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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hey folks. Well I've been up for 22 hours so I think it would be a nice
idea to keep this short and head to bed so maybe I wake up on time for
work tomorrow! :)
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> FREDDIE BLASSIE BIO OUT NOW- The Classie Freddie Blassie biography titled 'Listen You Pencil Neck
Geeks' is out now, the latest WWE book following the Hardy Boyz
biography. The book has 320 pages and comes in hardcover only. Blassie
is one of the greatest managers in the history of the business and now
more than 80 years old, the WWE Hall of Famer talks about his
illustrious career from his early days in wrestling to managing
superstars such as Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Nicolai Volkoff and others.
You can buy the book at WrestlingMegastore.com for $18.20.
> HART SHOOTS ON GOLDBERG- In his latest Calgary Sun article, Bret 'Hit Man' Hart discussed the
recent Chris Jericho/Goldberg confrontation in the RAW locker room. A
couple of weeks ago Jericho and Goldberg got into a fight backstage
after Goldberg made some comments towards Jericho and the Canadian
responded by taking on the former WCW champion. This week, Bret Hart
takes a look at that incident and even gives Goldberg a tip to go to his
dad's dungeon in Calgary and actually learn how to wrestle! You can read
it at http://slam.canoe.ca/SlamWrestling/hitman_home.html .
> BOOKER T TO MISS RAW- Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Booker T was
hospitalized today due to dehydration and other flu symptoms. Booker T
was taken off the live RAW brand show yesterday and will also miss RAW
to recover according to Meltzer.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM LONDON, ENGLAND- W-O Newsletter readers Steve Thorpe and Stephen Sorby attended the
London, England live event on Friday and sent in these results. Matt
Hardy defeated Jamie Noble and Rey Mysterio; Rhyno defeated A-Train;
Sean O'Haire defeated Brian Kendrick; Torrie Wilson defeated Nidia;
Brock Lesnar defeated Big Show; Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros; John
Cena defeated Chris Benoit; Rikishi & Tajiri defeated Chuck Palumbo &
Johnny Stamboli in the main event. After the main event, Team Angle,
Matt Hardy, Shannon Moore, Sean O'Haire, Jamie Noble and Nidia helped
the FBI beat on Rikishi and Tajiri but Rey Mysterio, Benoit, Los
Guerreros and Torrie Wilson joined the faces to even the fight. Then the
faces danced to Rikishi's music, as Nidia tried to join in the fun but
got the green mist in the face courtesy of Tajiri. The London Arena was
sold out for this event.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND- W-O Newsletter reader Damien McColgan went to the Belfast, Northern
Ireland live event yesterday and sent in these results. Matt Hardy
defeated Jamie Noble and Rey Mysterio; Chris Benoit defeated John Cena;
Sean O'Haire defeated Brian Kendrick; Torrie Wilson defeated Nidia;
Brock Lesnar defeated Big Show; Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros;
A-Train defeated Rhyno; Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli vs Rikishi &
Tajiri ended in an apparent no contest after all the heels came down to
attack on Rikishi & Tajiri and like the previous day the faces evened
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM WILKES BARRE, PA.- W-O Newsletter reader Brian Hughes went to the Wilkes Barre, PA., RAW
brand live event on Friday and filed in these results. Hurricane & Maven
defeated Chief Morley & Lance Storm; Chris Nowinski defeated Tommy
Dreamer; Kane defeated Christian; La Resistance defeated Test & Scott
Steiner; The Dudley Boys with Spike defeated 3 Minute Warning with Rico;
Jazz defeated Victoria & Trish Stratus; Booker T defeated Rodney Mack;
Triple H defeated Kevin Nash. After the main event Triple H got into a
shoving match with referee Earl Hebner and Howard Finkle and was later
pushed down by the veteran WWE employees. The champ then taunted a woman
in the crowd, doing his Val Venis imitation and then telling her to kiss
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Hey Yo Citizens. Your Mayor is back with his (kinda) weekly view on the
goings on in wrestling. I was thinking, maybe I should upgrade myself to
Tzar of Wrestling, but maybe not. Ive got a few things to say this week
so here goes
Firstly, I was saddened to learn of the death of the wonderful Miss
Elizabeth last week. As has been well documented by this newsletter she
was the true First Lady of the World Wrestling Federation and her
passing is a sad one. My first memories of Elizabeth were ironically her
last appearances in the Fed her affair pictures with Ric Flair. A
great storyline which was capped by Miss Elizabeth having a kiss forced
upon her by the Nature Boy. Since then I caught up with all the various
Elizabeth videotapes through the wonder of video. Its upsetting that it
seems part and parcel for older wrestling fans these days that we seem
to be losing so many of the stars we grew up with in such short periods
of time. In recent years Rick Rude, Brian Pillman, Mr. Perfect, Owen
Hart and many more have left us such a shame.
Okay, onto lighter stuff now
The Intercontinental Title is BACK! Hurrah! For months I, and many other
online ranters, have been crying out for the return of the midcard
title. It is a vital belt required for the growth in status for
wrestlers such as Christian, Hurricane or Randy Orton. Having a battle
royale for the belt at Judgment Day was also a great move as many on the
current Raw card have held the belt (although I have a feeling the likes
of Goldust might be forgotten about, dont know why, just a feeling). My
only concern (yeah, you knew it was coming) is that the belt will be won
by a man who does not really need it. I see it going around the waist of
the already established Chris Jericho, Kane or even Shawn Michaels.
These guys have mixed it for years in the main event and I dont feel
they should be awarded the belt simply because a certain man isnt
willing to give up his own title! Already, however, I am looking forward
to Judgment Day, which is more than can be said for the ultra-bland
Speaking of backlashes, there seems to have been one in the internet
community against the Anti-Triple-H movement lately. Well as far as Im
concerned, my readers agree with me, and so do the fans in the arena in
seems. The whole Nash-HHH segment on Raw was booed to death by the fans
last Monday as they do not wish to see this crap as the main event feud.
Why? Why have the fans turned on Kevin Nash? Well I have a theory. WWE
audiences have dropped to around a 3.6 rating recently. Audiences are
down to the core fans, many of which watched during the Kliq days.
many happy-go-lucky fans who watched when wrestling was cool circa
1998-2000 (although some have stayed and thats fab). These core fans
know all about the Kliqs shenanigans in the mid-90s holding guys like
Hart, Undertaker and Dean Douglas down and are seeing history repeat.
They have no interest in watching a bumbling Kevin Nash chase his buddy
Triple H around the ring.
Apparently it has been acknowledged backstage that the segment was an
absolute bomb, which is unlike the Raw staff who would normally heap
praise on anything the bosss future son-in-law does. I wonder what
On a brighter note, the backstage feuds between Bischoff and Austin look
like they could be pretty entertaining a la Regal/Foley back in 2001. I
think there is so much opportunity for storylines and humour pitting
these two guys, who probably do have a legitimate dislike for each
other, across the Raw boardroom.
I read Chris Bernes step by step guide to the revamping of the WWE and
agreed with a lot of it. The WWE will soon be in urgent need of life
support unless something is done soon. Like Ive already said, its down
to the core fans just now, but these core fans will dessert if they have
to put up with a lot of the rubbish they get just now. It happened to
WCW, whos to say history cant repeat. Maybe Im exaggerating a little,
but I want the WWE to be as successful as all of you as it is a company
I love, even though I criticise. I cant believe Chris Bernes left me
off the writing team though! That gave me the right hump I can tell you,
but I know it is just an oversight. I know that he would want Ian
Hamilton and I (the Brits of the Newsletter) to be PR agents in the UK
and to book the British shows, InsurreXtion and Rebellion.
Man I am pumped, I am so excited. Today I am going to be in Sheffield to
go mental as a fan of the company I love. Hows Sheffield for clubbing
folks? Look out for the idiot in the Hardy Boyz t-shirt thatll be me
(until I get a Mattitude tee). Ill hopefully write a full review of my
Sheffield experience for the newsletter next week.
Ive been having a think, yeah I know, thats the funny noise you heard
coming across the Atlantic. The WWE has access to the WWF, WCW, ECW and
perhaps the AWA video libraries (I know they were bidding for AWA). They
also have access to most wrestling stars who are still alive. Why have
there not been more compilation videos released? Im talking about
videos like the fantastic Best of WrestleMania (I-XIV). This video was
made whilst major WrestleMania players such as Hogan, Flair, Bret Hart,
Piper and Savage were in WCW. Surely we could have a new version with
these guys giving their insights into the fantastic events they took
part in. Yeah I know Hart and Savage may not be accessible but Im sure
it would be possible. I just think that the WWE has access to so much
footage and access to so many stars, but are not making the most of it.
I also hope that the WWE could come to an arrangement with the WFN
(Worldwide Fund for Nature) in order to re-release the vast amounts of
PPV material that had to be deleted due to a British Judges ludicrous
ruling that all pre-WWE material had to be withdrawn from sale. I notice
however its the scratch logo which is removed from all old
WWF footage, the original logo is kept the same. Does that mean all
pre-attitude footage is legal? The law sucks sometimes.
A few random thoughts:
- Big Show getting pushed as a challenger to Lesnar is ludicrous.
- Ultimo Dragon is rumoured to be debuting at Judgment Day, I look
forward to this.
- Did I mention Im going to a WWE show on Sunday! Well it doesnt
happen to me often so Im excited. Also, Im not chuffed the WWE are now
visiting Aberdeen. Why was this announced AFTER Id bought tickets to
Thats all I gotta say this week. Hopefully the next time I write this
Ill be wearing a Mattitude t-shirt and Rey Rey beenie and dog tags. Any
comments email to andrew.bulik@...
This is your Mayor signing out Ciao.
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