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Tuesday September 11th 2007 Issue #2556
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Nothing to say today...back tomorrow.
Now with a blog! http://www.wrestling-online.com/blog
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news]-
> CUSTOMIZED WWE SKINS FOR PS2, WII AND XBOX 360- Video games accessories website Game On has signed a new agreement with
WWE to bring customized officially licensed WWE PS2 Wireless Controllers,
XBox 360 faceplates, Wii skins, Wii Remote skins and other accessories. "We
are thrilled to be working with World Wrestling Entertainment on expanding
their brand into the video game accessories market and doing so with such
high-quality products," said John Ma, CEO of Game On. "Our inaugural lineup
is a great way to accessorize today's popular gaming systems, and does so at
an attractive price-point." The wireless controller features Batista and
Undertaker while Cena, Triple H, HBK and WWE Divas will be decorating the
faceplates for the 360 and the Wii. These skins can be peeled off and
re-applied as desired.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5210]
> FOUR DAY EURO TOUR IN SPAIN AND FRANCE STARTS TODAY- Superstars from Smackdown! are currently on a short European tour with
four live events in Spain and France. Just hours ago, the first show kicked
off in Madrid at La Cubierta De Laganes. Tomorrow they will travel to
Valencia for a show at the Plaza De Toros De Valencia and then on Thursday
off to Barcelona to perform at the Pavello Olimpic De Badalona. On Friday
just before they go back to the United States, they will be stopping in
France for a show in Paris at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/]
> WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD- The following videos have been on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports
chart for the week ending September 15th. 'The Great American Bash 2007'
debuts in the first place, 'The Ladder Match' is in fifth, 'WrestleMania 23'
in sixth, 'Vengeance 2007' in seventh and 'One Night Stand 2007' in eighth.
TNA's 'Slammiversary 2007' made its debut in the third place.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/]
> FORMER WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION JOINS TNA- Another former WWE Superstar has joined the ranks of TNA Wrestling. Solofa
Fatu Jr - better known to wrestling fans as Rikishi - made his debut with
TNA yesterday during the tapings for iMPACT! which will air on this coming
Thursday. In TNA, he will be using the ring name Junior Fatu. Fatu was
released from WWE more than three years ago after failing to lose weight as
instructed by the company. After being released, he kept himself busy by
wrestling on different independent circuits as well as appearing for Italy's
Nu-Wrestling Evolution promotion.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5211]
> SHERRI MARTEL TOXICOLOGY REPORT RELEASED- Earlier today the toxicology reports of Sherri Martel who passed away in
June were made public and it was revealed that the WWE Hall of Famer had
multiple drugs in her system including a high amount of oxycodone.
Tuscaloosa homicide investigators ruled out any foul play when she was
discovered dead however they said that her death wasn't caused by natural
causes. Oxycodone is a drug subject to abuse and is one of the most strongly
controlled substances. It's often used for treatment of pain in cancer
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4775]
//->> RAMBLINGS FROM A SOCIOPATH
By Sean Sibbitt -[seansibbitt@...]-
Wow, what a difference a couple decades makes! As I think back to 1983, when
I was an 11 year old boy watching wrasslin' with my grandfather, I think of
things like Fritz Von Erich sticking a fork in Abdullah the Butcher's
forehead. I think of being a fan before the "news" broke that wrestling
was, indeed, not a real sport (gasp). I became a fan in a time when things
like kayfabe didn't exist, a time when the "good guys" fought as hard as
they could to beat the "bad guys." There weren't faces and heals, or
tweeners. No blurred lines. Nobody; and I mean nobody, booed Hulk Hogan.
Hulkamania was forever.
Then WrestleMania 3 happened. I remember being 14, watching Hogan attempt to
slam Andre early in the match. Hogan failed. Andre fell on him. I distinctly
remember the ref counting to three, then, Hogan kicked out. It was that very
moment that I realized my precious wrestling was "fake".
Enough of my trip down memory lane, fast forward 20 years, and, here I sit,
at work, penning a column (for the first time) for a newsletter that I,
almost anxiously, await nearly every day. I've giddily checked my email
daily for the past six plus years to see what's going on in the wrestling
world, and, to read something from, in most cases, another average person,
just like me, who wants to share their love for the industry of "sports
entertainment." (okay, so maybe I'm not giddy about it).
When new columnist Jorden Taylor suggested I ask to write for the
newsletter, I thought "what could I possibly bring to W-O that no one else
has?" The answer is simple, nothing. There is nothing that I can deliver
that previous columnists haven't already. No insider information, no "smark"
comments, and, certainly, no superstar interviews. What I can bring is
simple; ramblings from a wrestling fan. A man who has been watching the
"sport" longer than I can imagine, longer than even I know, probably since I
was in diapers.
I grew up, and live in, the mid-western US. Wrestling has been huge in this
area for years. From the Von Erichs, to so many stars from Minnesota, to
AWA, to the Kosiski's, Dibiase's, and Gange's; to Sting (who was born in my
hometown). The list goes on and on. The mid-west is so rich in wrestling
history; it's hard to not be a fan. I decided to just rant in this column
just to let the W-O world know who I am, where I come from, and, hopefully,
to give anyone who has the patience to read all this babble a bit of insight
into me, the person. In my next column, which will come as soon as Colin
allows, I will more than likely discuss my all too familiar opinion on the
state of the wrestling world in general. I appreciate (actually, more like
demand J) any feedback you'd like to send.
Until then, to borrow from some old show business dude; keep your feet on
the ground, and keep reaching for a cold beer!
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