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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Welcome to 2004! I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year's Eve. Mine?
Mine was very....different. Stuck in a car in traffic with three
beautiful girls for two and a half hours trying to park. And yes, we
missed all the Midnight crap that everyone does. At least we stopped
briefly and bought a bottle of champagne, so that was the only
celebration we had in the car. After we got out....well, that's a
different story for another day! :)
We'll be back with a normal schedule starting Monday. In the meantime,
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WWE LAUNCHES WRESTLEMANIA TOUR- Starting tomorrow in California, WWE will launch a nationwide 'Road To
WrestleMania XX Tour', promoting the 20th anniversary event with stops
in 46 cities across the United States. A custom-designed and branded
Chevrolet Suburban complete with a 12-foot trailer, a 42-inch flat
screen television with surround sound, will take the WrestleMania XX
team across the country for the next three months. Event venues will
include more than 20 Wal-Marts and five House of Blues entertainment
complexes. At each event location, the WrestleMania promo team, which
includes former Superstar Hillbilly Jim, will meet and greet fans with
WrestleMania trivia contests, video game competitions, temporary tattoos
and much more. Through Momentum's innovative E-Photo system, fans can
receive customized, full-color photos of themselves at the local event
in their community via e-mail and a link to wrestlemania.com. Once
there, they can vote online for their favorite WrestleMania moments of
all time and be entered to win weekly prizes, including customized
WrestleMania XX Gibson guitars. Current WWE Superstars will join the
Tour at specific tour stops for special autograph and photo sessions.
For the whole list of the schedule, you can go to
> GOLDBERG SURPRISES TROOPS IN JAPAN- W-O Newsletter reader TJ Swarts sent in the following notes which he
received from his brother onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, stationed in
Japan. Former World champion Goldberg made a surprise visit to the
troops on board the ship while he was visiting Japan this weekend. The
event was assembled right away for New Year's Day with no pre
announcement due to security concerns and crowd limitation. The visit
started at 1620hrs and ran till 1910hrs with hundreds of sailors in
attendance. The Elevator 2 was packed as he came up the brow, and he got
a large, warm welcome in the hangar bay. He spoke to the sailors,
thanking them for their service and signed tons of autographs and took
photos in the hanger bay. Goldberg then took a tour, proceeding from the
hangar bay to the flight deck, bridge, foc'sle, forward gym, aft mess
decks, galley, WR2 lounge and finally the AIMD Complex for a TV
> MCMAHON FAMILY SIGHTING ON NEW YEAR'S EVE- W-O Newsletter reader 'Mak021' sent in word that Vince, Linda McMahon,
Stephanie and Triple H spent their New Year's Eve in an upscale
restaurant in Boca Raton, FL., called Pete's of Boca. Our reader, who
happens to be working on that night at the same location, told us that
Linda and Steph were very cordial while Vince and Triple H were more the
opposite staying quiet on the side.
> SETANTA SPORT SECURE RIGHTS FOR FOUR UK PPV'S- London based Setanta Sport which specializes in providing all kinds of
sporting events on pay-per-view in the UK reserved the rights for Royal
Rumble, Backlash, Vengeance and Armageddon from BSkyB. Armageddon did
not air last month in the UK, the first PPV not to air since 1997 after
BSkyB and WWE couldn't come to terms for a new contract for the four
mentioned PPVs. Setanta Sport can be found on Sky Digital channel 435.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the week yesterday at 13.19, a 0.69% increase over the
previous closing. The day's range was 13.11 - 13.58.
>> THE LEGACY OF TRUTHBy Chris Bernes, [thelegacyoftruth@...]
Funny what drugs for bronchitis will do to a man.....
After suffering the better part of the last 30 days with the affliction
mentioned above, and watching countless hours of current and classic
wrestling film during my extended convalescence, I came to a realization
that will no doubt shock the hell out of you.
Before I reveal it, I implore those of you who take things to heart too
easily and refuse to listen to another person's viewpoint to step away
from this column now.... slowly.... with your hands where I can see
...Are they gone yet? Good, here goes:
The Big Show is light years better than Andre The Giant ever was.
That's right, I said it. The Big Show, often maligned by me and
countless other non-Paul Wight fans, is far and away better than the 8th
Wonder of the World was.
Think about this logically: The Big Show, for all his plodding, is
athletic. Remember the dropkicks he threw in his WCW match vs. Chris
Benoit? Has anyone any recollection of Andre, as legendary as he may
be, running EVER?? Could Andre have had a convincing stretcher match
with Rey Mysterio?
The answer is no.
Andre The Giant, may he rest in peace, was an attraction that, at his
time in history, had never been seen before. A true giant among men.
One of the most beloved performers of the 70's and 80's. A travelling
freak, not unlike the bearded lady or the guy with two butts at your
local carnival every summer. Andre drew money not because he was great,
but because he was simply a freak. I am not dogging the man I have
heard Andre to be (and I have heard everything from the nicest sweetest
man ever to the most miserable dude to walk the earth). I am sure his
friends remember fondly the man Andre was...
...What I am talking about is the fact that Big Show is everything Andre
could have been, should have been, but sadly never was. Big Show is an
athletic big man with a more defined, 3 dimensional character than Andre
ever was. A man who on more than one occasion has been privileged
enough to hold the WWF/WWE title for more than 20 seconds. A man who
can give you a good match against Chris Benoit, Rey Misterio, Kurt
Angle, and Brock Lesnar. Truly, other than his good-to-very-good
matches with Killer Khan and Hulk Hogan, I can not name one EXCELLENT
Andre the Giant match. I'll bet you can't either.
Times, of course, are different. Today's fan, be they smart, mark,
nethead, or some combo of these, demands more from pro wrestling. And
while Big Show has turned in many a stinker, he truly cares about giving
the fans a great show. You may never see him pull off a crisp 450
splash (god help the man on the receiving end), or chain wrestle Lucha
style with Ultimo Dragon, or match holds with a former collegiate champ
like Lesnar. But for what he is, The Big Show has eclipsed the
manufactured "Legend" of Andre The Giant.
And I for one think that it's about time you see this too.
On to a separate subject, Royal Rumble fast approaches, and not one
match has been announced that I know of.
Remember when we used to be excited in mid-December on towards the new
year as RR matches were announced, allowing you and your friends ample
time to discuss what you'd either love to see happen or what you think
might happen? Sadly, now we get most of our marquee matches announced
inside 14 days before the event.
The real sadness is that the name Royal Rumble, like most other PPV
events the WWE offers, sell out or come close to a sellout without
mention of a single match simply on the strength of the company name
alone. I do not know about anyone else, but I am not sure I would dolly
up $50 to go to a Pay Per View event, exception being WrestleMania or
King Of The Ring, without knowing who was facing whom on the show.
Anyway, I hope you all had a terrific holiday, whatever your holiday
Be sure to check out the new "Legacy Of Truth" fanboard at
wrestling-online.com. I will reply to anything and everything, and may
throw you a few curveballs in between! I may have polls posted, or just
general discussion, but I will try to make it interesting!
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