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Thursday December 11th 2008 Issue #2898
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//->> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
Colin Vassallo -[editor@...]-
Tomorrow Ringside Live returns with partners-in-crime Ian Hamilton and Adam
Firestorm hosting as usual. Last week we welcomed Eric Bischoff on the show
live and if you haven't listened to that show yet you can go to
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ringsidelive/ and download the podcast or else
get it off iTunes. Eric gave us a great interview.
Either tomorrow or next week on the show we will have a special one on one
interview with Darren Aronofsky who directed the movie 'The Wrestler'
starring Mickey Rourke. Our special corrispondent from Los Angeles, Joseph
Palreiro, attended the movie's press day yesterday and had a one on one talk
with Aronofsky for Ringside Live and the website. It was very, very
difficult to get some alone time with him and I've been bugging his rep for
the past two months to get him on the show somehow. She eventually managed
to free up some of his time at the press day and I believe we're the only
wrestling-related website that was given such access to the director on that
busy day. So thank you Karen, you'll be hearing less from me now! :)
We will also have the roundtable discussion with the rest of the media from
the press day that will be on the show. I know it was a busy schedule for
Joseph but I want to thank him here as well for doing the job!
//->> NEWS FROM THE WRESTLING-ONLINE NEWSWIRE
Web version at -[http://www.wrestling-online.com/news%5d-
> SNITSKY RELEASED- Eugene Snisky - better known to WWE fans as Snitsky - has been released
from the company effective today. WWE.COM confirmed the news in a short
message posted on the website wishing him "the best in all future
endeavors." Snitsky joined WWE in 2003 and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling
before being brought back to the RAW roster and making his TV debut in late
2004. In 2007 he was moved to ECW and in June of that same year was drafted
back to RAW where he remained until he was released.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=7]
> SLAMMY AWARD RAW RATING- The three hour Slammy Award broadcast of Monday Night RAW did a 3.0
composite rating off hours 2.71, 3.16 and 3.18. The first hour when there's
a three hour broadcast always drags down the number. For its usual time slot
the show did a 3.2 rating, down from last week's 3.4. (Ratings compiled by
Nielsen Media Research and put online by PWInsider.com)
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6941]
> ROURKE, TOMEI GET GOLDEN GLOBE NODS FOR THEIR ROLES IN 'THE WRESTLER'- Both Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei have been nominated for Golden Globes
for their amazing performances in the movie 'The Wrestler'. Rourke, who many
believe is up for an Academy Award nomination, was nominated for best
performance in a motion picture drama while Tomei, who plays a stripper in
the movie, got the nominee in the best actress in a supporting role. Bruce
Springsteen, who wrote the theme song for the movie which plays during the
credits roll, was also nominated for having best original song. Winners will
be announced on January 11, 2009. 'The Wrestler' is directed by Darren
Aronofsky and has already won several awards.
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6803]
> FOOTAGE OF HOGANS AT XFC EVENT GETTING BOOEDs- In the previous newsletter we reported the news of Nick Bollea and his mom
Linda along with her 19 year old boyfriend attending the XFC MMA event in
Tampa, FL., last Friday and today the video surfaced online showing how
popular the Hogans really are. When one of the hosts of the show went over
the introduce the Hogans to the crowd, the paying fans started to boo the
hell out of them. The host apparently didn't get it and asked the crowd to
"show some love" for Nick and Linda and the fans answered with even bigger
boos. Linda's 19 year old boyfriend was never mentioned. You can see the
hilarious video at
- [Discuss: http://www.wrestling-online.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=7]
//->> CLOTHESLINE CITY
By Andrew Bulik -[andrewbulik@...]-
Good tidings citizens.
Please accept my humble apologies for not writing since WrestleMania, but
what can I say the wrestling world is failing to ignite the creative
paraffin within me.
But it seems I am not the only one who feels this way. My fellow columnists
on wrestling-online.com have also become lax with their submissions.
So I come to you with my attempt to revive a dying breed. I come to you with
my infinite wisdom in sports entertainment, for I, I am a wrestling-writing
GOD! Or something like that
Today Im going to talk about what has caught my imagination lately with the
wrestling world, my random thoughts on the current events of the WWE and
also the first of my 5 part review of the Greatest Royal Rumble Entrants of
All Time! Hah!
In late November, I had a week off work, so I got round to a whole tonne of
things Id been too lazy to carry out. One of these is backing up my
collection of wrestling VHS tapes onto DVD. I have a vast collection for
which I, like many of you, have contributed to Vince McMahons war-chest in
order to accumulate.
Because I am a primitive type, these are getting transferred real-time, so I
am finding myself sitting watching many of these. Its costing me a fortune
in Pringles and nachos.
But the thing that strikes me when reviewing these events is just how much
poorer the content is in 2008 compared to 1998.
One event I watched was Fully Loaded 1998. I distinctly remember at the time
thinking that this was a very average pay-per-view. But when watching it 10
years later, I not only find that it has stood the test of time, but what
was a distinctly passé offering a decade ago stands out as a better example
of wrestling and sports entertainment than what the WWE have had to offer
for a long time.
Please dont misunderstand me, I believe the WWE has some excellent content
when creative can be bothered. And some of the matches in 2008 have been out
of this world. But does Raw glue you to your HD television? Does Smackdown
inspire you to buy the latest pay-per-view. THATs what Im referring to.
Thanks to Sky broadcasting Raw live in the UK, I now get up an hour earlier
on Tuesday mornings to watch the Monday Night shenanigans. Is it just me or
is it all a little samey?
I couldnt be less interested in Batista. A muscle-head who, it has been
reported, is a complete jerk in real-life. I can only assume this to be
correct as, when attending a live event in Glasgow in the spring, Batista
made his entrance to the ring, stood on the turnbuckle, and posed for the
crowd. Upon seeing a sign he didnt like he proceeded to flip the bird to a
guy in the audience. Thats poor form for one who was idolised by so many
young kids in the arena.
When Dave Batista appears on my screens, I cannot stop my thumb from hitting
the fast forward button because I just find him so interminably tedious.
I know this may be controversial, but I feel the same about Randy Orton. His
infernal theme music (which is worse than his previous one), his boring
matches, his ultra-repetitive monologues, JEEZ, in the wrestling dictionary
his picture is next to boooo-ring.
There are shining lights, such as Monsieur Jeffrey Hardy. Hes So Damned
Over (trademark pending). The Brian Kendrick and Ezekiel are a great double
act, but you get the feeling Vince is more interested in making Big Zeke the
next Diesel rather than Kendrick the next Shawn Michaels.
Jack Swagger has promise and unusually for a newbie, hes got a great name!
(Zach Ryder and Ricky Ortiz dont exactly have the wow factor).
Anyway, the fact Im having to dig so much depresses me, so Ill move on to
my Royal Rumble Greatest Entrants List (catchy title, huh?).
Being the sad git that I am, I used Wikipedia to decipher just who is the
greatest entrant ever in the Royal Rumble over the course of its 21 year
history (I have included the 1988 TV special event).
Points are given for wins, final four positions, number of competitors
eliminated and number of seconds in the ring. Bonus points are allocated for
more than 1 opponent eliminating a superstar (e.g. Big Daddy V scored big in
2007 because it took EIGHT men to get him out). Similarly points are
deducted if a wrestler was dumbass enough to eliminate himself.
Wrestlers who have competed under different names over the years have had
their totals combined (e.g. Rikishi/Fatu/Sultan, Earthquake/Golga etc)
So here is the first part of the Top 50 (there have been 248 competitors in
the 21 years of the event!).
50: CM Punk 3117 Points: Not a bad return when you consider he has only
entered 2 Rumbles (2007, 2008). Hes aggregated about 50 minutes in the
event which has propelled him into the top 50 ahead of the likes of Mick
Foley and Booker T.
49: Hercules 3130 Points: Ummm, okay. The late Ray Fernandez never really
made it above muscle-bound jobber level, but he managed to slip under the
radar in the 1991 match lasting 37 minutes. He was out in 56 seconds the
48: Jerry Lawler 3141 Points: You might say The King cant be classed in
the top 50 as he hid under the ring for half an hour in 1996 and lasted
precisely 4 seconds the following year. But hiding under the ring is sound
47: Diesel 3212 Points: A surprisingly low position for Kevin Nash,
particularly when you consider his memorable 1994 performance when he
eliminated 7 men. However, hes only competed in 2 of the matches and a
total of 35 minutes.
46: Goldust 3305 Points: 6 appearances have led to Dustin Runnels
achieving a Top 50 position. Never really the most prominent competitor, but
he racked up the in-ring time to earn his spot.
45: Shelton Benjamin 3388 Points: Aint no stopping him, nooo! Well, 44
other guys are more successful in the Rumble so I guess there is. Has been
eliminated by Shawn Michaels the last 3 years in a row and an 18 second
stint in 2008 didnt help his plight.
44: Tatanka 3499 Points: Ill be honest, the only memory I have of Tatanka
in the Royal Rumble, is him being a surprise entrant in 2006. Hes
eliminated a few guys over the years (tending to be the likes of Aldo
Montoya) but that seems to have escaped me.
43: Carlito 3515 Points: Thats cool! The good man the WWE love to keep
down gets his spot. Actually, Carlito tends to be reserved to be eliminated
by guys the WWE is pushing, like a returning-from-injury RVD and John Cena.
He was also a sacrificial lamb for The Great Khali.
42: Yokozuna 3547 Points: We have our first winner on the list! The only
Rumble victor not to make the Top 50 is Big John Studd, who only actually
competed in one of the matches and only eliminated 2 people. Yoko on the
other hand was a bit more dominant in his victory, memorably bench pressing
Randy Savage over the top rope to win 1993 (after Savage tried to pin
41: Jim Duggan 3612 Points: Like buses, you waited ages for a winner and 2
come along at once. I considered giving Duggan less points for winning in
1988 as his match only had 20 people, but I decided against it. Duggan
deserves his spot.
So that wraps up the first 10 places. Ill count down 40 31 in my next
column. Youll know the full Top 50 by the Royal Rumble in January (think of
this as an extended preview!).
Finally, I read an article that made me laugh the other day. It was about an
intern who was allowed to sit in a couple of WWE creative meetings. I was
under the impression that these meetings were very private affairs with no
outsiders being allowed in without the expressed permission of Vincent
Kennedy McMahon. But I digress
The intern gave Stephanie McMahon-Levesque a glowing reference saying:
she is passionate and hard-working (and) always remained down to earth and
The down to earth and approachable part are certainly contrary to what
has been reported about the Bosss daughter previously.
About Vince, the intern says:
He is very neurotic and intense. Not that this is a bad thing. Its his
company and he demands respect.
Again, fairly positive I guess for Vince. But the intern sticks the knife
into Shane commenting that: he never seemed to grasp the big picture from a
Now lets see. In full support of Stephanie, fairly complimentary and honest
about Vince and extremely critical of Shane.
It seems like a PR stunt by someone who is trying to make Stephanie smell
like roses and stay on Vinces good side while making Shane look
Is it possible that this interns name was Paul Levesque?
Ill leave you with that thought. Full credit to the Wrestling Observer for
the quotes. If you have any thoughts about this column, feel free to email
me at andrewbulik@... .
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