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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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the space in this newsletter. So due to this we're asking you for your
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>> BYTE BACK! - READERS' COMMENTSBy Iain Burnside, [byteback@...]
Teacher is in...
"Greetings All! I would like to take the opportunity to correct Colin
and all of those other WWF marks out there - let's call this History
101. I have noticed that Chris Benoit is constantly referred to as a
former WCW Champion. Officially, Chris Benoit has NEVER held the WCW
Heavyweight Title. Seriously! If you do not believe me, then check out
the official WCW website, wcw.com, and click on the link that shows the
entire history of the WCW/NWA Heavyweight Title. Chris Benoit is not
listed! When a match results in a title being 'held up' (rightly or
wrongly, as was the case in the
Benoit-Sid match), the challenger is not listed in the history books as
the champion (especially since neither man was the champion going into
this match). Officially, the following night on Nitro, a match was held
between two top contenders, Sid and Nash, to fill the vacancy. You guys
really should pay more attention to the facts regarding WCW. Or
<shameless plug> you can just check out my weekly column, IN THE BUSCH,
on Wrestling-Online.com to find out all about WCW."
- Lukas Busch
Can't wait till the new Oasis album comes out tomorrow, and you should
check it out as well Lukas, even if it is just for the opening track
called Fucking In The Bushes. Nicely spotted about Benoit not being
officially recognised but I don't think it will make much difference to
the fans. Fact is that he would probably still be the World Champion
right now if it wasn't for the whole Kevin Sullivan saga rearing its
ugly head once again, causing him to walk out on the company. WCW is
pretty good at this sort of thing. Anyone remember The Harris Brothers
winning the Tag Team Titles in Germany
only to be completely forgotten about by the time they got back to the
The Owen Incident...
"To that dude Adam who wrote about Owen....You're a fucking nutcase
dude. If you think that was all an act the night after your crazy. How
are all those people gonna sit there and cry and why would Vince do that
if he didn't care at least a little? About The Rock
wearing sunglasses. How many people wear sunglasses at funerals? LOTS
buddy lots. I guarantee that he wasn't disrespecting Owen and no-one
else but you sees it that way. But I do agree about continuing the show,
that was a little tasteless but it was what Owen would have wanted."
Yeah, but how do you or Adam or Vince or anyone know what Owen would
have wanted to happen if something like that happened? Its not as though
all the WWF wrestlers signed a clause in their contracts saying the show
should go on if something tragic happened to them. Personally I don't
think the show should have carried on. So what if it would have cost
Vince money? Some things are far more important. If a boxer is seriously
injured at a major boxing event then the show is stopped. However,
re-opening old wounds is not
going to do anyone any favours. We all just have to try and remember
Owen and move on, Bret Hart included.
The Owen Incident II...
"This is in response to Adam's comment in the last ByteBack about Owen
Hart's death. No-one can question that what happened was tragic and
unfortunate. RIP forever Owen. About your belief that Vince McMahon
doesn't care about his wrestlers, I must disagree with you. When you are
running a live show and all of a sudden a performer gets injured, you
have no time to think. You say now that it was wrong to let the show
continue, but this is nine months after this incident. Imagine finding
out that one of your performers just got injured live on TV. You don't
know if he will live or not. Yet you have 30,000 people live at the
event not knowing either, and millions across the world. With all the
pressure, I guarantee you would make some bad decisions. You forget that
Owen did not die on the spot, he was still alive when they took him to
the hospital. People would probably say that letting the show go on
would be okay if he survived. When Owen (big coincidence) tombstoned Dan
Severn on Raw in December 1998, Servern looked to me to be legitimatly
paralyzed. Thank god it was temporary, but no-one said anything about
that. When Droz broke his neck and Smackdown went on, no-one complained.
Wrestling is a type of sport, and accidents will happen a lot. Please
don't judge anyone, including Vince McMahon, on one mistake they make
under extreme pressure. As for your comment about The Rock wearing
sunglasses to Owen's funeral, I can't believe you have never seen people
wear sunglasses to a funeral before. Lots of people wear sunglasses to a
Johnson is definately not the first. I think most people wear sunglasses
to hide their eyes from everyone so no-one sees their tears. Also, I
think the Mcmahon-Helmsley era is entertaining, but I do feel it is time
to end it. On Smackdown when The Rock got thrown through the glass
window (wow), we see HHH and Steph actually driving away in their bus
with Mick Foley in the cage attached to the bus (WOW)! Those two were
messed up but entertaining. But at No Way Out, I think the break up of
HHH and Steph should begin. Here is my prediction: during the Tag Team
Title Match, Stephanie will come out to help The Outlaws. She takes a
tag title belt and swings for Bubba who ducks and Steph hits Road Dogg.
Bubba gets up and gets slapped by Steph. Bubba gets angry and grabs her
hair. Mr. Ass trys to hit him but gets chair shotted by Devon. Devon
brings out the table, sets it up in the ring, and Steph gets powerbombed
through it like Terri and BB.
Perfect way to start the end of the McMahon-Helmsley era. Also a great
way to bring back Vince and Shane on Raw the next night. What do you
Don't want to be pedantic or anything, but how can you compare neck
injuries to Dan Severn and Droz to Owen Hart plumetting to his death
from the roof of the arena? Severn and Droz were injured as a result of
a wrestling move gone wrong, Owen died as a result of a stupid, needless
stunt. Like I said above, I don't think the show ought to have gone on
and if it was me that had to make that choice in the heat of the moment
then that's what I would have done. I really don't want to keep going on
about Vince being wrong to carry the show on though, it isn't going to
bring Owen back or make the pain of
what happened go away. About your ideas for No Way Out (9 hours to go as
I write this...)...Vince has all but come out and admitted that he and
Shane will be back on Raw this week to help build up WrestleMania and
seeing their daughter get assaulted as an indirect result of her
relationship with Triple H is as good a way as any. Or maybe they'll
come back to ensure that Triple H honours his word to let new champion
Cactus Jack go to WM2K as the champion? Or maybe they'll come back as
they are fed up of Triple H and Stephanie screwing everyone around,
including Mick Foley who's career is now
over? Who knows what's gonna happen. Speaking of which, if Foley does
lose at the PPV then they should at least let him have one final
swansong on Raw against someone like Chris Benoit.
A l'il business lesson...lunch is for wimps...
"When business comes down to the bare bones of it, if the salespeople
aren't out there selling away...when their managers aren't equipping
them with the right products and wares...when their managers aren't
making sure that goals are met...when their managers aren't paying
attention to how the bottom line is affected...when the shareholders
aren't taking care of business by electing new officers...someone's head
has to roll. In this case, it's easier to identify Ted Turner than
anyone else in the Time-Warner hierarchy (well, maybe Gerald Levin) as
the person to go. I think that Time-Warner really couldn't care less and
are using the losses in WCW as a write-off for other, more profitable
enterprises. Take Cisco Systems, for example. If they were to branch out
into things unrelated to servers, etc., (and I mean far, far afield) and
flop, then someone would go...and it would probably be the CEO, CFO or
Chairman of the Board of Directors along with a few of his cronies.
Until heads roll at the top of Time-Warner (what will be
AOL/Time-Warner), we know that they don't really care about this issue.
things suffer where the rubber meets the road it is, ultimately, the
responsibility of those at the top to make the personnel changes
anywhere in the chain-of-command to make things better. Time-Warner
hasn't. They obviously don't care."
- D. Wagner, from Iowa
Don't I know you from somewhere? Hmm, anyway, the possibility of
somebody deliberately keeping WCW down seems a bit too X-Files-esque for
my liking but it would make sense on some strange level because surely
people can't be so stupid.
Its at this point that I decided to stop writing on Sunday and go out
for a little pint of Guiness. Then one thing led to another and KABAM,
what d'ya know, its Wednesday now. Sorry bout that folks. So now we've
seen No Way Out, we've witnessed Raw Is Shite, we've all gone out and
bought the new Oasis album and we've seen the last (perhaps) of Mick
Foley, of who I'll say more about in a moment. All this means that
ByteBack will be a bit on the big side today, so if that means Colin has
to send it out separately then, well, tough shit mate, you have to give
the people their column...on we go then...
"I touched on this point in my last letter and I would like to expand on
it. I grew up watching the Jim Crockett owned NWA. I saw stars like
'Chief' Wahoo McDaniels, Black Jack Mulligan, Ivan and Nikita Koloff,
and one of the all-time greats Johnny Weaver. I saw Ric Flair break
Dusty Rhodes leg in Charlotte and Abdullah the Butcher put 150 stitches
in Wahoo's head with a fork. The one thing that I remember most about
these guys is that they realized when it was time to move on and they
did. With the exception of Ric Flair. Ric, it is time to hang up the
boots and tights and flashy robes. Don't let your fans remember you as a
washed up old man who was ONCE a 15 time world champion. You have had a
great career, let everyone remember it that way. To the WCW I say this,
put the older 'icons' in the background and let the new talent thrive.
Utilize the Power Plant and get the young guns going strong. You are on
the same path that Vince McMahon was for so long. The difference is that
Vince was smart enough to see where he was going
wrong and correct his mistakes. My second topic is The Rock. Has anyone
else noticed how the popularity has gone to his head? I have heard
people say that he has no ring skills but I beg to differ. When he first
came on the scene he was a house of fire. He gave it his all. From the
tilt a whirl DDT, to the Rock Bottom he was all over the ring. Then he
turned face, became a fan favorite and his skills have gone to SHIT! His
arsenal consists of a lot of right hands, a clothesline here and there,
the Rock Bottom, and the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen, the
People's Elbow. Rock, wake up. The fans will eventually catch on and you
will start a downhill slide like you never imagined. Take a
couple of months off, go down to Texas and work with HBK, go up and pay
Killer Kowalski a visit, do something and show us the talent that is
hidden beneath the surface. Finally I want to say keep up the good
work Iain, congratulations Chris Benoit for the birth of your child and
Undertaker come back soon."
- Sandy Packer
Cheers Sandy. You're not the only one to be fed up with The Rock, there
are at least two of us out there. Surely after two or three years of
hearing the same old crap from his mouth every week, the fans would get
tired of singing along with him? That's what I would think anyway. The
People's Elbow is pretty damn stupid too. I don't mind it as it can be
quite funny and certainly gets the crowd excited, but as a finisher???
No way. How the hell would that be expected to keep someone like The Big
Show down? Speaking of The Big Waste, I would quite like to see him rip
the piss out of Rocky's mannerisms by doing his own Giant's Elbow or
something. I was certainly laughing my ass of at No Way Out when Shane
levelled Rock with that leaping chairshot :)
"The WWF are milking in on a revoloution started by WCW in the UK. WCW
were on TV first over here in the early 90's and on a national TV
station then WWF went on SKY. The WCW did a tour of the UK going to
little as well as big stadiums all across the country and now WWF set up
a regular visit to the UK but they normally only do one show. I have
wrote on this page for the last couple of days and I got in contact with
Sky trying to get TNT on Sky Digital but they replied saying it is not
in their future plans. E-mail byteback@... and help the cause by
petitioning. Even if you do not recieve Sky Digital it is the right
thing to do. I can't get hold of ITV's address at the moment as I am
trying to get some old WCW footage still as I only had one reply, please
e-mail me if you have any WCW footage on VHS format video. My e-mail
address is obsessed1984@... if anyone can help in anyway it
would be much appreciated."
- Adam, from England
How dare Sky nick my name?? Bastards. About the video tapes, read on my
(Editor's Note: How can SKY have that e-mail when their website is at
Cheap plug alert...
"Here is the site I mentioned which has early WCW, WWF, ECW, and a lot
in independant wrestling promotions, as well as boxing. The site isn't
completely finished, but you can order anything that's there, either by
e-mail or by calling the phone number. You can also have tapes custom
made of certain wrestlers or certain types of matches. Check it out,
thanks!!! http://jmwsr.tripod.com/Coliseum/coliseum_index.htm "
There you go Adam, hope that is of use to you. I've checked the site out
myself and there is a HUGE selection of goodies to choose from. Happy
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> WAR FOR WWF PROGRAMMING RIGHTS- USA Network wants the WWF. CBS wants the WWF. Who will come out on top
of this bidding war? In a story published by the LA Times, it reveals
that CBS is offering alot. An equity investment of $100 million or more
in the McMahon company, billboards, radio and TV stations, advertising
throught their cable channels, broadcast outlets and websites and more
importantly for McMahon, the airing of the XFL league that's starting
next year. A CBS source said "This is better than the NFL, it lasts only
16 weeks, but WWF delivers 14 rating points every week of the year and
there is no licensing fee." It will be very interesting to see where
this ends. CBS will soon officially merge with media gaints Viacom.
> SMACKDOWN FOR PSX RELEASED!- Today THQ/JAKKS announced the release of their first Playstation game
under the WWF license, WWF Smackdown! Yuke's Co. Ltd. of Japan are the
developers of this sure to be hit while THQ publishes and distributes
the game. "THQ has married the No. 1 license in Sports-Entertainment and
the best PlayStation wrestling game development team in the world for
what looks to be the biggest PlayStation launch in company history,"
stated Alison Locke, senior vice president of sales and marketing, THQ.
"Pre-orders at retail are incredibly strong, and we look forward to
topping the PlayStation charts with `WWF SmackDown!'". You can purchase
WWF Smackdown! from the Wrestling Megastore at
http://www.wrestlingmegastore.com for a retail price of $36.99. (Credit
to AP for the story)
> BULLDOG TALKS TO CANADIAN PRESS- After checking in for drug treatment, Davey Boy Smith did his first
interview with Calgary Sun newspaper reporter Rick Bell. In the story,
Smith reveals how he went to Vince McMahon for help, telling him he's
not feeling good, and doesn't know where to go. That same night, WWF
chairman Vince McMahon flew him to a drug treatment center in Atlanta.
It was reported that Bulldog will stay there for three months, and
McMahon will still pay Davey's normal salary. Besides that, McMahon is
also paying him his treatment at the center, which is sums up to around
a whopping $75,000. For the full interesting story go to
> BYTE THIS!- Mick Foley will be the special guest on Byte This today starting at
6PM EST. The program is hosted by Dr Tom Pritchard and Kevin Kelly and
you can call the program between 6PM and 7PM EST or else send your
questions via e-mail to bytethis@... . For more information visit
> GANGREL OFF CANADIAN SHOWS- WWF superstar Gangrel is still out with an ear drum injury. Due to
this, the WWF has cancelled him off the Canadian shows scheduled for
this weekend in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
> WWFE STOCK- Stocks saw an increase of 7.21% over the previous trade, closing at 13
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> THUNDER PREVIEW- Here are the matches you will see on tonight's Thunder - spoiler free.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. battles The Artist; Brian Knobs & Fit Finlay & The
Dog take on 3 Count; Demon vs La Parka; Vampiro fights Lex Luger;
Referees Mickey J and Mark Johnson battle it out; Crowbar fights the
Wall; Flair takes on Buff Bagwell and in a 6 man tag team match Jeff
Jarrett & The Harris Boys take on Sid & Booker & Kidman.
> POSSIBLE MAIN EVENT FOR NITRO- The rumored main event for next week's Nitro is for Sid to defend his
WCW title against the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. I think it would be in the
best interest of the company if WCW give Flair the title and build some
angles around him. He can wrestle, he can cut a promo, he can do it all.
> ON LARRY KING- WCW superstars Hulk Hogan, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and hardcore legend
Terry Funk will all appear on the March 15th edition of Larry King Live
on CNN! The show will be about the movie "Beyond the Mat". Barry
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