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Issue # 239

Date:  Friday May 7th, 1999  9:11 am

The Wrestling Booking Sheet 

Rod Kechter, whose son Matthew Kechter died in the Columbine shootings, called
the WWF and asked them to mention it on television because his son was an
fan, which is why they did that opening. After the Backlash PPV, The Rock &
Mick Foley called up Adam Kechter (Matthew’s brother), who was watching the PPV at home with many
of the school's football team members. While this business has earned itself a
trashy reputation, both men deserve our praise for compassion in this matter.
Reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Goldberg was on QVC, and when he was asked about his future, he said that he
really doesn't know because WCW doesn't tell him anything. When he was asked
why Nash saved him and why its never referred to, he said they often change
things from Thursday to Monday. Unfortuantly, both WCW and the WWF are ignoring
the concept of long range booking, equal blame to spread.
Reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The UPN Network is set to finalize its fall schedule on 5/20. UPN, based on the
ratings, would like a weekly show on Tuesday nights from
9-10 p.m., but UPN
would like the WWF to sell th advertising and pay for the costs, so it would be
treated different than normal prime time programming. If no deal is reached by
5/20, another show will be put in that time slot, so negotiations between the
two are on something of a strong deadline. With so much wrestling on TV
already, I'm hoping the WWF declines this deal; overexposure may be looming...
Reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The NBA Playoff schedule for all first-round game has been announced, and
has been officially slated to run a play-off double header on Monday night, May
10. The back-to-back games will tip at
8pm and 10:30; no doubt with pre- and
post-game coverage taking up additional time. Obviously, this will make it
very hard for Nitro to air at anything resembling its normal slot....
TNT schedules indicate that Nitro will simply be taken off the air
for the week (no replacement date).

Depending on first round results, another NBA game (or two) may cause trouble
for Nitro during the week of May 17; if series featuring the Pacers, Spurs, and
Lakers go to a 5th game,
TNT will be reponsible for airing them on May 17 (and
if all series wrap up in four games or less,
TNT may have second round
responsbilities). The show is expected back in some capacity on Monday, May
24, and back in its normal 3 hour slot on May 31 at the latest.
Reported by

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validity, so take it for what its worth. It could be a part of the storyline,
or something worse...

Reported by
By Bill Banks
On Thursday afternoon, WWF.COM learned that The Rock apparently suffered a break
in his arm on Sunday night during HEAT when he—along with Stone Cold Steve
Austin—was thrown off the entrance ramp to the concrete floor.

According to World Wrestling Federation officials, the People’s Champ felt a
tremendous amount of pain in his arm in the days following the fall, but waited
to see a physician as he thought it might subside. After seeing a doctor, not
only did he learn it was broken, but that it could impact his match with Triple
H at Over The Edge on May 23. At this time, it is not known whether he will be
able to battle the Corporate Ministry member.

Despite the injury, WWF.COM has learned that The Rock plans on being on the live
HEAT this Sunday from
Jacksonville, Florida. What kind of impact his injury
might have on the Pay-Per-View is hopefully one of the topics the People’s Champ
will cover during his scheduled interview!
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• Raven and Perry Saturn defeated Scotty Riggs and Mike Enos with Saturn's Death
Valley Driver.
- Scotty Riggs checked his face out in a mirror throughout the match. Raven got
on the microphone and talked about the three-way Tag Team Title match with the
teams of Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Billy Kidman at
the Slamboree PPV. Perry Saturn was wearing a big bandage on his shoulder, and
was outside of the ring the entire time, after being knocked out. Scotty Riggs
and Mike Enos surprisingly dominated the match. Raven later came back in the
match by using a chair. He nailed Enos with the Evenflow DDT, but Riggs made the
save. Riggs went to the mirror, which let Saturn take down Riggs with a one-arm
Death Valley Driver.
• Rick Steiner defeated Eric Watts with the Steiner Bulldog.

• Horace and Brian Adams (w/Stevie Ray, Vincent, and Scott Norton) defeated
Disorderly Conduct with a Spike Piledriver.
- Disorderly Conduct put up a tough fight for the two NWO Black and White
members, Horace and Brian Adams. There were too many Black and White members on
the outside, though, which let Horace and Adams take the victory with a Spike

• Rey Mysterio, Jr. defeated Kanyon via Pinfall, to retain the Cruiserweight
- Kanyon said he was gone for two months, due to making a (Jesse Ventura) movie.
He said he was living it real and more than ever. He asked the crowd who was
better than him, and everyone responded with "everybody." Kanyon thought the
crowd said nobody, so he said they loved him. Kanyon dominated Rey Mysterio, Jr.
with several of his innovative maneuvers. Mysterio later came out on top after
wearing down Kanyon on the outside of the ring. Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko
entered the ring, but Mysterio took them down, and then rolled up Kanyon for the
win. Despite Mysterio's win, Malenko and Benoit beat him down in the end, with
no Kidman in the arena. Mysterio was helped back to the locker room.

• Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated The Texas Hangmen with Malenko's
- Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated a new masked tag team, named The
Hangmen, who had a rope in the corner with them. Malenko strapped one Hangmen
member in the Texas Cloverleaf for the win.

• The show also consisted of many highlights, videos, matches, etc., mainly from
Written by reader: Unazoi
Why doesn't WCW just scrap the Horsemen idea? It is all but dead anyway.
Everytime they decide to resurrect the Horsemen it becomes merely a flash in the
pan with the enthusiasm falling by the wayside. Look at Malenko and Benoit.
They don't even appear with Flair or
Anderson half the time. The Horsemen are
dead. They could stick the Pope in there and no one would care.
Written by reader: JBanks1372
Bam Bam Bigelow a Horseman? NAATriple HTriple HH!!!! Don't get me wrong, he's got the
skills. But if you know anything about the Horsemen its that there's more to
being one than just being tough. To be a Horseman you've got to have style.
The Horsemen are thinking-men's wrestlers. They are the elite and they show it.
Besides being way too much of a loner, can you honestly picture Bam Bam Bigelow
in an Armani suit? Not likely. I'm mildly sad to see McMichael gone, he was a
highly underrated wrestler, actually one of the best team players the Horsemen
ever had.

Hall as a Horsemen? Possibly, but if I had a vote I'd pick Booker T. Now he
would make an excellant Horseman.

And as for Terrible Terry, when will he officially retire? Probably two days
AFTER they bury him in the ground.
Written by reader: Jared Baumgart (jsb510@xxxxs...)
I used to not watch wrestling a few short months ago. It was stupid. The
matches were fake. Why would I want to watch big guys pretend to fight in
bathing suits? (kinda makes you wonder who invented it anyway). Anyway, I
wasn't going to waste time watching a stupid fight that was choreographed.
Then, something changed my thinking. They made it more like a sope opera,
rather than a sport. They made me a wrestling fan.

Once I looked past the fake fights, and saw the storylines, I was interested.
When Stone Cold drove the zamboni down the ring, I was hooked. Now I'm a huge
wrestling fan, because I looked at wrestling from a different view.

My point is this. Every day I read e-mails about WWF fans complaining about WCW
for the boring program. WCW fans don't like that WWF is too much T & A without
enough wrestling. Why do the fans need to compete? If you don't like WWF, then
don't watch it! If WCW is boring, don't watch it! its that simple. Leave
each other alone. People are different, and people watch wrestling for
different reasons. The feds are different, and suit different personalities.
If they put on the same kind of show, then wouldn't EVERYONE like which was
better? I like the sope opera aspect, so my fed is WWF. Some guys like the
wrestling more, so they watch WCW. Fine with me. Who cares, anyway?
Personally, there's no better fed. its an opinion, so watch whatever you like.
Written by reader: Handy Lukman (handy)
I'm responding to an article "When is wrestling no longer wrestling" by
AshGodd. He stated that some people watch the WWF for the wrong
reasons. I think that a lot of "new" watchers like me (who started to watch
from late
1997, right after Bret Hart left) are watching WWF for the right reasons,
especially for those who started in 1998 or so, that is for ENTERTAINMENT. I
used to hate wrestling because it was boring. For me, it was no better than
boxing. Two people went at it with their punches and kicks and that's all they
did. My "real wrestling fan" friends always told me to watch Nitro and I never
liked it.

But it all changed late 1997, when HBK and DX crew did the skit on Bret Hart
(the midget guy). That really took my interest and I've been watching WWF Raw
since then, missing only one or two nights. I'm not a big wrestling fan and I
wouldn't be watching wrestling if there are no story lines or the soap opera
feel. And I think this is also why WWF is getting such a high ratings.

AshGodd also stated and I quote: "The WWF offers little wrestling, and
focuses more on the storylines that surround their Pay-Per-View matches, while
WCW steers towards the wrestling part of the industry (which last time I
checked, is what made this "sport" popular in the first place)."

I think he meant wrestling is what made this "sport" popular. For wrestling
fans, that may be true. But for "wrestling fans" like me, the entertainment
value make this sport popular. Of course, wrestling will gain followers every
day. But wrestling with entertainment will gain a LOT MORE fans (as proven by
WWF, and also WCW in some cases).

So what I'm trying to say is, the reason WWF put 1.5 hours of storyline and half
hour wrestling is to entertain the "wrestling fans" like me and pull more people
like me to watch the show. I do watch the matches and I enjoy them, but it will
never be the same without the story lines. I will stay and watch WWF as long as
the stories are entertaining. Once that part of the show is gone, I will stop

BTW, I don't watch RAW for the T&A show. Even though they are entertaining, I
take them as side dish (a.k.a. not important).
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