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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Slow news today. But then again, it's Sunday, so we're used to it,
Glad to see that AOL, Microsoft, Corel and Dell Computers are among the
new advertisers on Wrestling-Online.com this month. As you might have
seen we reduced the use of pop-up advertisements from the website.
Hopefully new advertisers like the ones mentioned will be enough not to
include the ever so annoying pop-ups.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> TICKETS FOR CANADA SHOW GO OUT FAST- Canadian fans didn't think twice to purchase tickets for the scheduled
RAW Is WAR show at the Air Canada Centre on September 3rd. The only
tickets remaining are limited view seats which are partly blocked by the
huge stage. Tickets for the event were priced $20.00 - $55.00. The event
was advertised as WWF RAW Is WAR however that will most probably change
since RAW is scheduled to become a WCW only show.
> APA CO-HOST HEAT- Sunday Night HEAT is back LIVE from WWF New York this Sunday at 7/6 CT
on MTV! After uniting the proverbial troops this past RAW and SmackDown!
against the invaders from WCW, the APA -- Bradshaw and Faarooq -- will
be the guest hosts for what should be a must-see episode of HEAT! The
last time we saw the duo, they were kindly escorting the likes of Chuck
Palumbo and Sean O'Haire outside of Madison Square Garden. What will
happen if WCW stars try to make their way into WWF New York this Sunday?
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> LAWLER EXPECTED TO RETURN- Dave Scherer of 1wrestling.com reported earlier today that Jerry 'The
King' Lawler is probably going to make his return tomorrow night on RAW
as a WCW employee. Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer broke the story
around a week ago that Lawler agreed to return, however Lawler himself
shot down that rumor saying it's not true. I guess we'll see tomorrow
night on TNN!
> HUDSON MEETS WITH WWF?- The WCW play-by-play team has still not been decided, however rumors
have been floating around that Scott Hudson met with WWF officials this
weekend regarding a job with the company. Hudson was the broadcast
partner of Tony Schiavone during Nitro's run on TNT. The current plan is
to have Hudson teamed up with Jerry Lawler as the broadcast team.
> ABBOTT APPEARS AT UFC SHOW- Former WCW star Tank Abbott appeared at UFC last night which featured
fighters from different corners of the globe. Abbott who was in
attendance got a huge pop from the crowd when he looked like he was
going in the ring for a fight! (Thanks to 'RickUFC' for the news)
>> PRINCE PAUL PRESENTSBy Paul Van Someren, [pauly188@...]
My muscles ache my mind is spent my body is broken. LEAD ME TO MY
THRONE says the Prince as he welcomes you to his kingdom, and a little
column we like to call Prince Paul Presents, or Triple P for short. The
quote at the top of this column comes from the opening promo this past
Sunday at KOTR, right before going to the live N.J. crowd. And that was
one hell of a promo I might add. I watched it a few more times last
night, and it was very well done. My mind is spent My name is Stone
Cold Steve Austin ahhhhhhhhhh summed up the past month of WWF action
very well as did all the other comments in that promo. Lead me to my
throne first I win King of the Ring then I beat Shane McMahon, all in
the same night says Angle in the promo. Sorry if Im rambling about
this, but I do have interest in wrestling, television production and
storylines, and all of that 1-minute promo seemed to click together so
well, I was marking out before the PPV began, and I dont usually do
such things, as my loyal readers know. So were going to try something
different today, since I will be doing somewhat of a VERY brief KOTR
recap youll see. Thank you to all who sent in e-mails regarding my last
column, which was the 1000th issue edition. The 1000th issue was great.
Thanks go out to Colin and the rest of the staff for their hard work.
And to The King and Iain, two of our columnists who Im sure you all
know, great work with the top 50, and great choice for # 1 Its damn
true! Lets get right to it now.
My muscles ache: gotta love that Benoit, who gave it his all this
Sunday in the triple threat match even with a blocked nerve in his
vertebrae. OUCH! My mind is spent: on why they are bringing Billy Gunn
on TV again, unless of course its so Edge can shoot all over him
again. I promise not to Billy Gunn this title Im still laughin my ass
off from that. My body is broken: this seemed to be the theme of the
night. I dont even have to tell you how many times Shane was dropped on
his head, put through glass and still walked away with only cuts and
bruises. Kurt bruised his tailbone, received a concussion earlier in the
night, and needed several stitches above his eye for his 1 nights work.
Youre the MAN Kurt! Lead me to my throne: Edge pinned Kurt Angle,
after interference by Shane McMahon and is the new 2001 KOTR. My
muscles ache: Im sure Stone Colds muscles ached, after Booker T
interfered in the main event, overshot Austin past the Spanish announce
table, so Austin braced his fall with his hand, and landed awkwardly on
his neck. All he suffered was a bruised hand, and sore tailbone and
back. My mind is spent: as to what the hell I was watching during the
DDP/Taker confrontation. What the hell did that prove for either guy? I
was at least expecting someone to get their ASS whipped not kicked
through the ropes, then running out of the arena. Ahh mindless angles. I
can feel the WCW vibe already. My body is broken: Jericho also
suffered a mild concussion due to a chairshot from Benoit. He is okay,
and also wrestled the next night on RAW! LEAD ME TO MY THRONE: uhh
yeah, Edge is the KOTR, I already said that. Pay attention you bastards!
Moving on to Monday Nights RAW, we saw a dysfunctional alliance of
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle being fused together. This is
GOLD! Hes a dork Vince, says Austin. Austin has been getting more and
entertaining by the week, with his cowardly/unbalanced character. Fans
who cannot recognize this are simply biased, and would hate Austin
regardless of what he did. But as compared to 5 months ago I find myself
wanting more backstage segments with SCSA, and more in ring time as
well. Im all for nice long matches with great wrestling and great
spots, but hey, you need that comedy in there as well. And Austin is
still getting better and better by the week.
We also saw some interesting Invasion angles starting to pan out on
RAW. We saw Rhyno defeat Test for the Hardcore Title, only to be
Awesome-bombed moments later, and actually pinned by Mike Awesome for
the Hardcore Title. A WCW star with a WWF belt. A good way to get under
Vinces skin I guess. We also saw Shane with the WCW champion, Booker T
at WWF NY. This of course made Vince irate, since he does OWN WWF New
York. Shane and Booker T said theyd be at WWF NY all night, which is
right down the street from where RAW was taking place, at Madison Square
Garden. Of course, Vince told Austin to go down there and kick his ass.
Austin, the coward he is, could not go alone, so he asked Vince. Vince
told Angle to accompany Austin. It was great in the middle of the
show Austin calls Vinces cell phone from the car. Theres traffic,
says Austin. Well youre in New York City, just be patient says Vince.
Of course, by the time Austin and Angle arrive, Booker T and Shane are
no where to be found, because they have left WWF NY, and headed to
Madison Square Garden to attack Vince. Shane came to ringside, while
Vince was in the ring, and out of the crowd came Booker T, with some
punches and an axe kick. Out came the WWF troops, which had rallied
earlier in the evening, led by the APA and consisting of some mid to
lower card talent such as the Hollys, Essa Rios and X-Pac among others.
And so the invasion begins.
Many people on the net are saying how much better Vince could be booking
this invasion. So far, I dont think its been that bad. Of course, no
matter how good anything is done, it can usually still be done better.
I HATE the comparisons of this WCW invasion with the New World Orders
invasion of WCW. These are different scenarios people, and thusly,
cannot be played out the same. Hall and Nash were two badasses from
wrestling company. These guys were going in there to shake things up.
This new invasion with WCW, is about a son who wants to beat his father,
and drive his company into the ground. Its about a son, who cannot do
without TV exposure. Its about an entire federation of other superstars
who need this exposure not just a few like the initial New World Order
invasion. Things will play out. Julys PPV will not be the last we hear
the invasion. There must be a climax. If it were to climax at Julys
PPV, then it would climax prematurely. Something a lot of you guys out
there are familiar with. Just be patient. Things will get hotter. The
psychology will grow hotter. Are we 4 year olds that cannot be patient
enough to let the story play out a little? Give it time.
All hail new LHW Champion X-Suck I guess they just threw that division
in the crapper again, huh?
And that my friends, IS TRUE!
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