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Wednesday, March 23rd, 1999
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The Official daily newsletter of Wrestling-Online.com
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IN THE HEADLINES TODAY....
>> New record for Monday night ratings ...---------------------------------------------------------------
>> RAW Is WAR report ...
>> Nitro report ...
>> WWF News ...
>> WCW News ...
>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
...And the Oscar goes to....awwwww! I'm still in Oscar mood :) I bet my
ass that that little gold statue would look good somewhere in my room!
:) Ok, back to reality..
A new wrestling search engine website will hit the net just like the
asteroid hit France in the Armageddon movie! :) Domain to be announced
later on. This will work exactly like Yahoo!, but of course, it's all
about wrestling related websites. You'll love it.
>> NEW RECORD FOR MONDAY NIGHT RATINGSBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Do you smell what the WWF is cookin'? WCW certainly does. New records
are set, as RAW Is WAR defeated Nitro with a huge margin this week in
First hour of RAW did an impressive 6.4, and the second hour continued
with the same 6.4. Composite for the show was 6.4
Nitro did a 4.8 in the first unopposed hour, followed by 3.6 in the
second hour and 3.5 in the third and final hour. Composite for the three
hour show was 4.0
In head to head competition, RAW got 6.4, while Nitro got 3.55.
>> RAW IS WAR REPORTBy Joe DeLeon
In the parking lot, Stone Cold Steve Austin arrived in the arena near
a Coors Light truck. The driver asked Austin for an autograph. Austin
said he was busy at the moment but would be sure to get back to the
Corporation Interview (The Rock, Vince and Shane McMahon).
- Vince McMahon said he was happy to be in the ring with two great
champions. He then gave the microphone over to Shane. Shane challenged
X-Pac to a Greenwich Street Fight for later in the show. McMahon then
took the microphone back, and said The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve
Austin were together, which was supposedly preventing him to stop Austin
from becoming the Heavyweight Champion. Vince gave the microphone to The
Rock, who said there was no way Austin would beat him in their
WrestleMania XV match. Austin was shown backstage walking away from the
monitor where he was watching. McMahon appointed The Rock as the Guest
Referee for Austin vs. Paul Wight main event. Mankind then came out. He
suggested a match with The Rock for the official Guest Referee spot in
the main event. The Rock said Mankind could kiss his ass. Mankind then
pulled out a letter, which was signed by Commissioner Shawn Michaels,
that stated Mankind would face The Rock later on for the opportunity to
referee the Austin and Wight match. Stone Cold Steve Austin then drove
in near the ring with the Coor's Light truck. As he drove throug the
entrance-way beneath the Titan Tron, the entire set started to rise.
Austin went on top of it and cut a promo, saying he would check his ass
into The Smack Down Hotel, into room number 3:16, and would burn it
down. While The Rock started to talk again, Austin got down from the
truck, and pulled out a hose. He sprayed beer all over Shane, Vince, and
The Rock, soaking them. Austin then drank a few cold ones on top of the
truck to a huge pop.
Backstage, Debra posed in front of a mirror.
Footage was shown of Jim Ross at a college party with Steve Williams
and other people.
Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart (w/Debra) vs. The Brood (Edge and Gangrel,
w/Christian) resulted in a No-Contest, to let Jarrett and Hart retain
the Tag Team Titles.
- Christian and Edge switched spots during the match. Public Enemy then
came down and The Brood and the Tag Team Champions teamed up to beat PE
down. The lights went out. When they went back on, Debra was covered in
blood as a result of a Bloodbath.
Backstage, Lucas interviewed The New Age Outlaws about their upcoming
Intercontinental Title vs. Hardcore Title match. Both told each other
they would walk out with two titles.
Backstage, Vince and Shane McMahon were upset over the beer they were
soaked in, thanks to Stone Cold Steve Austin. McMahon asked Pat
Patterson and Gerald Brisco to get him a cup of coffee.
Billy Gunn vs. Road Dogg went to a Double Disqualification, to let
both retain their Hardcore and Intercontinental Titles.
- Both Billy Gunn and Road Dogg came out to separate entrances and did
their usual introductions. As the match progressed, Goldust, Val Venis,
and Al Snow all ran down. The New Age Outlaws cleared the ring. Gunn
wanted to shake hands with RD, but they cut to the backstage area before
we could see what happened.
Backstage, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco were getting coffee for
Vince McMahon. They were really happy they had the coffee just perfect
and were ready to satisfy McMahon. All of a sudden, Brisco dropped the
coffe, and both he and Patterson asked The Legion of Doom not to harm
them. LOD, who were with Paul Ellering, attacked both of the stooges to
gain revenge after they did the LOD gimmick the previous week on Raw is
War. An official was bleeding and Dave Hebner and Sgt. Slaughter were
there to the aid of everyone that was harmed.
Blue Meanie Interview.
- The Blue Meanie called out Shamrock, which led everyone to believe he
was referring to Ken Shamrock. Ryan Shamrock made her way out instead.
Meanie sat down on a chair and put her on his lap. He was about to spank
her until Ken Shamrock ran down. Meanie grabbed the chair and Goldust
attacked Shamrock from behind. Shamrock was able to suplex Goldust and
got the Ankle Lock on him, but Meanie knocked him out with the chair.
Jim Ross was shown at the frat party.
Backstage, Sable was getting her make-up done.
Backstage, The Ministry arrived.
Backstage, Vince McMahon asked Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson where
his coffee was.
Sable defeated Ivory (w/D-Lo Brown) with the Sable Bomb, to retain the
- D-Lo Brown did color commentary, until PMS came out and caused him to
get out of his seat. Terri Runnels slapped D-Lo after he called her a
slut. In the match, Sable planted Ivory with the Sable Bomb for the win.
Tori ran in afterwards. Sable was able to attack
her and tie her up to the ropes. Once Tori got free, she went straight
Mankind defeated The Rock by Disqualification, to earn the main event
Guest Referee spot.
- The Heavyweight Title was not on the line. Both The Rock and Mankind,
who have wrestled several times before, brawled around, at one point
which Mankind executed his own Corporate Elbow. The referee got knocked
out by Mankind. Mankind went for a pin after a double arm DDT, but no
one was there to make the pin. Paul Wight made his way down to the ring,
thinking he had a perfect opportunity to help The Rock take the win, but
it backfired as Wight chokeslammed Mankind, which the referee caught,
resulting in a disqualification to let Mankind officiate the Stone Cold
Steve Austin vs. Wight main event later in the show.
Backstage, Paul Wight was taking out his aggression on the interview
Stone Cold Steve Austin was shown preparing for his match.
Kane and Goldust went to a No-Contest.
- Kane came out ready for a match with Goldust. Goldust came down, took
his robe off in the ring, and shot a huge flame at Kane. Goldust
revealed himself as Triple H, who continued to beat down on Kane.
Back at the "JR is War" party in the faternity house. They were all
having fun until Hardcore Holly showed up and said to Jim Ross he made
him lose his Hardcore Title the previous week on Raw is War in a match
with Billy Gunn, because of Ross' own announce
table was in the way. Holly then attacked Steve Williams, which caused a
fish tank to crash, doors were broken, and more. They brawled into the
kitchen area, where the refrigerator was thrown around. The camera man
fell down, which was the point where the
satellite feed cut off.
Backstage, Stone Cold Steve Austin was shown having a discussion with
Greenwich Street Fight: Shane McMahon and X-Pac went to a No-Contest.
- The European Title was not on the line. When both men met in the
parking lot, Shane McMahon got knocked down by X-Pac. Two expensive cars
pulled up and the Greenwich Posse (Willy Green, Pete Gas, and Rodney)
alll attacked X-Pac and drove away with Shane in the one of the two
Backstage, The Undertaker was shown looking straight at the camera.
The Ministry (The Undertaker and The Acolytes, w/Paul Bearer) vs. The
Corporation (Test, The BIg Bossman and Ken Shamrock) went to a
- The Undertaker and The BIg Bossman went out threw the crowd, brawling.
The Acolytes brawled with Ken Shamrock and Test at ringside. The lights
went off, and they cut to a commercial break.
Vince McMahon Interview.
- Vince McMahon had cleaned himself up after being soaked with beer. He
said to the fans he bet they all enjoyed what happend to him earlier in
the show. He showed it on the Titan Tron. McMahon said he hoped Stone
Cold Steve Austin enjoyed him moment, but
he wouldn't enjoy what he was going to feel next [Paul Wight]. He also
said there was "No Chance In Hell" Austin would beat The Rock at
Wrestlemania XV for the Heavyweight Title. He then brought out The Rock
and introduced "The Big Show" Paul Wight. Mankind came out ready to
referee the match. Austin then came out.
Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Paul Wight with the Stunner.
- The Big Show used his size to his advantage. Mankind caught a
cheapshot on Paul Wight from behind. While Wight was distracted, Stone
Cold Steve Austin untied the padding on the turnbuckle. Austin banged
Wight's head on the exposed metal. When Austin and Wight were on the
outside, Mankind threatened Wight with a chair, ordering him to get back
in the ring. Austin nailed Wight with the chair in the leg several
times, then in the head three times, and then the Stunner for the pin.
The Rock attacked Austin afterward, and
gave him the Rock Bottom, as the show went off the air.
>> NITRO REPORTBy Joe DeLeon
Nitro took place at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, Florida as part
of the annual Spring Break-Out tour. There was a pool as usual with the
ring in the middle and the show took place outdoors.
Van Hammer defeated Bull Payne with the Flashback.
- The crowd chanted "Boring" immediately when the match started and
continued throughout. The announcers mentioned it was a bit cool
outside. Van Hammer and Bull Payne teased the fans that they would throw
each other in the water. Payne connected with an awesome frog splash,
but Hammer kicked out of the pin that was made. Hammer took the win with
Ricky Rachtman interviewed Rey Mysterio, Jr. Mysterio said Panama City
Beach meant nothing but partying. Racthman mentioned that Mysterio would
take on Kidman once again at Spring Stampede, with the Cuiserweight
Title on the line. Mysterio showed his
respect for Kidman.
Ricky Rachtman interviewed Disco Inferno. Disco insulted the crowd.
Racthman told it was getting annoying to see Disco in Konnan's music
video. Disco said Konnan's video wasn't nothing until he joined in. The
Konnan video with Disco then aired. Afterward, Disco said Konnan could
settle things with him at Stampede. Disco claimed his "sources in
Tiajuana, Mexico" told him that they don't like Konnan, but rather
Pre-recorded footage was shown of Fit Finlay knocking on Rick
Steiner's hotel room door. Finlay taunted Steiner, as the two would go
one on one later in the show.
As Ricky Rachtman was commentating some Goldberg NASCAR footage, he
was interrupted by Hak and Chastity. Hak announced he would take on
Goldberg later in the show.
Psychosis, El Dandy, Silver King, and La Coo-Coo Racha (Disco Inferno)
defeated La Parka, Damian, Lizmark, Jr., and Super Calo with a Jaw
- The announcer's had no idea who La Coo-Coo Racha was, but he was
wearing a mask and had on baggy clothes. At one point, Psychosis landed
the Guillotine Legdrop on La Parka, but decided not to pin him. The
action was non-stop. Just about every wrestler executed a flying
maneuver to the small space on the outside of the ring. Bodies were
everywhere after each wrestler missed a top rope maneuver on the inside.
La Coo-Coo Racha executed a Jaw Breaker (Last Dance) on several of the
luchadores in the ring, and finished off Damian with the maneuver. Racha
was obviously Disco Inferno.
Pre-recorded footage was shown of J.J. Dillon having a conversation
with Ric Flair. Dillon and Flair talked about the beautiful women in
Panama City Beach. Flair said he wanted to challenge the entire company
to a Heavyweight Title match.
A pre-recorded interview was shown with Dusty Rhodes, which was
conducted by Mike Tenay. Tenay said his sources told him there were
problems among Rhodes and the Ric Flair people backstage. Rhodes said
Flair told him him in the past he would be
WCW Commissioner and would take Larry Zbyszko or Mike Tenay's announcing
position, but none of the things happened. Rhodes wondered if Flair had
a problem with him.
Ric Flair Interview, Conducted by Gene Okerlund.
- Larry Zbyszko ripped on Dusty Rhodes before Ric Flair started talking.
As Flair warmed up, he was interrupted by Raven, who wanted a title
shot. Flair said, "Okay, if you want a title shot, you and Kanyon can
wrestle the Tag Team Champions, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko." Raven
said Kanyon wasn't in the arena, but was working on the new Jesse
Ventura movie. Flair then said Raven would take on Benoit and Malenko by
himself. Flair said he would put everyone's name in a hat and would pull
out one to see who would get a Heavyweight Title shot. The crowd
Rick Steiner defeated Fit Finlay with the Steiner Bulldog.
- Fit Finlay and Rick Steiner wrestled a physical and brutal match.
Steiner took the win after the Steiner Bulldog.
Juventud Guerrera defeated El Vampiro with the Juvi Driver.
- At one point, El Vampiro countered Juventud Guerrera's 450 Splash with
a belly-to-belly superplex. Juvi later out-smarted Vampiro with the Juvi
Driver for the win when Vampiro went for a powerbomb.
Ricky Rachtman interviewed Ms. Nitro, Julie Williams, who won the
contest the previous weekend in Panama City Beach. They were interrupted
by Hollywood Hogan and Kevin Nash, who came down with a line of
beautiful women. Nash wanted to do a contest to see which woman would
get the loudest pop from the crowd. The crowd chanted, "Show Your Tits."
Nash said he would show his, but it was too cold. Nash and Hogan noticed
they were missing a woman. Nash asked the eigth woman to make her way
down, and out came David Flair and Samantha. Samantha took off her
dress, and revealed a bikini. Rachtman argued with The Wolfpac, saying
he was supposed to be out their with Ms. Nitro. Nash was about to put
Racthman through a Jack-Knife Powerbomb. Rachtman was forced to choose
Samantha as Ms. NWO. Nash said, "Sable, each your heart out." Hogan and
Nash laughed at the comment he made.
Goldberg defeated Hak (w/Chastity) with the Jackhammer.
- After a few cane shots that had no affect on Goldberg and after Hak
missed his Russian Legsweep finishing maneuver, Goldberg took the
advantage. Goldberg speared and Jackhammered Hak for the win.
Bret Hart Interview, Conducted by Gene Okerlund.
- Bret Hart was wearing a Calgary Hitmen jersey. Gene Okerlund mentioned
Hart believed he was being misused by WCW. Hart mentioned mentioned he
had no Heavyweight Title shots after being in WCW for almost a year.
Hart discussed matters on Ric Flair and Hollywood Hogan. Hart said
everyone had always dreamed of a match with Hogan, but he didn't believe
it would ever happen. Hart talked about Kevin Nash, saying he could beat
Nash any time. Hart then talked about Goldberg, saying Goldberg had
never stepped in the ring with a real technical wrestler. Hart said he
could beat Goldberg in five minutes, and Okerlund didn't believe a word
he was saying.
Vincent defeated Horace via Pinfall.
- Before the match, Vincent got into Horace's face about being the boss
of the NWO Black and White, which caused Horace to punch him out for the
match to get underway. After Stevie Ray made his way down and distracted
Horace, Vincent rolled up the Vincent for
the win. Ray and Horace started to beat down Vincent afterward. Brian
Adams then made his way in to take out Horace. Ray got into Adams' face
and the argued as the show went to a commercial break.
In the ring with The Four Horsemen (minus Steve McMichael), J.J.
Dillon, and Gene Okerlund, there was a wheel of numbered balls. The
wrestlers surrounded the ring with numbers. Dillon picked number 23, but
no one with the number was to be found. A
backstage shot was shown with El Dandy's arm bandaged up, who had number
23. Rey Mysterio, Jr. took the number and made his way down to the ring,
since El Dandy was injured. Ric Flair said to Dillon, "I told you to set
this thing up right," as Mysterio made his way down to the ring. Flair
was upset that he would have to wrestle Mysterio.
Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated Raven and Saturn by
Disqualification, to retain the Tag Team Titles.
- Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko dominated Raven in what was a handicap
match in the beginning. Malenko had Raven in the Texas Cloverleaf, but
Malenko decided to drop the hold. Benoit then put Raven in the Crippler
Crossface, but Benoit decided to drop
the hold. Saturn made his way down, wearing a dress and make-up. Benoit
and Malenko told him the match was Four Horsemen business. Saturn
started to attack Benoit and Malenko, but was eventually out-numbered.
Saturn apparently joined Raven as his partner. Raven was finally tagged
in. As he and Malenko brawled on the outside of the ring, Saturn put
Benoit in the Rings of Saturn. Malenko was about to come in and nail
Saturn with a Tag Team Title belt, but Raven stopped him with the other
belt. The referee called for the bell. Saturn and Raven thought they won
the titles, but didn't.
United States Title Tournament: Scott Steiner defeated Chris Jericho
by making him submit to the Steiner Recliner.
- Chris Jericho wore a sash that had Japanese writing written on it.
Chris Jericho put in a lot of effort and could of had the win if it
wasn't for Scott Steiner's Steiner Recliner.
Rey Mysterio, Jr. defeated Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson) by
Disqualification, to let Flair retain the Heavyweight Title.
- The Cruiserweight Title was not on the line, but rather the
Heavyweight Title. Charles Robinson was officiating the match. Rey
Mysterio, Jr.'s quickness overpowed Ric Flair in the beginning. Arn
Anderson got involved in the match, doing some cheapshots on
Mysterio. Flair immediately took the advantage once Anderson got
involved. Mysterio was back on top, and executed several of his
high-flying maneuvers. Mysterio executed his top rope Huracanrana
finisher. Robinson was actually making the pin, but Anderson
pulled him out of the ring, resulting in a disqualification. Robinson
gladly raised Flair's hand in the end, indicating him the winner.
Mysterio then threw Flair in the pool of water as the show went of fthe
The show also consisted of highlights from last weeks Nitro, footage
from the Spring Break-Out festivities, The Nitro Girls, and more. At one
point, The Nitro Girls did a dance with impressions of wrestlers.
>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWSNewsStation - http://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation/
- Sunday Night Heat did a 4.1 rating last weekend.
- TV Guide website put up a special WWF section located at
http://www.tvguide.com/tv/magazine/990322/ftr1.htm . It's very
interesting to see, and features stars like Stone Cold, Sable, Rock,
Undertaker and Mankind.
- Sable will do a live chat on Playboy.com on March 25th.
- We sent a little nice mail to Acclaim, to see if there are any plans
for WWF Attitude to be released on PC. Their answer was simply "There
are no plans at this time". Hey, let's complain....PC users never get
any good wrestling games! :)
>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWSNewsStation - http://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation/
- It seems that WCW has an established set of rules that they hand out
personnel regardin confiscating signs:
If they say "suck"; No implied or blatant sexual reference; No numbers:
"3:16" or "4:20" or "4:69"; Cannot say "white trash" or "Trailer Trash";
No reference to "steroids"; Cannot use the word gay in any way; No WWF
reference. We do not want to give them any promotion; Signs may not
have the words "ass" or "God" on them; Signs cannot make reference to
want to have sex w/ the Nitro Girls; Nothing referring to breasts.
- The Atlanta Journal did a very interesting article on Goldberg. You
can read the long article at
- From New York Daily News: "Professional wrestlers may fake it in the
ring, but at the dinner table they're all business. Hollywood Hogan,
Diamond Dallas Page and the current No. 1 man from the World
Championship Wrestling group, Goldberg, had lunch together last week at
Gallagher's on 52nd. St. Talk about appetites! Here's what each man
ordered and subsequently polished off, according to the restaurant: two
shrimp cocktails, two 28-ounce sirloin steaks, one 3-pound lobster and
doubles in desserts. The bill came to $318, to which the wrestlers
tacked on an additional $100 tip. On their way out, Hogan said to the
waiter, "You should see what we have for dinner."
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