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| Tuesday, June 2nd, 1998 | W R E S T L I N G O N L I N E
| | N E W S L E T T E R # 87
| *Issue #87* |
| | Wrestling-Online.com's Official Newsletter
| Editor@... | Editor: Colin Vassallo
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TODAY'S TOP STORY: Sting turns NWO Wolpack | Kane gets title shot at
1- i - Opening Words From The Editor
ii - Today's Top Story
2- World Wrestling Federation
i - News & Rumors
ii - RAW Is WAR Results
3- World Championship Wrestling
i - News & Rumors
ii - Monday Nitro Report
i - Pot Shots
5- Subscription Information
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1 OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITOR
By Colin Vassallo
Welcome to another issue. We are getting tremendous amount of new
subscribers, approximately 25 each day. Pretty good....
We got the Thunder, RAW, Nitro and PPV reporters. Nitro report is in
this issue, while the RAW report will start next week. I didn't get any
word from the former RAW/PPV Reporter Chris Colbourne, so I guess he
quit the 'job'.
The new edition of Norton's Notes RA Show is up....here's the preview:
" This week's show is 45 minutes; it includes a full review of both the
WWF "Over The Edge" PPV last night AND the internet coverage of said
event, courtesy of Wrestling Online co-owner Colin Vassallo, who
indulged himself in all the event's online features during the live
Joining us, as promised, are Sabotage and Father Time of the UWO, one of
America's fastest growing hardcore federations. These guys went from
wrestling in their garage to having a weekly radio show and regular
cards in real rings in just months; it's an incredible story.
From there, we review the Malenko/Jericho situation; "loser leaves WCW"
match? Something's gotta give! Norton's Notes runs through all the
possibilitys, some of which you will not have considered!
If you haven't heard elsewhere, Ted DiBiase will be appearing on the
show in the near future! If you have any questions to submit for the
interview, send them to bnorton@..., and feel free to
use voicemail, available on the page!"
To listen, go to http://www.wrestling-online.com/getreal/nortonnotes/
TODAY'S TOP STORY
By Colin Vassallo
nWo Wolpack are getting stronger, with a lineup that now includes: Kevin
Nash, Macho Man, Konan, Curt Hennig, Lex Luger, and their newest
addition, Sting! Yesterday during Nitro, after a brawl between
Nash/Luger and Hogan/Giant, Sting came down from the rafters, first
revealing a black and white nWo t-shirt, then tearing it up, and reveals
a red and black nWo Wolpack t-shirt underneath it.
Also, yesterday we saw the return of Mankind, attacking the Undertaker
during his title shot against Kane. Kane tombstoned Undertaker and got
the pin, thus earning a title shot at the next King Of The Ring against
current WWF champion Stone Cold Steve Austin. Will Kane do the job? Or
will Mankind and Undertaker interfere in the match? We have to wait till
King Of The Ring, and the full live coverage with pictures will be on
In another surprise on RAW, former WCW employee Jacqueline, is the new
female valet of Marc Mero.
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NEWS & RUMORS
- Don't think that Sable is out for good. Mero and Sable both signed a 3
year deal with the WWF a couple of weeks ago.
- On August 8th, the WWF will have a show at the Foxborough Stadium. On
the same night, there's WCW Road Wild.
- In RAW dark matches, Golga pinned Dustin Runnels, and The Edge pinned
- Shotgun matches, Dick Togo/Funaki beat Steve Kaz and another jobber, 2
Cold Scorpio pinned Jesus of Los Boricuas and Vader defeated a jobber.
- The Edge debuts on the June 15th Raw (TSN)
- Vince McMahon also got stunned after RAW went off the air. It was
after a dark match between The Rock and Austin.
RAW IS WAR RESULTS
RAW Is WAR report will start from next week. Sorry for any incoveniences
this might caused.
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NEWS & RUMORS
- Could Jericho be on his way to the WWF? His match against Dean Malenko
at the GAB certainly hints that. But, we have to wait and see what
happens. Also, Jericho is interested in Ice Hockey...so probably, he can
go to play Hockey.
- WCW had fabulous first day ticket sales in numerous markets on Friday,
5/29. They realesed seats for the 7/6 Nitro at the Georgia Dome in
Atlanta and sold 14,500 tickets for over $540,000 in one day. By 6/1,
they had broken $600,000 at the gate, which is a new WCW company record.
The building is scaled for about 25,000 seats but could be expanded.
Last time they ran the Dome, they had about 26,500 fans there. They
also put tickets on sale for 7/16 Thunder in Oakland, CA and did a
$155,000 the first day and were nearing $200,000 by the end of the
weekend. Tickets for the 7/10 house show in Los Angeles did $155,000
while the 7/13 Nitro in Las Vegas did about $125,000 by Sunday evening.
- At Slamboree when Doug Dillenger was "waiting for Vince McMahon to
arrive at the arena", several fans in the area were stubbornly chanting
"We Want Flair." As a result, WCW taped the segment five times so that
the chant could not be heard on camera. It appears that the company is
willing to go to great lengths to not put Flair over while his problems
with WCW persist. (Steven Slagle)
By Dennis Adkins
Nitro Report from the MCI Center, Washington D.C., June 1, 1998.
*To start the show JJ Dillon, DDP, Booker T., and Goldberg were shown
arriving in a limo. Later, during the first 20 minutes of the show, the
Wolfpac arrived. In the second hour, nWo/Hollywood arrived.
*The Cat vs. Jerry Flynn
Both wrestlers used their martial arts skills, but The Cat was able to
finish Flynn with his Spinning Heel Kick.
Nash did a survey to see if the fans were nWo/Hollywood or nWo/Wolfpac,
nWo/Wolfpac got a huge ovation. Luger continued to persuade Sting that
the nWo/Wolfpac was the right choice. Luger and Nash challenged
nWo/Hollywood to a tag team match in the main event.
*Saturn/Raven vs. Public Enemy
Raven and Saturn had some confrontations, but were still able to work
together. Rocco Rock accidently hit Johnny Grunge with a chair, allowing
Saturn to nail the Death Valley Driver, Raven got the pin. Raven
re-hired the Flock and signed Saturn with a match against Kanyon(Mortis)
for the Great American Bash as a favor to Saturn.
*Alex Wright vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Alex put Chavo in the STF just minutes into the match and Chavo gave up
immediately. Chavo continued to attack Wright and Eddie came in to
break it up. Eddie told Chavo they didn't have to wrestle each other,
but Chavo insisted that they would, and that he could beat Eddie.
*Randy Savage Interview
Savage called out Piper. He continued to accuse Piper of not calling the
Savage/Hart match at Slamboree correctly. They both agreed they would
face each other after their tag match against Hart/Hogan at the Great
*JJ Dillon Interview
Dillon said if Sting would stay on WCW's side, he and others would
continue to support him.
Hogan bragged about himself and he and Hart discussed the Sting issue,
saying without a doubt he would join nWo/Hollywood.
*Konnan vs. Lenny Lane
Lane brought out a bottle of ab-polish to the ring with him. Lane put
up a tough fight throughout the match, but Konnan finished him off with
his Tequilla Sunrise.
*Curt Henning Interview
Henning said that he couldn't wrestle at the Great American Bash against
Goldberg due to a knee injury, he then called out Konnan and gave him
the match for the Great American Bash against Goldberg.
*Eddie Guerrero vs. Fit Finley(TV Title)
Eddie had finally gained the advantage against Finley, but Chavo came
out and attacked Eddie, giving Eddie the win by DQ. Finley retained the
WCW TV Title.
*Footage was shown of Chris Jericho roaming the streets of Washington
D.C. looking for various things that would reinstate him as the WCW
*Chris Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera
Jericho called out JJ Dillon, but he never came down. Both men were
executing their moves badly, but Jericho managed to put on the LionTamer
for the win.
*Chris Benoit vs. Booker T.(Match 4 of 7)
Finey appeared an said neither of the two men were a match for him.
Benoit would come out of nowhere during the match and slap the Crippler
Crossface on the stunned Booker T. for the win. Benoit leads the best
of seven matches 3 wins to 1.
*Diamond Dallas Page vs. Riggs
DDP clearly dominated Riggs throughout the entire match and finished
Riggs off with a firemans carry into a Diamond Cutter, after DDP had
pinned Riggs and got the win, Sick Boy ran in and attempted to attack
DDP but was met with a Diamond Cutter.
*Goldberg vs. LaParka
Goldberg started out by telling LaParka to hit him with a chair, which
LaParka did, and then he turned away to dance. When he turned around he
was met by the spear and Goldberg followed with a Jackhammer and pinned
LaParka to get the win. Signs all over the crowd read 94-0: WHO'S NEXT?
*Nash/Luger vs. Hogan/The Giant
As the slow match got toward the end, Hogan ran in and nailed Nash in
the back with the World Title and Luger and Nash won by DQ. Sting then
came down from the rafters, and revealed a white and black nWo shirt.
However, Sting attacked Hogan and the Giant. He tore off the black and
white shirt to reveal a red and black nWo shirt on underneath, showing
his siding with the nWo/Wolfpac. The rest off the Wolfpac came down to
celebrate, while the rest of nWo/Hollywood came down to hold back The
Giant and Hollywood Hogan as the show goes off the air.
By Justin Hornung
Howdy howdy howdy! It's that time again! Time to oil up that SMG, get
all liquored up, and blast away at anything that moves, baby! Hells
yeah! It's time for PotShots!
Well, we're just coming off of the latest PPV offering, Over the Edge,
and to be honest, I thought it was going to SUCK! The DOA vs. LOD match
looked unremarkable, the Sable's dude vs. Mero match looked predictable,
and the main event looked just plain stupid. HOwever, I was wrong.
First, let's go to LOD 2000 and DOA. Neither of these two teams is
enjoying very much popularity right now. IN the case of DOA, it's
simply because they really aren't given enough (or any) mike time, in
order to make room for DX, the Nation, and Jeff Jarrett every week. I
told you all about my one beef with DOA last time, so I won't use up any
more time with them. Personally, I like them, but they're not being
used to their fullest potential. Give them a mike, you'll see what I
Anyway, moving on to LOD 2000, I'm going to risk the ire of fans all
over the world and say that Hawk and Animal just aren't up to snuff. I
mean, sure, their new look is cool, and being a male, I've no objection
to seeing more of Sunny, but as someone once told me, you can dress a
turd up all you like and make it as pretty as you want, but no matter
what you do, it'll still stink. And it's true. You can give them
facepaint, cool new outfits with armor and helments, and a pin-up girl
as their manager, but you can't hide the fact that LOD just plain
stinks. Their style does not match with the high-action environment the
WWF has adopted. They simply do not have what it takes to keep up, and
they should admit that. DDP did. In a recent interview, he stated that
he thinks he only has "12-14 months" left in him as far as his in-ring
career is concerned. He knows he cannot wrestle forever. Animal,
Hawk...YOU CANNOT WRESTLE FOREVER.
On to Sable and Mero. I like what happened there. I truly do. If Sable
were really going to leave the WWF, this is the style in which it would
have been done best. However, as many of you probably know, Sable and
Mero have both signed for a contract extension of three years, so Sable
won't be going anywhere. Oh, she might be given a vacation of sorts,
but she'll be back. Hell, maybe she'll be back tonight on RAW.
Yes, folks, I'm writing this before RAW, although you folks will be
getting this a bit later in the week. That way, you'll be able to look
back and as you read this column, say "Oh, that Justin...what a maroon!"
Say it. SAY IT, DAMN YOU! I know where you live...ahem. Yes, I forgot
this was a public forum. Yes, well, er...let's move on.
I liked the main event. I LOVED the main event. I LOVED how Finkel,
and then Patterson, drew out the intros for ten minutes. I LOVED Ross'
outrage at all the pandering. I LOVED that the Undertaker was Austin's
volunteer. I LOVED that Ross threw us off the track earlier in the
night by mentioning it. I LOVED the fact that UT kept out of the match
till the end. I LOVED how not just the Spanish table took the fall.
I LOVED how they kept adding stipulations midmatch. I LOVED Lawler's
comments throughout. I LOVED everything about it! I have nothing at
all bad to say about it, except this: McMahon should now ease back on
his direct involvement in angles. Like I said last week, I'm loving the
Evil Boss angle, but no more in-ring stuff for awhile. We don't need
For you new readers out there, I know the past couple of weeks PotShots
has been talking solely about the WWF. Well, now that the
Wrestling-Online newsletter covers both feds, I'll be expanding PotShots
to encompass both feds, and my opinions of them. Yes, this means I'll
have to start taping the Nitro replays, and I'll have to actually watch
Thunder once in awhile, but it's what I must do to remain informed, and
thus entertain you, my loving PotShots family.
While I'm on the subject, I want to personally congratulate our editor,
Colin, for working so hard week after week to put out the newsletter,
even if there was nothing in it, for putting up with mailbombers and
spammers, for the sake of the newsletter, and for delivering what he
promised, and making the newsletter a daily. Okay everyone, you know
what to do, let's hear it! CO-LIN! CO-LIN! CO-LIN! CO-LIN! CO-LIN!
CO-LIN! CO-LIN! Excuse me a moment...I have to wipe something off my
Okay, kiddies, it's now time for the Trivia Question! Last week's
Question was: Name the person who held each current WWF title the
longest! The answers?
World - Bruno Sammartino
IC - Honky Tonk Man
European - British Bulldog
Tag Team - Demolition
Light Heavyweight - TAKA Michinoku
The first person to answer correctly was ShowStopa7@...!
Now on to this week's Question. Continuing the WWF title string, the
Question is: Six times the WWF Title was held for over one year in one
single reign. Guess the five men who did it, and for a bonus, guess the
man who did it twice.
The answer, as well as the person who first answers correctly, will be
posted in the next PotShots! Until then, keep wrestling in your
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