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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
We have a new section up at InfoCentral called WWE Contracts. It's 90%
legal crap-o-mania but it's interesting to read nearly a dozen of full
unedited WWE contracts. Everything at
Post your comments/feedback on the news at our new Reader's Forum at
He is the immortal Hulk Hogan, perhaps the biggest superstar to be
associated with the wrestling business. Now for the first time ever
on DVD, the history of the Hulkster and Hulkamania re-lived inside a
2-disc special edition titled 'Hulk Still Rules'. It's 360 minutes
of Hogan action and you can order the DVD or else the VHS tape from
>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RATINGS- Smackdown! received a 3.1 rating for Thursday's show with a 5.0 share,
down 0.5 from last week's 3.6. The show was pre-empted in New York and
Florida which took a nice hit on the ratings. In last weekend's ratings,
Velocity did a 0.7 with a 1.2 share, Confidential did a 0.8 with a 1.8
share and Heat did a 0.9 with a 1.8 share. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen
Media Research and put online by 1wrestling.com)
> TICKETS ON SALE- The following shows went on sale this morning. Live event on Saturday
September 21st at the Compaq Center in San Jose, CA.; Live event on
Saturday September 21st in Fresno, CA., at the Selland Arena; Unforgiven
PPV live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA., on Sunday
September 22nd; Live event on Monday September 23rd at the Events Center
at UCSB in Santa Barbara, CA.; Live RAW from the Arrowhead Pond in
Anaheim, CA., on Monday September 23rd; Smackdown! tapings in San Diego,
CA., at the San Diego Sports Arena on Tuesday September 24th; RAW live
on Monday October 14th at the Molson Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
For more information check out Ticketmaster.com or else call the arena
> TORRIE WILSON IN ENGLAND- W-O Newsletter reader 'DG2K' attended the Playstation eXperience at
Earl's Court Arena in London England on Friday and sent in word that
Torrie Wilson was on hand taking pictures and signing autographs. The
new Smackdown! game was also on display. Wilson had five security guards
surrounding her making sure that she doesn't get squashed by the
thousands of fans who showed up.
> UNFORGIVEN POSTER- The poster for September's PPV Unforgiven is now online at our Info
Central Posters section at http://www.wrestling-online.com/infocentral/
. As reported in an earlier issue, the poster features Brock Lesnar with
the tag line 'The Next Big Thing has arrived' under the new Unforgiven
logo at the bottom.
> UK SHOWS SOLD OUT- It didn't take long for the upcoming three shows in the UK to get sold
out. UK fans stormed the Ticketmaster UK website and jammed phone lines
this morning as tickets for the Rebellion tour went on sale. The live
event in Belfast, Ireland at the Odyssey Arena, the Rebellion PPV at the
MEN Arena in Manchester and the Rebellion aftermath in Sheffield,
England at the Sheffield Arena are all sold out. On September 2nd,
tickets will go on sale for the first ever Finland stop at the Hartwall
Areena. Tickets for that even can be purchased at Lippupalvelu.fi .
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM LINCOLN, NE.- W-O Newsletter readers Terry Bourlier and 'hugeDXfan' attended the
live event in Lincoln, NE., yesterday and sent in the following notes.
Tommy Dreamer defeated Raven & Steven Richards; Bradshaw defeated Lance
Storm; Booker T & Goldust defeated Justin Credible & Shelton Benjamin;
Brock Lesnar defeated the Undertaker; Trish Stratus & Jacqueline
defeated Molly & Victoria; Chris Jericho defeated Bubba Ray Dudley; Rob
Van Dam defeated The Big Show. Our reader Terry also added that he and
his six year old son met a couple of wrestlers. They were sitting in the
disabled section and Steven Richards and Shelton Benjamin dropped by to
say 'Hi' while going to the back. Richards talked to our reader's son
and then went to the back and brought out Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Rob Van
Dam and Christopher Nowinski to talk with the youngster, making his
birthday a very memorable one! Our other reader also was celebrating his
birthday and almost ended up arrested for not leaving after all the
superstars had driven away from the parking lot!
>> KNIVES OUTBy Ian Hamilton, [ian.hamilton@...]
We're back after an impromptu week's break. Man, you take two days off,
and all hell breaks loose! A lot to get through this week, so let's get
the show on the road.
SummerSlam was easily the WWF/WWE's best card of 2002 so far. Granted,
it may not have had the star power that WrestleMania had, but at least
virtually every match on the card had a storyline behind it (although
storyline behind Edge/Eddie was a tad flimsy)
Starting off with a cracker between Rey Rey and Kurt Angle, your Olympic
Hero grabbed his first PPV win in a while (it seemed). Mysterio pulled a
few good moves out of the hat, but I think the guy has to turn it down a
bit. After all, if we see the West Coast Pop and the 619 in every match
he does, they're gonna start getting stale, especially if the counters
Angle pulled are used frequently. Note to production: press the big red
button to fire off the pyro :)
How do you follow that one up? Chris Jericho vs Ric Flair? That's
alright I suppose, but I'd rather have seen Jericho go over (cue the
masses of Ric Flair marks e-mailing me, but I'll talk about those a bit
Edge then beat Eddie Guerrero to keep Edge's push on track, before the
Un-Americans retained against Booker T and Goldust. What's the betting
they lose the tag titles around 9/11?
The first shocker of the night came when RVD won back the IC title for
Raw. How long before RVD jumps to SmackDown - or is the World title now
going to be a SmackDown "exclusive" (and how long will that last)?
Undertaker vs Test. Meh. Not my favourite - but then again, when both
these men are in the same match, you know it's not gonna win Match of
the Year honours.
HBK vs HHH - those of you who know me will know I'm not exactly either
of these guy's biggest fans, but Shawn's performance won me over.
Sitting on my chair at 3 in the morning watching this match, I was
biting for every near-fall, "ooh"ing for every spot. If that is Shawn's
last ever match (until the next one), he's left a hell of a legacy for
himself. Shame the politics are gonna ruin it for the guy though.
Finally - Brock vs Rock. Reminiscent of WrestleMania X8 I thought, when
Rocky was getting the heat. Maybe the fans are starting to realise that
the Rock is treating them as second class citizens, and the big middle
finger may be coming soon as Rocky leaves for a career in Hollywood.
If that is gonna happen, all I'll say is this: remember Chyna? Sable?
And the countless others who've quit wrestling for Hollywood?
Back to the match, it was a tad short in my book, with the finishing
sequence a bit rushed - there wasn't enough time for the audience to
register the F5 > Rock Bottom > F5 sequence with all it's counters
Brock got the win.
I don't know whether we've been spoiled by the WWE in recent years, but
usually the first Raw after big PPVs (like the Royal Rumbles, the
WrestleManias, the SummerSlams and the Survivor Series) are followed up
a bang. For some reason, this week's Raw seemed kinda flat.
There wasn't anything wrong with the opening interview, just HGH
interrupting it with another segment designed to give him airtime, even
though he had nothing to do with the storyline.
Asides from that, there was very little of note, apart from Eric
Bischoff unifying two more titles - bye bye Tommy Dreamer's push. Still
on that, was it me, or was Tommy Dreamer's Hardcore title belt a tag
title with a NYC license plate over it?
It might have just been me being tired after another long week, but I
found myself turning off Raw just before the main event. Given the new
names that are starting to emerge on Heat (and stopping at the glass
ceiling that is Heat - promote these guys to Raw already), the prospect
of Undertaker/HHH was too much to bear.
SmackDown, on the other hand, was much more polished - and I'm not
talking about the freshly sprayed ring posts!
I've been writing wrestling columns on and off for almost four years
now, and although wrestling fans are by far the most responsive (as in
the amount of e-mail I get from my columns), there aren't half a load of
morons around. Now, 99% of the people reading this are fine, but it's
those people who are so taken in by wrestling that they refuse to
believe anything other than what they're told on TV. On top of that, you
have the fans who support a select group of wrestlers, and back them to
Unfortunately, it's that mentality that really annoys me. When a fan
refuses to take any criticism for their favourite performer, always
backing them to the hilt, no matter what. Case in point - an e-mailer
from one of my past columns took exception to a comment I made about Ric
Flair, saying that I was lying (even though my comment was based on a
fact - that Flair had been responsible for WCW losing Steve Austin). God
knows what these sorts of people hope to achieve by backing "their"
wrestler - I mean, it's not like they're going to get a free BJ from
them, is it?
More next week.
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