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>> BELLE OF THE BRAWLBy Lekisha Faith Oliver, [lekisha@...]
Russo, Russo, Russo. That is all that WCW is trying to be about lately.
Over the past couple of weeks, all the storylines, rumors, and
interviews have been about is Russo. From the shoot interviews on
Nitro and on Thunder, all the superstars of World Championship Wrestling
have been talking about is their future in the company.
In these series of interviews the name Russo has come up many times.
However, it is starting to look more like the World Wrestling Federation
did when Russo started to leave. Basically, Russo is trying to bring the
success in the World Wrestling Federation over state borders into World
The basic principles are there starting with making the boss into the
major heel and pulling one of the fan based athletes along with him. Now
Russo succeeded, once, but can lightening strike twice? That is what he
is hoping for.
Looking at the transition in the WWF, the same storylines are following
Russo like a little lost puppy, as well as, following any and all
instructions that is given.
The storyline similarities are coming close to impossible to
differentiate. For example, the feud with Russo and Goldberg, this feud
is so close to the Austin/McMahon feud a couple years ago. This feud
pretty much brought back faithful watchers and some new fans. This feud
made Austin/McMahon a household name. This kind of lightening is what
Russo is trying to bottle for another audience.
His lightening in a bottle is starting to work. If ratings are what you
are watching, they are on the rise, slowly. But will this superpower
slack off and it all go? I hope not. Personally, I would rather see two
strong companies, with similar products try to out do and out perform
each other. That is what makes wrestling exciting by wondering what will
happen next or who is coming from behind the curtain.
By this right, Russo is starting out with a clean slate and he is making
it into a copy of the WWF. He does have the right to make his talent do
as he and the rest of the booking crew sees fit. Granted, the WCW is
watered down a bit, but they are trying some things that will make their
company great again. This way is by putting the young talent into the
spotlight, especially with Booker T. I know that he did not get to keep
his title for very long, but his title reign was not heavily pushed or
put out in public
like it should have been.
If Russo really does want to make the company great, do all that you can
to bring in the fans. Break taboos that have been so far in the past and
break new ground. Instead of following another persons footsteps, make
your own. Walk your own path. But remember that all people will
ultimately find their own favorites. No matter how much pushing is done,
the fans will ultimately make or break you.
So from one fan to a group of others, do not follow the beaten path.
Even though it looks safer, it usually has its repercussions. Make an
adventure when you make your own path and take a couple of friends with
you cause it can be lonely at the top.
If you have any questions, comments, gripes, etc,. email me at
lekisha@... No matter what people say, I will answer
your letter with truth and honesty.
So onto my favorite part of the column, the question of the week. This
weeks question is concerning Shane McMahons future. Al of us saw his
performance at Summerslam and I was a little impressed. He has more guts
than brains, especially after that fall. I know that it was staged but
that was one hell of a ride. So, my question is do you think that Shane
should stay in the back with his parents or come out and wrestle like
employees? That ladies and gentleman is your opinion. Send your answers
me at lekisha@...
Until next column, stay safe and go a little crazy this weekend. And to
all my American readers, have a safe Labor Day. But to all my fans
around the world, stay cool.
Editor can be reached at Editor@...
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