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>> OPENING WORDS FROM THE EDITORBy Colin Vassallo, [Editor@...]
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>> WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> NEW MUMMY RETURNS TRAILER- With The Rock's feature film debut just two months away, Universal
Pictures released the second trailer of the upcoming movie 'Mummy
Returns'. The Rock will play the part of the Scorpion King in the movie
which will also be followed by a movie totally dedicated to his
character. To view the new trailer, go to our Info Central page at
http://www.wrestling-online.com/infocentral and click on the special
section of 'The Rock In Mummy Returns'. The trailer is available for
download in two sizes, small - 6MB in total - and large - 31MB in total.
Quicktime movie player is needed.
> TICKETS ON SALE- Six shows went on sale earlier this morning. RAW Is WAR live from Ft.
Worth, TX., on Monday April 2nd at the Ft. Worth Convention Center;
Smackdown! tapings at the Myriad in Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday April
3rd; Smackdown! tapings from Philadelphia, PA., on April 10th at the
First Union Center; House show in Tallahassee, FL., on Wednesday April
11th at the Leon City Civic Center; House show on Thursday April 12th at
the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.; And another house show on
Thursday April 12th in Ft. Myers, FL., at the Teco Arena. For more
ticket information please call the arena box office or else check out
> SEE BACKLASH AT WWF NEW YORK- Warner Brothers' Exit Wounds movie in association with the World
Wrestling Federation are doing a contest where a lucky winner will get 2
round trips to New York City, a two nights hotel, free dinner at WWFNY
and a chance to see the April PPV 'Backlash' at the entertainment
complex. Second placed winners will receive a WrestleMania box set and a
video of last year's WrestleMania. The contest is only open to US
residents. To participate go to
> MERCHANDISE MISTAKE!- A couple of readers sent in a word that at the merchandise stands this
past Tuesday at Smackdown! tapings, they were selling shirts that had
"Finally, the Rock has come back to Tucson" printed on them. The WWF
usually have shirts for each city they visit. However, there was a
stupid mistake in the printing of all t-shirts. Apparently the genius
who wrote it, spelled the name of the city wrong, and wrote 'Tuscon'
instead of 'Tucson' and every shirt was printed with the city name
spelled wrong! Hey, where's quality control?! Needless to say, Dave
Meltzer adds to the story that merchandise money was very high despite
the glitch that day cashing almost $13 from every person who attended
> RAW PREVIEW- Here's this week RAW Is WAR preview from DirecTV. Hour one is listed
as "The possible return of Triple H has the WWF on edge." and hour two
has "Trish ponders her future." Triple H has been kept off TV for the
whole week after a 40 minute match with Steve Austin last Sunday at No
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>> WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NEWShttp://www.wrestling-online.com/newsstation
> RHODES OFF NITRO- The Dusty Rhodes vs Jeff Jarrett match on Nitro has been scrapped and
all mentioning of Dusty has been removed from the WCW.COM Nitro preview
page. Bob Ryder of 1wrestling.com reports that communication between the
two parties broke down on Friday.
>> CLOTHESLINE CITYBy Andrew Bulik, [andrew.bulik@...]
Okay, okay. So maybe I was a bit depressing with my predictions of No
Way Out last week. The Pay per view was fine, on the whole. There were
weak spots and there were strong spots, but it was hardly one of the
all- ime great cards was it? I got a so-so 4 out of 7 with my
Big Show bt. Raven - This match was just a mess, right from the very
beginning of the bout when Tori, oops - my bad, the NINJA, attacked Big
Slow (I'm going to look REALLY stupid if they change whoever is in the
costume, but that ninja definitely has Tori's frame and stance). The
match was basically just a platform for midcarders who didn't get a
match of their own, to make an appearance on the PPV. And Silly Gunn
getting a second
hardcore title, give me a break.
Jericho bt. Benoit, Guerrero & X-Pac - This was a superb matchup. I was
pleased by the performance of ALL four competitors, yes, that includes
X-Pac's! As far as I'm
concerned it was the second best match on the card.
Stephanie bt. Trish - Oh there's a surprise, the next night was a real
surprise though. But Vince dumping Trish? Is he insane? Trish, I'm free!
This match was above par and a better match than I had actually
expected. But I would still rather have seen the unused
talent such as Test/Snow/Hardyz/Hollys/Tazz wrestle in their place.
Triple H bt. Austin - Enough with the I-told-you-so's already. This
match was a scorcher. It brought some of my faith back to Austin and it
was very entertaining. But
still, it was marred by the end of the bout, which reeked of politics.
Triple H wins by FALLING on top of Austin, NOT my drilling him to the
mat and defeating him via
standard pinfall. The whole end was designed to compensate Triple H for
not being in the WrestleMania main event (yet!) and so not to damage
Austin's reputation as the unbeatable one (even though he was beaten, if
that makes sense). Calls for this match to be proclaimed match of the
year are FAR too early. It is only March and besides, I reckon the
Benoit/Y2J ladder match was better.
Steven Richards bt. Jerry Lawler - Sadly, possibly Jerry's last PPV, but
more on that later. I was never excited by this match so I wasn't really
disappointed by it being
quite poor. The angle just really wasn't all that interesting anyway.
Dudleyz bt. E&C & Taker & Kane - This one was overbooked and again
reeked of politics. The action was alright, with E & C carrying a lot of
it (as they always do). But why did we need The New Islanders to
interfere? When is the WWF going to "Get It"?
No-one is interested in the Islanders - Dead Men feud. The whole reason
they came down was to distract the "main- eventers" from what the other
teams were doing so that Kane & Taker did not look bad. I hate all this
backroom politics thing!
Rock bt. Angle - Is Rock better than Hogan? Probably. But is he better
than Bret Hart? Most definitely not! No matter how many moves Rocky
'borrows' from Bret's repertoire, he will never be greater than the
Hitman. But still, he is now a record-breaking six times champion. This
match, for me, was the most disappointing. I expected better. Rock
didn't know what leg was supposed to be injured and The Big Show's
run-in was one of the stupidest things that they could have done. This
sort of thing happening on RAW is fine, but it should not happen when
you are trying to have a headlining bout on the pre-WrestleMania PPV. I
don't care if it was to set up an Angle/Show feud, that should
have been done on Raw or Smackdown.
So like I said, No Way Out had its plus points and negative, if I had to
grade it, I'd give it 7 out of 10. But when you compare it to last years
No Way Out, the event pales in comparison.
The WWF has made a huge mistake, sorry, scratch that Vince has made a
huge mistake. The loss of Jerry 'The King' Lawler could cause serious
problems for Titan Towers.
Why did it happen? Personally I think it's a case of Mr. V. K. McMahon
trying to flex his muscles in the locker room and showing who's boss.
Some say it was a measure to prevent Kat becoming another Sable. Excuse
me? But Kat has had nowhere near the exposure
Sable has had and surely that was not a threat at this moment in time.
I'm with the King on this one, the WWF is wrong. Why weren't The Kat's
problems discussed with her before? Why did they allow the angle to
develop on RAW if they clearly had a problem with her at the PPV? Why
did they not anticipate King's reaction? So many questions yet so little
answers that we may not ever find out.
I cannot see Vince granting Lawler his full release, I just don't see it
happening. It would suit McMahon to have the King sitting on the
sidelines rather than have him
surface in a potentially resurgent WCW. So what would be Vince's
incentive on letting Jerry go to Atlanta? Exactly, nothing.
But there has also been much speculation on who could replace King. I
argue that he is irreplaceable, but a void is there and it needs to be
Tazz - I cringe when I hear him on the mic. I don't believe he is the
natural in the commentating booth that the WWF seems to think. His laugh
is annoying and he seems to be unable to speak sense. I can handle him
on HeAt, as I don't have to listen to him on
HeAt in the UK, we get the Coach and Hayes, hurrah!
Coachman & Kelly - Put simply: NO!
Raven - Has done his bit in WCW and ECW before, and is a decent
commentator. But his wrestling career in the WWF does have some momentum
just now, so would it be wise to sit him next to JR? I don't think so.
Styles & Gertner - I can't see it happening. Although I have only
listened to some of their stuff, but I think the WWF will be trying to
distance itself from extending its
mini-ECW family that exists with Tazz, Credible, Lynn, Rhino et al,
despite their attempts to get Paul Heyman.
Paul Heyman - Although I believe he would be a good commentator, again
he would create too much of the image of an ECW diaspora within the WWF,
if WWF did sign him, I think he would work in a booking/behind-scenes
Michael 'PS' Hayes - I think he should get one of the shows, Smackdown
maybe? He has proved himself as a decent performer in the past. Lawler's
departure has definitely increased Dok Hendrix's market value.
Larry Zbyszko - I don't want him in WWF. When my only access to WCW was
via Channel 5's WCW Worldwide, I cringed everytime I heard the supposed
'living legend' on the mic. He is a hopeless announcer.
Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan - My hopeful! I hope he makes a comeback, even
though senility does seem to be setting in with him these days. Sadly, I
can't see it happening, the WWF has shown no interest in him before now,
so why should they just because of Lawler's
As much as I don't want it to happen, I see Tazz taking King's place,
which is a shame. I don't think he will ever be able to fill Jerry's
boots. On a slightly different note,
if relations between King and Vince continue to deteriorate, can you
really see Brian
Christopher "Grandmaster Sex-ay" Lawler's career scaling to new heights?
No, me neither.
I have so much more Id like to say this week like the WWF is doing an
excellent job in building the angles between the Hardyz, The Radicalz
and Rock & Austin but alas Im running out of column-space. I would
really like to see Matt vs. Jeff at WrestleMania, and remember, it is a
4 hour show, so it could happen
Thats all from me this week, if you have any points you would like to
bring up with me just mail me at andrew.bulik@... .
Ill do my best to reply. My preliminary plans for next weeks column
are looking to WrestleMania and where is the next top star in the WWF
coming from? So if you have any comments on that, just mail me too.
Editor can be reached at Editor@...
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