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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Get well wishes go to our own resident King as he finds himself in a
hospital bed getting operated. I hope you have a sexy nurse by your
bedside man. You can send him any get well notes at
KOTR PPV competition winners were notified today. If you didn't win,
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> BENOIT UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY- WWF.COM reported that Chris Benoit underwent successful neck surgery
which was performed by Dr. Lloyd Youngblood in San Antonio, TX. WWF.COM
said that this surgery will put Benoit 100% again since he opted to have
a more 'in-depth' surgery. This will keep the Canadian Crippler out for
at least six months. Footage of the surgery will be shown on Heat
tomorrow on MTV.
> TICKETS ON SALE- The following shows went on sale earlier today. House show in
Syracuse, NY., at the War Memorial on Saturday July 28th; House show on
Sunday July 29th at the First Union Arena at Casey Plaza in
Wilkes-Barre, PA.; Smackdown! tapings at the MCI Center in Washington,
DC., on Tuesday July 31st; RAW Is WAR live from the Arrowhead Pond in
Anaheim, CA., on Monday August 6th; Smackdown! tapings in Los Angeles,
CA., at the Staples Center on Tuesday August 7th; RAW Is WAR live from
the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada on Monday September 3rd. For
more ticket information check out Ticketmaster.com or else call the
arena box office.
> SMACKDOWN! LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED- Jim Ross announced that the first live Smackdown! broadcast will be in
Salt Lake City, UT., on Thursday August 16th. Denver, CO., and Detroit,
MI., are the second and third cities to hold the live Smackdown!
broadcasts. Tickets are not on sale yet for any of the mentioned events.
> INVASION WEBSITE UP- The WWF.COM team has now put up the Invasion pay-per-view website
which can be accessible at http://www.wwfwcwinvasion.com/ . The site is
pretty much empty so far since no matches have been announced.
> FOLEY IN UK- Mick Foley is currently in the United Kingdom working on the Robot
Wars shows TNN just announced. Wrestling-Online Newsletter reader Lee
Wilson attended a recording of a special Robot Wars show in Earls Court.
During the tapings they filmed the US version as well, and Foley was
introduced as the former WWF commissioner. Foley came out with a Robot
Wars t-shirt to a loud 'Foley, Foley' chant.
> ANGLE SUFFERS TEAR IN LIGAMENT- Olympic gold medalist and former WWF champion Kurt Angle suffered a
slight tear in his meniscus ligament in his knee reports Jim Ross in his
latest Ross Report. At this time, no surgery is required however he will
need surgery sometime in the near future. With Rock, Triple H and Benoit
out, it doesn't look like Angle will be taking time off right now.
> MID WEEK RATINGS- Tough Enough did a 2.2 rating, up 0.1 from last week's show. Tough
Enough was again the highest rated on cable that night. Smackdown! did a
3.7 rating, same number as last week.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the week at 13.80, a 3.84% increase over the previous
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WWF AND WCW COMBINE HOUSE SHOWS- From this weekend till October, WCW matches will be carried out during
WWF house shows including title defenses. In October, WCW is expected to
go on its own tour around the country. Also starting this Monday on RAW,
WCW matches will be carried out during the broadcast. RAW is expected to
turn to a WCW show sometime in the next month while the live Smackdown!
would be a WWF show.
> WCW.COM PUTS BIOS UP- The WCW.com website has been updated with bios of superstars that
already appeared on WWF television. Listed already are bios of Shane
McMahon, Lance Storm, Hugh Morrus, Stacy Keibler, Diamond Dallas Page,
Booker T, Mike Awesome, Torrie Wilson, Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire.
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Hey there dudes.
It certainly has been a busy week in the world of pro wrasslin'. What
with King of the Ring, the Invasion beginning in earnest and the 1000th
issue of W-ON, there certainly is a lot to talk about...
Down to business.
First up, the 1000th issue, I want to apologise to everyone for me not
getting my ass into gear and doing something for the issue. By the time
I thought I should get round to doing something it was too late. But a
big round of applause to King and Iain for their fantastic Top 50, some
I agreed with, some I didn't. (Funaki ahead of Taka??) Great job. Also
Lekisha's interviews proved to be fantastic reading. The special columns
were all great too. So congratulations to Colin and the whole crew for
reaching the big One-Triple-Oh. To make up for this lack of contribution
on my part, I'm working on a feature for Clothesline City over the next
couple of weeks. I'll tell you later in the column.
Let's look at King of The Ring. I tend to agree with Jim Ross. It was a
very average event, but then again, King of The Ring has never been the
strongest of cards. And lets face it, WWF impatience and desire for
short matches means we will never see a tournament like we do in Japan,
e.g. Super J Cup etc.
The 4 man event kind of makes The King of the Ring tournament a non
event. It's been said so many times that the tournament emphasises
endurance. Endurance displayed by the likes of former champions Bret
Hart, Owen Hart
and Kurt Angle. It's for that reason I don't think Edge will be looked
back upon as a great king, although I do believe he was the right choice
(I tipped him from the start, yay!). Incidentally, Paul Heyman kept
banging on about Kurt Angle being the only wrestler to repeat if he won,
am I wrong in saying that Bret Hart won the non-ppv KotR event in 1991?
He won the debut PPV tournament in 1993, but didn't he also claim the
title in 1991? Maybe I'm wrong.
While I'm talking about Heyman, another thing that pissed me off about
him was when he claimed WCW tried to steal the title via Bret Hart at
Montreal in 1997. Heyman KNOWS that wasn't the case and it was totally
Jeff Hardy vs. X-Pac has been praised by many, but I'm sorry, I don't
think it was that great a match. Some people think that if you stick 2
cruiserweights in the ring, they'll deliver a superb high-flying bout.
doesn't really work that way. And as I predicted, neither displayed
proficiency at being great ring generals in this match. And lets not
forget, they had plenty of practice time in house shows too. Not a bad
not a great one.
The Dudleys bout was a good match considering the amount of buildup the
match was given, which kind of didn't allow it to be anything
spectacular. The thing that bugs me is that its not a new angle. The
whole Spike/Bubba/D-Von thing has been done before, for 2 years in ECW.
Heyman and co. would like you to think that this is a continuation of
that angle on a higher stage, but sorry, I'm just not that gullible.
Repeat after me - Shane McMahon is not, and will never ever be, as
hardcore as Mick Foley. I have read countless so called columns and
posts all over the net again claiming that Shane is God, more hardcore
than Mankind. Oh give me a break. Sure Shane went through a lot in that
match, and the fact Kurt had such bad injuries is testament to how
brutal it was, and he was the victor! But lets remember, the glass he
went through was sugar glass, straight out of a special effects
department. And the trash cans that were
used are still the lamest weapons in sports entertainment. I don't know
how fans are supposed to believe that these trash cans inflict injury.
If they were remotely real, there is no way they could be thrown over
the top rope from the floor with such ease. Please WWF, stop using these
The main event was a little disappointing. Mainly due to these two
points: Chris Jericho going for the Walls of Jericho for the 67835485th
time in a match will not elicit much excitement from fans. The second
point is, how damned lame was the end. Yeah I know, it's supposed to put
over injury and exhaustion on the part of Chris Benoit, but he's the
best conditioned of the 3 participants, so surely he would be the last
to collapse from exhaustion. Did he fall awkwardly? It didnt seem that
way. I just felt we deserved a better finish.
Post KotR and we see the Invasion begin in earnest. Wrestling fans, you
are viewing true history in the making. Sometimes I wish I wasn't a
smark, as the whole invasion would seem as exciting as the nWo invasion
in 1996 (I wasn't a smark then). But this is an exciting event
nevertheless. However, it needs to be booked correctly, and not just a
case of having WCW stars here and there. In my view, it is being booked
correctly, so far. Awesome winning the Hardcore Title, O'Haire and
Palumbo getting involved on the tag scene, Booker v Austin and DDP v
Taker, and even the APA leading the WWF Defence Unit is superb booking.
It shows the whole card is being affected. And Bradshaw and Faarooq are
the perfect characters to lead the defence, maybe Vince is paying them?
But what is the WWF playing at with all the recent title changes? Yeah,
Dudleys winning is a good decision. But X-Pac winning the
Light-Heavyweight Title? I don't understand why the WWF has done this?
To keep Waltman happy? Has fellow Kliq member Triple H played a part in
this booking? We can only speculate. I doubt if X-Pac will be the man to
elevate the LHW belt. When you have talent such as Malenko, Tajiri and
Jerry Lynn in the division, why give it to X-Punk?
Whilst I thought it was great Mike Awesome won the Hardcore Title, and
agree it should have been at the expense of Rhyno and not the WCW-allied
Test, it confuses me as to why Test had the Hardcore reign in the first
place. Shouldn't Rhyno have held onto the belt since his victory over
Chris Jericho and not have dropped the belt to Shane's buddy? The
Hardcore Division needs less turbulence.
And finally on the subject of titles, yeah, you guessed it, Albert? Lets
think of the history of Intercontinental Champions: Randy Savage, Bret
Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart. All great champions. I
know what you're thinking: "But Andy, even The Godfather got a IC title
reign". Well, my friend, that is because Charles Wright had served in
the WWF for 7 years at that point, it was a reward. I'm sorry but Albert
just isn't IC calibre. He is not a great wrestler, in fact all I really
see from him is a few
large-impact manoevres. I hope he loses that belt quickly. And I bet
stable buddy X-Pac is pissed that he didn't get a prestigious IC title
Just a wee note, isn't Matt Hardy a fantastic European Champion? He's
done a lot for that belt.
I'm in two minds over whether its a good thing that RAW may become a WCW
show. On the one hand it means we have less WWF exposure, and the WWFE
would be fools to think that WWF fans will automatically watch WCW shows
should they replace RAW, they have to have the same punch and character
that the WWF has. Mind you, a problem with the WWF has been that so many
storylines dont get a decent run as they start on RAW and finish on
SmackDown later that week. So maybe with only 4 main tv shows a month,
storylines can be spun out until the PPV. But a danger of this is you
have about 50 or so wrestlers trying to get on TV for the main show.
This equation doesnt fit. There are going to be a lot of unhappy guys
in the back due to limited TV exposure. Oh yeah, and who the hell do TNN
think they are denying WWF requests. As far as I can see TNN is the USA
equivalent to the UKs Channel 5, the tv channel that people only watch
for a handful of programmes.
Onto my project for the column. This may have been done before in W-ON,
but not recently, and not with the Andy B. It is something I begun when
I wrote for FWN/THR newsletters, but due to those newsletters folding, I
never had the chance to complete it. Its a Top 50 countdown of the best
entrance music in the WWF. Its always been one of my favourite aspects
of the WWF show. You may not realise it but the entrance music often
jacks you up for a match. Like when HBK took on Bret at Montreal, when
you heard their music, when you heard Sexy Boy start up and you heard
Bret Harts guitar wails, you knew, this was it, it was time for them to
get it on!
Be it the razzmatazz of Goldusts music or the cringe factor of The
Models music, the good music has a certain focus to it. Goldusts music
suited him because he was so glamorous and dramatic. The Models music
sounded like something from The Bold and The Beautiful, so again it
suited him. Thats going to be one way I assess the music: suitability
to character. The other ways are just how good are they and also pop
Whats pop factor? Simple, when you hear the glass smash, when you hear
the car wreck, when you hear If ya smeeeeell you pop, because you
know that your favourite superstar is heading for the ring.
But guys and gals, I need your help, I need you to send your Top 10 WWF
entrance themes to me. Why? Because theres so many tracks, I need your
help to create a shortlist. The 50 tracks voted for most will be ranked
by me into the Top 50. Ive so far come up with 100+ tracks that could
make it into the shortlist, so Im sure you can come up with 10. Email
me your top 10 tracks at andrew.bulik@... and Ill be
busy working away to create that shortlist, unfortunately I cant
guarantee a reply as Ill be busy totalling the votes. Im off work, uni
and my other half has just jetted off to Florida, so this is why Im
doing this now, I have the time, yay. So I urge you to send in your
votes, come on, itll only take 5 minutes. Think of all the fab themes
now and in the past of Gangrel, Demolition, Sid Justice, The Ultimate
Warrior, Jeff Jarrett, DX, The Undertaker (about 6 of them) and many
And if you have any points to make about the rest of the column, mail to
that address also. Remember, Smackdown Your Vote, it counts too. Thank
you for your time. Ciao.
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