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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> BISCHOFF TEAMS UP WITH FRIENDS FOR NEW REALITY TV SHOW- Yahoo! News is carrying a story by Variety which reveals how Eric
Bischoff is throwing his hat in the reality series craze. The former WCW
President and current RAW General Manager is teaming up with his long
time friend Jason Hervey, Scott Sternberg Productions and Hilton hotel
heir Rick Hilton for a new reality TV series called '777'. The show will
follow seven high rollers who each agree to put $1 million in the pot
and over the course of seven days the contestants will live together in
a Vegas suite and compete in gaming sessions. The prize? $7 million, or
technically $6 since $1 million would be theirs already. Sternberg,
Bischoff, Hervey and Hilton will be producers of the show and the
William Morris Agency will shop around networks this week. Bischoff will
be off television next week, and this story probably explains his
> JACQUELINE RELEASED- Former WWE women's champion Jacqueline has been released from her
contract with World Wrestling Entertainment according to several
reports. She hasn't been used much on TV over the past year and was
recently brought back to our screens to participate in the Cruiserweight
Title angle with Chavo Guerrero and his father. She was the longest
running diva along with Terri Runnels, who also left the company on her
decision while back.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 12.75, a 1.92% increase over yesterday's
closing. The day's range was 12.37 - 12.79.
> RATINGS- Last week's 4.2 rating was somewhat of a success however this week
numbers went back to the 3's, with RAW getting a 3.7 with a 5.9 share
off hours 3.4 and 3.9. In weekend ratings, Velocity did a 0.5 with a 1.1
share, Experience did a 0.6 with a 1.9 share and Heat did a 0.7 with a
1.3 share. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put online by
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM WINSTON-SALEM, NC.- W-O Newsletter reader Barry D attended the live Smackdown! show on
Monday in Winston-Salem, NC., and sent in these results. Rey Mysterio,
Spike Dudley & Funaki defeated Chavo Guerrero, Shannon Moore & Jamie
Noble; Mordecai defeated Hardcore Holly; Kenzo Suzuki defeated Billy
Gunn; Rob Van Dam defeated Rene Dupree; John Cena defeated Booker T;
Nunzio & Johnny Stamboli defeated Kidman & Paul London, Akio & Sakoda
and Basham Brothers; Luther Reigns defeated Charlie Haas; Mark Jindrak
defeated Scotty 2 Hotty; Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie and Miss
Jackie; Eddie Guerrero & The Undertaker defeated John 'Bradshaw'
Layfield & The Dudley Boyz.
>> DON'T BLAME CANADABy Jason Clevett, [j_clevett@...]
Its been awhile since Ive written. Simply put its a combination of
being insanely busy coupled with rapidly losing interest in a lot of
what the WWE has to offer. I dont watch Smackdown anymore, I still
catch RAW but honestly, you read plenty on those shows and the WWE in
this newsletter and elsewhere on a daily basis. I dont want to just add
the same opinions and thoughts that are already out there. I enjoy
writing because it is fun, but like anything else when the fun is gone
you really find yourself sitting at the keyboard staring at a screen and
then surfing instead.
Honestly, as good as RAW has been at times, I find myself leaning more
towards settling back and watching an RoH DVD or
another indy tape then anything that the WWE is offering.
Its a sad state of affairs, as now even longtime fans are getting
discouraged. On Sunday, the final nail was driven into the coffin. For
the first time in a year and a half, I skipped a PPV. I either catch
them at Bottoms Up Sports Pub in Calgary, which is a legal WWE venue, or
order it with friends. I just didnt care about the show, at all. You
can imagine my reaction when I get this message on my MSN.
JBL = New WWE Champion.
My response wasnt appropriate to print. A quick search of some sites
confirmed it. Wow, that is a hell of a reprimand. Thats it, I quit. Are
you listening WWE? Your fan base is turning you off, more and more of us
are not caring, why should we when its obvious you dont give a damn
about your secondary show. Your champion is a bully, a homophobic
redneck asshole who your audience hates, not in a Boo you are a heel
kind of way but in a Boo get off my screen. You do pointless angles
where you imply that someone gets murdered. You push the utterly
worthless Kenzo Suzuki, who makes Nathan Jones seem like a seasoned
veteran, and talentless hacks. You insist on wasting PPV time with women
who cant even wrestle, or have their shoulders on the mat when they get
The guys who have so much potential, like the super talented Charlie
Haas are being virtually squashed to generic big tattooed guys that no
one can remember which is which. Paul London, who is an absolutely
INCREDIBLE wrestler, is languishing in Velocity Hell. You made the
cruiserweight title a joke, now your World title is a joke.
Why should we care? Its not like we matter. I mean its not like people
who read or write for this newsletter flew thousands of miles to be at
Wrestlemania. Some of them have done it more than once. Friends and I
are planning on trekking down to LA next year to see Mania. We probably
still will because it is Wrestlemania. But that costs a great deal of
money, a good chunk of which goes into the WWEs pocket.
Its those hardcore fans like us that buy every DVD, watch every show,
and buy the tickets that are not watching anymore. Because of crap like
this. You had me so excited early on in the year. You shocked me, in a
good way, when Guerrero beat Lesnar for the belt. You gave the right guy
the win in the main event of Wrestlemania. You pushed guys like Randy
Orton and Shelton Benjamin who should be big players in the future. Its
obvious that you guys have some type of idea of what works. Now why
dont you use it?
As much as TNAs weekly screwjobs piss me off, at least they give me
something to watch with the X-Division and a bunch of talent that WWE
would probably never even look at. WWE dropped the ball with guys like
D-Lo Brown and Raven. But hey lets shove fricken BOB HOLLY down our
Well guess what, the fans that care about wrestling are looking at other
outlets. A lot of them dump on TNA, but theres still RoH. There are
still a number of really good independent wrestling companies in North
America. Some are looking towards Japan and Mexico to get their fix.
You arent the only ones out there, despite your mentality. Given the
choice these days of 4 weeks of TNA, or two RoH DVDs, and a WWE PPV?
You can guess whose getting my money as of late.
My friend Wes hates wrestling. A lifelong fan, and his interest has
Youre rapidly pushing me in that direction WWE. Every time you laugh at
me Oh hes just a smart mark, thinks he can run the company and give
me more crap, you make me die a little more. Your saying Screw you, you
just pay our bills you arent important. Yeah well fine, heres my
response. Screw you too, because Im not watching.
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