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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Howdy folks. Welcome to issue #978. Lekisha and I were talking about the
1000th issue and what should we include in it. Being a very special
number, I guess we should put something more in it. If you have any
suggestions on what you want to see in that issue, drop me a line and as
Vince McMahon would say, we'll take it under advisement. :)
That's a wrap for today, back tomorrow.
In just 3 weeks, the Wrestling-Online Newsletter will celebrate its
1000th issue. We are collecting comments from readers around the world
who receive the newsletter and the best ones will be printed in the
special 1000th issue! If you want to send your comments about the
newsletter, how good or bad we have been, please send them to
editor@... with the subject '1000th issue comments'
>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> SPEEDING UP THE AUDIO...- So who's doing the voice overs for the Sara/Undertaker vignettes which
are airing on RAW and Smackdown!? Wrestling-Online Newsletter reader
Erik Roth sent us a link that was originally posted on 1wrestling.com
that actually revealed the identity of the person doing the voice overs.
The reader who submitted the .mp3 file to 1wrestling.com did some
speeding on the audio from one of the vignettes, automatically removing
the special effects. Who turned out to be the man? Non other then Vince
McMahon. This doesn't mean McMahon will be the stalker, but he sure is
doing these voice overs. For those interested, check out
http://www.1wrestling.com/columns/lariat/saraut.mp3 and hear the magic
of special effects! The two clips are in the same file, one that was
heard on Smackdown! complete with effects, and the other is the one
> TICKETS ON SALE- The following shows went on sale earlier today. RAW Is WAR live from
Tacoma, WA., at the Tacoma Dome on Monday July 2nd; House show at the
North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC., on July 7th; House
show from the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, GA., on Sunday July 8th;
Smackdown! tapings at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center in
Birmingham, AL., on Tuesday July 10th. For more information about
tickets, check out Ticketmaster.com or else call the arena box office.
> INJURY UPDATES- Here's this week injury update from Jim Ross. Triple H is recovering
from his surgery in Birmingham, AL., doing rehab Kevin Wilk. The first
few weeks will be crucial since an indication will be given if the
muscle connected properly; Rikishi had surgery on Thursday to repair his
injured shoulder and he's expected to miss four more months; X-Pac is
having neck problems again, but will continue working; Val Venis is
having a lump on his hip surgically removed on Monday and will be out
for around three weeks; One half of the tag team champs Chris Benoit is
feeling pain in his right arm and had an MRI on Friday, but just like
X-Pac, he's expected to continue working.
> PREVIEW OF THE TWO NEW WWF GAMES- We have a little preview of the two new WWF games 'RAW Is WAR' for
X-Box and 'Smackdown! Just Bring It' for Playstation 2 in our games
section on the website. Along with some of the features on the new games
we also have a couple of screenshots from the two. These new games look
absolutely fantastic. You can check em out at
http://www.wrestling-online.com in the Games section.
> IS CHINA NEXT?- According to WWF Senior Vice President of international distribution
Andrew Whitaker, the World Wrestling Federation is looking into bringing
their 'WWF Attitude' in China, which would be the latest country from
the far east to receive WWF programming. The WWF already enjoys
successful viewership in Asia and just recently announced new TV deals
in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, and
South Korea. That totals up 1,200 hours of original programming in that
region. Almost every corner of the world receives WWF action every week.
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> BRET HART MEETS WITH OLD FRIENDS- In his latest Calgary Sun article, Bret Hart didn't mention anything
about the members of his family - including his father - appearing
ringside during RAW Is WAR this past Monday. Bret went on to say that he
loves wrestling, "but it's the business that is slimy". Hart said that
while the WWF crew where in Calgary, he met with some of his friends
from the time he was there, drank beer and told stories just like the
old days. Bret didn't want to mention the guys he met but said that they
were true friends and was happy to see them again. To read the full
article, check it out at
>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
The problem with writing a weekly column is that sometimes you have so
many things running through your head you dont know which one to choose
to write about.
Then again if I did this daily I would be stumped.
So I will cover a couple of quick topics.
First off thanks to all for your comments on my series of Owen Hart
stories. I always enjoy getting feedback.
Speaking of Owen, some controversy over members of the family being on
RAW. Wrestling has been this families entire life. Owens death was an
accident and it shouldnt really come as a surprise that the hatchet has
Which brings me to this. Pillman Show 2001 is right around the corner.
Gary Albreight had a show in tribute to him as well. With the lawsuit
settled I think it is time for a tribute show to Owen, in Calgary. We as
fans never really got the chance to pay tribute in that form, and with
how respected Owen was it is a natural to dedicate a show to him.
Proceeds could go to the Owen Hart Fund at the Childrens Hospital.
I just think it is time. Owen was so loved, and to pay tribute to him
would be a great thing. As a side note, thanks Chris Jericho for paying
tribute to Owen after RAW ended. That got one of the biggest reactions
of the night, and rightfully so.
Now my big beef. It seems quite often one of the big stories is that TSN
edits RAW. This past week they had canned crowd shots for the entire
Molly Holly Table segment. Last week they edited out the sledgehammer
shot on RAW by HHH to Austin. The claim is that they have to adhere to
Canadian Government regulations.
This past Saturday I watched the syndicated episode of Buffy: The
Vampire Slayer on a Canadian channel. In it Buffy quite literally beats
the hell out of a female god with a sledgehammer, and those shots were
pretty nasty looking. This took place at 5:00 in the afternoon on a
Sorry TSN, it is time for a new excuse. When Heat and Smackdown, also on
Canadian stations, show footage that TSN edits, it says that something
is up. Fans rejoiced that RAW was moving to TNN in hopes of seeing the
unedited version. But since TSN has Exclusive Canadian Rights it was
Call me frustrated, but at 22 years of age I should be able to choose
what I see and dont see. Compared to a lot of stuff I see on TV, A
sledgehammer shot is pretty tame.
Till next week.
Editor can be reached at Editor@...
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