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Sunday August 20th 2006 Issue #2300
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
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accessed page on all Wrestling-Online.com, I'm sure you'll get some extra
hits from advertising your auctions there. Remember, it has to be wrestling
related items ONLY. Any other auction ads will be deleted. It's all at
Order now the Vince McMahon DVD titled 'McMahon'
A 2 disc special edition which features a tell-all
interview by the Chairman of WWE!
//->> WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> SUMMERSLAM LIVE TONIGHT- Tonight live from Boston, MA., RAW, Smackdown! and ECW present the biggest
party of the Summer - SummerSlam! The card is as follows. John Cena takes on
Edge for the WWE Heavyweight title; Booker T defends his World title against
Batista; Legend Killer Randy Orton vs the legendary Hulk Hogan; An I Quit
match between The Nature Boy Ric Flair and Mick Foley; Vince and his son
Shane McMahon battle the team of DX with Shawn Michaels and Triple H; ECW
champ the Big Show defends his title against Sabu; and Rey Mysterio takes on
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3363]
> MORE TICKETS FOR SUMMERSLAM RELEASED- Some more seats have been released by Ticketmaster and WWE for tonight's
SummerSlam, taking place at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA.
SummerSlam sold out weeks ago however WWE production re-configured the arena
according to the company and it made space for a few more extra seats. You
can purchase them at Ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3363]
> MASTERS RETURNS TO OHIO VALLEY WRESTLING- Chris Masters made his return to active competition by participating in
the Ohio Valley Wrestling television tapings. Masters was one of the first
'victims' of the WWE Wellness program, testing positive for muscle
enhancement drugs and has been suspended from the company since May 22nd.
Masters looks incredibly thinner than he was last seen on WWE television and
will be interesting if he resumes his 'Masterpiece' gimmick since he looks
so different now. A couple of readers sent in a picture of the 'new' Chris
Masters which you can see at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3351]
> LOOKING AT THE WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING WWE BACK TO USA NETWORK- The Los Angeles Times is running a story about Bonnie Hammer, the person
in charge of USA Network and Sci Fi Channel, and what many in the television
industry believe she's one of the most powerful and successful women in the
business. The article explains how Hammer went to her new bosses after GE
bought out Universal and persuaded them to write a big fat check to bring
Vince McMahon's WWE back to USA. The McMahon's enjoy a nice relationship
with Bonnie Hammer which goes back to ages ago. While NBC execs were not
convinced of the idea, her theory proved to be correct as RAW has lifted USA
to the top of the cable rating charts once again. It's an interesting story
which you can read at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3366]
> SCI FI SENDS PRESS RELEASE OVER ECW SUCCESS- The Sci Fi channel sent a press release yesterday announcing that during
its summer run, ECW has been averaging a 2.3 rating, which puts the show one
of Sci Fi's highest rated weekly programs. It's also been one of the
top-rated programs in primetime on Tuesday among male teens and one of the
top-rated cable programs in households. The press release notes that 43% of
ECW's premiere audience had not watched the Sci Fi channel during the prior
4 weeks. In its original agreement, Sci Fi has a twelve week run with ECW
but it's a safe bet to say that the contract with the company will be
renewed after successful results. Although the new ECW is nothing like what
it's used to be, a lot of viewers, sometimes more than Smackdown!, tune into
Sci Fi to watch the show.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=3362]
//->> THE WRESTLING AUTHORITY
By Oren Kurtz -[syxx_ok@...]-
It's been another fairly interesting week in the wrestling world, and I'm
here to tell you all about it. Here is your Wrestling Authority.
I'll actually start with TNA, or better yet, its internet fans that seem to
think that they can dictate my interest. The fact that I didn't run down the
"Hard Justice" card was because I found the event to be boring and I found
it even more boring when I actually watched the show.
Obviously, the fire during the event didn't help (And I'll restrain myself
from using terms like "what a smoking event"), but there were only two
matches worth MY time (so don't email me and tell me how you spent YOUR
time, I don't care.) - the tag team championship match which saw Styles and
Daniels put over LAX like a million bucks (and lets clear something -
putting someone over is not necessarily losing to them, it's making your
opponent look good, and that is what Daniels and Styles did), in a match
which featured both brutal spots and amazing high flying maneuvers.
The other one is of course the 3 way no holds barred affair which was the
optimum of what a no holds barred brawling match should look like (and I
hope all the "best pure strikers" over in the WWE can pay attention). That
match had everything and it was the only one that really had the crowd into
The PPV was such an anticlimactic event, with Sting & Jarrett once again
proving they don't belong in that spot, and TNA outdoing themselves by
copying an angle the WWE did just 3 weeks before. To make things worse, it
seems like they will keep the current Sting-Jarrett storyline for the next
two months, only to have Sting win the title and have absolutely no program
waiting for him down the line.
The same can be said about the WWE, though - lack of direction. It seems
like people there are handed championship belts too easily, without the
creative team having anything for them. That's the only possible conclusion
I can come up with when I see that Edge & Cena are feuding a feud that has
been dead for the past 6 months, and the pathetic attempt of making it the
main event is just that - pathetic. It's the forth most important match on
SummerSlam on the Raw side, and that's saying everything.
Actually, the only thing which has had a good build up towards SumemrSlam is
the Foley & Flair match, and that's not due to the creative team being too
creative, it's because these guys didn't like each other from the beginning.
The Smackdown side of things isn't too bright either; we only have 2 matches
from Smackdown on SummerSlam. One is Booker T VS Batista which was just set
up with no real story lines, and has the potential to totally bury Booker if
he jobs to Batista, and the other one is Chavo VS Rey. A lot has been said
about the use of Vicky Guerrero on this angle and I pride myself on writing
things that are new, not repeating what has already been said. I assume that
it's her decision to be put into the wrestling business, but the angle
itself is just not interesting enough and Vicky is not an interesting
wrestling character. Rey is, and Chavo can also be sometimes, but I can't
shake the feeling of dejavus (or however the French write that word) - two
years ago Eddie & Chavo feuded for months, in a feud which had quite a good
build up, and it all culminated in. 8 minutes when Eddie squashed Chavo at
the Royal Rumble. Don't be surprised if you see this again.
And don't even get me started on the lame finish to the #1 contenders match
for the ECW world title. The Big Show out did himself - that was even lamer
than the end of the Prison match.
Anyway here are my predictions to one of the saddest SummerSlam (on card)
that I've seen since the mid 90's and Lex Luger VS Yokozuna:
Rey Mysterio VS Chavo Guerrero - Chavo will never be anything in the WWE. If
he really does believe that he is carrying the Guerrero name - then he
should go somewhere else, because in the WWE he will always be a mid carder
at best. Prediction: Rey Mysterio.
Booker T VS Batista - I'm going to go out on a limb here - I like booker,
and I always did, while I think Batista is one dimensional and the crowd
will turn on him fairly quick. I hope the WWE writers realize it, and
realize that Booker is the best guy they've got on their roster right now,
and keep the belt on him. Prediction: Booker T.
Randy Orton VS Hulk Hogan - Orton has enjoyed an enormous push throughout
his career though he never deserved it, not as a heel, not as a face, and
not as a heel again. This guy should pay his dues by getting his ass kicked
on a regular basis yet he is being put over in ways that the fans aren't
buying. But that doesn't mean that it will stop, I think this Sunday it will
continue. Prediction: Randy Orton
Degeneration X Vs The McMahons - The easiest prediction of the night -
assuming this will end this feud, and since DX are the only real hot thing
in the WWE, and since the McMahons never had a problem with taking a
beating, prediction: DX.
Edge VS John Cena - I've wasted too many words on these two the past 5
months anyway. Prediction: Edge.
Flair VS Foley- the most interesting and anticipated match of the evening by
far. The history of the two and between the two makes it a match that people
want to see, regardless of how over the hill both of them are. I think that
since Foley doesn't look at wins and loses as career accomplishments, we'll
see Flair go over, but the true winner of the match, the man who has his
legacy cemented in this match, will be Foley - because he got Flair into his
violent playground. Prediction: Ric Flair.
Big Show VS Sabu - I doubt that even in his wildest dreams Sabu thought that
in the twilight of his career he will be at the top of the Summerslam card.
But he is, after another awkward Big Show finish. I don't know what McMahon
sees in Sabu, I don't know why he makes the poor bastard speak, I just know
that Sabu is way over the hill and even McMahon isn't too high on steroids
to give him any belt. Prediction: Big Show.
That's it for me, as you can guess - I'm not looking forward to Summerslam,
and I hope I will be surprised by the quality of the matches in it. But even
if lightening strikes and it happens - that doesn't change the lack of
direction that the WWE is suffering from.
For comments, questions, or just because you want to annoy the crap out of
me - syxx_ok@...
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