Issue # 241
Date: Sunday May 9th, 1999
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
ROCK INJURY UPDATE
Appy of The Wrestling Booking Sheet ©1998, 1999, 2000
For those of you
writing in concerning The Rock's injury, it is indeed a
Expect him to take on
Triple H at the next PPV with a cast on. This way, even if
Helmsley is defeated
he's still a viable title contender since his loss will
something to do with "The People's Cast". "Ace" Bob Orton
would be proud.
Reported by Al Isaacs
Another man on the
shelf but ready to return is Lex Luger. If you caught NITRO
then you saw him
attempting a press conference with Liz that kept breaking
Word has it that he'll
be taking over the Wolfpac following Kevin Nash's
Hpllywood Hogan's absence. A Wolfpac without Hall and Nash?
unnatural about that.
Reported by Al Isaacs
ALL JAPAN POWER STRUCTURE
There was a press
conference on 5/7 concerning Mitsuharu Misawa become the new
President of All
Japan. He primarily focused on "an interchanging of talent
between the newly born
All Japan and New Japan." For those of you who are
wondering what the
power positions are in All Japan and who is filling in those
slots, here's the
breakdown: Misawa (36) becomes President with Toshiaki
(35) and Mitsuo Momota
(50) become VPs. The managing director is Ken'iichi Oyagi
(65.) The "directors"
are Motoko Baba (59) and Masa Fuchi (45). Other directors
include Akira Taue
(38), Kenta Kobashi (32), Norihiro Momota (53), Yukiko (or
Sachiko?) Baba (49).
The company auditor is Masao Oba (75) and Akira Taue (38)
becomes a low-version
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RIC FLAIR ARTICLE
Reported by Wade
Ashley Hunter & Sister Midnight at:
Sunday, May 9, 1999,
The Charlotte Observer
MARY ELIZABETH DEANGELIS
Ric Flair's cell phone
Reporters call him for
interviews. Colleagues need him at meetings. Friends want
to meet for drinks.
its lunchtime and he's
sipping Evian with lime and munching on a Cajun chicken
salad at The Cooker
Bar & Grille in
South Park. He looks like
success on a day
off: tan, fit and
sporty in a striped Polo golf shirt and pressed khaki
The waitress stops to
ask if he needs anything, but backs away quickly. Flair,
America's most famous tough
guys, is crying.
He's talking about his
50th birthday party in February. He and his wife, Beth,
had walked into the
Piper Glen Country Club, and there's his entire family and
waiting to surprise him.
Seeing his parents,
kids and friends who'd traveled from around the country
overwhelmed him. Two
months later, he still gets choked up about it.
its been an emotional
year for Ric Flair. Here he is, back on top of the
because pro wrestling's hot and so is he. At 6 feet 1, 230
tan and blond, he's one of its longest-starring masters --
He loves the money,
the fame and the rush of performing for huge audiences.
There are troubles,
His mom has had two
strokes since his birthday. Throughout lunch, when he
thinks about her, so
strong and independent -- now so frail -- the tears return.
Seeing her suffer, and
his dad so worn out saddens and scares him.
He's survived 26 years
in a bruising business. He's thrived because when the
camera lights go on,
performing transcends life and he's the ultimate showman.
He dances around the
ring like its a party, threatens people like he's a killer
and screams at the
crowd like he's crazy.
But on this day, life
transcends wrestling. Behind ``The Man'' -- with his
blazing blue eyes and supercharged personality -- is a
struggling with the realities of his generation. Kids grow
fast. Work takes so
much time. Parents get older.
`I don't want to give
you the impression that my parents drag me down,'' he
``its just that I'm an
only child -- we have each other -- you know what I
``What I'm going
through is not unusual . . . everybody goes through it. A
of people are dealing
with harder things. . . . My parents have had a phenomenal
life. I've just never
wanted to accept that they. . . . ''
He can't finish the
``Some people are
tougher about this. I'm not.''
If you tried to guess
Ric Flair's background, you'd probably pick the wrong one.
His real name is
Richard Morgan Fliehr (rhymes with clear). The people who've
known him longest live
in a southeast
community, where he
persuaded them to move
because he wanted them closer.
His father, Dick
Fliehr, is a retired ob-gyn. His mother, Kay Fliehr, wrote
newspaper and magazine
articles and co-authored a book about the Guthrie Theatre
Minneapolis, where she worked
as a marketing executive.
They raised their only
child in a
Minneapolis suburb, figuring
become a professional
something. Wrestler wasn't it.
He hated school. It
got in the way of sports and playing with friends. Worried
about his grades, his
parents sent him to high school at the prestigious Wayland
Academy, a boarding
school about 300 miles from home.
Lured to the
University of Minnesota for football, he played offensive
the junior varsity
team, went to parties and drove his 1968 Corvette -- a green
one with gold stripes.
His grades took a hit, which meant he couldn't play
anymore. He quit in
the middle of his sophomore year.
In the early '70s, he
tried selling life insurance but hated working in an
office. When a slot
opened at legendary wrestler Verne Gagne's school for
aspiring pros, he
jumped into the ring.
Kay Fliehr remembers
watching one of his first matches.
``He struck me as
having a complete personality change. .. . It was an
eye-opener -- this kid
was serious. There wasn't anything that was going to stop
Charlotte, where the Crockett family owned the National
offered him a chance to be a star. Flair, always up for an
Today, he laughs about
being so broke that year -- 1974-- that he slept in a
$9-a-night motel room,
ate on a tab at Valentino's Restaurant and hitchhiked to
the old Charlotte
coliseum on Independence Boulevard. The day he got his first
$1,000 check, he
caught a ride to Arnold Palmer Cadillac and bought a used,
isn't it?'' he asks. ``I wanted to be somebody and all the
big guys had
An autograph? You've
``Space Mountain may
be the oldest attraction in the park but it still has the
Whoooo!'' -- Ric Flair
Flair the wrestler
isn't always such a great guy. He's arrogant. He brags and
beats people up. He
surrounds himself with women in tight dresses.
Fans love and hate
him. They call him ``The Nature Boy,'' ``Slick Ric,'' and
``You know how much my
suit costs?'' he screams at a crowd in Lexington, Ky.
``More than most
people in Kentucky make in a year.''
Or in any city on any
Like most pro
wrestlers, Flair's been both hero and heel, weaving in and
the roles as the plots
As a good guy, he can
inspire a standing ovation from 30,000 people. As a bad
guy, he's dodged
rotten tomatoes, pocketbooks and rocks.
Out of the ring, the
man described as ``the dirtiest player in the game'' will
put his fork down in a
restaurant or drop his suitcases in the airport to sign
his name for a kid.
``I think I've only
seen him not sign autographs twice,'' said Doug Dellinger, a
police officer who now heads security for World Championship
Wrestling. ``Then, it
was because the plane was getting ready to close its doors
and he was running
through the airport trying to catch it.''
But fame has downsides
-- including overzealous fans who've shown up at his home
or found his unlisted
phone number. In one case, he got a court restraining
order against a woman
who repeatedly called and harassed his wife and kids.
In his mind though,
the rewards surpass the hassles.
He doesn't have to
wait for a table in a crowded restaurant. He's campaigned
with former President
George Bush, Sen. Jesse Helms and former S.C. Gov. Carroll
Campbell. He drinks
with famous athletes.
When you're a
party-loving extrovert, its a rush to walk up the stadium
at the Georgia-Florida
football game-- one of college sports' fiercest rivalries
-- and have thousands
stop watching the action to cheer you.
In Baton Rouge, he
once danced into a restaurant kitchen when he saw the cooks
``The kitchen staff
went nuts,'' said wrestling writer Bob Ryder. ``its rare to
see someone in that
position who will entertain for 24 hours a day.''
Of course, it cuts
into family time. A dinner out often leads to pointing,
stares and table
visits from strangers.
``We can't walk around
Disney World,'' said his wife, Beth. ``He gets more
attention than Mickey
Trying to retire
``To be `The Man,'
you've got to beat `The Man.' Whoooo!'' -- Ric Flair
wrestling fans consider Flair one of the all-time greats. So
when a court dispute
last year threatened to end his career, fans rebelled.
WCW, the wrestling
organization Flair works for, sued him in April 1998. The
Atlanta company said
he violated his contract by missing a crucial appearance.
Flair sued back a few
days later. He says he had permission to take the night
off to see his son
Reid, then 10 years old, wrestle in a national amateur
Flair feared the
company wanted to push him aside and let younger wrestlers
the limelight. It was,
he said, ``an attempt to sideline me -- to retire
Fans, angry at the
company's treatment of a consistent crowd-pleaser, fought
Over the next months,
they waged an anti-WCW campaign and demanded his return.
They boycotted shows,
passed out pamphlets and sent e-mails urging others to do
In fall, Flair and the
company settled out of court. Flair now has a three-year
contract estimated at
more than $2 million and other perks, such as first-class
airline tickets and
The buildup leading to
his return lasted for weeks, with rumors racing across
In September, he
donned a tuxedo and made his dramatic re-entrance in
Greenville, S.C. When
he saw the crowd's reaction -- 15,000 people standing in a
waving signs welcoming him back -- he did something Flair
He cried in the ring.
Fans cried, too.
embarrassed by the response . . . ,'' he told the crowd.
I see this, I know the
25 years I tried to make you happy every night . . . was
worth every minute.''
In wrestling circles,
where fact and fiction often blur, that night is
considered one of the
most moving -- and real -- moments in the history of the
`I've never seen
anything like it,'' Flair says. ``I was overwhelmed.''
Since then, he's
jumped back to the top of the WCW roster. In true wrestling
fashion, WCW wrote the
legal battle into a story line, pitting Flair against
President Eric Bischoff.
In December, during a
tirade about Bischoff in Tampa, Fla., Flair suffered an
attack'' (real-life muscle spasms) that sent him to the
Frantic fans called
the emergency room and newspapers, fearing for his life. A
few days later in
Charlotte, Bischoff pretended to apologize to Flair's family
during a ``Thunder''
show. He wasn't sincere. The show ended with Bischoff
making a pass at
Flair's wife while his henchmen roughed up his sons Reid and
As part of the same
story line, Flair wrestled control of the WCW from Bischoff
and is now the
company's "president.'' He also won (and has since lost) his
He's also brought his
oldest son into the business. Bad move. David, 20, has
since joined Flair's
enemies, trashed him on TV and had him committed to a
``Pretty good, huh?'' Flair says proudly.)
The power of the
``presidency,'' has turned Flair from beloved boss to
anybody who bugs him and conspiring to get even. He dances,
preens and jumps
around like a man in a violent trance.
In Charlotte for
``Nitro'' last week, he broke out of the mental hospital and
pretended to make
amends with David. Behind the scenes, he set up a match
between David and one
of the WCW's most feared wrestlers -- Meng. David left the
Charlotte Coliseum on
``I like being a
heel,'' Flair says with a grin. ``I'm good at it.''
Family time can be
hard to find
The hair is shorter
now. The suits are tailored, more Wall Street than Bourbon
Street these days.
Besides working for WCW, he's a partner in nine Gold's gyms
He spends a lot of
time thinking about his four kids, talking about them and
trying to be with them
as often as he can. The same goes for his parents. After
her recent stay at
Mercy South's intensive-care unit, his mom is back home and
doing better. He's
Wrestling made Flair
rich. He's paid for it. In his early career he traveled
more than 300 days a
year. Now, its about 200. Some of the biggest shows fall
Today -- Mother's Day
-- for example, Flair's scheduled to wrestle ``Rowdy Roddy
Piper'' in a WCW
pay-per-view match in St. Louis.
His first marriage
didn't survive the lifestyle. Flair says he was too young,
too wild and traveled
too much. David was a baby and his daughter Megan was 5
when the marriage
broke up. Flair says he was devastated when they moved back
Minneapolis with his
ex-wife. Traveling had already limited the time he had with
them. Living in
different cities made it even harder.
``It crushed me,'' he
said. ``When I was home, I used to bring Megan everywhere
He's had more time
with his younger children. He and Beth, who married him in
1983, have 11-year-old
Reid and 13-year-old Ashley. Both go to Providence Day.
David lives in
Charlotte now. He attended Central Piedmont Community
before dropping out to
join the wrestling business. Megan, now 25, graduated
from nursing school on
Friday and plans to get married this fall.
``Here's a picture of
her in her wedding dress,'' Flair says. ``I started crying
when she gave it to
me. ``I'll never make it through the wedding.''
sometimes surprise even him. Movies can bring them on (He's
seen ``Father of the
Bride'' -- the original -- about 10 times and still gets
choked up.) So can
certain songs like ``Butterfly Kisses'' a ballad about a
daughter growing up.
He doesn't fret about
getting older -- he fights age by working out harder and
with younger people. And turning 50 didn't bring him down.
its just another
marker of time passing.
Maybe that's it, he
says as he sits in the restaurant, thinking about his
parents. ``You just
can't recapture that time. There were a lot of great times
-- I just wish there
were a lot more.''
`They've had a
phenomenal life'. Ric Flair visits with his mother, Kay
on Thursday. She has
had two strokes since February.
BISCHOFF ON THE RADIO
Written by reader:
I also heard Eric
Bischoff yesterday (Friday) on Mancow's Morning Madhouse.
asked what his biggest
regret was, Bischoff replied that he made a mistake in
firing Sean Waltman
(X-Pac, Syxx). He added that he was angry with the
and took it out on Waltman while he was out of action with
Bischoff was also
asked about the attitudes of Saturn and Marcus "Buff"
egos and poor behavior on the Jenny Jones show, on which
Bischoff told Mancow that with that inability to handle the
pressure of being a
star, they will never make it big in the business.
WWF House Show Results
for Saturday, May 8, 1999, USF Sundome, Tampa, FL
Hardcore Holly and Val
Venis defeated Too Much
The Godfather defeated
Jerry "The King"
Lawler defeated Test with a little help from Too Much.
The Big Show defeated
Midian in the quickest fight of the night.
Owen Hart & Jeff
Jarrett defeated the Brood (sorry no puppies).
defeated Ken Shamrock in a casket match
Al Snow & Tori
defeated D'Lo Brown & Ivory in a mixed tag match.
The Rock (with an arm
that seemed fine) defeated Bad Ass Billy Gunn
Kane and Mankind
defeated the Acolytes
Stone Cold Steve
Austin defeated The Big Bossman. (NOTE: During the match The
Big Bossman whippd the
referee (Hebner) with his belt so in the end Hebner
whipped him back and
then shared a few "Steveweisers" center stage with the
(Reported by Jason
Written by reader:
If you've ever played
the computer game 'Blood II The Chosen' you will have
noticed tons of
posters, from Dirty Harry, Children of the Corn, and From
Till Dawn as well as
for computer games. In Chapter 3 though, in one of the
security levels you'll
find a poster of Ric Flair that says "This is your
Written by reader:
Danny Tsu-Tah Mi (midanny)
First off, let me say
that I am a big fan of the middle card wrestlers in WCW. I
hope that Jericho
takes a chance with the WWF, mainly because the WWF can and
will give him the push
that he deserves. I have yet to see anybody who has the
take the World Championship Belt in WCW or get a spot on the
top part of a card.
Jericho would more than likely be given a chance for both
in the WWF. Both Chris
Benoit and Dean Malenko were give fatter contracts and
their position in the
company hasn't improved. So, I seriously doubt that
would be any different, especially since Bret Hart is slated
The WWF specializes in
giving wrestlers air-time for interviews and if Jericho
loves wrestling so
much, he could always take some dates with ECW, MLW, and
like other WWF wrestlers. He would probably even get
clearance to appear in
All Japan and maybe EMLL. So yeah, even if Jericho gets
five minutes on Raw,
he would and could get way more time on a PPV and a better
slot on the card than
Written by reader:
You can just forward
this to anyone who is curious. In Chris Jericho's
commentary, it read
"RIP Rick Rude and below that, RIP Steve Chiasson." I
wouldn't be surprised
if people wrote in asking who Steve Chiasson was. Well, he
played for the
NHL's Carolina Hurricanes,
and the night they were eliminated
from the playoffs, he
got into a car accident and died, which is just horrible.
WCW Saturday Night
Report for May 8th, 1999
Reported by James
Liipfert & Nicholas Campbell (buff)
Hosted by Mike Tenay
and Scott Hudson
El Vampiro d. Ciclope
with the Nail in the Coffin.
Disco Inferno d. Bobby
Eaton with the Last Dance
Mean Gene Okerlund
interviews Bam Bam Bigelow and talks about his upcoming
with Nasty Boy Brian
Knobbs at Slamboree
Meng d. Al Green with
the Tongan Death Grip
Gorgeous George promo
Jerry Flynn d.
Barbarian via roll-up after Jimmy Hart missed Flynn and
Rick Steiner interview
conducted by Mean Gene
Fit Finlay d. Prince
Iaukea with the Tombstone Piledriver
Hak d. Bull Payne via
top rope senton splash through table
Blitzkreig via Guillotine Leg Drop
Rowdy Roddy Piper
interview conducted by Mean Gene
Scott and Steve
Armstrong d. Stevie Ray and Vincent via roll-up when Stevie
Gorgeous George promo
Raven d. Dean Malenko
by disqualification when Chris Benoit interfered and
applied the Crippler
Crossface to Raven
Mean Gene plugged the
WCW Hotline and Slamboree
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