Issue # 221
Tuesday April 20th, 1999 2:04 pm
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
Ratings for April 19th, 1999
Appy of The Wrestling Booking Sheet ©1998, 1999, 2000
1st Hour n/a 4.2
2nd Hour 5.7 4.0
3rd Hour 6.4 4.1
Composite 6.1 4.1
Like last week, the
combined ratings banged over a 10, so this is one of those
games where everybody
wins. The 4/15 Thunder did a 3.2 rating off of hours of
2.8 and 3.4. The
replay did a 1.0 composite.
Other weekend ratings
saw Heat do a 4.1. I was wondering why the number was down
when a very wise man
pointed out the obvious to me, and that is that with
Daylight Savings Time,
people have more things to do into the seven o'clock
hour. The quarter
hours for the show bear that out, as they rose throughout
show, doing a 3.6, a
4.0, a 4.3 and then peaking at a 4.8.
Other weekend ratings
saw Live Wire do a 2.3 and Superstars do a 1.8
Reported by Dave
UPDATE ON WRATH
Bryan Clark (Wrath)
has a torn acl. He is scheduled for surgery on Thursday,
April 29th, and will
probably be out for anywhere from
4 to 6 months. The staff
of The Booking Sheet
would like to wish him a speedy and complete recovery.
Reported by Georgiann
MORE WCW INJURIES
I have been told that
Saturn will need to take some time off. He has had a
chronic lower back
injury and it has gotten a lot worse. He is scheduled to
MRI on 4/20 and then may need
further procedures later in the week.
Until they determine
what is wrong, he is not supposed to wrestle.
And in other injury
news, Barry Windham was also slated for a knee scope the
week of 4/19. His was
just to clean up some tissue and such and he won't miss
but a few days.
Reported by Dave
NEW DIMENSION CORRECTION
On Saturday, May 1st,
New Dimension Wrestling will be appearing in
NEW YORK, not North Carolina.
The Municipal Stadium where the event will take
place is the home of
the AA Eastern League Binghamton Mets. The New Dimension
Wrestling event will
take place immediately following the Binghamton Mets game.
And just to prove that
my editing skills just weren't up to snuff this week, I
made a pretty big
oversight. In # 219 Nikolai Volkoff was referred to as
Nikolai Koloff, in
mistaken homage to retired
JCP superhero Nikita Koloff.
was Nikolai VOLKOFF
who teamed with Ivan Koloff a week ago; Nikita Koloff
retired in 1992 after
being injured in a match against Vader, and was fortunate
enough to collect a
Lloyds of London Insurance Policy. My bad...
WCW Monday Nitro
April 19th, 1999
By Steve Appy
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Live from the UF
Hosted by Tony
Shiavonie & Bobby Heenan
As Bill Goldberg
entered the arena, he announced that he would be fighting
for the WCW World
Chris Benoit & Dean
Anderson) defeated Scott &
via submission in
7:24 when Malenko locked
Scott Armstrong in the Texas
Scott sported bleached
blonde hair; Flair ally Charles Robinson was the referee.
The live crowd was
totally into the action, and were as loud as any in recent
After a vicious double
team, Malenko bullied Scott into submission.
Roddy Piper met with
Ric Flair's secretary Georgia, and was surprised that Flair
signed two documents
without reading them (apparently in Piper's favor). As
Doug Dillinger tried
to bar Randy Savage & Gorgeous George from the arena, Piper
forced Dillinger to
let them in.
interviewed WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas
playing the insincere
babyface, DDP wished the injured Hollywood Hogan well.
When Page tried to
back out of his title defense against Goldberg, a face to
with the former champion goaded DDP into going through with
the title match.
Piper convinced David
Flair to sign papers committing his father to 72 hour
they were both "worried" about his health. Does this make
David the Shane
McMahon of WCW?
Psychosis defeated Rey
Mysterio Jr., Blitzkrieg, & Juventud Guerrera Jr. in 20:36
to win his first WCW
Cruiserweight Championship when he pinned Blitzkrieg
Watching in the first
row was a made over Alex Wright, with a dyed black mohawk.
The match (and the
championship) will be decided by a single fall, even if the
wasn't involved in the decision. Rey & Blitzkrieg paired off
against Psychosis &
Juvi, and the babyfaces both hit Asai Moonsaults onto the
Although the high spots were incredible (as expected), it
more a cluster of
spots than a story. At the same time, the action was
that its almost petty to complain. With each man aborting
every pinfall attempt,
we were treated to each man's finishing maneuvers.
Psychosis won the
championship after hitting a Guillotine Legdrop on
for the pinfall; its
nice to see WCW finally elevate the super talented
interviewed WCW President Ric Flair (w/Arn
Anderson). Offering to
Gainesville a round of
drinks, Flair got a total babyface reaction from the
Piper questioned Flair's sanity, and spurred Flair into
stripping to his
boxers. Handing over a document, Piper acquired a court
securing a competency
hearing to determine Flair's sanity. With one more ace up
his sleeve, Piper
produced a contract matching Flair against Kevin Nash
(which a distracted
Flair signed at the 4/15 Thunder). An enraged Flair ordered
Piper to face him at
Slamboree, with the Presidency of WCW on the line. Flair
pushed Piper into a
brawl toward the backstage area...
Stevie Ray (flanked by
the nWo Black & White), told Konnan that Kevin Nash was
looking for him. When
Konnan blew them off, the nWo jobbers beat K-Dawg into
Brian Knobbs pinned
Hardcore Hak (w/Chastity) in 6:53
Knobbs made his WCW
return in a Hardcore match; as Chastity filled the ring with
weapons, both men
pounded the hell out of each other. The brawling looked
which is easier when
you just work stiff and have little regard for either your
opponents or your own
safety. A brief "ECW" chant erupted; after Bam Bam
Bigelow pushed Hak off
the top rope, Knobbs scored the pinfall with the help of
a stray garbage can.
introduced Gorgeous George's trainer for Slamboree, the
promised that she could train George to the point that she
beat ANY man in WCW;
would it shock anybody to see Madusa turn on Savage at
Slamboree and become
Kevin Nash confronted
the nWo Black & White, angry that the jobbers were acting
as rogue operatives
(Nash never ordered an attack on Goldberg). As their
heated, Scott Steiner interrupted and told Nash that the
Slamboree title match
should be his, not Nash's. As Nash walked away, he
appears to be on the
outs with the entire nWo.
Buff Bagwell pinned
The Disco Inferno in 5:03
Buff challenged Scott
Steiner to a US Championship match at Slamboree; Buff
reversed The Last
Dance into the Blockbuster for the victory.
United States Champion
Scott Steiner (flanked by his own "Ho Train") accepted
for Slamboree. Steiner really demeaned Buff's
dismissing him as little more than an exotic dancer. As the
segment ended, Steiner
ignored a thunderous 'Steroid" chant.
Billy Kidman fought
Raven (w/Perry Saturn) to a No Contest in 2:44
Benoit & Malenko
stormed the ring and attacked all three men; Mysterio made
save, and all three
teams brawled all over the ring.
US Champion Scott
Steiner pinned Scott Norton in
nWo vs. nWo; Norton
subbed for Konnan, still injured from the earlier attack by
the Black & White.
Shiavonie announced that Mike Tenay was involved in a car
accident this past
weekend, but will be at Thursday's (taped) Thunder. This
time the "Steroid"
chant rocked the arena; Steiner pinned Norton after using
ropes for leverage
(the same way he beat Meng in the US Title Tournament).
Kevin Nash pinned Ric
Anderson) in 10:14
Nash promised Hogan
that he would break DDP's back "when the time is right".
Nash was prepared to
face either DDP or Goldberg at Slamboree, putting the
finish of tonight's
title match in question (a good move). Charles Robinson was
the referee, and did
everything possible to help Flair overcome Nash's
advantage. While Robinson turned a blind eye, Flair & Arn
double-teamed Nash. When Nash had Flair pinned after the
Robinson refused to
make the count, and was knocked out by Gorgeous George.
George donned the
referee jersy, and counted Flair down herself.
The men with the white
coats loaded Flair onto a stretcher, as Roddy Piper
escorted Flair into a
waiting ambulence. Arn Anderson was mystified, wondering
where the actual
medical supplies were. It was too late when
that Flair was being
Central Florida Mental
Hospital, where's Flair's
psyche would be the
focus, not his injured spine.
WCW World Heavyweight
Champion Diamond Dallas Page fought Bill Goldberg to a No
Three time NWA World
Champion Dusty Rhodes provided color commentary; an alert
Page avoided the Spear
and sent him into the ringpost; Goldberg actually kicked
out of The Diamond
Cutter, which got a pop. Goldberg's next Spear accidentally
Mickey Jay, and DDP finished the job for good measure. Using
the ring steps and a
steel chair, DDP attempted to ruin Goldberg's knee, as he
set him up for the
Figure Four around the ring post (the same move that
"injured" Hogan). In a
startling development Nash made the save, sparing
damage. As Nitro ended DDP laid Nash out with the belt,
triumphant over both
of his main challengers.
IVAN KOLOFF'S STATUS
Submitted by reader:
Jeremy Haymore (JMPNJAC1)
I wanted to clear up
something about this whole Ivan Koloff story. I attended
an indy show on 4/9
Farmville, Virginia (Longwood
College) where one of
the matches was Ivan
Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Double Doinks. Anyway,
just as rumored the
two Russians were together, HOWEVER...after Nikolai did his
famous rendition of
the Russian national anthem, the two Russians agreed that
only of them would
fight both clowns since they were "too good" for both of
to have to fight. The
point I am making is, Ivan Koloff did not wrestle, he
only stood at
ringside, and eventually interferred, as Nikolai wrestled.
may clear up the whole
story of his
coming out of
THE MEANING OF EXTREME
Submitted by reader:
On Saturday night, I
had the opportunity to attend a WXW (World X-Treme
Although I certainly had a terrific time, I was a little
disappointed. The show
was anything but extreme (let alone "x-treme"). If
anything, it reminded
me a lot of more of the 80's when wrestlers tried to win
by using submission
holds rather than chairshots. Once again, I have no problem
with that, but I don't
think the show should be advertised as "Extreme
That brings me to an
important point. The word, "extreme," is being overused
alot these days. Both
of the major federations like to think that they have the
most extreme wrestlers
and matches, but I don't think they even realize what the
word really means. The
WWF thinks that by throwing a few weapons into a match,
it automatically makes
it hardcore. Sure this is a fine addition to an
"extreme" match, but
it doesn't complete it. As for WCW, they were able to
piece together a
decent match at Spring Stampede with the Sandman (yes,
what his real name is)
and BBB. However, this was a rare occurrence intended
only for the likes of
a pay per view.
Being hardcore means
putting your own body on the line. We've all seen that
taking a chair shot
really isn't that difficult a feat. Hell, kids do it in
their backyards every
day. Give me a dive off a balcony or give me a moonsault
ą la Super Crazy into
the crowd. Now, that's "extreme."
Just on a quick side
note, I'm not sure if I ever really saw any rising stars at
the WXW event, but I
did get to meet a stable known as the Bad Crew. One of
them, #1, had some
nice mic. skills. Now all he has to do is change his name.
I gave him some
suggestions and he seemed to like them.
Submitted by reader:
I caught WWF
SuperAstros over the weekend and it was pretty darn good! I
love the Lightweights
in the WWF, even though they don't quite compare to some
others elsewhere. It
is nice to see some high flying action once in a while.
Someone somewhere on
this board recently said and I quote "Terry Taylor could
lightweight divison." I LOVE THAT IDEA! I like Terry too, I
he is very
presentable. Lucas would be the perfect man interviewing the
I doubt we will ever
see lightweights on RAW again, but if you can catch
see they aren't that bad. I saw a match between El Pantera
and Papi Chulo... it
was a fast-paced match and the crowd was really into it!
Papi came out with his
slick theme music, jumped over the top turnbuckle and
threw his hat at
Pantera, followed up by a sweeeeeet hurrancanrana. The
pop came when Papi
Chulo ran and 360 vertical flip and nailed Pantera on the
outside, that move
shocked me! Papi was like 12 feet in the air! There was a
HTriple HTriple HTriple HHH ushering over the crowd.....I
began to smell
here..... LET THESE GUYS BATTLE ON RAW! To end SuperAstros,
saw Papi, and TAKA and
Sho Funaki working the camera as the Kaientai music
played. I thought that
theme would never be played again! All in all, I have
become a bigger fan
Lightweight divison has pulled me in. While there isn't as
talent as elsewhere, I
still think we have something pretty special here, VINCE
WE LOVE THE
P.S. I read a lot
about WWF/WCW influence on kids and such but let me say
this... NOT moralswise
BUT wrestlingwise.... the two MOST tragic things going on
today between WWF and
WCW is WWF's seemingly forgotten Lightheavyweight
Divison and WCW's
"Tragic Wrestler" Lenny Lane....
MY TAKE ON IT
Submitted by reader:
Well, I can't say that
I'm happy with this apparent "heel turn" of Steve
Blackman. Last Heat,
we saw Blackman lose a match to Val Venis, and then beat
the crap out of him
with his kendo sticks on a revenge crusade. I don't mind
"heel", but I sure hope the WWF spinmeisters don't use the
discarded "pissed off
gimmick" they had for Jarrett or the "madman" routine they
had Shamrock caught up
in because that's what it looked like they were heading
towards. On another
note, there are rumors circulating that Blackman’s contract
will be up soon and
will not be renewed. Don’t believe it. Blackman will stay
and be part of
Shamrock’s soon to be “Shooters!”
Speaking of Shamrock.
This "Stephanie McMahon angle" where they had Ken
discovering her in the
basement seemed to do him some good. Keeping him
bloodied up while
rummaging around searching for her was a nice touch.
seems to fare better
with the fans when he shows his human side. At least he is
bearable for me to
The Big Show! Ok, I
held off of giving my opinion on Paul Wights debut, and
I'm glad I did. His
first few appearances as a Corporation member did nothing
for me, but aligning
Austin works. I like the "Big
Show". I can see
why the WWF made such
a huge investment in him. The guy is freaking awesome! I
expect some exciting
angles to be developed around Wight.
Triple H is finally
where he needs to be. The snotty arrogance he displays is
suited for a heel than
it is for a fan favorite. He always looked a little out
of place as a DX
member to me. X-Pac, Road Dogg and Bad @$$ will have no
trouble finding a
replacement: Maybe Kane? Wouldn't that be something.
Talking about Kane,
how about him and Xpac?: Tag Team Champions! I like that a
lot. Maybe this is how
they will finally unmask Kane and give him a little
Wow! Nice cover-up job
for Terri Runnels. My friends who were at the Raw
taping said that after
her shirt was ripped off by Ivory, she took advantage of
the lights going off ,
reached under the canvas, grabbed a T-shirt, and
hightailed it out of
The Ministry. What can
you say about this? At least, with the McMahon's
involved, its somewhat
interesting. Still a little too boring for my taste,
but hey....what do I
know, I'm just a dumb ass wrestling fan.
GILLBERG! Soon to come: Gillberg Vs. The
Brawler. Will the
Brawler be next, first, last, or what? Who cares? its
funny as hell anyway!
What will become of
Bart Gunn? I hate to say I told you so....but I told you
so! Bart didn't last
ONE round with the awesome
Butterbean. It seemed like
Bart was counting on
that win to give him a reputation that would finally get
him over with the
fans, but it never happened. Still though, if history
itself, as it usually
does, Bart will be back. McMahon, if anything, is loyal!
He won't give up on a
wrestler. Look at all the times he made over Jarrett,
Shamrock, Holly, and a
number of other
Hey, one last comment.
I don't know if anyone but me cares about this
happened to the way the Godfather used to deliver his
"Ho Train" move. He
used to corner his opponent on the opposite turnbuckle,
then wind his arms
around and run like crazy at the wrestler with his arms
going like a
locomotive, then , WHAM!.....Welcome to the "Ho Train!". But
lately, he hasn't done
it right. He only does a half-ass attempt at it now. I
miss that move. Ok,
"That's My Take On It!". Send your questions and comments
ROUNDING THE SQUARED
YOU MIGHT BE A DUDLEY
JEDI KNIGHT IF....
1.You ever heard the
phrase, "May the force be with y'all."
2. Your Jedi robe is
3. You have ever used
your Light Saber to open a bottle of Bud Light.
4. At least one wing
of your X-Wing is primer colored.
5. You can easily
describe the taste of an Ewok.
6. You have ever had a
land-speeder up on blocks in your yard.
7 The worst part of
spending time on Dagobah is the dadgum skeeters.
8. Wookies are
offended by your B.O.
9. You have ever used
the force to get yourself another Bud Light so you didn't
an interview with any
of the Allisons.
10. You have ever used
the force in conjunction with fishing/bowling.
11. Your father has
ever said to you, "Shoot, son come on over to the dark
be a hoot."
12. You have ever had
your R-2 unit use its self-defense electro-shock thingy to
the barbecue grill to
13. You have a
confederate flag painted on the hood of your land-speeder.
14. You ever
fantasized about Princess Leah wearing Daisy Duke shorts.
15. You have the doors
of your X-Wing welded shut and you have to get in through
16. Although you had
to kill him, you kinda thought that Jabba the Hutt had a
good handle on how to
treat his women.
17. You have a cousin
who bears a strong resemblance to Chewbacca.
18. You suggested that
they outfit the Millennium Falcon with a redwood deck.
19. You were the only
person drinking Jack Daniels during the cantina scene.
20. If you hear . . .
"Luke, I am your father...and your uncle."
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