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>> SCOTTISH TERRIERBy Iain Burnside, [iain@...]
Well, lets see now, I think this is my fourth article of the year? Colin
will be pleased with my workrate. I guess you could call me the Scott
Hall of this newsletter. But now I'm here to bring you the first of many
(possibly) stories about what those ker-azee McMahon's get up to behind
the camera's. Rumours that TNT want to turn it into a mini-series are
unfounded. Here we go then, The McMahon Family Part I - In Their
Vince, Shane and Stephanie are sitting on a specially made stage in the
huge grounds of their house. The WWF superstars are mingling at the
special garden party Vince has thrown for them all. Mankind walks
Mankind: Mister Socko wants a cup of cocoa and a fried egg 'n' chutney
sandwich. Can we go use the kitchen?
Stephanie, through a constant stream of tears: Waaaaaa, splurgle
Mankind: What was that?
Vince: Don't mind her, she's been like that ever since she lost her
teddy bear. Just go help yourself. But don't let that sock touch
anything inside the house!
Mankind: Come on Mister Socko, lets go.
[Mankind leaves to go indoors, as Test walks onstage]
Vince: Did you get Viscera away from the barbecue?
Test: Well I $%$^ did eventually, right afer I got that greasy %*@#
Michael Cole out of the tree.
Vince: Excuse me?
Test: Yeah he was playing on Shane's see-saw with Kevin Kelly, but then
Marc Henry was about to wet his fat-ass pants with excitement if he had
to wait anymore so he pushed Kelly off, jumped on, and Cole went flyin'.
Vince: Uh, ok...
Test: !|~+% bunch of pricks. Anyway its time for me and Steph to go away
so she can smoke the ol' lovepipe.
Stephanie: Weeeee pladfrrnk!
Test: Course you can have two puffs, bitch.
Vince: Wait, you can understand her???
Shane, whispering: Daddy, that man's got girly hair....
Vince: Shut up Shanus, I could finally get rid of her!!
Test: Sure I understand the cow.
Vince: Well go, go now!!!
Stephanie: La la lala mentry.
[Test drags Stephanie away much to her father's relief, while muttering
something about being blown away]
Vince: Hey son, have you seen your mother lately? Wonder where she is.
Shane: Last time I saw mummy she said she was going to stop that man
drinking all her beer.
Vince: Oh dear....what man?
Shane: The bald one that killed Bruce Willis and Tom Cruise on Celebrity
Deathmatch. That was soooooooo cool daddy, I was like woah dude!
Vince: Dammit!!! Come on, we might make it in time...
[Vince drags Shane, who is still trying to explain the wonders of MTV to
his 'fuddy duddy daddy', along to the drinks table. Steve Austin is
lying unconscious on the ground, while Linda McMahon is dancing like a
drunk Spice Girl along the table, singing 'I Will Survive' badly,
pouring beer over Austin.]
Vince: Linda!! Not again!! Don't you remember what happened when you got
drunk at O.J.'s house and got into a fight with his wife????
Linda: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I! I will shurvive!!!
[She then starts winking at Val Venis as he walks past, and begins
slowly unbuttoning her blouse....Test and Stephanie come back]
Val: Hellllllo Lindaaa..........
Shane: Daddy, that man has a funny voice!!! Hahahaha!!! Again, again!
Vince, who's face is red with anger by now: Stay away from my wife you
bastard!! Linda, get down!!
Test: Who the @#$% is making the racket??? I can't get the gun up when
there's such a big noise!!
[Soon there is a big crowd gathering round to see what the fuss is
about, but then a huge BOOM erupts from the house. Mankind is sent
flying through the kitchen window by a gas explosion and lands in the
swimming pool with a kettle in his hand, giving him a huge electric
shock, he staggers out of the pool, alive somehow, but then a humvee
appears out of nowhere and runs right into him, sending him flying onto
Linda and through the table.]
Shane: Woah!! Bitchin'!!!
JR: MY GOD!! MY GOD!!
Shane: That was cool! I wanna do that when I grow up daddy! Is he
Vince: I don't care, that's nothing compared to what he's going to do at
the next pay-per-view anyway.
[Linda slowly begins to stir, while Mankind gets up and staggers around
helplessly. He rips off his mask, ties Socko around his head, unbuttons
his shirt and starts to do a funky Charleston....]
Linda: Oh my head.......who did I stab this time?
JR: What was that?
Vince: YOU DIDN'T HEAR NOTHING YOU ONE-EYED FREAK!!! YOU'RE A NOBODY AND
I'M VINCE MCMAHON AND IF I SAY YOU HEARD NOTHING THEN YOU HEARD NOTHING
JR: Yessir. Oh my god no.....it can't be.....Mankind is dead....Dude
Love is reborn!!
Crowd: No! Arghhhh!!!!!!!!
[Everyone runs away in horror and disgust at the return of such an
abomination, leaving only the McMahon's, Dude Love and Test.]
Dude: Owwwwwwwwwwww baby, yeah, where's the love?
Test: Shut it you @~$%^& piece of $£%"$%!!!!! You cost my little general
his hourly inspection! And listen you £%^%^& freak show, I taught Tommy
Lee everything he knows. And if my powerbomb is good enough for Pamela
Anderson then its good enough for you and that $^% sock....
[Test delivers a powerbomb, and Dude Love wanders away, doing a crap
little dance and muttering something about going to see Austin Powers.
We are supposed to forgive him though because its 'ironic'.]
Shane: What are we going to do now daddy?
Vince: Someone was driving that humvee and they could have killed my
Linda: I think I'm going to puke....
Vince: - so we're going to Atlanta, Georgia to nail the sonofabitch!!
.......to be continued.......possibly.
>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> FULLY LOADED PPV SHAPING UP- The next WWF pay per view, "Fully Loaded" which will take place on the
25th of July is beginning to shape up.7/25 is beginning to shape up.
Main event is Steve Austin vs. HHH for the world title with The
Undertaker as the guest referee. Stipulations will be added to this
match next week on RAW. The Big Show will take on Kane, The Rock will
fight the 1999 King Of The Ring Billy Gunn in a 2 out of 3 falls match,
The Acolytes vs. The Hardy Boyz for the Tag Team Titles, D'Lo Brown vs.
Mideon or D'Lo/Mark Henry vs. Viscera and Ken Shamrock vs. Steve
Blackman. Remember folks, card is subject to change.
> LENO SAYS NO!- The WWF were trying to get their new champ Steve Austin on the
"Tonight Show" with Jay Leno to answer Goldberg's offer, but according
to sources, Leno and his team won't let Ausin on the show if he won't
accept Goldberg's challenge. Does Leno receive a check from WCW at the
end of the month?!?!?!
> DEBRA NAME HER PUPPIES!- By Phil Speer, WWF.com
It turns out Debra's puppies are named "Jeff" and "Jarr." Last Friday,
the blonde bombshell appeared in Albany, N.Y., to raise money for the
local Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society.
A few different radio stations, including WFLY 92.3, featured Debra.
Later in the day, she signed autographs for $5 each, with all proceeds
going to charity. The first 100 fans also received a "Show Me Your
Puppies" T-shirt, just like the one Debra presented to Jerry "The King"
Lawler Monday night on RAW IS WAR. We expect that T-shirt to be
available soon in the ShopZone.
All four local television networks were on hand for the autograph
session, which ended up raising $1,700.
As promised, Debra also revealed her puppies during the session. They
turned out to be two dogs from the humane society, who were immediately
named "Jeff" and "Jarr," in honor of Debra's man Jeff Jarrett.
Debra's day in Albany also raised awareness for an upcoming episode of
SmackDown! to be taped Tuesday, Sept. 7 at the Pepsi Arena. Tickets for
that event are currently on sale.
> LEADING ICP'S USE MSIE, INCLUDING WWF.COM- More than 1,000 ICPs License Internet Explorer 5; WWF and Forbes Among
the Most Recent ICPs to Provide Customized Browsers
REDMOND, Wash. - May 13, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that
leading Internet content providers (ICPs) are joining top Internet
portal Web sites to provide unique customizations to Microsoft® Internet
Explorer 5 that enhance their users' Web experience. The most recent
content providers customizing and distributing Internet Explorer 5 span
a breadth of consumer interest areas and include GoTo.com, Bloomberg,
CNET, Forbes, SurfMonkey.com and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
These providers join the more than 1,000 ICPs who have already chosen to
distribute Internet Explorer 5, including seven of the most frequently
visited Internet sites: AltaVista, Excite, Infoseek Corp.'s GO Network,
Lycos, the MSN network of Internet services, Snap and
"Internet Explorer 5 is proving to be the most popular browser software
ever, and a key reason is the support from leading content providers,"
said Rob Bennett, Windows® group product manager at Microsoft. "The
combination of the breakthrough performance and simplicity the browser
offers along with the breadth of customization opportunities it provides
Internet content providers make Internet Explorer 5 the integrated Web
solution of choice."
The Browser of Choice for a Customized Web Experience Internet Explorer
5 enables Internet content providers to enhance their user's Web
experience by better linking the browser with their Internet offerings.
Using tools such as the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 5, ICPs are
able to build on the breakthrough performance and simplicity to easily
tailor the browser to better meet the needs of their unique
Using the Web Accessories customization feature in Internet Explorer 5,
content providers can provide unique browsers with integrated features
such as language translation utilities or customized explorer bars that
provide users seamless access to top news, stock quotes, Web-based mail,
and more. For example, Bloomberg will offer a customized browser that
includes a Web Accessory which links directly to Bloomberg
financial news, stock quotes and other financial information.
"For our customers, easy access to timely information is critical," said
Jonathan Fram, general manager of Interactive Media at Bloomberg L.P.
"With the Bloomberg-customized version of Internet Explorer, we will be
able to provide our audiences even faster and uninterrupted access to
breaking news, stock quotes and top financial information."
Another ICP planning to provide a customized version of Internet
Explorer 5 is the World Wrestling Federation. The WWF New Media Network,
which includes wwf.com, stonecold.com and WrestlemaniaXV.com, is one of
the most popular destinations on the Web, receiving over 5 million page
views a month. The WWF will provide a customized version of Internet
Explorer 5 that is specially designed for fans of "Stone Cold" Steve
Austin, the WWF Heavyweight Champion.
"The World Wrestling Federation fans have an insatiable appetite for new
and creative product offerings," said Bob Mitchell, senior vice
president of New Media. "With customized versions of Internet Explorer
5, we will continue to give our fans a way to express their affiliation
with the WWF and the Federation superstars."
Customized Web Accessories for the Internet Explorer 5 browser will also
help make surfing the Internet safer and more approachable for children.
SurfMonkey.com, makers of the popular Web browser just for kids, will
soon be providing a Web Accessory customized specifically for families
called the SurfMonkey Explorer Bar. The SurfMonkey Explorer Bar will
allow parents to block access to inappropriate sites and filter out bad
language while enabling kids to surf to safe, fun and educational sites
within a simple and engaging interface.
"One of the biggest challenges for parents today is providing a safe
environment for their children to freely enjoy the benefits of the Web,"
said David Smith, CEO of SurfMonkey.com. "The richness of Internet
Explorer 5 enables us, with the SurfMonkey Explorer Bar, to utilize
several Microsoft technologies resulting in a customized family product
that offers unmatched parental safety controls, while providing a Web
exploring experience for kids that is truly inviting and exciting."
Record Demand for Internet Explorer 5 Internet content providers
delivering customized versions of Internet Explorer 5 since the
browser's launch on March 18, 1999, are
experiencing strong demand for the browser software. For example,
completed downloads of the AltaVista-customized version of Internet
Explorer 5 have exceeded 130,000.
"We're in awe of the tremendous customer response to our custom version
of Internet Explorer 5," said Celia Francis, Director of Marketing for
AltaVista. "We've seen more than 130,000 downloads thus far, and it's
only been available on AltaVista for 56 days. That's more than 1.6
downloads every 60 seconds!"
> USA NETWORK PINS TNT- By Richard Katz
NEW YORK (Variety) - USA Network took back first place from TNT in the
second-quarter primetime cable ratings race, compared with the same
period in 1998.
USA's 2.4 cable universe rating was a 9% bump from the 2.2 the network
earned in the
second quarter last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.
The Barry Diller-run cable channel benefited from huge audience
increases for its World
Wrestling Federation programs, and steady ratings from its nightly
off-network runs of
``Walker, Texas Ranger'' and its originally produced Sunday Night Heat
While USA's ``WWF Raw'' and ``WWF Warfare'' ranked among the top 11
basic cable programs for the second quarter, ratings for TNT's competing
``WCW Monday Nitro Live!'' dropped.
Of the 39 basic cable network monitored by Nielsen, 19 had ratings
with the second quarter of 1998, eight suffered declines, 11 were flat
and one, Odyssey, was not rated last year.
Both of Viacom's music channels, MTV and VH1, had strong second
quarters. MTV achieved its sixth consecutive quarter of growth in total
day households and its seventh consecutive quarter of growth in its core
12-34 demographic. Driven by ratings stars such as ``Real World VII''
(peaking at a 4.5 rating and 3.2 million homes) and the 1999
MTV Movie Awards broadcast (6.4 rating and 4.6 million homes), MTV's
increased 29% to a 0.9 (664,000 homes) for the second quarter.
VH1 had its highest-rated quarter ever, a 0.6 in prime (381,000 homes).
``VH1 Divas Live '99,'' with a 3.7 rating (2.4 million homes), was the
most watched program in its history.
Cartoon Network scored a 1.6 rating (922,000 homes), an increase of 14%
(28% in homes) compared with the second quarter of 1998.
In addition, BET, Home & Garden TV, ESPN2, E!, Bravo and Court TV all
ratings by at least 20% in prime.
On the negative side, Fox Family Channel continued its major ratings
drop with a 0.8
(605,000 homes), a 38% decline in ratings and a 35% drop in households.
Sister cabler FX sank 25% in prime ratings to a 0.6 and an 8% decline in
Disney Channel, which does not carry commercials, declined 15% to a 1.7
and Lifetime dipped 13% to a 1.4. (Reuters/Variety)
>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> BRET VS HOGAN AT WORLD WAR III?- According to Meltzer, the rumored match between Hollywood Hogan and
Bret Hart at Toronto's World War 3 PPV in November 99' looks as though
it will be happening a lot sooner than expected. Plans are being tossed
around for Hart and Hogan to headline a PPV within the next couple
months. (Kirk Huffman)
> TONIGHT ON WCW LIVE!- Former 2 time WCW Heavyweight champion Diamond Dallas Page will be
joining Bob Ryder and Jeremy Borash for WCW Live tonight, on WCW.com.
More information can be found at http://www.wcw.com
> LITTLE CEASER'S PIZZA AND WCW TEAM UP- Two Marketing Heavyweights Team Up in Summer Promotion; Little
Caesars(R) And World Championship Wrestling Announce Relationship
DETROIT, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Goldberg, ``Hollywood'' Hogan, Diamond
and Sting will be appearing at Little Caesars® Pizza restaurants across
the country ...
via collector motion cards that is! Little Caesars Pizza and World
Championship Wrestling (WCW) are combining forces on a summer promotion.
Promotion elements include free limited edition WCW motion collectors
with a special pizza offer. Little Caesars is the official pizza of the
WCW; and will air a thirty- and fifteen- second national television spot
co-starring WCW icons Goldberg and Meng beginning July 5.
The limited-time series of motion cards feature four of the WCW's most
popular superstars. The cards premiere with Goldberg and will be
followed by the other big names. Free with a purchase of a ``WCW
Pizza!Pizza!® Meal'' (two medium pizzas with one topping for $9.99), the
cards will be available while supplies last at participating locations.
``Little Caesars is proud to work with the WCW,'' said Linda Jaworski,
senior vice president, Marketing. ``Wrestling has been identified as one
of the hottest
forms of entertainment in pop culture today. We're confident that
working with the WCW will prove to be a smart marketing move,''
The decision to sponsor the WCW stemmed from marketing strategies
Little Caesars and its advertising agency, Bozell Worldwide. According
Managing Partner, Client Services and Creative, Rob Elliott, the initial
objective was to identify an advertising opportunity with an
organization that would add value and have a similar target market. The
WCW was a perfect fit.
``We were able to quickly expand what started out as an advertising
program into a larger mutually beneficial relationship between Little
Ceasars and WCW,''
The thirty- and fifteen-second commercial, entitled ``WCW Chairs''
and produced by Bozell, features WCW superstars Goldberg and Meng. The
with the two wrestlers ``fighting'' it out in a ring just as they spot a
couple of metal
folding chairs which are used, much to the surprise of the arena full of
fans, to sit down and swap WCW collector cards.
The campaign will run on network and cable television and is scheduled
to debut on
TNT's July 5 WCW Monday Nitro, one of basic cable television's highest
The commercial will also air on the Hispanic network, Univision. This
promotion will also be supported with radio spots, print and
Little Caesars, home of the Pizza!Pizza!®, is an international pizza
chain with locations in 14 countries.
World Championship Wrestling is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting
System, Inc., a
Time Warner Company. WCW produces and markets television programs and
featuring wrestling superstars. WCW produces eight hours of original
each week throughout the U.S. and in over 25 countries throughout the
out WCW's Web Site at www.WCW.com.
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