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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Nothing much to say today...so on with the news. Back tomorrow.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> TWO OF THE EVOLUTION OUT WITH INJURIES- The young guns of the Evolution group are sidelined with new injuries.
Randy Orton, who just returned from a shoulder injury, suffered a broken
foot while wrestling the Dudley Boyz in a live event yesterday in
Reading, PA. Several officials tended to Orton as he was resting on the
apron and was in visible pain. He was carried out later on and taken to
a hospital. Meanwhile Batista also had a torn tricep during the same
match. The Observer reports that both are going to be checked by Dr.
James Andrews in Birmingham, AL., and an estimate on how long they will
be out will come out very shortly. Too bad for the kids as they have
just been recently pushed in a group with main event status.
> WWE TO VISIT ITALY IN JUNE- WWE will visit Italy for the first time in nearly a decade this coming
June as part of the Insurrextion 2003 Tour. Our friend Luca Franchini
from Italian-based Tuttowrestling.com sent in word that the RAW crew
will be performing at the FilaForum in Milan on Wednesday June 4th. We
have no on sale ticket date yet but will pass on the information as soon
as it's been forwarded to us.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA- W-O Newsletter readers Randolph Potter and Shaun Myburg attended the
live WWE event in Johannesburg, South Africa and sent in these results
and notes. Team Angle defeated Rey Mysterio & Kidman; Matt Hardy
defeated Chavo Guerrero; Mark Henry defeated Bill Demott; Eddie Guerrero
defeated Jamie Noble; Rikishi & Chris Benoit defeated John Cena & Kurt
Angle; Torrie defeated Dawn Marie; Brock Lesnar defeated Big Show & Paul
Heyman. Edge opened the show be explaining why he cannot wrestle; After
the Rikishi/Benoit vs Cena/Angle match which was a 'kiss my @ss' match,
Edge, Rey Mysterio and Kidman joined Benoit and Rikishi to give John
Cena a stink face. The faces then danced to the crowd. The crowd was hot
during the three hour show and Brock Lesnar got the biggest pop of the
> TICKETS ON SALE- The following shows went on sale yesterday morning. RAW live in
Sacramento, CA., on Monday March 24th at the Arco Arena; Smackdown!
tapings in San Jose, CA., on Tuesday March 25th at the Compaq Center;
Smackdown! tapings on Tuesday April 1st at the Spokane Arena in Spokane,
WA. - the first Smackdown! post-WrestleMania. For more ticket
information call the arena box office.
>> KNIVES OUTBy Ian Hamilton, [ian.hamilton@...]
When you think about watching wrestling on TV, the first thing you
usually think about are the guys who are performing. Watch Raw, and
you'll get Triple H, Booker T, Scott Steiner, the Dudleyz, and usually
more Triple H. Watch SmackDown, you'll get Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Rey
Mysterio, Los Guerreros and the Undertaker.
Yet there are two guys on each show who are virtually guaranteed two
hours of TV time every week. And no, it's not Triple H. these
"forgotten" guys are the commentators, who we (try to) listen to for the
duration of Raw and SmackDown. And in lesser instances, Heat and
In the past few years, the WWE have stuck with the same quartet for
their main shows. On Raw, we've had Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler - the "old
school" of commentary. The duo who were at the helm when Raw overtook
Nitro in the ratings, and the two guys who you'll probably associate
with the WWE more than anyone else. But on the other side, we have
Michael Cole, and - replacing Jerry Lawler after he walked out around
two years ago - Tazz.
Since the brand extension, the roles these commentary teams have played
have grown in significance. Whether it was JR and The King, or Cole and
Tazz, Raw and SmackDown can now be identified just by the guys who are
calling the matches, and since the WWE started to have the two teams
working on each PPV, this "brand association" has grown.
With WCW dead, and the WWE having no competition to speak of, any
comparisons that are made must be between the two WWE "brands". So with
that in mind, the respective form of both the Raw and SmackDown
come into scrutiny - and this is where I feel SmackDown is streets
Cast your minds back to January 2000. The Royal Rumble at MSG. Kurt
Angle's "mystery opponent". We all knew Taz had defected from ECW, but
he hadn't made his WWE debut. Yet. The lights went out, the heart
started beating louder (before we realised it was his new music), and
the mood started to change. Tazz (with the extra z) walked out and won
via stoppage with the Tazzmission.
Sadly for the Red Hook native, his WWE career didn't stay in the ring
for too long. His height was an obvious disadvantage from the start - in
the land of giants, who was going to take a bad-ass midget seriously? In
end, the WWE pulled him from the ring, and after one or two more
flirtations with a WWE wrestling career, Tazz was relegated to the spot
of an interviewer, where he remained until the summer of 2001.
Following Jerry Lawler's resignation (after his then-wife was released
by the WWE), Tazz was promoted from working Sunday Night Heat to doing
two hours of SmackDown. Remaining with Heat-host Michael Cole (back in
the days when Heat was a live show from the now-defunct WWF New York),
Tazz started out on SmackDown trying to be a replacement for Jerry
Lawler. At first, Tazz seemed to be trying too hard, but through time,
the former ECW champion has developed his own style, and is now
considered the WWE's best colour commentator.
Now, I realise a lot of you are fans of Jerry Lawler, but how many of
you have grown tired of hearing the King whine on about puppies and
anything to do with sex? Just because he was brought up in a family that
didn't discuss sex, doesn't mean that we should have to suffer every
Monday (or Friday) night.
Since the brand extension, Tazz has really come into his own. A week
rarely goes by on SmackDown where Tazz doesn't crack a (mainly
unintentional) joke. Whether it's saying Highway to Hell was written by
Ozzy Osbourne, forgetting that England is a part of the UK, screwing up
on his math, or by playing the idiot, Tazz is a real entertainer behind
Yes, Tazz really has moved on since the days when his only trademark was
calling Michael Cole, "Coleslaw". And for all that work Peter Senerca
has put in for that improvement, I salute him. Carry on the good work
And we end with our lyrics. Last week, we had Coldplay's latest single
"Clocks". This week, try and guess what song this comes from: "I wanna
heal, I wanna feel. I wanna find something I've wanted all along" - I've
missed a few lyrics out, but that should be enough to keep you guessing.
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