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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Well dammit my favorite TV show, '24' is over. Watched the final episode
yesterday. If you never caught the show, get the first two seasons on
DVD, and they will hook you up, guaranteed. Too bad we have to wait till
January 2005 for the fourth season!! Grr.
Order the WWE Hall Of Fame DVD special - 6 hours of footage
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> RATINGS- WWE received a bad call this week as numbers for RAW don't look
promising. The show did a 3.5 rating with a 5.4 share off hours 3.3 and
3.7. That is down from last week's 4.0. The overrun did a 4.4. In
weekend ratings, Velocity did a 0.4 with a 0.8 share. Experience did a
0.5 with a 1.4 share and Heat did a 0.8 with a 1.5 share. Summing
everything up, looks like it was a crappy week as far as numbers go!
(Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by
> GUERRERO SPECIAL TANKS IN RATINGS- The UPN special on Eddie Guerrero titled 'Cheating Death, Stealing
Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story' did a disappointing 1.1 rating with a
2.0 share. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by
> RAW CREW IN EUROPE- The RAW brand crew is currently in the United Kingdom for four live
events. Two of them were done in Dublin and Belfast, today in Manchester
and tomorrow in Birmingham. All four events are said to be sold out,
which is quite a change lately compared to the US live events. All
Superstars will catch a plane on Sunday to Montreal, where they will be
doing RAW on Monday. WWE returns to Europe in June and then in October.
> MCMAHON APPEARS IN IRELAND SHOWS- Stephanie McMahon appeared during the RAW brand live events in Dublin
and Belfast, Ireland for the first time in front of a WWE crowd since
she disappeared from TV. McMahon opened the show by explaining how her
family's heritage is Irish. There are no plans for Mrs Triple H to
return to our TV sets at the moment.
> WWE AGENT FIT FINLEY GETS ACTION IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN CROWD- In an angle played out during yesterday's live event in Belfast,
Ireland, WWE agent Fit Finley got to see his hometown crowd and trade
some blows during the show. After his match, Johnny Nitro brought the
Irish tough man out and praised him. Finley then turned around to go
back and Nitro attacks from behind. Finley recovers quickly and fights
back, ending Nitro with his trademark piledriver.
> WWE VIDEOS ON BILLBOARD- The following videos are on Billboard's Top 10 Recreational Sports
chart for the week ending June 5th. 'Wrestlemania XX' stays in the first
place, the Divas 'South of the Border' DVD is in fourth, 'The Monday
Night War' in sixth and Undertaker's 'He Buries Them Alive' in tenth.
All mentioned videos can be purchased on DVD from
> GREAT AMERICAN BASH FREE FOR US TROOPS- After last week announcing that 'The Great American Bash' PPV will be
free to USO affiliates, today WWE issued a press release saying that the
PPV will also be free to all military personnel and veterans, as a thank
you for their service to the country. Military personnel who order 'The
Great American Bash' PPV will be reimbursed the retail price of $34.95
upon receipt of a copy of their cable or satellite television bill and
proof of their military service.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 12.16, a 1.46% decrease over the previous
closing. The day's range was 11.90 - 12.25
>> THE LEGACY OF TRUTHBy Chris Bernes, [thelegacyoftruth@...]
One of the hotter topics I would usually cover in my once a month Random
Thoughts rants is actually going to be the focus of an entire
column. This particular topic has been quite the discussion point in
chat rooms, other sites and newsletters, and amongst my "wrestling"
The topic is Nick Dinsmore, known now world wide as the lovable loon
One of my friends actually commented to me that he "couldn't believe
they are treating Nick Dinsmore this way". What way? By giving him a
spot on the main roster? By pushing him straight to television? By
associating him with the likes of William Regal, The Rock, and Chris
Benoit? From where I sit, that looks to be a pretty lofty perch Nick
But how, many wonder, can he be happy playing something along the lines
of what has been referred to as "retarded"? A "Rain Man" type without
counting the toothpicks that hit the floor? Let's be realistic: The
fact that Dinsmore is portraying a character that, say, Triple H or
Christian could not pull off says something about his acting ability.
Couple that with the fact that Eugene is getting OVER (and that is
O-V-E-R in capital letters) everywhere he goes playing the slow thinking
loon is again a testament to his dedication to his craft.
Why would I stick up for the Eugene storyline? Well, despite the fact
that my best friend Jason has put Eugene at #2 on my list of favorites
right behind HBK (in his eyes only), I am not a huge Eugene fan. But I
am a fan of what the character and the storyline represent: The
underdog who beats the odds, and fun.
Yes, fun. I have a sort of soft spot for the fun characters. I loved
the Boogie Woogie Man, Jimmy Valiant, while growing up. In the 80's, I
am ashamed to admit out loud (thus losing any cutdowns on the
aforementioned Jason for liking this man) that I too shook my arse when
Junkyard Dog came to the ring. Of course, I can't forget to mention
that I was always a big fan of the longest reigning Intercontinental
Champion of all time, The Honky Tonk Man. In the 90's, it was PN News,
Johnny B. Badd, and the original incarnation of Double J... that's
J-E-double F, J-A-double R-E-double T, Jeff Jarrett. And earlier this
decade, it was all about the Cat, Ernest Miller.
And Eugene is fun. Yes, the character borders on offensive to some, but
Eugene can flat get it done. Plus, he is showing how good he is while
playing the slow, dim-witted dude. Not as easy as it looks.
Eugene is also the underdog in his storyline. Who would ever think
Eugene- the character Eugene- could beat a top flight wrestler? Who
would ever think a top flight wrestler like Benoit or Rock would ever
befriend Eugene? Credit the Creative team for making the unbelievable
believable. Because as I look out at the crowd during the wide pan
shots on Raw, there are more Eugene signs than there are Jericho signs
lately (sorry, Ginger). Is that insulting to Jericho? No, it just
means that for now, his popularity takes a back seat to Eugene...
...and that is Eugene, the next big thing. Eat that, Brock!
Nat, John, Sal, and Steven P. were the first to correctly identify
KISS's "Psycho Circus" and ELP's "Karn Evil No. 9" as the two songs
quoted in my second to last column.
Suggestion of the Week: What do you get when you cross a sober
guitarist with the sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd combined with the power of
Black Sabbath? You get the latest from Black Label Society, titled
"Hangover Music Vol. 6". A bit slower than most BLS CDs, but still a
great piece of music. Zakk Wylde finds new ways to vent his creativity
and his passion for not only metal, but his rockabilly roots as well.
Try it... you just may thank me for it!
Until next time, remember: The difference between Fenway Franks and
Yankee Franks is that Yankee franks are available during the World
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