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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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backissues are listed there.
That's all for now. Later folks.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WWF PPV'S DOMINATE PPV INDUSTRY- Once again World Wrestling Federation produced pay-per-views dominated
the PPV industry for the second quarter of this year. Although overall
the PPV industry went down 4% due to less PPVs from the previous year,
the WWF generated 65% of the whole PPV industry money according Showtime
Event Television. WrestleMania X-Seven was placed first, followed by
King Of The Ring, Backlash and Judgment Day. WWF PPVs generated a total
of $83.5 million this past quarter. Just for comparison, boxing PPVs
generated $40.2 million rounding up 32% of the whole quarter.
> KEYWORD 'WWF' MOVES TO 4- This week the keyword 'WWF' managed to place 4th in the Lycos Top 50
Keywords. That is up from last week's 10th position. It's only trailing
behind Dragonball, Big Brother and the Sircam virus. This is the 102nd
week in the Top 50. More at http://50.lycos.com/
> WWF STOCKS- Stocks closed at 11.15, no change from the previous trade. The day's
range was 11.10 - 11.39.
> ANGLE ON BYTE THIS- Former WWF and WCW champion Kurt Angle will be the special guest on
Byte This! tomorrow afternoon on WWF.COM. If you want to talk with
Angle, call on 1-888-LIVEWWF between 4PM and 5PM EST or else e-mail your
questions to bytethis@.... Windows Media Player is needed to watch
> REFEREE JACK DOAN ON RADIO- Wrestling-Online Newsletter reader and WIAI 99.1 FM DJ Brodie Krause
sent in word that WWF referee Jack Doan was a special guest last week on
his show which aired on WIAI 99.1 FM in Danville, IL. Here's a little
rundown. Doan discussed how he got in the business telling a story of
pure luck. After getting asked to go on a two night haul with his
trucker friends he ended up being part of the production crew. After the
late Joey Morella - son of Gorilla Monsoon - passed away, Doan was
offered his spot as a referee. Regarding the locker room morale at the
moment, Doan said that the WCW guys are more cautious considering what
happened to Bagwell. Doan proceeded to comment on Vince McMahon, calling
him the hardest worker in professional wrestling. Doan added that
Vince's personal trainer said that Vince spends as much time in the
office as in the gym. When asked about his involvement in the
storylines, Jack commented on the tussles he had with WCW ref Charles
Robinson. Doan said that he and The Rock are an undefeated tag team -
talking about the match they had together last year on WWF TV. The final
subject touched was backyard wrestling which Doan said he doesn't
condone it. He offered advice to backyarders to go to a wrestling school
and keep a positive attitude.
> SMACKDOWN! & TOUGH ENOUGH PREVIEWS- Here are the matches scheduled for tonight's Smackdown! broadcast on
UPN. Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire vs Hardy Boyz; Kane vs. Kanyon; Rhyno
& Dudley Boyz vs Chris Jericho, Edge & Christian; Lance Storm vs Kurt
Angle; Booker T vs Undertaker. The Rock is also in da house! Right after
Smackdown!, Tough Enough will air on MTV which will feature an
appearance by Kurt Angle.
> FANS IN MALAYSIA LISTEN UP!- TotalSportsAsia.com is holding a contest where five winners will have
an opportunity to have dinner with the Big Show during his 3 day visit
in Malaysia next week. The winners will get to meet Show and have dinner
at the All-Stars Sports Cafe in Kuala Lumpur. There are other prizes -
non wrestling related - to those unlucky as well. For more information
check out TotalSportsAsia.com and answer four simple questions about The
Big Show himself. Contest ends on August 8th at noon.
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WWF FILES FOR ECW TRADEMARK- 1wrestling.com's Bob Ryder revealed today that the WWF filed for the
ECW trademark on July 13th, a few days after ECW appeared on RAW in
Atlanta. So we headed to our favorite trademark search website to dig up
some more information. The status of the application is still pending
with the registration number 78073872. It's listed in classes 041, 100,
101 and 107 which are Education and Entertainment. The date as 'first
used' is listed as July 9th, 2001, the RAW Is WAR from Atlanta. A
description of the trademark lists Entertainment services, namely, the
production, promotion and exhibition of professional wrestling events
rendered live and through the media of television and providing
wrestling news and information via a global computer network."
> KIDMAN INJURED- The former WCW Cruiserweight champion Billy Kidman is currently
injured and has been taken off all house shows leading up to the
SummerSlam pay-per-view. WCW.com reported that Kidman injured his knee
in Syracuse, NY., during a house show there on the 28th of July.
>> PRINCE PAUL PRESENTSBy Paul Van Someren [paul.vansomeren@...]
Welcome one and all to another edition of Triple P, collectively known
as Prince Paul Presents. Were not going to waste a whole lot of time
getting into the thick of it this week, so dont get your panties into a
bunch here, for its not the time or the place. I wish to thank all who
e-mailed me in regards to my last column. I know it wasnt AS wrestling
related as usual, and was somewhat of a self-serving type of column, but
hey, BITE ME, Im a self-serving kind of guy when I need to be. Not to
mention I placed a warning in the first paragraph that it would not be
the usual column, so if youve got beef with that, in the words of
Y2J, PLEASE SHUT . oh nevermind. Lets get down to business folks.
This past Monday, I had the pleasure (and the WWF had the pleasure of
having me) to attend WWF RAW is WAR, from the First Union Center in
Philadelphia, PA. To start things off, the last time I was there, Jeff
Hardy won the IC title from HHH, so it was around 2 weeks after
Wrestlemania X-7. I dont think the F.U. Center was sold out on that
occasion, but it was jam packed on Monday Night. We arrived at the arena
about 45 minutes prior to the dark matches. Now last time, our seats
were up in the rafters. We could see everything fine, but we were also
about as high as you could get. This time, we found our seats AND THEY
ROCKED! We were the 1st row, in the first deck, and I was directly lined
up with the right side of the Titantron stage. No seats below us, just a
guardrail, and the sound/pyro/camera guys. So we were able to see
wherever the camera was going, which unfortunately always seemed to stop
panning about 2 rows before us. Now, being very happy with these seats,
and also the amount of elbow/leg room that we had, I decided it was beer
time. Trust me, it much easier when you just go up and get 4 beers for
yourself and put them in one of those carriers. They may sit there for a
while, but hell, its Budweiser, so youd never know the difference
anyway. So of course, this made me happy, as last time, we didnt even
have room to sneeze, much less eat and drink.
The dark matches then got underway; as we saw Andy Anderson and Glamour
Boy tie it up. The only real reason I mention this is because Glamour
Boy looked a lot like Shannon Moore, of three count. I even thought it
at first. The next match saw former Headbanger Mosh, otherwise known as
Chaz, that fun loving guy from New Jersey. The only reason I really
mention his appearance, was because he got a really decent pop out of
the Philly crowd, probably because half of them drove up from Jersey.
Its good to see him again without that damn turban! When The Coach
Jonathan Coachman came out for Jakked/Metal, he was pretty well booed.
Now Michael PS Hayes got a nice pop. Something possibly noteworthy:
during some of the matches Coachman ran back to the dressing room, about
2 times to be exact, and Michael PS Hayes was left all to himself back
there. Not too much to talk about on Jakked except:
Jindrak was out for a match with K-Kwik, and Kwik actually won the
match, which was something I really wasnt expecting at all. I think
they could really be doing a hell of a lot more with Jindrak, given his
size and his look. Maybe a Natural Born Thrillers reunion?
A couple more notes during RAW I guess the WWF knows how much fans
REALLY hate X-Pac, because just before his title vs. title match with
Kidman during the commercial break, Kidman appeared on the Titantron and
started running down the city of Philadelphia, and its sports teams, to
make sure he was booed when he came out. I thought that was pretty
amusing. Also, Tajiri vs. RVD was awesome, and its too bad they
couldnt have gone another 5-10 minutes, but I know thats asking a lot
for a RAW match. And of course I was hyped to see my man Kurt defend his
WCW Title. During the ad break (after Angle was gored by Rhyno and the
officials got all uninvolved parties back to the dressing room) Shane
and Booker got on the mic, telling the ref to get ready to count the
pinfall soon. Well, we all know how that fight went down, and needless
to say, I was pretty pissed. Booker T received tons of HEAT afterwards,
and especially from me. Now Im a fan of many of the wrestlers, as they
bust their ass night in and night out for the fans, but when you screw
with Angle, you screw with Triple P. And after downing my last of the
four beers during that match, with an increasingly empty stomach, I was
rather pissed as Booker stood at the top of the Titantron hoisting his
belt up high. All I could offer him was my two birds.
Of course, a major part that I have left out is the main theme of the
night, the return of The Rock. Im not a huge Rock fan, or Rock hater
for that matter. But as the cameras cut to a shot outside the First
Union Spectrum (which is right across the street) staring at the
infamous statue of Rocky Balboa, and The Rock appeared under it, I was
even a little psyched to have him come out. And it also seemed that
Philadelphia was even more psyched than I, as when The Rock appeared,
the crowd was electric, popping for his every move. He did exactly what
I predicted he would do, floor both McMahons, and then pledge his
allegiance to the WWF. After the show went off the air, The Rock,
Vince, Shane and Stephanie all stayed out to entertain the crowd. This
went on for probably around 20 minutes or so, which was highlighted in
Tuesday nights newsletter. I think the funniest thing that occurred,
was after Shane threatened The Rock and then started running down The
Rocks attire, in which he was wearing this big gold belt buckle. What,
have you been in the rodeo, riding Brahma Bulls Rock, questioned Shane.
You could see from the Titantron, that this comment even had The Rock
laughing. Another funny comment, as Rock was talking to Shane, Stephanie
ran off to the back pantomiming, haha, I got away. The Rock said,
shes a slut anyway, we dont need her. I think Vince even smiled
as that was said.
But all in all, it was a pretty good show, with some pretty good
enthusiasm from the crowd, which always helps. Now after the show, a
friend and I stood outside and waiting for some of the guys to come out,
but we only really saw Kanyon and Raven driving away together and then
we headed to the local hotel and bar down the street, where just as last
time, we ran into a few familiar faces. Once again, both Bubba and D-Von
were at the bar, and just as last time, D-Von was very approachable and
Bubba was not. He must be a generally mean guy, because some of things
Ive heard come out of his mouth, even ignoring children in the lobby,
are just inexcusable. But Spike wasnt there this time. However, we did
get to see Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman, who is a very nice man I
might add. Jerry Lynn was also sitting in the bar, and Tommy Dreamer
came in for a drink as well. After a while, Kevin Dunn also entered the
bar, with an expensive cigar I might add. And just around closing time,
Double A, Arn Anderson came into the bar and ordered a few drinks for
himself and two HUGE guys, who I overheard, are some new tag team in
training. Most of these guys were VERY approachable, with the exception
being Bubba, who better not get TOO big headed, since his routine is
getting stale. But, a fun time was had by all.
Thats about it for this week though folks, as I have taken you through
my experiences this past Monday night. And Ill surely be trying for
some more tickets when they go on sale for the proposed SMACKDOWN!
Taping on 10/30/01.
And that my friends, IS TRUE!
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