Every Tuesday and Friday we give you the scoop on
what's happening in and out of the wrestling ring. Somedays it's even
not released from the WWF.
Smackdown was another ok show by the WWF and I'm getting tired of typing
that. The WWF really needs some competition to bring the exciting edge
back to their programming. Smackdown didn't have any bad moments, it just
had several moments where I thought there might be something more entertaining
on. The writing staff continued to destroy Jericho's credibility by having
him tap out to the Rock just 3 days before their match at Vengeance. Vince
McMahon didn't have to kiss the Rock's ass but rather Rock made him inspect
the inside of Rikishi's colon. The segment went long, but the pay off
was good and hopefully it's the last we've seen of the "Kiss My Ass Club"
gimmick for a while. Undertaker attacked Rob Van Dam to add some heat
to their match on Sunday, but after 'Taker smacked RVD down, why didn't
he pin him for the Hardcore title? Technically anyone can pin RVD at anytime
to take the championship. Stealing a man's title belt before the match
is a way to add heat. For that matter, why have 'Taker beat up RVD at
all. Since RVD just won a brutal match with Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy should
have run in and beat RVD for the title. Matt would have been super pissed
off that Jeff stole the title he'd just fought for. Anyway, a fine show
with nothing to write home about other than Rikishi's return. I'm sure
we'll be tired of him by Monday.
WWF Releases Nine Wrestlers
Essa Rios, Jimmy Yang, Kid Romeo, Lash LeRoux, Allan Funk (Kwee-Wee),
Elix Skipper, Russ McCullough, Evan Karagias and Reno were released
by the WWF this week. All of them had been competing in the HWA, a WWF
developmental territory, and were given their releases in meetings with
Johnny Ace. Road agent Ricky Santana is being reassigned. Most of the
guys were picked up when the WWF bought WCW as part of the deal. Essa
Rios is the only WWF native, but his lack of English has been a source
of problems for years. Russ McCullough has been a WWF prospect for a
while but I don't believe he's ever been on TV or in WCW. I'd expect
several of the guys to end up working for XWF before too long. Now that
the guys in the minors have received the axe, it won't be too long before
the WWF starts cutting its B level talent.
The ratings for Raw dropped for the second consecutive week. The show
did a 4.2, down from a 4.4 last week and a 4.7 two weeks ago. Smackdown
scored a 4.2 broadcast rating. That's the same rating that they scored
last week. Last week of course the other networks were in reruns and
this week was new episodes, so the WWF can feel good about that number.
Raw needs something new to hold the viewers attention.
Rock to Finish Scorpion King
The Rock is going to have to put on the Scorpion suit again. Key fight
scenes were left unfilmed from his upcoming film, The Scorpion King.
It was decided during production not to shoot the scenes due to the
feared industry strike (which never happened). Now Rock will have to
finish shooting the movie so the Universal can release the film in April
of 2002. Rock is not expected to miss much time since he will be filming
in L.A. You know, near the pyramids.
Grand Master Sexy Injured
Brian Christopher suffered a scratched retina in a match this week while
working for the WWA in London. Christopher was examined at a local hospital
and released. The injury is not considered serious, and Christopher
is not expected to miss any shows on the WWA tour.
The law firm of Lovell & Stewart has filed a class action lawsuit on
behalf of everyone who purchased WWFE stock against WWFE. It alleges
WWFE (the parent company of the WWF, in case you were confused) and
certain of its officers and directors at the time of the IPW violated
federal securities laws by issuing and selling WWFE stock pursuant to
the IPO without disclosing to investors that several of the underwriters
had solicited and received excessive and undisclosed commissions from
certain investors. Also named in the suit are Bear, Stearns, Merrill
Lynch, Piece Fenner & Smith, Inc., Credit Suisse First Boston Corp.,
Wit Capital Corp., Donaldson, Lukfin & Jenrette Securities Corp. and
Chase H&Q. The claim is those companies got WWFE stock at $17 per share
by agreeing to purchase additional stock once it hit the market to immediately
rocket the price upward (it went to $34 first day), claiming it was
an artificial price inflation enabling everyone to make enormous profits.
The complaint alleges the defendants required customers to kick back
some of their profits as a secret commission calculated after the fact
based on how much profit the investor had made. It's all sneaky wall
street crap. The WWF had this to say about the law suit, "Based on the
assertions of the law firm of Lovell and Stewart, we categorically deny
any wrong doing."
Nash on Nikki
Kevin Nash will be on the TV show "Nikki" Sunday on UPN. Nash plays
himself on the show, which was filmed about six weeks ago in Los Angeles.
Filming lasted about a week. "It's a great show and good comedy," Nash
said. "This might be the only time fans get to see me taking bumps on
U.S. TV this year. I do the job on the show because I don't have the
ego some people seem to think I do." *coughbullshitcough* I'd lay down
for Nikki Cox long before I'd lay down for Goldberg.
Savage to Make Major Announcement Hogan vs. Savage will headline Wrestlemania
His brother, "The Genius" Lanny Poffo,
isn't actually all that bright.
Slim Jims cause cancer.
Osama Bin Laden has kidnapped Miss Elizabeth.
He will be the new starting quarter back
for the Miami Dolphins.
Andre the Giant isn't really dead, he's
He wants to be the first member of the
"French Kiss Vince McMahon's Ass Club."
"Oh Yeah!" to be new 2002 Olympic motto.
He is the real killer of Nicole Simpson.
Bush/Savage in 2004.
Randy Savage made a small announcement he will be making a "major announcement"
this Monday. I have no clue what the announcement could be but here
are my top 10 guesses:
Big Show & Kane vs. Dudley Boyz -
Tag Team Championship
If you're attending a pay per view party, this would be a good time
to go get a drink. Dudley Boyz rarely have a bad match, but their
act has gotten stale. No one really gives a flying clothesline about
Kane and Big Show, so don't expect them to win. Dudleys win in the
opening match to retain the titles.
Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy - Special
I outlined last week how I would have set up this feud and the WWF
ignored me. Whatever. This should be a good match with plenty of high
spots. The added intrigue of "whose side is Lita on" should make this
an entertaining match. I predict Matt wins with help from Lita and
they both go hardcore heel. Jeff is left alone with only thousands
of screaming 15 year old girls to console him.
Edge vs. William Regal - Intercontinental
Edge hasn't risen to the top like we'd all like him to since winning
the King of the Ring and the Unifed Intercontinental belt. He had
more popularity when he and Christian were the wacky heels. Still
Regal isn't really a heat magnet either, so expect Edge to retain
Undertaker vs. Rob Van Dam
I expected RVD to lose the hardcore title on Smackdown since he isn't
putting it on the line here at the pay per view. What's to stop 'Taker
from just saying that the title is on the line since RVD has to defend
the title 24/7 anyway? RVD's push has cooled off in the last month
and 'Taker has proven that he isn't ready to start jobbing out to
everyone during the last few years of his career. In their last meeting
RVD won, so I'd expect 'Taker to win this time.
Trish Stratus vs. Jacqueline - Women's
The WWF usually puts these kinds of matches on near the end of the
show so that you can use the bathroom and cleanse your pallet before
the main event. This is just a straight up wrestling match which means
it will suck since Trish's abilities lean more toward T&A. Still,
with no build up what so ever as far as a feud goes, I doubt Jackie
will win the title. Trish will beat Jackie so that the fans believe
she is a credible wrestling champ rather than just another pretty
face. I can tell the WWF right now that will never happen.
The Rock vs. Chris Jericho - World
Booking 101 says that in the week before a pay per view, the heel
always beats down the face so that we the fans believe that the face
might lose the match at the pay per view. However, Jericho lost clean
to Austin on Raw and tapped out to Rock on Smackdown. Why should we
believe that Jericho will win this match? I certainly don't. Rock
wins to advance to the title unification match. On a side note, what
happens if Jericho wins by DQ or count out? He'd have technically
won the match, but not the title? Who would advance to the main event?
I think it would be awesome if Jericho won by DQ and Flair ruled that
the person with the title advances to the main event. That would give
Jericho an excellent reason to continue to hate the Rock and add fuel
to his bad guy fire.
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kurt
Angle - World Wrestling Federation Championship
Going back to Booking 101, heel needs to beat face before the big
match, but Angle lost clean to Rock on Raw Monday. Also, unlike the
other three men in this double main event, Angle never got time alone
in the ring to bitch about Austin and Rock. Again, why should we believe
that Angle will win this match? The big money match is Rock vs. Austin,
so Austin beats Angle to advance to the title unification match.
Austin vs. Rock - Title Unification
So, here is the big moment wrestling fans have been waiting decades
to see. The title unification match between the WWF World Championship
and the title formerly known as the WCW World Championship. Sure it's
two WWF wrestlers fighting for it, but they are the two biggest stars
in the world today. The only problem is that they are both fan favorites.
If one guy pins the other, half the audience is going to be pissed
off and that makes unhappy fans that feel gypped for paying to see
their favorite wrestler lose. How will the WWF get around this problem?
Well the obvious answer is that Rock and Austin don't face each other
but rather one of them loses in the qualifying round. The other possibility
is that neither man wins the unified title, but rather a returning
superstar causes the match to end without a winner. That man is HHH.
He's been featured on the Vengeance posters and ads for months, so
what else should we believe but that he is going to return on Sunday.
If he returns and causes a disqualification, then the titles don't
unify (which is good since one of the titles will be split off when
the WWF splits its roster in January to a second promotion) and neither
the Rock nor Austin lose any popularity. That is the most likely scenario
and the one that will make fans happiest (with the exception of those
wrestling purists that just really wanted the title unified.)