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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Not much going on today. It seems like it will be a slow weekend. See
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RATINGS- Smackdown! did a 3.3 rating with a 5.0 share, up from last week's 3.2.
(Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by
> THE BID FOR ECW- Earlier this week several industry insiders reported that World
Wrestling Entertainment were in the race to buy the assets of Extreme
Championship Wrestling. The ECW case is now in the hands of bankruptcy
court and sources say the case is nearing its end. Among those assets
are the very important video library and the ECW name and logo. If the
McMahon's end up buying those assets they would have in their possession
the largest wrestling video library in the history of this sport with
NWA/WCW, ECW and WWF/E footage. Sources are saying the deal would be in
the range of around $1.5 million plus other fees to ECW creditors.
> OFF AIR NOTES FROM SMACKDOWN!- W-O Newsletter readers Mike Kemp, Jessica S, and 'nick316' attended
Smackdown! on Tuesday in Philadelphia, PA., and sent in these notes.
During the second Rock interview with Hogan, Rock messed up part of his
dialogue and paused for a second realizing the mistake! After cameras
went off the air, Brock Lesnar started posing to the crowd and later
Edge joined him for the pose down. Both flexed and danced and the crowd
seemed to love it.
> TICKETS ON SALE- The following tickets went on sale earlier today. Live event at the
Sovereign Center in Reading, PA., on Saturday March 1st; Live event on
Sunday March 2nd at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY.; RAW live in
Uniondale, NY., on Monday March 3rd at the Nassau Coliseum; Smackdown!
tapings at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT., on Tuesday March
4th; Live event on Saturday March 8th at the Breslin Student Event
Center in East Lansing, MI.; Smackdown! tapings in Louisville, KY., on
Tuesday March 18th at the Freedom Hall. For more information call the
arena box office.
> UNFORGIVEN PPV LOCATION- W-O Newsletter reader Erik Roth sent in word that this year's
Unforgiven pay-per-view will be taking place in Philadelphia, PA., at
the First Union Center, the site of this week's Smackdown! The event is
on the 21st of September. Tickets on sale in August.
>> KNIVES OUTBy Ian Hamilton, [ian.hamilton@...]
Welcome to the thirtieth issue of Knives Out. Man, I can't believe how
quickly these last seven months have flown over. Still, there'll be no
time to reminisce until I reach the big 5-0, sometime in June. Hey,
probably line up with WWE Insurrextion, when they finally get around to
sorting it out!
I'll start off with the Jerry Lawler book review (read: summary).
Compared to the Hulk Hogan book, Lawler comes across as a more honest
person than the Hulkster in his book. Starting off with his earlier
memories of wrestling, when his artwork were shown on TV, Lawler tells
us about how he worked through the wrestling business, eventually
getting on TV next to Lance Wright as a wrestler, not as an artist.
Going through Lawler's career in Memphis, we get the usual stories about
the pranks that Lawler pulled (including a good one when he baited
truckers on CB radios; unfortunately that ended up with a tragic ending
with the death of one of Lawler's best friends).
Jerry also goes a bit more in-depth about his firing from the WWF, and
his split from "The Kat". Interestingly, Lawler never did name the man
that Stacy left him for (although I'm 99% sure it was one of the two
Anyway, without going into too much spoilerific detail, I'd say that
this was one of the WWE's better books - up there with Foley's two
efforts. If you're interested in the King, get the book; you'll not
A bonus this week. the Best of Confidential DVD landed through my door
last weekend, and I managed to get my first look at the WWE's "behind
the scenes" show.
Sticking the DVD into my DVD player, I was greeted by a bunch of
annoying WWE trailers, which seem to have crept into their latest DVD
releases (the Survivor Series 2002 disc has them as well). You can't
skip them, and if the trailers weren't for the Divas Undressed DVD, I'd
be complaining a lot more than I am now!
Once you get past the four minute trailers, we are taken to the WWE
studios for the show. Fronted by Gene Okerlund, the DVD contains 18 of
Confidential's best segments in it's early history. We start off with
the return of Eric Bischoff to wrestling; or to be more precise, Eric
Bischoff joining the WWE. Opening with a potted history of the WWE/WCW
Monday Night wars - we cut to Raw on July 15th, 2002, when Eric Bischoff
walked out as the new Raw GM (strange, how they didn't show Bischoff
walking onto a Booker T promo moments earlier.)
After that, we're greeted with THAT Stone Cold article. You know, the
one where Jim Ross and Vince McMahon p*ss on Austin after he walked out?
Man, that's bad timing - re-releasing the Austin burial just when he's
Then we're taken to Kurt Angle's Olympic training - including his first
free-style work out since his gold medal winning performance back in
1996. After a pointless hoops competition, we have a series of "tribute"
segments - with the British Bulldog, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and Bobby
Heenan being captured. Sadly, it looks like only Snuka's segment escaped
without any cuts - as the Bulldog and Heenan footage looks clipped (and
that's from someone who's never seen Confidential before!)
Onto the fun stuff - remember DX invading Nitro in Norfolk, VA? The
DVD's got that segment. and interviews with Billy Gunn, HHH and (what
should read, former WWE superstar) X-Pac.
That's followed up with the "demise of WCW", and a brief history of the
WCW title - including some positive words towards the likes of Sting and
Goldberg. When business is bad, I guess you won't want to burn any
bridges to those who could be your saviour, huh?
We then dip into some personal lives. Starting off with William Regal's
reptiles, including a good parody of the Raw title sequences, promoting
a "fight" between two of his lizards. Now comes the "cover feature" -
the tour of Trish Stratus' house. I thought this was kinda disappointing
- bear in mind what the WWE could have done with this, and I reckon it
was nothing more than a hyped up filler segment. (which is probably what
the WWE think too - given that we've not seen many other features like
this since the Trish one debuted)
Back from the homes, we get the family history of Randy Orton, and
Rikishi (so that's why he wanted all those tickets for the San Francisco
house show!) Stopping off at the world's oldest wrestling fan and Booker
meeting with Levon Kirkland (an American football player who used the
Spinaroonie as a celebration - hey, why doesn't Booker go and see Trevor
Benjamin? He got fined for using the Spinaroonie to celebrate a goal
this season!), we finally get to Montreal.
This was the first time I'd seen this segment, and it was an eye opener.
I'd heard the reports about it, but to me, it only makes the WWE come
off worse in all of it. I know hindsight is a good thing, but given that
WCW went down the drain at the end, would it really have shattered the
WWF to have let Bischoff announce that Bret was going to WCW? If
anything, Vince should have done something like a double-pin draw to end
the PPV, so Bischoff couldn't announce anything for sure.
Still, a good DVD - especially for those of us who've not seen
From the file marked "we've got some famous people over here".
t.A.T.u.'s album, "200km/h in the Wrong Lane" was written by Trevor
Horn. who comes from a small town called Hetton, near Sunderland. Heck,
I live a matter of miles from there - maybe I'll be the next famous guy
to come from this area!
Now onto what you really wanted to see (!). Raw and SmackDown thoughts.
Man, the Raw rating really suffered with last week's tease of Stone
Cold. Losing a whopping 0.7, the failure to deliver Austin last week
produced a big dent in this week's rating - thank God there's only a
week of TV left until No Way Out.
Was this week's WWE TV angle rehash central? We had Eric Bischoff
walking through bars in Texas (instead of Vince McMahon). Spanky
streaking on TV (instead of Mideon). next week, Spanky screws a roast
chicken live on
So the new Horsemen will be called "Evolution". Can you smell the
indifference there? Just use the Horsemen name goddamnit - you've go the
rights to do it (when you bought WCW). It's sad to see that the best
of the group never even got a chance to speak. Now that Gene Okerlund's
signed a new deal (which will see him return to PROPER WWE TV), we may
finally see the returns of "Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeean! WHOO!
What sort of angle is Jeff Hardy playing? A heel who screws up? Now
THAT'S punishment for showing up late. Forget the meaningless jobs to
the Big Show - having a character that's doomed from the start is the
punishment for the lesser Hardy Boy.
Speaking of doomed - stop putting D'Lo in the semi-final segment of the
show. As much as I'm "Down With The Brown", D'Lo isn't nearly as over as
you need to be to hold the semi-final slot, and ramming him down our
throats in that segment will only serve to hinder D'Lo's progress. No
matter how many managers or old taunts you give him.
Note to WWE: Stop using the "this isn't a part of the show" tone of
voice. I watched Over The Edge 1999 earlier this week, and the whole
thing seemed real because we'd never heard JR (or Jerry Lawler for that
matter) look as solemn as they did on air that night. Keep repeating
that (Chyna, Stacy Keibler, Goldust.) and we'll not believe you next
time it happens for real. Maybe someone should give Gewirtz a copy of
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf"?
The less said about SmackDown, the better. I haven't caught all of the
show yet, but the sight of Spanky streaking is more than enough to put
me watching SmackDown this week!
For those of you wondering - the No Way Out PPV theme is called "Bring
Me To Life" by Evanescence. It's from the soundtrack to the DareDevil
film (cheers to our editor for giving me the sample and the shortlist of
songs - after he heard it on the Tough Enough 3 final show a few weeks
Right, that's me nearly done for another week. I should be back next
week, with a whole new format to this column. Gone are the random
thoughts, in are clear, organised arguments (in theory). In the
meantime, if you want to find out more about the only team to score four
goals and lose a match (losing 3-1, with three own goals and a penalty
kick), visit www.onesunderland.com
Last week's lyric was Default's "Wasting My Time" (from their "The
Fallout" album). This week's lyric is a little harder, if only because I
needed a few plays to decipher the words. Don't e-mail me the answers,
again, I'll print it in next week's column: "sing a song about myself,
keep singing a song about myself"
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