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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
We're one day away from the biggest wrestling event in the yearly sports
entertainment calendar. For those of you not fortunate enough to get it
on PPV, we will be doing our live coverage as always and also give you a
chance to win some great prizes.
Our new dedicated server is up and we're uploading like craaaazy!
Hopefully the new site will be launched next week and here's hoping
there's no downtime during the transition.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> TICKETS ON SALE- Only one show went on sale this morning. Smackdown! tapings in
Indianapolis, IN., at the Conseco Fieldhouse on Tuesday May 1st. Tickets
are priced $40, $30, $25 and $20. To order call on (317) 239-5151 or
else visit Ticketmaster.com
> HEENAN & OKERLUND INTERVIEWED- WWF.COM obtained exclusive comments from two former WWF personalities
Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan who surprised visitors at WWF Axxess
yesterday. Both of them have been absent from the WWF for years and this
weekend they are in Houston as guests for WrestleMania X-Seven. To read
the interview check out http://www.wwf.com/news/headlines/1045560 .
Speaking of guests, Lord Alfred Hayes is also at Axxess as a guest.
> TWO MORE ADDED FOR THE BATTLE ROYAL- Two more stars have been added to the gimmick battle royal for
tomorrow's WrestleMania. These are WWF manager Jim Cornette and former
WWF Lightheavyweight champion Gillberg! Yep folks, Gillberg is returning
for one more WWF match!
> AXXESS LIVE ON DOT COM- At 6:15PM EST, Paul Heyman and Trish Stratus will be at WWF Axxess and
on WWF.COM for the live broadcast. Two additional broadcasts will be
done today on WWF.COM at 8:15PM EST and 9:45PM EST. Windows Media Player
is needed to view WWF Axxess.
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> PACK YO BAGS, YOU'RE GOIN' TO HOUSTON!- Dave Meltzer of the Observer reports that around ten of the WCW
wrestlers whose contracts were picked up by the WWF were told to pack
their bags, put their wrestling attire and title belt if they have one
and go to Houston for WrestleMania. Meltzer says that all are supposed
to have meetings with Jim Ross prior to the event.
> DDP TALKS- In his latest 'State Of The Union Address', Diamond Dallas Page talked
about the WWF purchasing WCW from AOL Time Warner. "Obviously, WWF
Entertainment is up. They have taken over WCW. When WCW finally comes
back on TV under the reign of Shane McMahon, I think the real winners
will be the wrestling fans. There will be an endless array of
possibilities and I look forward to watching them unfold," said the
former WCW champion. DDP didn't talk about if he would take the release
and join the WWF for less money.
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Theres a magic about WrestleMania, something that excites me, something
that gets my mojo going. If you know what I mean, its very difficult to
explain. Im sure some of you know what Im talking about. I got into
wrestling in 1992, and WrestleMania VIII was the one with The Ultimate
Warriors run in, which I popped for big time. I can still quote that
Hogan vs. Sid match word for word. Ever since Ive had the WM bug and
springtime Im always thrilled to know WrestleMania is right around the
This year is absolutely no exception. There is an excellent line up
waiting for us. I for one am looking forward to the event and I promise
you I am not being paid by the WWF to say all this. I expect to see
solid performances from the TLC boyz, Benoit, Angle, HHH, Austin, Regal
and Jericho. The card is so deeply strong!
Here's my take on the matches: -
Tazz & APA vs. RTC :- This is really just the 'extra'/'bonus' match. I'd
much rather have seen Crash, Malenko or Saturn in a bonus match. I just
see this match as an excuse to put as many midcarders on the card as
possible. I don't really care for this match,
but anyway, Tazz & APA will probs pick up the victory.
Ivory vs. Chyna :- Chyna's return, don't get me started bitchin' about
her. Her book is one of the most nauseating pieces of literature I've
ever had the mispleasure to peruse. She is also allegedly responsible
for getting The Kat fired and consequently responsible
for Lawler's departure, believe that if you will, I'm not sure what to
believe. Anyway, surely Ivory can't get the win over Chyna again, maybe
she can with the help of Steven Richards, but I reckon "The One" Billy
Gunn will be Chyna's equaliser (seeing as he's not involved elsewhere on
the card). Chyna to win.
Gimmick Battle Royal :- I am really looking forward to this match. Like
a lot of net columnists, I really get off on wrestling nostalgia, so
this bout has caught my
imagination. I can't wait to see the Bushwhackers, Doink, Duke etc. I
can't help but feel we may see a wee surprise or two in this match, I
originally thought Hulk Hogan, it is possible, but I can't see him
coming in during a comedy match. I just hope they give
all the wrestlers entrances, cos I'd love to see the Bushwhackers lick
some people - or maybe I wouldn't. I reckon the unadvertised surprise
mystery wrestler will win.
Test vs. Eddie Guerrero :- I'm actually looking forward to this too.
Test, despite his critics, is a good performer, in my view. Remember its
my view and I'm entitled to
it. Eddie Guerrero could carry Bushwhacker Luke to a good match. So
this, if they are given enough ring time could be a stonker. Although it
has been poorly built up,
I see Test getting the win, in order to try and build him for a future
push. What would be the point in Eddie winning? Then he'd be in exactly
the same position he was a year ago. If he does the job, he can move
onto a new angle, and perhaps bigger things.
Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit :- Benoit's face push begins. This match
will hopefully be at least a 20 minute display of technical expertise.
Will Radicalz, Saturn and Malenko, get involved, they aren't involved
elsewhere, and they are stars who deserve to be involved, but anyway...
. It could be a showstealer and could be Benoit's chance to shine once
more. Ditto Angle. I think Benoit will pull off the victory.
Shane vs. Vince :- Rumours flying everywhere over whether or not Booker
T or Ric Flair or some other WCW character will show up, this endangers
the main event, as it could be argued that there is more interest in
this match than the Rock/Austin clash. I don't think this match will be
up to much, though Simba may make it worthwhile to some extent. I think
Shane will score the victory, hopefully with a little help from his
Triple H vs. Undertaker :- Contrary to what other columnists online say,
I believe that this match has been pretty well built up. I didnt think
this match would really interest me when I first heard it was happening,
but the way it has developed has caught my imagination. However, Triple
has reportedly not jobbed on a PPV since 1996, so I cant see him losing
to the Taker.
Raven vs. Big Show vs. Kane :- Although this match has been gradually
built, Id rather have seen Raven take on someone truly hardcore. This
bout does not particularly excite me, but I suppose Raven and Kane
should be able to create a good match. I think Raven
will somehow sneak the victory, HURRAH!
TLC 2 :- Or Showstealer Once More, as some people are calling it. This
HAS to be these three teams swantonsong (geddit? Hehe). They have been
warring for the last 18 months, so it is about time at least 2 of the 3
premiere teams were split to see how they fare on the singles circuit
(Id keep Dudleys together). I have no doubt that Rhino, Spike and Lita
will get involved making it a 9 (wo)man event. Maybe Jerry Lynn will
show up also, who knows. I think the Dudleys will hang on to the belts.
Chris Jericho vs. William Regal :- This match has the potential to be a
match of the year also, which is why this card is so rich, there are so
many excellent matches. The buildup has seen typical Jericho antics
which would naturally leave a true gentleman like Regal feeling somewhat
besmirched. I dont care who wins as Im a mark for both men, but I tip
Regal via screwjob he is the commish after all.
Steve Austin vs. The Rock :- So its come down to this, a repeat of 2
years ago that has been overshadowed by the McMahon saga. However, I
truly believe that both the these men will deliver. It may be a rerun,
but repeats can be entertaining. The Rock can wrestle when he wants to
and usually delivers at WrestleMania, Austin has displayed some of his
old wrestling talent in the last few months, both can brawl, and both
can tell the story with effect. It may not be the match Im looking
forward to most, but hey, it could just be an excellent matchup.
So thats WrestleMania, Im planning on having a WrestleMania party.
Well, some friends and I are going out to a bar to watch the F1
Brazilian Grand Prix, go to a karaoke thingy, getting drunk, getting
pizza, then coming back for the premiere event in the world of sports
entertainment. It should be a good day. If you have any thoughts on my
column, email me at andrew.bulik@... and Ill do my
best to reply. I hope you enjoy the 17th installment of the best event
Editor can be reached at Editor@...
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