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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RATINGS- RAW did a 3.5 rating this week with a 5.3 share, down from last week's
3.6. It did hours of 3.4 and 3.5 with 3.8 being the highest quarter for
the overrun. In weekend numbers, Velocity did a 0.5 with a 1.0 share,
Experience a 0.4 with a 1.1 share and Heat a 0.9 with a 1.7 share.
(Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by
> DR DEATH BATTLING CANCER- Former WWE Superstar 'Dr Death' Steve Williams has been diagnosed with
cancer according to WWE.COM. Williams, 44, was part of WWE during the
'Attitude' era and was one of the finalists of the Brawl For All shoot
contest. He was the favorite to win the contest as he's known for being
a legitimate tough guy by surprise Bart Gunn ended up knocking Williams
out cold. WWE.COM set up an e-mail address to send thoughts and prayers
to 'Dr Death', which you can send to wellwishes@... .
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 12.35, a 3.43% increase over the previous
closing. The day's range was 11.84 - 12.35.
> SMACKDOWN! PREVIEW- The following matches will air on Smackdown! tonight. RVD, Rey
Mysterio & John Cena vs Rene Dupree, Kenzo Suzuki & Booker T; Paul
London & Billy Kidman vs FBI; Charlie Haas vs Orlando Jordan; Bob Holly
& Billy Gunn vs Dudley Boyz; Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle.
> WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD- These videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports chart for
the week ending September 11th. 'Vengeance 2004' is in first place
followed by 'Hard Knocks - The Chris Benoit Story'. 'Wrestlemania XX' is
in fourth and 'Great American Bash 2004' wraps up the list in the tenth
place. All mentioned videos plus more can be purchased from
WrestlingMegastore.com on DVD.
> WWE INCREASES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND- In a press release sent today, WWE announced that they will pay a
dividend of $0.06 on all Class A and Class B common shares every
quarter, two cents more than they've been paying since they introduced
the dividends. The payment date will be October 12, 2004.
>> BELLE OF THE BRAWLBy Lekisha Oliver, [lekisha_oliver@...]
Total Nonstop Action has left the building or at least Nashville.
The two years plus that NWA:TNA, now TNA, has been in the Nashville
area, fans from around the world, and especially around the area has
made the Wednesday night pay-per-view a permanent staple in their home.
But now the Wednesday night ritual will cease to be after September 8,
The final weekly show at the Nashville Fairgrounds, lovingly known as
the Asylum, will have to see their favorite mid-week wrestling show
leave. However, TNA fans will not have to go without.
The weekly pay-per-view will now move to a monthly status starting with
TNA Wrestlings Victory Road on November 7th. The location of the
monthly pay-per-view has not been released and has not been narrowed
This change in business strategy has been very well received by our
pay-per-view partners, stated Dixie Carter, President of TNA
Entertainment in an August 19th press release. In two short years, TNA
has leveraged its successful Wednesday night weekly pay-per-view to take
the company from a virtually unknown entity to the most recognized New
Wrestling Alternative for fans around the world, continued Carter.
As we continue to grow the company across all platforms and take
advantage and respond to the ever changing cable and satellite
marketplace, the TNA Entertainment Office continued, we strongly
believe the move to a monthly pay-per-view event format will be another
positive step in establishing ourselves as the serious contender in our
Before all fans go up in arms, TNA Officials continue to be positive for
the future. Even though that there has been dark clouds on previous
ideas of monthly pay-per-views, TNA clams that this is a different
situation as our talent roster and storylines are strong enough for a
The unique matches, as well as the X-Division, have become the
innovation of the wrestling world will continue on. The Nashville TNA
fans will not be disappointed from not seeing their favorites including
Jeff Jarrett, A. J. Styles, Americas Most Wanted and more. TNAs
newest flagship, Impact!, will continue to be produced at Universal
Studios in Orlando, Florida and air each Friday afternoon on Fox Sports
Now, fans will have an exciting ending to the live events, including the
highly anticipated match between NWA Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett
and the Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy along with other matches to be
announced later this week. For more information on Total Nonstop
Action, either go online to www.tnawrestling.com or check local listings
for times and availability.
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