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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hey hey hey. Today I received my autographed copy of the Steve Austin
biography and started to read it. Nothing special so far, but then
again, I'm only in the 58th page. The first chapter was quite
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> TICKETS ON SALE- The following tickets went on sale earlier today. Live event in El
Paso, TX., at the El Paso County Coliseum on Saturday December 27th;
Live event on Sunday December 28th at the Municipal Coliseum in Lubbock,
TX.; RAW live at the SBC Arena on Monday December 29th in San Antonio,
TX.; Smackdown! tapings at the Laredo Entertainment Center on Tuesday
December 30th in Laredo, TX.; And the first live event of the new year
at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Friday January 2nd 2004 in Lake
Charles, LA. For more information contact the arena box office.
> NO WAY OUT COMING TO THE WEST COAST- The second WWE PPV for 2004 No Way Out will be at the Cow Palace in
San Francisco, CA., on Sunday February 14th. No ticket information
released yet. The only other PPV location announced for 2004 apart from
MSG is Philadelphia, PA., which will host the Royal Rumble.
> SMACKDOWN! ENDING RE-TAPED AFTER MISTAKE- W-O Newsletter readers David Ikenberry, Dave LaFountain and Jewell
Wilkins attended the Smackdown! tapings last Tuesday and sent in these
notes. The ending was re-shot after cameras stopped rolling. Heyman made
a mistake asking the referees the wrong question which resulted in the
pro-Benoit ref saying Benoit hit the floor first and the pro-Cena ref
saying the same which makes no sense at all. Heyman then went to the
back and came down again and this time they did the correct version.
Afterwards Cena and Benoit walked to the back and before disappearing
Cena gave Benoit the 'You Can't See Me' sign while Benoit gave Cena the
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the week at 11.52, a 0.95% decrease over Thursday's
closing. The day's range was 11.50 - 11.74.
> SKELETON RACER HOPING FOR A WRESTLING FUTURE- Skeleton racer Michelle Kelly is considering professional wrestling
after she retires from the icy sport according to the Canadian Press.
"It's still on my mind," said the 29 year old Canadian. "After 2006
Olympics in Turin we'll see. I haven't dismissed it all together." Kelly
stands 5'5" and weighs 143lbs and recently became the first woman to win
both the skeleton overall World Cup title and the world championship in
the same season. The Hart family introduced her to the wrestling world
and even let Vince McMahon know about her interest in pro wrestling.
> GOLDBERG / KANE FEUD ON THE ROAD- Goldberg and Kane started their feud on the road battling for the
first time at the RAW brand Las Vegas live event yesterday. The feud
between the two is expected to last more than the Armageddon PPV, in
which Triple H will also join the mess in a three way for the World
Heavyweight Title. HHH will be out for most December filming a movie so
he's not lined up for the title at the moment. The Goldberg/Kane match
ended in a DQ win for Goldberg yesterday after Evolution interfered.
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
About 31 months ago, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment made
history by buying their competition. It was like Coke buying Pepsi, like
Manchester United buying Arsenal or like Paul McCartney buying the
rights to Steps (ahem). It was a time of great excitement for all
wrestling fans, realising that their dream feud of WWF vs. WCW could now
be realised. WWF signed many WCW stars to get the brand back on its feet
again, but it didnt quite work out the way did it
Now, in no particular order, here are your former WCW stars and what
happened to them:
Sean O'Haire - Sean was originally used as one of The Undertaker and
Kane's punchbags when he made his WWF debut. Not allowed to use his
Seanton Bomb (Jeff Hardy had that market covered) he and Chuck Palumbo
were relieved of the WCW World Tag-Team titles and whilst Palumbo moved
onto pastures new, our Sean was banished to developmental territory. He
showed up once again on WWE television at the start of 2003, playing a
manipulative individual, telling us to give in to temptation et cetera.
This angle could have worked had he not been inexplicably paired up with
Roddy Piper. O'Haire has been buried ever since Piper left under 'mutual
agreement' with the WWE. Despite being tall, charismatic and
musclebound, the WWE does not seem to want to find a place for the
Lance Storm - Lance Storm, former ECW Tag Champion, WCW US, Tag and
Hardcore Champion. The man hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada had an
excellent run in ECW with Justin Credible and in WCW had a series of
good bouts with Booker T. If anyone was going to make in the WWF/E
surely it was to be Lance? No. Unfortunately, in the eyes of the booker
men, Mr. Storm lacked charisma - despite his 'If I can be serious for a
minute...' promo successes previously. Storm has always been teamed with
guys in the WWE because the writers just have no idea how to market him.
He's been with the Hurricane, The Un-Americans, an associate of Jericho,
William Regal, Chief Morley, Goldust and now he's back with Val 'Chief
Morley' Venis. What's more he was ridiculed by Steve Austin live every
Monday on Raw for about a month! I don't know what the writers were
trying to achieve with this but it is not the situation a great grappler
should be put in.
Mike Awesome - Things looked promising for the Gladiatorial One, in the
beginning. I believe it was future Alliance ally Rhyno he drilled in MSG
to be the first Alliance competitor to win a WWF title (the Hardcore
Title being the strap in question). But then it all went horribly wrong.
Mr. Awesome got stuck with the label everyone in wrestling fears:
'difficult to work with'. This label was given to him by fellow big man
The Undertaker, hmm, his name seems to be cropping up a lot. After
Callaway gave him this reputation, it was banishment to the weekend
shows for Mike. Released not long after, the last I heard of Awesome he
was working in the indies and in Japan.
Kaz Hayashi - Almost immediately sent to developmentalland, Kaz quickly
became unsettled. And who could blame him? The WWE would rather turn
guys like Christian and Test, making them Alliance cohorts, than call up
some of the genuine WCW guys. Hayashi probably also saw that WWE's
promise to create a world-leading Cruiserweight division would never
come to fruition. Kaz had the balls to quit and leave the WWE. Currently
wrestling for All Japen Pro Wrestling.
Elix Skipper - A similar story to the previous. He too was sent to the
developmentals and got a little fed up waiting for the call up. Feeling
patronised by the 'green' label, he upped sticks to go it alone and has
since achieved relative succes across indies and NWA:TNA.
'Sugar' Shane Helms/The Hurricane - He took part in the second all-WCW
match on WWF television, when the WWF were trying to promote a new WCW
(before Vince said 'oh sod it, lets kill em off'). He was rechristened
with his actual name, Gregory, as the bookers thought two Shane's on one
show was more than the stupid viewing public could handle, sigh. He
dropped his Cruiser Title to Chavo Guerrero Jr. As the Alliance evolved
he did too - becoming The Hurricane: a tribute to sucky superhero The
Green Lantern. Has had brief runs with the Cruiserweight, Tag, European
and Hardcore titles but nothing particularly meaningful. Just look at
this weeks Raw as evidence that mild-mannered Gregorys alter-ego is
never going to climb the ladder despite being immensely talented. Which
is a shame. Hurricane however is ideal for the Cruiserweight division
and Im sure hed be better off on Smackdown.
Lash LaRoux and Kid Romeo See Elix Skipper/Kaz Hayashi. I have no idea
where either the former WCW Tag Team Champion or the former
Cruiserweight Tag Team Champion are now.
Alan Funk I may be wrong in saying this but I think the former Kwee
Wee was released quite early into his WWF tenure. Has turned up on
various indies, toured with WWA, but recently suffered from horrendous
facial injuries in a match on a card in Finland.
Hugh Morrus / Bill DeMott Had the prestige of being the second WCW
invader (Lance Storm was the first) but thats about as big as it got
for the former Hugh G. Rection. Was dismissed by Steve Austin from the
Alliance and dropped his humorous name. Became a Cruiserweight crusher
in a pointless exercise but has recently retired through injury.
Currently resides alongside the woeful Josh Matthews in the Velocity
Billy Kidman Billys never really had the chance. I think its a case
of his face doesnt fit, either that its because hes vetoed several
storyline proposals for wife Torrie. Hes been given a couple of runs
with the Cruiserweight belt, but nothing staggering. When hes held the
belt the title tends to have been demoted to weekend show hell. Although
his matches with Tajiri and Jamie Noble were impressive the WWE doesnt
want to push Mr. Torrie Wilson. Most entertaining run hes been given
was when he teamed with Rey Mysterio this summer but that was getting
him over, so the writers put a stop to that.
Shawn Stasiak I was surprised he was actually picked up by the WWF,
given that he left under such acrimonious circumstances just over a year
previous. Pushed to the high heavens for reasons only the WCW bookers
knew why when he jumped, Shawn was brought back to Earth with a bump
when he re-debuted at WWF. He resumed his role as a jobber-boy and was
saddled with the ridiculous Planet Stasiak gimmick. Released last year.
Chavo Guerrero Things did not look good for Chavo in the beginning
despite being given a Cruiser reign early on. I believe he was even
demoted to backstage interviewer at one point. Things started to look up
for him however last year when he cut a killer promo and subsequently
had an excellent match with the debuting Rey Mysterio. Curiously this
all coincided with Uncle Eddies return. Was part of the excellent 3-way
feud with Eddie/Benoit/Angle/Edge/Mysterio late 2002 and is still (at
time of writing) oart of the top contenders for WWE Tag-Team of the
Year. However that split will happen soon and I think Velocity will be
calling Chavo after a feud with Uncle Eddie is through.
Chuck Palumbo Another former WCW Tag-Team Champion (man, they threw
those belts about a bit didnt they), but Chuck never headed to
obscurity. He ditched OHaire and WCW during the promotional feud in
autumn 2001, and teamed with Billy Gunn. They developed into a
pseudo-homosexual tag-team and were preening, dancing, self-loving fools
(like ALL homosexuals are of course). Stylist/publicist Rico staged
their gay wedding/blessing and it turned out neither were gay and that
it was all done for the publicity. Sheesh. After that, they jobbed in
the first round of the Smackdown Tag Title tournament. Billy got injured
(again!) and Chuck let his dark hair grow back to become a weekend show
nobody. Subsequently teamed up with Jonny Stamboli and Nunzio to become
the pointless FBI
Mark Jindrak Was almost immediately sent to OVW, being adjudged as too
green. Recently returned to our screens with Garrison Cade to form a
not-so charismatic duo. They still dont really have a gimmick or a
name. What does the WWE have against giving tag-teams names these days.
Stacy Keibler A huge success story. Probably the sexiest diva in the
WWE has managed the likes of the Dudley Boys, Test and Scott Steiner.
Shes been Vinces PA too. Currently stuck in a pretty sucky storyline
where she is being abused by Test and Scott Steiner. This angle is
actually pretty damn low for the WWE to sink to. Male violence on women
should always be caricatured on WWE TV, it should not seem as real or as
sick. Will Playboy call? I doubt it until she has a boob job which I
applaud her for avoiding.
Torrie Wilson Another huge success story. She jumped to WWE to become
Tajiris girlfriend in a relationship that didnt last. Her father had
an affair with Dawn Marie, he croaked, she and Dawn Marie had a few
bitchfights, she became a Playboy cover girl and feuded with original
cover girl Sable.
Jason Jett/E.Z. Money Im not sure what happened to him? I believe he
was in the developmentals, got fed up and left for the indies. Answers
on a postcard (ok, so Im not an almighty know-all).
Booker T Signed as WWFs big WCW name. Invaded at King of the Ring
2001 in a triple threat match and infamously injured number 1 star Steve
Austin. Bad move. Even more infamously had a woeful match with Buff
Bagwell in the first all WCW match. As a heel he feuded with The Rock
and Edge and teamed with Test but he became more noticed after forming
an oddball tag-team with Goldust last year. Hugely over, these guys
should have had a long reign with the straps but they had to make do
with being short-lived champs at the start of this year. Booker ditched
Dusty to chase the World Heavyweight crown at WrestleMania. Id say 90%
of wrestling fans were extremely disappointed when Triple H retained.
Given the Intercontinental belt as compensation but got injured and
missed a few months of competition. Stuck in a feud with the awful Mark
Henry, Id say the WWE were in danger of losing any momentum they ever
had with the Booker man.
Diamond Dallas Page Was brought in as Sara Callaways stalker in what
was a very interesting angle at first. However Undertaker (that name
again) decided he would not sell for DDP, and the angle was doomed.
Teamed with Chris Kanyon so Kane could whip their asses too. DDP then
became a self-motivator and had a feud with Christian. Retired through
injury. DDP was never really given a chance.
Chris Kanyon Another guy who was never really given a chance. Was
originally the Alliance MVP, he was subsequently buried. Out with injury
for a long time, The Innovator of Offence returned at the start of the
year singing in a box as a gift from Big Show to Undertaker. Kanyon was
Takers bitch again. Currently jobbing on Velocity or dark matches. When
he came to WWF in 2001 the bookers were high on Kanyon and he had a lot
of respect in the locker room for his innovation and imagination.
However, I read recently that he is considered a buffoon backstage and
is a bit of a geek. This is apparently why hes not pushed. I despair of
the WWE sometimes, I really do.
And there you go, 21 personalities signed by the WWF/E when they picked
up WCW and Id say about only 4 have made any real impact (Torrie,
Stacy, Chavo and Booker). I think its a great shame that so much talent
has been or is being allowed to go to waste. But what can I do about it?
The WWE subsequently brought in huge names such as Ric Flair, Kevin
Nash, Scott Hall, Rey Mysterio, Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner and Goldberg.
Its been said many times before but if theyd brought these guys in to
begin with, who knows, we may have a WWE/WCW brand split, rather than
the unconvincing Raw/Smackdown split.
WWE continues to dismay me. Im approaching that point where I think I
may switch off. Talent such as Spanky, Paul London, Ultimo Dragon,
Nunzio and Chris Kanyon are continued to be portrayed as meaningless
Velocity enhancement talent. Meanwhile ultra-green wastes of space like
Matt Morgan and Nathan Jones are continued to be booked on the main
show. I read that the WWE are looking to abandon Chris Benoits feud
with Brock Lesnar after it was so perfectly built up on Survivor Series.
Vince is looking to John Cena for his next feud apparently. OMG! Why
cant Vince just let go! He doesnt HAVE to feud with Cena to get him
over. Cena is the hottest property the WWE has seen for a long time and
his momentum would have continued nicely by FUing The Big Show for the
US Title. But nooo, Vince has to be the STAR doesnt he. By the way, do
you reckon Vinces blade job at the Survivor Series was just to outjuice
Shawn Michaels? I really hope Vince donates to a bloodbank once a month
to compensate for all the blood he wastes every month.
Anyway, thats all Ive got to say right now. To all you Americans I say
Happy Thanksgiving. And to all you Scots I say Happy St. Andrews day on
the 30th (Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland). If you have any
comments on my column please email andrewbulik@... and
Ill do my best to get back to you. Ciao.
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