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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hey hey hey Happy Easter everyone. Kinda slow news day today, nothing
See ya tomorrow.
Kid Rock, Drowning Pool, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Cypress Hill,
Creed, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit and other top names from the music
industry team up together for WWF FORCEABLE ENTRY, the brand new
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW PREVIEW- RAW previews on several TV websites don't reveal much to what we
already know. The preview has 'Ric Flair's new RAW; Stone Cold' for the
all-new two hour broadcast. Austin's scheduled appearance on the show
has been plugged big time this week both on TV and on the WWF.COM
> GO TRISH GO!- 64 babes from the entertainment industry were fielded together for a
knockout tournament on Atlanta's 790 The Zone website and one female
from the WWF is kicking some serious butt in the finals! Trish Stratus
is currently destroying Alyssa Milano in the final round by some nearly
2,000 votes. If you want to help the former WWF Women's champ secure her
spot as the hottest babe go to
http://www.790thezone.com/Interactive/64Women2002/Round6.asp and place
your vote for the Canadian.
> LIGHTHEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP SCRAPPED- The Lightheavyweight championship is officially....gone. The last
person to hold that title, X-Pac, has never been acknowledged as the
champion since his return on WWF TV and the WWF Internet crew also
removed the title from the WWFTitleHistory.com website. The
Cruiserweight title - held by Tajiri - will be the only one kept to
represent the division. The first WWF Lightheavyweight champion was
crowned at In Your House: Degeneration X back in December of 1997 when
Taka Michinoku pinned Brian Christopher, later known as Grandmaster
> BACK IN THE 'TOP 10'- The WWF keyword on Lycos' Top 50 chart is back in the first 10 places
jumping 8 places from last week's position. Seems like the split, or
brand extension like the WWF likes to call it got some people talking
this week. The WWF keyword has been on the Top 50 chart for 136 weeks
now, one of the only eight other keywords that's been on that long.
> INJURY UPDATES- Here's the latest injury update from Jim Ross. Triple H has suffered a
fracture on his left kneecap however he's going to work through the pain
after consulting Dr. Jim Andrews; Kevin Nash has a deep bruise on his
biceps and will work despite the pain; Hulk Hogan is still suffering
from a rib injury however just like the two guys above he will continue
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Hi there Citizens, or Andyholics, haven't quite decided what to call you
yet. Anyway, WrestleMania has come and gone, and if any of you were
wondering why I was conspicuous by my absence, it was because I was in a
field surveying in a remote part of Scotland. I did manage to see
WrestleMania live, and I'm sure there will be many that disagree, but I
was not impressed in the least. With the top 4 matches you could have
the winner a mile off. The WWF's 4 golden boys. The Rock/Hogan bout was
the only real surprising highlight.
Stone Cold absolutely killed the Hall match. Now Stone Cold has
disappeared from our screens, basically because he is in a huff, in a
mood. Get over it Austin. Supposedly Austin is still bitching about
Hogan coming into WCW and having him job to 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan back in
1994. I'll bet you Steve Austin is one of these guys that reckon Bret
Hart should get on with his life and stop bitchin' about Montreal too.
My point is Steve, it was 8 years ago, you are THE man now, don't blow
it over petty differences from the past. Hogan may be getting cheered
through the rafters right now, but believe me, it's just temporary.
Why is it temporary. Oh come on! Do you REALLY want to see Hogan
constantly main event at WWF PPV's. I know I sure as hell don't. Sure,
he and Rock had a good match at WMX8, but that was WrestleMania and
emotions were high and Dwayne pulled a tremendous bout out of Hogan. But
even his legdrops are lame now. I'll give the guy credit, his popularity
at the moment is phenomenal, but trust me, it will fade, especially when
the fans get to witness how hopeless he can be in singles matches, when
only his opponent can carry him (notice he ain't wrestled very many
singles matches since his return?).
I nearly blew a fuse this morning. Dave Meltzer's report said that the
general feeling in camp WWF is that the Jericho title reign was a
failure, and only Stephanie gave it credit. If that isn't nepotism in
and blindness to the max, I don't know what is. Sure, Y2J's reign wasn't
the greatest, but I think failure is a very strong word. And it wasn't
all his fault. Even when he first won the title, they rarely gave him a
clean win over anyone. Sure I can see that was to try and get him over
as a heel, but it never made him a credible champion.
They assigned Stephanie to him and she has been given credit for giving
him heat. What? I said, what? No way, if anything, Ms. McMahon made a
farce out of the world title match at WrestleMania. It may as well have
been her against Triple H in the main event as Jericho was just seen as
her skivvy to take on her soon to be ex-husband rather than the
champion. That absolutely reeked of politicking.
I used to think that the nWo would be the poison for real in the WWF
with all the Kliq and Hogan's little words behind the scenes, but now I
see, they aren't the poison. It seems that Mr. Levesque (aka Triple H)
is bad mouthing many wrestlers at the bookers meetings which is
resulting in many of them being buried (AHEM Kurt, AHEM Hardys).
Levesque is always keen to talk about how much he loves this business
and how he would do anything for it. Yeah Paul, as long as no-one looks
better than you.
On to the draft. I know, I know I'm moaning away, but I'm in a moany
mood. Couldn't they have developed and built the storyline in a better
way rather than have Linda 'Deadpan' McMahon deliver a boring speech on
Raw. Although don't get me wrong, I think Linda is very good at her job,
she just shouldn't be delivering important monologues on TV like that -
in my opinion. The split happens Monday and have there been glaring
omissions from the drafts, I think there have.
Sean O'Haire, Mark Jindrak, Hugh Morrus, Chavo Guerrero Jr all missing
in action. Also guys like Shannon Moore and Evan Karagias missing too.
What does this mean for them? Also, I think Flair's camp is
significantly weaker than Vince's. Is this another power trip? Probably.
It is for that reason I think it is vital that Steve Austin signs with
Ric Flair, as the top faces in Flair's camp are RVD and Kane. Also Rey
Rey and Eddy are to come in soon I believe, I think they'd be better off
in Flair's camp too.
Does anyone else see the problem that I've seen with the split. Ok, it's
now 2 hours of TV for 30 guys, which means most should get decent
exposure on TV, but what about PPV's? A lot of guys aren't going to get
PPV bonuses. You now have all the guys in one faction trying to squeeze
into 4 or 5 matches at PPVs. Many are not even going to get a look in.
I am looking forward to the prospective Kurt Angle and Edge feud. This
could be a great one, if they are both given enough time to build it.
Kurt's career seems to be in a bit of a doldrum just now, as with the
emergence of the nWo he's been pushed from the main event scene. Edge
has struggled to find a stellar singles feud since he and Christian
parted ways. These guys are my sort of competitors, a varied and
creative arsenal, both with
wrestling intelligence and both can create great matches. It should be
good, if they are allowed to get their feet off the ground.
Brock Lesnar is one scary individual. He looks good. Although he, to me,
looks like a bulked up Sid Vicious. Seriously, his face looks like Sid.
Anyway, like every other pundit is saying just now, it's time for Paul
Heyman to cut one of his killer promos to get his guy over as a vicious
heel. He could be the next Goldberg, except Brock is talented. (*takes
cover from Goldberg marks*).
The time has come for me to depart and go and sit on my pedestal again.
Actually I'm off to serve a bunch of annoying customers at Sainsbury's
supermarket. But I'm in a good mood now, as I have just purchased
the WWF event in Glasgow, HIP HIP HOORAY! After a 2 and a half year
absence, FINALLY Citizen Number 1 will be returning to a WWF event. Last
time I was at an event was the Rebellion PPV in Birmingham, just after
I'd started University. Now I'm almost finished Uni (maybe) and I get
the chance to see my idols again. Yeah I could only afford cheap seats
cos I'm a poor student and the view ain't going to be that hot as I'm on
the floor towards the back, but to be there will be great. But WWF take
note, the WWA, a fledgling company managed to take cameras and 2 big
screens to house shows in the UK with them, can you match that?
Yeah and you could bring WrestleMania to Hampden Park too while you're
at it, that way I would get jealous of guys like Colin and Doc. hehe.
Ok, time to go to splitsville. Any emails are welcome at
andrew.bulik@... . Tara sports.
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