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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RAW PREVIEW- Only one match has been announced for tonight's RAW and that's between
former 16 time World champion Ric Flair and Bill Goldberg. Plus Shane
McMahon, Kane, Triple H and Goldberg are all expected to be on the show
as well. With the show being from Vancouver, the site where Rock is
filming his current movie 'Walking Tall', there are rumors that he'll be
on RAW but nothing has been confirmed.
> STOCKHOLDERS MEETING IN SEPTEMBER- The annual WWE stockholders meeting will be held on September 19th
this year at the Westin Hotel in Stamford, CT., at 10AM. Usually the
meeting used to be held at the WWE New York complex but since it's
closed now activities like this needed to be moved to different
locations. The purpose of the meeting is to elect the seven Directors of
the board, approve the company's management bonus plan and to ratify the
selection of Deloitte & Touche as independent auditors for the coming
year. Only stockholders are allowed to be present during this meeting
which will also have a Q&A session with WWE officials.
> ROCK AT TEEN CHOICE AWARDS- WireImage.com has pictures of The Rock who was present at the Teen
Choice Awards this past Saturday in Universal City, CA. The Rock, along
with sexy Britney Spears presented one of the awards. You can check out
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> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM CALGARY- W-O Newsletter reader Ian Albert attended the Smackdown! brand live
event in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday and sent in these results
from the show. Ultimo Dragon defeated Spanky; Eddie
Guerrero defeated Lance Storm; Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin defeated
the APA, Basham Brothers and Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore; Sable defeated
Nidia and Dawn Marie in a bikini contest; Rey Mysterio defeated Jamie
Noble; Chris Benoit defeated Rhyno; Kurt Angle defeated Brock Lesnar.
There was also a segment with Brother Love, Vince McMahon and Zach Gowen
which ended with Gowen kicking the crap out of McMahon and Brother Love.
Before Gowen came out, McMahon thanked the Hart family for all the help
over the years.
> WWE RANKING IN SEARCH ENGINES- In this week's rankings on the Lycos Top 50 chart, the 'WWE' keyword
advanced to the 14th place, up from the 17th place of last week. This is
the 206th week that the keyword has been on the list. On the Yahoo! Buzz
Index, 'WWE' also advanced to the 11th place from last week's 15th. It's
the 123rd week on the Yahoo! list.
> LIVE EVENT IN THE UK ANNOUNCED- A WWE live event will be taking place at the NEC Arena in Birmingham,
England on Saturday October 11th this year, presumably the Rebellion
UK-only PPV. SilverVision are currently selling hospitality tickets for
the event which includes best seat in the house for the event, exclusive
signing session with two WWE superstars, official tour programme,
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> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 9.74, a 0.21% increase over the previous
closing. The day's range was 9.56 - 9.77.
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>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [jason.clevett@...]
I havent written lately due to moving, job hunting, my SLAM!
Commitments and preparing details on my trip next week. More on that at
the bottom of the column. However, since the WWE was in Calgary last
night, I know all of you are sitting at home on the edge of your seat
awaiting this report. So without further ado.
The Third ever DBC House Show Report!
The night started off with mass confusion as I was supposed to go with
some of the boys from Stampede Wrestling but couldnt get a hold of
them. So I headed down to the Pengrowth Saddledome and begrudgingly
paid out $45 for a seat in the lower level stands. I had the chance to
buy 13th row on the floor but didnt feel like spending the extra
I found my seat, found it was wobbly, and immediately moved ten rows
closer. The Saddledome was virtually empty. Despite reports of 9000
people there, my estimate would be high at half of that. After arguing
with the usher about my digital camera I was finally left in peace as
the show kicked off with Ultimo Dragon and Spanky making their Calgary
debuts. A fast paced match with some creative spots caused me to
fantasize about two men going for twenty minutes on pay-per-view wait,
that sounded bad. I meant in a match sickos. I doubt that will ever
happen, instead I am just reminded of what a huge waste of talent both
these guys are. Dragon won with ! the inverted snappy thing after
blocking the sliced bread.
We then moved on the US Title Match with a twist of Storm. Yes,
hometown boy Lance Storm, of RAW, Challenged Eddie Guerrero for
Smackdowns US Title. Both men were obviously having a blast in the
ring as the crowd alternated rooting for each man. I realize at this
point that I am sad and alone, and making a jackass of yourself isnt as
fun without friends to laugh with you. Or at you. Storm was on the
outside, Eddie threw a chair into the ring, the referee grabbed it and
Eddie blasted Storm when the officials back was to him with a different
chair. Storm did his springboard clothesline he only uses as a face
(meaning only uses in Calgary). Guerrero ! hit a brainbuster, felt his
Froggy, and Storm was a loser in his hometown. Vince McMahon tried to
run down and get the bell rung during a submission hold, but was held
The second title match of the evening feature TWGTT defending against
the Bashams, APA, and Hardy & Moore all at the same time! A conspiracy I
tell you!!! A hysterically funny moment (to me) as an entire section of
the crowd parodies The Bloodhound Gang and chants Faarooq, Faarooq,
Faarooq is on fire. To the amusement and confusion of the APA. It was
during this match that I heard Clevett .. CLEVETT and look over, low
and behold there are my Stampede Wrestling buddies. They come over to
my section and we all sit down and watch the crowd go nuts for Matt
Hardy and cheer for the APA. Of course, the worlds greatest tag team
took the match by pinning some random Basham.
Then came the Bikini Contest featuring Nidia, Dawn Marie & Sable. The
ring announcer was a guy who won a radio contest, and Funaki. I think
he was overly excited, and his intro sounded something like
NADIDIAAAAA!!! I took advantage of the deserted mens room at this
point, but I hear Sable won.
So after the show came to a grinding halt with that, it sped back up
again with Jamie Noble vs. Rey Mysterio, a rematch from the last house
show in Calgary in October. TJ kept yelling You did that last time.
A decent little 10 minute match, with all the Rey spots thrown in and an
obvious winner. Title matches are like, so predictable!
After the intermission (Buy your overpriced crap now!) Edge came out and
seemed moved by the ovation he received. After a brief speech, for the
benefit of those with Flash Photography, he did a pose.. for 5 seconds
Cena rapped about wiping his ass with the maple leaf. Any mention of
the word ass immediately perks up Billy Gunns ears and out he came. We
chanted we want Bart and discussed Mike Barton, the former brother
of Billy and one of TJs fellow foreigners in New Japan. Poor Cena had
to do a autograph session in BC, hop on a plane and make a dash to
Calgary all to wrestle Billy Gunn. His pain was felt everywhere. Thank
god he went over here, if he didnt I think I would have gone into kill
mode. Then Gunn mooned the crowd and I felt that urge anyway. The urge
increased during the annoying Brother Love show with Mr. McMahon. Dumb,
stupid, predictable, boring, and insulting, McMahon and Love played keep
away with Zachs leg. Finally Gowan took both men out with a corkscrew
moonsault and cleared the ring. On his way out of the ring he stopped
when he saw a ringside fan who obviously had cancer, hugged him and took
a picture. Seeing that warmed the cockles of Randy Myers heart.
The semi main event finally rolled around after 9:30. Despite the
ovation for Benoit from his home province crowd, his submission match
with Rhyno was rather dull. A better match at Summerslam, I hope. By
this point I was getting restless. I kept saying It will be worth it
for the main event, it will be worth it for the main event. It wasnt.
Its not that Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar was a bad match, it was ok. I
certainly wasnt expecting it to be at the level of their Wrestlemania
classic, but after some great chain wrestling both men seemed to just
go through the motions. Both men hit their finishers, Angles for a two
count, Lesnars F5 taking out the ref before Angle won with a small
package. With anyone else this would have been a good match, but from
these two it was a dissapointment and many on the crowd expressed the
The highlight then came as we wandered around to leave and Randy Myers
found a bucket of popcorn on the floor, picked it up and started eating
it. He gave some to Harry Smith (Son of the late Davey Boy Smith) and
then told him where he got it. Harry immediately spat it out. Hehehe.
So that was the start of my wrestling adventure as this week I pile into
a jeep with 3 large wrestlers for 6 hours to head back to Saskatoon for
Pro Outlaw Wrestlings exhibition shows. For 6 days I will be there
daily, covering matches featuring Sabu, Jerry Lynn, Cyrus and a lot of
Canadian talent. Look for my daily updates on SLAM!Wrestling at
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/home.html along with my other
stories currently dominating the site.
Till next time.
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