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Monday, July 12th, 1999
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> MCMAHON ON FOX, written by Joe DeLeon- Fox News' Wrestling With the Mania special was fairly well done, with
several minor inaccuracies, but for the most part, it was correct and
included a lot of information and good clips as well as interviews...
The special talked about wrestling in general, but all of the clips and
interviews were from the WWF. The host for the show was Brian
Kilmeade... Here is an in-depth report of the broadcast:
The show opened up with clips of WWF wrestlers in action.
Brian Kilmeade welcomed the fans to the special and named some of the
current top wrestlers and personalities, such as Hollywood Hogan, Stone
Cold Steve Austin, Goldberg, The Rock, and Jesse "The Mind" Ventura.
Clips were shown of a young Owen Hart wrestling in action from 1992.
His tragic death was talked about and Brian said this part of the
special is shown for 2 reasons: 1. Because the show went on after he
died, and 2., Many people thought the death was fake and all part of an
Clips from a past Fox wrestling special called "Wrestling Hurts,"
which was directed by Joel Parks, was shown. It said that about 10
million living rooms (about 20 million
people) turn into wrestling every Monday night (about 14 million for Raw
and about 7 million for Nitro at the moment)... A lot of the fans said
why they go to wrestling
and what they think of it... Joel Parks said that wrestling may be
choriographed however, the injuries are very real.
"Pretty Boy" Larry Sharpe, owner of the Monster Factory wrestling
school in Woodsberry, New Jersey named his injuries. They included:
Fractured vertebrae in back, torn (ruptured) pancrease, broken ankle,
broken collar bone, all fingers broken at least twice, stitches, and
Vince McMahon in this part of the past "Wrestling Hurts" special said
that before, in the 1980's, when the WWF was going national and
international, he didn't want to insult the fans' intelligence, and as a
result, he called his wrestling "sports entertainment," since he used
athletes to entertain. Joel Parks said that when Vince bought the
company from his dad, Vince McMahon, Sr., back in 1982 (I think it was
actually 1983, so that was a minor mistake, but nothing serious). Vince
said that if his father knew what Vince was going to do, he would've
never sold Vince his business (Back before Vince, Jr. bought the World
Wrestling Federation from his father, there were about 25 regional
promotions that existed... Vince bought all of them up and made his own
super power promotion, a bigger WWF then ever before. He bought Georgia
(GCW) and about 20 or so other regional leagues... In the late 1980's,
only about or maybe even less than 5 big regional promotions existed as
a result, with the oly real
competition being the NWA, who at the time, was owned and operated by
Jim Crockett. It was unheard of for anyone to buy up so many promotions
at the time).
From here, last year's "Wrestling Hurts" segment ended.
Clips were shown from Summerslam 1997 when Owen Hart piledrove Steve
Austin, thus causing a stinger to Austin's neck. Stone Cold Steve Austin
(real name: Steve Williams) briefly talked about the injury.
Clips of the WWF Titan Tower were shown in Stamford, Connecticut.
Brian said that the WWF produces 12 hours of programming each week with
a potential audience of about
500,000,000 (500 million)... He said that parking lots, cages, and
dumpsters are sometimes used in wrestling... Stone Cold Steve Austin
once again talked about his injury and that he is lucky to be alive
after it... It was mentioned that there was no off-season in wrestling
and Stone Cold Steve Austin (SCSA) said that you don't take time off
when you don't need to because you open up space for someone else, which
he said gave him his big break in wrestling... Austin's $2 million a
year base salary was
Some wrestling schools and training centers were highlighted again,
which Larry Sharpe's being shown again, too. He said that the first
thing you learn when you go to any wrestling school to become a wrestler
is how to fall down to the mat, which is pretty hard despite the
spring(s) and plywood underneath. Sharpe says that he guarantees to
every one of his wrestlers that they will be injured some time during
their professional wrestling run, since there's no way around it. The
WWF's training camp,
the Funkin' Dojo, headed by Dory Funk, Jr. (that's why it's called the
Funkin' Dojo), which holds sessions about once a month, was highlighted,
too. Dory said that the Funkin' Dojo is an unusual camp because they
don't start from scratch. He said they accept to train wrestlers that
impress WWF officials, either by sending in home videos of them
wrestling or if they are recommended to a certain amount by the owner of
their past wrestling school. A gimmick (character) for a wrestler is the
main thing needed, and is usually hard to find, as some wrestlers may
try various gimmicks before finding the one that suits them best. A
young Gangrel (David Heath) and Prince Albert (Matt
Bloom) were shown training and trying out various gimmicks... SCSA was
shown back from his WCW days when he had hair and then was shown as the
current bald wrestler that he is, which he did when he shaved his hair
prior to his WWF debut in January 1996. He said that he got his current
bad ass - serial killer-like gimmick from watching a HBO special on a
serial killer, called the Iceman, which gave him the basic idea... He
said that the
"Stone Cold" part of his name was taken from when his wife made him tea
and she said, "Drink it before it gets stone cold." Austin said the most
successful gimmicks are
the ones that the person who petrays them and plays them actually acts
like he or she act in real life, which is in his case. Kilmeade said
Austin is so popular now, he is more popular than Hogan was in his prime
and part of that is because he is beating up his "evil" boss, Vincent
Kennedy McMahon, Jr. (Mr. Vince McMahon). Vince said the angle
is currently happening because that is what the people want to see...
Larry Sharpe then said that he loved wrestling from the very first time
he saw it.
A past interview was shown with Vince McMahon on it as the special
guest. Ronnie Matthews from the New York Post and Brian Kilmeade asked
him questions. Matthews asked Vince first off if wrestling is for kids.
Vince said that the WWF has changed greatly with the times. He said he
is giving the people (the public) simply what they want. Vince said the
typical "good guy vs. bad guy" deal was getting to simplistic and since
Hollywood was producing larger than life superstars, the WWF decided to
do the same, only not following the common "good vs. bad" storyline.
Matthews said that kids often go to the wrestling events and see and
hear all of the sex, violence, vulgar language, bird flipping, etc.
Vince said that about 85% of their viewing audience is 18 years or age
or older, and the programming is written for that portion. Vince said
that the WWF is written for other teens as well, but definitely not
kids. Vince stated that children 12 years of age or younger should watch
with the parents' consent because they are too young to know what is
real and what isn't. When Vince was asked if his children were 6 years
or age if he would or would not allow them to watch the WWF programming
on Monday prime time (Raw is War). Vince said that if this was the case,
he wouldn't let them watch the show since it was inappropriate and the
children are way too young at that age. Vince then, however, made
mention that he would let his 6-year-old children (if he had any that
age) watch the Saturday morning programing (LiveWire) because it's
edited... He said that young kids that watch it are always accompanied
by parents to the arena and all, so it's the parents that basically said
whether it's OK or not for their children to watch this kind of material
on television. Vince went on to say that no one else has the huge
demographics that the WWF has and that you don't see someone stabbing a
knife into someone else with blood coming out of the victim on WWF
programming or a gun that's manipulated to kill another person. Vince
then said both of those cases are
often shown on such prime time sitcoms such as 90210, which kids often
watch after school since that's when they usually are shown. Vince said
that the WWF is like Sunday
School compared to those types or programs since day-time soap operas
are often worse and kids out of school at that time watch it a lot.
Vince stated that the WWF compares well in every catagory to the
environment in which the WWF states and the people state the WWF is in -
- - entertainment, not sport(s). Vince then went on and said that the
WWF is so successful and "hot" right now because it's the only hybrid of
everything that's popular on TV right now, which includes sitcoms,
comedical elements, soap operas, and action-adventure.
Several more fans commented on what they think of pro wrestling.
Greg Fagan, the Associate Editor for T.V. Guide was interviewed at
this part of the special. He said that pro wrestling right now is the
hottest thing going, demographic-wise. He said that they took the NFL's
Monday night ratings (7% of it to be exact) and same with the NBA, too.
He said that wrestling is currently the country's #1 sport, despite
Vince saying it's not a sport...Greg stated that 18 million homes (36
million people) in the U.S. tune in every week to watch wrestling on TV
and Jesse Ventura's Minnesota Governor win was partly due to his
popularity before in pro wrestling... He talked about wrestling
merchandise sales being huge and Austin appearing on Nash Bridges and
highering its ratings by a great deal. He taked about "pushing the
envelope" and that more sex and craziness = more ratings. He said that
now the WWF doesn't worry if it's fake or not, they just put on a show
just like anyone else does, and the show is a mix of everything that is
"cool" right now. He said that the problem, however, is that to survive
they'll need to push the envelope further and further with more sex and
violence and that it may reach a saturation point one time and lose
popularity and its style, like it did back in 1991.
A segment from a wrestling match in 1950 was shown. The segment was a
past special wrestling piece that Fox did back in the 1950's. That old
piece was produced by Truman Talley.
Bobby Lombardi, owner of the L.I.W.F. Doghouse wrestling school in
Ozone Park, New York said that the Doghouse wrestling school teaches
people how to become wrestlers in exhibition matches and part of the
actual L.I.W.F. federation. Bobby said he liked wrestling ever since he
first saw it and that it is a tragedy what happened to Owen. He also
said that wrestling has become what people wanted it to become and that
he doesn't like it. He said he likes the traditional wrestling more, and
that's exactly what it should be. However, he said that when he had
traditional wrestling, his business went way down, and the crowd spit
and threw objects at the wrestlers as a result. So he then said he had
to make the L.I.W.F. rated-R, but he still doesn't allow blood, weapons,
and a lot of violence. He also mentioned that may fans want to see the
top TV wrestlers only, but he said that a lot of his local indy
wrestlers have a lot of talent, too. He said also that it's hard to get
on national or cable TV as a wrestler and that he dares anyone to come
into his Doghouse wrestling training center and see if they can last
against anyone of his wrestlers for a week and see exactly how real his
athletes are, despite many people saying they're "fakes." He also said
that professional wrestling right now is hotter than ever and that it's
hard to be a wrestler, and also that watching or doing wrestling can let
people get their frustrations out.
Wrestlers that appeared in films were shown. Hollywood Hogan was shown
from "Mr. Nanny" and the late Andre the Giant was shown from "Princess
Bride." Also, "Rowdy"
Roddy Piper and Jesse "The Mind" Ventura were shown in past movies that
they appeared in as well.
Clips of WWF and indy pro wrestlers in action finished the well-done
> VENTURA TO BE A PART OF SUMMERSLAM 99- STAMFORD, CT -- The World Wrestling Federation announced that former
World Wrestling Federation Superstar Jesse "The Body" Ventura will once
again return to the ring in his home state of Minnesota on Sunday,
August 22, the date the WWF presents it summertime
Pay-Per-View extravaganza, SummerSlam.
The specifics of Mr. Venturas involvement at SummerSlam will be
announced at a news conference this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Eastern/10:00 a.m. Central at the Target Center, site of SummerSlam
(news conference will be available live via satellite, see WWF.COM for
satellite coordinates). Joining Ventura for this news conference will be
World Wrestling Federation Chairman Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, WWF
Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, the Undertaker, Triple H and
"Itll be great to welcome Jesse back," commented Vince McMahon. "This
event promises to be the most tremendous SummerSlam of this millennium!"
Fans are welcomed to attend the press conference via the Skyway and Main
Lobby Entrance of the Target Center beginning at 9 AM C.
Titan Sports, Inc., located in Stamford, Connecticut, is a privately
held company founded in 1982 that does business as the World Wrestling
Federation. As a leader in sports-entertainment, Titans business is
structured around television programming in 150 countries (cable and
syndication), live events, Pay-Per-View, print and online publishing,
home video, merchandising and licensing on a worldwide basis.
>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> BASH AT THE BEACH REPORT, By Joe DeLeon After Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan previewed the show and Gene
Okerlund plugged the WCW Hotline, at the Junkyard, Mike Tenay was
standing by to preview the scene, full of vandalized and wrecked cars.
Cars were on top of one another in a lined up circle. Tenay
said there could be some surprises of superstars we didn't expect to
participate in the Junkyard Hardcore Invitational Match.
Ernest Miller (w/Sonny Onoo) defeated Disco Inferno with the Standing
Red Shoe Side Kick.
- Tony Schiavone announced that the stipulation of the loser no longer
being able to dance was dropped since both Ernest Miller and Disco
Inferno complained to managment (Disco was scheduled to lose and told
Kevin Nash it would kill his gimmick; Nash just said to keep dancing).
Miller got on the microphone and told the crowd to sit their asses down,
as "You Suck" chants started. Miller said since he was good at dancing,
we would have another dancing contest. Disco made his way out. Miller
told the crowd needed to vote for him, or he would go to car to get his
karate gee to whip everyone. Miller danced in his red shoes. Disco then
did his disco dance to the obvious win, which brought Miller in, as a
match was underway. Miller was knocked to the outside, where he once
again got on the microhphone, saying he would call his momma, his hand
was a registered weapon, and he would whip somebody. Sonny Onoo got his
cheapshots on Disco in the match. As Miller remained in control, Onoo
handed the red shoe to him. Onoo argued with the referee, with Disco
stomping on Miller's foot to grab the red shoe. Disco whacked Miller
with the shoe, but Miller surprisingly kicked out at the last second.
Onoo once again got on the apron, where Disco gave him a last dancine.
When Disco turned
around, he was caught with a Standing Red Shoe Side Kick by Miller, to
let ller take this one.
Backstage, Mark Madden interviewed Judge Mills Lane at the Internet
position about his
officiation in the Roddy Piper vs. Buff Bagwell 10 Round Boxing Match.
Lane basically said for us to get on and did say he didn't like Piper
much. He also said that he would cut a little slack if anything got out
of hand like Mike Tyson bitting a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear.
Rick Steiner defeated Van Hammer with the Steiner Bulldog, to retain
the Television Title.
- Rick Steiner was on top of the match, taking Van Hammer to the
outside. He used the
exposed concrete floor and shoved the referee. Hammer to the advantage
with a lowblow.
Hammer also got away with using a chair. After Steiner used some
lowblows of his own and
the Steiner Bulldog, he took the win.
At the Junkyard, Mike Tenay was standing by with referee, Mickey Jay,
who was holding the Hardcore Trophy to declare the winner the official
Hardcore Champion of WCW. The first person to make it from the junkyard
brawl to over the fence area would take the win.
David Flair (w/Torrie Wilson, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Asya, Charles
Robinson) defeated Dean Malenko via Pinfall, to retain the United States
- Referee Johnny Boone officiated the match. As Dean Malenko dominated
David Flair, Arn
Anderson and Asya entered. Malenko knocked out Anderson and put Asya in
the Texas Cloverleaf. Meanwhile, Charles Robinson knocked out Boone and
made himself the referee. Ric Flair then entered and knocked out Malenko
with the United States Title belt, to let David make the pin.
Elimination Match: The No Limit Soldiers (w/Chase, 4x4) defeated The
West Texas Rednecks.
- The No Limit Soldiers hyped up the crowd with their ring introduction.
Soldiers dominated, with Bobby Duncum, Jr. getting eliminated first
after a springboard guillotine legdrop on Duncum with Swoll making the
pin. Duncum was then attacked on the outside by 4x4 and Chase, where
Curt Hennig tried to make a save, but was unsuccessful. BA was
eliminated after Hennig took him out with a Hennig Plex, leaving it at
three-on-three. Konnan then eliminated Kendall Windham after a roll-up.
4x4 and Chase beat the hell out of Kendall on the outside of the ring.
Barry Windham and Konnan were both eliminated by Countout as they
continued to brawl to the backstage area, with Chase joining in. Rey
Mysterio, Jr. and Swoll were left with Hennig. Barry returned to the
ring, with Chase taking care of him. Hennig tried to make a run for it,
but was immediately put back in the ring by the big 4x4. Swoll and
Mysterio took the win for the Soldiers after Mysterio landed on a
knocked out Hennig off of Swoll's shoulders.
Junkyard Hardcore Invitational Match: Winner - Fit Finlay
- There was aerial video of the match, that was supplied by a
helicopter. Rocco Rock and
Johnny Grunge of The Public Enemy officially returned to WCW by
participating in the brutal junkyard brawl. Jimmy Hart was at the scene,
cheering on The First Family in his protective gear. La Parka, Brian
Knobs, Jerry Flynn, Hugh Morrus, La Parka, Ciclope, Silver King, Steve
Regal, Fit Finlay, Horace, and Dave Taylor all brawled over the stacked
cars, using tires, electricty, fire, garbage cans, the concrete ground,
bumpers, tailpipes, hoods, car seats, chairs, tranmissions, and rims. At
one point, Morrus dived onto other cars twice with leg drops, with the
first time being a failed attempt. Rocco tried to climb the fence to
become the winner, but was stopped by Horace. King had blood all over
his back from a laceration suffered after a throw on a car windshield.
Hak later put Finlay in a trunk of a old yellow cab. A forklift lifted
the cab into a car smasher machine, with Finlay barely getting out on
time. Finlay then went for the gate and made it over for the win, as a
car exploded. Finlay received the Hardcore Champion
The Triad defeated Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn with the combination
of Greetings from Asbury Park and Diamond Cutter, to retian the Tag Team
- The Triad did their ring introduction. They traded in and out. Perry
Saturn and Chris Benoit slowly worked on Kanyon. The Triad was later
back on top with the triple-team teamwork. There crowd was cheering and
booing over a beachball in the crowd, to the point where they started
chanting the familiar WWF chant, "Asshole." The Triad later took full
control of the match, working mainly on Benoit. Benoit made the hot tag
to Saturn, as the faces started to dominate. Benoit connected with his
Diving Headbutt and Saturn connected with a Frog Splash on Bam Bam
Bigelow. When a pin was made, Diamond Dallas Page made the save. Kanyon
threw power in the eyes of Saturn and accidently DDP. Benoit was about
to make the pin on a knocked out Kanyon, but Bigelow put the foot on the
rope. Benoit later put DDP threw a German suplex, but didn't get the
pinfall. DDP nailed Benoit and accidently Kanyon with a steel trash can.
Saturn was then put through the combination of Greetings from Asbury
Park and the Diamond Cutter to give The Triad the win.
10 Round Boxing Match: Buff Bagwell (w/Judge Judy Bagwell) defeated
Roddy Piper (w/Ric
- Judge Mills Lane officiated the match and Michael Buffer, who is
popular as an announcer for boxing matches, did the announcing. Buff
Bagwell came down in his boxing clothes. Bagwell said he suspected Ric
Flair would be in the corner of Roddy Piper, so he got someone of his
own - his mother, Judy Bagwell. Flair said no one would think any less
of Bagwell if he walked out immediately. He said Bagwell was in over his
head. Bagwell told Flair to remember the time he took the Blockbuster.
The boxing gloves and mouthpieces were on. Lane said he expected a
tough, clean fight and told everyone "to get it on." In the first round,
after a fair number of rapid punches, Piper knocked out Bagwell, but
Bagwell was right back up. In round two, Bagwell went down on his knee
after a punch from Piper. Piper knocked him down once again. Bagwell
later threw an assault of his own, as Piper went down in the corner.
Piper came in early at Bagwell in the third round, which caused Judy to
bite her son's opponent and put a water buggest over his head. Bagwell
knocked out Flair and then hit the Blockbuster on Piper, with Judy
holding back Flair from making the save. Lane made the pinfall for a
Sid Vicious and Randy Savage (w/Gorgeous George, Madusa, Miss Madness)
defeated Kevin Nash and Sting with Savage's Big Elbow, with Savage
capturing the Heavyweight Title.
- Kevin Nash and Sting argued over strategy. Gorgeous George was wearing
she later took them off to reveal a black eye. She went over to the side
of Nash. ENSY Savage went after Nash, where Sting attacked him from
behind. The action continued back and forth. As it continued, Miss
Madness and Madusa interfered, only to get their heads banged into each
other and receive, along with the rest, Stinger Splashes. George entered
the ring and this time, decided to side off with Randy Savage, as she
low-blowed Nash. Sid then slammed Nash down, with Savage hitting the Big
Elbow to become the new Heavyweigt Champion.
> SHERRI MARTEL BACKSTAGE AT WCW- Former WWF and WCW manager Sherri Martel recently was backstage at a
Thunder event, in Birmingham Alabama to visit some of her old friends.
Sherri Martel managed Harlem Heat in her last stint in WCW.
> JUVENTUD GUERRERA NOW A FATHER!- Congratulations to WCW highflyer Juventud Guerrera and his wife, who
are now proud parents of a son, named Andre. As of right now, Guerrera
cannot move to Mexico City, because he's being threatened of being able
to return to the United States.
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