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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
By Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...
We're looking for off air notes from yesterday's Smackdown! tapings. If
you were present please drop us some notes. Thanks.
Execution...ended two wrestling careers! Did you know one was a
woman? Did you know 5 different wrestlers have gone by the same
stage name? Who was know as a Professional Dwarf Tosser? Think
ypu have it all on pro wrestling? How about back to 1880? If you
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>> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS http://www.wrestling-online.com/news
> WWE SIGNS NEW INTERNATIONAL DEAL
- A new TV deal overseas has been signed between WWE and Viasat
Broadcasting which will launch WWE throughout Scandinavia for the first
time in more than 10 years. Viasat acquired both RAW and Smackdown! and
will air in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and will reach more than four
million households. The shows will air on ZTV in Norway and Sweden and
TV3+ in Denmark.
> WWE GENERATES $13.5 MILLION IN REVENUE FOR NYC FOR WM XX
- Nine months after the show, WWE today announced that it has brought an
estimated $13.5 million of new economic activity for New York City and
created the equivalent of 96 full year jobs. More than 50% of those jobs
were in the hospitality sector. Spending related to WrestleMania also
generated $2 million in city, state and federal taxes. The research was
done by Enigma Research Corporation and categorized the event as a
'destination event'. 86% percent of the 18,000-plus attendees resided
outside of New York's five boroughs, with attendees coming from 16
countries and 48 states. Spending on goods and services by these
non-local WWE fans translated into $7.9 million of impact, with each
non-local WrestleMania fan spending an average of $555 on goods and
services while visiting New York. The remaining $5.6 million of economic
activity resulted from WWE's operational spending on hotels, catering,
security, and production for the event.
> NEW EXECUTIVE JOINS WWE
- A new executive has joined the team of WWE Enterprises to handle
affiliate sales. Lisa Richards has been hired as Affiliate Sales
Director and will be responsible for the distribution and sell-through
of WWE products to cable and satellite partners including WWE 24/7, the
subscription video-on-demand service. Before joining WWE, Richards spent
more than four years with the Starz Encore Group where she managed
sales, marketing and point-of-sale activities for the Starz Super Pak,
Starz on Demand, and STARZ! HD Premium Movie Services.
> TRIPLE H AND WWE STARS AT BLADE TRINITY SCREENING
- Today a special red carpet screening of Blade: Trinity will be airing
at the Paramount Theater in Toronto, Canada. Triple H - who had a part
in the movie - will be joined by Trish Stratus, Batista, Vince, Linda,
Shane and his wife Stephanie McMahon. 'The Game' plays the character of
Grimwood. The movie, also starring Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson and
Jessica Biel as the leading characters, opens nationwide on December
- Stocks closed the day at 12.10, a 0.83% increase over the previous
closing. The day's range was 11.92 - 12.20.
>> RAW TAWK
By Ginger, [GLRSS@...
Now that we've all slept off our post-Thanksgiving triptophan induced
lethargy, I think it's about time for some RAW TAWK!
I'd like to open this week by thanking those of you who wrote and filled
me in regarding Adam "Edge" Copeland's divorce and remarriage -
including Wrestling-Online's own Ian Hamilton. I feel kind of bad about
that "if I'd known he was taking applications for a new spouse" line
from last week's column. From the tiny bit of information I was able to
glean on my own, Edge was being portrayed as the "heel" in his breakup
with Alanah Morley but, from the information so kindly provided to me by
various Readers, it seems like that may not necessarily have been the
case. Regardless, I wish Adam and his new wife (Lisa, I believe?) all
the best. And now, I need to neatly package up all that info. I got in
response to last week's column and forward it on to Linda, who was
actually the one who made me aware that Edge's first marriage had broken
While I'm eating crow (sort of. . .), it seems that I misspoke last week
when I said something about Portland Oregon being six hours away from
Mount St. Helens. I guess I screwed up, Joseph! Honestly, I was more
or less just playfully ribbin' Roddy Piper for being overly dramatic and
claiming that he lives "next door" to a volcano! If he's actually just
seventy-six miles from St. Helens, I guess we live about an equal
distance from it. What can I say? Geometry was never my best subject!
(Before anyone writes to tell me the difference between geometry and
geography. . .I WAS KIDDING!!!)
And, I have one more confession to make. . . Yes, Karen, I really *am*
that gullible! I believed Hunter and Batista were really at odds a
couple of weeks ago and Evolution totally swerved me! However, mark my
words, the joke will be on Triple H in the next couple of weeks (or by
the next PPV, whichever comes first!) because, if my WSG (Wrestling
Super Genius) sense isn't failing me, I smell a MAJOR blowup between Mr.
McMahon's favorite son-in-law and the "Monster of Evolution" in the
*very* near future!
Now, about last Monday's RAW. . .
I like Viscera and all, but how does he rate? Why was he brought back
to WWE - whether permanently or temporarily - while Superstars like
Rikishi, Chuck Palumbo, Johnny Stamboli, Nidia and Rico were given the
boot? I could do an entire column on who I think should have been axed
in their stead, but I believe that's already been done. Still,
sometimes the choices made by Mr. McMahon just make me say
Speaking of which, I'd like to give well deserved props to Chris Bernes
for his column featured in Wrestling-Online Newsletter #1907. Pretty
much everything he addressed regarding the "Mohammed Hassan," character,
Americans of Middle Eastern descent in general, the victims of 9/11 and
their families crossed my mind as I watched yet another worthless
vignette. (Sorry, but can you say "Mordecai?" I think Mohammed Hassan
has about the same fate awaiting him once he actually hits the ring.)
Congratulations on your eloquent "open letter" to Mr. McMahon, CB! Just
because the tragedies occurred over three years ago doesn't make them
any less serious today. Just doesn't seem right to use 9/11 in an
attempt to get heat for a new wrestler.
And, while I'm questioning Vince McMahon's actions, what's up with him
vetoing Randy Orton's Battle Royal for the World Heavyweight Title?
Orton was the acting General Manager. . . McMahon even stated as much
later in the evening when he said it wasn't up to him to make decisions,
as Randy was in charge. What the Hell? Methinks someone should be
proofreading the scripts to check for contradictions before the show
goes on the air. (I'd like to remind the WWE powers that be that my
services as the expert in charge of continuity and character development
are available!) And why did V-Man use Steven Richards as an example of
who should NOT be World Champion? I don't have a problem with Stevie
wearing a big gold belt! (. . .and nothing else. . .)
I was really hoping that either Edge or Batista would win the Battle
Royal. I truly believe that Edge deserves a title shot (hopefully by
next PPV!), but I'm also expecting to see Triple H and Batista on
opposite sides of the law - if you will - in the VERY near future.
keep in mind, however, that this prediction is coming from the same
chick who - a couple of years ago - swore week after week that she could
see a coming romance between the Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and Stone
Cold Steve Austin characters!)
Anyway, back to the show and the Battle Royal to see who'll get to lose
to Triple H *this* week. . .
WHAT?!? Another rassin' frassin' fargin' TRIPLE THREAT MATCH?!? I'm
SICK of triple threat matches! Sick and TIRED, I say! I may not be
right about everything (or, you know, pretty much ANYTHING. . .), but I
could see that coming before Benoit and Edge's feet hit the floor. As
much as I hate this crap, I really kind of like it when the referees
fight over who won the match. Actually, I think it would be pretty
entertaining in situations like this if the referees had to WRESTLE each
other to determine the winner!
Oh no! Maven's saying mean things about Eugene! That can only mean one
thing. . .heel turn!
If I may be serious for a moment, I would like to take issue with the
actions of a member of the WWE camera crew. It's sad enough that
Victoria obviously isn't paid as well as the men on the roster and is
forced to wrestle with a big hole in her trunks, but did that
insensitive jerk REALLY need to embarrass her further by honing in on
it? Tsk, tsk, tsk. . .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KING! It sucks that they made you tap to Ric Flair on
your b-day, though. . . To make up for it, I'll share a little anecdote
about my son, Joey. My baby boy is twelve, in the sixth grade. . .and a
*boyfriend.* He's actually had the same girlfriend for almost a year.
She's a very sweet, cute girl but, being so young, I'm frankly becoming
a little worried because I think twelve is a bit young to be in a
"serious" relationship. My brother, God love him, is my son's "role
model" but, when it comes to women and matters of the heart, I'm not so
sure Joey should looking to him for guidance. I was having lunch with
the two of them a couple of weeks ago and the topic turned to. . .'ow
you say. . .the pectoral endowments of certain members of the fairer
sex. I was horrified! My baby. . .talking about boobs?!? I chastised
him, saying that a boy his age shouldn't be looking at boobs. . .he
should still be interested in "Puppies and Butterflies."
"But Mom," my sweet son replied, "I *am* interested in 'Puppies!'"
Thanks a lot, Jerry Lawler!
Speaking of "Puppies," who are all of these new chicks on RAW? Why did
they even bother having a RAW Diva Search when they've chosen to employ
nearly every one of the runners up? And where did Melina and Candace
come from? And what about that surprise lingerie fashion show? Now I'm
*really* relieved that I didn't enter the Diva Search myself. Heaven
knows, none of the other girls would have had a chance. That said, with
no advance warning to wear "special" undies, I have to wonder how my
white cotton bra with the broken underwire and granny panties would have
gone over with the Baltimore crowd? (Just kidding! I'd *never* wear a
bra with a broken underwire. . .that pinches!)
Rico may be gone, but it looks like the proud tradition of the Company
"Crazy Sideburn Guy" lives on. . .with Robaire Conway!
HA! I knew it. . .Maven is E-VIL!
Oh, CRAP! Here we go again. . .RAW ends with a new Champion. . .but who
is it? Is this wrestling or "One Life to Live?" Tune in next week for
the decision. . .to be determined by the winner of Earl Hebner vs. Mike
Plus, it'll be Chris Jericho's turn to be G.M.! This just keeps getting
better and better. . .
That's it for another week. I'd invite you to read "Ginger's (Sort of)
Weekly Column" at TheRingPost.com but, since I completely missed
SmackDown last week, here's a link to my personal website, "Just
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