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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hey hey. Quite a couple of interesting news today. Back tomorrow.
Post your comments/feedback on the news at our new Reader's Forum at
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wife Martha released a book titled 'Broken Harts: The Life And Death
of Owen Hart'. In this book Martha details Owen's last moments at
the WWF Over The Edge PPV, the effect on the Hart family, the multi
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> TWO TOP KEY EXECUTIVES LEAVE WWE, INC.,- In a press release sent today by WWE, Inc., it was announced that
August Liguori, Chief Financial Officer, and Julie Hoffman, Chief
Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, are out of the company
effective immediately. This news comes in as a big surprise, especially
the departure of Liguori who is a big part of the WWE executive team and
also a member on the Board of Directors. Liguori was named CFO on
September 1st 1998 with a base salary of $350,000 per year plus bonuses.
His contract expired on August of last year and was renewed. Hoffman
joined the company on April 24th, 2001. For the moment, Frank Sharpe,
Chief Accounting Officer will serve as acting CFO while Basil DeVito,
former President of the XFL and long-time associate will head all
> RECORD GATE MONEY FOR SURVIVOR SERIES- Survivor Series has become the biggest selling event in WWE history
for a show in Madison Square Garden according to WWE. The press release
states that all tickets are sold out however Ticketmaster.com still have
tickets for sale including ringside ones. The event so far passed the
$1.1 million mark which was set by Royal Rumble 2000. Tickets went on
sale last week for the show with Eric Bischoff making an appearance at
the arena signing autographs. Ringside seats are going for $400 a pop,
an increase of $100 over normal WWE pay-per-view events.
> $2.2 MILLION RAISED DURING EURO TOUR- With the European market still a hotbed for World Wrestling
Entertainment, the company today announced that the four shows in
Finland, Northern Ireland and England generated more than $2.2 million
in ticket sales. All shows were sold out except the one in Finland which
was almost a full house. It was the company's first stop in the country.
More than 43,000 fans attended the tour which was headlined by the
Rebellion pay-per-view from the Manchester Evening News Arena.
> SMACKDOWN! AND TOUGH ENOUGH PREVIEWS- The following matches are set for tonight's Smackdown! on UPN. Big
Show vs Rikishi; Matt Hardy vs Tajiri; Edge vs Chris Benoit; Torrie
Wilson vs Dawn Marie; Kurt Angle vs Eddie Guerrero; Brock Lesnar vs Rey
Mysterio. Also tonight on MTV at 10PM, the second episode of Tough
Enough will hit the air. Tonight's show revolves mostly around Lisa, who
gets some major heat from the other competitors.
> STOCKS- Stocks took a small dive again today after the executive changes were
announced, closing the day at 7.92, a 2.22% decrease over the previous
day. The day's range was 7.81 - 8.25.
>> AROUND THE RINGBy Eric Knudsen, [dknudsen@...]
Welcome ladies and gentlemen, kids and all! Welcome to what is a long
time in coming edition of Around
The Ring. And as always, I am your loyal host Eric. "If I could be
serious for a minute..." I really miss that, I will get to the article.
Well lets see. Since I last wrote, we've seen the brand split. A
homosexual engagement. The departure of a superstar and the arrival of
another. A monster of a champion. And now...necrophilia. Now I ask,
with dat?! Where does the madness end?
Enter: Eric Bishoff. Like him or hate him, the man sent the wrestling
world on its ear with the creation of the nWo. Probably one of the
biggest gimmicks in wrestling since Hulkamnia. So in some way you'd
think it would help to bring him in to help ratings. And honestly, up to
recent events, I thought the shows were fairly good. But the ratings
have been saying otherwise. And now with the necrophilia story, there's
a good and a bad side.
The good side: they cant get much lower. But Vince being the genius he
is, will probably find a way. The bad side: why bring up another bad
storyline? I mean sure, the original story was used to bring in Kane.
You remember...Paul Bearer's whiney voice, "Taker you're a murderer! You
murdered your own brother!" Well when Triple H said "Kane you're a
murderer"...that was the first thing I thought of. I guess it must run
in the family. But I digress. Granted this past Monday's show was pretty
funny with the whole pulling things from Triple H's rear end. I hope
they are going somewhere with this or just bury it.
But if he does get Steiner, I hope he will do something good with him
and wont ruin him the way they have
with other stars.
The consolidation of titles. The hardcore title, I could give a crap.
But the Intercontinental title is
another story. Besides the history this title holds, I always found it
to be the "Stone in the water" that
the WWF/WWE would put their stars on to see if they would balance and
make it across or fall in, never to make it. And if they did make it
across, they got to run for the world title. That title to me meant you
are the number one contender for the world title. Which if the IC champ
did win the world title, would or could have set up for a great
tournament. But they felt the need to swallow the title and get rid of
it. But on the other hand, it just means that this is only one goal in
mind for the singles...The World Title. And that, is a good thing.
The brand split: Good idea, could have been better. But not as bad as
the fumbling of the buyout angle.
It was sad to see the A$$ kicking, B.M.Fer, boss beating, beer drinker
from Victoria Texas leave the company after just a shade under 10 years
with WWF/WWE. At least they didnt tell him to get the F out! But I guess
Austin could only take so much. It was even sadder to see the demise of
Austin assulting his wife. How the mighty have fallen. I can only hope
he gets his head together and comes back.
As I mentioned earlier, WWE has finally taken a positive step in hiring
The Genetic Freak himself, Scott Steiner. One can only hope he can stay
healthy. But if he can, I see the Big Poppa Pump being champion
within a year of his debut. If you think this true, I am your hook up.
Holler if ya hear me!
The monster has arrived. The Next Big Thing has made his presence known.
From the first time I saw him
on TV until now, I have been a big fan of Brock Lesnar. Anyone who can
F5 Mark Henry or Rikishi, you have to
give it up for them! Scary strength. Can get it done in the ring. But,
the only thing is: Mic Skills. That
hasn't stopped WWE from making him a champion. I am not trying to be a
doubter, but I am surprised
Brock has held the title this long. I hope he holds it for a long time.
But it just seems like his reign is kind of dry somehow. Its missing the
glitz of the today superstars. Theres nothing real exciting about Brock.
He doesn't have the charisma of a Jericho or Rock. But it is good to see
this kind of change up. Its what we
Billy and Chuck. There it is again. The WWE has brought back another
"Are they or arent they gay?!" angle. Hey. Dont get me wrong. I have no
problem with it. Its just not my thing. They did the same thing with
Goldust. It was a little weird with the engagement and all. But
hey...its 2002. What a world.
Necrophilia. Come on guys!? What are you thinking?!
Just one last thing before I go. What in the hell is the deal with Jeff
Hardy?! Everytime I see that guy he get weirder and weirder! What a
***This Weeks Brainbuster*** (Remember to send all your answers to
Q: Who was Intercontinental Champion from April 1st, 1990 to April 23,
Well thats it for me. I will try to be more frequent with articles.
Thank you for joining me for this edition. Join me again soon for
another edition of Around The Ring. I am Eric, that's my opinion and I
am standing by it!!
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