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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Tomorrow the prizes for the Armageddon pay-per-view broadcast will be
announced. A new writer debuts today, check out the column "Around The
Ring", found right below the ECW news section
Over and out.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> RAW PREVIEW- Here's this week RAW Is WAR preview from DirecTV. Hour one is listed
as "Armageddon for Kurt Angle?" and hour two lists "Triple H and
Stephanie, one year later." Many believe that Vince McMahon will make an
appearance tonight after he got trashed by Triple H on Smackdown! by
mistake. In the meantime, here are the confirmed matches for tonight's
broadcast. Undertaker vs Rikishi; Right To Censor vs Hardy Boyz; Val
Venis vs Billy Gunn; William Regal vs Crash; Hardcore Holly vs Chris
Benoit. Other matches will be announced throughout the show.
> NO WAY OUT LOCATION CHANGED- The WWF website confirmed that the location for the No Way Out PPV
this coming February will be changed from Florida to Las Vegas, NV. This
will be the first time a WWF PPV will be live from Vegas.
> ROYAL RUMBLE POSTER RELEASED- The poster for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view has been released. It
looks like the poster from the 1992 Royal Rumble, with several WWF
superstars in cartoon drawings near each other. The 2001 Rumble poster
features all the top WWF stars including Austin, Triple H, Rock, Angle,
'Taker, Chyna, Jericho etc in front of a building. Also there's a new
Royal Rumble logo. You can view the logo at
> ARMAGEDDON FREE FOR XFL TICKET HOLDERS- If you have season tickets for the XFL Birmingham Bolts, you will be
eligible to go to the WWF Armageddon PPV for free according to XFL.COM.
Armageddon is being held in B'gham at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic
Center this coming Sunday. Fans who already own season tickets or will
buy them by the end of this week will receive the free WWF Armageddon
ticket. This definitely means that the PPV is far from being sold out!
> WWF STOCK- Stocks closed at 13 1/8, a 1.45% increase over the previous trade. The
day's range was 13 1/16 - 13 5/16.
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> VAMPIRO AND AGENT PART WAYS- 1wrestling.com reports that Vampiro and his agent Bob Barnett parted
ways and Barnett won't represent Vamp anymore. Instead, Psychopathic
Records will be his representatives. Both of them 'raised some hell'
with their comments on the Internet in the past few weeks and Vampiro
ended up 'leaving' WCW although still under contract. Vampiro also
apologized for the comments he made towards WCW and the people who work
there. Currently Vamp is sidelined after was on the receiving end of two
Awesome bombs which caused a serious concussion.
> NITRO PREVIEW- Four matches have been signed for tonight's Nitro show on TNT! Elix
Skipper takes on Crowbar for the Hardcore title; Goldberg vs Norman
Smiley; Jeff Jarrett vs Konnan; Big Puppa Pump battles against General
Rection for the WCW title. Also, DDP and Kevin Nash will be in action
defending their tag team titles. All the other top WCW stars will also
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> HEYMAN DISTRIBUTES CHECKS- After a few weeks not getting paid, ECW superstars were finally paid
last night during the ECW PPV in New York, however, they're still behind
when it comes to payments. Heyman also said in a meeting after the PPV,
that who ever wants to leave ECW, he could have his release right away.
That's something the WWF and WCW will never do to its talent!
> NEXT PPV ALSO IN NEW YORK!- The January PPV "Guilty As Charged" will also take place in the
Hamerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, NY. This was the place where
yesterday's PPV was held. Seems like ECW loves the NY crowd!
> ECW MASSACRE ON THE 34TH STREET REPORT- To read the full review from yesterday's ECW "Massacre On The 34th
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>> AROUND THE RINGBy Eric Knudsen, [dekiscool@...]
Welcome Ladies and Gentleman, kids and all. This is the first and I hope
a long last edition of Around The Ring. I am your loyal host Eric.
Before I get to todays topic, I would just like to thank Colin for the
opportunity to write for this incredible newsletter. Just a little bit
about myself I have been watching wrestling for the better part of 23
years and have watched both old and new wrestling. I think that right
there says it all. Todays topic is on the extreme-ness of this sport
we all love.
Today as wrestling grows ever more popular and is attracting new
generations of wrestling fanatics, the demand on the wrestlers also
seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. The fans are always
appreciative of a spirited brawl, however how far is too far?
Case in point the late, great Owen Hart.
Now I have to wonder what need there is for such a stunt in an angle
that would take the life of a valued member of the wrestling community.
Sure you can say..Oh yeah, Sting has done the repelling act many times
without incident. And yes it is true, but it only takes that one time
and (I dont want this to sound hurtful or too harsh, but ) the fun is
over. I was watching that PPV when Owen lost his life in a completely
ridiculous angle. There was no need to have him repelling down to the
ring I was perfectly content to see him running idiotically to and from
the ring claiming not to be Owen Hart.
These wrestlers go in and beat each other night after night and I know
they work well over 250 days of the year. That leaves very little time
for anything else. Yes the matches and outcomes are scripted. However,
injuries do occur. Case in point...Buff Bagwell. He received a "stinger"
(a temporary paralysis) when he was bulldogged off the top rope by Rick
Steiner. He was out for months. Now my point is that wrestling itself,
even if it is fake, is still dangerous. One miscue, one slip, one
mistiming can be the
difference in a well excuted move and a serious or fatal injury.
What we need is to get back to the basics. We shouldnt expect the world
of these athletes. We are the ones, the wrestling fans, that put these
wrestlers in harms way. The bookers, the writers see the fans reaction
to an incredible situation that happens during a match and they figure
they somehow have to top that. So the wrestlers are encouraged and have
it set in their minds that they have to go and do some sort of crazy
move that will wow the crowd for that one night. And thats it. Its
just that one night. I think its safe to say that, although hed rather
not, Mick Foley will be remember for being thrown 20 feet off a steel
cell. That wowed people for that night. Now it is up to the next
generation of wrestlers to try and top that. So they have these tables,
ladders, and chairs (Oh My!) matches. Luckily for the men involved in
those matches have all walked out without serious injury.
So what I am saying is we need to learn to say when enough is enough. I
could deal without all this dangerous match and or angle stuff. I love
wrestling and grew up in the time of technical wrestling. I would love
to see a technical match. Those are what impress me and I think thats
what the new generation of fans need to see. As Bret Hart said in an
interview, We are not stuntmen. We as fans need to realize this
Before I wrap this up, on a side note, I am a big Hardy Boys fan and see
a great future for them IF they can stay healthy. I have noticed Jeff
mothering his left arm as of late. And I will say that I hold my
breath everytime he performs the Swanton Bomb. Like I said before one
slip up, one miscue and its all over.
Thank you all for joining me. Come back next week for another intriguing
addition of Around The Ring. Thats my opinion and Im standing by it.
Editor can be reached at Editor@...
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