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> JERICHO GETS MARRIED THIS SUNDAY!- JR announced that Chris Jericho will be getting married this coming
Sunday in his hometown of Winnepeg, Canada. It's not known if he'll be
on TV or not the next week.
> ROCK AT THE RNC IN PHILADELPHIA- The Associated Press revealed that WWF champion the Rock will be in
Philadelphia, PA., this Wednesday for the Republican National
Convention. The story confirmed that the champ will open the night, and
will leave the mic to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Dave Scherer adds to
the story that Linda McMahon is also scheduled to to be at the
convention two days before the Rock's appearance.
> THE GAME INJURED- In his latest Ross Report, Jim Ross said that the Game is suffering
from a bruise on his bicep, which he received thanks to the brawl
between himself and Jericho backstage on RAW. Triple H is not expected
to miss any TV time if the bruise doesn't get worse, which in that case,
a surgery will be performed to remove the calcified blood.
> BENOIT ON BYTE THIS!- Chris Benoit was on Byte This yesterday where he talked about the WWF,
WCW, Radicalz, Shane, and Booker T. You can read the report at
> SMACKDOWN RATINGS- Smackdown! on UPN received a 5.7 overnight broadcast rating with a 9.0
share. Final rating isn't available by the time this issue was sent.
> ROCK ON TONIGHT SHOW- After canceling his last appearance on the "Tonight Show" with Jay
Leno on NBC, the Rock will return to the king of late night shows on
Wednesday, August 23rd to promote SummerSlam and of course his new movie
Mummy Returns, scheduled for release next year.
> WWFE STOCK- Stocks closed at 20 13/16, a 1.48% decrease over the previous trade.
The day's range was 20 3/8 - 21 1/2.
> WWF/XFL NAME MEMPHIS VP & GENERAL MANAGER- STAMFORD, Conn. & MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(SportsWire)--July 28, 2000--The
XFL, a professional football league jointly owned and operated by World
Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. and NBC, named Steven E.
Ehrhart, Vice President and General Manager of the Memphis team.
Ehrhart comes to the XFL from the AXA Liberty Bowl where he is currently
serving as Executive Director. As XFL-Memphis' Vice President and
General Manager, Ehrhart will oversee all operations for the XFL in
'Steve Ehrhart is an experienced sports executive both on the league and
team level,' said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. 'He has
enjoyed tremendous success in Memphis and we're thrilled to have him on
'The XFL provides Memphis with a tremendous opportunity to showcase the
city to a worldwide audience,' said Ehrhart. 'I'm excited to assist with
this effort and lead the development of a world-class football and
entertainment experience for the entire Mid-South.'
Mike Keller, XFL VP of Football Operations, said, 'Steve is the guy we
wanted to get in Memphis. He has a great reputation around the country
having built one of the most successful professional franchises in the
country when he was President of the National League Colorado Rockies.'
No stranger to major league sporting ventures, Ehrhart was awarded an
NCAA post-graduate scholar-athlete scholarship to attend law school. He
coached football at the University of Colorado and then practiced law
with a specialization in sport and contract negotiations. A versatile
sports executive, Ehrhart has served as Executive Director of the USFL
in New York, President, General Manager and part owner of the Memphis
Showboats, Commissioner of the World Basketball League, President and
part owner of the Colorado Rockies, and General Manager of Memphis'
Canadian Football League team.
The Memphis organization has already received thousands of reservations
for season ticket information through XFL.com, the league's official web
site. Fans wishing to receive ticket information should visit:
www.xfl.com. The team will host five home games in Liberty Bowl Memorial
Stadium with the season commencing on February 3, 2001.
> WWFE TAKING PART IN POLITICAL PROCESS- STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 28, 2000--The World Wresting
Federation Entertainment, Inc. has launched the first stage of becoming
a part of the political process. WWF kicks off its involvement with
advertisements timed to coincide with the Republican National
"WWF fans are a cross-section of Americana. They are the voice of the
people, and they will elect the next president of the United States,"
said Linda McMahon, Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling
Federation Entertainment, Inc. (WWFE). "More than 14 million eligible
voters elect to watch WWF programming each week. We communicate with
these fans on a regular basis, and this year's elections provide us with
a unique opportunity to encourage them to exercise their freedom of
Ms. McMahon, representing the WWFE, will attend both the Republican and
Democratic conventions. She will work during the conventions with the
National Foundation for Women Legislators, a non-profit, non-partisan
organization dedicated to ensuring that women continue the gains they
have made in assuming legislative office in America.
WWFE will make more announcements over the coming weeks outlining the
role it plans to take in the political process. The first announcement
is expected to take place at the Republican National Convention this
> SMACKDOWN REPORT, By WWF.COM- X-Pac challenged Steve Blackman for the Hardcore Championship as
SmackDown! kicked off from San Antonio, Texas. As X-Pacs partner, the
Road Dogg, did commentary at ringside, X-Pac and the Lethal Weapon tore
into each other with belts, trash cans and kendo sticks. In the end, it
was a brutal kendo stick shot to the head that secured the win for
Blackman. After the match, Road Dogg and X-Pac brutally beat down the
After having some words with The Rock backstage, Commissioner Mick Foley
got in the ring, and he wasnt a happy man. He said that Rock wanted
revenge on Big Show, Angle, Shane and Benoit after Shane duped all of us
on RAW. To level the playing field, Foley made a match between Rock and
Angle for SmackDown! He also made a mixed tag match pitting Trish
Stratus and Triple H against Lita and Chris Jericho, and a six-man table
match with the Dudleys and Kane facing Edge, Christian and the Big Show!
The Big Show and Shane then came to the ring to confront the commish.
Shane told Foley that he would always be a couple of steps ahead of him,
because of his McMahon master manipulation. Big Show then explained why
he got back together with Shane. According to the Show, when he was in
the hospital recuperating from his knee surgery, he looked in the mirror
and realized that he was a joke and a failure for trying to make the
fans laugh. He said that Shane and Angle tried to help him realize that,
but he didnt listen. But now he realized it, and proclaimed, I am the
biggest, nastiest bastard to ever step foot in the WWF and I am damn
proud of it!
Backstage, Stephanie and Triple H entered their locker room to find more
roses. It turned out that they were from Triple H to his wife, and the
The Hardy Boyz defeated Lo Down when Jeff Hardy scored with a Swanton
Bomb onto Chaz. But after the match, Chaz and DLo brutally attacked the
Back in their locker room, Triple H complained to Stephanie about having
Trish as a partner, saying that none of the women in the Federation
could wrestle. Stephanie snapped at him, saying that she had been around
wrestling her whole life. Mrs. Game then barged out of the locker room
as Triple H tried to apologize.
After fighting Rikishi at Fully Loaded and Scotty 2 Hotty on RAW, Tazz
faced off with Grand Master Sexay on SmackDown! The orange-and-black
attack managed to secure the Tazzmission on Grand Master, but Scotty
interfered and got Sexay disqualified. After the match, Too Cool scored
a measure of revenge, as Grand Master nailed the Hip Hop Drop and Scotty
hit the Worm!
Backstage, Trish asked Triple H to teach her some wrestling moves. As he
was showing her the proper way to counter a hammerlock, Stephanie
entered the dressing room to find her husband and Trish in a
compromising position! Unaware that the Game was simply giving a
wrestling lesson, Stephanie went balistic and again barged out of the
dressing room. Triple H blamed Trish for the trouble, and then grabbed
his things and left the arena. To hell with Foley, to hell with the
match, and to hell with my wife, said Triple H to the Road Dogg as he
got into his limo and rode away.
Edge, Christian and the Big Show took on the Dudley Boyz and Kane in a
six-man table match next. The Dudleys crushed Edge with a 3-D through a
table to pick up the win for their team, but the action wasnt done yet.
As Kane prepared to flatten Shane with a chokeslam, the Big Show
blindsided the Big Red Machine and threw him through another table!
Steven Richards and Bull Buchanan entered the ring, gloating about their
win over the Godfather on Monday night, ridding the Federation of hos.
Steven bragged that pimping isnt easy, its history. Shockingly, they
then introduced the newest member of their team the Goodfather, who
was the Godfather dressed in a shirt and tie! The Goodfather said he was
sick of fighting for filth, and told the crowd he was sorry for
corrupting so many for so long. The Goodfather then shook hands with
Steven and Bull as the crowd watched in disbelief.
Trish Stratus entered Mick Foleys makeshift office in the back and
tried to use her womanly charms to get the night off, since Triple H had
left the arena. At first it seemed like Foley would go for it, but Mick
then snapped at Trish, telling her that if she didnt get in the ring,
he would sue her for sexual harrassment! Mick then assigned her a new
tag team partner Chris Benoit!
In his first defense of the European Championship, Perry Saturn pinned
Crash after Terris interference allowed Saturn to score the pin with a
After the brutal attack on the Undertaker on Mondays RAW, Michael Cole
announced that the American Bad Ass had suffered severe knee and
The match-up pitting Y2J & Lita against Benoit & Trish was a fast-paced,
high-flying affair, with Lita taking to the skies on more than one
occasion. In the end, Jericho pinned Benoit after a Lionsault.
Jonathan Coachman interviewed Kurt Angle backstage, who said he couldnt
wait to face The Rock. As a result of Angles intensity, The Rock went
to Commissioner Foley and demanded that their match be for the
Kevin Kelly then interviewed Chris Jericho, who ripped on Triple H and
Chris Benoit. He said that Benoit couldnt be the best technical
wrestler in the world, since Jericho had beaten him, so he was instead
the second-best. But since Rock had beaten him at Fully Loaded, he was
the third-best. And since Lita had hit a few good moves in their match,
he was the fourth-best! That was too much for Benoit. The Wolverine
attacked Y2J from behind. He then sprawled Jericho across a doorway and
dropped the steel door down onto his already-injured ribs. As Jericho
coughed up blood, Benoit continued his assault, cracking Jericho across
the skull with a steel chair!
The Rock defended his Federation Championship against Kurt Angle in the
main event on SmackDown! Midway through the match, Chris Benoit and
Shane came to ringside, and took every opportunity to interfere in the
match on Angles behalf. When Rock locked Angle in the sharpshooter,
Shane distracted the referee, allowing Benoit to again interfere. The
Rock snapped, grabbing a steel chair and walloping both Benoit and
Angle, giving Angle a disqualification win. He then delivered a
spinebuster to Benoit onto the steel rampway. The show ended with Rock
staring down Shane and his co-conspirators with enough intensity to
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> SOLIE PASSES AWAY- It's with great sadness to announce that legendary wrestling announcer
Gordon Solie passed away late yesterday after losing his battle with
cancer. Solie is the best wrestling announcer ever lived - yes, even
better then Jim Ross - and those who listened to his commentary, will no
doubt agree with that statement. Solie was 71 years old. Our condolences
go to his friends and family.
> ANOTHER MATCH FOR THE NEXT PPV- A new match has been added to the New Blood Rising PPV that will take
place on August 13th in Canada. The Great Muta vs The Cat is the new
match on the card. The rest of the card includes Booker T vs Jeff
Jarrett; Scott Steiner vs Kevin Nash vs Goldberg; Sting vs Demon; Kronic
vs The Perfect Event vs General Rection and Corporal Cajun vs Mark
Jindrak and Sean O'Haire; Lance Storm vs Mike Awesome; Shane Douglas vs
Kidman; Major Gunns vs Ms Hancock; 3 Count vs Jung Dragons; Kanyon vs
> KIDMAN ON WCW LIVE- WCW sensation Billy Kidman was on WCW Live yesterday. He talked about
Hulk Hogan, shoot angles, and his old finisher among other things. You
can read the full report at http://wrestling.ign.com/news/22738.html
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