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Thursday, March 24th, 1999
I S S U E # 2 9 7
The Official daily newsletter of Wrestling-Online.com
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IN THE HEADLINES TODAY....
>> New wrestling search engine website launched ...
>> Vince McMahon and Lou Albano on FOX ...
>> Chris Benoit on Off The Record ...
>> WWF News ...
>> WCW News ...
>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
By Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...
>> NEW WRESTLING SEARCH ENGINE WEBSITE LAUNCHED
By Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...
We told you yesterday that a new wrestling search engine website will
open. It's now fully functional, located at http://www.iwse.com
stands for Internet Wrestling Search Engine).
The search engine works exactly like Yahoo!, with categories, sub
categories, What's New, What's Cool etc. People who have their own
wrestling website are encouraged to submit their website to the engine.
You can even let people rate your site with our rate script, and those
sites will be automatically included in the Top 100 website.
There are currently 8 categories:
Fantasy Wrestling; Information; Merchandise; Multimedia; Newsboards;
Newsletters; Official Sites; Others. Webmasters can submit their page to
the category they think their page fits better. Wrestler Tributes and
Video Games categories will be added later this week. Any suggestions
for categories, just drop us a line, and we'll try to add it.
All sites are reviewed first, and will NOT be added if they aren't
submitted in the proper category, so please, make sure you choose the
So take a look at the newest search page in town, IWSE.com! You'll love
>> VINCE MCMAHON AND LOU ALBANO ON FOX
By Joe DeLeon
This past Sunday (3/21), the FOX News Channel did an interview with
Vince McMahon on their "Fox on Sports" show.
The new issue of TV Guide with WWF superstars on the covers was on a
screen in the background. WWF footage aired throughout the interview.
McMahon did a face-to-face interview with the two hosts. They mentioned
the new success of wrestling and that it has changed from the wrestling
they use to watch. McMahon immediately said WWF was Sports
Entertainment. He said the reason he came to do the interview with FOX
was to debate with New York Post columnist, Phil Mushnick, who is a
popular known for his WWF rants. Apparently, Mushnick no-showed. McMahon
called Mushnick a coward.
McMahon said the current direction of the WWF is only giving the
audience what they want. He said it was pretty easy to focus on some
things Hollywood does and put them on wrestling and build a more
contemporary product. He said wrestling became boring when there was a
"good guy and bad guy," because things were too predictable. The host
mentioned WWF's high television ratings and how it took a chunk out of
Monday Night Football's. McMahon said, "Oh, I didn't know it was wrong
to take a chunk out of Monday Night Football." The hosts also mentioned
the sex, violence, and other content on the Raw is War program. McMahon,
first off, said 70 percent of his viewieng audience is 18 years of age
or older. He said if kids watch, hopefully they are watching it with
their parents or with parental consent - not to mention the TV 14 rating
they have and the weekend programming that is TV PG (mainly for kids).
When regarding children, McMahon considers people under the age of 12
The hosts continued to interrupt McMahon throughout due to comercial
breaks. McMahon remained upset that Mushnick no-showed. The hosts
mentioned that McMahon had a grown-up son and dauther (Shane and
Stephanie) and does have a six-year-old running around the house. The
host asked McMahon if he would let the six-year-old watch WWF program.
McMahon said, "Absolutely not." McMahon continued to say wrestling is
is different from actual sports. When asked about the Indiana University
study of the content on Raw, McMahon ripped on Inside Edition, who were
the ones who paid the university to do the study. McMahon mentioned,
"Did you know that the study wasn't even done on the university?"
McMahon once again insisted that only about 15 percent of his audience
consist of people watching under the age of 12. When asked about the Val
Venis castration angle, McMahon said it wasn't real. When asked about
his childhood, McMahon said he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his
mouth, but rather had a hard time. McMahon got onto the hosts because
they wouldn't let him speak. He did mention that you can find more sex,
violence, and more anywhere on cable television (i.e. Beverly Hills
90210, soap operas, etc.) than what you see on their show.
McMahon said his programming doesn't consist of any major violence, like
someone blowing their brains out. The host asked McMahon why he couldn't
do a show without all the sex and violence. McMahon's response was you
can only find a bigger audience with their content. When asked about the
steroid scandal, McMahon said he was glad it was over. He admitted to
using steroids, when they were legal, but then they became illegal. It
was mentioned that Hulk Hogan admitted he used steroids while in the
Captain Lou Albano was then interviewed. He mainly discussed his new
"Complete Idiot's Guide To The World of Professional Wrestling" book. He
corrected the hosts, saying he has been involved in wrestling for 47
years and not 30. He said he liked all the old wrestlers, but today it
has become more popular. He defended the WWF, saying parents should
supervise their children. He noted he would not let his grandchildren
watch the program. He said he was never a good wrestler, so Vince
McMahon, Sr. made him a manager. He talked about all the movies he's
done and a few funny stories that had happened to him in the past.
>> CHRIS BENOIT ON OFF THE RECORD
By Jeff Jacobson
Before the opening credits rolled, a video montage was aired of Benoit
with Malenko holding the Tag Team Titles, as well as him fighting Hugh
Morrus and Bret Hart.
After the opening credits, Benoit was introduced along with curler Kim
Gellard, and amatuer wrestler Colin Daynes. Michael Landsberg, who was
losing his voice, claimed Daynes was a "real wrestler." Benoit
interrupted him and said he's not an entertainer, but rather a wrestler.
Landsberg complimented Benoit, who was wearing a black polo shirt and
Landsberg mentioned word associated would be played later in the show.
The first topic discussed was loyalty of trading a player, and for what
reasons a player should be
traded. Benoit said it is the business side of sports, and you have to
adjust wherever you are, and work hard. They brought up Vincent
Damphousse, Theoren Fleury, and Eddie Jones. Benoit said there is
politics to everything, and there is a demand for politics, so it exists
so things can be perfect. The corporate world loves doing things like
Chris also said it can be unfortunate, destructive, and fun at times,
but it is unbelieveable. In wrestling, Benoit stated that it is a
doggy-dogg world, and you have to look out for yourself, because there
is always someone ready to take your place. Throughout the segment,
Daynes and Benoit kept agreeing, leaving Kim Gellard in the cold, and
ready to get more defensive.
As they cut to commercial after this fairly long segment, they talked
about the next segment coming up. When they returned from commercial,
they discussed team sports, and running a goalie in hockey. Benoit and
Daynes said it was okay, because you must defeat someone mentally as
well as physically, and while the Toronto goalie wasn't injured, it
affected the team mentally. Benoit said if the league doesn't take
action, it is up to a tough guy member of the team to take a stand.
Benoit said if a serious injury was caused, then that might be pushing
On a similar topic, they discussed the NCAA Final Four and Duke
University defeating their opponents by 30 points each game, which is
humiliating. All three guests said they have reason to, since it keeps
them with momentum, and it sends a message to the team they will play
next. Landsberg disagreed. Benoit said it isn't a show of bad
sportsmanship, but perhaps bad sportsmanlike conduct, but he still
thought it was okay. Technically, Benoit said they aren't doing anything
wrong. However, if there were cheapshots involved, and physical and
obvious taunting, then it would change the crippler's opinion. Both
wrestlers said that it is the same as a runner slowing down at the end
of a race, so it's not humiliation, which was an extremely solid point,
but Benoit defended Landsberg saying it varies in each sport.
Before they cut to commercial, they showed a quirky fact on the screen
saying before he was in WCW, he wrestled in Japan under the name "Wild
Pegasus." In the next segment, they would talk about the Nitro Girls.
When returning from commercial break, an advertisement was displayed
with a picture
of Hollywood Hogan promoting Nitro. Anyway, clips of the Nitro Girls
were shown, spreading their legs, dancing in thin clothing. Benoit and
Daynes said they had no problem with it, while Gellard did. She said it
was degrading for women in sports, and said it was not what she wanted a
typical female sports player to be. Benoit said it is entertainment, and
it is there because there is a demand for it. It doesn't cross the line,
according to Benoit, and they are quite athletic. Gellard said that she
wishes they drew ratings due to their talent and phsyique, but it is due
to their beauty, and the fact they spread their legs. Benoit compared
its similarity to cheerleaders, and
Gellard said she had a problem with that too. Women's hockey was
discussed a bit, but Benoit differentiated the two, saying that isn't
the issue. Landsberg said a great
example was Sable, and a picture of her from Playboy was shown blurred
out. Benoit said they wanted to see this more then women's golf, and
said the WWF is doing it a lot more. He said wrestling is a sport, and
The Nitro Girls are a mere entity of it. Benoit said there is a
different audience for each sport, and once again brought up the demand
factor where wrestling fans need it as a break from "wrestling."
As they cut to commercial, it was mailbag time, and a letter was shown
asking for Chris and Colin to wrestle. This fan thought Colin would win,
and before Benoit could comment,
they cut to commercial.
This was the final segment. Chris Benoit promoted Nitro next week in the
Toronto's Air Canada Centre, and said it was the first ever in Canada.
He said he will be there, as
will Chris Jericho, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan. The other two guests
promoted certain events, and now it was time for Michael Landsberg to
play word association with Chris Benoit, and only Chris Benoit.
Kevin Nash "Innovative."
Eric Bischoff "Somewhat of a genius."
Vince McMahon He said he had a tryout with them, and had a lot of
respect for him, and gives him a lot of credit for knowing what
wrestling fans what, going with the flow, and
making the necessary changes to wrestling.
Chris Jericho "Close friend, great wrestler, one of the few to make it
on his own, by himself."
Bret Hart "Great, great legend."
As we thought the show was going to end, Landsberg asked Benoit if Bret
was being mis-used in the WCW. Benoit said definitely and for a guy as
rare and talented as him, it is a shame. He said he should be used as a
main eventer, because that is half the game, using someone well. He said
wrestling is an art, and continued more about Bret as the show faded to
>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWS
NewsStation - http://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation/
- Stone Cold Steve Austin will be a guest on NBC's Conan O'Brian
- The official site of WWF Attitude, the game is located at
- For the first time, WWF.com will present WrestleMania XV in streaming
audio in Spanish! As you know, all broadcasts were in English, but now,
they included the Spanish version to make it easier for Latino fans to
- KOVR 13, a local CBS affiliate, interviewed the Rock during the sports
segment of the 10pm newscast. John Henk, sports anchor, asked the Rock
questions and helped promote WrestleMania 15 to the local fans. For
those who do not know, the Rock was born in a small city called Hayward,
California, which isn't too far from Sacramento (less than 100 miles).
This isn't the first time KOVR 13 did a wrestling segment. Just a few
months ago, they aired a special assignment on what it takes to be a pro
wrestler by visiting the All Pro Wrestling Boot Camp in Hayward and
interviewing students. (Michael Tavares)
- Sable will do a live chat tonight at 8PM EST on Yahoo! Chat. URL is
- By Brian Lutz, WWF.com
This Tuesday, Stone Cold Steve Austin will pick up a cold one... a tall,
cool glass of
milk, that is! The Texas Rattlesnake will be the latest celebrity to don
a milk mustache for the National Milk Processor Board's famous "Where's
Your Mustache?" campaign. This award-winning campaign has proven to be
hugely popular, and legions of fans collect and trade the ads that
feature their favorite celebrities.
The shoot will take place this Tuesday in New York City with famed
Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair photographer Annie Liebowitz. Known for
working with the most famous personalities in the world, this is likely
the very first time Liebowitz has ever had to
photograph a Texas Rattlesnake! By appearing in one of these ads, Austin
joins a very
elite group of luminaries including, Steve Young, Jennifer Aniston,
Christie Brinkley, Spike Lee, Tony Bennett, Patrick Ewing, Tyra Banks,
Neve Campbell, Cal Ripken Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Van Halen, Brett Favre,
Elle MacPherson and John Elway.
WWF.COM will definitely have more information about this campaign as
details become available! Until then... "Where's your mustache?"
>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWS
NewsStation - http://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation/
- Sting will return to WCW TV next Monday on Nitro, live from Canada. He
confirmed this while he was on the QVC show
- Chris Jericho's latest commentary:
Well it's been a easier couple of weeks than usual with mucho beach
time! Cancun was a lot of fun and if you saw the MTV Beachbrawl, you
know what I'm screaming. It was a beautiful day, the band Fear Factory
were super cool guys (especially Burton C Bell on vocals and the man
with the coolest rock name ever, Christian Olde Wolbers, on the bass)
and the whole tab was picked up by WCW.
Hugh Morrus really is the laughing man, cos he was absolutely hilarious.
Then yesterday, we were in Panama City, FL and had an awesome beach
volleyball tourney featuring the WCW team of myself, Billy Kidman,
Konnan, Dean Malenko, Johnny Boone, Kaz Hayashi and Rey Misterio Jr. We
won the first game, lost the second and skinned through to win the
third. Some college kids from Ohio will never be the same!
I had a chance to hang with my friends Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride
and hang with them at their church in Kentucky. It was a great time, as
the church was super small, like a Little House on the Prairie type
thing. Very cool!
I'm featured in this month's HM music magazine in an interview conducted
by Dale. I got to talk about God, music, wrestling etc. It's real
good, so check it if you can.
How about all of the HUGE trades in the NHL over the last while? Fleury,
Clark, Recchi, Chelios! This is the biggest year in a while for such
trades. Should make the playoffs
very interesting. Go Toronto!!!
Speaking of which, I'm really looking forward to heading to Canada for
Nitro next week. Hope to see all of the Canadian Jerichoholics there!
Good news for all of you Eddy Guerrero fans. He's healing well,
training hard and should return in another two months, or so. Keep your
prayers on him!
The movie of the week is Clerks. Very funny indie film by Kevin Smith
and featuring the always entertaining Jay and Silent Bob!
Thanks to Troma Team for the package of cool B movies and thanks to you
for continuing to stand behind me, throughout all of these cloudy and
God bless you and see ya later!
- WCW Hotline Report | Hosted by: Mark Madden | Reported by: Calvin
- Hogan wrestled Flair in a house show Friday night in Chicago and fans
like it was 1987 and booed Flair like it was the same year. That card in
Chicago drew a WCW record $470,000 gate then drew $260,000 in Milwaukee
on Saturday while getting the same fan reaction. Hogan was on Madden's
radio show last Friday. Hogan said he was not gonna don the red and
yellow again or tell kids to say their prayers and eat their vitamins.
He said he was gonna be a 90's bad ass baby face who didn't sell and
just blasted everyone. Hogan also said he would not ever rule out going
back to the WWF. He
also said that he would not ever rule out the possibility of the WCW and
the WWF working together for a big show at some point. Madden said he
would have to see that to beleive it. Hogan also said that WCW needs to
get a little more risky and more athletic to catch the WWF in the Monday
night tv ratings. Hogan gave positive reviews to Paul Wight, Goldberg
and Chris Jericho.
- Scott Hall is still recovering from the recent ankle injury he got
after the Uncensored ppv in Oakland,Ca when a car ran over Hall's foot.
Madden wonders if we're ever gonna see Hall in the wrestling ring again.
His reasons were that Hall's wife Dana,has been wanting him to get out
of the business plus Hall has saved up alot of money over the past few
- Arn Anderson seemingly turned on Ric Flair in this upcoming Thursday's
AA helped Windham. Madden has been informed that AA and Flair will not
be splitting up. This is the beginning of an angle where we may see
Windham becoming the 4th member of the horsemen.
- Its been reported that Raven, Kanyon and Saturn will unite at WCW's
new Fabulous Freebirds.This doesnt mean that they will be coming to the
ring to Lynyrd Skynard music
or that Raven will be now known as Scotty P.S. Levy. The part of the
that they will be using is their opponents will never know which 2 out
of the 3 that they will be wrestling.
- WCW has started negotiation with Chris Jericho whos contrac expires
later this summer.
Madden doesnt know if any dollar figures have been tossed around yet but
he does know that WCW has offered him a weekly "Piper's Pit" style
interview on Nitro. Madden thinks its gonna take more than just to give
him more exposure to keep him in WCW. Jericho wants money and to be
elevated to the top where he is facing top stars like Sting, Hogan,
- A new TNT Nitro set will debut at Las Vegas. Madden said that Rick
Rude may be part of the new announcing crew. It is also possible that
the announcers table may be moved to ringside.
- Warrior is still under contract to WCW and there has been speculation
as to which
Warrior will return. Warrior might return with his old tag team partner
Sting but Madden said he would recommend against that. Warrior would
drag Sting down.Sting could not elevate Warrior. Warrior also might
return if WCW ever gets their NBC deal. Originally NBC wanted Warrior to
be apart of the show.
- WCW's creative team wants Sting to return as a heel. Sting dont wanna
return as a
heel cause he thinks it would conflict with his born again christian
- Alex Wright will return to WCW within the next month.
- Eddie Guerrero is nearly recovered from the injuries he got in his car
wreck and should be back soon.
- Madden went over the ECW ppv. He said it was pretty good. He talked
about how Taz
was shooting down Flair.
- Justin Credible recently called WCW looking for a job but Paul Heyman
called his bluff
and offered a release. Credible then decided to stay in ECW and feud
with Shane Douglas.
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