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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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> RAW PREVIEW- The only match announced for tonight's RAW is Maven vs Ric Flair,
which was set up during last week's backstage skit between the two. This
will probably be Maven's most important match in his short WWE career so
far. There are talks that Booker T will be on the show tonight after he
returned to the WWE ring during the weekend live event but it is not
> WWE SIGNS NEW INTERNATIONAL TV DEALS- Today WWE announced several international TV deals in Europe, Latin
America and Asia Pacific. In Italy, the company secured its first
terrestrial deal with 52 hours of Smackdown! on Italia Uno. In Chile,
WWE signed with Chilevision to broadcast over 100 hours of RAW and
Smackdown! every week. Renewals with Ecuavisa in Ecuador will allow the
station to air 134 hours of RAW, Smackdown! and the 12 WWE PPVs. The
company also renewed its deals in Mexico with MVS for 88 hours of RAW
and 12 WWE PPVs. Bolivision, the second most popular station in Bolivia,
has renewed a deal for 52 hours of Raw for free-to-air broadcast. In
Asia, the company has signed a deal with TV3, which is currently the
number one leading terrestrial broadcaster in Malaysia, to renew
SmackDown! and Bottom Line for free-to-air broadcast for a total of 208
hours. WWE also signed a three-year renewal deal with ASTRO in Malaysia,
the largest multichannel TV platform in Asia, for 420 hours of
programming of RAW and the 12 WWE PPVs. Sky Perfect TV in Japan has
signed a new three-year deal to air the 12 WWE PPVs on their
pay-per-view station for a total of 36 hours.
> BOOKER T RETURNS TO ACTION- W-O Newsletter Jeff Estep attended the live WWE event in Wheeling, WV
yesterday and sent in these notes. Molly defeated Lita; Hurricane &
Rosey defeated Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak; Maven & Trish Stratus
defeated Steven Richards & Victoria; Goldberg & Shawn Michaels defeated
Ric Flair & Randy Orton; Mark Henry defeated Val Venis; Rob Van Dam
defeated Rico; Dudley Boyz, Shane McMahon & Booker T defeated Chris
Jericho, La Resistance & Christian. To start the show an angle was
played with the main event players in the ring. Jericho and Christian
talked about Austin, then Shane O'Mac came out. La Resistance joined to
beat up McMahon until the Dudleyz came out to help. The faces then
announced they'd have a guest partner for the match later in the
evening, which ended up being the returning Booker T. After the match
all of them did a Spinaroonie.
> ROCK'S MOVIE SLIPS TO #7- Rock's movie 'The Rundown' slipped to the seventh place in its third
week of release on the national charts with a $5.3 million income this
week which sends the total to $40.3 million since the movie came out.
Total revenues are decreasing at a rate of almost 50% each week which is
more or less normal in movie business. The movie cost around $75 million
to produce, quite hard to manage to cover the costs just from national
revenue. The movie has yet to open in overseas markets.
> LIVE EVENT FROM BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND- W-O Newsletter reader 'mattitude' attended the live WWE event in
Birmingham, England on Saturday and sent in these results. Eddie
Guerrero defeated Rhyno; Funaki defeated Nunzio and Ultimo Dragon; Jamie
Noble & Kidman defeated Basham Brothers; A-Train defeated Matt Hardy;
Tajiri defeated Rey Mysterio; Torrie Wilson defeated Sable, Nidia and
Dawn Marie in a bikini contest; Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit defeated Big
Show & John Cena; Brock Lesnar defeated Undertaker.
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> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 10.71, a 2.98% increase over the previous
closing. The day's range was 10.45 - 10.85.
>> BELLE OF THE BRAWLBy Lekisha Oliver, [lekisha.oliver@...]
You wake up from a sound sleep after a fifteen-hour drive to the sound
of a portable alarm clock. That clock has shown you the time in all four
time zones in the Continental US and you have seen the time fly by. That
clock shows you what time you are to get up and ready yourself for a
show. A show that you arent confirmed on being booked to.
"Hopefully, the pay will take care of the gas money," you think.
"Otherwise Im in deep trouble."
You wearily stretch out of the sleepless slumber you had just had on
your best friends couch. As you get up you notice that he is running
around trying to ready for the same show you are wrestling on that
"About time you rolled out of bed," he says, as you finally think of
emerging from under the ragged covers on the second-hand purchased
couch. The popping and the creaking of your body is too much to bear.
"Rolled is about right. Need to see the doctor about that back," you
say. "Hopefully the insurance will kick in on the wifes policy,"
"It would be nice, but that will never happen," he says with a smile.
"You know well never see normal insurance."
"True, but I can dream." Just at that time, the cell phone in your bag
rings. "Its gotta be that call."
"Keep dreaming buddy, keep dreaming."
Each of the wrestlers in the wrestling business do not see insurance
from their promoters.
Over the past several years, this writer has seen wrestlers hobble
around the locker room and put on a brave face and run out to the ring.
But after a solid twenty-minute championship match, come back to the
locker room and have tears in their eyes. The tears do not stream from
their eyes for the match and the belt they had just won, but the pain
and agony of the injury that had just progressed from a minor pain in
the knee, but a squealing pain that needs surgery. But these surgeries
can not happen. No insurance to cover them. Even if their normal job
accepts their extracurricular activities, they would look down upon
them, as any injury was to take them from the job.
You say how much you love this business when you are in front of the
cameras, but at times, especially on the long drives, you sometimes
wonder if this is what you want to do for the rest of your life. But of
course you do, its been your dream. The lights, the cameras, the fame,
not the pain, but the glory; always the glory has entered your mind.
That glory will get you the money and the money will help to fuel the
passion. You have to have that passion to make it through the
independent circuit. Its a once in a lifetime opportunity to make it to
WWE or to NWA: TNA. Most of the independent circuit knows how lucky they
need to be to make it to the "Show".
The show does not guarantee help for when youre in a bed with a broken
neck or healing from broken vertebrae in the back. Many people have
wondered why that has happened, and unlike actors or actresses, who have
their collective taking care of them, the wrestlers do not have a union.
They pay at times three or four times the premium that others do, in
some cases more.
Many different wrestlers have contemplated the idea of a union, but what
would it comprise of?
A separate union for separate regions is one possibility. That would
mean each section of the nation or the world would have its own union
board. This would be something similar to the old territories. Move from
one to the other; however, how welcome would one wrestler be than the
The fees would also constitute part of the whole deal. How much would
any insurance agency give a wrestler? Look at the situation. Boxers,
basketball players, football players, etc., have the similar problem.
Their line of work can put them in direct harm. The premiums would be
through the ceiling. They have just as much opportunity to hurt
themselves or others as any other physical sport.
Who would the benefits cover, the wrestler or the whole family? That
would constitute a rate hike if the family would be added. Whether it is
medical, dental, optical, and/or life insurance, the rates would not be
as normal as it would be for the average Joe or Jane on the street.
Things like this would have to be brought up for the wrestlers, plus who
would sit on the boards and who would govern the body.
All these things may be the reason why a union hasnt been set up. Name
a wrestler that has time to help setup a union behind closed doors to
try and get more for them and their families with the promoters and
bookers looking down their backs.
But this dream will remain a dream until people can come together and
figure out what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. A
dream is still a dream, but will the realty surface?
More research will be done on the subject at a later date.
As for this column, it is finished. New developments have been surfacing
here with this writer, including but not excluding new wrestlers met and
new experiences had. A friend once said to stay away from your subjects
if you are writing about them. Observe only. But that observation turned
into curiosity. A look inside wrestling is what all writers want to do.
Fortunately, this writer has a very unique view on the wrestling world
With all the new writers that Colin has brought onboard, I figured that
this column would not be missed. I am hoping to write more than before
and bring more perspective to how wrestling has progressed.
I have done this before. If there are any questions, any comments or any
suggestions, feel free to email me at
lekisha.oliver@... or check out the website at
All are welcome!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of the readers,
the writers and Colin for all the patience in this great time of change
in my life. I hope to write more and give a few more opinions on what I
have been seeing on the screen, as opposed to what I see in front of me
during an in-ring match. I know that this year hasnt been a banner year
for this column, and I may not be defending my Columnist of the Year
Award. But as one of my friends says, "Gotta take the good with the bad,
even though it suck sometimes." Gotta love the optimists.
Thank you and have a wonderful day! Stay safe!
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