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Tuesday July 19th 2005 Issue #2034
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Not much goin on today. Back later.
ECW 'One Night Stand' on DVD! OUT NOW!!
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//->> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> REFEREE EARL HEBNER FIRED- After seventeen long years with the company, WWE has fired head
referee Earl Hebner from the company after finding out that he was
selling merchandise without authorization. Hebner debuted in 1988 after
a storyline involving his twin brother Dave and the match between Hulk
Hogan and Andre The Giant. His brother Dave who serves as a road agent
with the company was punished as it is believed he was part of the whole
deal too but as of today he remains with the company. His son Brian who
is a referee on Smackdown! is still with the company as well. Hebner -
who refereed some of the most profile matches in wrestling history - is
probably mostly famous for the Montreal screwjob when he turned on his
friend Bret Hart and putting the company first.
> OFF AIR NOTES FROM RAW- W-O Newsletter readers Charles Mugler, Kevin and Phillip Barnard
attended yesterday's RAW TV show and sent in the following notes. After
the show went off the air, an interpromotional match between Hogan,
Batista and Cena vs JBL, Triple H and Shawn Michaels took place. The
match lasted a good 20 minutes and ended with Hogan pinning JBL after a
leg drop while the remaining Superstars battled out of the ring. After
the match the faces posed in the ring and Hogan's son Nick was invited
and joined for the posing.
> GREAT AMERICAN BASH PPV FREE FOR THE TROOPS- The Armed Forces Network issued a press release earlier today
announcing that WWE offered the Smackdown! brand pay-per-view The Great
American Bash for free to air on the AFN as WWE's way of thanking the
troops and their families for their service to America. AFN will carry
The Great American Bash on AFN Spectrum on July 25th at 9PM local time
in Japan/Korea and Central Europe. Kevin Dunn, Executive Vice President,
Television Production was quoted saying that the Armed Forces have shown
WWE great support during the base visits and hospital visits so they
look at this broadcast as one way we can honor all of them for their
bravery and courage. Larry Marotta, AFN Television Chief thanked WWE for
their continued generosity and support.
> STOCKS- Stocks closed the day at 11.96, a 3.64% increase over the previous
closing. The day's range was 11.54 - 12.00.
> CENA ON KIMMEL THIS FRIDAY- W-O Newsletter reader Ed K. sent in word that John Cena will be
appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live this Friday on ABC. Musical guest
Slim Thug is also scheduled to be on the show on the same night.
//->> BELLE OF THE BRAWL
By Lekisha Oliver -[lekisha_oliver@...]-
Whats the best kind of match?
This question was posed to me in an email a few weeks back. I really had
to think about what answer I would give. I love all types of
matches. There are hardcore matches, table matches, technical matches
and high-flying matches, but what brings out the best match?
The answer to that question is the emotion behind the wrestlers in that
When looking through footage of older matches from the area and in the
national arenas, most of the hardest hitting battles ensued over
the hate or the dislike behind the wrestlers getting into the ring.
Matches like the series between Kevin Sullivan and Chris Benoit had a
lot of fire behind the feud. The real life struggle between Sullivan,
Benoit, and Sullivans then wife, Nancy, fueled up a feud that
smoked through arenas across the continent.
Booking committees have always seen that these feelings would help to
raise ratings and raise earnings when a person could actually
see the fire in the eyes of each opponent. This case does not go unseen
with WWEs shows. They have had a rough quarter and even
release wrestlers of wrestlers did not help the money coming from house
shows and events. So why not give the fans what they want,
they want to see a real fight. Something with some passion behind it
and that is exactly what they are getting. First were John
Bradshaw Layfield and the Blue Meanie. Speculation has been treme!
ndous about what exactly happened about the whole
situation. Is this for real? For the fans, the answer is simple, it
is. They saw the fight and they have seen the after pictures of
Meanie. There is power behind this fight and the WWE did what they do
best, give the fans what they want and make money in the
The same type of issue is happening over on RAW. The entire soap opera
fans dream come true when a love triangle happens and
there is someone to blame. Its always the girls fault for giving into
her desires or the other mans fault for pulling the girl into the trap,
but where exactly does the blame truly go? With Edge and Lita, the
whole soap opera romance with Kane made the fans really see
that no matter whom they put in the way, the real person wanted in that
ring with Mr. Money In The Bank was Matt Hardy. Rumors
of Matt having the offer on the table from WWE and a verbal agreement
from TNA went through the roof on Monday night with his
reappearance on RAW. This will make the fans love Matt and put him
where he should be, right on top. The passion that lies behind
this triangle makes the triangle between Elizabeth, Randy Savage and
Hulk Hogan fade in comparison.
Whether or not these types of things make money, it will definitely make
for good ratings. Keep watching to see if these types of things
will continue. Because as long as there are seven deadly sins, there
will be a market for it.
For any comments or suggestions, email me at lekisha_oliver@... or
check out my site at www.belleofthebrawl.com because I
am working on a DVD review and several interviews at the same time.
Since summer is almost over, its time to heat up the winter
and the keyboard
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