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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Happy birthday shout out to Wrestling-Online Newsletter columnist Andrew
Bulik. Getting old, getting old. He submitted his article today which
you can read below the WCW news section.
For those subscribers who a few years ago were shifted from the TBR
newsletter, check out your former editor's first wrestling match at
blakenorton.com . Between you and me....he got his butt kicked. The
latest version of RealVideo is needed to watch it.
That's all folks.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW IS WAR PREVIEW- It's probably one of the most anticipated RAW Is WAR show of this
year. It's the night that the 'people's champion', The Rock, will make
his Federation return. Three matches have been announced so far for
tonight. Kurt Angle vs Booker T for the WCW title; Rob Van Dam vs Tajiri
for the Hardcore title; Dudley Boyz vs Undertaker & Kane in a Table
match. It all goes down tonight at 9PM EST on TNN. And yes, The Rock
will be there tonight. Oh, I did mention it before...but in any case,
the Rock will be there tonight. Bah!
> LAWLER & KAT SPLIT UP?- The cousin of Jerry Lawler, the Honky Tonk Man, posted on his official
website that a rumor is going around which states that the King and his
wife Stacy have split up. Honky added that apparently both had an
argument over Lawler's WWF job which Lawler blamed her for the mess. The
Kat is not accepting any more bookings right now and Honky says that
she's off to their house in Florida. Honky closed his statement saying
that, "Jim Ross had mentioned something about Lawler needing to get his
personal life back in order," (before agreeing to something). Could Ross
know something we don't? Take this as a rumor only, as Honky and Lawler
have some bad blood and aren't exactly a perfect definition of the word
> WWF STOCKS- Stocks closed at 12.89, a 0.46% decrease over the previous trade. The
day's range was 12.50 - 12.98.
> WWFE AT DIGITAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE- WWF executives will be attending the Digital Rights Management for
Sports, Media & Entertainment conference which will be taking place on
September 20th and 21st of this year at the American Video Center in New
York City. Other officials from companies such as AOL TW, Sony Music,
CBS Sportsline, A&E Network and others are also scheduled to attend the
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> ECW NAME & TRADEMARKS- The permission to use the ECW name and trademark on WWF TV will expire
tomorrow after the WWF paid $50,000 to the trustee of HHG Corp last week
to cover the period from when ECW was included in the Invasion storyline
till tomorrow. The WWF are making more use of the 'Alliance' word to
describe the WCW/ECW team and making less references to the name ECW
during live events. WWFE, Inc. also offered $250,000 to acquire HHG
Corp's assets however Acclaim Entertainment - a major ECW creditor - got
in the picture as well. It will be interesting to see what happens from
Wednesday if the WWF are not successful in acquiring the company's
assets. The trustee must give the WWF a 72 hour notice to drop the ECW
use if the deal is not reached, and if someone else gets the company's
assets a 30 day notice will be issued to the WWF.
> HERE COMES THE MONEEEEY!- Bob Ryder of 1wrestling.com reported that Joey Styles has a contract
with HHG Corp over the use of his voice and likeness on any of their
videos. Styles said on his hotline that the WWF can't just use the video
library - if they are successful in acquiring ECW - with scenes he
appears in without his permission. Styles added that there has to be an
agreement where the WWF would have to pay Styles a certain amount of
royalties whenever his voice or his likeness is used on their television
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik [andrew.bulik@...]
Hey there, sorry for no column last week, lets get straight down to
business and finish the odyssey of the Top 50 entrance themes.
10. "That's the Warrior's music!" were the immortal words of Bobby
Heenan at WrestleMania VIII. The electric guitar and drums of The
Ultimate Warrior were unmistakable, and in his hey-day of the WWF
cartoon era (late
eighties/early nineties), the music would guarantee an instant pop
factor for the one and only Ultimate Warrior - Jim Hellwig. It's a pity
we never really heard too much of the tune as he always bolted to the
ring, so now you know why his matches were so half-assed most of the
time - he was too knackered.
9. Breaking the walls of the top 10 is Chris Jericho's theme. 'Break
Down the Wall' is taken from WWF The Music Volume 4 - perhaps the best
WWF compilation. It's suitable for Jericho as the whole song is a
reference to The Walls of Jericho. His whole lavish entrance, like the
Warrior, guarantees instant pop.
8. Many readers named this tune as 'Pomp and Circumstance', but to me,
it's 'Land of Hope and Glory'. It's a classic theme and an entrance I
always used to mimic when I was a youngster. Randy Savage always seemed
to come to the ring on his tiptoes - strange. Anyway, a good traditional
theme makes number
7. At lucky 7 was one of the most famous tunes of the nineties. The
wailing of an electric guitar gave instant recognition as to who would
be approaching the squared circle. I am of course referring to the
that era - Bret 'Hitman' Hart. This is his music that debuted circa
spring 1994, which was the 'jazzed-up' version of the old Hart
Foundation music (which was in the fringes of the top 50). Bret's music
was one of my
6. The live performance of 'The Game' at WrestleMania XVII by Motorhead
was absolutely awesome. It brought shivers down my spine. I first saw
Motorhead perform on a top UK comedy show called 'The Young Ones'
singing one of the best rock songs of all time 'The Ace of Spades'. 'The
Game' isn't quite on the same level as that song, but it has some of the
magic. Suitable for Paul Levesque too.
5. This theme was, in my opinion, one of the best original pieces to
come out of Jim Johnston's WWF Music department. It was dramatic, it was
awe-inspiring and it was spine chilling. Everything The Undertaker was
supposed to be at that time. The time is 1998, when Takers music was
revamped. It got a whole lot more sinister and dominating, not to say
his previous themes werent. It also coincided with the humanising of
The Undertaker, which was suitable also.
4. "If you hear the glass, you'd better watch your ass". 'Stone Cold'
Steve Austin's theme from 1996 through to 2000 is perhaps the most
famous tune in professional wrestling. The theme was violent and wild, a
bit like Austin's persona, which is the point I've been trying to make
all the way through this chart, if the music fits the character of a
wrestler, it is a good theme. Come on, you know what I mean, get in
touch with your artistic side.
3. This is the one many of the older fans have been waiting for. The
tune that is heaped with nostalgia. The music, I myself, associate with
sitting with a bowl of Kelloggs Frosties (Frosted Flakes) in front of
watching a tape of WM8 every Sunday morning in the spring/summer of
1992. It is of course the music of the Immortal Hulk Hogan. Hogan
actually referred to his song from time to time (When you hurt my
friends, you hurt my pride). Nowadays, in an attempt to insult Hogan,
Patterson and Briscoe use Real American, which is a shame. Well never
hear it for Hogan approaching a WWF ring again. Which is a good thing. I
would like to see Flair back in the WWF (not wrestling!) but not Hogan.
2. This song was very close to the number one in the race to the top, is
Shawn Michaels Sexy Boy. Obviously this song is suitable for Shawn as
its all about his looks and cocky attitude. Im not a Shawn mark, as I
support Marty, but I do recognise that Shawn was a superb athlete and
has good music. Sherri Martel originally sung it, but then Shawn pulled
her in front of a mirror, and they went their separate ways. Will we
ever hear it again? Supposedly Shawn has signed a new WWF contract,
which I dont think is any indication of his return. Its just a way for
him to sit at home and do f*** all, since theres no WCW for him to go
Drum roll please . And at number one, the greatest theme of all time,
according to the readers of W-O N. Are you ready?
1. BREAK IT DOWN! The DX Band (or is it the Chris Warren Band?) make it
to the top with their fantastic theme song for the WWFs greatest
faction of the late nineties. The whole entrance was pretty
revolutionary with the
extended entrance, the strippers in the VT and the cut from VT to live
footage. And it suited the revolutionaries of DX. Revolutionaries? Sure,
along with Austin, they brought the WWF to the table with the Attitude
era. Run DMCs version of the song was not a patch on this theme.
Although the DX bands live performance at WM14 was not all that
scintillating. Jeez, thats 3 years since HBK wrestled in the WWF!
Anyway DX wins, but I hope if anyone at the WWF reads this, they dont
think that this reflects the popularity of
DX in modern day, DX belong to history, so lets keep them there.
Well there you have it, the best wrestling entrance theme is that of the
degenerates, who would have thought it Well, quite a lot of you
actually, thats why its number 1. Incidentally, whilst most of the rest
of the chart was rated by me in accordance with votes, my thoughts on
the tune and things like pop factor, the top 10 conforms to the total
amount of votes each theme received. In the top 10, each tune had so
many votes, yet were so many votes apart, I could not ignore the results
of the readers vote. Understand? No? Me neither, teehee. Many readers
have asked me what music Id use as my entrance theme, hmmm, a toughie,
but I think itd have to be a tune called Aerodynamic by Daft Punk. Itd
make a fantastic entrance theme.
Anyway, just a few wee titbits to go over before I sign out for the
Its all been said Invasion. Ill just give you a couple of my points on
it: RVD vs. Jeff Hardy could have went two ways, it was either going to
rock, which it did, or it was going to suck big time. I know Ill take a
lot of heat from ECWers for saying this, but RVD isnt the greatest ring
technician, and can be somewhat spot-reliant at times. And its well
known that Matt Hardy is the technician of his team. What Im saying is,
a few blown stunts and this match would not have been received in the
rapturous manner that it was. However, the match was wall-to-wall spots,
with only one noticeably blown (the barricade). So it was a good match.
What am I complaining about.
I saw Austins heel turn a mile off. I just had the feeling that Kurt
Angle was so over, something was going to give, and it did. I only have
one problem with Austins team-switch, and yes, I know Im being picky.
How many of you however can just walk out of your job, and into a top
spot in a rival company. Especially if you are the crown jewel of your
company. No-one? I didnt think so. Personally I feel this is a major
hole in the storyline which hasnt been explained. Did Austin have a
release clause? On what grounds? I think the WWF has gotten confused
with switching allegiances of factions like DX or now with switching to
what is supposed to be an entirely different company.
The same goes for The Rock. Although he is suspended, we really should
believe that he is handcuffed to a WWF contract, since he is a valuable
commodity in the WWF camp. But no, we are being led to believe that he
choice between WWF and WCW/ECW. Maybe I should just learn to take things
at face value.
Speaking of The Rock, people all week have been coming up to me and
saying Hey Andy, where do you think Rockys allegiance lies?. Or maybe
not. But anyway, my feeling is that Rock will initially join WCW/ECW, to
put the WWF in a hole and make it look as if our beloved federation is
doomed. However, within a couple of weeks, or maybe even on the same
show, Rocky will pull a Stone Cold-style turn and rejoin the WWF to even
up the odds and reveal that it was all Vinces plan. I think this will
help set up a triple main event for SummerSlam: DDP v Taker, Booker T v
Angle and Rock v Austin.
On to WCW, just a couple of points, Jindrak uses a top-rope ROCKER
DROPPER not the lame-named fame-ass-er. Comprendez? Im also glad that
Gregory Helms has been renamed Hurricane Helms. Gregory is a fine name,
just not a wrestlers, mind you neither was Adrian or Irwin.
Following the trend, a couple of points about ECW. Im surprised
arguably the best tag-team of the latter ECW era has not reformed. I am
of course talking about The Impact Players. Credible has been paired
with Raven and
Storm with Awesome. Maybe this is a deliberate move, but I think it
would help establish ECW as a more potent force. Why not have Raven and
Dreamer in a tag-team with each other once more leading to a violent
feud between the pair? Maybe its too soon to have feuds within feds.
Will we see Francine soon, or even Shane Douglas? Yes I know THAT is
Someone upstairs in WWFE must really hate Jerry Lynn. He is being held
down to shocking proportions at the moment. And with all the WWF
defections to ECW, particularly Rhyno and Raven, he is the only man who
would be a good contender for the Hardcore Title. Wouldnt you just love
to see Lynn vs. RVD at SummerSlam?
Note to Channel 4 in the UK: YOU SUCK! The WWF is currently in its
second great era in the UK despite the US decline. Yet you drop WWF
programming because it is becoming increasingly difficult to edit. And
Channel 4 was supposed to be the tv station which pushed back the
boundaries of television. You show programmes like Sex tips for women
which talk about sex aids for women, and show violent films like Pulp
Fiction uncut, yet you cant show WWF? Looks like Channel 4 lost their
balls. With any luck, desperate-for-ratings Channel 5 will buy the
programming instead. I am sick of the UK medias attitude that wrestling
today should be of the shitty nature that the past generation were
subjected to on Saturday afternoons in the 80s. Shirley Big Daddy
Crabtree has a lot to answer for.
One more thing, I love Jim Ross reviews of PPVs the following day, but
if he really believes that only a small percentage of WWF viewers are
smart through the internet, then he is extremely naïve. Access to the
internet is easier than it ever has been and Im sure there are many
more that have access to the smart world than he realises.
Anyway, thats all Ive got to say about that. If you have any comments
about the Top Ten or the points I raised, email me at
Andrew.bulik@... . Its my 20th birthday today, so I
plan to spend it drunker than the worm in a bottle of tequila. Ciao.
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