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> ROCK ON BYTE THIS!- The WWF champ was the special guest of yesterday's Byte This WWF.COM
audio show! The Rock talked about Summerslam, HHH, Angle, Rock 'n' Sock
Connection, and more. You can read the report at
> SMACKDOWN RATING- Smackdown received a broadcast rating of a 5.0 with an 8.5 share for
yesterday's show. (Scherer)
> WWFE STOCK- Stocks closed the week at 21.75, a 1.75% increase over the previous
trade. The day's range was 21.25 - 22.00.
> BILLBOARD'S TOP 10 VIDEOS- After weeks in the number one position on Billboard's Top 10
Recreational Sports list, Rock's "People's Champ" lost its spot to a new
video. Another video carrying the WWF Home Video label that is. "Tables
Ladders & Chairs" is now in the first place, followed by Rock's
"People's Champ". "Divas-Post Cards From The Caribbean" sits in the
third place while Steve Austin's "Lord Of The Ring" is at four. "Eve Of
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seventh. "Austin Vs. McMahon" is in number eight and "WWF Insurrextion"
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> INTERNET WEEK FEATURES WWF.COM- Internet Week Online is running a feature story on the WWF.COM
website. The website keeps breaking records almost every month with the
amount of impressions they receive. It's an interesting article which
also has some stuff on the 'business' side of the website. Check it out
> SMACKDOWN REPORT, By WWF.COM- After four days away from World Wrestling Federation programming,
Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley made her return as SmackDown! kicked off from
Fayetteville, N.C. Stephanie thanked the crowd for their concern as to
her whereabouts, and for the record, she said that she was at Shanes
bedside as the Boy Wonder convalesced in a medical facility after
SummerSlam. She added that she and Triple H were again in wedded bliss,
and that the Game would arrive to the building shortly.
That brought out Kurt Angle, who said he admired Stephanie for putting
on such a brave face after the way Triple H mandhandled her at
SummerSlam. He showed the replay of Triple H slugging Stephanie, and he
tried to convince her that it wasnt an accident. He then showed the
replay of Triple H and Chyna hugging on Mondays RAW footage that
Stephanie hadnt seen! Mrs. Game was irate.
Chyna then came to the stage and tried to tell Stephanie that Kurt was
just manipulating her. Angle turned it around on the Ninth Wonder of the
World, however, saying that Chyna attended to Triple H instead of Eddie
Guerrero when Angle hit them both with chairs Monday night, again trying
to show Stephanie that Chyna was trying to steal her man. Chyna then
said she would shove Angles Olympic medals down his throat!
The Ninth Wonder of the World entered in the ring, and immediately,
Stephanie got up in her face.
Angle, who just seconds earlier said he would only hit Chyna in
self-defense, snuck up from behind and executed the Olympic slam on
Chyna! Eddie Guerrero came down to save his Mamacita as Stephanie and
Angle scampered away.
Moments after the segment ended, Triple H arrived at the arena. He
walked into his locker room to find Stephanie and Kurt. Kurt snuck out,
and then Stephanie slapped her husband, asking why he didnt tell her
about his conversation with Chyna. Triple H then left and said hed come
back when he had cooled down.
In a one-on-one match-up, the Road Dogg reversed a bicycle kick into a
pump-handle slam, allowing him to pin Bull Buchanan.
An incensed Chyna and Eddie Guerrero went to Commissioner Mick Foleys
office, and Mamacita demanded a match against Kurt Angle. But the
commish refused, instead putting Angle in a Triple Threat Match against
both Eddie Guerrero and Triple H.
The Hardy Boyz and Lita promised to leave their home state of North
Carolina as victors prior to their six-person tag team match against
Edge, Christian and Jacqueline. Indeed, after a Swanton Bomb, Jeff
pinned Christian for the win!
Kurt Angle then approached Stephanie, hoping to clear up some confusion.
He said that their kiss on last weeks SmackDown! was just what good
friends do, and thats what they are good friends. Stephanie said OK,
but she just needed space, and Kurt said hed be there for her.
Next up, Al Snow made Perry Saturn tap out to a dragon sleeper to become
the new European Champion!
The Game returned to his locker room for a little chat with his wife. He
admitted that he should have told her about his conversation with Chyna,
and that he was wrong. Stephanie said that it was OK, and that she was
just disconcerted because he and Chyna had a relationship in the past.
But when Stephanie went to kiss him, Triple H pulled away, saying that
Stephanie could get upset about him and Chyna, but that she and Kurt
didnt have a past relationship, so whats up with their recent trysts?
Stephanie said, again, that she and Kurt were just friends. But Triple H
soon grew enraged, even throwing furniture around the locker room as
Stephanie screamed at him to stop.
In an interview with Kevin Kelly, Al Snow said that he wanted to restore
prestige to the European Title for all the people of Europa!
Next up, the Undertaker faced Chris Benoit in a match to determine the
No. 1 contender to The Rocks World Wrestling Federation Championship. A
winner had to be decided by pinfall or submission, and the Undertaker
seemed to be well on his way to a title shot. But as he set the
Wolverine up for a chokeslam, Kane interfered, just as the Undertaker
had in Kanes title match against The Rock on RAW. The Undertaker won
the match by DQ, but did not earn the No. 1 contender position.
After the bell, Kane and Benoit double-teamed the Undertaker until The
Rock came out to make the save.
Prior to his match against Chris Jericho, Tazz asked where Jim Ross was.
He asked if J.R. was hiding, or if he was at home unfreezing his frozen
face. During the match, he went to the commentators table and punched
Jerry Lawler. Lawler then attacked Tazz. Jericho then gained control of
the match, scoring a Lionsault for the pin.
Just Joe entered Kurt Angles locker room and said that hed just heard
a lot of noise coming from the McMahon/Helmsley locker room. Angle
hypothesized that Triple H had hit Stephanie again, and stormed away to
check on his good friend.
After Taka and Funaki had laughed at them for losing the TLC Match at
SummerSlam, the Dudley Boyz were out for revenge against the tag team
known as Kaientai. After the bell rang, the APA came to ringside with
the black gloves on meaning that someone had hired them! We would soon
find out that it was Taka and Funaki who hired the two men, and thanks
to the APAs interference, Taka was able to pin D-Von Dudley. But
apparently the Acolytes services ended after the closing bell, because
after the match, the Dudleys put Taka on a table, and then Buh Buh
powerbombed Funaki through both Taka and the table!
As Stephanie got some coffee backstage, Kurt asked if she was OK and if
Triple H had hit her. Stephanie said she was fine, which led Angle to
believe that she was just protecting her husband.
Trish Stratus approached Val Venis as he prepared for his match against
Rikishi and demanded that he show her the proper respect after she made
him Intercontinental Champion. She said that losing the title to Chyna
was just a minor setback. Val said that he won the title on his own, and
that it was all her fault that he had lost it. He said that he was sick
of Trish, and that he was done with her. Trish said that Val would be
Rikishi was accompanied by Mandy and Victoria for his match against Val,
who was by himself. Midway through the match, the Right to Censor hit
the ring, and Rikishi had to fight off all three men. Too Cool came down
to even the odds, battling the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan on the
outside. But the Right to Censor would soon get their revenge when
Steven cracked the ring bell over Rikishis skull, allowing Val to score
Backstage, Eddie Guerrero prepared for his Triple Threat Match, and
Chyna promised that she would be in his corner and not Triple Hs.
In the McMahon/Helmsley locker room, the Game apologized for losing his
cool. He said that his wife meant everything to him, and that whenever
he saw Kurt Angle with her, it made him sick. The two reconciled, and
then there was a knock at the door. It was Fayettevilles Finest,
several police officers investigating a call of spousal abuse. They
asked Triple H to go downtown with them for some questioning.
As Triple H made the long walk to the cop car, Stephanie swore
up-and-down that she had nothing to do with the complaint. She even told
the cops that she was the Games wife and that he hadnt done anything,
but the officers werent listening, and Triple H was driven away in the
back of a squad car.
As he was being put into the car, Commissioner Foley approached
Stephanie and said that the main event on SmackDown! would now be Eddie
against Kurt in a singles match. He also said that it would be unfair
for Chyna to be in Eddies corner if no one was in Kurts corner so he
demanded that Stephanie be in Angles corner.
The main event match between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle was emotional
and brutal, with both Stephanie and Chyna getting involved on several
occasions. Finally, Chyna threw her Intercontinental Title into the ring
for Eddie, but Kurt picked it up instead, clobbering Eddie and scoring
the pinfall win. After the pin, Chyna clotheslined Angle to the outside
of the ring. Stephanie then again approached Chyna and got in her face,
screaming Who the hell do you think you are? That enraged Mamacita,
who then delivered a DDT to the Games wife! Kurt saved Stephanie and
helped her to the back as SmackDown! went off the air.
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> WCW UK TOUR- Tickets for the Nitro tapings at the London Arena went on sale this
morning. They are priced £22.50 - £30.00, with the best tickets £2.50
more expensive then the other shows. Tickets for the Newcastle's
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> HART TO "SHOOT" ON NITRO- Continuing the "shoot" style interviews on WCW programming, former WWF
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> VIC GRIMES INTERVIEW- IGNWrestling.com recently conducted an interview with Vic Grimes.
Here's what he had to say!
Norton: So how did you end up in this crazy game?
Grimes: Way back when I don't know what year, but I was a football
player, and got speared in the back. I slipped a disc. I was playing the
Hayward Outlaws on the minor leagues at the time. I tried to make a
comeback but I couldn't do it. It was a bad time for me. I did the wrong
things, danced on the wrong side of the tracks. So my mother shipped me
off to my dad's in Missouri, and he straightened me out pretty good, got
my life back together. One day we're talking outside a movie theatre,
and he says "So what do you want to do with your life?" So I say I want
to be a wrestler. "Why don't you try that fake stuff on TV?" he asks.
Well, I tell him that I don't know how to do that. So he says "If I find
out how to get you in, would you do it?" So I say "Yeah, sure."
So the next day he comes back to me with a magazines which has an ad for
a book, which reads "How to Become A Professional Wrestler." I don't
know if you've ever seen it, one of the writers was Percy Pringle (Paul
Norton: Wow, yeah I ordered the same thing like six years ago. That was
a good book, it had information about all areas of wrestling
Grimes: exactly, and one of those things was a list of wrestling
schools you could go to. But there weren't any in Missouri. However,
there WAS a bunch near where my mom was
Norton: in California.
Grimes: Exactly. So I go all the way back to California and check them
out, and I saw one up the street; Roland Alexander's APW. It was one of
the best ones. I didn't waste any time, I just walked in and said "let's
Norton: So who trained you there?
Grimes: A bunch of people. Rick Thompson, the worked father of Robert
Thompson. There's Matt Hyson (Spike Dudley), Mike Modest. Manny
Fernandez had a part in it too. And Dory Funk Jr.
Norton: He was out there for a period of time?
Grimes: Yeah, I worked with him in the WWF training camp.
Norton: So when did you start?
Grimes: I started in March, 1995. I was so eager, there was a class
ahead of me and I kept showing up for that one and pretend to be in that
class. I'd bump with them and stuff, and ended up joining that class.
Norton: What led to you getting a tryout with the WWF?
Grimes: I was wrestling for APW. I liked documenting on film everything
I was doing at the time. Roland had his . Peter Holmes, J.R. Benson.
J.R. was one of the managers in APW at the time. He'd bring a camera.
Roland didn't mind as long as he could get a copy of the footage. I
didn't know at that time that J.R. himself took some of that footage and
sent it off to ECW. So in ECW, I think it was Steve Richards or Blue
Meanie who got a hold of it. They gave it to Tom Prichard, who gave it
to Jim Cornette. Cornette saw it, liked it, but had no idea who I was.
The tape wasn't labeled. J.R. sent some
more stuff, directly to Cornette. He knew Jim from Smokey Mountain
wrestling. Cornette asks him about me, and gets my number. So Jim calls
me up and says (Vic puts on Cornette's voice) "Hi, this is Jim Cornette,
with the WWF up in Stanford, Conneticut." So I'm thinking yeah,
whatever, it's one of the boys, so I just reply "okay Kelly, I know it's
you!" All of a sudden I say "I have to go," I'm getting out of the
shower and all that, so I hung up on Jim Cornette. So he calls me back.
He says "Is this Vic?" I say "Yeah." He says "This is Jim Cornette
again from Titan Sports. I'd like you to get a pen and paper, I'll give
you my number, you can do whatever you want with it." So from
there we schedule a tryout!
Norton: I understand you could bring someone along to work with for the
tryout, and that person was Erin O' Grady, better known now as Crash
Holly. Why did you pick him?
Grimes: In actuality, this was my tryout. Erin himself was on a lot of
footage that Jim saw, I guess, we used to work together a lot. So I
asked "can I bring someone for the tryout, or will I be working with one
of your boys?" So he says "why don't you bring along that guy you were
working with, he looked pretty good." So it was my tryout, but instead
of squashing him, I fed him some moves, gave him a lot. We went back and
forth, and when it was over, they liked both of us. They said we had the
best tryout match in the last five years, and that in the last ten
years, this is the first time they've ever signed both guys.
Norton: You've worked for Roland, Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman. What do
you think is the one thing which makes each successful in this business?
Grimes: I'd say Vince because of his creativity and storylines. Heyman
is great for allowing people to be pretty much themselves and let them
do what they want. Roland has a good eye for talent. He knows what to
watch for in the moves. He's an old-schooler. He likes to keep it real
on the mat. He knows what he's doing.
Go to http://wrestling.ign.com/news/24268.html to read the rest of the
interview. Vic talks about his big bumps, wrestling in an exploding
barbed wire match, his short stint in the WWF, and more.
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