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Wednesday, July 29th, 1999
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The Official daily newsletter of Wrestling-Online.com
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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
WWF just announced the release date for WWF Attitude. It will be out on
August 5th, and you can pre order from the Megastore at
http://www.wrestling-online.com/megastore . Most sites have it for $50
or more, we're selling it a whopping price of $36.99 . Pre order your
copy now! This will be the hottest wrestling game!
Also, be sure to read Iain Burnside's "WrestleMania 16" parody report.
>> THE SCOTTISH TERRIERBy Iain Burnside, [iain@...]
Some of the long-term readers may remember my WrestleMania 14 report
from 1997. Well I have hopped back into the time machine, revved it up
to 88mph and scuttled forward yet again to bring you this special
WrestleMania 2000 report, all in the name of professional journalism.
And I am, after all, the consumate professional.
- The opens with the usual fireworks gubbins, and zooming close-ups of
gap-toothed trailer-park fairies with signs that took them all week to
think up and think are extremely witty but really say things like "Tom
3:16". Jim Ross then reminds us all that there will only be 4 matches on
this pay-per-view because they have to keep the good stuff for Raw, but
that we bought it anyway.
After special guest star Whitney Houston sings the national anthem, its
time to begin.
- Ejaculation Match: Val Venis/Nicole Bass .vs. Too Cool .vs. Jeff
Jarrett/Debra .vs. Marc Henry/Sammy The rules for this one are fairly
simple. Last to let loose is the winner. Each team picks a corner and
promptly gets down to business. D-Lo and Ivory come out to try to
explain to Henry that Sammy is actually a transsexual, and even take
great care to point out the extra bits, but Henry just keeps that '2
plus 2 is 5' grin on his face, dribbles slightly and mumbles on about
Barry White. Eventually D-Lo and Ivory give up and go backstage. Jerry
Lawler is very upset about Too Cool's participation in this match for
some reason, and when he sees that Brian Christopher is receiving he
leaps into the ring and clubs Scott Taylor to death with his crown, then
carries Brian backstage. We're down to three teams now, but Debra looks
strangely bored. While Jeff is downstairs, doin' his thang, she starts
playing a little song on his guitar and then gives up on Jeff, grumbling
something about 'a little prick' and then wanders over to join Val and
Nicole. By this time Marc and Sammy have long since given up (actually,
she let go before he did...) and we have our winners! After the match
WWF officials try to separate Val, Nicole and Debra, but don't want to
get close enough to actually touch a naked Val or Nicole, so instead
they all drag Debra away. Very very slowly. Eventually they have to get
the other two out of there so they send Pat Patterson down, which scares
the hell out of both of Val and makes him leg it through the crowd,
stopping off now and then to have some 'auditions' for his latest movie.
Nicole has passed out from the Big Valbowski Experience by now. Winners:
Val Venis, Nicole Bass & Debra.
- Ken Shamrock .vs. Christian.
This is actually a damn good match, with plenty of high-flying and
technical maneuvres by both competitors. Unfortunately it doesn't last
long as Vince McMahon comes out, incensed and asks them what the hell
they think they're doing. When they reply "wrestling", he goes nuts and
gets Patterson back out again. He runs down to the ring with his arms
outstretched and pants around his ankles, only for Shamrock and
Christian to leg it. Vince gets on the mic and yells at everyone
backstage that "...these hillbillies didn't come here to watch wrestling
godammit, this is the World Wrestling Federation and we don't have any
time for that sort of thing dammit and I'm Vince
McMahon and you're a nobody dammit!!!!!!". Jim Ross asks him who he's
talking to and Vince tells him to shut up, cos he's watched The Matrix
and he knows how it works.
- Backstage, Val Venis is salivating and running around the locker rooms
looking for some action. He spots Michael Cole interviewing Whitney
Houston and runs over, only to be blocked by Bobby Brown. Val wants his
Grade-A meat though, and delivers his new finishing move (The Faceshot)
to Bobby and then gives more of the same to Whitney. And Michael Cole.
- Strap Match for the Intercontinental Title: Edge .vs. The Godfather
The rules for this match are quite simple. Both wrestlers are joined by
a strap, and to win the match you have to go to each corner of the ring
and shag the ho standing in the corner. First to shag all four ho's wins
the belt. Edge is clearly on top as far as the fight goes, flying all
around Godfather and kicking his ass severely. However, The Godfather
seems to have paid off the ho's as they stubbornly refuse to open their
legs whenever Edge comes to the corner. Godfather delivers a chairshot
to Edge from behind and then manages to shag three of the ho's. Just as
he is about to reach the fourth however, Val Venis comes running to the
ring naked, managing to poke Godfather in the eye from ten feet away,
and quickly gives the ho's a taste of the Big Valbowski to claim the IC
belt for himself. He doesn't leave the ring though, instead he uses the
strap to tie up all the ho's, Edge and Godfather and, with a little
drool running down his mouth, starts to have a little too much fun. Then
"I'm A Real American" blasts out the speakers again and Pat Patterson,
with his yellow & red condom, runs to the ring to free everyone. He
tries to scare off Val with a little boogy-woogy down below, but Val
don't care about gender, he just wants to entertain the mummy & daddy
department, so is only to happy to join in with Pat. Winner and new
Intercontinental Champion: Val Venis
- Backstage, Mick Foley is seen arguing with Vince McMahon with
something. Mick says "its sick!" but Vince tells him to get out there
and do his job, or he'll force him to dress as Dude Love for the
remainder of his contract, causing Mick to run away.
- Main Event for the WWF Title & Right to be screwed tomorrow night on
Raw: Steve Austin .vs. Mankind
Mankind's music plays but he is nowhere to be seen. Austin comes to the
ring and immediately starts chugging beer, causing half the crowd to wet
themselves with excitement. The bell rings and Mankind suddenly leaps
down from the rafters and crashes through the canvas. Jim Ross starts
yelling "My God!! My God!!", Jerry Lawler shushes him as he is busy
typing his homework on his laptop, the crowd go crazy and pop like mad,
Austin starts drinking yet more beer for the next half hour, astounding
the crowd with the skill with which he manages to open those cans and,
Some of the crowd start to pass out with so much skill dazzling their
- Backstage, Vince McMahon is shown wearing a long, hooded, black robe
that covers half his face, muttering something about how "Young
Stonecold" will be turned to the dark side as the show ends....
And that's how it happens. If you don't believe me, jsut you wait and
>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> THE WHITE HOUSE GETTING SOME ATTITUDE!- While the WWF will be busy doing their thing for RAW at the MCI Center
in Washington, the White House yesterday officially sent a letter
inviting all superstars on hand for a tour at the most famous house in
the world...the White House! The media keeps bashing the WWF and Ventura
for working together...what will they say about this? Keep an eye on
Bill Clinton, he might want to have some fun playin with the puppies!!!
> DUDLEYS TO THE WWF?- 1wrestling.com's Bob Ryder reports that the Dudley Boys are in talks
with the World Wrestling Federation about possibly making a jump from
ECW to the company. If a deal is done, you can see the Dudleys on WWF TV
> WWF AND PLAYBOY TAG TEAMING AGAIN?- Lucas Sweinford on WWF.COM reported that the WWF and Playboy are
currently in discussions about working out a deal that would bring women
of the WWF in the publication, along with other cross-promotional deals.
Speaking of Playboy, Shaun sent in word that Rena Mero will do a chat on
8/2 at 9:00pm EST on the Playboy website. Click HERE to go! (Joe DeLeon)
> RENA MERO KEEPS MOVING ON...- WWF wrestles name from Sable, USA Today, July 28, 1999
Rena Mero, a.k.a. Sable, has settled her lawsuit with the World
Wrestling Federation. Mero sought $110 million, claiming that the
business had become "obscene and violent." Neither side will talk about
the details, but Sable's husband, wrestler Marc Mero, said from the
couple's Orlando home Tuesday: "We're very happy about it and glad to
get on with our lives." Since signing the settlement Friday, Mero says,
his wife has gotten four movie scripts, has made a deal with Kiss' Gene
Simmons and is in talks to re-create the 1985 Red Sonja movie character
for a TV series. "She's been offered guest spots on everything from
V.I.P. to Walker, Texas Ranger to Martial Law." Mero did not retain the
rights to her Sable name and is not allowed to wrestle for three years.
> SUMMERSLAM WEBSITE LAUNCHED- WWF launched the SummerSlam website at http://www.wwfsummerslam.com .
It features alot of stuff including wallpapers for download.
> JARRETT ON BYTE THIS!- Tonight, at 7pm ET, the crew of Byte This welcomes the self-proclaimed
"Greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time," Jeff Jarrett. Give us
a call at 1-888-LIVEWWF (548-3993) between 7-7:30pm ET. There's no doubt
that Jarrett has an unlimited future here in the World Wrestling
Federation, and his past is just as rich and interesting as anyone
else's in the business. He's a second-generation wrestling superstar
whose father worked with none other than Jerry "The King" Lawler in the
USWA in Tennessee. Jeff is a seasoned veteran of the game who's been
immersed in the business his entire life. We're gonna find out why
there's somethin' about kickin' Ben Stiller's @#$!!! And will the
puppies be in Jeff's doghouse much longer? Join us tonight at 7 PM ET
LIVE and give us a call at 1-888-LIVEWWF to be a part of the show.
> WWF ATTITUDE OUT ON AUGUST 5TH!- GLEN COVE, N.Y., July 28, 1999 - Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
(NASDAQ:AKLM), a leading worldwide interactive entertainment company,
today announced that WWF Attitude for the
PlayStation has been completed and approved for manufacturing by Sony.
The game, which was developed by Acclaim Studios Salt Lake City is
schedule to ship to retailers nationwide on August 5.
"WWF Attitude is the most highly anticipated game of the summer," said
Paul Eibeler, Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Acclaim
North America. "We wanted to give the team all the time they needed to
make Attitude the greatest wrestling video game
ever. Their efforts were worth it, the game will not disappoint those
who have eagerly awaited its release."
WWF Attitude is the smash sequel to the 1998, million-plus selling, WWF
Warzone. The game features over 40 WWF Superstars including Stone Cold
Steve Austin, The Rock, The
Undertaker, and Mankind. Attitude also features Create-A-Pay-Per-View
Mode, over 20 game modes including all new specialty matches, new match
options, career mode, photo-realistic wrestlers, create-a-wrestler, and
over 400 moves including signature and
finishing moves. Demand for WWF Attitude has reached unprecedented
levels with retail pre-orders topping 100,000 units.
The marketing plans in support of WWF Attitude call for a nationwide
television campaign, print advertising in major video game and wrestling
publications, extensive online advertising including an acclaim.net
website and banner advertising, and consumer promotions with
strategically targeted partners.
> VINCE AND LINDA MCMAHON ON OFF THE RECORD, written by TooSweet- While Tuesday's one-on-one interview between Vince McMahon and host of
Off the Record with Michael Landsberg focused on the controversy
surrounding the WWF, Wednesday's Off The Record with Vince and Linda
McMahon focused on family.
By having Linda McMahon on the show, Vince pulled the curtain
surrounding the WWF back even further, with Linda going so far as to
state that Jim Ross is in charge of talent co-ordination...something
that the "smarts" on the internet have known for a long time, but a fact
that has been kept from the general public in the past.
Landsberg's first question was directed at Linda, asking her how she
sees Vince McMahn.
Linda said that she sees Vince as a very shrewd business man. She has
been married to him for 33 years, and they have known each other for 36.
"Vince is a wonderful husband, a great father, and someone I am proud to
call my best friend. Vince is a man of integrity, principle, and a man I
respect very much." said Linda.
Landsberg asked Vince what Linda's position is in the company, to which
Vince responded; "Linda runs the company basically. She describes
herself as 'nuts and bolts', and has always been there, sometimes behind
me, and sometimes in front of me." Even prior to buying his dad's
company, she was right there.
Vince and Linda met in church. "My mom told me that I had to go and meet
this beautiful blue eyed girl, who sang in the choir." That was the
motivation for him to go to church. Linda was 13, Vince was 16.
Linda does not know the storylines in advance, and doesn't know what
will happen until the show airs because they want an honest reaction to
On the subject of how it is watching their children perform in the WWF,
Landsberg asked if he would have a problem with his daughter portraying
a character like Debra's. Vince responded that while Stephanie's persona
could progress like Debra's, she could go an entirely different way, but
he will allow her character to develop whatever way makes sense.
As a father he err's on the conservative side, however as a producer he
does whatever the public wants to provide the best product.
On Shane risking his health everytime he steps into the ring, Linda said
she is just as concerned about every WWF superstar when they get into
the ring, and you know that there is always a risk.
When Shane was on top of the ladders, she actually stood up and wanted
him to get down.
When asked who controls the remote control for the TV in the McMahon
household, Linda said that Vince has absolute remote power.
After the break, Landsberg detailed the history of Titan Sports, from
it's inception, to a bankrupcy early in the company's history, to today.
Regarding the Sable Lawsuit, Linda said that the lawsuit was in the
process of being settled, or that it would be settled by the time this
program aired (as of late last week, it has been settled).
Vince said that it is a policy and a practice that nobody is degraded by
the WWF, despite Sable's allegations.
Regarding Sable's statement that he asked her to do certain things,
Vince said that while she said she may have been asked to do certain
thing she didn't agree with, the lawsuit did not state that she ever
performed the acts that would have degraded her.
Landsberg asked the McMahons if anyone ever gets too big an ego for
their own good, and if anyone ever thinks they are bigger than the
company. Vince responded with: "No one individual is bigger than the
larger sum of the parts. Sometimes ego can get in the way."
Landsberg mentioned how sometimes wrestlers start to believe their own
Vince responded: "That is when we, as producers, fail." Which performers
is that true for? Bret, "No question", Sunny, "Probably." Rena Mero?
Vince stated that he was not allowed to discuss Rena Mero as part of the
terms of her lawsuit. "Part of our responsiblity as producers is to
advise performers to keep their feet on the ground."
Linda said, "Celebrity is a heady experience. You have to learn how to
cope with it, and by and large our talent do."
Quirky Fact: Titan Sports' first non wrestling pay per view was the
Sugar Ray Leonard-Donny Lalonde fight, November 7, 1988.
The term wrestlers is archaic. The WWF would like to get that term out
of the company, it's about the brand. Both Linda and Vince agree that
the brand is the important thing.
While they will change the logo to keep up with the times, they won't
change the company identity.
If the logo was about to change, it would be Vince's perogative to
change the logo.
Michael Landsberg came on after the break and stated that in the Vince
McMahon interview yesterday, McMahon made some disparaging comments
about Bret Hart. Off The Record has offered Bret Hart the opportunity to
come on the show and respond to McMahon's comments.
After the break Off The Record showed a clip from next week's show with
Stephanie and Shane McMahon. The full show will air August 3rd at 6:00pm
Shane said that the guy he is on camera is completely different from who
he is in real life. Stephanie said that it's the portrayal of real
storylines (with sibling rivalry etc) that Vince is trying to show.
>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> HOGAN INJURED AGAIN- Reports are saying that current WCW Heavyweight champion Hollywood
Hogan re-injured his knee. The severity of the injury is unknown. We
have to find out if the title will be vacated if Hogan decides to take
more time off.
> GERMAN TOUR CANCELLED- WCW cancelled their 3 days tour in Germany due to the fact that
several of the WCW superstars will be filming the WCW movie with David
Arquette. The dates were October 29, 30 and 31 and events were taking
place in Efurt, Hamburg and Oberhausen.
> MEAN GENE NOT RENEWING CONTRACT?- On WCW Live, Mean Gene Okerlund stated that his contract is up in the
next couple of months and may not be interested in renewing it with the
Atlanta based company. He said that with Vince McMahon's input, he will
become a huge star. He critizized alot of things happening in WCW while
being on the show.
> JASON HARVEY OFF THE NITRO ANNOUNCERS' BOOTH- After receving a poor response from fans and backstage viewers, Jason
Hervey will not be returning to the announcing booth next week on Nitro.
In particular, Bobby Heenan was disturbed with Hervey's presence,
because Hervey was stepping over most of his commentary. WCW Officials
are saying that no matter how good Scott Hudson is doing in the PBP for
Nitro, WCW is standing by their decision to keep Schiavone as their lead
PBP announcer. Currently Schiavone is planning a vacation with his
family and a set date for his announcing return hasn't been set. (Kirk
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