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Wednesday February 8th 2006 Issue #2179
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
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//->> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> RAW RATING- RAW is currently enjoying good numbers as far as ratings are concerned
as this week's show pulled in yet another 4.5 with a 6.5 share. That is
the fourth 4.5 in a row. It had hours of 4.5 and 4.4. It will be
interesting where it goes next week as RAW airs on Thursday instead of
Monday due to other programming on USA Network. The Saturday AM RAW did
a 0.6 with a 1.6 share. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and
put online by PWInsider.com)
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> CANADA, UK TO GET LIVE RAW ON MONDAY- Next week's RAW from Greensboro, NC., will not be shown on Monday in
the United States, however tapings will still be held as usual and the
show will air live in Canada on TSN and in the United Kingdom on Sky
Sports 3. RAW on USA Network is being pre-empted by the Westminster
Kennel Club Dog Show. RAW was never pre-empted during its five year run
on Spike TV however while on USA Network there have always been
pre-emptions for the dog show and tennis. USA will air RAW on Thursday
February 16th at 9PM EST.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=2137]
> KANYON REVEALS REASON HE WAS FIRED FROM WWE- W-O Newsletter reader Emanuel Melo of ontarioindywrestling.com sent in
word that former WWE and WCW Superstar Kanyon revealed the real reason
why he was fired from WWE a few years ago during a show in Ontario
called 'Blood, Sweat and Ears'. Chris Kanyon said that he believes that
the reason he was fired from WWE was not because of cutbacks, not
because they didn't have a storyline for him, or any other reason you
might have heard. Following some very nasty words for WWE and Vince
McMahon, Kanyon revealed to the crowd that he believes that he was fired
because the higher ups in WWE found out that he is actually gay. Kanyon
then said he was tired of living in the closet and announced to the
awestruck crowd that he was in fact a homosexual. He said he couldn't
live another day living the lie. He then pronounced himself as the first
openly gay professional wrestler in the industry.
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> THREE NEW WWE DVD'S OUT NOW- Three new WWE DVD's were released yesterday. These are 'New Year's
Revolution 2006', 'Bloodsport: ECW's Most Violent Matches' and 'WWE 2005
PPV Rewind'. The 'WWE 2005 PPV Rewind' features all the pay-per-views
from last year in a collector's edition box. You an purchase any of
these DVDs from WrestlingMegastore.com . Also, 'Doom' featuring The Rock
was released yesterday.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=2138]
> STOCKS- Stocks are currently trading at 15.00, a 1.21% increase over
yesterday's closing. The day's range so far has been 14.68 - 15.03.
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//->> THE DAWG POUND
By KDawg -[kdawg@...]-
As I write this, I am wishing that I had taken more of an opportunity to
drink during the Super Bowl. My beloved Seahawks essentially jobbed to
the Stealers, and the NFL referees were...well...let's just say they
looked a lot like the referees during the recent "juniors" division
matches on Smackdown.
I could rant for days about the abysmal officiating during this years
big game, but after being a wrestling fan for over 25 years, you would
think that I would be used to it by now.
It's now less than 60 days until Wrestlemania 22, and honestly, it
doesn't seem that long since Cena and Batista won their respective
heavyweight titles. Hell, for that matter, it doesn't seem like that
long ago that Benoit and Guerrero were standing side by side in the ring
during Wrestlemania XX as the confetti rained down around them.
There is a theory with most fans - and it's a theory that the WWE wants
to build upon - that Wrestlemania is their most important Pay Per View,
where "Legends Are Made." I was curious about this, especially
considering the fact that our champions from two years ago, Benoit and
Guerrero, are both soundly absent from any serious storyline or world
championship picture; Eddie, because of his death, and Benoit, because
WWE truly doesn't respect his talents anymore.
So, I did a little research, because I wanted to see how valid the
company line is. Does Wrestlemania really showcase the stars of the
future in its main events? Are the new stars crowned at Wrestlemania, or
are they already in place for the WWE's biggest showcase?
I based my information on every Heavyweight Title match during
Wrestlemanias of the past, including the WWE Title and the World
Heavyweight Title after WWE bought out WCW. Now, on some Wrestlemanias,
there was more than one match involving the same heavyweight title. For
Example, at Wrestlemania's IX and X, Yokozuna won the title on both
dates, only to lose it to someone else later that same event. I treated
each of these matches as separate defenses for the sake of my research,
just as the WWE counts him as a Champion, even though he held the title
less than two hours on both accounts. Also, remember that none of these
numbers include the Original Wrestlemania, as Hulk Hogan didn't defend
his title that night, instead wrestling with Mr. T in a tag team match
against Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
With that all said, here are some interesting facts that I have dug up
from past Wrestlemania's, and then we will see what ideas it gives me
for this years Wrestlemania. It's always nice to try to get inside the
minds of the creative geniuses that are behind the scenes at the WWE:
There have been a total of 25 world heavyweight title matches in
Wrestlemania history. In those 25 Matches, only 7 of them, or about 39
percent of them, were won by the defending champion.
Of those 18 challengers who were victorious at Wrestlemania for a
heavyweight title, 8 of them, or 44 percent, were wrestlers that had
held a WWE world heavyweight title before.
In the 25 title matches, and astounding 20 of them, or 80 percent, were
won by wrestlers who were widely considered as fan favorites, or
"faces." Taking into effect the two Wrestlemania's where Yokozuna won
the belt, and then lost it later, that means the percentage of
Wrestlemania's where a "face" had the belt at the end of the day is an
amazing 87 percent.
So, what does this mean for Wrestlemania XXII?
For the Smackdown brand, it would mean that things look good for Kurt
Angle to retain, and it honestly doesn't look to matter if he wrestles
Rey Mysterio, the Royal Rumble Winner who is guaranteed a title match at
Wrestlemania XXII, or if Angle wrestles Randy Orton, who is challenging
Mysterio at No Way Out for the title shot. Rey has never held the belt
before, and while he is a "face," he is going up against a "face,"
essentially canceling that consideration out. Orton is a "heel," and
while hs is also a challenger, he has held the belt before.
For the Raw brand, it is a little more wide open. With four superstars
left in the Raw Tournament to face Cena at Wrestlemania XXII, it leaves
a lot left to be decided. If we use past Wrestlemania's to determine
the winners, it would show us that Chris Masters and Rob Van Dam have
very little shot. Masters is a "heel," and has never won the belt
before. While Van Dam is a "Face," he has also never had the belt
That leaves Big Show and Triple H. Triple H. is a multiple time
champion, as is Big Show. Big Show is a fan favorite, and Triple H is
the ultimate heel. Again, using previous results, things would seem to
favor Big Show, as the Face has won an amazing 80 percent of the time.
But, assuming that Cena keeps the belt up until Wrestlemania, it is
unlikely that the WWE would put two fan favorites in a ring against each
other. Therefore, I continue to place my best on Triple H being the
challenger, and all this, plus the fact that he has lost the belt at the
last two Wrestlemanias, tells me it's going to be Triple H. regaining
the belt and John Cena's second title reign being a short one.
So, that's what i think, for what it's worth. If I am wrong, I am sure
you guys will all write me emails reminding me of my need to retire, and
I will gladly accept them, read them, print them out, light them on
fire, and flush them down the toilet.
If I am correct, and it is indeed Angle and Triple H walking away from
Wrestlemania XXII with their respective belts, I am going to send Mike
Tenay a certified letter proclaiming that he should quit calling himself
the professor, because I should be called the professor.
After all, the professor is the one that shared the hut with Marianne on
Gilligan's Island, right?
As always, your comments are welcome. Feel free to email them to me at
kdawg@.... Until next time...
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