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Wednesday January 31st 2007 Issue #2402
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Nothing to say today. Back later.
The Special Report on the death of Owen Hart,
Eddie Guerrero and the sale of WCW.
//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> WITH NO RAW AS COMPETITION, TNA ANNOUNCES TWO HOUR TV SHOW FOR 02/12- When the cat is gone, the mice come out to play. That's the game TNA will
be playing come Monday February 12th with RAW pre-empted for the annual dog
show on USA Network. Today, Spike and TNA announced a two hour wrestling
show for that night titled 'This is TNA!' airing on Spike from 9PM to 11PM
EST and will be replayed on Thursday from 7PM to 9PM EST followed by a new
edition of iMPACT! "Spike's not going to stand by and let wrestling go to
the dogs on Monday February 12th. Wrestling fans deserve better!" said Kevin
Kay, EVP and General Manager of Spike TV. 'This is TNA!' will have five of
the biggest matches in TNA history which only aired on PPV before featuring
Kurt Angle, Sting, Christian Cage, Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, Team 3-D, AJ Styles,
Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and Chris Sabin. Throughout the show there
will be a countdown of some of the monumental moments in TNA history. The
press release issued today also says that as an added bonus for viewers, TNA
will reveal its newest concept match which will debut at their March 11th
'Destination X' PPV event.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4189]
> PHOTOS FROM WM FAN AXXESS TOUR IN SAN ANTONIO- W-O Newsletter reader Alex120 attended the WWE WrestleMania Fan Axxess
tour in San Antonio, TX., and submitted a dozen of pictures from the event.
Ashley Massaro, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Mickie James, Mr Kennedy, Matt
Striker, Carlito and others were present for this stop. You can check the
pictures that Alex took at
http://www.wrestling-online.com/gallery/v/assorted2/ . Fans who attend live
events or autograph signings can send in their respective pictures to be
part of our ever growing Gallery.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> RAW RATING- RAW did a 4.2 composite rating with a 6.2 share off hours 4.0 and 4.3.
That is slightly up from last week's 4.1. Usually post PPV shows generate
more interest than any other RAW but it's also thanks to no football on
television, which is WWE's direct competition for Monday night. AM RAW did a
0.7 with a 3.1 share. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research and put
online by PWInsider.com)
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> TEXAS FANS MANAGE TO SELL OUT WWE SHOWS THREE DAYS IN A ROW- Fans in Texas did not disappoint WWE this past weekend as sold out crowds
attended the Royal Rumble in San Antonio, RAW in Dallas the next night and
the Smackdown!/ECW tapings yesterday in Houston. WWE sent out a press
release pimping the numbers stating that over 14,500 were in attendance live
for the Rumble at the AT&T Center, over 14,000 at RAW at the American
Airlines Arena and over 12,400 at the Toyota Center for Smackdown! and ECW.
All three shows were sold out. That must be some good news for WWE as live
event audience has been declining for years across the nation compared to
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4190]
> ANGLE TO MAKE HIS NJPW DEBUT IN FEBRUARY- Olympic gold medalist and former WWE champion Kurt Angle will be making
his debut with New Japan Pro Wrestling next month on the 18th. The TNA star
will be teaming up with local star Yuji Nagata - who had a brief stint in
WCW between 1997 and 1998 - to go against Giant Bernar - known better to
fans as Albert - and TNA star Tyson Tomko. Antonio Inoki, who founded New
Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972, had meetings with WWE late last year for a
possible working relationship between the two companies.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4191]
//->> THE WRESTLING AUTHORITY
By Oren Kurtz -[syxx_ok@...]-
There's nothing I love more than the sun shining in the middle of the
winter. And a good old fashioned Royal Rumble!
Colin certainly gave me this deja-vous feeling when he talked about the
Royal Rumbles of old. The first one I saw was the 91' Rumble and I can still
remember Vince's voice, the old school music, and the super cool logo which
really made me as a kid feel that I'm seeing something special.
Onto the wrestling - I refuse to talk about things that suck on every
possible level and therefore will not talk about the Lashley - Test MATCH.
However, I will talk about the burial of ECW as a brand. Remember, this is
EXTREME Championship wrestling, and their World Title MAIN EVENT at one of
the biggest PPVs of the year ended in a count out. It'll be hard for Vince
to find more innovative ways to piss on the ECW legacy, but hey, the next
ECW PPV is still scheduled to take place in the Hammerstein Ballroom. If it
will actually be held there I'm sure the ECW faithful fans will find new
ways to get muted.
But there were a lot of good things at the Rumble, in fact it was very
enjoyable. The Batista VS Kennedy match was fun to watch because once again
wrestling fans showed they had a back bone and cheered the more ENTERTAINING
wrestler (if I'm still allowed to call WWE performers that way). But still
Batista won and it also made sense story-wise.
The Cena-Umaga match was amazing. It's not that I was surprised that the
match was good, but I was surprised with HOW good it was. But then again,
Cena knows how to take a bump and look like he was nearly killed, and Umaga
played the monster role perfect, including a last monster wake-up that
reminded me of horror movie villains waking up just to be killed once and
And the Rumble match itself? Well, since we're working with a really thin
roster, most of the match lacked any real luster. But when we were left with
HBK, Taker, and Rated RKO, we got 15 minutes of great action, filled with
drama, and I can't complain about the result as Undertaker certainly
Now that I've covered the wrestling aspect, let's talk directions. TNA's
direction with the Abyss storyline is getting ridiculous by the minute - no
one will by him is a cuddly teddy bear, because Russo, this isn't 1997, and
this ISN'T Mick Foley!
As for the WWE, they're also going a bit retro on us, teaming up HBK and
Cena to take the world tag team titles much like they did with Austin and
Michaels in 97. So, this one is for the Raw main writer - this isn't 97, and
Cena is CERTAINLY not Steve Austin.
Now, I've read the column that followed The Rumble, and as always, I enjoyed
reading it as this newsletter has a lot of quality writers, but I couldn't
help but smile when the point of "complaining" rose. Thank goodness (and the
people who made the law) we live in countries where we have freedom of
speech. Like I wrote in my last column - I don't want anyone to stop
watching wrestling. And I don't want anyone to not enjoy going to a
wrestling show live. And booing the whole show because it sucks means not
enjoying it (although it does mean you voice your opinion that you want a
better product, it also means you're killing the product in front of you,
and not the person who made this product).
I'm glad I got so many supporting emails through the past week, and I think
that as a wrestling fan it is my right. Or even my obligation to watch
wrestling, to support it, to even interest other people in it (just like a
beloved sports team), but I should also fight for my right to get a better
And judging by Sunday's Royal Rumble, complaining just might get us a better
product. I certainly didn't complain.
One last thing, as I was asked about politics in wrestling a lot this week -
The WWE is supposed to have "no politics" as it is basically owned and run
by one person. But I want you, the readers, to write in and tell me if the
holding back of Rob Van Dam is anything but political. I mean, does anyone
REALLY think that Test VS Bobby Lashley was better in any way?
Did it sell more tickets? Did more people buy the PPV because of that match?
Was it better than the Lashley VS RVD matches?
Write me at syxx_ok@..., as always - I'd love to get your feedback.
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