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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Heya folks. Thanks to everyone who sent in comments regarding the
newsletter for the 1000th issue. It will be hard to pick the best ones.
Unfortunately not all of them can be printed, but we'll try to squeeze
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW RATINGS- RAW received a 4.3 composite with a 6.8 share, off hours 3.9 with a
6.1 share and 4.5 with a 7.5 share. Since the night after WrestleMania,
this is the only RAW that went up a fraction of point as the last eight
weeks the ratings have been on the way down. Quarter hour breakdowns are
as follows: 3.1, 4.1, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.5, 4.4, 4.5 and 5.0 for the
overrun. Considering the 3.1 opening segment, not too many people tune
in to watch the start of RAW! Last week that segment drew a 3.5.
> WEEKEND RATINGS- Livewire did a 0.9 with a 2.8 share; Superstars did a 0.9 with a 2.7
share; Heat did a 1.4 rating with a 2.6 share.
> LAST MINUTE UNPAID DEAL GETS VENTURA ON RAW- It's what industry people call 'on the fly booking!' After learning
that WWF developmental wrestler Brock Lesnar was going to be in a dark
match at RAW, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura made sure he was there to
cheer on his friend - and even accompany him to the ring in the dark
match before RAW started. Ventura's private attorney David Bradley Olsen
said that the decision was made then to place Ventura in the Vince/Foley
storyline on RAW later in the night. According to the Pioneer Planet
newspaper, Ventura's appearance on RAW came in free of charge and it was
confirmed by Ventura's attorney. No one knew Jesse would be on RAW, and
it wasn't kept as a surprise either because WWF officials didn't know
anything. Ventura was more then happy to appear on the broadcast despite
no publicity to hype the show with his appearance.
> GRAND FORKS MAYOR DECLARES 'SMACKDOWN! DAY'- The Associated Press today reported that Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown
is under some heat for declaring today, June 5th, as 'Smackdown! Day' in
his city in conjunction with tonight's WWF taping of the UPN show.
Smackdown! is being taped at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North
Dakota at 7:30PM. Several critics are saying that this proclamation by
the Major is in 'poor taste', however the Mayor replied back saying that
although he understands the objections and heat from the critics, this
can lead to a 'discussion of violence and morality lessons'!
> EDDIE GUERRERO SENT HOME- Eddie Guerrero was sent home before RAW started due to his strange
behavior backstage yesterday at the Target Center. According to several
sources, Guerrero was busted due to a probable overdose of pain
medication that he's been given in the past few weeks. Guerrero is
expected to check in a drug rehab program and will be welcomed back -
probably for the last time - to continue his work in the WWF. Eddie was
scheduled to take on Matt Hardy in a King Of The Ring qualifying match
however that was changed and Jeff Hardy took Eddie's spot.
> WWF STOCK- Stocks closed at 12.69, a 0.95% increase over the previous trade. The
day's range was 12.50 - 12.70.
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> OFFICIAL HART CLUB & WWF OFFICIAL DENY HART/WWF STORY- The official Bret Hart club sent a mailshot to everyone today
regarding the rumors of Bret Hart agreeing to a WWF deal to put him in
charge of the WCW invasion. Hart's personal coordinator Marcy Engelstein
said that the rumors are 'completely and in all ways false'. WWF
Director of Corporate Communications Judd Everhart told 1wrestling.com
that the report the mentioned website filed yesterday was false, saying,
"I want to refute the story in the strongest possible way." Also today
on SLAM! Wrestling, WWF Canada President Carl Demarco shot down the
rumor. Cindy Little who is the WWF Canada Manager of Corporate
Communications said that in a meeting earlier today, Demarco said and we
quote, "it's untrue and there nothing like that going on at all". To
read the rest of that article, check out
http://www.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingBretHart/june5_hart-can.html . Despite
everything, 1wrestling.com owner and former WCW employee Bob Ryder still
sticks to his story saying that there are two sources covering this
> ERIC BISCHOFF'S NAME BROUGHT UP IN SEX-RELATED STORY- Wrestling-Online Newsletter reader Brian Leedy sent in word today that
on the Neal Boorts radio talk show in Atlanta, GA., Eric Bischoff's name
was brought up in a news bit involving a strip joint called 'Gold Club'
which is currently under federal investigation for racketeering,
prostitution and more. Among those mentioned in the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution newspaper report, sports figures Dennis Rodman,
Terrell Davis, Patrick Ewing and members of NBA's New York Knicks,
Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers are also said to be part of the
whole deal. A reporter on the show said that Bischoff - who was still
serving as a WCW executive - had participated in several sexual acts
with dancers while his wife watched. During the trial it was revealed
that the owner paid $1,000 for each dancer to perform sex and fulfill
the clients' sexual favors. Groovy.
> HUGH MORRUS ON RAW, NEW LOGO DEBUTS- WCW superstar Hugh Morrus was the second WCW wrestler to appear on
WWF's RAW Is WAR yesterday, after last week Lance Storm interrupted a
match superkicking Saturn in Calgary. Morrus interfered in the
Kane/Christian match, performing the 'No Laughing Matter' moonsault on
Christian's tag team partner Edge. Also during the show, the new WCW
logo made its debut flashing on the TitanTron while Morrus did his thing
in the ring. The new logo which can be seen at WCW.COM looks 'cooler'
then the previous two logos.
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Hey there sports fan.
And so ends another long week in wrestling, and you know what? It's been
Let's get straight down to business.
First, I have to address a point. Certain people have bitched at me by
saying "Ha, look at that, Vince has elevated the 2 Chris's and is
feuding them with Austin". They expect me to eat my words. Now excuse my
language, but this means jacksh!t to me. Let's look at the evidence
shall we? In 1999 Billy Gunn feuded with The Rock, did it elevate him?
Did it hell! The Big Show has been pushed numberous times at the top,
has it made him a consistant main eventer? Nope. Okay, so these two
examples are limited in the talent field, so let's look at other
Kurt Angle, remember him? Olympic Gold Medalist, winner of the 3 top
singles straps and King of the Ring. Yet where is he now? In an angle
with Shane McMahon, who seems to have an awesome winning streak for a
non-wrestler. Angle has failed to crack into the promised land occupied
by HHH, Austin, The Undertaker and The Rock. My point is, just because
you get pushed for a couple of months as a main eventer does not mean
your position is elevated.
Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho will put out some huge matches, but do
you believe that either of them can remove the strap from around
Austin's waist and (this is the important AND) keep the belt for a
considerable time with (and this is the even more important WITH)
impressive defences over the likes of Austin, Taker, Rock and Kane?
That's what it'll take. And I can't see Vince letting one of his
star-men suffer that indignity from a Canadian or Olympic medal-winning
upstart. Vince here is a poignant message for you: Keep your
money-making stars happy just now, or make new money making stars to
take you into the next era. We've had the Superstars of Wrestling, we've
had The New Generation, we've had Attitude, we need something new.
My friend Thomas came up with this interesting point: What do the top 4
guys in the WWF have in common? (HHH, Taker, Rock and Austin that is).
Know the answer? The answer is Mick Foley. Or more specifically Foley
jobbing for them.
The Undertaker: Let's face it, his title reign in 97 was never that
exciting, we knew he'd hand the belt to Hart or Michaels sooner or
later. The Kane feud lasted too long, and fans interest was beginning to
then BAM! He throws Mick 20 feet off the cage, then BAM! He choke-slams
him through the cage then OUCH! He slams him on 10000 thumb-tacks.
Suddenly he's a bad Mo-Fo again. Before that, in 1996, as Mick's book
Have A Nice Day details, Taker was in even more of a rut, but a feud
with Mankind rescued him from the doldrums.
Austin: Austin's career wasn't really in a rut. But after WrestleMania
XIV he needed a feud to keep the Austin 3:16 / WWF Attitude momentum
going, to overtake WCW in the ratings, to capitalise on the potential of
AustinMania. Enter Dude Love. Austin's former tag-team partner but now
arch enemy. They had two top PPV main events with dramatic and exciting
climaxes which hooked millions to the WWF product. Both men had a great
deal to do with the WWF revolution.
The Rock: Mankind is linked entirely with Rock's ascension to glory in
the latter half of 1998. In a superb match at BreakDown 98 (avec Ken
Shamrock), Rock and Mankind provided a superb climax to a tremendous
cage match. This was the first time I marked out for Rocky. Rock squared
off with Foley in the final of Survivor Series: Deadly Game, Foley was
unduly screwed out of a title reign with a now passe "Montreal finish".
Foley was again screwed at the December PPV. Then, throughout January
and February 1999, they passed the belt like a hot potato in a series of
matches which amazed and shocked the crowds (particularly at the
Rumble). Then, voila, Rocky is facing Austin at WM15 and a bona-fide
star is born.
Triple H: When did you sit up and really take notice of Triple H (if you
ever have)? My betting that it was at the brutal title match at Royal
Rumble 2000. Or at the savage career-ending (yeah right!) Hell in a Cell
bout at No Way Out 2000? The feud in early 2000 between Foley and Trips
was some of Paul Levesque's best work in the ring and on the mic, he's
never quite caught my interest in the same way again. It is my opinion
that Foley definitely brought out the best in The Lame.
Okay, these guys are all extremely talented, but isn't Kurt Angle? The
WWF needs their main eventers to put the up and comers over big time,
like Foley did. Was Foley regarded as a midcarder when he retired? I
think not. Yet look at all the jobs he did. Which makes it confusing as
to why the main eventers are reluctant to job (not including Taker, he
jobs, and I like him). And when I say job, I mean job properly. NOT a
jobbing to a screwjob finish, or chairshot or such-like. Nor beating the
living hell out of the victorious opponent at the next tv event (ie. HHH
and Jeff Hardy).
On to other stuff.
The Harts. It was good to see the Hart family on WWF TV. And it makes
everyone think if The Harts can forgive, why can't Bret? Well, remember
Montreal? I don't think I'd ever return to a former employer who screwed
over like that for the sake of a little egotistical arse like HBK, so I
can understand Bret's stance. People should just lay off him. He's had a
hard time. He's divorced his wife, he lost his brother and best friend,
he was screwed, he suffered 2-3 years in a shitty wrestling fed only to
have his career ended by the sloppiness of Goldberg. Leave Bret be.
Also, major props go to Jason Clevett for his series on Owen Hart. For
those that don't know, I was and still am a huge fan of Owen's. He was
my favourite wrestler, and my friend Scott and I were total Owen marks
throughout school. I was lucky enough to see Owen perform once in 1999,
just a month before the tragedy, I'll always regard myself as very lucky
to have seen the great man perform. Owen, we will always always remember
On the note of a tribute show for Owen, I can't see it happening anytime
soon. That sort of show would need the blessing of Martha Hart, and I
really can't see that happening as she has the same opinion of the WWF
as Bret at this moment.
What crawled up Honky Tonk's a$$. Jeez that man likes a war of words. I
respect the man, but I think he should keep some of his opinions too
himself. He talks about his a$$-whuppin list? He should take a look in
mirror. Hell, boy! You don't look like your in shape to whoop a 5-year
old child's a$$, let alone a 7 foot Kevin Nash.
Ok cool cats. That's all this columnist has time to write at this
minute, so if you have any opinions on what I have written, any at all,
I take the good with the bad, email me at
andrew.bulik@... . (link at top of page). So ciao for
now dudes and dudettes (I'm in a retro 80's mood - Party on!)
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