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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
> WWE NIAGARA FALLS OFFICIALLY OPENS- WWE Niagara Falls had its official opening complete with appearances
from Trish Stratus, Chris Benoit, Val Venis and WWE Canada President
Carl Demarco. W-O Newsletter correspondent Ralph Aversa was on hand at
the grand opening of this 4,000 square foot interactive retail
attraction and filed in this report.
"Hundreds and hundreds of WWE fans lined Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada as the WWE opened "WWE Niagara Falls", a retail store
with the Pile Driver, a ride that shoots you up 220 feet in the air at 3
G's. The is the first of an apparent string of retail stores to be
opened in the world. Two MC's were there prepping the crowd for the
press conference and superstar appearances. The two MC's were basically
huge marks, and were extremely annoying. Many media outlets were also
present from both Canada and the US.
Trish Stratus, Chris Benoit, and Val Venis were there for the grand
opening. I ended up meeting all three, and they were all very nice and a
pleasure to meet. However, I strongly disagreed with the "no-picture
policy" that was in effect. Especially after sitting in the rain for two
hours, in to say the least an unorganized environment, to not be able to
get a picture with the superstars was not the best call by the WWF.
Benoit and I actually had a quick conversation on his current feud with
RVD. Benoit said last Monday was his first match ever with Van Dam, and
he would love to have a rematch with him at the next PPV. He said though
he'd also like to get 15-20 matches under his belt with RVD before they
have a big PPV match. Benoit also said wrestling with a high-flyer
wasn't too different from a technical wrestler, and that things flowed
pretty smoothly in the ring with RVD.
WWE Niagara Falls is pretty cool. The actual premises and the ride are
first-class. However, very little organization was used in the autograph
session and the press conference. Also, the store is not as stocked as
the store in WWE New York. It is also about a 1/4th the size of the NY
Finally, on a personal note, I introduced myself to Carl DeMarco, the
president of WWE Canada. Although not everyone agrees with DeMarco (He
is constantly booed when introduced throughout Canada), I must say he
was very nice and we were able to have a quick conversation."
- Ralph also managed to snap pictures of the place which show the store,
the ride and the WWE superstars on hand. You can check them out at our
One Timers section at the Info Central page on our website at
> RATINGS- The 4.3 rating of last week was just a short term spike as this week
ratings plunged back to a 3.7 with a 6.0 share off hours 3.4 and 4.0. In
other weekend numbers, Velocity and Confidential did a 0.8 each while
Heat did a 1.0. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put
online by 1wrestling.com)
> WWE INC., OPENS WWE FILMS- World Wrestling Entertainment today announced that it opened another
company called WWE Films, a company that will take care of all WWE's
wrestlers involvement in Hollywood as well as the production of movies
and TV shows involving WWE superstars. Joel Simon - executive producer
and producer of movies such as X-Men and Wild Wild West - has been
appointed President of WWE Films and from now on he'll be working
exclusively on WWE projects. WWE.COM also has an interview up with Simon
and you can check it out at http://www.wwe.com/news/headlines/1163347 .
The company will be based in Los Angeles, CA., as opposed to Stamford,
CT., where the headquarters of WWE, Inc., are located.
> WWE STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 10.15, a 1.55% decrease over the previous
trade. The day's range was 10.15 - 10.37.
> ROCK INTERVIEW ON WWE.COM- In an interview with WWE.COM, The Rock said that he will try and
balance his movie career and his wrestling one as much as he can, adding
that during filming he will have to sacrifice his wrestling dates.
WWE.COM caught up with The Rock to talk about his upcoming movie
projects, wrestling and pretty much everything else. You can read it at
>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
In the 1980's, wrestling fans collected stars like The British Bulldogs,
The Hart Foundation, Randy Savage and Roddy Piper. Giant rubber
figurines that did... absolutely nothing. Not poseable, not bendable.
Basically they were in a pose and that was that. You couldn't do
anything with them, and really had to stretch your imagination to make
Fast forward a few years and the new generation of WWF action figures.
They were substancially smaller and made of plastic. Each wrestler had
their signature move. you could do Randy Savage's flying elbow smash,
Brutus Beefcakes sleeperhold and a headbutt from Andre the Giant. The
flaw with these figures was that they were still relativly immobile and
restricted. For example "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich's action figure
was outstretched arms, and you spun his body for a "tornado punch".
Other then that he was basically useless. Demolition's Ax could do a
press slam and that was about it (A design later used for both Hulk
Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior." While shelves were lined with Comic
Book and Movie action figures that had multiple joints the WWF toys,
while an improvement, still weren't very good. You could get a better
match pitting Captain America against Spiderman or Wolverine vs
In late 1996 Jakks presented the first in a series of action figures
that has lead to today's. The first series, consisting of Bret Hart,
Shawn Michaels (In blue tights), Undertaker, Golddust and a recently
Razor Ramon and Diesel all had "Bone crunching action." Basically if you
moved their joints they made sort of a cracking sound. These would be
the best style of figures yet, and future sets would include nearly
star, from Owen Hart to Vader to Steve Williams and Kama.
So I was wandering my local store recently, and having not purchased a
WWF toy in years wandered to the Toy Department to check things out. I
quickly snatched the last remaining Lance Storm figure and whisked it
away in the mail to get autographed. However the Chris Benoit I bought I
decided, for you my loyal readership, to pop open and test it out.
We've come a long way baby.
Ok, so the legs are like sticks, but you can actually move the character
and, in theory, execute your favorite wrestlers moves. It doesn't have
as many joints as the "Finishing move" double-figures but it is still a
decent toy. These days action figures get accessories like chairs,
cookie sheets or title belts. There are backstage and in ring playsets,
including ones that play theme music and use wrestlers voices. One could
easily construct a reasonable facsimile of a Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit
using these figures.
It only took close to 20 years to finally master the WWF (It still says
that on the packaging) action figure. To bad I'm too old to play with
Till next week.
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