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Sunday May 1st, 2005 Issue #1988
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
It's pay-per-view Sunday again. Even though it's just a RAW brand PPV, a
lot of people will be interested in this event obviously due to the
return of Hulk Hogan for another match. I won't be watching live, but
I'll have it taped. Hogan's return to the ring is not enough to keep me
up till five in the morning! :-)
Not much going on today. Back later.
Pre order the 3 disc set of WrestleMania 21 DVD now
Log on to http://www.wrestlingmegastore.com
//->> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> BACKLASH ON PAY-PER-VIEW TONIGHT- Live from Manchester, NE., the RAW brand tonight presents Backlash.
Six matches have been confirmed for the show. These are Batista vs
Triple H for the World Heavyweight Title; Shelton Benjamin vs Chris
Jericho for the Intercontinental title; Edge vs Chris Benoit in a Last
Man Standing match; Regal & Tajiri vs Hurricane & Rosey vs La Resistance
vs Heart Throbs vs Simon Dean & Maven for the World Tag Team titles;
Kane vs Viscera; and probably the most anticipated match of the show
Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels vs Daivari & Mohammed Hassan.
> PLANS FOR THE ECW PAY-PER-VIEW- Dave Scherer of PWInsider.com is reporting that for the ECW
pay-per-view, WWE will give no on-air angles or anything like that
leading up to the event on June 12th. The show will be 'raised from the
dead' so to speak as little promotion on TV is expected so the PPV feels
just like a true, ECW event away from the WWE brand. As far as
production goes, there will be no fancy lights and fireworks like you
see every week on RAW and Smackdown! but they will be going back to
basics and produce the same kind of shows that ECW had before it went
out of business. If the PPV is a successful as the 'Rise and Fall of
ECW' DVD, this one would be one of the best PPVs buy-rate wise for WWE.
Not a lot of gate money is expected from the show as the building won't
top 3,000 seats but a lot of money could be generated from PPV buys and
the DVD release.
> LESNAR TRIES HIS LUCK AGAIN- Former WWE champion Brock Lesnar is making the news again with his
dream of being in the NFL. In an interview with the Denver Post, Lesnar
said that he's going to try a shot as an offensive linesman instead of a
defensive linesman, a position which he tried during training camp with
the Minnesota Vikings last year. Lesnar is back home in Minnesota
training for his second shot at NFL stardom. "I'm training very hard and
I want to be an NFL player. Hopefully I'll get that chance," he said.
Meanwhile Lesnar is engaged in a lawsuit with WWE as he's trying to get
out of his no compete clause which he signed when he asked for his
release from WWE. The 27 year old is in for a tough fight as WWE beefed
up their attorneys team and are now being headed by longtime company
attorney Jerry McDevitt and Mark Feczko, two sharks from the Kirkpatrick
& Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP company.
//->> KNIVES OUT
Ian Hamilton -[ian.hamilton@...]-
You know, when you've been following wrestling for any length of time,
there's some things you start getting "immune" to. Sure, you notice
them, but they don't seem to have any effect on you. You can put up with
nonsensical booking decisions, and the stupid errors in storylines.
You'll probably have been able to shrug things off when another name is
added to the long line of wrestlers who have died early. And then,
there'll be some wrestlers whose deaths will really knock you for six.
The death of Chris Candido last week has been a complete shock to all of
us. The timing of his passing was completely surreal - only days after
reading about how "Chris Candido breaks his leg during TNA PPV", the
headline "Candido passes away" was screaming out at me. It'll be a few
weeks before I get to see the Lockdown PPV and the subsequent episode of
Impact in the UK, but it's doubtful by then, the shockwaves of Candido's
death will have lessened.
If there is such a thing, it's a "good" thing that Candido's death
wasn't caused by steroid use, or his personal demons, as it prevents the
mainstream media from giving wrestling another black eye.
There is no denying though, that the story of Chris Candido has ended in
tragedy. Since making his pro debut in 1986, at the age of 14, he seems
to have been everywhere in the wrestling world: SMW, WWF, ECW, WCW and
TNA - and that's before you even consider his career on the indies.
Candido was one of those guys who's been around for so long, it was hard
to believe that he was only 33 when he died.
What makes it even more remarkable, is that he was having a "second
wind" in his career, once he'd gotten clean after those personal demons
had threatened to kill his wrestling career. Candido was on the up,
before a freak injury looked like it was going to slow down his
comeback. Sadly, that injury has now cost him his life.
Many of Candido's colleagues, past and present, have paid their own
tributes - but perhaps Steve Corino put it best: "To those that knew
if there would have been a story about him dying two years ago I don't
think there would have been anyone that would have been shocked. But the
Chris Candido of 2005 got his life together and was making such an
amazing comeback that it just doesn't seem fair that his life was taken
Like most of you, I'm sure, my thoughts are with the friends and family
of Chris; but more specifically on two people: Tammy Sytch and Sonny
Siaki. To say that Tammy has been through the mill in recent years is an
understatement, and I can only pray that the loss of her devoted husband
doesn't trigger the host of problems that she's only just come through.
As for Siaki - well, God knows what the guy is thinking. Eighteen months
ago, a botched move in a match on an independent card in Helskini,
Finland almost cost Alan Funk his life - and although Funk has gotten
his life and career back on track, Siaki will still be feeling pretty
rotten (to say the least).
Rest In Peace, Chris, you were taken from us way too soon.
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