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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hey hey. I'd like to welcome Kristin Adams, David Owens and Kevin Price
to our TV team as they'll be doing recaps of Heat, Velocity and
Smackdown! respectively. A RAW reporter will be chosen by tomorrow as
well. Three TV reports are already up and you can - now every week -
check their recaps in our NewsStation. Also William West joins the
reporters team doing Indy reports, something which the site and
newsletter have been lacking of since first appearing on the net.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW PREVIEW- Only one match has been signed so far for tonight's RAW at time of
this writing. That is the Ladder match for the Undisputed WWE title
between The Undertaker and Jeff Hardy. In other RAW related news, Jazz
will be hosting the live RAW party from The World in NYC.
> WWE TAKES TWO GOLD AWARDS- World Wrestling Entertainment managed to get two gold awards at the
Promax&BDA 2002 awards. The awards were for program promotion,
commercial for 'WWF Fall Classic' and for one of their PPV opening
montages 'Freddie Fellini 2'. BSkyB in the UK also received a gold award
for their promotion of 'WWE Insurrextion' on PPV. For a full list of the
winners you can go to promax.tv.
> FULL SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK- Here's the schedule for this week. Live RAW tonight from the Verizon
Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH., while the SD! brand performs in
Portland, ME., at the Cumberland County Civic Center. On Tuesday
Smackdown! tapings at the FleetCenter in Boston, MA. Two shows on
Saturday, one in Frederick, MD., at the Harry Grove Stadium and the
other in Mobile, AL., at the Mobile Civic Center. Another two live shows
on Sunday, one in Wildwood, NJ., at the Wildwood Convention Center and
the other in Savannah, GA., at the Savannah Civic Center.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM NEW YORK, NY.- W-O Newsletter reader Brenden Moore (toysandmusic.com) was in Madison
Square Garden on Saturday for the RAW brand WWE show and sent in the
results. William Regal & Chris Nowinski defeated Spike & Bubba Dudley;
D'Lo Brown defeated Justin Credible; Shawn Stasiak defeated Bradshaw who
later was pinned by Spike, and then by Stevie Richards and then again by
Bradshaw to regain the Hardcore title; Molly Holly defeated Trish
Stratus; Matt Hardy defeated Raven; Brock Lesnar defeated Ric Flair;
Tommy Dreamer defeated Steven Richards; RVD defeated Eddie Guerrero;
Booker T & Goldust defeated Big Show & X-Pac; Undertaker defeated Hulk
Hogan. After the Dreamer/Richards match, Dreamer took of his shirt and
gave it to a fan at ringside who was in a wheelchair. Jim Ross came out
to announce the main event which also had a run in by Vince McMahon,
helping the Undertaker. After the show, Hogan posed for the fans for
around 15 minutes and was the recipient of the loudest pop of the night.
> MORE FROM THE MSG SHOW- Many subscribers who attended Saturday's MSG show sent in word that
the show wasn't sold out like we stated in Saturday's issue. Notes we
received on Saturday said that the show was indeed sold out and further
checking with TicketMaster proved that was the case. However, one reader
in particular, Marcos Rodriguez, said that around 85% of the #400
section - which is at the very top of the building - were empty, and he
even bought his four tickets the day before the show in the first raised
level of the arena.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM PROVIDENCE, RI.- W-O Newsletter reader Angela Fitta attended the live event in
Providence, RI., on Saturday and filed in the following results. John
Cena defeated Albert; D-Von & Deacon Batista defeated Hugh Morrus &
Steve Bradley; Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio Jr defeated Tajiri & Chavo
Guerrero; Mark Henry & Funaki defeated Lance Storm & Christian; Torrie
defeated Stacy in a Bra and Panties match; Billy & Chuck defeated
Hardcore Holly & Big Valbowski; Jaime Noble defeated The Hurricane; Edge
defeated Kurt Angle.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM UNCASVILLE, CT.- W-O columnist Chris Bernes was at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville,
CT., yesterday for the RAW brand live event and sent in these results.
Jacqueline defeated Victoria; Spike Dudley defeated Chris Nowinski;
Tommy Dreamer defeated Justin Credible; D'Lo Brown defeated Shawn
Stasiak; Bubba Ray Dudley & Trish Stratus defeated William Regal & Molly
Holly; Raven defeated Bradshaw for the HC title, followed by Crash
beating Raven for the belt, followed by Steven Richards beating Crash,
and finally Bradshaw regaining the HC belt; Matt Hardy defeated Eddy
Guerrero; Booker T & Goldust defeated Big Show and X-Pac; Rob Van Dam
defeated Brock Lesnar by DQ; Undertaker defeated Ric Flair. Crowd was
very alive and around 7,500 in attendance.
> WWE STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 14.00, a 4.11% decrease over last Friday's
closing. The day's range was 13.98 - 14.58
>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
Tributes By Dave Meltzer is a must have for wrestling fans.
If Ray Stevens, Buddy Rogers and Giant Baba were before your time. If
you know of Bruiser Brody, Eddie Gilbert and Art Barr by name only. If
you want to take a trip back in time to remember Rick Rude, Brian
Pillman, and Owen Hart, this book is the comprehensive look at some of
the wrestlers who have died in the past twenty years.
The Internet, and wrestling newsletters, sites, etc. owe a large part of
their existence and style to Dave Meltzer and his wrestling observer
newsletter that was started back in 1982. The first Smart Sheet set
bar and standard that still stands today. One of the aspects of the
newsletter that appeals to some fans is the detailed life information in
the newsletter when a wrestler dies.
There are twenty bios in this book, featuring many names that I am
familiar with. It provides a lot of interesting information. Having
never seen guys like Boris Malenko or Fritz Von Erich, the pieces on
older wrestling stars provides a window to the history of wrestling. I
learned a lot about the early careers of Dino Bravo, Rick Rude and John
Studd because I simply did not know much about them prior to their late
80s WWF runs. It also allows the reader the chance to relive the
careers many of us are more familiar with. Andre the Giant, Owen Hart,
Louie Spicolli etc.
It is at times heart wrenching and emotional, at others uplifting and
enlightening. Still, one also looks at this book and is hit with how
many wrestlers died young, and worries what the future holds for some of
current crop of stars that may or may not be battling demons.
The wrestling world has lost far more then those listed in this book,
obviously. With recent deaths of Lou Thesz, Johnny Valentine, Rhonda
Singh, Davey Boy Smith, it is likely only a matter of time before we are
presented with another book of tributes. IF they are anything like this
collection, it to will be a must read.
Till next time.
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