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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
Well, yesterday I said it was a "quiet Tuesday"....until Lawler quit the
WWF later in the day. It's an unbelievable story which is a must read in
the WWF news section below.
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> KAT RELEASED, LAWLER QUITS- In a shocking turn of events, both Jerry "The King" Lawler and "The
Kat" Stacey Carter are gone from the World Wrestling Federation. The WWF
released The Kat yesterday afternoon and Lawler protested and resigned.
WWF.COM confirmed the story late yesterday about the two leaving the
federation. According to several sources, McMahon told Ross to release
Carter from her WWF contract, and since Ross is in charge of talent
relations, he had to do whatever McMahon told him. Ross and Lawler are
big friends in real life and this is a huge blow to WWF when it comes to
TV broadcasts. Lawler has been doing RAW's for the past six years and
did Smackdown! since it started. No replacement has been announced yet,
but it seems like Tazz will benefit the most out of this horrible
> WHAT HAPPENED?- According to the official Lawler website at
http://www.kinglawler.com/, Lawler had a meeting with the WWF regarding
the RTC/RTN angle that would happen on Smackdown! later in the day. At
4:00PM when they came back, Ross informed them about the Kat being
released and Lawler told JR and Vince that if she's gone, he's out as
well. Nevertheless, none of them changed their minds and Lawler and Kat
left the building. Lawler said during a phone conversation with the
webmaster that there was no incident or provocation of any kind that
could have led to the firing of the Kat. Michael Cole & Jim Ross did the
play by play for this week's Smackdown! broadcast.
> THE REAL STORY- Lawler quitting the WWF sent shockwaves throughout the wrestling
industry. A vital part of WWF and XFL programming, Lawler has been the
best color commentator in the business for the past few years. According
to several industry sources, Lawler has still 2 years on his WWF
contract, thus he can't go to WCW for the next 24 months. Apparently
Lawler was very vocal regarding his wife's role on WWF television. He
wanted the WWF team to put her on TV fulltime, and after a lot of
complaining, they finally found an angle in Right To Nudity. But still,
problems persisted between the two sides and finally McMahon decided it
was over. They never asked Lawler to quit, they released the Kat. Lawler
quit by himself after he tried to play a 'do or die' game with WWF
officials and obviously lost. But in this crazy world of pro wrestling,
you can never say never. Jim Ross was fired twice, hired back and now in
charge of talents. Lawler could come back. One thing is crystal clear,
no matter what's your position in the company, never cross your boss.
> MUSIC VOLUME 5 MAKES A STRONG DEBUT- All the promotion and marketing from the WWF regarding their 5th
installment in their "Music" series paid off after the CD debuted in the
#2 position in the Billboard Top 200. It's the highest debut of the
week, with the album already Certified Gold in the United States,
Canada, and the UK and soon to follow in Australia and Chile. According
to the press release, Smackdown! Records and KOCH Entertainment
delivered over 1.5 million copies of the CD worldwide, with 1 million in
the US, 100,000 in the UK and 70,000 in Canada.
> WWF STOCK- Stocks closed at 13.80, a 0.44% increase over the previous trade. The
day's range was 13.50 - 14.39.
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> THUNDER PREVIEW- Here are the matches scheduled for tonight's Thunder broadcast. The
Jung Dragons vs Mike Sanders & Kwee Wee; Johnny The Bull vs Shawn
Stasiak; Shane Helms vs Johnny Swinger; Mike Awesome vs Konnan; Chuck
Palumbo vs DISQO; Big Vito vs Rick Steiner; Booker T. vs Scott Steiner.
> NOT "WILD" ANYMORE- Dave Meltzer of the Observer reports that the partnership between
World Championship Wrestling and NWA Wildside has been canceled. No
information was released why this happened. NWA Wildside was the
'developmental farm' for upcoming WCW wrestlers. Stars such as the
Natural Born Thrillaz, David Flair and others competed their against
other soon-to-be stars on weekly basis.
> WCW LIVE GUESTS- Tonight's WCW Live! guests include Tony Schiavone before Thunder, and
WCW champion Scott Steiner right after Thunder. To listen to the show
RealPlayer is needed. More at http://www.wcw.com/2001/wcwlive/
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