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> WWF IN RECORD/MOTION PICTURE BUSINESS- 1wrestling.com reports that the new record division that the WWF will
create will be called "Smackdown Records" and not "RAW Records" as it's
been previously advertised. During the conference call earlier today
Linda McMahon announced that they will have a release in conjunction
with record label giants Sony/Columbia. In the meantime, the WWF's move
in the motion picture industry will start with The Rock's role in
Universal's "The Scorpion King" (not Mummy 3 as we mentioned yesterday).
Vince McMahon will serve as one of the executive producers and WWFE, Inc
will get production credit.
> INJURY UPDATES- Dave Meltzer of the Observer reports that Undertaker pulled a groin
muscle and is not sure if he'll be doing any wrestling this coming week.
TAKA Michinoku also suffered a shoulder injury in a match against Dean
Malenko earlier this week. Their match ended quickly when Malenko pinned
the injured TAKA.
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> WWFE STOCK- Stocks dropped down by 7 points yesterday after the market closed. The
trading was in the range of 12's. Today they closed at 15 1/2, a 21.52%
decrease from the 19 3/4 they closed the previous day during market
hours. The day's range was 14 1/16 - 16 7/16.
> CHYNA ON HOWARD STERN!- She's on the cover of the Playboy magazine, has a kick-ass pictorial
inside and is now ready to 'take on' Howard Stern! The "Ninth Wonder Of
The World" Chyna will be on Stern's show tomorrow morning to plug her
new Playboy issue and of course the WWF. Check your local listings.
> WWFE OK'S $10 MILLION BUYBACK- CBS Market Watch - World Wrestling Federation Entertainment has
approved a $10 million stock buyback program. Currently, shares are down
$3.81, or 19 percent, to $15.88. Shares have come off intraday lows of
$14.06. The company said late Wednesday that fiscal 2001 earnings before
interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization would be 8 percent to 10
percent below previous estimates. This is expected to result in a
"modest" impact to fiscal second, with the majority of the impact
affecting the third quarter. Meanwhile, the fourth quarter is tracking
in line with expectations.
> SMACKDOWN PREVIEW- Here are the matches scheduled for tonight's Smackdown! show on UPN.
Lita vs Jackie; Steve Blackman vs Road Dogg; Tazz & Raven vs Jerry
Lawler & Chris Jericho; Too Cool & Rikishi vs T & A and Kane; Chyna vs
Steven Richards; Al Snow vs X-Pac; Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit vs The Rock
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> THUNDER RATING- Thunder received a low 2.0 rating for yesterday's show on TBS.
> NITRO GRILL CLOSING DOWN- WCW's version of "WWF New York" is closing down this week. The Nitro
Grill, which is located in the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., opened
during mid 1999 and cost $2 million. Jeff Simpson of the Las Vegas
Journal has a full article on this situation at
> NITRO ON BRAVO IN UK- Despite several TV Guides not showing the airing of WCW Nitro on Bravo
in the United Kingdom, the show is still airing as this newsletter is
being sent. Not even the SKY Digital channel information lists Nitro's
airing. The first episode being shown on Bravo is the Nitro of the day
after Fall Brawl. Several ECW commercials ran before and during Nitro.
> WRESTLERS SIGN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF RUSSO- Dave Scherer reports that almost everyone in the WCW locker room
signed a letter in support of Vince Russo. The letter is being sent to
WCW management to tell them that they think they are on the right track
with Russo in the driver's seat. Several in the company are fearing that
sooner or later the fed will be sold to a group of investors which
probably consists of Eric Bischoff and his friend Jason Harvey. If
Bischoff's team gets hold of WCW, everyone knows that Russo's days as
creative director are numbered, and many in the company were very
unhappy under the leadership of Bischoff.
> WCW THUNDER REPORT, By WCW.COM- DISQO d. Konnan
DISQO came to the ring with his duck in hand, ready to finally introduce
his new partner. He "fired" The Filthy Animals, but Konnan ran to the
ring, berating DISQO for costing Rey and Juvi the tag team titles. DISQO
and his former teammate were soon going at it, with Konnan getting the
best of the exchange. Alex Wright made his return, dropping Konnan's
throat across the top rope to set up DISQO for the win. As Wright danced
around, the rest of the Animals came out, sending the dancing fools
scurrying to the back.
Above Average Mike Sanders, dressed in a three-piece suit, entered Vince
Russo's office and threw his feet up on the boss' desk. When WCW
security head Doug Dellinger tried to kick him out, Sanders told Doug he
was allowed in the office because he was in charge for the night.
Sanders told the Natural Born Thrillers he was stripping Norman Smiley
of the Hardcore Title and setting up a tournament involving his men.
Scott Steiner almost destroyed a security guard with a lead pipe, before
taking his frustrations out on DISQO's duck. General Rection told A-WALL
to get his boots on and prepare for action.
Interview: Jeff Jarrett
While The Chosen One belittled Sting, saying he doesn't have what it
takes to make it anymore, Lex Luger came through the crowd and into the
ring. Lex apologized for helping Russo on Nitro, saying it made him sick
to his stomach afterwards. General Rection entered and told Luger that
he and all of the people forgave him for what he did. Lance Storm hit
the ring; the Canadian Champion and double-J beat Rection and Luger and
left them lying on the mat.
General Rection and Lex Luger agreed they wanted a match against Jarrett
Mike Sanders sat Leia Meow down and gave her a verbal lashing. Above
Average canceled her appearance on the Lava Lamp Lounge, as the rest of
the Thrillers looked on giggling.
Mean Gene Interview: The Filthy Animals
Juventud told Rey he wanted a best of five series of matches against
him. Mysterio accepted, as Konnan pulled them away to get ready.
Hardcore Tournament match
Sgt. A-WALL d. Johnny The Bull
A-WALL used a kendo stick early, giving The Bull a welcome back present.
Johnny got the stick and, hitting him several times, broke it over his
massive opponent's head. From outside the ring, a trashcan was brought
into play; both men felt the effects of the metal. Back inside, A-WALL
put The Bull through a table for the win. Scott Steiner arrived and went
to the announcers' table, prompting Stevie Ray to come out to the front.
Stevie put the bad mouth to Big Poppa, but, as he turned to leave,
Steiner cracked the pipe over his head.
Sanders told the Thrillers not to let Kevin Nash know about The Bull's
Stevie Ray challenged Scott Steiner to a match later in the show.
The Lava Lamp Lounge: Midajah
"That '70s Guy" Mike Awesome asked Midajah where Scott Steiner was. When
she said he was backstage working out with no access to a monitor,
Awesome made his move. She warned him Big Poppa might get mad, but he
continued with his lame pick up lines. Leia Meow came out and asked why
Midajah was on the show instead of her. The ladies started to fight,
eventually destroying Awesome's set after throwing him over the back of
the couch. Midajah put Meow in the Steiner Recliner before security
broke things up.
Backstage, Jimmy Hart told a depressed Crowbar Ozzy and Daffney were on
their way to Australia.
Mean Gene Interview: Scott Steiner with Midajah
Big Poppa Pump said Booker T. and Stevie Ray were illegitimate children
and not really even related. Steiner told Ray he would take him down
later on Thunder.
Backstage, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan screamed at Chad Damiani during an
interview for WCW.com.
Mark Jindrak and Sean O' Haire d. "Prime Time" Elix Skipper and
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan with Major Gunns Duggan started to sing the
Canadian National Anthem, but stopped, telling the Wilkes-Barre crowd
they didn't deserve to hear it. Skipper matched his speed against
Jindrak's size, with both men coming through with a series of counters
and reversals. O' Haire tagged in and almost took Skipper's head off
with his huge clothesline. Duggan made his way in and choked Jindrak
behind the referee's back, as the crowd started a "USA" chant. The
Canadians continued to wear down the newly-crowned champions, making
illegal switches as the ref kept an overzealous O' Haire in his corner.
When Skipper went to the top rope, Major Gunns hit the ropes, crotching
him on the turnbuckle. When the referee tried to confiscate Hacksaw's
2x4, Sgt. A-WALL arrived and chokeslammed Skipper from the top. A-WALL's
intervention set up the champions, Jindrak and O'Haire, for a win with a
Seanton Bomb. Duggan and A-WALL brawled to the back.
Backstage, Mike Sanders ordered security to throw Duggan and A-WALL out
of the building, saying they were ruining his show. Sanders stopped
Skipper in the hall, telling Prime Time he had one more match to
Kronik d. "Prime Time" Elix Skipper
As Skipper awaited his opponent in the ring, Kronik's music came on the
sound system to the delight of the crowd. The former tag team champions
annihilated the 100-Kilogram and Under Champion, drilling him with big
power moves, before a High Time for an easy win.
Backstage, Storm and Jarrett talked about their upcoming contest against
Luger and Rection.
No Contest - Rey Mysterio, Jr. vs. The Juice
Rey and Juvi both played to the audience as they readied themselves for
match two in the best of five series. Mysterio took the first lead,
snapping The Juice down with an arm drag. After another exchange, Juvi
was monkey flipped across the ring and hit his leg on the bottom rope.
He rolled from the ring, grabbing his knee, which was obviously hurt on
the last move. Konnan and Tygress got up from the announcers' table to
check on him, with the match eventually being called off because of the
Hardcore Tournament Match
Reno d. Crowbar
Crowbar was despondent coming to the ring, not ready for the hardcore
battle as he thought of Daffney and Ozzy. Reno used the plunder early,
but Crowbar threw a Northern Lights suplex to slow things down. Reno
snapped a suplex of his own, dropping a knee onto a can lid over
Crowbar's face. Reno was sent to the outside after a baseball bat shot
and was flattened to the ground with a Crowbar dive from the ropes to
the floor. Crowbar got a table from underneath the ring, delivering
another splash from the inside of the ring onto Reno on the wooden
fixture. Johnny The Bull used a ladder on Crowbar from the outside,
setting Reno for the "Roll The Dice." After the bell, Bull and Reno beat
on Crowbar until "That 70's Guy" Mike Awesome ran in for the save.
Backstage, Mike Awesome told Crowbar he could help him with his chick
Mike Tenay Interview: Vince Russo
Russo said, right off the bat, he was the WCW Champion after the Caged
Heat match against Booker T. Vince said he would no longer be competing
in the ring, however, and would have a decision about the WCW Title this
Monday on Nitro. He went on to say that Goldberg's future was in his
hands and promised he would have an announcement regarding the former
champion on Nitro as well. Russo said he had a bombshell regarding Ric
Flair, warning The Nature Boy it could ruin his whole family. As Tenay
started to get smart with Russo, Vince told Mike he needed to get some
tights and boots, and to be ready for a different kind of job Monday
Backstage, the Thrillers bragged about their Thunder victories.
Mean Gene Interview: Lex Luger and General Rection
Luger said he was prepared to right a lot of wrongs later in the main
event, as Rection told Storm to lock and load.
Scott Steiner with Midajah d. Stevie Ray Steiner and Ray went at it hard
and heavy, familiar with each other after years of wrestling in tag team
bouts. Big Poppa jawed with the crowd after delivering a huge T-Bone
suplex. As Stevie made a comeback, Midajah jumped from the top rope, but
was caught in Ray's arms. Steiner hit him low and, as "the freak"
distracted the referee, Big Poppa used the pipe across Ray's back en
route to a Steiner recliner victory.
Jeff Jarrett and Lance Storm d. General Rection and Lex Luger
Luger and Rection charged the ring, starting the main event with a bang.
Luger pressed Jarrett up over his head, following with a series of
clotheslines. Storm hit Lex low, turning the momentum of the match.
Jarrett and Luger both fell as they threw a double clothesline. They
made simultaneous hot tags, as Rection went to the top for the
moonsault. Luger held Storm on the mat, but pulled him out of the way at
the last second, sending the General crashing to the mat. Lex put the
boots to Rection before leaving the ring to a chorus of boos.
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