lately.
RK: Yeah, definitely. And thats the reason why the guys have been
putting out that kind of stuff lately.
LO: Im so happy that you have brought it to this area. This area has
always been a hot bed or wrestling. It would be normal if it was
something like Nashville or something like that.
RK: Thats what I have heard.
LO: Have yall talked about moving the show around a little bit?
RK: Yeah were going to start touring in January. Which is something
that we need to do.
LO: Yes. Especially with all the controversy when TNA first started.
RK: You know when we started and it was crazy. If it hadnt have
happened, we wouldnt be where we are now.
LO: A lot of people have been asking me about yall worldwide. Its
always asking how (TNA) has been doing. What do you hope to see in the
future with TNA? If there are any expectations?
RK: I have a lot of expectations. Its not the biggest, but we should be
the next. The next level and beyond. I want us to be the ones to tap
into parts of wrestling that Vince hasnt even tapped into yet. People
are just totally different. People that dont have "names", guys like
Low Ki and AJ Styles, the SATs, these are the guys that Vince wouldnt
give the opportunity because of their size.
LO: We you did know he was going to put in
RK: The new Cruiserweight division?
LO: Yeah. And hes trying it out in the dark matches at the moment.
RK: Well a lot of that is coming from our shows. What I heard was that
Vince wasnt fond of small guys, even me. Im 220 pounds and he
considers me a small guy.
LO: Well, he should have looked past all the Hulk Hogans and the Triple
Hs and see the future. Evidentially he didnt like what he saw. You
know he wanted to bring some of the past back. Well, the past is the
past and the younger generation, were looking for more exciting stuff,
like X-Games, and he didnt see that. Jeff and Jerry and TNA have put
that in front of the audience, they realized how profitable that it
could have been. And I think its coming back to get him.
RK: Like he didnt capitalize on it or anything.
LO: I think its kinda good that it has come back and bite him in the
RK: Oh yeah. I wanna bite him a little bit more though.
LO: Yeah, really. I mean if Jeff and Jerry can get the pay-per-views in
RK: Oh, definitely.
LO: Its going to surpass it.
RK: Im thinking it will. Weve got enough guys that can work and the
guys that work. if we can get on cable and work on Monday night, we
could work against him.
RK: I think you have heard that.
LO: Oh yeah. Well his ratings are going down and they are still
noticing. They had to bring Shawn Micheals out of retirement to try and
get the ratings up. That was something he thought he would never have to
do. But with his competition, including yall, he had to get drastic.
And that was his drastic.
RK: Even with him coming back, Ive heard that the ratings are still the
same, even with bringing back Poppa Pump.
LO: They are. It hasnt gotten any better. At the moment, he was on
Smackdown. A place where they didnt really need him, they needed him on
RK: Yeah, I think Vince has been biting off way more than he can chew.
LO: Lets talk about your music. Youve been doing music since middle
school, has it always been hip-hop or have you tried other types of
RK: I just did a song with Goldylocks. I listen to all kinds of music. A
lot of people dont know that I was brought up on country music.
LO: Well you were raised in the south (Laughs).
RK: Yeah, like my dad was a country boy. And thats where it came from.
I know a lot of the songs and its pretty cool.
LO: Who did you look up to music-wise growing up?
RK: Just about everyone in the business. Will Smith was one of the first
ones that caught my ear.
LO: I guess with you getting hurt back a couple weeks ago, you just kept
working through it.
RK: Yeah I got a concussion and pinched my C4 vertebrae.
LO: How are you since that?
RK: My head Im starting to get some feeling back. For a while, it felt
like a piece of meat on my neck. Im not having as many headaches any
more. Thats my third concussion.
LO: Your third concussion, what other injuries have you had so far?
RK: Oh, uh..Ive had both shoulders dislocated, two broke ribs, one
fractured, a broken ankle and a dislocated hip.
LO: That hurt just thinking about it.
RK: Thats about it.
LO: Thats still a lot. Truthfully, how long have you been in the
RK: About 7-8 years.
LO: Who trained you?
RK: "Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez.
LO: So far along the way, what would you like to pass along, like what
kind of wisdom have you learned along the way?
RK: Make sure, first of all that you love the sport. Sometimes you wont
get paid. You know what I mean. Theres a lot of BS in this business and
you have to make sure that you love it and that you want to do it.
LO: Thats some very good advice.
RK: I try to tell the people how its going to be.
LO: To your fans and to the people reading this, is there any comments
that you would like to make?
RK: Thank you to anybody that had supported me or acknowledged me. Fans
that have been there behind me.
*Note: An official website is in the making. More information to come.
Many thanks to NWA Total Nonstop Action and Ron Killings for this
interview. I hope to see him once again and to work with him in the
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