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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> ENDING OF SD! MAIN EVENT RE-TAPED AFTER SHOW- Right after the whole FleetCenter was cleared from WWE fans, the show
continued for the Undertaker and Kurt Angle reports The Observer
website. The original ending of the main event match was botched during
the tapings, and was taped later on using WWE crew filling the first two
ringside rows. Camera crew used tight shots so the crowd wasn't as
visible and Angle and Taker proceeded to do a better ending for TV
viewers. Magic of taped shows, my friends.
> OFF AIR NOTES FROM SMACKDOWN!- W-O Newsletter readers Rob Allison (wrestlingnation.com) and Matthew
Donahue attended this past Tuesday's Smackdown! tapings in Boston, MA.,
and sent in the following notes. After the show went off the air, Team
Canada went in the ring and beat up the Undertaker. Kurt Angle made his
way down to the ring again to help the Undertaker and the two cleared
the ring. Undertaker then proceeded to chokeslam Angle as a thank you.
> SEPTEMBER PPV COMES TO LOS ANGELES- Good news for the fans in Los Angeles, CA., as the September WWE
pay-per-view 'Unforgiven' will be coming to you live from the Staples
Center on 9/22. This will be the first WWE PPV in LA in quite a few
time. Tickets go on sale in mid August.
> SIX WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD CHART- Six WWE videos are on the Top 10 Billboard Recreational Sports chart
for the week ending July 13th. Back in the first place is WrestleMania
X8, followed by nWo's 'Back In Black' in second, 'Funniest Moments' in
third and Steve Austin's 'What?' in fourth. The Rock's 'Just Bring It'
is in the seventh place and Divas' 'Tropical Pleasure' moves to the
ninth place from last week's 11. All the videos mentioned can be
purchased from WrestlingMegastore.com on VHS or DVD.
> STOCKS- WWE stocks closed the week at 13.03, a 3.49% increase over the
previous trade. The day's range was 12.70 - 13.11.
>> THE LEGACY OF THE TRUTHBy Chris Bernes, [chris.bernes@...]
I was lucky enough to be a part of the WWE's initial appearance at the
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT this past Sunday. The Mohegan Sun
just happens to be the building in which I make my living. The WWE plans
on making a return visit Tuesday, August 27, 2002 for a taping of UPN's
If Sunday's show by the RAW brand was any indication of the "brand
competition" that Vince McMahon is promoting as his storyline lately,
one thing comes to mind: The RAW brand needs help.
The show Sunday was decent. The crowd was very alive, and responded like
they all had never attended a WWE event before. Not only did my good
friend, Lee "Fatman" Elci, Morning DJ for WMOS 104.7, participate in an
arm-wrestling competition before the start of the show, and even though
Iwas able to re-live some of the fun I used to have at these events with
my cohort Alan "Spliff" Warga, but the performers themselves seemed
excited to be a part of it all. Some enjoyed the casino during the day.
Booker T and (Thumbs extended) Rob Van Dam (you can all put your thumbs
down now)did an autograph signing at the CD shop located in the shops
But on the average, the star power was lacking.
Sure, you had WWE Undisputed champion Undertaker facing Ric Flair.
There was RVD versus Lesnar. Booker and Goldust waxed the nWo contingent
of Big Show and XPac. But questions from the faithful around me were
plentiful were that of "Where is the Rock? You mean Triple H isn't a
part of this?? No Hollywood?". While RAW boasts a pretty impressive
lineup, SmackDown's is heads above the RAW brand. There are divas
aplenty on SmackDown. The top names all congregate on SD. With Jeff
Hardy vs. Undertaker this past Monday as the exception, I find myself
more often than not flipping channels to see the score of the Yankees
game, the latest VH-1 Behind the Music, or looking at the Weather
Channel for my 3-day forecast.
Quite frankly, Raw bores me.
Not because of the star power, but for the quality of the show. It seems
like RAW is like an extension of HEAT half the time. Or, like a friend
of mine put it, RAW is a televised house show.
Generally, I do not attend the house shows for two reasons. One is that
the effort never seems to be there, aka Red light Syndrome. With no
cameras documenting and broadcasting the latest WWE action, the stars
seem to be on cruise control. Two, is that I too have Red Light
Syndrome, and feel house shows are just a waste of my money. Why plunk
down X-amount of dollars when the "action" puts me to sleep. And,
watching the Raw brand do there thing Sunday, I felt as if RAW needs to
inject some life into their product. With the cards stacked
decidedly in SD's favor, new talent needs to be placed on RAW. Brock
Lesnar was a good start.
Maybe the returning Rey Mysterio Jr. (although he seems destined for SD)
would be nice. Maybe hire a few of the Tough Enough runners up, like
they did with Christopher Nowinski. Who wouldn't want to see Jake make
his way down the ramp to jack-slap a Hardy Boy?? What is Tough Enough 1
cutie (and my personal favorite) Taylor Matheny doing now!?? Or how
about grabbing some former WCW talents, like Vampiro, Goldberg, or Scott
Every week, the guys join forces here in my humble abode to watch
SmackDown, drink beer, eat pizza, and revel in the Thursday night WWE
show (when of course, those nasty Boston Red Sox don't pre-empt the
show). SD is a destination we all try not to miss. As for Raw... well,
if I don't see it, I do not feel like I have missed that much. We all
agree: Smack Down lays the smack down on Raw. And, as much as some of
you will argue, you believe it too. That is the truth... and sometimes
the truth hurts!
TRIVIA QUESTION: Since my roommate Ken and I have a fascination with
deceased performers, I will introduce my trivia question of the week
with a dead wrestler question. At WrestleMania 8, what two departed
performers competed in a match versus one another?? (HINT: they died
within a month of one another) For extra credit, who was the referee??
First correct answer gets no prize, but a mention in next week's
"Legacy". Bragging rights are what you are after.
Remember to send your love/hate mail to me... they have been rather
Take care of yourselves!!
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