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Sunday, May 2ndth, 1999
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The Official daily newsletter of Wrestling-Online.com
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| Colin Vassallo |
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IN THE HEADLINES TODAY....
>> McMahon replies to Entertainment Weekly ...---------------------------------------------------------------
>> WWF Anaheim house show report ...
>> The Ross Report ...
>> WWF News ...
>> WCW News ...
>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Lots of news today...so much to read! Enjoy!
Take your e-fed or play-by-mail wrestler out of the bingo halls and into
the world of Imaginary Sports Entertainment. Why just say you're the
champ, when you could PROVE it
with a REAL LEATHER AND METAL CHAMPIONSHIP BELT.
>> MCMAHON REPLIES TO ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYBy Vince McMahon
We enjoyed your cover story and we appreciate the attention your
magazine lavished on the phenomenon we have created.
Your cover was misleading however. The Stond Cold Clone, Goldberg, has
little to do with the success your article describes. And those 35
million fans you mentioned? In recent
head-to-head Monday night matchups, over 65 percent of them were Steve
Austin's and the WWF's. You wouldn't happen to be owned by the same
parent company as the WCW, would you?
I agree that it takes guts to put Austin on the cover of EW if you work
for Time Warner. However, there's no excuse for putting a distant second
on your cover when your readers deserve to know who is No. 1.
World Wrestling Federation
>> WWF ANAHEIM HOUSE SHOW REPORTBy Roy Warren Lucier [ElRenegado1@...]
I was at the Anaheim Pond last night for WWF action, it appeared to be a
legit sellout, since no tickets were available before the show, and
people were asking for scalpers and scalpers selling them, and all that.
I rate the matches on the Jim Cornette five star rating that the
Observer uses. The show had a special feeling, because of the overhead
screen and a couple big names in WWF there, which shouldn't be
surprising since Raw and Heat are both in San Diego tonight. A good
crowd, with some big pops for the big names, and good pops for near
falls, and the usual male 'Take off your clothes' type crowd. EVERY
MATCH HAD A CLEAN FINISH (if you don't count Edge interfering, and then
Debra standing on the apron) Here is the report!!
1) Gangrel beat Test with the Implant DDT after Edge interfered with a
dropkick off the top rope. Good opener, with some good near falls, which
the fans popped for. Isn't the main on the next PPV a ten man, that has
Test in it?? Then why is he losing the opener?? Test was booed when he
came out too. After the match, Test shook hands with all three members
of the Brood, which the fans booed since they wanted a bloodbath. ** 1/4
Sable and Nicole Bass came out at the point, and us boys were treated to
the grind, and she reminded us she can't wrestle, since she doesn't want
her body bruised before her Playboy shoot tomorrow. Damn it, someone
strip the title from her, and someone get Dynamite Kansai to come to the
US and kick the living hell out of her. At least I got to
see Nicole Bass live. She should use Steve Regals old music when she
comes out "HES A MAN, SUCH A MAN"
2) Al Snow beat Hardcore Holly to reain the Hardcore Championship. Holly
was funny before the match, since he brought Head with him, and he said
"I don't know why Snow is pissed at me, everyone needs a little head now
and then" Best match of the night, sad to say. A broom, cookie sheet,
fire extinguisher, and finally a powebomb thru a table is what finished
off Holly. Snow thought he regained Head, only to be hit with a chair,
and lose Head. I guess Snow doesn't get any Head tonight. ** 3/4
Shane McMahon and the Mean Street Posse came out next, and Shane told us
he was the reason all of us came to the show. Funny, I didn't even know
he was going to be there. The 'asshole' chant is hilarious to hear in
3) Mankind beat Midian for the Sockible Claw. Before the match, Mankind
said "I have a startling confession to make. Today, when I was at
Disneyland, I cut in line on the Matterhorn!!" Hilarious. A nothing
match, with mostly Foley offense, Foley did get one of the biggest
ovations of the night 1/4 *
4) D-Lo Brown/Ivory beat Val Venis/Tori. This is what pisses me off.
D-Lo and Val were doing some great wrestling, and the fans only wanted
to see a "cat-fight" I cannot remember the finish, it involved the
women, but after the match PMS ran down and attacked Ivory and Tori, and
then Nicole Bass came down and beat all three in the ring up, and ran
after a RUNNING Val Venis. That angle is one of the most hilarious I can
think of. * 3/4 (for D-Lo and Val's wrestling)
5) X-Pac/Kane beat the Acolytes to retain the tag team titles. Great pop
for the champs. Mostly the Acolytes working over X-Pac, leading to the
hot tag to Kane, who proceeded to chokeslam Faarooq to win the match.
Good heat the whole match, some good action. * 1/2
6) Paul Wight (TBS) beat Viscera in a body slam match. Why this was not
a regular match I will not know. Nothing to it, ended in like two
minutes,with Wight dropkicking Viscera back to the mission, and then
bodyslamming him. Good pop for TBS 1/4 * (just for the dropkick)
7) Owen Hart/Jeff Jarrett won an elimination tag match over the New Age
Outlaws and Edge/Christian. The Outlaws did their catch phrases before
the match, and it was actually hilarious because instead of the word
"puppies", Road Dog said he wanted to see "titties." Good family
entertainment, but I love it. Really good action with Edge and Christian
before they got eliminated when Owen dropkicked Christian and Jarrett
rolled him up for the pin. Then some decent work with predictables
spots until Road Dog and Jarrett were fighting on the floor, and Bad
Ass tried to get Road Dog's attention, and Owen hit him with the spin
kick for the pin. Bad Ass and Road Dog argued after the match. No
puppies tonight (well at least in the arena!) ** 1/2
8) Undertaker beat Ken Shamrock in a coffin match. UT got a HUGE pop,
which makes me wonder what these fans are smoking. I mean, didn't he
just commit a crime on TV last week? Maybe these are the type of fans
DDP says like to see women get thrown out of cars. Nothing at all,
mostly UT trying to push Shamrock into the casket, which got REALLY old
quick, and even the fans booed that. Finally Shamrock hit the belly to
belly, and when he got UT into the casket, Bradshaw came down, and
interfered, and when Shamrock went back to the caket, UT hit him with
the lid, then got out, and tombstoned Shamrock, and put him in the
casket for the win. DUD
9) The Godfather retained the IC title over Goldust (w/ the Blue Meanie)
Would you believe there was NO offense from Golddust this whole match???
Seriously. It was all comedy spots with Meanie and Golddust. Meanie did
his Sable speech before the match "This is for all the men who want to
be me, and the women who come to see me!" Hilarious. Godfather had two
hos with him, who I SWEAR I have not gone out with!
After Golddust threw some powder, missed, and hit Meanie, Meanie then
gave Golddust the Shattered Dreams, and then Godfather hit Golddust with
the Pimp Drop. 1/4 * (for the comedy spots)
10) Steve Austin and the Rock beat HHH and Big Bossman in a Steel Cage
match. The advertised main was Rock vs Austin cage match, and I had no
idea of this match until HHH and Bossman were announced. Rock got an
incredible ovation, and talked on the mike holding the cage. Austin then
came out, and the place went nuts. Biggest pop of the night. Now as far
as matwork, there was really no buildup to any spots except hot tags. No
reversals of big moves, no teasing of finishers, etc., so to me, this
match lagged big time. Although the fans would disagree, because this
match had non-stop crowd heat. Bossman got hit with the Stunner for the
finish. After the match, Shane got in the cage, just to get hit with the
Stunner twice. A dangerous trend is starting, because even up in the
cheap seats where I was, people are now throwing full beer cans towards
the ring for Austin. Very dangerous, a scary sight. Austin drank a few
Next show is July 17th, a Saturday
>> THE ROSS REPORTBy Jim Ross
>From where I sit, and after watching "Smackdown!" on UPN, it certainlylooks like the male McMahons are heading for some sort of showdown.
Dont know where, dont know
when, but it will happen! Stay tuned on this one.
Fans have wanted to cheer The Rock for quite some time and now they have
a great reason. The Rock will soon become one of the Federations most
popular performers in record time.
Steve Austins second "Nash Bridges" episode will air on CBS in May
during the television ratings sweep. Well keep you informed on the
exact date. Expect CBS to promote the Rattlesnakes appearance very
Chyna will be travelling to the U.K. early to do promotion for the May
Sables second Playboy shoot will take place during May 1, 2 and 3 and
may be published as early as September.
Yours truly will join Kane and X-Pac in Minneapolis, Minnesota on
Friday, May 21 when
tickets go on sale for this years SummerSlam which will be held at the
Stone Cold will appear on Live With Regis and Kathie Lee on Friday, May
Whats up with the Cleavage Family?
Steve Blackman will return soon with a new focus and we will finally
find out why Blackman is called the "Lethal Weapon."
What team has the physical skills to be the most dominant team in the
Federation? Thats a no-brainer! Its the Acolytes. The unanswered
question, however, is can they put their game together mentally? If
Bradshaw and Faarooq "Get It," they will ascend to the top of the tag
Mick Foley is experiencing some knee problems and may need surgery to
repair both knees. But never fear, Mick will respond as he always does
and be better than ever.
Steve Austin will soon be doing the CBS program the "Late Late Show With
Craig Kilborn." Should be some time this month.
Olympic champion Kurt Angle is doing great in Memphis and could be
called up to the WWF by mid-summer.
The Road Dogg is very upset with Mr. Ass attitude lately. If Billy
doesnt make some
changes, the New Age Outlaws could be in jeopardy.
Dok Hendrix WILL retaliate against the Brood! But how? Can you say
WWF officials are VERY pleased with the Big Shows physical
conditioning. That means
trouble for a lot of folks!
Kane is very lucky to have someone in his corner like X-Pac. Lets hope
this before its too late.
I know its not hard to do but keep an eye on Tori. She could be the
next WWF Womens Champion.
Does Road Dog need Mr. Ass to be successful? Not in my opinion?
When will "Too Much" get serious about their career and focus on the WWF
Tag Team Title? Were waiting
No one delivers a stiffer right hand than the Big Boss Man.
Has the Undertaker set his sights on the WWF Championship again? Oh,
hell Yeah! Could
happen at Over The Edge on May 23 in Kansas City.
I cant tell you how great it feels to be back at ringside in my chair!
Your support has
been heart-warming and your patience as I continue to heal from Bells
Palsy is sincerely
appreciated! See you next week.
>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWSNewsStation - http://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation/
- This week on Between The Ropes wrestling radio, listeners will be in
for a real treat as the lovely Debra from the World Wrestling Federation
will join Brian Fritz, B Randall, and Dickerman on Tuesday night, May 4,
1999 at 10:00pm ET. http://www.betweentheropes.com/
- Dory Funk was released from his role as training camp instructor at
the Funkin Dojo wrestling camp.
- The WWF will go back to Puerto Rico on June 25th, for the 'Summer
Attitude' tour! The show will start at 8PM and will take place at the
Hiram Bithorn Stadium at San Juan.
Matches announced are: 'The Big Show' Paul Wight vs. The Undertaker;
Brood vs. New Age Outlaws; Miguel Pérez vs. Hardcore Holly; Val Venis
vs. Droz; Huracán Castillo vs. Midian; Taka Michinoku vs. Jeff Jarrett.
- Based on what happened at "Smackdown!" involving Stone Cold and Vince,
Shane McMahon has threatened to unleash the entire Corporate Ministry on
the World Wrestling Federation! According to the "Boy Wonder," he claims
he WILL NOT take responsibility for the carnage! What does that mean?
Tune in to Sunday Night HEAT to find out!
Also, is the future of DX hanging by a thread? As witnessed on
"Smackdown!" the Outlaws and X-Pac nearly decimated each other for the
Federation Tag Team Championship. Can DX keep things together? HEAT will
be our first opportunity to see the crew since "Smackdown!"
- In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave
Meltzer reports that WWF wrestler Glenn Ruth, formerly Thrasher of the
Headbangers, filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Philadelphia
Phillies baseball franchise. As the story goes, Ruth's wife was hit in
her left eye by a foul ball during a Phillies game at Veterans Stadium.
Due to that, she is now legally blind in her left eye. Despite the fact
that disclaimers on the back of baseball tickets state that the ticket
holder assumes the danger and risk of being struck by a thrown bat or
batted ball, Meltzer points out that a lawsuit similar to Glenn Ruth's
case saw the plaintiff walk away with a seven figure award. We shall see
if Ruth's case ends in similar fashion. (Christopher Murray)
- The 'mom' of Beaver Cleavage, June Cleavage is bodybuilder Marianna
- Chaos Comics, makers of the Undertaker comic book, will soon come out
with a Mankind comic book. This is apperantly only a one time comic for
- A local ABC network out of Grand Rapids, Michigan (WZZM-TV) ran a
piece about professional wrestling specifically the WWF on tonight's
late news. It was out to
prove the point that wrestling influences the behavior of young kids. To
drive home the point the reporter doing the segment went to a day care
center to conduct tests. First he put a "Barney" tape in the TV for the
kids to enjoy. Of course the kids were playing along and singing. Then
after the "Barney" tape he put in WWF Raw. The commentator and a
Psychologist pointed out the aggressive changes in the behavior of the
kids, as footage
was shown of the children hitting each other and running around the
room. They then cut to footage that was taped at the April 13th Raw and
Heat tapings from Grand Rapids, MI. Owen Hart was asked what he allows
his children to watch. He replied there is much worse shows on TV then
the WWF and at earlier times. Ray Traylor (Bossman) also stated that he
does not allow his young kids to watch very much of the Raw broadcasts
because of the content. Jeff Hardy also gave his opinion. Which was he
will of course regulate his
children's viewing habits when he has some. The segment was about 5
minutes long of course pointing out such past footage as Val's "Saving
Ryan's Privates" and the Austin / Vince "Bang" fake gun angle. Just
another media piece depicting wrestling as evil and
manipulative, shifting blame away from the parents of the children and
onto the performers and officials of the WWF and professional wrestling.
- WWF Training camp wrestlers:
Jason Ahrndt: Said to be star of the camp; Mark Herny: Was released by
the doctors but his knee is not 100% yet; Tom Howard: A California based
wrestler who worked as KGB in AAA; Russ McCullough: A 6'10" 330 lb. guy
who is being compared to Kevin Nash and Paul Wight but has virtually no
experience and wrestled under the name Apocalypse at the weekend camp
shows; Stefan Gamlin: Who played college football in the U.S. and for
Frankfurt in the WFL where he was something of a local celebrity; Robbie
Dicks: A former college wrestler. Meltzer says he may be the brother of
Don Frye, who the WWF are trying to build a relationship with for when
his New Japan contract expires; Rico Cosantino: Is a worker for Empire
Pro Wrestling out of California;
>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWSNewsStation - http://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation/
- WCW only sold 11,000 tickets for a gate of $400,000 for their
Slamboree pay-per-view, to be held in the TWA Dome, in St. Louis. In
1998, they did a Nitro in the same arena, and got 30,000 fans for a gate
of nearly $1 million.
- Meltzer reports that Rick Steiner will turn heel after the Slamboree
- Goldberg made his appearance on the two-hour WCW and QVC merchandise
special earlier today from 12:00-2:00pm EST. He arrived at the QVC
studios in a helicopter. For a few notes from the show, when asked about
Stone Cold Steve Austin, Goldberg said he was still waiting for Austin
to accept his challenge. They mentioned Austin a bit more, by pointing
out an audience member earlier in the day had an Austin T-shirt and "he
[Austin] was the little guy next to Goldberg on the Entertainment Weekly
cover," which hasn't set well for the WWF, as they have showed it on
their website, with Vince McMahon even sending EW a letter. Kevin Nash
called into the show and had a friendly conversation with Goldberg. He
did mention he would be coming out with his own book soon.
- Mike Tenay has been added to the WCW booking team.
- "Macho Man" Randy Savage had an important role squaring off against
Nick's one and only Kenan from All That. The feud consisted in a no
holds barred Mini Golf match. Macho Man first tried to trick Kenan by
telling him that the Spice Girls were around the corner, but Kenan
countered saying another hot chick was behind Savage. The next time the
two were seen, Macho had Kenan screaming in a leg hold and
Nickelodeon's Harriet the Spy appeared and told them it wasn't a tea
party. The next time they appeared, Kenan pointed out that Macho Man's
put was too big, so Macho first bit a piece off but the Referee said it
wasn't enough, so Macho broke the put on Kenan's head. Finally, the two
entered the Kid's Choice Arena to a roaring response, and they entered a
small ring. To evereyone's surprise, Macho gave Kenan an atomic wedgie
and stuck the ball into the hole to win the Kid's choice belt!! The belt
was awarded by T.L.C. and Macho kissed a hot blonde. He was given a
robe, followed by a Gak bath to end the awards!!! (Wrestling Mayhem @
- WCW is coming out with Goldberg, Hogan, Savage, Sting and Nash Air
Fresheners. Meltzer adds the company that is marketing them wanted the
first four and WCW begged them to include Nash. (Creighton)
- Steve Regal was backstage a WCW house show in Huntsville, AL last
week. Meltzer adds if he does not find a job soon he is going to be
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