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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Happy Independence Day to all you living in the U S of A. Unfortunately
for the rest of the world, 4th of July is just another working day.
We have a sale going on on the replica WWE Heavyweight title. It's going
for $109, but they are just slightly damaged. The original price is
$199. There's a 30 day money back guarantee as well so if you don't like
it, you'll get your money back once it's returned. The damage is so
minimal that you won't even recognize it. Please note that sale will
last until stock finishes. Oh yeah, the belt is not the Undisputed one,
but the previous one. I have the Deluxe edition here at home and it
rocks. Go to WrestlingMegastore.com for more information.
Not much news today. Back tomorrow.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WWE SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH PTC FOR $3.5 MILLION- World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., will receive a total of $3.5
million from the Parents Television Council for an out of court
settlement between the two parties. The lawsuit was filed back in
November of 2000 and also targets Jim Lewis, former attorney of Lionel
Tate. Lewis who went public blaming WWE for his client's actions will
now have to make a public apology. Also as part of the settlement, the
PTC will leave the apology and retraction statement that was published
yesterday on their website for the next six months.
> WMXIX DATE ANNOUNCED- WWE.COM announced that the date for next year's WrestleMania will be
on Sunday March 30th 2003. No hosting city has been announced and the
website says that there are several under consideration. Last year the
Tropicana Field in Florida was 'winning the race' so to speak until the
SkyDome came into the picture.
> WWE TO DO FINAL SHOW AT NEW HAVEN COLISEUM- W-O Newsletter reader Erik Roth (inlewd.com) sent in word yesterday
afternoon that WWE will have the final event ever in the New Haven
Coliseum on the 26th of August. This will be a Smackdown! crew show on a
Monday and will be the last event in the arena located in New Haven,
CT., as it will be closing down on the 1st of September.
> SMACKDOWN! PREVIEW- Here are the matches for tonight's Independence Day Smackdown! to air
on UPN. D-Von & Batista vs Big Valbowski & Randy Orton; Lance Storm vs
Rikishi; Chris Jericho vs John Cena; Torrie Wilson vs Stacy in a Bra &
Panties match; Billy & Chuck vs Hulk Hogan & Edge for the tag team
titles; Undertaker vs Kurt Angle for the Undisputed title.
>> KNIVES OUTBy Ian Hamilton, [ian.hamilton@...]
The ratings for Raw are continuing to slide, prompting some of those in
the old WCW to take a swipe at the WWE's bad form. This time it's Mark
Madden, who aimed quite a lot of his anger at the WWE's booking squad,
with a lot of blame being put unfairly at the feet of Paul Heyman.
For those who haven't seen Madden's mutterings, here's what I'm on
"The creative team is headed by the boss' daughter, a failed Hollywood
joke writer, and a man who, in his previous job, ran the wrestling
promotion he owned into bankruptcy. I guess the people who scripted
"Joanie Loves Chachi" weren't available."
Okay, he's right about Steph heading the squad, but what about the other
two. Brian Gerwitschz has provided some of the more memorable WWF/E TV
moments in recent years. like the DX/Nation impersonation, the entire
Foley Commish era. and some of the more recent stuff like Crocodile
Hunter and Darthdust. Come to think of it, wasn't he being a bit cruel
on the Big Show? "I am your father." (no, in WWE land, TBS' father died
three years ago, before the Show did a spot of casket surfing at his
As for Heyman - give the guy a break. Very few people can do both
booking and running a wrestling federation on their own. Heyman might
have run ECW into the ground through stubbornness, but it wasn't as if
he was hellbent on doing so. At least in ECW's dying days, they put out
some good wrestling. I didn't see any of that from the old WCW.
But Madden did make some valid points. Russo should be given a chance to
do whatever he wants (within reason) - I mean, anything has to better
than the crap the WWE are putting out right now. If this is to happen,
the WWE would have to tell their wrestlers to stop playing politics, and
tell them to f-ck their characters (or, as Jerry Lynn put it, quit
crying and whining over nothing). Only on Raw last week we saw how
politics worked - when a SmackDown star (Triple H) was drafted into a
Raw faction. Yep, that roster split is really working - we do see the
kids, but we see a lot more of the top stars who we really don't wanna
Stemming from the Madden thing, asides from the storyline issue, the WWE
really needs to make some fresh stars. I'm not talking about the kids
from OVW and the HWA, I'm talking about promoting existing talent to the
Thankfully, Edge is being given the push (despite his recent shoulder
injury), and is starting to get the rub from the legends, such as Hogan.
On Raw, we saw Ric Flair put over Brock Lesnar. but if this is really
going to work, we need to see the younger top liners put over the up and
comers. I mean seeing results like Edge beating HHH, Brock over. (are
there any legit main eventers on Raw now?)
If the WWE is to succeed, then a page needs to be ripped out of the
Japanese playbook, and have everyone lose once in a while. "Monster
pushes" like the unbeaten streak Goldberg amassed in WCW are good for
bringing in new signings, but such pushes are already wasted on existing
top-liners. What good would HHH going unbeaten for six months do, when
the same push could help another wrestler get to the top, then feud with
a more established top liner, bringing them both higher PPV ratings
(hence, more cash at the box office)? The so-called WWE superstars have
to stop being so damn selfish, and work as a team - it's the only way
the crew will get themselves out of this predicament.
Before I forget, a bit of a correction from last week's article on the
WWA. According to an e-mailer from Australia, the WWA have a few shows
booked at the M-One rock festival in Oz this coming October. The shows
will be in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the month before the WWA's
"rescheduled tour of Europe" in November (the Ireland, Germany,
Switzerland and UK dates). For further details, visit www.mone.com.au or
NWA:TNA week three saw the company crown new tag team champions. In the
end, Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles, who "gatecrashed" the tourney after one
pair of semi-finalists were "assaulted backstage" (I wonder by whom.)
ended up lifting the belts. Bear in mind that on the NWA:TNA site, Lynn
had made it clear that he was "pissed off" that the tag tournament
included nobody from the "X-division" (which put on easily the best
match of the company so far, in week two).
With Russo backstage at the PPV, I'm just surprised we didn't see the
Rainbow Express (the gay boys) vs the Johnsons (human penises) as the
However, I must say NWA:TNA are starting to lose their way - there
seemed to be too many nonsensical segments on the show, including the
hog tying of the NWA president, as well as that assault.
If you watched SmackDown and thought the end of the Angle/Undertaker
match was a little "different", then you aren't alone. The WWE had to
film the ending of that match again, after the Undertaker forgot to tap
out at the same time as Angle was being pinned. Oops! Maybe that should
be a clear signal to the WWE to start passing THAT torch onto one of the
Another one of those "wrong place, wrong time" moments. the theme music
for Vengeance is the TRUSTcompany's "Downfall". Kinda appropriate, given
the WWE 's ratings in recent months.
Anyone heard the new Fozzy CD yet? My copy should be here in time for
next week's edition*, but from what I've heard, it's another decent
offering from The Artist Also Known As Chris Jericho. It's just a shame
the music press have to slam the bloody thing because one or two of the
band members happen to be wrestlers.
Kerrang quoted an interview from Jericho (in the character of Moongoose
McQueen), where MMQ said that the band had been "lost in Japan" for the
last twenty years.
"We spent 20 years stranded in Japan. Basically, we were recording demos
all the time and we sent them to the US and Europe. Other bands heard
them and for them, it was like taking candy from a baby. We had no
publishing rights for our songs, so they pirated them and made millions
of dollars while we were broke and destitute."
A better quote from Chris "I Hate The Internet" Jericho:
Kerrang: "Would Fozzy rule the metal world had the internet existed 20
Moongoose: "Yeah. We never had the luxury of the internet. Metal thrived
on the underground and tape trading was commonplace. Now, the internet
is our friend and we can spread the word of the Foz-pel. The Fozzy
fanatics can unite on the web and lead the charge."
Yep, those fanatics can unite on the web, criticise, then be told to
shut the hell up!
While I'm on about this: Kerrang - get the F out! It's WWE. it's also
the second time since the name change that you've called them the WWF. I
don't think Chris Jericho works for the World Wildlife Fund.
(* - yes, I am aware that the CD isn't released worldwide until July
30th, but I ordered mine thru HMV.co.uk and they say they've sent it.
let's just hope they haven't sent their debut album, which was out in
Another one of those "we forgot" moments. Chris Benoit wrestling on Raw.
What happened to that brand extension - where wrasslers were "suspended"
for a period of time if they appeared on another show? Okay, so Vinnie
allowed Benoit to appear on Raw, but not wrestle - when did Vince say
Benoit could wrestle on Raw? It pays to look at a storyline's history
when you're actually writing stories!
The week's quick plugs: www.onesunderland.com - my own website, about a
soccer/football team in the
English Premier League.
www.nukefm.co.uk - against all odds, it's back! Every Sunday from 9 til
10pm (UK time), an hour of rock. this week we've got the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Fozzy, Hole and three from Jimmy Eat World.
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