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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Hello all. So here we go with another week....can't wait for the next
one, my iPod is coming!!! Woooooo! God bless Apple and MP3s! :)
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> LESNAR CUT FROM VIKINGS- The dream didn't last long for the former WWE champion Brock Lesnar.
Yesterday the Minnesota Vikings announced that it cut the 'Next Big
Thing' from practice squad which means Lesnar is now free. Coach Mike
Tice said that Lesnar gave him a hug after the announcement and he was
thankful for the chance they gave him. Lesnar is now looking to join an
NFL Europe squad to polish his work, hoping to get another shot next
> NEW GAME SHIPS FOR NINTENDO GAMECUBE- THQ/Jakks Pacific today shipped the new WWE game 'Day Of Reckoning'
for Nintendo Gamecube. "We're confident that WWE Day of Reckoning
captures all the action, excitement and attitude of the world-recognized
World Wrestling Entertainment brand," stated Phillip Holt, Vice
President of Product Development, THQ. "WWE Day of Reckoning delivers
the GameCube's most comprehensive WWE experience to date with its
compelling story mode, graphical upgrades and inclusion of new features
including legends and licensed music." Developed by Yuke's Co., Ltd. of
Japan, WWE Day of Reckoning features more than 40 WWE Superstars. New
features include an all-new story mode, entitled, "School of Hard
Knocks," where players start in the "minor leagues" of sports
entertainment and take their created Superstar up the ranks of the WWE.
Throughout the story mode, players will encounter several deceptive
twists in their elusive quest for a WWE contract and Superstar status.
> LIVE NOTES FROM RAW- W-O Newsletter reader Trevor Hunnicutt attended RAW this past Monday
and sent in these notes. The upper bowl on the TV side, as well as the
nosebleeds on all four corners of the arena were closed off. Some dude
who had been loitering since the beginning of the show, got into an
altercation with security over tickets. This distracted many people
during the La Resistance match. Eventually, four cops took him out of
the arena, and everyone resumed booing Coach. Before the Highlight Reel,
the Big Show's music was accidentally and briefly played. Nothing
newsworthy happened after the show ended. Evolution took Triple H back
and Eugene and Orton celebrated for awhile.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 12.01, a 0.91% decrease over the previous
closing. The day's range was 11.94 - 12.18.
> WWE ANNUAL STOCKHOLDERS MEETING- The 2004 annual meeting of stockholders of WWE will be held at 10AM on
September 23rd at the Westin Hotel in Stamford, CT. This will be a
business meeting and no WWE Superstars will be at the venue. The meeting
will be done to discuss the WWE business and elect the board of
directors and confirm WWE's auditors.
> LIVE EVENT REPORT FROM BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA- W-O Newsletter readers Ellen Gush and Craig Stahl attended the live
WWE event in Brisbane, Australia on the 28th and sent in these results.
Kidman, Paul London & Rey Mysterio defeated Spike, Bubba Ray & D-Von;
John Heidenreich defeated Billy Gunn; Charlie Haas defeated Kenzo
Suzuki; Luther Reigns defeated Funaki; Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie
& Miss Jackie; John 'Bradshaw' Layfield defeated Eddie Guerrero; John
Cena & Rob Van Dam defeated Booker T & Rene Dupree; The Undertaker
defeated Kurt Angle. If you want a full detailed report from the show,
Ellen Gush wrote a pretty nice one which you can read at
>> W-O TOP 20By Ian Hamilton, [ian.hamilton@...]
with collaboration from
Jason Clevett, [j_clevett@...]
Jon Beck, [jon.beck@...]
Lekisha Oliver, [belleofthebrawl@...]
Andrew Bulik, [andrewbulik@...]
For those of you who didn't read the first part (shame on you), this is
how it went down. yours truly, Jason Clevett, Ginger, Jon Beck and
Lekisha Oliver compiled a list of their top 20 wrestlers, based on their
performances from August 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004.
(The following is part two of three, from #20 to #11, the last part will
be in a later issue)
As with any survey of this kind, we were always going to get a load of
wrestlers named. In fact, 51 different wrestlers were nominated during
the voting procedure. Issue 1861 of the Wrestling Online Newsletter saw
the results from 21st place to 48th (there were a few ties). and today,
we reveal the 2004 Wrestling Online Top 20 Wrestlers. (I really have to
come up with a snappier name for this).
** 20th: The current, reigning and masochistic (did you see At Our
Best?) ROH World Champion, Samoa Joe. Polling 19 points, coming from
yours truly and Jason Clevett, this is what we had to say.
Hamilton - "he is another wrestler who's impressed me in my recent dive
into indy wrestling. Sure, his matches tend to be generic (with the same
spots repeated), but tell me how many wrestlers don't go through matches
without a set arsenal of moves? His handing of quite easily the sickest
wrestling match of 2004 (not counting the bullshit "death matches") on
March 13 was admirable, and you can't be ROH champ for a year without
having SOME ability."
Clevett - "he has been the cornerstone for ROH's continued survival and
has done more for the ROH title than anyone thought was possible. Went
60 minutes with CM Punk, nuff said."
** 18th: We had another tie here, with Victoria polling 20 points, along
with a guy who must hate Billy Kidman right now. Well, he will do when
Unsurprisingly, the two votes for Victoria came from the two ladies who
voted in this.
Lekisha - "A brutal match with Molly Holly allowed this former
cheerleader the opportunity to regain the WWE Women's Championship.
Although many do no appreciate the look and the performance that the
former Godfather's Ho has done, but Victoria has had class the entire
way to the top of the Women's Division."
And for Chavito, Andrew Bulik and Jason Clevett provided the points for
the former master of Pepe. Again, this is what we had to say about
Clevett - "Quietly continued to be a great performer once Uncle Eddie
won the belt, their feud never got to be what it should have been."
** 17th: Something of a surprise choice here, as perennial NWA:TNA champ
Jeff Jarrett cracked the top 20, thanks to Lekisha and Jason, who had a
word of advice for TNA as they prepare for a new era.
Lekisha - "Every Wednesday and Thursday, TNA Wrestling fans have flocked
to the Asylum in Nashville and to Universal Studios in Florida to see
the brainchild of NWA Champion Jeff Jarrett. While being at the top of
his company, the next member of the list is nipping at his heels for the
Clevett - "When he wrestles, can still be entertaining, he just isn't
the guy to be building the company around."
** 16th: Given the acrimonious departure of this next entrant, you would
be surprised that he featured on anyone's list, let alone three. sorely
lacking a good opponent for most of the 12 months we featured, Brock
Lesnar lost a lot of momentum along with his WWE title in February, but
he provided one of the more memorable moments of a fairly dour 2004 so
far. here's what we said about the wannabe footballer.
Bulik - "Seems almost pointless putting him in this list after he took
his ball home. Will he ever be welcome back in the WWE? The wrestling
fans are so much more net-savvy that WWE officials and magazine
journalists will have you believe. Will be very hard for him to shake
off the cry-baby tags when/if he returns. Had great matches in the last
year but to be fair, he has had great opponents in Guerrero and Angle.
Failed to make Bob Holly seem like a serious threat."
Hamilton - "I'm only putting the guy in here for the comedy value he
gave us all in New York at WrestleMania. He floundered badly in the
second half of 2003, and after dropping the belt to Eddie Guerrero, you
could tell that he was just running on autopilot before his eventful
exit. Maybe he could have done with some better advice - like not
announcing it to the locker room days before a major show?"
** 15th: Despite failing to win any fans over after his return from neck
surgery, our 15th placed wrestler actually cracked someone's top three.
So, let's see what Ginger has to say about herself for putting Edge in,
while myself and Jon Beck also admit our collective sins:
Beck - "For the last time, Edge doesn't suck. Maybe all he needed was
an Intercontinental run to rekindle his spirit. Now that he's got that,
look for Edge to continue improving, both inside and outside the ring
(that is, on the microphone). If he buckles down, improves his ring
skills and works on the mic a little more, he may live up to my now
long-deceased description of him as 'the next HBK." I see tremendous
potential in him (as I did when he first arrived on the scene with the
Ministry). I hope others see it, too - his potential may come out more
than you know. Definitely a world title contender within the next year
or two, I think."
** 14th: One of the more entertaining stars on SmackDown polls in at
number 14, with the former WWE Cruiserweight champ Rey Mysterio landing
with 28 points. Beck, Bulik, Clevett and myself handed the points to Rey
Rey, and this is why:
Beck - "Still the best cruiserweight in the industry, Rey, though he has
won the title on numerous occasions, continues to be underutilized like
most of his SmackDown! colleagues. Kudos for him for dropping the strap
for Spike Dudley - though Spike didn't make the list, he deserves
mentioning here - this could be just what he needs to get going in his
WWE career. Mysterio, though, continues to be loyal to WWE and
SmackDown despite his lack of use on screen."
** 13th: For all of the backlash we saw when he won the belt in June,
you'd never have guessed that the former APA member would have gotten so
high in this list. Yet he has - and you can blame myself and Lekisha for
Lekisha - "This Texan has done what some wrestlers could never say; I am
a best-selling financial author. While he proved that he had a mind for
finance, a mind for wrestling has also taken all the knowledge and
worked his way to the top of his game."
** 12th: With his return from a back injury imminent, we might as well
remind you all about the other half of E&C. Christian makes it to number
12, with a healthy spread of votes, from Bulik, Clevett, myself and
Ginger - "Trish Stratus isn't the only one who misses Mister Christian!
Not only is he one of the most talented (and underrated) wrestlers on
the WWE payroll, but he's provided a wealth of comic relief over the
years. Remember the tantrums? "Speaking European?" Some people may
have believed Christian would fall by the wayside when his partnership
with Edge ended, but that hasn't happened. He hasn't really been given
a push, to speak of, but he's been put in some pretty interesting and
entertaining storylines. It doesn't seem that he's been given much
singles wrestling time, though. Instead, he's been teamed with partner
after partner. I'm hoping that, ultimately, he and Edge will end up
together again to make us laugh with another round of their goofy
** 11th: For a wrestler who's been on the active roster for all of four
months, being this high on the list is surprising. If I told you this
guy had been in OVW for years, and had to watch as many-a green muscle
head was called up ahead of him, you'd guess who it was. so step forward
Bulik - "A true enigma in the current climate of the WWE. Nick Dinsmore
has done the impossible in making this character 'work'. And he also
seems to be able to carry off the in ring work too. However the
character can only have a limited shelf-life and match with Trippers at
SummerSlam should go a long way to determining Eugene's longevity. Where
does he go from there? I don't have the answer to that."
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