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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
By Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...
Well my Summer shutdown is over and on Monday I'm back to work after a
week long holiday. Booo. Why can't we have this every month?
Kind of an early issue today, I'm out in jut an hour so here it goes.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS http://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> CHRIS NOWINSKI GETS SOME PRESS
- A story written by Victor Niederhoffer and Laurel Kenner was picked up
by several finance outlets regarding company CEOs that graduated from
Harvard. Interesting enough, the first two paragraphs was all about
Tough Enough 1 runner up Christopher Nowinski, who is the WWE's only
Harvard graduate Superstar. You can check out the version of the story
on MSN Money at http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/P57151.asp
> WWE EVENTS STILL A GO DESPITE POWER OUTAGE
- Despite the power outage in parts of the US and Canada, WWE live
events will go on as scheduled according to a notice on the WWE.COM
website. The events in question are the ones in Hamilton, Ontario,
Sarnia, Ontario, RAW in Grand Rapids, MI., and Smackdown! in Detroit,
MI. For the next WWE event at MSG, WWE.COM is urging fans to purchase
tickets through the Ticketmaster.com website this Saturday instead of
going to the box office. The main event for that September 20th event
has a four way match between Angle, Lesnar, Big Show and Taker with
McMahon as the special ref.
> TORRIE IN TOP 3 LIST OF MOST BEAUTIFUL IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST
- W-O Newsletter reader Yolanda Bennett sent in word that on a show
called Evening Magazine in Tacoma, WA., there was a segment which rated
the 25 Most Beautiful People in the Pacific Northwest. WWE's Torrie
Wilson came in the third place, trailing speedskater Apolo Ohno in first
and former Miss America Katie Harman.
> WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD
- The following videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports
chart for the week ending August 16th. 'From The Vault - Shawn Michaels'
is in the first place, followed by 'Judgment Day 2003' in second.
'Wrestlemania XIX' is in sixth, 'Backlash 2003' in eighth and 'Rey
Mysterio - 619' wraps up the list in the tenth position. All mentioned
videos can be purchased from WrestlingMegastore.com
> BATISTA TALKS
- Close to return to the ring, Batista did a phone interview with
WWE.COM, explaining the injury process, his training to get back in
shape, Evolution and much more. You can read it at
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>> AROUND THE RING
By Eric Knudsen, [ericknudsen@...
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. I want to
for not writing for awhile. I have been having some issues with my
arthritis and it is looking now like I will need a hip replacement
within the next few months. My hip has been really giving out on me and
a real problem. Plus we have been getting a lot of rain as of late which
hasn't helped much. There are other reasons too, but we all have our
problems so I won't burden you with mine.
Ladies...You voted for the WWE's Best Looking Wrestler and the winner
It's A Tie!!! Rock - 50% Shawn Michaels - 50%...guess you all couldn't
And now to the last Brainbuster Poll. There was a series of eight
"Fantasy Matches". And the winner by a clear margin is: Bret Hart vs
Kurt Angle with 44.7% of the votes. Thanks to everyone who voted.
Onto the meat and potatoes...
I missed the Raw of August 3rd...our cable was off. But I was back in
business for that weeks Smackdown. Not overly horrible...some decent
matches. Benoit vs Guerrero was truely incredible. When did Sgt
become commissioner of Smackdown? And he books a tag match with
Benoit/Tajiri vs Guerrero/Rhyno? This is probably the first smart thing
old Sgt Slaughter has done. It was a great tag match and would have been
great as a mid to upper mid level card in a PPV. What I saw from these
four athletes was nothing short of incredible. I would like to see this
tag match go again for longer. I really have to give it up to Zach
Gowen. This kid is doing somethings that people with two legs can't do.
And being disabled myself, it is an inspiration to me. Guess maybe I am
a bit biased in that respect. He is an awesome high flyer with no fear.
I hope his one leg can stay healthy to give him a long career. Kurt
Angles interview after the tag match was a total riot. I do believe he
will go down as one of the best pro wrestlers of all time. And before
you email me
saying..."Kurt Angle is the best?!" No...I said ONE OF THE BEST.
Undertaker and Cena put on a good show. That Superplex by Taker on Cena
was pretty sick. I would have never expected to see that out of
Undertaker. When he went to the top rope, I was just saying ...where
he think he is going?! The only thing I have to say about the Rey
Mysterio vs Charlie Haas match is that the Haas Of Pain Haas put on
Mysterio was really nasty looking! Yikes. And the main event...Brock
Lesnar vs Vince
McMahon with Kurt Angle as the special guest referee. I admit...I was
surprised...but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't like Vince, but I am
glad for the Brock heel turn. It's about time he went back to being a
heel. And tossing Angle around that cage like a rag doll was great. And
the final blow... Brock gorilla pressing Angle like it was nothing and
tossing him into the cage. It was great! And I have to say I am a fan of
that Brock Lesnar SummerSlam commerical. I think it is a total riot. I
was laughing hysterically the first time I saw that.
And what can I say, Raw was Raw. We had the return of Oklahomas own Jim
Ross, and a new Intercontinental Champion...who won it at a house
show...Christian. Before I go on, I would like to wish Booker T a speedy
recovery and hope the 8 weeks will heal him up so he can return. Was
that JR or Dusty Rhodes??! Looks like JR has packed on a few pounds. Oh
well. We now have back our resident announcer so we can hear again
like..."whipped like a government mule", "beaten like a scalded dog"
and..."It's gonna be a real slobber knocker!" Well isn't that special.
The quality of the first match may have not been the greatest, but who
cares?! Stacy was looking H-O-T!!! But that's not unusual! I still don't
know what the deal is with Rico. He is like Wolverine meets The Ultimate
Warrior meets Robin Williams. What the hell is he? Is he the future of
Goldust? Oh and speaking of Goldust...I feel so bad for Lance Storm. He
is really getting the screw job. Being stuck now with Goldust. What was
that all about?
All I can do is shake my head. I do like the build up of the heat
between La Resistance and The Dudley Boys. The WWE really need to
rejuvenate the tag team ranks. Some people seem to think the tag team
matches are boring. Honestly I tend to think they are more exciting. I
have seen some of the best tag matches growing up. The Road Warriors vs
The Freebirds, The Road Warriors vs The Midnight Express, The Orient
Express, Afa And Seka vs Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas, The British
Bulldogs vs Valentine and Beefcake. Now you have three regular tag teams
on Raw and 3 on Smackdown until Chavo comes back and then maybe it will
be four. You should have at least have 6 to 8 team per show to keep an
active feud going and a strong run for the tag team titles. Anyways, I
am getting a bit off track for now. Well...so Christian is the IC champ
once again. This is a good thing. he deserves it. He gets the heat!
People boo him like crazy... he is doing his job right! But we need to
see a stronger group for the IC title too.
The womens match was kind of lacking this week. Yes the women are hot.
They are not out there for us to watch
wrestle but I do watch for their wrestling skill. With the women it is
either hit or miss. There is no middle ground. But I do like the way
Molly won the match. I got a good chuckle out of that.
And it would seem Goldberg screwed himself out of his one on one match
at SummerSlam. All he had to do was say yes to go to Australia to fill
in. I guess the line "Dont Cross The Boss" works as well outside the
ring. "Ya feel me pla..." hey wait...Theodore Long wasnt around this
week. No wonder Rodney lost this week. They should team Rodney Mack up
with Maven. Ok ok...I am tired. HAHA. Can I just say Nash versus Jericho
is a joke. I mean come on!! And last but not least you have Goldberg vs
Flair in a no dq with Randy Orton as the special guest referee. Sheesh.
Are there enough special refs lately?? I have to give it to all three
men in this match. Flair was Flair...one of the greatest of all time.
Bill Goldberg did a hell of a job playing on the leg injury after the
figure four. And honestly I think the real reason Orton was out there
was to watch Ric Flair. Flair has taken Orton under his wing and it is
really paying off. I am not so sure that Orton is ready for a main event
in the PPV, but I am hoping I will be proven wrong.
I have read a lot of articles with people talking about how they could
change the dropping ratings of WWE or what can be done. So I figured I
would throw my two cents into the pot. How many people said that
would not be the "Saviour" of WWE?! And now WWE is beginning to
realize...the fans were right. Same thing with Steiner. And where is
Steiner now? Barely mid card. He's closer to an opener on Raw. And
Goldberg...I hate to see what happens to him after Summerslam. You have
Linda being "disappointed" with Goldberg. Goldberg unhappy with WWE.
Anyways, what would I do to change the WWE? I often wonder if things can
be turned around. And is it a worthy cause? First of all I dump a lot of
the dead weight around WWE. These are the people that just are not doing
anything. Then I would get rid of Nash, HBK, and The Big Show. Nash is
beyond old and is really looking it these days... not to mention I hear
more and more groans when he comes out. HBK needs to make up his mind
and retire...and stay retired. And Big Show...they cant do anything with
this slow big man. It has gotten beyond ridiculous. Then I would have
more displays of the cruiserweights, and tag teams.
I would definitely strip Triple Leach of the title that he didn't earn,
and put it up in a tournament. I would like to see more wrestling
entertainment. And less of the little stupid vignettes. Or if I had
vignettes, they would be else where and not inside the building. And
some better feuds. No setting people on fire. No humping of "dead"
bodies. No driving away with someones dead dads casket with the son
hanging on. None of the stupid stuff they come up with. Like I have said
before...the last decent storyline they had was Undertaker and Jake The
Snake Roberts. You have to have a proper balance of weight class
matches. And have more non title matches to see if the person moves on
to get a title shot. Save specialty matches for the pay per view. Bring
up the real athletes...the ones that deserve to be on top or in the
"public eye" so to speak. I feel bad for Ultimo Dragon. He is being so
under used! And from what I have read, WWE brought back a past character
from WCW because they didnt know what to do with the guy. Sometimes you
have to get back to basics in order to get bigger and better. And as we
all know...wrestling is cycle driven. Goes in waves. Mid to late 80's
was driven by Hogan. Later 90's to 2000 - 2001 it's The Rock and Stone
Cold. Who will be the next guy to carry the wrestling world to the next
plateau? We will have to see.
Well I will stop for now and move onto:
***This Weeks Brainbuster***
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Well thats it for me. Thank you for joining me for this edition. Join me
again soon for another edition of Around The Ring where I will discuss
Smackdown and Raw and have my predictions for Summerslam. I am Eric,
that's my opinion and I am standing by it!!
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