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|Wednesday, September 30th 1998| W R E S T L I N G O N L I N E
| | N E W S L E T T E R # 1 9 3
| *Issue #193* |
| | Wrestling-Online.com's Official
| Editor@... | Editor: Colin Vassallo
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TODAY'S TOP STORY: RAW WINS THE RATINGS BY A 0.6 MARGIN
1 i - Opening Words From The Editor
ii - Today's Top Story
2- World Wrestling Federation
i - News & Rumors
3- World Championship Wrestling
i - News & Rumors
i - Memory Lane
5- Subscription Information
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1 OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
By Colin Vassallo
Well, I got two mails yesterday from people that are in the Military
too. That makes them 13. Not bad.
On a sad note, school starts tomorrow. 2 days school, 3 days work.
That's my schedule guys. But still, the newsletter will be sent out as
normal, so don't worry, you'll still get the daily Wrestling-Online
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TODAY'S TOP STORY
By Colin Vassallo
RAW's first hour got a 4.4 while the second hour got a strong 4.9.
Composite for the show was 4.6
Nitro started with a 4.2, dropped to 3.9 in the second hour and remained
3.9 in the third and final hour. Composite for the 3 hour Nitro was 4.0
The ratings were delayed becuase there was a problem at the Neilsen
offices yesterday. This is the second week in a row that RAW won the
ratings. Interesting to say is that RAW's second hour defeated Nitro's
third hour by a 1.0 margin, which is alot.
WCW gave out a PPV main event caliber match again, between Hulk Hogan
and Bret Hart, in an effort to counter McMahon's ideas for the final
hour. Only this time, Bishcoff's plan 'backfired'.
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NEWS & RUMORS
- For RAW/Shotgun/Heat taping results, go to:
- POSSIBLE two scenarios for the WWF title belt: At Judgment Day,
Undertaker wins the belt from Kane somehow. That's not really important,
because whoever does win won't have
it for long. Survivor Series then has a double main event: Undertaker
(or Kane, it's not important) takes on #1 Contender The Rock, while
Steve Austin finally has his match against Vince McMahon for "his" WWF
Title. Rock wins the real belt, and Austin wins his
belt back. This sets up a World Title Unification Match at either the
December In Your House (which I would prefer, seeing as I'm going there)
or the Royal Rumble. (sCt/Micasa)
- USA pins wrestling's Sunday Night Heat - By John Dempsey
NEW YORK (Variety) - It may not be all-wrestling-all-the-time, but the
USA network is
heading in that direction.
USA has just given a two-year commitment to ``WWF Sunday Night Heat,''
the weekly hourlong 7 p.m. showcase that kicked off two months ago as a
late-summer stunt to
feed bigger numbers of viewers into the original episodes of its
three-hour block of action hours.
But the ratings proved to be so gaudy that they forced USA to make
wrestling a permanent fixture of its Sunday schedule. In the eight weeks
since Aug. 2, ``Sunday Night Heat'' has chalked up an average Nielsen
rating of 3.5 in cable households. That's a stunning 30% increase over
the 2.7 rating USA was pulling down with theatrical movies from 6-8 p.m.
for the equivalent eight Sundays in 1997.
Other than Sunday night National Football League games on ESPN,
wrestling has become the most reliable generator of big audiences for
cable networks. ``Sunday Night Heat'' is the fifth weekly hour of
wrestling on USA, joining ``WWF Raw'' every Monday from 9 to 10 p.m. and
``WWF War Zone'' Monday from 10 to 11 p.m., plus the one-hour cablecasts
of ``WWF Live Wire'' Saturday at 10 a.m. and ``WWF Superstars'' Sunday
at 10 a.m.
USA's main wrestling competitors are TNT and TBS. TNT schedules three
hours of high-rated WCW wrestling every Monday at 8 p.m., repeating the
program in its entirety
six hours later at 2 a.m. TBS does a two-hour WCW wrestling show
Thursday at 8 p.m. and rebroadcasts it at midnight. In addition, TBS
slots another two-hour WCW wrestling event Saturday at 6 p.m.
- There are rumors that the Dan Severn/Owen Hart incident is a WORK. I
actually don't know what to think, after seeing a screenshot of the
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NEWS & RUMORS
- Kurt Rocha of PRO WRESTLING NEWS reported the following: "Since
Warrior has a bicep injury, his match with Hogan at Halloween Havoc will
probaly be rescheduled to Starrcade. Hogan may then battle the Desciple
at Halloween Havoc instead." The above is totally false and I know first
hand. (Michael Tavares)
- Hotline Report, by Mark Madden, credit: The Flying Scotsman and The
- Giant, due to a cracked rib, can only wrestle tag team wrestling and
take no big bumps. He says that he has an offer from another promotion,
so the WCW better give him a bigger push and more money before his
- Vampiro's debut is pushed back to January and he'll get a monster
push. Madden says he'll suck.
- Sandman will take a 2-3 month break before debutting in WCW.
- WCW is seeing Warrior is going nowhere fast merchandise wise, so they
may phase him out by the end of the year and have him job in a
loser-leaves-town Return Match to Randy Savage. He says he should be
losing to Hogan, Goldberg, Nash and Savage within his very short term
contract. Problem is... he doesn't like jobbing.
- He says this whole Hogan/Warrior thing may have a homosexual twist.
- Scott Hall vs. Kevin Nash II (or III, or how ever many times they've
faced in the WWF), after their first meeting at Halloween Havoc, will be
a bar match, in a bar. He says that it would be strange for Nash to
fight Hall on his own turf, like fighting me (Madden) in a buffet line.
- He says WCW are kind of low on actual heels, so they may bring Terry
Taylor back as one.
- He says that Terry was killed by the WWF's Red Rooster gimmick.
- Says that the Breakdown finish was a takeoff of Bret's screwjob back
in November with him running to car with the engine running, a parody of
Earl Hebner when he ran after saying Bret submitted to his own manuever.
- Madden wonders if they're booking just for the dirt sheet readers,
Hotline listeners and other insiders.
- He's just in it for the money.
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MEMORY LANE - Part 1
By Jason Cantwell
Well, here we are once more, into the belly of the beast! Here are the
ground rules: do NOT reply to the recapped questions -- reply to the new
ones at the end of Part 2; you have one week after receiving this to
reply; and finally, Keep It Short Smiley! And awaaaaaaaay WE GO! . .
1) What is your take on the recent drunken appearances of WWF star
Hawk and WCW star Scott Hall on their respective Monday night programs?
2) What did you think about Hacksaw Jim Duggan's very alarming
annoucnement on WCW Thunder a few weeks ago, concerning his health?
3) What do you think of ECW's Sandman moving to the WCW, and what's
your opinion on the Warrior so far in WCW?
This week's questions will be posted at the end of Part 2 -- do NOT
reply to the questions above! SHEESH! ;)
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From: Eddie Florek <eflorek@...>
1) If these angles about Hawk and Scott Hall drinking were real than
they might be interesting, but give me a break. I would almost expect
some crap like this from WCW but never in the WWF. This is crap. The
only person who ACTUALLY comes close to drinking something is the
Sandman, but alas the gimmick is now dead:(, and he spits it back out at
the people at ringside anyway. These angles are just lame, lets fae it,
there may be a may to this, but they really messed up this time. Not
only that, but this takes a lot away from the legacy of the timeless
Road Warriors, the Legion
2) I was personally moved by Hacksaw, as a matter of fact thats the
second time a tear came to my eye after something that involved him
happened. The first was on an old Raw, either in 93 or 94. The scene is
a Lumberjack match against Shawn Micheals for the Intercontinental
Championship. On the outside you've got Mr. Perfect, Tatanka(I still
hate that damn Indian),Bam Bam Biggelow, Typhoon, Bob Backlund, Yokozuna
and a few others who weren't important enough to remember(there was
also someone who looks like
D-Von Dudley with about an extra 100 pounds or so). Hacksaw and
Michaels duel it out for about half an hour, and then HBK throws Hacksaw
out of the ring, distracts the offical and Yokozuna drops a 100lb. leg
on him, costing him the IC belt. Damn near broke into tears. The match
was also on Most Unusualy Matches Ever from Colesium Video.
3) I am personally saddened by the end of te Sandman. It is already
well known that the bear-drinking gimmick with the good old Sinapore
Cane dies in ECW. That is a shame, as this man was one of the best at
what he does. He's right up there with Terry Funk and Mick Foley in my
book. I don't know what WCW is going to do with him, but odds are it
won't be half as good as his Sandman gimmick(however, we may get to see
him on Camera, unlike this Vampiro character). As far the Warrior goes,
I am just waiting for him
to shrivel up and die already. I'm sorry but I've hated this guy since
the first time I saw him run to the ring(it also didn't hurt tht he had
stolen the World Title from the greatest champion ever, Hulk Hogan, who
needless to say is the only man in WWF history to hold the title for
over 4 consecutive years). And this OWN of his, who does he think he
is? Forming a faction with the Deciple, c'Mon. I hope I'm not the only
one who noticed that the Warrior's faction is NWO backwards, as it is
supposed to have some "extra meanings" along with that. Gee, I wonder
what they could be. Someone spare
us and shoot this guy before Haloween Havoc.
From: Adam <adamt@...>
1) out of the two of them i can only understand why scott hall would be
drunk (i'm sure neither actually are) he has been shafted by bitchoff
and "holyold" hogan forced to job while watching his good buddy nash get
a big push and his other buddy sean waltman get fired it should only be
a matter of time before he joins his other kliq buddies in the "real"
fed. Hawk being drunk makes no sense at all even though it is funnier
than hell to watch
2) allthough duggan is not a wrestler i like it was sad to hear of his
condition and i wish him well. It took guts to get up in front of the
fans like that and duggan seems like a man of great pride it must have
been hard for him to say he had to take time off. My biggest memory of
duggan was watching him and the iron sheik beat the hell out of each
other saturday morning and then hear on the sunday news the two of them
had been caught in a car together with a large amount of cocaine.
3) i don't receive e.c.w so i don't know who the sandman is but the
warrior gimmick is getting old fast his first entrance was neat but
since then all he does is cause hogan to act (very badly i might add)all
confused and scared then mad i mean give me a break when is "holyold"
just gonna retire? the warrior is kind of a fruitcake anyways he
should've stayed out of the ring.
From: Greg F Godwin <ggodwin@...>
1. I think that their actions are disgusting and out of place. I don't
really see the logic in either wrestler appearing to be drunk.
2. I think that it was good that he came on the air to give a fond
farewell to the fans that support him throught his career. I don't have
a favorite moment of him but he will be surely missed in the ring.
3. I don't think that the Sandman can us that name or current gimmick
in the WCW, since that gimmick was made in the ECW. I expect a much
lighter attitude from the former Sandman. As for the Warrior, his
appearance in WCW is worthless. As I see it, when Bischoff took Flair
off the air, the ratings suffered. Making Goldberg champion didn't help
the ratings much (except the night he won the belt; and I really don't
understand why the WCW World Champion wasn't at Fall Brawl), and
bringing the Warrior in was a
move of desperation, and the ratings were still suffering.
From: David Bloomer <dave@...>
1) When Hawk came out drunk it seemed more "realistic" than when Hall
came out. I think the Hall one is an attack on Internet fans because of
saying about Halls rehabilitation. Hawk was much funnier as well, but
maybe he wasn't mean't to be! A case of WCW mimicking WWF again. 2)
Never really cared for Duggan as a wrestler. I wish him well as a person
3)Never seen Sandman wrestle, so I can't comment on that. I think the
whole Warrior thing sucks. Come on all that dry ice and a disapearing
Disciple! Cheesey fire extinguisher (spelling wrong, possibly) being
sprayed when Hogan was in the locker room. Warrior has less moves than
Hogan. Sorry, that isn't possible is it. He was the last of the
indestructible heroes, wrestling has moved on and so should his
identity. Maybe the kids like him but wrestling has grown and Bischoff
should be using his talents in a better way. The Papa Shango
(Kama/Godfather) deal with Warrior was bad enough.
1. I think that they weren't drunk, it's just part of the angle. Let
face it, if you showed up for work drunk wouldn't your boss send you
home. I don't think Vince would let them come out if they were really
drunk. And furthermore, what a stupid angle it is.
2. I am glad that Hacksaw came out to announce that he had cancer. How
many times have we asked "where's this guy?" or "where's that guy?". It
is also nice to be able to relate to wrestlers as people and not just
jocks in the ring there to entertain you.
3. WHO CARES. I wish the WCW would go away. I can't even watch that
stupid Bischoff with his head stuck up Hogans ass come out every week
and yell and scream how great they are. I can't believe that Warrior has
been suckered into their stupid circus act.
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Here we are, ending Part 1! Now let's all go to bed and think about
these few responses, and ponder what the future holds for this week's
questions! Seeya next issue!
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