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| Tuesday, September 1st, 1998 | W R E S T L I N G O N L I N E
| | N E W S L E T T E R # 1 7 1
| *Issue #171* |
| | Wrestling-Online.com's Official Newsletter
| Editor@... | Editor: Colin Vassallo
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TODAY'S TOP STORY: UNOPPOSED NITRO GETS A HIGH RATING....SNH DISAPPOINTS
1 i - Opening Words From The Editor
ii - Today's Top Story
2- World Wrestling Federation
i - News & Rumors
3- World Championship Wrestling
i - News & Rumors
ii - Nitro Report
i - Clear The Mic
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1 OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
By Colin Vassallo
Hey hey! I included the ratings in this issue...there was no need to
send a "Late Breaking News" edition, since Nitro was unopposed. You can
find everything in the TOP STORY section.
I want to thank everyone who joined in last Sunday for the SummerSlam
coverage on our chatroom. I guess we broke record for over 200 users.
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TODAY'S TOP STORY
By Colin Vassallo
An unopposed Nitro got a high rating, 5.1 in the first hour, 6.6 in the
second, and 6.4 in the third and final hour. The composite for the 3
hour show was 6.0.
RAW was pre-empted due to the US Open Tennis Tournament. Although not
aired, RAW did their normal taping yesterday, which will be shown this
Saturday, and tonight, there will be another RAW taping, which will be
aired on the next Saturday. RAW has been pre-empted for 2 weeks.
In the meantime, Sunday Night Heat disappointed, only getting a 3.2. The
show was hyped big time, due to the fact that it was live, from Madison
Square Garden, and only 1 hour before SummerSlam.
As you may know, the phenomenal hit Titanic is scheduled for video
release on September 1st for $29.95 SRP -- we will be taking pre-orders
starting June 11, 1998 at the unbelievably low price of $9.99! To
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NEWS & RUMORS
- The woman in the ring who flashed the crowd and french kissed Abu in
yesterday's RAW Tapings, was a stripper from Connecticut.
- Rumor is that Stone Cold Steve Austin broke Regis' nose on his show
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- The following are RAW, Shotgun, and SNH reports...SKIP them if you
don't want to know what happened!
Credit: Joe De Leon
A few quick begining notes:
-The steel security railing looks to a be a thing of the past in the
WWF; ust as at SummerSlam, there was a low-black wall around ringside.
-No Triple H, No Mankind, No Sable, No Owen Hart.
SHOTGUN SATURDAY NIGHT -- AIR-DATE: September 5, 1998 [Syndicated]
-Jim Ross interviewed Bart Gunn, who comes to the ring to the Brawl for
All music. He also gets a pair of goofy looking oversize boxing gloves
as a trophy. Gunn says it's time for Vince to take notice of him, and
also issues an open challenge to anyone for a Brawl for All match.
-Dustin Runnels defeated Lance Diamond with a Bulldog.
-Dan Severn defeated a Jobber by Submission.
-Teioh and Sho Funka (w/Kaientai) defeated Jimmer Cireco and Julio
Sanchez, with a
Double-Team DDT on Sanchez.
WWF RAW IS WAR - AIR-DATE: September 5, 1998 at 11:00pm EST
-Tag Title Match: Rocky Maivia and Mark Henry defeated The New Age
Outlaws by DQ, after
Chyna ran in and beat up Henry, until The Outlaws pulled her off.
-Southern Justice defeated The Headbangers, with the Reversed DDT.
-The Raw opening was then taped. The end of the Stone Cold Steve Austin
SummerSlam match was shown on the Titan Tron, followed by the theme
music and fireworks.
Vince McMahon kicked off the show, making his way to the ring. Vince
says he's in a great mood, and a plan will unfold, guaranteeing Austin
will lose the title at In Your House: Breakdown. He then bad-mouths
Undertaker for sending Kane back to the locker room at SummerSlam. Says
Kane and UT could be the most destructive force in WWF history, but
instead they've become a couple of "putrid pu$$***." Undertaker and Kane
come out to attack Vinnie Mac who escapes through the crowd.
-The Disciples of Apocalypse (w/Paul Ellering) and the team of Ken
Shamrock and Blackman went to a No Contest, when Kane and The Undertaker
came to the ring. DOA and Shamrock clear out of their way. Blackman spin
kicks at Kane but misses and is chokeslammed. DOA beat down Shamrock on
the floor as UT works over Blackman's leg, then applies a leg ace.
Blackman is stretchered out.
-Val Venis and Vader went to a No Contest, when Bradshaw, followed by
Kane and UT came to the ring. During this one, Dustin walked through the
crowd with the "He is coming back" sign. Bradshaw and Vader had a
staredown, but when Kane and UT arrived, Bradshaw took off, while Val
wass chokeslammed, and Vader is double chokeslammed.
-Tiger Ali Singh (w/Abu) comes to the ring, and says he's already proven
his point about
Americans. Then he sees that Abu is eating a can of sardines, and
mentions that that's all he's been eating for days, and hasn't brushed
his teeth. That gives him an idea, and he offers $500 to any woman who
will French kiss Abu for five seconds. Abu chooses and attractive woman,
and Singh ups it to $600. She kisses him, Singh kept pausing in his
count to five to tell the crowd to quiet down so he can concentrate, but
even when he finally reached 5, she didn't break the kiss right away.
Crowd then wants her to flash them, and she does, then does the same
four or five more times until an official ushers her out of the ring. UT
and Kane then came out, Singh tosses Abu to the wolves, but he can't get
away in time, both are chokeslammed.
-European Title Match: X-Pac defeated D-Lo Brown bt DQ when Jeff Jarrett
ran in and attacked X-Pac. Jarrett and X-Pac brawl through the crowd as
UT and Kane come to the ring. The Rock comes to the aid of D-Lo, but
D-Lo grabbed his belt and took off, leaving Maivia to be chokeslammed.
-Edge over Marc Mero (w/Jacqueline) by DQ, when Gangrel ran in and
attacked Edge. As they fight in the ring, Mero and Jacky leave, and Mero
is attacked by UT and Kane on the stage.
-The Oddities (w/Luna and Insane Clown Posse) over LOD 200 and Darren
Drozdov, when Giant Silva pinned Hawk with a powerbomb. During the
Oddities pre-match song and dance routine, Hawk came out and drunkenly
joins in. Later he beats up on ICP for no apparant reason.
-Too Much over Miguel Perez and Jesus Castillo. The Boricuas hit a
double powerbomb on
Taylor, but as Miguel makes the cover, the referee put Castillo out of
the ring. Christopher comes off the top with the Tennesse Jam to the
back of Miguel's head, then rolls Taylor on top of him to get the
-Jeff Jarrett over Scorpio by DQ when X-Pac ran in and attacked him.
Jarrett came out to the Southern Justice music, with new short silver
tights to go along with his new haircut, and no fireworks. After X-Pac
and Jarrett brawl away from the ring, UT and Kane come down and spike
tombstone Scorpio. Vince watches this from the stage smiling, until Kane
and UT see him and go up after him, but he has plenty of time to make
WWF SUNDAY NIGHT HEAT -- AIR-DATE: September 6, 1998 at 7:00pm EST
-Bradshaw defeated Ken Shamrock by DQ, when Vader interfered.
-Edge defeated Taka Michinoku (w/Yamaguchi San) with the Downward Spiral
in a non-title
-The Heat opening was then taped.
-Kane and The Undertaker over Animal and Darren Drozdov when Animal taps
out to UT's leg
lace. Hawk comes down to ringside and is chokeslammed by Kane. Animal is
-Jesse James (w/Billy Gunn) defeated Dennis Knight (w/Mark Canterbury)
by DQ, when
interfered. X-Pac ran in and the six men brawl.
-Kane and The Undertaker dragged Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco to the
ring. UT gives
McMahon ten seconds to come out or see his flunkies destroyed. Vince
doesn't come out,
Patterson and Brisco are chokeslammed.
-D-Lo Brown defeated Val Venis with a German suplex after sending Val
into an exposed
turnbuckle in a non-title match. D-Lo did a moonsault off the black
security wall during the match. After the match, Val powerbombed D-Lo,
took the chest protector, put it on, delivered the money shot.
-Gangrel defeated Togo (w/Yamiguchi San) with the Spike DDT.
-Vince came to the ring and called out Kane and The Undertaker. When
they came out, he
apologized for his comments, then said they truly were the most
destructive force in WWF history, and both of them deserved a title
shot. He then called Austin out, and informed him that at Breakdown,
he'd be defending against UT and Kane in a Triple Threat Match. Austin
left the ring, then Kane and UT did as well, Austin then rolled back in
the ring and stunnered Vince.
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NEWS & RUMORS
- Terry Taylor wasn't at Nitro for booking duties.
- Mike Tenay reports on his latest WCW Hotline message that "The
Canadian Crippler" Chris Benoit will back later this month. The mat
technician's injured elbow is reportedly healing at a faster rate than
expected. However, it is likely Benoit (and WCW) will not risk bringing
"The Crippler" back to the ring too soon, although a return to the mic
(perhaps with the "new" Four Horsemen) is being planned for September,
according to Tenay. Of course, Benoit has been the subject of much
internet controversy as of late, with numerous reports on Benoit's
future in WCW -- none of them at all optimistic. However, WCW officials
have a way of placating disgruntled talent, and most informed sources
feel (especially with the imminent return of Ric Flair) there is a very
high probability that the ultra -talented "Crippler" will stay put in
WCW and the Four Horsemen. (WiseGuy)
- WCW was going to have the Hall vs. Nash match at Halloween Havoc, but
now the plan is to have Nash win at Wargames and face Goldberg at HH
therefore he cannot fight Hall then. The feud has been shut down for a
while, but they will finally fight each other at Starrcade '98! (Zach
- I'd expect the Nash/Hall feud to pick up after Wargames. If Nash wins
at Fall Brawl, he and Hall should have some confrontations on the
following Nitros, and when Nash & Goldberg fight at Halloween Havoc,
Scott Hall will interfere and cost Nash the match thus, everyone will be
happy. Nash will not have jobbed to Goldberg cleanly, and Goldberg keeps
his winning streak alive. (WiseGuy)
By Joe De Leon
Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan
Live from Miami, Florida
Hollywood Hogan Interview - (With Eric Bischoff)
-Eric Bischoff pulled out his pen - the only object that made him so
"powerful." He promised Eddie Guerrero would wrestle later in the show,
and The Warrior wouldn't. Hollywood Hogan announced his partners for War
Games would be Bret Hart and Stevie Ray. Hogan then bragged, saying
NWO-Hollywood would win War Games, and continued to taunt The Warrior
and Goldberg. He then, surprisingly, called out The Warrior, with
Warrior almost immediately making his way down to the ring. Other
NWO-Hollywood members surrounded the ring, trapping The Warrior. Just as
quickly as Warrior appeared, he disappeared in the smoke that lit up the
The commentators announced the main event bout would be Hollywood
Hogan and Bret Hart vs. Sting and Lex Luger. ... Highlights were shown
of Goldberg hanging out with Mark McGuire in St. Louis, Missouri.
Wrath defeated Jim Powers with the Meltdown.
-Wrath looked very impressive, and dominated Jim Powers. After Powers
was showing signs of a knee injury, Wrath took advantage, and finished
off the match with the Meltdown.
Gene Okerlund, The Nitro Girls, and Jim Duggan were all in Wapakoneta,
Ohio - home of the Niel Armstrong Space Museum - celebrating a Nitro
Party. WCW checked back with Okerlund frequently throughout the show.
Scott Norton (w/Vincent) defeated Norman Smiley with the Jack-Knife
-Scott Norton dominated Norman Smiley, and continued to pound on him,
even though he could of had two successful pins. After two Jack-Kinfe
Powerbombs, Norton took an easy victory. Following the match, the lights
went off, and The Warrior appeared.
In some pre-recorded, backstage comments, Mike Tenay attempted to
catch a few words from Saturn, who was carrying Lodi's luggage. Saturn
says he is a man of his word, and he will continue to be Lodi's
temporary slave. Lodi told Saturn to hurry up with his things.
-The Wolfpac did the interview without Sting. Lex Luger said Sting was
on his way to the arena, and that they are looking forward to their main
event match with Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart. Kevin Nash said The
Wolfpac drew straws, and the three members for War Games would be he,
Sting, and Lex Luger. Nash then taunted Team-WCW members that would be
participating in War Games.
J.J. Dillion Interview - (With Tony Schiavone)
-J.J. Dillion called out Arn Anderson, and Anderson made his way down to
the ring. Dillion told Anderson he came across some old footage, and it
was aired on the monitor. The video saw Anderson in his younger years,
cutting a promo. Dillion tried to convince Anderson he was the key to
re-forming The Four Horsemen. Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael appeared,
and had a private, but yet seemingly arguably talk with Anderson. As
Anderson put everything to rest, and decided to leave the ring, Dillion
held him back, and said that he thought Anderson was afraid of
re-forming The Four Horsemen. Anderson made his way back to the locker
room. Throughout the interview, "We Want Flair" chants
were chanted loudly throughout the arena.
Brian Adams (w/Vincent) defeated Eddie Guerrero via Pinfall.
-Before the match, The Warrior was shown at the top of the arena. Eddie
Guerrero didn't even attempt to wrestle the match, and layed on the
floor in a pinning position. Brian Adams put his foot on top on
Guerrero, and made an easy pin. Afterwards, Guerrero said he wouldn't
let Eric Bischoff sue him, and then began to curse, with the words being
Ernest Miller defeated Riggs with the Spinning Wheel Kick.
-Ernest Miller dominated Riggs with his karate tactics, and finished him
off with the Spinning Wheel Kick. Aftewards, Miller said for the fans
not to hate him because he's beautiful. Miller said no one in WCW can
stop him since he is a three-time karate champion.
Konnan defeated Marty Jannetty by making him submit to the Tequilla
-Marty Jannetty put up a long fight for Konnan. As Jannetty continued
with the overall advantage, Konnan caught him with a Front Face Slam.
Konnan then strapped the Tequilla Sunrise to take the victory.
Saturn and Lodi defeated High Voltage with Saturn's Death Valley
-It seemed Kanyon was officially part of The Flock. Before the match,
Lodi was told to instruct Saturn not to touch Raven or Kanyon. Kanyon
got up to Saturn's face, and dared Saturn to hit him. Saturn clenched
his first, wanting to take a shot at Kanyon, but wouldn't. After Saturn
hit Rage with the Death Valley Driver, he was forced to tag in Lodi.
Lodi made the pin, and took all the credit.
Diamond Dallas Page Interiew - (With Tony Schiavone)
-Diamond Dallas Page discussed War Games, and brought out WCW
Commissioner, Roddy Piper.
Piper insulted Bret Hart, and said that Hart was making the wrong choice
siding-off NWO-Hollywood. The Giant ran-in, but two superstars wasn't
enough to put the big man down. Security made their way to the ring, and
handcuffed The Giant.
Scott Steiner Interview - (With Doc)
-Scott Steiner said he had a panel of doctors to prove he wasn't 100%
ready for his Fall Brawl match with Rick Steiner. Steiner introduced Dr.
JuJu Yubangie (Buff Bagwell), who was a Jamaican voodoo doctor. Bagwell
said he could use magic powder to heal Steiner. Steiner's left arm was
supposedly healed, after Bagwell used the magic powder. Scott Steiner
guaranteed his brother would go down at Fall Brawl. Rick Steiner popped
up from behind, with the NWO-Hollywood members taking off. Afterwards,
The Warrior appeared at the top of the arena.
Juventud Guerrera defeated Evan Kourageous with the Juvi Driver, to
retain the WCW Cruiserweight Title.
-Evan Kourageous had many chances to make a pin, but failed to do so.
After the Juvi Driver, Juventud Guerrera retained the Cruiserweight
Chris Jericho defeated Disco Inferno by making him submit to the Lion
Tamer, to retain the WCW Television Title.
-A very physical match, but Disco Inferno couldn't take the Lion Tamer.
Chris Jericho retained his Television Title.
Goldberg defeated Al Greene with the Jackhammer, to retian the WCW
-Kevin Nash did color commentary during this match, and took Mike
Tenay's position. Nash showed his respect for Goldberg, and had no
negative comments regarding the Heavyweight Champion. After the spear,
Goldberg retained his Heavyweight Title with the Jackhammer.
Sting and Lex Luger defeated Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart (w/The
Disciple) by Countout.
-After Hollywood Hogan began to use his belt on Sting, Hart took the
belt away, and left the ring. As Hogan and Hart argued on the outside of
the ring, they were counted out, giving Sting and Lex Luger the victory.
Hogan, Hart, and The Disciple entered the ring. Other NWO-Hollywood
members came down to break up the argument. The ring lit up with smoke,
and The Warrior appeared, with NWO-Hollywood members knocked out on the
floor. Hogan was hiding in the corner, and as soon as The Warrior
taunted him, Hogan headed back to the locker room area.
CLEAR THE MIC
By GR Tower
Hello fans! I've been missing in action for a couple weeks, but rest
assured I'm alive and well. I had lots of things to accomplish before
the summer ended, and I was really strained for time. I apologize to all
of you for that. Last time I wrote, I speculated that Hogan may not have
an ego as big as we all may think. I pointed out the number of stars
Hogan has put over. Boy did I get a lot of responses! I thank you all
for your feedback! Most of the messages agreed with my point of view and
some even thanked me
for bringing it to their attention. This week, I write about the danger
facing the World Wrestling Federation.
We can argue for days about who produces the better product, WWF or WCW.
But that's not important here. What is important is the fact that once
Nitro was pre-empted for the NBA Playoffs, wrestling fans tuned in to
RAW, and for the most part stayed tuned in to RAW even when Nitro
returned. After more than a year of losing the ratings, Vince and the
WWF were on top again. Recent weeks have seen Nitro edge out a ratings
win, with the help of the Warrior. Now, because of the U.S. Open, Nitro
could again become dominant.
Certainly there are fans who are devoted, die-hard to one organization.
Regardless of what happens on the other channel, these fans will not
switch. But these fans are few compared to the millions that tune in
each week. Most of us will watch what is on. So, if we enjoy RAW more
than Nitro, but RAW isn't on, we'll watch Nitro. This is exactly what
happened during the NBA Playoffs. The wrestling fans watched RAW, and
got hooked on
the angles and storylines. What happens if they now get hooked on WCW's
angles and storylines? How will Vince fight back? To be honest, I think
the August 17th debut of the Warrior was timed perfectly! Bring him out
for the two weeks you go head to head with RAW. Get fans to switch
channels and watch the Warrior. That's what happened. Now, you've got
Nitro unopposed for two weeks, including the Monday following a major
WWF pay-per-view. Bischoff timed this just right, and has a golden
I'm not saying he should lay out all his cards in these two weeks, but
do put in
that extra effort to produce an exciting, intense broadcast that will
keep the fans watching. Don't bore us in these two weeks, Eric. You've
got the chance to reclaim that top spot and hold it, perhaps another
year. How thirsty are we for Stone Cold Steve Austin? How much do we
want to see the Undertaker and Kane? Can we wait two weeks? Or will our
thirst be adequately quenched by Nitro? I guess we'll know when RAW and
Nitro go head-to-head again.
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