Wednesday November 4th, 1998 10:13 am
The Wrestling Booking
Jesse Ventura Wins
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov.
4) - The Body is now The Governor.
In one of the
most stunning upsets in
wrestler Jesse ''The Body''
Ventura was elected
famous political name and a rising
Ventura told cheering
candidate said his victory ''stunned the world'' and
proved that the
American dream still exists.
With 92 percent
of precincts reporting today,
Ventura had 714,327
votes, or 37
percent of the total. Republican Norm Coleman had
percent, and Democrat Hubert Humphrey III had
or 28 percent.
Ventura proved an
pinstriped politicians who wound up playing his
When asked how he would deal with stubborn
wrestler-turned-actor-turned-mayor flexed his
Voters ate it
''I like the
fact that he says things plainly,'' said Travis
lawyer who voted for
Ventura. ''A lot of
times people that
complex, they have a reason for doing so.''
Jorgensen, 49, another supporter: ''He'll put us on
map, if nothing
Ventura became the
first Reform Party candidate in the nation to win a
but ties with
Texas billionaire and
party founder Ross
strained. Perot was no help, especially when the
for cash and seeking help in obtaining a loan.
Ventura was the
candidate of choice for voters 44 and younger and
among those who
identified themselves as moderates, according to an
exit poll of
voters conducted by Voter News Service for The
Press and five
national television networks. Among liberals,
was just as
popular as Humphrey, son of the state's most revered
former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
competitors, more polished and better funded, were
''There was a
spark out there that he ignited and you have to give
that,'' said Coleman, the
St. Paul mayor. He
said he had no
idea what that
the victory a ''wake-up call of the first order.''
Ventura, a 6-foot-4,
250-pound former Navy SEAL whose wrestling
trademark was a
feather boa, drew spontaneous crowds everywhere he
went. He often
was seen campaigning in jeans and a
He showed up at
one buttoned-down business luncheon in camouflage.
appeared at a
televised debate in a golf shirt, jacket and running
he had to dash off to a football game involving the
school team he helped coach.
relied on getting turned-off voters to tune in. He
in part with a
catchy, unconventional ad campaign.
song used in radio ads was a remake of the ''Theme
Some of the lyrics: ''When the other guys were
checks, he was in the Navy getting dirty and wet.''
His final ad
featured him wearing only gym shorts posed as
Thinker.'' Another showed a
Ventura action figure
Evil Special Interest
He was an
experienced entertainer who acted in the movie
Ventura had to give up
his day job as a
radio talk show
host to run for office.
political experience was as mayor of the
Brooklyn Park, a
community of about 60,000, from 1991 to
1994. The city
was run by a city manager, but
increases and took credit for a drop in crime.
Ventura - formerly
James George Janos - completed high school and a
community college. He's fond of telling how he left
$200 in his
pocket to seek his future. He took the stage name in
career is key to some of his beliefs. He doesn't
should help students through college or subsidize
as a tax opponent, saying he would veto increases
return all future surpluses to Minnesotans. He also
recognition of gay relationships, looser gun laws
family planning. He has been married for 22 years
and is a
father of two.
In his most
controversial statement of the campaign,
Ventura said the
consider legalizing prostitution, possibly with a
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SUNDAY & MONDAY
A live episode
of Sunday Night Heat from the Frank Erwin Center in
Austin, TX on
11/1 got a 3.3 Composite Rating!
episode of WWF RAW from
Houston, TX drew huge
the also Live
WCW Nitro from
Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
RAW won with a score
of 4.8 to 4.1.
Nitro started out great with the unopposed first
scoring a 4.8.
But as RAWisWar came on, it all went downhill from
head-to-head at the 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST time slot,
dominated by a
score of 4.8 to 3.8. Here are the full hourly
Dave Scherer and Uncle Rupert
- WWF RAW is
WAR/Warzone(Live) - 11/2
- Hour 1(9:00
PM - 10:00 PM EST): 4.7 (Vince McMahon Interview,
vs. DX - Kane
out, Droz beats up Hawk, Oddities def. A.
segment, S. Regal vs. Goldust - Kane out)
- Hour 2(10:01
PM - 11:00 PM EST): 4.9 (ROCK def. K. Shamrock via
Venis vs. J.
Jarrett, Headbangers vs. D-Lo Brown/M. Henry - Kane
arrested, O. Hart/D. Severn confrontation, Big
Bossman beats up
in steel cage)
- WCW Monday
Nitro(Live) - 11/2
- Hour 1(8:00
PM - 9:00 PM EST): 4.8 (A. Wright pinned N. Smiley,
Disco pinned K.
Hayashi, Booker T Interview, F. Finlay pinned S.
Miller pinned Armstrongs, Wrath pinned K. Windham,
- Hour 2(9:01
PM - 10:00 PM EST): 3.7 (Flair vs. Hogan PPV
Interview, S. Norton pinned Hammer, Saturn vs.
confronts lWo, S. Steiner/Buff out, Psychosis pinned
Chris Jericho Interview)
- Hour 3(10:01
PM - 11:00 PM EST): 3.8 (D. Malenko def. Raven via
Hart/L. Luger/Giant segment, C. Jericho vs Kidman,
Steiner out -
JoJo Dillan fines them - Kenny Kaos beat up, Booker
def. S. Hall
via DQ, Luger def. Giant via DQ)
was in attendance backstage at Sunday Night Heat in
Austin, TX. As
the show began its new live/tape format. Shawn
rumored to be making his tv return that night in his
Patrick, Credit to Scoops
Submitted by reader: Marq
Since Mr. Kevin
Sullivan is no longer a booker, WCW has no excuse.
pound-for-pound wrestler in the business deserves
and the status
deserving of his tenure in wrestling. Chris Benoit
major league Push and a major title.
has worked all over the world and has been in WCW
now. Yes, he was TV champion twice, but does the WCW
reigns? No! Not to degrade the talents of Booker T,
definitely the better of the two--more talented and
And not to mention the pop he gets from us fans!
that size matters. Benoit has held his own when he
Booker T, Kevin
Nash, DDP, and Scott Hall. He is the most intense,
talented force in WCW and he's not being used to his
current campaign to Push Benoit. I'm helping to
and have a strong grassroots following. If you agree
with me, go to
my Push Benoit page, located at:
Let's give what
Benoit and us fans deserve; a deserving champion.
Thanks for your
Submitted by reader:
referred to Jake as "some mystery partner" got on my
sarcastic. Being that I don't get ECW anymore and
I'm kind of behind and am dependant on other fans to
fill me in.
for the last year about how Jake is my favorite of
time. I never
really realized it until recently for some reason. I
would cheer him
against any competitor today or ever, just like I
at the 1996
King of the Ring against Steve Austin. I have missed
so much since
he disappeared in early 1997.
Then in a recent PWI,
saw his name in
the top 500. When I read the results on this
the first time in a long time, a chill went down my
great excitement for the return of my hero. The big
that it would be Terry Funk. I figured not since
actually said so on ECW. Then to hear Jake downed
like that really got
Snake-man. That's all I got to say.
Also check out my page--
an article a
while back about Jake which is still there.)
BOOKING- THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN
Submitted by reader:
At the next PPV
(World War 3) One of the main events is Diamond
"the Hitman" Hart.
They both come out,
but instead of
grabs a mic and says for everyone to shut up, that
he has an
important announcement. He says that he and Page are
their own stable because their sick of all the
egotistical people in
They both put on blue and black t-shirts that say
people's world order. Next Nitro they both come out
Jericho. They tell
Jericho that he's in, no questions asked.
the NWO Black and White to a 4 vs. 4 steel cage
the next PPV.
For Hollywood, its
Hogan, the Giant, Stevie Ray, and
THe PWO says they won't announce their mystery
everyone's gonna have to wait and see. At the next
PPV the three PWO's
come out and
their new mystery member is: Bam Bam Bigelow!!!!
Submitted by reader:
everybody hates reading long letters just like many
long matches so
here is a short brief summary of the two big
head to head.
WWF vs. WCW: I
do not know if anybody else has ever noticed this
watch Raw vs.
Nitro I see something very different: COLOR. To me
like WWF is always colorful for TV but Nitro looks
and white. If you do not believe me, pay attention
time and you
will see what I mean. Another thing I notice is that
always, and I mean always saying this will be the
match of al
time, the greatest show of all time, the biggest
will ever have,
the most shocking event of all time,,,,,,, I
are trying to promote matches but they OVERDUE IT.
gets the edge I need not to explain why.
Talent: It is even.
The WWF has young talented wrestlers, while WCW
wrestlers with some young talent.
WWF has color. All WWF commentators are better than
except for the
WWF. This is short, but I can go into detail from
like personalities of McMahon vs. Bischoff or Hogan
vs. Steve Austin but
I do not
because of what I stated above.
Submitted by reader:
looking forward to N2R big time, even though I live
haven't seen ECW in two months. I really wanted to
Paul Heyman usually does a great job booking, but
overall just missing something.
One problem was too
matches, which forced them to open the show with two
matches. Also, it just didn't have a blow the roof
place match, while at Heatwave, every match was like
that. It was a
good card, but
nothing more. Lynn-Storm was really good, but the
absolutely terrible. The tag title match was good,
to me it lacked a little.
The mystery partner
tag match was okay. Jake
good for shock value, but he is way over the hill,
Dreamer and Justin, in the matches I've seen, have
never put together
The Terry Funk thing
was good, and
should be a real good match. The main event, well, I
hated the idea
to begin with, as it put the two singles champs in
meaning no defenses. As the match was about to
start, I was
thinking about possible endings. Shane taps to
Taz...as much as I would hate to see that happen
(Douglas is the man), it made
sense. But it
was also the way they set up Douglas-Snow, so I
think it was likely.
Taz makes Bigelow
tap... works, jobs Bigelow on
the way out and
ends their feud (interestingly, on 1wrestling.com,
said that Heyman was talking like Bigelow might not
after all. Then again, the Sandman was supposed to
be all but signed
Taz turns and leaves
his partners for a beating, made sense, too. But the
ending we got didn't fit too well with the
context of the
angle. Yes, Taz doesn't get Shane to tap, and he
pissed, but what does this lead to? Early word is
January, but that to me would be a waste with the
have been building to Douglas-Taz. I guess we'll
have to wait and
As far as the
of the Triple Threat, it could be almost anyone.
your thing Lance Storm, but that's really
ridiculous. My guess is
Dam, with him
turning on Sabu after Sabu gets a World Title match
doesn't. Who knows? Let's just hope ECW can put on a
better show in
Submitted by reader: Ben
I have this to
say about WCW, THEY SUCK, everyone in WCW but Ric
Flair and the 4
Horsemen are pansies, that’s why everybody is
WWF and ECW
What makes me mad is
that Eric Jerkofff, I
is taking the top talent from ECW and the old washed
from the WWF and turning them and their careers into
When Sandman debuts in
WCW in December, Bischoff,
because of Ted
Turner's "family oriented programming" wont let him
gimmick that made him a star. THE beer swilling,
smoking star, and there is no doubt in my mind that
reduce Bam Bam Bigelow to nothing but a sniveling
will either join one of the
factions of the
nWo or be yet another jobber for GOLDBERG.
If you ask
established star or legend in the sport that goes to
committing career suicide. AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE
CAUSE’ STONE COLD
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