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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Heya folks. We passed the 37,000 active subscribers mark today....and
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more members yet to be added but Yahoo! limits the number of new
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Not a lot of news today...see ya again tomorrow.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK- Here's the schedule for this week, starting with the RAW roster. Live
RAW tomorrow in Phoenix, AZ., at the America West Arena. On Friday live
event at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, TX., followed by a show
in Odessa, TX., at the Ector County Coliseum on Saturday. The week is
wrapped up by a show in Abilene, TX., at the Taylor County Coliseum. The
Smackdown! roster starts the week with a live event on Monday in Yuma,
AZ., at the Desert Sun Stadium followed by Smackdown! tapings in Tucson,
AZ., at the Tucson Convention Center. On Saturday a live event at the
Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, AL., and another show on Sunday in
Hattiesburg, MS., at the Reed Green Coliseum.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM DAVIS, CA.- Wrestling-Online Newsletter reader Steve Stain attended yesterday's
WWF live event in Davis, CA., and sent in the following results. Kidman
defeated Tajiri; Albert & Lance Storm defeated Scotty 2 Hotty & Randy
Orton; Maven & Al Snow defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hugh Morrus; Chuck &
Billy defeated Rikishi & The Hurricane; Test defeated Hardcore Holly;
D-Von Dudley defeated The Big Valbowski; DDP defeated Christian; Kurt
Angle defeated Edge; Triple H defeated Chris Jericho. There was also a
swimsuit showdown between Stacy, Torrie Wilson & Ivory. Ivory didn't
want to remove her robe and told the crowd that she "won't show them her
tits." After some more trash talking, Stacy Keibler ripped Ivory's robe
as the former Women's champ ran backstage. Torrie won the contest but
Stacy attacked her from behind and the two engaged in a cat fight.
> WWF SHOWS HELPING TNN GROW- In an article by Media Life Magazine, columnist Mike Jasik reviewed
the latest cable TV rankings going in detail over USA Network and TNN.
The article states that although USA Network took a hit in the ratings
when the WWF left, the cable channel has not only regained its
viewership, but improved on it. As far as TNN goes, the work all goes
out to WWF programming, especially their RAW show. Even though TNN is
not 'America's fastest growing network' as the advertising claims, the
article says that TNN's audience went up 21% in adults 18-49 and 25-54
and up 11% in adults 18-34. Also, for the first 3 months of this year,
WWFE had seven out of the top ten spots in adults 18-34, nine spots in
the adults 18-49, six in adults 25-54 and 21 out of 25 in primetime
> JERICHO'S BAND ROCKS WWF NEW YORK- Chris Jericho morphed into his alter ego on Friday when he and his
band Fozzy rocked WWF New York for a concert. Jericho plays Moongoose
McQueen, the lead singer for the band. W-O Newsletter reader
'TeddSaidHi' attended the concert and sent in word that the show was
outstanding and even included stage dives by two members from the band.
Jericho...oops, Moongoose and his band sang 'TNT', written by AC/DC,
'Balls to the Wall', written by Accept, and 'Rock you Like a Hurricane',
written by Fozzy, stolen by the Scorpions!
>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
Trivia Answer: Amanda Ultimate Warrior was brought out by the WWF
champion on the Brother Love show. She did a
cartwheel. Man did things suck back then.
This weeks question: Two men have wrestled in three consecutive
Wrestlemania's for three different titles. Who are they, which Mania's
and what titles?
History? What history?
That seems to be the WWF's way of thinking and has been for years. They
have a massive library of classic moments and angles to draw from and
yet things that should be blatantly obvious to use in set up for feuds
Take for example the Chris Jericho/HHH Wrestlemania Main Event. In the
build up for the match Trip said that every time he and Jericho wrestled
he beat him. This lead to footage from the Walls of Jericho on the table
in the Canadian Chris' Tag Title win last May. Granted that was decent
and helped attempt to build psychology towards Jericho's attacking of
the quad. That was overshadowed by the whole McMahon thing, but I
What they neglected was April of 2000 when Chris Jericho pinned Triple-H
to be WWF World Champion... for five minutes. In one of the best
examples of booking, the show started off with Jericho winning the
title, Hunter and Stephanie bullying referee Earl Hebner into
overturning the decision, and a 6-man tag with Jericho and the Acolytes
against DX, in which HHH pinned Jericho cleanly. A great angle all
executed and run in one night. They could have had Jericho spout about
how he did beat Hunter once and no one remembers, etc. It also could
have been used somewhat a few RAW's ago. "Chris Jericho returns to State
College, PA where he once beat HHH in order to try and once again hold
Another example is Hulk Hogan, who prior to X-8 had one Wrestlemania
pinfall loss. Wrestlemania 6 to the Ultimate Warrior in Skydome. They
could have worked with that and hyped on the fact that Hogan was
returning to avenge his loss to one former "Icon" by beating the new
one. Instead that fact was ignored. Had they put Mr. Perfect on the
actual show instead of Heat, and added Boss Man and hey even Haku
(cringe) then they could have built on that. Having the wrestlers talk
about talking into that event twelve years ago in front of all those
fans and now returning.
WWF just sort of ignored the long history between HHH and The Rock when
they entered their WWF Title Feud in 2000. The Rock/HHH battles began in
February of 1997 when Rock beat Hunter for his first IC title. They
traded the belt back at Summerslam 98 with Hunter now as the face and
Rocky as the heel Nation leader. The only mention of the many, many
battles these two men had in a three year period (they also feuded in
the summer of 1999, starting with the Over the Edge PPV) was the thirty
minute draw at Fully Loaded 1998, mentioned during the Iron Man Match in
2000. Same for the Triple-H/Cactus Feud in 2000 that made no mention of
there battles in 1997 that helped springboard both mens careers.
Maybe it's just me, but I like to recall past wrestling moments. The
fact that Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle wrestled at two Wrestlemanias,
ignored. WWF had a great potential feud between former tag partners
Jericho and Lance Storm and gave us only a 4-minute match.
Some of the best angles took years of subtle build up. The best example
is Elizabeth and Randy Savage. What made that moment at WM 7 so amazing
was the fact that there was almost ten years of history. It almost is
insulting to our intelligence to expect us to forget. If they delved
more into the past it would strengthen some of the weaker angles we have
seen over the years.
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