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Monday, October 4th, 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@...]
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Yep! After 4 days in England
for Rebellion, I finally arrived in Malta at around 1:15AM of today. 4
days of waiting, 4 days of f'n raining! Some stuff about my trip...
THURSDAY, SEPT 30TH. - I arrived at around noon in the hotel, unpacked
my stuff, watched some TV, and went to eat. At 4PM I headed to the
Virgin Megastore to meet the Rock and the Big Show. There was a little
problem....at 4PM there was already a HUGE line of people waiting.
Thanks to my two friends Mark and Tara (Yes guys, I'll plug your sites
before I end this article!) I managed to sneek in the start of the line.
Then, the rain started! AAAA! No umbrella, no jacket, just a shirt and a
cap. You can imagine how we all finished. At around 6, they let people a
few people in the Megastore, we were one of the people who got in first.
Show and Rock had to come at 7:30, but it was delayed like 30 minutes.
After alot of waiting, we had the autographs, pictures and I went back
to the hotel room. 10,000 people were in the line waiting to get in.
FRIDAY, OCT 1ST. - I went shopping in the morning, returned at the hotel
at noon, ate, slept and watched TV. That's all I did for the whole day!
:) I got hungry at 9, so a pizza from Pizza Hut was enough. I watched a
movie, and slept.
SATURDAY, OCT 2ND. - It's PPV day! 6:30AM I wake up, pack my stuff, and
head to Mark and Tara's house. Again, it was raining. At 9AM we left for
Birmingham, arrived there at 11:30AM, and went to the wrestlers' hotel.
We went to the Marriott, but we were in the wrong place, so we moved to
the arena, and noticed that they were staying at the Hyatt! Went to buy
some wrestling merchandise from the NIA, and walked down to the hotel.
After a few words with the security guard who didn't let us in, we
managed to get in. We waited, waited, and waited....then, we found out
that the wrestlers were coming out from the back door! Ooops! We run
near the two huge coaches, and there they are, coming one by one. Kane
(with no mask), Road Dogg, D-Lo, Jericho, Ivory, Tori, X-Pac, Chyna,
Hebners, and others came down. Only Earl Hebner and Tim White stopped
for autographs. The others just waived, and got in, except for Triple H,
who gave us the middle finger before getting in. "Triple H" chants from
the crowd soon turned to "Asshole" chants. Off we go to the arena, at
2AM we're in the starting of the line, with only like 5 other people in
the line. A few rain showers after, the line started to fill up, and
after 4 hours the doors opened! Security guards told us to open our
arms, they searched everything, including bags! It's not like we're
going in the White House for Christ's sake! We find our seats (pretty
damn good seats too!) and watch the show. At 1AM we returned to London,
SUNDAY, OCT 3RD. - Some shopping for lunch, watched RAW, and off to the
airport at 1PM. A bye to Mark and Tara, and I'm in Heathrow waiting for
the plane. At 8:15PM, we finally leave to Malta. Flight traffic, delays
from the airport, waiting for the stuff, at 1:15AM I made it out of the
airport! And there goes my holiday, now, back to the old story, sleep,
wake up, work, eat, sleep, wake up, work blah blah blah.
It was pretty nice, well, maybe if it didn't rain so much, it would have
been better! England needs some sun big time. And for Mark and Tara's
sites, go to http://ww...IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE THE SITE IS!
Uahahhaaah! Ok, here we go http://fusemp.hypermart.net for Mark's site
and http://the-ministry.hypermart.net for Tara's site!
Check wrestling-online.com tomorrow for all the Rebellion pictures!
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> VINCE RUSSO & ED FERRERA QUIT WWF...ATLANTA THE NEXT STOP- "I am proud to work for Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling
Federation, and I am sick and tired of people looking to make a name for
themselves at Vince's expenses." - Vince Russo, RAW Magazine September
"Regardless of what some people may think, or say, I have been blessed
with the opportunity of working with Vince McMahon over the past five
years. Talk about a Fountain of Information. This guy has lived, and
learned his entire life. Not only is he my boss, but he's the best damn
teacher I've ever had." - Vince Russo, RAW Magazine September 1999.
5 words. What a load of crap.
The biggest wrestling news since the demotion of Eric Bischoff from
World Championship Wrestling has hit the wrestling world. Now former WWF
head booker and WWF magazine editor Vince Russo re-signed from his job
at WWF Entertaniment Inc, to go work with the 'enemy', WCW in Atlanta.
Also joining him will be Ed Ferrera, one of the most experienced TV
writers in this business.
Russo was one of the man responsable in putting up both RAW and
Smackdown shows, along with Ed Ferrera. These two people wrote
storylines and interviews for the two shows. Also, Russo was one of the
main bookers with the World Wrestling Federation.
This comes in as a shocker, Russo, from New York, openly badmouthed WCW
in RAW magazines. He didn't like the fact that WCW couldn't 'get it',
didn't like that WCW keeps using old people, and didn't like the man who
was in charge, Eric Bischoff. Ed Ferrera quit his job a few months ago
due to alot of work time, but later arranged things with WWF owner Vince
McMahon, and returned to his job.
The news was broken by the official website of the World Wrestling
Federation yesterday night, and said that effective at 9:45PM EST, the
mind behind the creative team was no longer employed by the Stamford
based company. Later on, Bob Ryder revealed that Ed Ferrera has quit
too, and is moving to WCW.
Reports are that yesterday night, Vince Russo called McMahon and told
him that he got an offer from WCW, and asked him if he could 'match the
offer'. Then they said that McMahon hung up on him. In an interview with
WrestleLine, Russo denied this. "That is totally incorrect, I called WCW
on Friday, they flew me in on Saturday, and on Sunday I signed a
contract. The only deal I ever had with Titan was a verbal deal. Vince
was expecting me to be at TV tonight at the Meadowlands. I was flying
back to Connecticut from Atlanta, and changed planes in Philadelphia.
While I was at the airport, I called Vince and said `I hate to do this
this way, I would have liked to do it in person, but you were expecting
me to be at TV (Monday) and I will not be there. I have signed a
two-year deal with WCW.' "
Russo continued "Of course Vince was shocked. He never expected it. I
gave my life him for three years by my choice. I wanted to be the best I
could be with him and sacrificed much of my life including my family."
It is believed that now Russo will have total control of the creative
department of WCW, and probably have the role of Eric Bischoff.
Russo first got the position of editor of the WWF Magazines, he also
wrote the articles "The Informer", which can be read in past magazines
each month. Later Russo was given the opportunity to work as a booker
and writer for television programs. He is said to be one of the most
important people in the company.
A new chapter starts for Russo and Ferrera now, down in Atlanta. In the
crazy world of pro wrestling, you can never really tell what's going to
happen. People like Russo and Ferrera will jump ship to any federation
depending on how much money they get. In previous articles, Russo said
he was 'loyal' to the Federation and to the McMahons. It's true, for
most of these wrestlers/officials, where money go, they go. And these
two are nothing different. I wouldn't be surprised if sooner or later
Bischoff will be employed by the WWF!
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> NEW FREEBIRDS ON THE WAY- According to Big Daddy Donnie, independent stars Joe E. Legend and
Reckless Youth have been signed by the WWF to play "The New Freebirds"
to be managed by Michael PS Hayes.
> JOB OPENINGS WITH THE WWF- RETAIL: WWF New York Retail Store is looking for experienced,
energetic, Selling & Receiving Associates. Full & Part Time positions
available. A minimum of 2 years retail exp. is required. Opening in
Nov. Please fax resume: 212-398-2564, the sooner the better. Or drop it
off at 1501 Broadway, Ste 201, attn: Steve Wissman. We will not be
interviewing until October 8. ``Know your role, Jabroni.''
RESTAURANT: ``In our restaurant the china breaks you.'' WWF/NY now
hiring Now hiring, Host, Hostesses, Waitstaff, Line Cooks, Bartenders,
Prep Cooks, Bussers, Dishwashers, Bar Backs, Receptionists, Security
Personnel, Food Runners, Stewards, General Cleaning. Management position
still available. We need 500 outstanding personalities who want to work
in the most exciting restaurant/entertainment complex in Times Square
opening in November. Experience & a great attitude will put you at the
head of the line. Please fax your resume: 212-398-2564, the sooner the
better, or drop it off at: 1501 Broadway, Ste 201, attn: Carol Serena.
We will not be interviewing until October 8. ``Cause Stone Cold said
> BIOGRAPHICAL VIDEO ON OWEN HART- The same producers who made the "Wrestling With Shadows" documentary,
made a documenteary about the death of Owen Hart. Titled "The Life And
Death Of Owen Hart", will air on TV Ontario's The View From Here
November 3rd, and in U.S. on A&E Network on November 16th.
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> RUSSO NOT ON WCW LIVE- Although the newest employee of WCW, former WWF booker Vince Russo was
rumored to join WCW Live for an interview tonight, 1wrestling.com
confirms that the interview will be rescheduled for sometime next week.
> NITRO ON THE INTERNET- For tonight, WCW will bring you a free broadcast of Nitro on the
Internet. It will be hosted by Chad Damiani, Jimmy Baron and other
special guests. The URL to go is:
> LANE RETURNING ON TV- Bob Ryder reports that Lenny Lane will make his return to WCW
television tonight on Nitro. He's rumored to wrestle Disco Inferno in a
match for the Cruserweight title.
> BRET VS BENOIT TONIGHT- WCW will be hosting Nitro tonight from the Kemper Arena, in Kansas
City, the arena where Owen Hart tragically died earlier this year during
"Over The Edge" WWF PPV. Bret Hart requested a match against Chris
Benoit as a tribute to his brother Owen.
> HITMAN ATTACKS BULLDOG IN HIS ARTICLE- In his latest Calgary Sun article, Bret "Hit Man" Hart attacked the
Bulldog saying he had no idea that Bulldog's dream to wrestle in honor
of Owen was getting beat up by a girl. To read the full article go to
> DUSTIN RUNNELS GIMMICK- It's being reported that Dustin Runnel's gimmick in WCW will be a
cross between the Undertaker and Goldust. Talk about lack of creative
> LODI COMMENTARY- What a difference a week can make!!! After having two matches on
Thunder last week, there was an absence of the West Hollywood Blondes on
all WCW tv this week... Oh, we were allowed to do a house show in
Alabama on Wednesday night, so maybe we should be estatic??? Not
really... for reasons that have yet to be totally explained to Lenny and
the Lodimonster himself, we have been removed from tv. Now we have news
that Lenny is to be at Nitro on Monday for a title defense, without the
Lodibomb, of course.... All we have to go on is second and third hand
info from the other wrestlers, and none of it seems to be good... To say
we are confused and disturbed is quite an understatement.... I suppose
Monday's show will be some kind of answer for us??? We will see...
Most of my week has been consumed by this unexpected turn of events. My
career is being tampered with and as for now is out of my control. That
is a feeling that I do not appreciate nor enjoy. My job is to entertain
people, and I think that Lenny and I have been fufilling that goal as
well as anyone in the company... To have that opportunity taken away
from us disturbs me greatly and leaves me with too many unanswered
questions.... The Lodiman is not in the best of spirits, to say the
For the one shining spot in an otherwise horrible week, the outpouring
of support from the fans of Lenny and Lodi has been incredible... I
always try to respond to emails and this week I have been bombarded by
hundreds of letters... Here is a group 'THANK YOU' for all of the
letters... It has been one of the few things to bring a smile to my
face, as it has made me realize that we have been successful in
entertaining more people than we have turned off by our angle on the
show. While many of the suggestions have been concerning us changing
companies, that is not contractually possible at the present time. We
have not spoke with anyone in a management position anywhere else about
'jumping ship,' so now I hope these rumors have been laid to rest.
Every week I talk about a positive attitude and believing in
yourself...If this week's commentary sounded like I had given up on
those ideas, I have not. Lenny and I both are quite sure, beyond a
shadow of a doubt, that we will be around to entertain you for years
to come... Out of small setbacks can come greater things...After all, if
it was easy, everyone would do it.... We'll keep driving on and with
your continued support, we'll do what we do best....Entertain and amuse
you like only the West Hollywood Blondes
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