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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Greg Oliver from SLAM! Wrestling sent in word that they will be doing a
live chat on Thursday with old-school women wrestlers: Penny Banner, Ida
Mae Martinez and Ella Waldek at 10:30AM at SLAM! Wrestling. If you want
to submit your questions e-mail them to gregmep@... and they
will be asked during the chat. The ladies are coming to Toronto to
promote a new movie about '50s women's wresting called Lipstick &
Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling. Greg's story
about it can be read at
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RATINGS- RAW saw an increase of 0.2 in this week's ratings as Monday's show got
a 4.0 with a 6.0 share from last week. The show had hours of 4.0 and 4.1
with the overrun getting a 4.6. In weekend ratings, Velocity did a 0.7
with a 1.0 share, the last Confidential did a 0.6 with a 1.0 share and
Heat did a 0.9 with a 2.0 share. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media
Research and put online by PWInsider.com)
> STONE COLD BEER PUT ON HOLD- The Democrat and Chronicle newspaper is reporting that the beer
project between WWE, Steve Austin and High Falls Brewery has been put on
the shelves with the recent break up between Austin and the company.
"Its unfortunate for us, its disappointing, but when you are dealing
in the entertainment world, things can change pretty quickly," said High
Falls Chief Executive Tom Hubbard. Although both sides still have a
relationship since all talks have been with WWE and not directly with
Austin, Hubbard thinks it's very unlikely that the project will take off
in the future.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 14.49, a 3.08% decrease over the previous
closing. The day's range was 14.30 - 14.65.
> MANIA XX, DIVAS DVD AVAILABLE IN STORES- The WrestleMania XX DVD and VHS is now available in stores nationwide
after it was released yesterday. Also released with WrestleMania is the
new Divas video titled 'South of the Border' which features all the hot
WWE Divas in sexy clothes, or lack there of, strutting their booty in
Mexico. Both can be purchased on DVD from WrestlingMegastore.net
> WALKING TALL HANGS ON IN TOP 10 CHART- The Rock's 'Walking Tall' movie may have enjoyed his last week on the
Top 10 chart as last week it dropped to the tenth place with a total of
$2,660,332 in revenue for the week from 2,201 theaters across the United
States. Total revenue in its four week release has been $40,530,881,
still around $16 million short from breaking even with production
costs....not counting the huge multi-million dollar campaign.
> ROCK ON PUNK'D- W-O Newsletter reader Patrick Hernandez sent in word that The Rock
will be appearing on MTV's Punk'D on an upcoming episode on May 2nd. It
looks like celebrity pain-in-the-@ss Ashton Kutcher got the People's
Champ as well in one of his stunts!
>> KNIVES OUTBy Ian Hamilton, [ian.hamilton@...]
March 14, 2004 saw the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion.
Yes, it was WrestleMania XX, and six weeks on, the whole event can now
be yours to own on DVD and video.
Thanks to www.wrestlingmegastore.net ($hill job over), a copy of the DVD
winged its way over the Atlantic Ocean, over to the UK on the same day
it was released in the States (how's that for service?). So now, sit
back and relax as I try and shill the damn DVD in what's left of this
For the fifth WrestleMania in a row (2000, 17, 18, 19 and now 20), the
show is split over two disks, which can be a pain in the ass. Not much
has been done in the way of editing, with Ultimo Dragon's stumble on his
entrance being left on the cutting room floor, while Victoria's music
has been replaced by a generic remix that vaguely sounds like tATu. The
same with Stacy Keibler, the Dudley Boyz - as the WWE once again
wouldn't splurge for their proper music.
Thankfully, the WWE resisted the temptation to alter the crowd sounds
from Goldberg vs Lesnar. All of the chants are still there (albeit a
little bit quieter than on the live broadcast, but you can make them out
loud and clear). At least they didn't totally reconstruct the audio - as
had been rumoured.
You've already seen a thousand columnists here give their take on the
pay-per-view, so I'm going to concentrate on the extras here. There's
nothing on disk one, so moving along to disk two, where all the
backstage interviews are held. You've got pre-match stuff from Billy
Kidman, Rey Mysterio, Gene Okerlund and Molly Holly.
Josh Mathews, Rue and Todd Grisham do the honours as the superstars go
through their last minute preparations for laying down. Kidman's is
short (thankfully) as he does some bouncing before he walks out. Rey Rey
talks more about his match, but again, it comes across as something
filmed under tight time limits, as Mysterio walks off.
Not that I'm showing any preference here (cough), but Molly's pre-match
promo doesn't talk about the match as much. Instead she focuses on the
stipulation, and the fact that she's held the women title for the
longest so far this century.
Gene Okerlund does a good job of going through his memories of
WrestleMania and travelling with the WWE - then tries to score with Rue.
There's a mental image I didn't need.
Another extra on the DVD is the match from the
Heat-the-week-before-WrestleMania, with the Dudley Boyz taking on Lance
Storm (thanks for the memories) and Val Venis, with the winners
qualifying for the Raw four-way for the tag team titles. Dubbed Dudleyz
music aside (and the lack of an entrance for Storm and Val), this is a
good extra, especially given the importance of it for the PPV.
The next logical step is post-match comments from a list of superstars.
In short - it's John Cena talking about his US title win; Booker T and
RVD on their defence; Mick Foley on wrestling at WrestleMania XX in the
Garden; Big Show sweating in a suit and tie talking about Jesse Ventura
and WrestleMania; Christian on (you guessed it) WrestleMania XX; the
Chavos on Junior's title defence (and threatening Josh).
Superstar Billy Graham also pops up, cutting a promo about his
WrestleMania appearance. Molly's post-match interview is short and sweet
- with the newly-bald diva looking like she'd just had her hair cut by a
really shitty barber. Finally, four fans give their views on
WrestleMania, including a guy who drove from Chile to NYC for
WrestleMania. Wow. that's dedication.
Clips from Byte This also appear on the DVD, with Eddie Guerrero
answering some questions from Tom Prichard (sent by the fans) from the
pre-WrestleMania Byte This! A series of the TV adverts round up the
extras on disk two - including the spots to promote the triple threat
match, Lesnar/Goldberg, Kane/Undertakr, Eddie/Angle and Rock n Sock vs
Disk three is given over to the TV specials that dominated Spike TV and
UPN in the run up to WrestleMania. As someone who missed "The Mania of
WrestleMania" in the queue for my tickets (those of you who were at the
Westin will know what I'm talking about), it's good to see the whole
thing on DVD, along with three deleted scenes from the movie. The scenes
that were cut from UPN's 45 minute showing talked about the HHH/Booker T
match, and the confrontation between Hulk Hogan and Mr McMahon. We're
also treated to a featurette, with footage of Ventura's voice-over work
for the film.
Also on the disk is the WrestleMania's Ten Greatest Matches Ever show
from Spike TV. Hosted by Ric Flair, you'll probably know what the ten
matches were - but in the list were Angle/Benoit from Mania 17;
Rock/Hogan from 18; TLC from Mania 2000, and Hart/Michaels from Mania
The remainder of the disk looks on the surface to be a load of fluff.
However, the WrestleMania Gallery is a good feast of photos, facts and
stats from the first 19 WrestleMania - and a nostalgia nut could easily
get lost in this section.
Finally, we come to the Trivia section. Yeah, it'll get limited and
repetitive after a few goes, but until then, it's a good distraction.
Heck, it's worth playing just to hear the cornball promos that are cut
on you for getting an answer wrong! Shame they didn't run a spellcheck
on the thing - apparently, the Red Rooster beat Booby Heenan at
All in all, the WrestleMania XX DVD is a must for any WWE fan. Whether
you were among the lucky SOBs who were in the Garden, or you were just
watching it at home, this is an excellent keepsake. The WWE have once
again pulled out all of the stops, and have produced a showpiece DVD for
a showpiece event.
Unlike the Flair DVD, all of the stickers on the cardboard case have
been put on the plastic wrapping, so you won't lose half of the cover
art by taking them off. And that's always going to be a bonus!
In short: a superbly produced DVD for a superb WWE event. And it's just
$24.99 at www.wrestlingmegastore.net (those of you in the UK with
multi-region DVD players, the current exchange rate works out at under
£18 - so customs can't slap on any extra fees!)
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