Issue # 190
Saturday March 27th, 1999 11:57 am
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
STING SET TO RETURN MONDAY
Sting appeared on QVC
last night. He was asked about his return to the ring, and
he said he will be
back on the 3/29 Nitro from
Toronto, Canada. If I was in
charge of WCW, given
the beating that they took in the ratings this week,
combined with the fact
that Raw will be following the WWF's biggest PPV of the
year, I would be
getting the word out that Sting will be coming back, so that
could hopefully get a
boost in the ratings.
Reported by Dave
NEW JAPAN DOME LINEUP
New Japan's 4/10 Tokyo
Dome line-up is complete -- it doesn't look that hot.
Here is the order of
matches in terms of the order they will occur -- Atsushi
Onita vs. Masa Chono
in a 200-volt amperage death match, Satoshi
Tenzan vs. Manabu Nakanishi/Yuji Nagata, Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Minoru Tanaka, IWGP
Jr. Tag Title match with Dr. Wagner Jr./Kendo Ka Shin vs.
Jushin Liger/The Great
Sasuke, IWGP Jr. Title match with Koji Kanemoto vs.
Kazuyuki Fujita/Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yuki Ishikawa/Alexander
Otsuka, IWGP Tag Title
match with Kensuke Sasaki/Shiro Koshinaka vs. Tatsumi
Tenryu, and the IWGP Title match with ultimate-rules-esque
statutes with Don Frye
vs. Keiji Mutoh (The Great Muta)
Reported by Zach
FOLEY THE DAREDEVIL
The professional stunt
men that were a part of the WWF's Super Bowl commercial
watched a video of
Mick Foley's KOTR "Hell In the Cell" match and couldn't
believe that he
survived the falls. The joined the rest of us on that one...
Reported by Wade
Keller of The Pro Wrestling Torch
SAVAGE'S POSSIBLE ROLE
If Randy Savage gets
his way he will come back to WCW as a heel in a Steve
He is trying to convince management to let him swear and
push the envelope on
camera; I have no doubt that Savage would get over huge in
such a role. The
problem is that it would be cheap heat, and the role would
better suited for a
wrestler who doesn't have such a strong image (maybe a
Benoit or Bagwell).
When you are the only wrestler in the promotion allowed to
push the envelope
(Scott Steiner), its hard not to be viewed as something
special. Save this
push for a young up and comer, not a superstar who is
already over with own
Reported by Wade
Keller of The Pro Wrestling Torch
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George Mayfield will
Tokyo, Japan from May 1st
1999 through May 6th 1999.
While there he'll be
attending the All Japan 5/2 Dome Show, 5/4 ARSION & Super
Delfin Shows, and the
5/5 FMW Pay Per View. He is willing to purchase a limited
amount of Japanese
merchandise from these shows, for fans of Japanese
who want original
goods. Contact him at
gmayfield@xxxxc... with your wish
list, and he'll get
back to you with a price quote.
WCW WARNING SIGNS
Ever wonder how WCW
instructs ticket takers to confiscate signs at TV tapings
and live events? Well,
they actually have an established set of rules that they
hand out, and expect
to be followed. The Artist Formerly Known as the Immortal
Spam recently grabbed
a list of the rules from a ticket taker in
and thought you'd be
interested to know that the list of offensive signs
1. If they say "suck"
2. No implied or
blatant sexual reference
3. No numbers: "3:16"
or "4:20" or "4:69"
4. Cannot say "white
trash" or "Trailer Trash"
5. No reference to
6. Cannot use the word
gay in any way
7. No WWF reference.
We do not want to give them any promotion
C.) DX or Suck It
D.) WCW Rules, WWF
Austin can whoop Goldberg
8. Signs may not have
the words "ass" or "God" on them
9. Signs cannot make
reference to want to have sex w/ the Nitro Girls
10. Nothing referring
Enough is enough:
Flair blasts back at Douglas
By Mike Mooneyham
Sunday, March 21, 1999
Dogging 14-time world
heavyweight champion Ric Flair has become a popular
pastime for ECW's
Shane Douglas. Throughout the '90s
Douglas has been openly
critical of Flair,
blaming him for his lack of a push while Flair was booker at
WCW, and chastising
Flair for not "passing the torch" to younger talent in the
Douglas, 36, who left both WCW and the WWF on less than
favorable terms and
has threatened to bolt ECW in recent months, has blasted
Flair in a number of
interviews and on ECW television. In the past Flair has
chosen not to respond
Douglas' charges in a public
forum. That changed,
however, on a recent
edition of the WCW Live Internet show where Flair broke his
silence and fired some
stiff verbal shots of his own.
"He (Douglas) is a
quarterback that thought he was going to go in the first
round, that went in
the seventh round, that knew because he went in the seventh
round he had to play
harder, but never made it," said Flair. "He threw the ball
10 yards shorter. He
ran the 40 a tenth of a second slower."
Flair said Douglas,
who spent only several months in the WWF during 1995-96 and
accused the Shawn
Michaels-led "Clique" of hastening his exit, has a long
record of pointing
blame for his own failures.
"Everything he's done
in life, he's done behind the scenes, and he's cried about
everybody," said Flair. "If its not me, its Nash. If its not
Nash, its Hall. If its
not Hall, its McMahon. If its not McMahon, its
Bischoff. At some
point in time, you have to look in the mirror. The problem
the kid has never
Flair also questioned
the validity of
Douglas' longstanding plan to
medical school. "Ten
years ago, he told me he was going to be a medical doctor.
Everything in his life
is pretty much a dream, or a thought, or an afterthought.
And I'm happy that
he's making money where he's at, because he'd never go
anywhere else. He's
been given the opportunity and some guys cut it, and some
"Doctor Douglas, who
never went to school. Doctor Douglas, who never made it in
WCW, who blamed me for
it. I wasn't the booker, however. Doctor Douglas, who
didn't make it in WWF.
Doctor Douglas, who's alienated himself. Doctor Douglas,
who is blown up at 220
pounds. You can't beat my 11-year-old son. How 'bout
that? God bless you
Douglas didn't let Flair's
comments go unchallenged. The following
remarks were posted
after a recent ECW show: "The invitation's been there, be a
man, come do it face
to face. It can be in WCW if you want, it can be in the
parking lot. Hell,
I'll come to
Charlotte to your gym, and
work out if you want.
The invitation's open,
Ric, you name the time and the place, I'll be there.
"Why don't you come
and maybe get a challenge from somebody who can maybe make
you look better. No
matter, Ric, as old and broken down as you are, this little
old 'quarterback' that
couldn't make it, can still make you look decent."
Douglas (real name
Troy Martin) has been billed as "The Franchise" since his
arrival in ECW,
although owner Paul Heyman originally wanted Steve Austin,
of his Dangerous
Alliance in WCW in the early '90s, to portray that role.
A mid-card performer
at WCW during the late '80s and early '90s who rose to
championship status at
ECW, Douglas has frequently used ECW as a platform to
voice his opinions.
Last year the Pittsburgh native challenged Flair to a series
of shoot matches.
"My proposal would be
a series of three matches - one in Pittsburgh, one in
Charlotte and one in
Philadelphia so it would be fair to everyone," Douglas told
the Washington (Pa.)
Observer-Reporter. "I've proposed this through unofficial
channels. Right now,
he has a decision to make. If by next June he hasn't
decided, its too late.
At this point, if it wasn't a shoot and I'd do a fake
wrestling match, that
would kill my legitimacy forever. It would kill me
"Flair has his feelers
out right now to see if its still possible to have a
match with Shane
Douglas," he added. "Because five years of animosity has
up, it would be a huge
pay-per-view draw. I dislike Flair. He was the measuring
stick for the '80s.
When you talk about the best wrestler in the world, he was
and proved it night in
and night out. But he also used whatever political
connections he had to
keep a guy like Shane Douglas down."
• Ric Flair, who
defended his WCW title against Hulk Hogan Friday night March
19 at the United
Center in Chicago and Saturday night March 20 in Milwaukee,
will meet Bill
Goldberg at the Spring Stampede pay-per-view.
• David Flair (Fleihr)
signed a three-month contract with WCW and will be
training at the Power
• Sabu and Taz meet
for the ECW world title in the main event of ECW's Living
pay-per-view tonight at the New Jersey Convention Center in
Park, N.J. Shane
Douglas and Tommy Dreamer will battle Lance Storm and Justin
Credible in a
co-featured bout. Terry Funk, recovered from a bout with
hepatitis, and Sid
(Sid Eudy) are expected to make appearances.
• If you missed them
the first time out: A&E will rebroadcast two outstanding
shows on pro wrestling
tonight. The network's Biography special on the late
Andre The Giant will
air 8-9 p.m., while the documentary "Hitman Hart: Wrestling
with Shadows" will air
9-11 p.m. The programs will be shown again later that
midnight-1 a.m. and 1-3 a.m.
• TV Guide has
published a set of wrestling covers for its March 22 issue
Wrestlemania. The four separate signature collectors' covers
feature Steve Austin,
The Rock, Mankind and Sable. The issue takes a look at how
far Wrestlemania has
come since it began in 1985. TV Guide also featured four
wrestlers on separate
covers last December, which led to phenomenal sales at the
more than 500,000 copies more than the previous week's
• The WWF is expected
to deliver a strong Raw this week from Albany, N.Y., its
final Monday night
show before Wrestlemania, with a scheduled main event of
Steve Austin vs. Paul
"The Big Show" Wight. WCW will air its annual Spring Break
Nitro from Club Lavela
in Panama City, Fla.
• Bret Hart, whose
disappointment over his lack of a push in WCW has been
reaching the breaking
point, reportedly has been promised an angle with Bill
Goldberg on this
week's Nitro. Hart, who was assured by Eric Bischoff that he
would be involved in a
major program with Goldberg, stormed out of a recent show
after booker Kevin
Nash nixed a similar plan.
Hart, still recovering
from a groin injury, recently suffered a pulled abdominal
muscle and is
scheduled for surgery following the March 29 Nitro in
where he is scheduled
to headline against Goldberg.
• "Big Papa Pump"
Scott Steiner last week was sentenced to 10 days in Cherokee
(Ga.) County Jail, and
ordered to pay $25,000 in fines, fees and restitution and
to stay on probation
for seven years after pleading guilty to aggravated assault
and making terroristic
Steiner, 36, whose
real name is Scott Carl Rechsteiner, was charged with
threatening a Georgia
Department of Transportation worker and hitting him with
his Ford F-250 pickup
Steiner, who faced a
maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, was sentenced under
first-offender rules. That means a court will find him not
he avoids trouble
while on probation. Steiner also must perform 200 hours of
• WWF commentator and
potential Memphis mayoral candidate Jerry "The King"
Lawler was arrested
Tuesday on charges of endangerment to a police officer and
after an incident March 5 at the Memphis airport.
According to reports,
Lawler was illegally parked outside an airport loading
zone, and he was
ticketed for the offense. Lawler claims he questioned the
officer, who told him
that she would not discuss the ticket and advised him to
call a number, and he
tore up the ticket before leaving. The officer contends
that Lawler crumpled
the ticket in front of her face, and proceeded to leave the
scene in his car, but
not before driving over her foot. A warrant was issued
for his arrest, and
Lawler turned himself in to authorities after returning from
the WWF's Raw show
Monday night in San Jose, CA.
Mike Mooneyham can be
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ROUNDING THE SQUARED
"YOU MIGHT BE HARDCORE
1. When Goldberg heard
you were next, he retired and became a Librarian.
2. Hells Angels rode
100 miles out of their way to avoid the town you live in.
3. Paul Heyman refuses
to give you a tryout because the rest of ECW will quit if
he hires you.
4. When you take your
Chihuahua for a walk, the stray Pit Bulls, Dobermans, and
German Shepherds run
and hide when they see you.
5. New Jack will only
wrestle you if you are handcuffed, bound in chains,
immersed in a barrel
on concrete, blindfolded and your mouth and eyes taped
6. Your great
grandfather is the chief tester at the Acme Table and Chair
Company, and your
seven year old sister is pushing for his job.
7. Your idea of a
summer vacation tour is Harlem, Red Hook and East L.A. and
then on to Beirut,
Baghdad and Kosovo.
8. Bam Bam Bigelow has
your picture tattooed on all his children's heads.
9. You were the only
man rejected by Jasmine St. Clair when she made her world
record setting video.
She said she would do another 300 if she didn't have to
worry about you.
10. After your first
day in school, the cafeteria was converted into a garage.
11. You use a tire
iron for a toothpick.
12. Mic Foley worships
at a shrine in his bedroom dedicated to you.
13. When things get
tough, the tough get going. When the tough see you, they
convert to Buddhism
and become Monks.
14. The French avoid
you in the summertime.
15. Your baby sister's
Barbi Doll won a Handicap Match v. The NWO..then again,
maybe that doesn't
16. You attended a PLO
meeting wearing a Star of David and a T-shirt saying
"Yassir Arafat Is A
17. Your kids paint
hand grenades instead of eggs for Easter...and eat them.
18. Hannibal Lecther
was your cellmate... and your bitch.
19. Your garage sale
included M-16's, Stingers, an Abrams Tank and a
20. You were kicked
out of Mercenaries, Inc. for antisocial behavior.
Below is Chris
Jericho's latest commentary to his fans, found at his
Well its been a easier
couple of weeks than usual with mucho beach time!
Cancun was a lot of
fun and if you saw the MTV Beachbrawl, you know what I'm
screaming. It was a
beautiful day, the band Fear Factory were super cool guys
(especially Burton C
Bell on vocals and the man with the coolest rock name ever,
Christian Olde Wolbers,
on the bass) and the whole tab was picked up by WCW.
Hugh Morrus really is
the laughing man, cos he was absolutely hilarious.
Then yesterday, we
were in Panama City, FL and had an awesome beach volleyball
tourney featuring the
WCW team of myself, Billy Kidman, Konnan, Dean Malenko,
Johnny Boone, Kaz
Hayashi and Rey Mysterio Jr. We won the first game, lost the
second and skinned
through to win the third. Some college kids from Ohio will
never be the same!
I had a chance to hang
with my friends Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride and hang
with them at their
church in Kentucky. It was a great time, as the church was
super small, like a
Little House on the Prairie type thing. Very cool!
I'm featured in this
month's HM music magazine in an interview conducted by
Dale. I got to talk
about God, music, wrestling etc. its real good, so check
it if you can.
How about all of the
HUGE trades in the
NHL over the last while?
Recchi, Chelios! This
is the biggest year in a while for such trades. Should
make the playoffs very
interesting. Go Toronto!!!
Speaking of which, I'm
really looking forward to heading to Canada for Nitro
next week. Hope to see
all of the Canadian Jerichoholics there!
Good news for all of
you Eddie Guerrerofans. He's healing well, training hard
and should return in
another two months, or so. Keep your prayers on him!
The movie of the week
is Clerks. Very funny indie film by Kevin Smith and
featuring the always
entertaining Jay and Silent Bob!
Thanks to Troma Team
for the package of cool B movies and thanks to you for
continuing to stand
behind me, throughout all of these cloudy and strange days.
God bless you and see
Submitted by reader:
Jericho is not leaving
WCW. Have you ever read his bio? He's a hardcore
Christian. Hes not
going to go somewhere that has 81 crotch jokes a show, he
doesn't believe that
A DIFFERENT VIEW ON
Submitted by reader:
Hey I went to see Lex
Luger at Gibraltor Trade Center in Michigan today. I
remember a while back
people were saying that Luger is always a real prick to
his fans. Well when I
went to see him, he not only signed autographs, took
pictures, and shook
hands with everyone in line but he also talked to everyone
for a good few minutes
and personalized everyone's pictures. He was very
pleasant and I enjoyed
talked to him very much. I've gotten autographs from
many hockey players
and a few wrestlers and although I've met some very nice
people, Luger was by
far the nicest and most generous one of them all.
FANTASY BOOKING- THIS
WILL NOT HAPPEN
Submitted by reader:
I think that we will
be watching a very good match between Austin and The Rock
and then all of a
sudden "Natural Born Killas" blasts into the arena. Out
strolls New Jack from
the back with his assorted weapons in a trash can. New
Jack dashes into the
ring and begins his assult on Austin and The Rock. Everyone
is stunned because
they dont know who New Jack is, except for a few ECWites out
there in the crowd.
Anyways,... New Jack beats the heck out of them for a little
and eventually drags
them to the enterance ramp, where the little tunnel begins
and he puts them both
on an Acme Table with ECW spray painted on it, and climbs
to the top of the
little circle thingy where the wrestlers come out, flashes a
Gangstas sign, and
dives off, sending them both to the ground and through the
table. Anyways,... I
wish that would happen. LOL
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