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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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>> BYTE BACK! - READER'S COMMENTSBy Iain Burnside, [iain.burnside@...]
The bartender and the thief are lovers...
"Do you think that The Rock and HHH would be better off leading a posse,
i.e. Nation Of Domination or DX?"
Firstly, Triple H already leads his own little posse. You may have heard
of them, they're called DX. Secondly, The Rock doesn't need any stable
and I don't think he would work well if he had to carry people the whole
time. What I would like to see is the Nation being reformed by someone
like D-Lo Brown though, that would get him a decent damn push at long
last. As long as they don't try to bring back Los Boricuas that is.
Stealing what they need like sisters and brothers...
"This whole thing with Austin/McMahon/Triple H/Rock is beginning to
become all too familiar, I mean God help us, what's next? Linda turns on
The Rock and then Stephanie, Stephanie turns face and wins the World
Title?! I'm waiting for the Great Aunt of Vince McMahon to make an
appearance on Raw. All I'm saying is Vince could use those high priced
bookers to think up something different."
- Steve Adams
Oh yes, I've been saying that for a long time. My interest in the
McMahon feuds ceased in 1998 after Stone Cold won the belt for the first
time, then started a little bit after the excellently executed Survivor
Series '98 turn by The Rock and quickly died off after they wasted the
Ministry Of Darkness angle with people like Ken Shamrock and The
Bossman. Still, Stephanie McMahon as World Champion couldn't possibly be
any worse than David Arquette could it? Just you all look out for
Courtney Cox's heel turn...
This man is cool...
"Again, I go to lunch, get slightly drunk and park my arse in front of
my desk and aimlessly type. I just wanted to take an opportunity to
stand up for the 'wrestling purists' out there, after reading one
article by one Symington Sexuel. I read it and nearly knocked the person
next to me to the floor and put on a figure four leglock, just for old
times sake. To say that nobody cares about a figure four is just plain
stupid, and just goes to show how bad it can become when you lick lead
paint off your bedroom walls. Granted, wrestling is a business, but just
because it doesn't involve the tope rope or tables doesn't mean it is
worthless. I can't stand Flair, but when I see him put on the figure
four, I still get tingly. Why? I have no bloody idea. I also enjoy T&A
as much as the next red blooded male, and it does have a place, but it
doesn't have to be an integral part of the matches. Different people get
different things out of wrestling, and Mr. Simian Sex may enjoy the
outside aspects of the industry, but I along with many others enjoy the
artform. Besides catchphrases were still around years ago, and for god's
sake, Moolah was once known to be a sexy valet. Keep your lunches down
but it is true. I get as much of a kick out of watching the new breed,
i.e. The Hardy Boys, Tazz, Kidman, the Luchadors etc., as I do watching
the older guys, they are both completely different styles, but they are
still essentially the same thing, only with more high impact moves. I
agree with most of the stuff said, but I also disagree with it at the
same time. Confusing for you guys? Try being here and writing it. I feel
like a fricking dog chasing it's tail. This time I am not going to
apologise for stereotyping people, because at the moment I feel nobody
has done anything to prove me wrong. Anyhoo, I often get bored at work
so mail me please with your comment/opinions/hate mail at:
Benjamin.Marczyk@.... And call me Ben or Trailer Park Trash. I
prefer it that way. All is calm in the ocean of my mind..."
- Benjamin Marczyk
There's nothing like a letter from a drunk Australian to stir up some
excitement in ByteBack. How's life in cork-hat country, mate? I wasn't
even aware that wrestling was popular down there, but you learn
something new everyday I guess. Yesterday I learned that watching
Worldwide is not a good idea. I snoozed my way through it after the
first match and woke to yet another repeat of Friends. I'm just rambling
because Ben here is so obviously a rambler like myself. I wouldn't say
that I get all tingly while watching Ric Flair, but I can do a mean
"whoo" and go for even longer than David Flair can without blinking.
Makes me wonder if my mum maybe had a secret fling in North Carolina
back in the early 80's...hmm, curious. Right, next! P.S. Do Australians
*really* drink that god-awful Castlemaine XXXX stuff?
Two for one...
"I just have to say that WCW just lost my ratings points. To let a
non-wrestler hold the belt is simply wrong. I have been a fan for over
30 years now and I know its 'sports entertainment' but when they give
the belt to somone that is not a wrestler just for ratings it is bull.
People work long and hard in their climb to the top to hold that belt
and just to give it a actor is a spit in all the workers faces. I can
remember people like Bob Backlund who held the title for over 7 years,
and in the WWF now HHH run
as the champ is thought to be long. Its time to put some pride back into
the world belts. Its time to show people who has worked the hardest and
deserves the title. If anyone has any comments please e-mail me at
- Don & Joyce
What is it with people handing out their adresses today? This is not a
dating agency, people! Anyway, back to wrestling. Triple H holding the
belt for 7 years would be quite a feat. Unfortunately it would also be a
way to kill off nearly all of the WWF's mainstream popularity. I can't
say I blame them for wanting to hold onto it, but unfortunately it
involves more title changes than are necessary in order to maintain the
interest of the modern fan. Still, giving the belt to a guy for about 6
months or so (which hopefully HHH, or someone else, will get to do)
isn't that bad for a title reign I suppose. Its idiotic title reigns
like those of Jeff Jarrett and DDP that just really annoy me. Can you
imagine if you travelled back in time to 1995 and had a conversation
with a wrestling fan? It'd go something like this...
"So, who are the world champions in the year 2000 then?"
"Well, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, David Arquette and Aldo Montoya."
"Yeah, the folk with the big noses."
"Quick, where is my shotgun?"
That'd be enough to fix the flux capacitator in double quick time, I can
I had a nice dream last night...
"Is it my imagination or did I see the worst possible booking job by
Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff on Wednesday's Thunder? What the **** was
that all about? They sent wrestling back 1000 years by making Little
David 'Call Att' Arquette-Cox the WCW World Champion. I cannot believe
they did that. This is not how you get ratings but how you lose a
company. I wish Ted Turner was watching. No wonder WCW will never win a
ratings week again unless unopposed and I think unopposed would win.
After a very strong April 10th comeback Nitro these guys have gone
downhill ever since and it wont be long before Little Eric and Vinnie
are sent packing once again. The whole integrity of wrestling (how
little it had) has been put into question. That was a horrible idea that
should be questioned right away. Right now if I were in that lockeroom I
would want to resign immediately and go to the WWF."
- Henry Allen Jr.
I'm looking forward to seeing Christopher Reeve defeat Terry Funk for
the Hardcore Title after his devastating Blink Of Doom. Sick I know, but
its about the same level of stupidity as Arquette winning the belt.
Russo and Bischoff were doing so well, I don't know why they had to do
that. They had just crowned Jarrett World Champion for the first time in
his career, had a good feud between him and Page going and could have
built him as a credible heel until such time as Goldberg bothered to
come back and win the title to shut up those annoying fans that cheer
for him the whole time. They even managed
to make me interested in a second PPV in a row thanks to the whole
triple-cage thing. And then they go and give it to Arquette. And you all
thought that Russo wanting to make Tank Abbott the champion was a bad
idea. As far as I'm concerned it is a case of 'call
About TLR and her see-through blouse...
"I don't get your review, column or whatever you want to call it. First,
you want us all to give our opinions yet, you totally shut us down on
whatever we say and feel that your opinion is 100% right all the time.
Not only do you do that, but then you call us names, say how stupid we
may be, and most importantly...make fun of our grammar. Not everyone has
perfect typing or grammar nor do they really care about those things
when typing an e-mail. And also, I looked carefully at your grammar, and
it isn't 100% right everywhere either. There's nothing wrong with making
fun of somebody, but do you have to
make fun of EVERYBODY? Lastly, you only print the letters that you can
make good wise cracks and insults about. I very much doubt you'll print
this letter, because you know it'll make you look bad. Or maybe you'll
totally suprise us all and print it but then also in replying to it,
call me a moron, insult my intelligience and then make a cap on some
petty grammar error. In conclusion, I will never respect you nor your
column until you respect us and our opinions."
If you're talking about The King's ByteBack then I didn't write it so
I'm not going to respond at all. If you're talking about me then you
obviously just don't get it. No matter, your letter is printed. Happy?
Just because its there don't mean you see it anyhow...
"WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT??? Please get Iain back as soon as possible! Was
Mr. King talking about Scream 3 or wrestling, at least when I have wrote
in before there was a decent comment added to the end. He told me I
should learn English, what the hell has that got to do with anything? I
could spend hours typing in shit about the whole of Scotland not being
able to speak English, but I will leave that out (INSERT SCOT JOKES
HERE). I know there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the letter, but
We don't all need to know about his strange fantasies. Sorry, just my
second weekly bitch."
- Tony Rimmer
Yeah, well you can take your anti-Scottish comments and turn them into
something about you that's mean. I had no idea that I was watching a
wrestling superstar when I went to see Scream 3. I wouldn't be at all
surprised if Ghostface didn't turn up on Nitro to be honest. Who's
underneath the mask? My god, its Skeet Ulrich! He's challenging Arquette
for the title! This is going to be the greatest match in the history of
our sport! Yeah, whatever Tony...
Maybe its a trick of the light, maybe its a trick of the light...
"I really enjoy the comments of other wrestling 'fans'. Even though we
are not experts, our views and predictions are expressed, no matter who
reads them or criticize them. We have the opportunity to say what we
believe. This is a great forum for the fans that you have created.
However, on the last ByteBack, I don't know his name, I guess he calls
himself The King, insulted almost everyone who wrote in. Not commenting
on their articles or views (which I have nothing against) but you insult
the integrity of the
fans, insulting them personally, that's a bunch of bull shit. All we are
trying to do is express our views and feelings and when you have a three
year-old foetus trying to be funny by insulting, it just kills the
credibility of the forum. Soon you will have people wanting to write in
with their views, but be too intimidated to do anything because of fear
of getting insulted, then the ByteBack section will be reduced to just
staying in the newsletter. I got to the point of just reading the fans
views and skipping the dumbass comments of The King. The only person who
writes dumb ass shit is The King, not the fans. I agree there are some
really stupid ass people, but to criticize them is dumb. Just leave them
alone or don't publish them. If you have any plans of keeping this forum
great, then I suggest that you, and only you, Iain, write the comments,
if they are needed. I know there's a lot, then do maybe two or three a
week if that's too much. Hell, I'll help, I would love to be a part of
this. I enjoy reading it, it's great to find the views of others and
maybe even broaden the horizon of what each of us believe what should
happen and how well certain story lines are going.
Just a short comment about Stone Cold. Turning Stone Cold heel? I think
(if that could happen) that it would take more than a turn on The Rock.
Stone Cold, for a couple of years, has been what a typical heel does.
Except for insulting the crowd, he cusses, he attacks people from
behind, he challenges baby faces (Mick Foley, Bret Hart, even though
Hart was turning soon anyway) he did and does what a typical heel does.
I believe turning Stone Cold heel will be the same as trying to turn
Sting heel, the crowd loves him too damn much. And with his recent six
month absence, coming out at Backlash would
only cause the fans to cheer for him more, they will cheer for whatever
he does or say because he brainwashes fans, that's great mic work. I
guess there is another huge factor, having two baby faces I guess could
cause a conflict of interest in the fans mind, 'who the hell do we cheer
for?' I'm not a big Stone Cold fan, I'd like to see him come back and
that's about it. He's turned out to be a brawler and not a wrestler
(which is fine, that's his gimmick, to be a tough SOB). But my whole
point is that Stone Cold
will never be a heel with the crowd, he's too well liked. It took Hogan
a very long time to turn, even when he went nWo, people loved Hogan and
the nWo angle. No matter what happens anyway, Triple H, as much as you
all hate him having the title, will win at Backlash, not The Rock, not
Stone Cold (I don't know how he could), it will be The Game."
- Josh Kirkendall
You don't half have a lot to say do you? Reminds me of, well, me. Its
nice to see that some people apparently think of me as a good columnist
(although many don't, which provides constant amusement). Its not so
nice to see that so many people are against The King. He is a good
writer people, and has been doing this for a long, long time. Now I
agree that his ByteBack wasn't the greatest thing he has written, but
bear in mind it was done at about 3am after a heavy drinking session.
Then go and read some of his other work and you will see that he does in
fact know what he is talking about. Even if he
does suck at SmackDown (you know you do mate, who was the 4-time world
champ??). Onto Stone Cold then. I don't really expect him to turn at
Backlash. We all know that The Rock is going to be away for at least a
week or two and that Stone Cold can't actually do any major physical
activity for at least another month or two, so why should they bother
turning him at the moment? Especially when everybody is expecting it. I
say that if they do want to turn him then my idea of him aligning
himself with The Acolytes would work well. Then, when he was fit enough
he could turn on those two and just go back to his good ol' days of not
giving a damn about who he was fighting or what he was doing.
Whatever. Like you said, I'm not that bothered about him either. Its not
that I don't like the guy (I don't like Vince McMahon, but that's
another rant altogether) its just that he means nothing to me. He isn't
as good on the mic as he once was and will never be able to have a good
match again. I would much rather watch people like Chris Jericho, Kurt
Angle and Jeff Jarrett. Hell, I would even say that The Rock is more
entertaining. If I was to pick some winners at Backlash though, I would
1/ Plenty of interference, no turns but The Rock gets 'injured' and
Triple H keeps the belt.
2/ Chris Benoit keeps the Intercontinental Title as Chris Jericho is
destined for greater things.
3/ Kurt Angle because he deserves a push more than The Big Show and
Rikishi will get involved somehow.
4/ The Dudley Boys put Trish through a table. Doesn't matter if they win
5/ Essa Rios wins the European Title and one of the women turns on their
6/ Tazz wins the Hardcore Title to shut everyone up a bit and keep ECW
7/ The Acolytes, because they deserve to be the champions.
8/ Edge & Christian keep their belts but the break-up tease begins.
There. Now that's out the way tomorrow I can get back to my millennium
list of reasons why its good to not be Colin. The adress is, as always,
iain.burnside@... for all comments and questions and the
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> DDP'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS- This next paragraph goes out to everyone who thinks they
know...EVERYTHING when it comes to professional wrestling.
David Arquette, the Heavyweight World Champion. Three words youre
kidding, right? No, its true. Thank God he didnt pin one of our
legitimate wrestlers. Stephanie McMahon, World Ladies Champion, Thank
God she didnt pin a legitimate wrestler...oh wait, she pinned
Jacqueline. Vince McMahon Heavyweight World Champion Thank God he didnt
pin one of their legitimate...oh wait, he did, he pinned Hunter...one of
the most over guys in
the business and...it helped his career. Guess what...it may be sports
entertainment, but bottom line its entertainment. So whats the big
deal with David Arquette? It makes people talk. Did it get people
talking? Damn right it did. One of the things that has always pissed me
off about the Internet is that some of the people out there are
constantly annoyed that things are so predictable at WCW but sometimes
its not. By the same token, if you guess a thousand different finishes,
then someone is bound to be right. Nobody guessed Arquette would become
the champ including me going into Tuesday night. Nobody guessed Kimberly
would turn on me and join Bischoff. Now that we are somewhat
unpredictable, we get criticized because nobody guessed it. Whatever.
I read some of the internet wrestling sites to see what people are
saying. I wasnt surprised to see how many people talked about the match
on Tuesday night and Wednesday. The problem was that the match didnt
air until Wednesday night. Dont you think you should at least see the
match before you trash it? Some of the articles even stated that
Arquette had pinned me to get the belt, which didnt happen. Check your
facts, people oh right, facts this is the Internet no one needs to know
facts just opinions.
This match was a fluke and David knows it. Does David want to get back
in the ring again? The way I see it, no way. Its a little too real for
him out there, hes an actor. If you watched the whole show then you
know that Mickey J, the second ref, (Kimberly was the first) had been
kicked in the head by Bischoff earlier. There are a lot of inlaid
stories and a lot of different ways this can go. Where is it going? I
guess we will find out Monday.
A quote from Wade Keller regarding this match Diamond Dallas Page had
a great deal of influence in Arquette winning the title, as he felt
there would be shame in being defeated by Jeff Jarrett. He thought it
would be better to have Arquette pin Eric Bischoff.
Let me respond - Keller youre an idiot. A spineless idiot who is
constantly putting out false information just to try to sell some of
your rag sheets. I had nothing to do with the finish. Its irrelevant to
me who wins. As far as I am concerned, besides Triple H, Jeff is the
best heel in the business. Check my record I put people over all the
time. If you got the balls, monkey (which you dont), yeah Im talking
to you Kelly call me at my house. I know you got the number.
Whats going to happen? Oh thats right you have no idea because if I
dont know, I know you dont, but then again, Wade, youll make up a
bunch of things and most likely one of them will be right.
Sorry it took me awhile to get this email out, but I have been very
busy. Last week, I did the Jon Stewart Show. After the show, I went out
for dinner and drinks with Darius Rucker (from Hootie and the Blowfish).
I think I mentioned this, but Darius has a new R&B CD that he is working
on that is killer. We were playing it in the car in between clubs while
he was singing along. I said, Hey, you sound just like this guy.
Darius has been a friend for quite some time and is a big fan of
wrestling and has been for years.
I thought Kim did another great job this week. One of the bigger
questions coming to me recently is do we think our real life marriage
will survive the breakup angle. My answer to that: (Are you kidding me?)
is of course it will. I know the track record is bad, but nobody talks
as a couple as much as Kim and I do about everything. I actually help
her at being a heel. Does she want you to boo her now? Yes inside the
arena, that is.
If you had this sent to you or if you see it posted on a non-official
site and would like to check out our news check out Richs Wrestling
Reality Check, Smoke Signals, and Maddens latest column. Madden gives
his viewpoint on the whole Arquette situation.
As always, its been your pleasure Diamond Dallas Page
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