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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
If you're going to RAW tonight please drop us some notes from the show.
We start the week with a very sad note as one of wrestling's greatest
technical wrestlers passed away. All the info in the WWE news.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> CURT HENNIG FOUND DEAD- 'Mr Perfect' Curt Hennig was found dead earlier today in Tampa, FL.,
in a hotel room reports 1wrestling.com . He was in town for a wrestling
show to be promoted by Jimmy Hart. No cause of death has been reported
yet. Hennig was born on March 28th 1958 and made his pro wrestling debut
in 1979 after he was trained by the legendary Verne Gange. Although
spending most of his career in WWE, he never won the WWE Heavyweight
title but Hennig's title resume` is impressive nonetheless. Twice
Pacific Coast tag team champ in 1983, Pacific Coast champion in 1983,
AWA tag team champion in 1986, AWA champion in 1987, two time WWE
Intercontinental champion in 1990 and WCW US champ in 1997. He made his
return to WWE at the Royal Rumble last year for what was supposed to be
a one time shot but Hennig impressed officials and was signed to a
contract. The Minnesota native recently was part of NWA:TNA after he was
fired from World Wrestling Entertainment last year for picking a brawl
with Brock Lesnar on a flight from England to the United States and for
his behavior on the same flight. Hennig often bragged on TV that he took
Lesnar 'down' at 30,000 feet in the air although other eyewitnesses on
the flight say otherwise. Our condolences go out to the Hennig family.
> TIME'S UP! RAW PREVIEW- The time is up for Eric Bischoff and Chief Morley as their 30 day
window to revamp RAW expires tonight. Vince McMahon will be present to
make his decision, will they stay, or will Shane O'Mac be appointed the
new RAW General Manager? Three matches have been scheduled for tonight's
show. Rob Van Dam & Kane vs Rosey & Jamal; Christian vs Test; Molly vs
Jazz. In other RAW related news Billy Gunn will be hosting the live RAW
party at The World in Times Square.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM BOISE, ID.- W-O Newsletter readers Carol and Jewell Carter-Wilkins and David
Ikenberry attended the Smackdown! brand live event in Boise, ID.,
yesterday and sent in these results. Team Angle defeated Rikishi & Edge;
Redd Dogg defeated Kanyon; Jamie Noble defeated Nunzio and Shannon
Moore; Brian Kendrick defeated Chuck Palumbo; Brock Lesnar defeated
A-Train; Nathan Jones defeated Bill DeMott; Kidman & Torrie Wilson
defeated John Cena & Dawn Marie; Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit.
> ARTICLE ON TOUGH ENOUGH III WINNER MATT- The Democrat & Chronicle newspaper had a feature on Tough Enough 3
winner Matt Cappotelli in yesterday's edition. The article, at
has quotes from Matt, describing his first match on RAW, character
development and other stuff.
> WWE ON BILLBOARD- The following videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports
chart for the week ending February 15th. Taking the number one spot is
'Survivor Series 2002', followed by 'Divas Undressed' in the second
place and 'Best of Confidential Volume 1' in third. 'No Mercy 2002' is
in fifth place, 'SummerSlam 2001' in sixth, 'SummerSlam 2002' in
seventh, 'Rebellion 2002' in eighth and 'King Of The Ring 2002' in
ninth. That's eight out of ten videos all carrying the WWE brand. All
mentioned videos can be purchased from WrestlingMegastore.com on VHS and
>> AROUND THE RINGBy Eric Knudsen, [dknudsen@...]
Welcome ladies and gentlemen, kids and all. Welcome to another edition
of Around The Ring, and as always I am your loyal host, Eric. "If I
could be serious for a minute..." I have a few things to say. First off
it has been a couple weeks since I last wrote an article. Sorry about
that. Nothing really "inspired" me toi write until now. And with that
said, I will now announce the first 10 people to write me with the
correct answers to my Brainbuster.
Armin Legg, Keith Kizer, John, Howard Cohen, Tony Fischer, Kym Ryder,
Jim Moore, David P. Monroe, Jammie Ward, Chris Gonsalves.
Congratulations to those of you that got it correct. Keep it up!!
Now onto this weeks rants and raves...
Triple H. Where to begin with him. It's not that I don't like him. I
hate his character. As a performer in the
ring and an athlete I give him all the credit in the world. However,
within the past 2 years he has been plagued by injuries. First the quad
muscle which kept him out for 8 months. Then the arm/elbow injury. And
finally...the blood build up in the left quad. At some point you have
to say, ok...lets strip this guy of the title because he can't perform
on Raw. He is only good for PPVs. Now you may say about the above
injuries I listed...those are only 3 injuries. But those are three
injuries that are keeping Triple H from defending the title on Raw.
That's what fans want. To see the champion defend his title. That is
what will help bring up ratings. And this nonesense of letting Triple H
hold the title for as long as he wants just because he is
doing daddys little girl isn't right. Let Steiner have it. RVD is rather
deserving. Kane has come into his own. Let Batista have a run at the
title. I know I am overlooking people, but the point is, let these
people have a chance with the title. Lets see what these other guys have
to offer. If Triple H does not lose the title at No Way Out, then that
will be totally ridiculous. As much as he may not want to, Triple H
needs to take a month or two off and let himself heal. Triple H needs to
realize that he doesn't have to hog the lime light.
Goldust gets electrocuted. Come on guys!? What were you thinking with
this one? Goldust was wearing
rubber gloves, not to mention that the crew comes over and spray him and
the electric box with fire extinguishers. Again...come on guys!! Lets
try to keep a certain amount of realism to it. You never use fire
extinguishers on an electrical fire. You can get electrocuted too. It
wasn't a bad idea, but it should have been better thought out. Why is
Goldust the whipping boy? Seems like is still being punished for
Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, and Ric Flair. Evolution. You have an
incredible cluster of talent in this
group. Ric Flair who has been in this business since the dawn of time.
Triple H...The Game...The Cerebral Assassin. Batista...Power overly
exemplified. Randy Orton...3rd generation wrestler. The New Four
Horsemen. That's exactly what they are. You get one more member in this
group, you'd really have it. Ric Flair would be the J.J. Dillon of our
time. Triple H is the new Ric Flair with the suits and the flowing
locks. Batista...the new Enforcer...the new Arn Anderson. Randy Orton
could be the new Tully Blanchard. Get one more guy to be Ole Anderson
and you have the New Horsemen. They have evolved. They are Evolution. I
think this is a great angle they have going here. You have four great
athletes here and have the power and smarts to kick anyone's @ss. I
thought it was a little strange at first to add Randy Orton to the mix,
but he is really impressing me
in this group. I hope they really run with this angle.
I watched the match between Steiner and Jericho and while he is still a
tad rusty, he looked a lot better
than when he went up against Triple H. Again it looked like he couldn't
hold onto the powerbomb. But other than that, it looked good. And the
finisher he used, the Samoan Drop off the second rope, was pretty cool.
I haven't see that in a while. I guess it had to be a quick ending as he
didn't use the Steiner Recliner. Give it some time. Steiner will come
around the WWE style again and the matches won't seem so sluggish and
slow. I keep referring to the Booker T vs Buff Bagwell match when they
first got there. Their match was slow and the crowd couldn't get behind
it as it wasn't the usual WWE style they were used to. Now granted Buff
screwed himself out of a job by getting into a fight, however Booker T
has really adjusted and come into his own in WWE. So I think Steiner too
will come around.
Brother Love. Come on guys?! What were you thinking? Well I admit I did
get a bit of a chuckle out of it
seeing his stupid outfit again. And was it me, or did it look like
Undertaker really didn't want to be involved in that? In a way I kind of
missed Brother Love...but after two seconds on Smackdown, I realized
again why I hated him. And as much as I don't really care for the
American Bad Ass character, I have to say it was good to see Brother
Love get chokeslammed and then the Old School Tombstone Piledriver. That
was amazing...especially with as bad as Takers hips are.
Los Guerreros vs Team Angle was a great match! The Guerreros showed they
can go hold for hold with
Team Angle even though they came up with the short end of the stick. A
combination of high flying, mixed with speed and technical wrestling. It
doesn't get much better than that. Plus there was some old school stuff.
Like Eddie choking out one of Team Angle with the tag rope in the
corner. While I like the Guerreros, it is good to see the young Team
Angle win the tag belts. Now Team Angle has the WWE Undisputed Title and
the Tag Team Titles. Who can really stop them?? Angle vs Benoit is a
main event anywhere. These two give the fans their moneys worth each and
everytime. They put on a stellar show filled with speed, high flying,
and technical. The powerbomb I saw Angle give Benoit in the corner was
sick. That's not supposed to happen!! HAHA!. However Benoit quickly
bounced back with a devastating German Suplex. I heard Tazz mention and
Benoit to the great Dynamite Kid of the British Bulldogs. Benoit has
patterned himself so much after Dynamite Kid that watching Benoit is
like watching Kid. If you can get your hands on some older WWE video
with the British Bulldogs, you will notice how strikingly similiar the
two are. In fact when I first saw Benoit, I thought it was Dynamite Kid.
Even though I knew it wasn't possible with Kid's disability. From the
snap suplexes to the diving headbutt. But back to the match, it was a
good one as always.
Who would have ever thought that after almost 20 years, from the first
"Eye Of The Tiger" to "I Am A Real
American" to now "Voodoo Child" that Hulk Hogan would still be able to
pop a crowd huge? If only he still had the mobility to wrestle well, he
would be even better. He still has the mysterous charisma that has held
on for nearly 20 years. All the Hulkamaniacs still go crazy. And even
after all these years, Hogan still knows how to milk it for everything
it's worth. And when the crowd does finally die down, all it takes is
one line from Hogan to get them going again. Will there ever be anyone
that can do that after 20 years? I watched the whole Rock/Hogan segment
on Smackdown. The Rock was funny...2 years ago. His gimmick has gotten
stale and I think finally the fans have woken up and realized it. They
want change. The Rock needs to reinvent himself. It happened with
Austin. And he somewhat reinvented himself with the whole "What?!"
shtick. So that is what it is
going to take to bring the Peoples Champion back to the people.
I did get a good laugh during Smackdown. But hey...I'm not telling you
anything you don't already know. That's right... the Sean O'Haire
character showed up on SD and has begun his "manipulation". Brian
Kendrick wanted to make an impact on the WWE and Sean O'Haire showed him
the way. Then to see young Brian streaking down the ramp passed A-Train
and run around naked was a total riot. A complete rip off of the Nike
commercial, but funny nonetheless. I hope they can keep this up with
Sean O'Haire. Although, and I am sure it would have happened to me too,
but it was pretty wrong when Brian ran into Stephs office and he
says..."I am happy to see you." And then as he leaves Steph says..."I
can see that!". Just a little too much.
So...is the WWE saving McMahon vs Hogan for the granddaddy of them
all...Wrestlemania? I think we could see it. It would be even better if
they waited for Wrestlemania XX that is supposed to be at Madison Square
Garden. Can you believe that the 20th anniversary is only a year away?
And last but not least...this section may have to become the "Bash Edge"
section. But Edge ruined the
end of Smackdown, but thankfully he got the crap beaten out of him.
Thankfully Brock Lesnar saved the show when he came down and cleaned
house. I couldn't believe that we went through a whole show without
Edge...it was great! Then he has to run in at the end. Come on guys!
Well I am going to wrap this up. But before I do, please stop by my
website Around The Ring at http://aroundthering.fcpages.com It has all
my old columns plus the new ones as well as interviews, polls, and soon
to be more Brainbusters.
Q: In the early 1980's in the AWA, what German native wrestler and AWA
Champion was known for ripping phone books in half?
A: Otto Wanz
***This Weeks Brainbuster***
(Remember to send all answers and/or comments to dknudsen@...)
This week is not a question but a poll. To view this poll, please go to
Then on the main page go to Special Polls link. There you will find it.
If you do not have web access, only email access, please email me for
the poll and I will add your answers
into the poll. It is easier to use a poll page than to do it myself and
count out etc.
Well thats it for me. 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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