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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
I forgot to put the interview link in yesterday's Triple H news bit!
Doh! Here it is:
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW RATINGS- For the first time in five weeks, the WWF saw it's RAW number drop.
After a nice 4.8 run, this week RAW scored a 4.4 composite with a 6.6
share off hours 4.2 and 4.6. (Ratings compiled by Neilsen Media Research
and put online by 1wrestling.com)
> PAGE ADVISED TO RETIRE- DDP's wrestling career may be thrown out of the window, and the
doctors are advising him to hang up his boots. The former WCW champion
got injured during a recent match with Hardcore Bob Holly on Smackdown
and has been having neck and back troubles ever since. WWF.COM reported
that an MRI revealed degenerative discs and bone spurs and a blockage at
the canal around the L5 and L6 vertebrae. The doctor said that one bad
bump could cause his spinal cord to snap and become paraplegic. Page is
expected to have an extensive rehab and then fly to Texas to see Dr
Lloyd Youngblood for an evaluation which if things turn worse would
require him to have spinal surgery. You can read the full WWF.COM story
> BIG SHOW ON GERMAN TV- W-O Newsletter readers Bernhard Döbler and Frank Lilienthal from
Germany sent in the following report from Big Show's appearance on
German TV comedy show 'TV Total'. Show was the first guest and carried
the host on his shoulders in the studio. Show told the host that he's
married but no children yet, although he's working everyday to change
that! He said that at home, his wife is the real Big Show, he's just a
Little Show. After a commercial break they returned with a part of the
stage filled with wrestling mats. The host pinned Show and tried again
for the second time however he wasn't that 'lucky'. Then the host asked
who was in the best physical condition among the band who does live
music on the show. Big Show took them all seven members out! When it was
time to leave, Show stood up and the chair was still stuck to his @ss so
the host had to separate the chair from the nWo monster!
> WWF STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 14.45, a 0.84% increase over the previous
trade. The day's range was 13.98 - 14.45.
> NOTES FROM RAW- Wrestling-Online Newsletter correspondent Ralph Aversa attended the
RAW event yesterday in Buffalo, NY., and filed in the following report.
WWF RAW eminated live Monday night from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.
Yours truly went to the arena around 3:00 to give you the following
Travel Pairings (These are more popular than I thought): Bradshaw
(Single), RVD (Single), Jerry Lawler and Mr. Perfect; HHH, William
Regal, and Brock Lesner; Dok Hendrix (Single), Hogan
(Single), Jeff Hardy (Single...Matt is with Lita who was getting
Surgery); Raven and Justin Credible.
The Steven Richards/Jazz get-a-way scene was practiced earlier in the
day in the exact spot it took place in. Stephanie McMahon, Sgt.
Slaughter, and a few other employees looked like they were directing the
The guitar used in the hardcore match along with the beer drank by
Austin (2 12 packs of Budweiser) were seen being brought into the arena.
Hulk Hogan and Jeff Hardy were later than others as far as entering the
arena. Hardy came in a cab while Hogan came in a limo and was driven
right into the arena. No fan outside the arena caught a glimpse of "The
RVD, Jerry Lawler, Steve Lombardi (Brooklyn Brawler for you marks),
Raven, and Referee Mike Chioda all signed autographs while I was there.
Sunday Night Heat had some high quality matches, if you get a chance,
catch it this Sunday. After the Boss Man had lost a match on Heat and
cameras weren't rolling, he exited the ring while working the crowd.
While doing so he lost his footing and fell right off the steel steps!
Off-air notes from RAW: Nothing special. Taker left...and with some
assistance from officials, Hogan left to "Ho-gan" chants.
Those wondering about the "Rock-look a like" in the front row: Real name
is Creig...nice guy. Me, Colin, and Jeff met him in Toronto at the
Skydome. He actually flew down to Miami, went to the Lucky's (Where The
Rock gets his expensive shirts) and got his haircut at the same barber
as The Rock does. He is from Western New York. And he is a regular at
the WWF Buffalo shows.
For those in the digital photography world: Use caution when bringing
your digital cameras to WWF events. The WWF is now telling security
guards to take the batteries from digital cameras, and if they are still
seen in use, to take the camera! But of course, the staff at the HSBC
Arena is a well-organized and friendly one, and I commend their overall
effort on the night. From the lot attendants to the guards in the arena,
they do their job but aren't a$$holes about things, as I've seen in
A Last Thought: I bought a Hulkamania shirt and the Hulk Rules bandana.
Its official...I am back to my childhood days of being a Hulkamaniac...
- Reader Dan Klaes was also present at the show and sent in the Heat
taping matches. Trish Stratus vs Molly Holly; Rob Van Dam vs Justin
Credible; D'Lo Brown vs Bossman; Mr Perfect vs Tommy Dreamer.
>> THE ABNORMAL STRETCHBy Rick Rockwell, [rickrockwell@...]
In previous columns I have mentioned my involvement with pro-wrestling.
In case you are reading my column for the first time or if you forgot, I
am an independent wrestler, a wrestling promoter, a wrestling radio show
host, and my partner is WWF Legend the Tonga Kid. Now with all that
said, here's a little taste of life on the road as a pro-wrestler. All
events here are "actual and factual".
On Friday April 26th, the Tonga Kid, Jessie Graham, and myself set out
for our booking in a town about 150 miles away. We were set to make an
appearance and have a wrestling demonstration for a huge outdoor event.
They expected about 2-4 thousand people to be there. n the road, you
always try to find things to do to pass the time. Fortunately I brought
my laptop and all the movies that I downloaded off the Internet. This
definitely helped with the boring drive.
We arrived around 6pm in this town that strangely resembled Mayberry
from the TV show Andy Griffith. I went into the motel office to get our
room. "What room and who are you?" the Clerk said. "My name is Double R
and I am suppose to meet the Tonga Kid and the promoter here to get our
rooms. We are here for the big event at the fair grounds to wrestle."
"Oh." She said with a clueless look.
So she called her husband who came in and cleared up the mess. He gave
us our room and off we were. I opened the door to our room and was
greeted with the smell of crap. The room smelled so bad. So we opened
the windows. The bed sheets were dirty and hanging off the bed. The
blankets were rolled up and on the floor. It looked like someone just
left before we came in. I went to checkout the bathroom because I had to
go. 3 bottles of Gatorade were trying to jump out of my body. I found
the source of the god-awful smell. It seems that someone had a bad case
of diarrhea and decided to leave it there, as a house warming present
I went back down to the truck to get the rest of my things. On the way
down to the truck, I told my partner Jessie Graham that the source of
the foul smell is in the bathroom. By time I got back up to the room, I
saw my partner hanging over the balcony puking. In between heaves, he
mentioned that he flushed the toilet.
After Jessie's puking, I tried to get in contact with the promoter that
booked our appearance. We couldn't find him anywhere. We were stuck in a
hick town, with a crack head's motel room, and nothing to eat. The
promoter had made reservations for us at a restaurant but we didn't know
where or when it was. So Jessie and I took off. We went to find
something to eat and something to do. We had no problems mingling with
the townspeople. We asked them what there was to do in this town. The
consensus was either drink or sleep. My thoughts were these people
either avoided the dentist or toothpaste because everybody was missing
teeth. It was like some strange toothless cult.
We got back to the motel room at 8pm and found out that the promoter and
the Tonga Kid had just arrived. The promoter fixed the room problem for
us and said he will be back in 20 minutes to take us to dinner. At
9:45pm he picks us up. I hadn't eaten anything since breakfast. We get
to this nice restaurant and I ordered the rack of ribs. After we get our
food, around 10:15pm, the promoter informs us that he can't cover
Jessie's dinner and mine. He said he'd reimburse us tomorrow at the big
event. At that point I just wanted to eat and I didn't care if I had to
wash the dishes to pay for the food. After dinner the promoter takes us
out to a popular bar. Well being a guy that doesn't drink or smoke, I
was not too interested. But I went to make sure nothing happened to my
partners. I thought we were going to be stuck inside a bar watching line
chaw spitting contests. I was surprised when I heard R&B and hip-hop
music. It's time to get my groove on.
At 2:30 am, I am begging the guys to leave. I was beat. We had to be at
the event at 9am. We get back to the motel room around 3am and find
several girls waiting for us. Now, Jessie can stay up all night and
still wrestle the next day; but I can't. I need some sleep. So I wasn't
down for any partying at the rooms. After 2 hours of trying to excuse
myself, I finally just said "f" this and went to bed at 5am.
At 8am Jessie and TK wake me up. I figure a good breakfast and a hot
shower would wake me up, NOPE. The shower switched from scalding hot to
freezing cold every 20 seconds and there was no time for breakfast. The
promoter arrives while I was dressing and said its time to go. We
arrived at the event at 9am and found out that there needed to be some
repairs done to our wrestling ring. Apparently someone messed with the
ropes and the canvas. At 10am the event kicked off. It was cold and
overcast. I didn't even want to step into the ring, because I thought we
would slip and fall. At 11 am we found out that we were not going to get
paid. You might as well just have spit in our mother's face because not
paying a wrestler is a ticket to an @$$ kicking. The only thing that
stopped us was the huge fact that the town's police department sponsored
this event. We kept our composure and went on with our part. Jessie and
I were to wrestle for the crowd. At 11:15 am it started to lightly rain.
It just happened to be the same time as my match. Needless to say there
were a few blown spots, which led to the injuries that we have today.
The first was blown spot by me. I was to frog splash Jessie off the tope
Well the rain built up a slick moisture on the ring ropes. I slipped
when I attempted to jump and landed wrong on Jessie. The next blown spot
was when Jessie was in the ropes and I ran to do a flying cross body and
he was suppose to duck while I went over the top ropes and landed on the
apron. Well I jumped, he ducked, and I went all the way to the ground,
at least a 10-foot fall. Once again the ropes were to slick and when I
tried to grab them, I couldn't and to the ground I went. The last blown
spot was when Jessie tried to suplex me and he slipped and I landed on
the back of my neck. At 12:15 pm we tore down the ring and left for the
motel. We left 3 hours early because of no pay and injuries. At 2pm we
were ready to head back home. The promoter said he would be back in 15
minutes and then we would leave. At 6pm he returned. For 4 hours we were
left stranded at the motel. The promoter had the key to the truck that
was transporting the wrestling ring. Every 20 minutes we were calling
him and fighting with him on the phone. I had to hold back my partners
from killing this promoter. 6:30 pm we left that town and hoped to never
On our way home we got lost and ended up taking a 100-mile detour. We
arrived home around 11pm and still had to unload the ring from the
truck. This was the worse road trip I have ever had. Nothing went right.
The promoter was worse than a bad rash. As I sit here and reflect on
that trip, and suffering from a shoulder injury, I ask myself: "Is it
worth being in the professional wrestling business?" "OH HELL YEAH"
If you have any experiences like this, let me know!
"Whether you like it or you don't like it, Learn to Love it; because
this column is the best thing going today."
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