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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hmmmm 24 days and counting for my WrestleMania party trip to
start...someone please fast forward all those days :) Who's going to the
afternoon sessions of Axxess on Saturday? Myself and W-O's own Jason
Clevett will be there hanging around probably making an @ss out of
ourselves. So if you wanna hook up as well drop me a line and we'll set
up a meeting point. If you will be carrying a cell phone it will be dead
easier to meet. Last year me and Clevett were sitting NEXT TO EACH OTHER
and we didn't even notice. We only realized after he saw my pictures.
Talk about dumb and dumber!
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> ANGLE INJURY PUTS WRESTLEMANIA MAIN EVENT IN JEOPARDY- It's bad news for Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and World Wrestling
Entertainment. News came out that Kurt Angle aggravated a previous neck
injury and felt numbness in his arm during the South African tour this
past week. Despite his injury Angle continued to wrestle as advertised.
Angle will be checked out as quickly as possible by Dr Lloyd Youngblood
in San Antonio, TX., to check if he can at least continue till
WrestleMania in his main event match against Brock Lesnar. Many are
fearing that Angle will require the same surgery that Austin, Benoit,
Rhyno, Lita and others had to undergo, which also means a year out of
action. Fellow Smackdown! superstar Edge will have the same surgery on
March 10th. Angle won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics with a broken
neck so he's no stranger as far as wrestling injured however several
sources are reporting that a contingency plan is being revised just in
case the worst possible scenario happens.
> RAW PREVIEW- Five matches have been announced for tonight's blockbuster RAW. Chris
Jericho vs Test; Christian vs Jeff Hardy; RVD & Kane vs Tommy Dreamer &
Al Snow in a hardcore match; Trish & Jackie vs Victoria & Jazz; Booker T
vs Scott Steiner. Also The Rock and Steve Austin will start their feud
which is rumored to set up their WrestleMania XIX match. Plus Eric
Bischoff promised that his 'welcoming committee' will greet Austin at
RAW whatever that may mean! Tonight's RAW has been pushed hard with TV
commercials featuring the Austin and Rock confrontation.
> GET YOUR POST-WRESTLEMANIA RAW TICKETS TODAY- At 10AM PST the pre-sale for the RAW in Seattle following WrestleMania
XIX went on sale. Tickets for the general public go on sale this coming
Saturday. To purchase your tickets go to Ticketmaster.com and search for
RAW in Seattle. The password you should use is 'SEARAW'. The KeyArena is
also adding a $6.75 convenience charge with the ticket price. Prices
range from $15 to $45. It will be the first time that both WrestleMania
and RAW will be held in the same city, with WM at SAFECO Field and RAW
at the KeyArena just a few miles away.
> RIKISHI IN GERMANY TO PROMOTE SMACKDOWN!- W-O Newsletter reader Bernhard Döbler from Germany sent in word that
Rikishi is currently in Europe and will be on the TV show 'TV Total' on
Tuesday 4th March to promote the start of Smackdown! on Tele 5 in
Germany on free television. On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th the channel
will air 6 episodes of Smackdown! of 70 minutes each to give the viewers
an idea of what happened over the past several weeks. The WWE will
return to Germany on Friday October 10th at the Kölnarena.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM CARNIVAL CITY, SOUTH AFRICA- W-O Newsletter Randolph Potter attended the live event in Carnival
City, South Africa yesterday and sent in these results and notes. Kidman
defeated Bill DeMott; Matt Hardy defeated Jamie Noble; Nidia defeated
Torrie Wilson; Rey Mysterio defeated Big Show; Funaki & Rikishi defeated
Los Guerreros; Mark Henry defeated John Cena; Chris Benoit & Brock
Lesnar defeated Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas & Kurt Angle in a two out
of three falls match. Everyone basically did the same promos that were
done in the previous legs of the tour.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 8.10, a 2.41% decrease over the previous
trade. The day's range was 8.10 - 8.45.
>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
In 1997, shortly after the death of Brian Pillman, New York Post critic
Phil Mushnick, who had a long history of outright bashing of
professional wrestling, talked about the High number of deaths related
Most of us scoffed at that, as that was a rather untrue statement.
Brian Pillman was an anomaly, a combination of heart problems dating
back to his youth combined with an often-reckless lifestyle and
addictions to painkillers stemming from his broken ankle, a result of
crashing his hummer in 1996.
Since then, Bobby Duncum Jr, Rick Rude, Yokozuna, Louie Spicolli, Rhonda
Bertha Faye Sing, Rocco Rock, Big Dick Dudley, Gary Albright, Russ
Hauss, Indy worker Dave Daunovan, The British Bulldog, and now Mr.
Perfect, as well as others I am sure I have forgotten, are all dead.
The first well-known example is Art Barr, but prior to that Mike Von
Erich died of an overdose in Japan, that people question whether it
truly was suicide.
Explain to me, please, why guys who supposedly are healthy athletes
are dropping dead in there 30s and 40s?
Some like referee Brian Hildebrant or Independent worker Jeff Peterson
bravely battled cancer before succumbing to the disease.
In the case of Yokozuna, he ballooned to the point where there heart
But look at the other names on that list. Heart Attack after Heart
Attack has claimed so many former stars of wrestling. The recent
deaths of Lou Thesz and The Original Sheik arent a shock because they
were well into old age. They also lived a different lifestyle, even
though they were battle scarred, often having difficulties walking, they
still got to hold their grandchildren.
What is it going to take for people to smarten up? I see guys out there
today making the same mistakes that their predecessors made. Eddie
Guerrero was well on his way to being a casualty like his former tag
team partner before turning things around and making an incredible
comeback this year. Raven had documented drug issues in the past, but
seems to have conquered them. But what about guys like Scott Hall, who
has battled drug and alcohol problems for years, The Sandman, who is
three sheets to the wind 90 percent
of the time, or Brian Christopher, who was fired from the WWF for being
arrested in Calgary with illegal substances?
Will it really surprise anyone in a decade if we read Wrestling Star
Scott Stiener or Former Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley found dead?
The human body is not designed to look the way they look, and one of
these days, that body will give out.
Is it worth it? Yes, the money is great, and fame is fantastic, but is
the sacrifice of ones LIFE worthwhile? This is going to make a lot of
people cringe, but it is a distinct possibility that following their
Marriage, HHH and Stephanie may have kids. Is it worth it for them to
potentially lose their Dad?
Do you not think for one instance that Harry and Georgia Smith, or Curt
Hennigs four children would give up their Dads career if it meant
having them around for another twenty years?
Something has to change. So many of these guys go out there and perform
for us, and secretly have these demons that they battle, or these
choices they make to wrestler hard and party harder. The life on the
road is often a lonely one, away from loved ones, traveling long
distances, just to hear the roar of the crowd. The temptations to take
painkillers, illegal narcotics, drink, and have casual sex are there.
Too many people take them.
And then we read about another wrestler found dead in their hotel room.
What a horrible way to go.
Some of my best works have been my tribute pieces. I surprise myself
with how much I remember sometimes, but I hate having to write them. I
am sick of hearing about another wrestler dying to damn young and
leaving behind their family.
I worry about the future of todays stars, and just hope that those that
are going through troubles, that are making the choices that could send
them down the same path as the long list of names at the beginning of
column, turn things around.
Before they become yet another tragic statistic.
Till next time.
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