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Sunday June 1st 2008 Issue #2750
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
A lot of new videos from the WCW era including the Horseman reuniting,
Goldberg winning the WCW title, Hulk Hogan joining the Outsiders and more
have been added to the Video Vault. An RSS feed has also been installed
which will make tracking of new videos fairly easy. The site has been a big
hit so far with nearly 7,000 video streams in less than a month. All at
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//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
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> ONE NIGHT STAND LIVE ON PPV TONIGHT- Live tonight on pay-per-view, WWE presents One Night Stand, the only show
of the year were all matches are contested under extreme rules. The card is
as follows: Edge vs The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight title in a TLC
match; Triple H vs Randy Orton for the WWE title in a Last Man Standing
match; John Cena vs JBL in a First Blood match; Shawn Michaels vs Batista in
a Stretcher match; Jeff Hardy vs Umaga in a Falls Count Anywhere match; Big
Show vs John Morrison vs Tommy Dreamer vs Chavo Guerrero vs CM Punk in a
Singapore Cane match; Melina vs Beth Phoenix in an I Quit match.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6604]
> PRESS CONFERENCE THIS TUESDAY IN LOS ANGELES- WWE will be holding a press conference at the Staples Center in Los
Angeles, CA., this coming Tuesday. Starting at Noon PST, Vince McMahon and
other WWE Superstars will be taking the stage for the yet to be revealed
announcement. According to WWE.COM, McMahon will also explain the reasons
behind his million dollar giveaway. Doors will open at 11:15AM PST and the
press conference is free to fans who want to attend. WWE.COM is listing this
as a "monumental occasion" and a "blockbuster" announcement.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/%5d
> WRESTLEMANIA CUSTOM CHOPPER DELIVERED TO WINNER- One lucky fan received a custom built WrestleMania XXIV Chopper earlier
this week as the company delivered the prize to the winner's driveway in
Michigan. Built by the same people behind the successful 'American Chopper'
TV series, the prize was part of a sweepstakes that WWE held during the
weeks leading up to WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, FL. Over 33,000 fans
submitted their entries and the bike took over a month to complete. WWE Diva
Michelle McCool also won a similar custom motorcycle on the first Smackdown!
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6606]
> BENOIT FAMILY MANSION UP FOR SALE- Fox 5 News in Atlanta, GA., is reporting that the Benoit family mansion
where Chris murdered his wife Nancy and their son Daniel and then committed
suicide has been put on the market. The area where the home is located - at
130 Green Meadow Lane in Fayetteville - is surrounded by a lot of greenery
and is worth around a million dollars. A second four bedroom home owned by
the Benoit family in Peachtree City is also on the market and is listed for
$399,000. The huge fight over the Benoit estate between the two families is
also finally coming to an end and all that remains is the Judge's signature.
The estate will be split between Michael Benoit - Chris' father - and the
parents of Nancy. The Judge sealed all the court documents so it was not
revealed who will get what. Chris Benoit has two other children from a
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=6605]
> GET FREE TICKETS TO HOGAN'S NEW REALITY WRESTLING SHOW- Are you interested in getting tickets for Hulk Hogan's reality TV show
'Celebrity Championship Wrestling'? Five tapings will be held on 06/04,
06/09, 06/12, 06/17 and 06/19 and tickets are free for the audience. The
show will be around ten celebrity contestants who will be trained by two
former pro wrestlers with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff serving as judges. A
warehouse has been converted into a television studio to host the tapings
and it's located at 2413 Firestone Blvd., South Gate, CA., 90280. Parking is
available on location. For free tickets go to
http://www.ocatv.com/shows/show/206 . The show is scheduled to air on CMT.
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//->> AROUND THE RING
By Eric Knudsen -[ericknudsen@...]-
Welcome everyone to another edition of Around The Ring. I decided to try and
write another quick article before I leave on vacation. My wife and I are
heading out Monday to North Carolina just to get away and visit one of my
cousins. Should be a relaxing five days. We can't wait.
Well, the Supercard was a success, I'd say!! I was rather surprised with
some of the results, but then again, maybe I shouldn't be. You can check out
the results at:
Thanks to all of you that voted!! I really appreciate it.
Now on to the meat and potatoes...
Well since the last time I wrote an article, not much has changed. Vickie
Guerrero is still really annoying. I can't stand the sound of her voice, the
way she looks. Anything. I guess that makes her a pretty decent heel,
wouldn't you say?
Watching Smackdown a couple weeks ago, and I like the way they are finally
developing Cherry's character. However, she needs a little more work and I
think Maryse would agree. Cherry went for a bulldog on Maryse and Maryse hit
Cherry's side instead of hitting the mat. The way she hit, I was surprised
Maryse didn't end up with a stinger or worse. Very lucky!!
Okay...One Night Stand, which I will give my predictions on a bit later, I
just have a few things to say. Wasn't this PPV supposed to be exclusively
ECW guys? It was just a couple years ago, that they played an angle with the
Raw and Smackdown guys "boycotting" the PPV. Yet now suddenly, these same
guys are the majority of the PPV. And what ever happened to the brand
"separation"? I guess there really couldn't be such a thing.
WWE goes extreme for one night. Yeah right!! WWE has never been extreme. I
don't count Foley off the cell as extreme. The first One Night Stand PPV was
good. It was somewhat like the old ECW as it had a majority of ECW
"originals". But now, it just kind of...what's the word I am looking
for...oh yeah...SUCKS!! I watch ECW on Tuesday nights as it seems to be more
of the "farm" league for WWE. Kofi Kingston has really caught my eye with
his unique style and athleticism. But other than that, it reminds me of
Saturday Morning Superstars. ECW...Extremely Cheap WWE?!!
Okay...why does Vince insist on shoving this Russian wrestler down our
throats?? He sucks!! Boot his a$$ already!!
Whatever happened to the waft or hint of realism in wrestling. I know they
do ECW and Smackdown tapings the same night. Now Kofi Kingston had a match
with Shelton Benjamin on ECW and Shelton really worked over one of Kofi's
legs. He should have still been limping or something on Friday for
Smackdown. Now for the crowd in attendance, that's a little hard as they
tape Smackdown first I believe. But to the viewer at home, and especially
myself, I was like...Kofi, in the grand scheme of things, had 3 days to
recover from Shelton's beating. To me, I would think that to sell it, that
Kofi should have still been "feeling" the leg injury. But Kofi wasn't at
all. Bouncing around like nothing happened. As Carlito would say Kofi,
That's not cool!!
Well...we have a new third generation wrestler in the business. The Million
Dollar Man's son, Ted, was introduced last Monday. Kid is pretty put
together, but lets see what they do with him.
WWE...and even TNA has started, need to learn that people's attention spans
can be short. So opening the show with a 15 to 20 minute gab fest is not
cool. Most people end up tuning out. Be different. Start talking and in the
first few minutes, have an impromptu match or something. Keep the interest
up. Listening to the same old "I'm The Game...blah blah..." or "I am Randy
Orton...blah blah..." or "I am Eric Knudsen and..." oh wait...I'm not on
there. But it's the same thing week in and week out. Do I care if Edge is
world champ? Do I care what he SAYS he is going to do?? Hell no!! So shut up
and prove it in a match!!
Once again I caught Jericho talking to HBK during the match. And it looked
worse. As Shawn went to send Y2J off the ropes, Jericho said something to
HBK, but I guess HBK didn't hear him, so he put y2J back against the ropes
and then sent him off the ropes.
I did like the way they brought Paul Burchill back in after being gone a few
weeks...and starting a feud with Mr Kennedy. Speaking of Kennedy...and
Melina, their respective face turns were really kind of quick. They are just
suddenly the good guys. And it didn't take them having to do a run in to
save someone or turning on their partner, or anything.
Now onto TNA. Bubba Ray had a decent match with Homicide a couple weeks ago.
The only thing I was a little "iffy" on was after the match when Bubba Ray
and company laid out Homicide and Hector. Then Bubba Ray says "All you
Puerto Rican's are dead!" Is that good heat or bad heat? In a way it reminds
me of when JBL was let go from Fox News for his "goose stepping" march on a
tour of Germany a few years ago. somehow it just didn't seem right.
When did Abyss become the new Mankind? It isn't even funny, like in the way
Jay Lethal has become Macho Man or Shark Boy becoming Stone Cold. I just
don't think this is a good idea.
I actually like Matt Morgan but I must say I was a bit disappointed in his
match against Robert Roode. Roode spent the match working over one of Matt's
legs and suddenly, Matt Morgan comes back like nothing even happened. I
think some of these guys need a refresher course in how to "sell" moves,
holds, and injuries.
Ok...The whole thing with Karen and Kurt angle a couple weeks ago was so
ridiculous that I actually thought I was watching WWE for a minute. It is
such a bad story line...they need to scrap it. Or at least not drag it out
for 10 or more minutes.
I had to laugh at this past weeks TNA show with Christian busting on Booker,
using Bookers 5 Time, 5 time, 5 time,5 time, 5 time world Champ line. I was
severely disappointed that they spent 17 minutes...yes I kept
track...yapping. And then...just as it is about to get good, they cut to JB
and Karen Angle for some B.S. interview. And then it was almost a full half
hour before the first match. Don't start copying WWE.
I have to say I enjoy Jay Lethal and his perfect impersonation of Macho Man.
It truly cracks me up. OOOOOH YEAH!!! Oh and it gets better. Then Ace
Young...a former American Idol contestant, made a music video about Black
Machismo and So Cal Val. I was rolling!!
Well I am going to try and wrap this up with a few last words. Enjoyed the
Roxxi vs Angelina match. Very good match. Also enjoyed the way the match
with Rhino and Storm started...in the back stage area. Another good thing is
the way opponents are "selling" Rhino's Gore. Makes it look that much more
impressive. Lastly...great match with Christian and Tomko. And to think that
WWE had nothing for Tomko...he goes to TNA and he is a major player!!
Now I will give my quick predictions for the One Night Stand PPV. These are
the matches listed thus far:
I Quit Match - Beth Phoenix vs Melina
Could be interesting, but I see Beth being just a bit too powerful. Winner:
Singapore Cane Match
(Winner will face Kane for the ECW Title at Night of Champions)
- Big Show vs. John Morrison vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. CM
This match is going to be down right brutal and especially since Big Show
threw his proverbial hat into the mix. I think Big Show will take this one.
Winner: Big Show
Falls Count Anywhere Match
- Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga
I tend to think that this match favors Jeff Hardy because Hardy can use
anything and everything around him to dive, jump, throw himself off of or
throw at Umaga. A hard fought match, but in the end, Jeff takes it. Winner:
- Shawn Michaels vs. Batista
I would have said Batista, but having just read a little tidbit, I guess
Batista is going to be taking some time off. So with that being said, I
would think they would have an angle with Batista getting hurt somehow that
he will be out for awhile. winner:
First Blood Match
- John Cena vs. JBL
Probably one of the few matches that Cena will actually have the whole crowd
behind him. Anyways, I guess I don't really care, but if I have to pick a
winner...I will go with...
John Cena. Winner: John Cena
World Heavyweight Championship - TLC Match (If The Undertaker loses, he must
leave WWE forever)
- The Undertaker vs. Edge
Isn't this just a repeat of Mania?? Ok...probably not going to be a match of
the year or even of the night, but could be good. Winner: The Undertaker.
WWE Championship - Last Man Standing Match
- Triple H (c) vs. Randy Orton
Another hard fought match. Does Orton have what it takes? I don't know. I
think I see the age of Orton dying off. Winner: Triple H.
***This Weeks Brainbuster***
(Be sure to send all answers and/or comments to
ericknudsen@.... Remember to include your name.) Also...I
won't be able to answer your emails until next Monday, so please be patient.
Q: Before Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made The Rock nickname famous, who was
known as The Rock in the 1980's?
Well that's it for me. Thank you for joining me for this edition of Around
The Ring. I am Eric, that's my opinion and I am standing by it!!
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