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Sunday February 4th 2007 Issue #2404
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Well it's Super Bowl Sunday. Millions and millions and millions of people
will be glued to their television screens in just a few hours as the
most-watched television broadcast anually in the United States comes live
from Miami, FL. I wish I could stay up to watch it live, but work at 8AM is
preventing that. Although I will tape it, it's Mission: Impossible to avoid
spoilers since anything online will have the result. Oh well!
Enjoy the game if you're watching.
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-
> UNDERTAKER TO ANNOUNCE HIS DECISION ON RAW- The Undertaker will be appearing on RAW tomorrow to announce his decision
as to which title he will be going after at WrestleMania 23. The Phenom will
be opening the show with his announcement. While the choices are against
Lashley for the ECW title, Cena for the WWE title and Batista for the World
title, it's pretty obvious that either Cena or Batista will be facing the
Undertaker in the main event and while 'Taker vs Cena seems like an exciting
match-up, sources are suggesting that it will be against Batista and Shawn
Michaels taking on Cena in the other main event.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4198]
> TNA RUMORED TO EXTEND iMPACT TO 2 HOURS EVERY WEEK- Several industry insiders are reporting that TNA has reached an agreement
with Spike TV to extend the iMPACT! television show from one hour to two. An
announcement is said to be coming in the next week or probably during the
Monday night TNA special on the 12th of February. TNA started on Spike TV on
October 1st 2005 after being stranded without a television deal for three
months. Back then, TNA offered their weekly show on PPV on Fox Sports Net
starting in July of 2004 but the deal expired a year later and was not
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4199]
> iMPACT! RATING- Thursday's TNA iMPACT! did a 1.0 rating, up to its normal level after the
show had a 0.8 rating the previous week due to the broadcast airing on
Wednesday instead of Thursday. (Ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research
and put online by PWInsider.com)
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> HELP DIRECTV GET WWE 24/7- W-O Newsletter reader Irving Campbell sent in word that satellite provider
DirecTV will only add the WWE 24/7 SVOD service depending on the amount of
responses they get from their subscribers across the nation. A recent e-mail
to DirecTV was replied stating that the company only put channels in
response to the requests of their members. Anyone who has DirecTV and wants
to see WWE 24/7 on their system can e-mail directvcustomercare@...
with the request.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=4200]
> OFF AIR NOTES FROM SMACKDOWN!- W-O Newsletter reader Eric Flores attended the Smackdown! and ECW tapings
earlier this week and sent in some off air notes from the show. After the
cameras stopped rolling an eight man tag team match took place with MVP, Mr
Kennedy, Finlay and King Booker against the team of John Cena, Shawn
Michaels, Batista and The Undertaker. The faces ended up winning the match.
After the match, the Undertaker grabbed both heavyweight titles and held
onto them for a few and after staring down both champs he laid the titles on
the mat and walked back to the locker room.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
//->> THE VERTEBREAKER
By George Brazzel -[v-man@...]-
I'm going to start off on a somewhat relative topic to the time of the year:
race. Now, if you're the type that is either hyper-politically correct, or
just overly sensitive; you may want to stop reading now.
The Superbowl is coming up, and it seems to be more prevalent on the
majority's mind that both of the coaches are black. Okay, can I say "black"?
Am I going to be type cast as a bigot because I didn't say African American?
Whatever. I always thought football was about just that- football. I
understand that throughout time, many races have been discriminated against
and held back for whatever asinine reason racists have had. I say
insecurities in themselves play a role in racism. It's the typical "bully"
persona, where if something or someone is different, it can cause
uncomfortability (is that a word?).
My views on this are simple- to a point. The longer we make race an issue,
the longer it will remain an issue. Case in point: Ron Simmons. Touted as
the first black world champion, it is an accomplishment- not because he's
black, but because he won the world title. Why haven't there been several
black world champions since? Racist bookers maybe? Possible, I suppose. I'd
lay it more squarely on the shoulders of the talent. Recent history has
given us Ron Killings and Bobby Lashley as world champions. Ron killings is,
to me, a great in-ring talent, but not world champ material. Lashley, as
well, is in the same mid-card boat; again, in my opinion. I truly hope he
either better develops his character, or drops the title.
On the flip side, Ron Simmons and Tony Atlas were great- in their day.
Granted, later on, Tony Atlas got screwed over with the whole Saba(sp) Simba
thing. In my mind, when I was growing up, Ron Simmons and "the Black
Superman" were two of the greats. Of course, I also loved Bret Hart- a great
in-ring talent, with the charisma of a dead rabbit.
I guess what I'm trying to say is this: I choose not to live in the past,
just learn from it. I wish others would do the same. Let's focus on talent
and ability. Am I prejudicial? I don't think so. However, I do not support
affirmative action- which, to me, is a form of discrimination all its own.
Any who hires someone because of race or gender is just as bad as those that
don't hire someone because of race or gender. Will the world ever be racism
free? No. It'd be nice if people FROM ALL SIDES would make more of an effort
though. It ain't all the fault of the white man.
Rey Misterio was a mistake of a world champion. Cute as it was, I didn't
care for it. It was almost as bad as David Arquette with the world title.
Rey is awesome in the ring, and fun to watch. My kids love him. His size,
not his race, made it an unbelievable scenario. Then again, with Lashley, he
has the size without proving ability. He's an athlete in all aspects, but
over-rated just the same.
I know, I'm looking bad here. Let's go at it a different way- a way close to
my heart. When someone breaks the law, for whatever reason, and flagrantly
resists arrest; I feel they deserve to have the crap kicked out of them.
Now, have police ever abused their authority? Many times. Have criminals
ever taken advantage of racial stereotypes in print and media to wrongfully
discredit good police officers? Many times. Nothing is as simple as "black
and white", pun intended.
Back to wrestling for a minute, Miss Jacqueline (Miss Texas) was probably
one the better female wrestlers of the past twenty years. She had a double
stumbling block to overcome in the business, being a black woman. However,
in my mind, she overcame. I wish she was still working in a WWE ring right
Super Crazy is another Latin superstar that is exciting to watch, but will
most likely never be the world champion. He's just not the total package
that could sell out an arena in the U.S. honestly. Same with the Ultimo
Overall, it must be hard for anyone to make it in the wrestling business-
period. There's an "it" factor that makes the good ones great. Hulk Hogan
has it. The Rock, Stone Cold, and like it or not Triple H have it. Even the
Undertaker has it. Batista, Lashley, Umaga- all big boys, but they just
don't have it. WWE is trying to give it to Cena, and it's somewhat working,
Basically, I cannot completely say that gender, race and/or religion never
play a role in creative of wrestling. It's all about money and marketing.
The only color that truly matters is green.
Side Note: Time and time again, people complain about the divas. Either
their ring work in the ring isn't up their standards, or their mic skills
are poor, or whatever. If it's so damn bad to watch the hottest of the hot
mix it up in the ring for four minutes of your life, get another hobby man.
Change the channel. I'd bet the majority of people that complain don't have
the athletic ability to bend over, much less lace up the divas boots. Keep
complaining, limp wristed fat boys; I'm enjoying the view.
Thanks for reading. I can't wait to hear your views on this.
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