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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Howdy folks. Couple of interesting news items today. Running late over
here, so it's best for me to head to bed. See ya tomorrow.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW RATINGS- RAW received the same composite rating of last week, a 4.2 with a 6.8
share, off hours 3.9 and 4.5. Quarter hour breakdowns are as follows:
3.4, 3.8, 3.9, 4.3, 4.5, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.8 for the overrun. The
quarter hour numbers kept increasing although the sixth quarter went
down by 0.2. But 3.4 for the opening quarter? That's the lowest since
the Christmas edition of RAW!
> MORE ON THE ARREST AND FIRING OF BRIAN LAWLER- In an interview with WMC-TV5 in Memphis, Jerry 'The King' Lawler said
that his son Brian only had muscle building drugs when he was arrested
this past Monday in Canada for possession of illegal drugs. Lawler said
that the drugs were legal in the US, but not in Canada. However,
Canadian authorities found something else. According to the Calgary
Herald, the Mounties found 1/10th of a gram of methamphetamine, 1/10th
of a gram of marijuana, and 1/2 a gram of cocaine. The judge in charge
of the case agreed to let Lawler work in Canada, make a $500 donation to
the Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Program and pay a $50 sum to the Victim
Fine Fund. WMC-TV5 also spoke with WWF Vice President of Corporate
Communications Gary Davis who said that even though the charges were
dropped against the young Lawler, rules are rules, and 'Sexay' won't be
asked back to join the World Wrestling Federation.
> WWF STOCKS- Stocks closed at 12.21, a 1.75% increase over the previous trade. The
day's range was 12.10 - 12.49.
> ANGLE ON BYTE THIS!- Tomorrow afternoon, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle will be on Byte
This, the WWF.COM audio show between 4PM and 5PM EST. If you want to
talk to Angle, call on 1-888-LIVEWWF between 4 and 5 or else e-mail your
questions to bytethis@... . Windows Media Player is needed to watch
> SMACKDOWN! PREVIEW- Here are the matches scheduled for tonight's Smackdown! broadcast on
UPN. Kane vs Edge; Bubba Ray Dudley vs Hardcore Holly; Chris Jericho vs
Kurt Angle; Rhyno vs Raven; X-Factor vs Hardy Boyz & Eddie Guerrero;
Steve Austin vs Chris Benoit.
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> BOOKER T SIGNS AOL TIME WARNER RELEASE- Bob Ryder broke the story earlier today that the WCW champ has
accepted a buyout from AOL Time Warner and is now free to join the World
Championship Wrestling under the guidance of WWF Entertainment. Those
who accepted or will accept buyouts are taking 50 cents on the dollar,
getting half of what they were supposed to get over the period of their
old contract. To our knowledge, Booker T is the first person to accept
such clause, thus enabling him to join the new WCW.
> ROB VAN DAM CLOSE TO SIGN- In an interview with TheStrangehold.com radio show, Rob Van Dam said
that he has a contract from the World Wrestling Federation which is
currently in the hands of his lawyers. Van Dam said that he still didn't
sign it and doesn't expect to sign it 'in the next few hours either'. In
the past, the WWF were interested in Van Dam but negotiations between
the two always broke down, until a few weeks ago where Jim Ross met with
Van Dam to talk business again. According to many, Van Dam isn't very
well liked in the locker room. Van Dam will make a part of WCW if/when
he signs his contract.
> BUFF BAGWELL JOINS WCW- Things didn't look good for Bagwell when the WWF purchased WCW. Known
for his rather not-so-good behavior, and the WWF known for taking 'no
sh!t' from anyone, Bagwell's career in the big league was somewhat
foggy. Reports came out today by Dave Scherer that this former champ has
signed a multi-year deal with the WWF to be with the new WCW. Bagwell
didn't have to accept a buyout of his contract since his expired and
only signed a 2 month extension back then. There are conflicting reports
as to when Bagwell's two month extension expires, some say it did, some
say it expires at the end of June. What we know is that Bagwell signed
it in time to participate in the proposed PPV relaunch of the Fusient
Media Ventures WCW 'The Big Bang' in Las Vegas. Obviously, that was
canceled so probably by simple math, the deal does expire at the end of
> STORM COMMENTS ON RAW APPEARANCE- He's the first to lead the way. Last Monday night, Lance Storm started
the invasion of WCW on WWF broadcasts. In his latest commentary, Storm
discusses that night in Calgary, backstage, seeing Paul Heyman again and
more. Check it out at
>> DON'T BLAME CANADAJason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
The following is a reprent of the article originally published in The
Bagpipe Report, as well as the October 1999 Edition of WOW Magazine. It
is a 5/30/99 story on the funeral of Owen Hart. Yesterday was the two
year anniversary of when he was laid to rest.
Today it finally sunk in. Owen Hart is gone. The guy who I was lucky
enough to have sat down and had dinner with, who was one of my heros and
someone who was deserving of being so, has been laid to rest.
I attended the public portion of the funeral, standing outside Mcinnis
and Holloway Funeral Chapel with about 2000 other fans. Two large
speakers set up on each side broadcast the funeral to those of us
As guests arrived, organist Jeannie Harrison's music played through the
speakers, playing emotional songs such as "My heart will go on" "Wind
beneath my wings" and "Unchained Melody."
3 busloads of wrestlers were brought to the home. In attendance were the
mayor of Calgary, Al Duerr, the Premier of Alberta, Ralph Klien, as well
as many wrestlers from the WWF and Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Hulk
Hogan of WCW.
The funeral officially began with Owen Hart's friend, country singer
Collin Raye. He sang 3 songs. "One Boy, One Girl", "Love, Me", and
"Amazing Grace." This started the tears flowing for many, and those few
who had not yet been pushed over the brink were done so when Reverend
Andrew Risby of the Standard Church of America said a prayer for Owen.
Then Martha Hart took the podium for her tribute to her husband.
"I'm not worried about Owen." the said, her voice choked with tears.
"Because I know he's walking with god. But I just wish he were still
walking with me because I miss him so much." In the most emotional
speech of the afternoon, Martha talked about her High School sweetheart.
"He had one flaw. He had the weirdest toes!!!" she said, one of the many
uplifting moments in a emotional event. "For a while there I didn't
think it was going to work, his feet were so ugly. But he promised to
keep his socks on. He did for the first 7 years, then when we got
married he tossed them away."
Martha moved the audience to tears, mentioning how she and Owen had been
scheduled to move into their dream home this past Friday, and that they
had planned to take a train from Calgary to Vancouver for their 10th
"Nobody I know has what we had." she said of their fairytale romance.
Taking a moment to acknowledge those of us outside in the rain, Martha
said "I don't want to forget the people outside. We all know we have
jobs and places to be. I want to thank them for being here, I don't want
to forget them."
"I'm a very forgiving person, and I'm not bitter. But there will be a
day of reckoning, and this is my final promise to Owen."
Bret Hart spoke next, admitting he wasn't sure what he was going to say.
He made most of his tribute "Owen Stories." Something I am sure that
will be told for many years to come. Most stories, he admitted, weren't
appropriate. He wracked his mind to come up with some. Included in his
tribute was a story about Owen making fun of Jim Duggan over the phone
from the front lobby of a hotel. When the desk clerk expressed concern
about taking the blame, Owen said "Just tell him Jim Powers did it."
"Owen was the best father and husband I've ever seen, it's fitting he be
remembered as that."
His anecdotes lightened up the procession as much as was possible under
the circumstances, and allowed us another look at the joker Owen was.
Ross Hart also spoke in tribute to Owen, titled "Forever Young". It was
a very touching finale of tributes.
Finally the reverend spoke again about Owen, God and other such things.
Following this was a video tribute, which was unfortunately not viewable
by those outside. At that point, the funeral ended.
The guests then departed the parlor. Owen's brothers Smith, Keith, Bret,
Bruce, Wayne and Ross served as pall-
bearers. Owen's hearse lead a police-lead procession away from the home
to the graveside service in Queens Park Cemetery, as fans applauded
Owen and remembered someone who will never, ever be forgotten.
Thanks Hart Family, for allowing us fans the chance to be a part of
saying goodbye to such a incredible human being, and thank you Owen, for
A reception was held at Hart House after the funeral.
In closing, here is a poem, written on the back of this afternoons
program, written by Martha Hart, that "describes Owen's wonderful
I am a lighthouse
Lonely but strong
I reach out to help people
Weather the storm
Some are lost souls
Some in dismay
My light helps to guide them
Out of harms way.
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