Issue # 248
Saturday May 15th, 1999 7:10 pm
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
Appy of The Wrestling Booking Sheet ©1998, 1999, 2000
Add Goldberg to the
list of very unhappy campers, and boy have there been alot
of those of late.
Goldberg, who has several years left on his contract which I
believe is at $800,000
per year, attempted to renegotiate it upwards. He is the
current media star but is far below the likes of Hogan,
Nash, Hall, Savage,
Sting and Page (all at 1.5 million per year and up) and
feels he should be at
their level; so far, Bischoff hasn't been accomodating.
Reported by Dave
Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer
Big story taking
place. On 5/13, Mitsuharu Misawa, Seiji Sakaguchi, and Keiji
Mutoh had a meeting to
discuss having New
Japan, All Japan, and the WWF
together for a Tokyo
Dome show. Misawa and Mutoh shook hands, as a picture of
Giant Baba was behind
them. Misawa wants WWF participation, and the New
side doesn't care.
Reported by Zach
DR. DEATH UPDATE
When Steve Williams
Japan for the Dome show, he
asked Misawa about
getting his job back
and was told "maybe". All
Japan had filled William's
with Vader, and with
business just so-so, its not a definite that they would
want to add his high
salary deal to the company books.
Reported by Dave
Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer
LATEST UPDATE ON SMITH
& RUDE WCW CONNECTIONS
Davey Boy Smith is now
able to move around somewhat and even leave the house.
He's wearing a full
bodycast and is talking about being able to wrestle and
doing so in the WWF,
as he's been in contact with Vince McMahon. Even though he
was sent a termination
notice from WCW, WCW is continuing to pay him and the
checks indicate that
they will continue coming.
everywhere to the contrary, there is no indication what if
anything WCW will do
in regard to what was left on Rick Rude's contract.
Michelle Rood hasn't
received anything from WCW and Bischoff has been
non-committal with her
about anything financially that the company is going to
Reported by Dave
Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer
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HAK ON WCW LIVE
Reported by Dave
Hak on WCW Live -
On working in WCW:
"Kevin Nash likes me,
so he pretty much calls the shots. He gives like, me and
control of what we do, you know what I mean? He tells us who
wins or loses, but
there's not a lot of guys that can tell you how to play our
game, guys that have
been in our kind of matches. I think he does that with a
lot of his guys, let's
you do your own thing. I think Kevin's smart like that."
On making the
transition from ECW to WCW:
same, except working for a multimillion dollar company. The
boys are the boys, and
the fans are the fans. On the aspect of when you walk
through the curtain,
whether there's 20,000 people or 2,000 people there, I
don't get any more
energy out of there being ten times more people there. My
workrate's still the
same, my heart rate still feels the same, the adrenaline
flows the same, except
its a little bit different when you're not so drunk.
(laughs) In WCW,
you're not going to be drinking before the matches up there.
But besides that, with
them letting me do "Hak's rules" matches, and Kevin
giving me free reign
to do what I want during the matches, as long as no fans
are getting hurt. You
notice, when we have most of our matches, things do stay
right in the ring. You
can't be swinging those trash cans and
things, because as
soon as a fan gets hurt, if a couple of fans get hurt during
our matches, they're
going to pull the plug on us, and then where the hell am I
going to be then. So
I'm out there protecting the fans, as much as my own
interest in the
"Me and her talked for
about an hour today on the phone, and I just can't
believe, she's telling
me Jay Leno talked about it, Letterman, or some other
guy. People have done
articles in like the New York Post or something. I could
see if the girl was
Sable, I mean, geez, I can't believe they have so little
news that they jumped
on this so hard. Considering her level in the business,
you'd think she was a
superstar, the way they're treating this piece of news.
unbelievable...........(On Saturday Night Live) She was
mentioned in the
same sentence as
Monica Lewinsky, and that just cracks her up. She's past the
point of being upset
or pissed off. But her parents found out about it, from one
of her Dad's friends,
stuff like that. You know, there's two sides to every
story, and everybody's
got skeletons in their closet, if you'd seen half the
skeletons in my
closet, you'd be like, that porno flick or whatever the hell
did, would mean
nothing. We all have skeletons. Who the hell are any of us
say what she did was
right or wrong?"
On his most memorable
moment in ECW:
"its more like a
couple, like Funk out of a box, the blind angle, a lot of
stuff that I did with
Nancy [Woman], stuff with Sabu. its not just one moment,
there's a lot of
moments that define the Sandman in ECW. I can't pick just
at a minimum there's
two or three."
On his relationship
with Paul Heyman:
"We have none. I don't
call him to say "how are you doing" or
the road right now, I'm on the road 20 days a week, I'm
glad I get enough time
to watch my kids play in a ballgame. I don't have time
for my best friend. I
haven't talked to Tod Gordon in the last week. He finally
called me and said
"Where the hell have you been?" I said, "Tod, its
unbelievable, I just
don't have the time"...........its pretty hectic. I don't
have enough time to
call my best friend, let alone a former employer."
On the name "Hak":
"My brother named me
Hak when I was five years old, when he was 7 and a half,
just turning eight.
I've had it for a long time. I'm glad I'm using the name Hak
now, because my
brother that gave me that name died last year. I feel like I
something for him by
doing that and we can probably put the Sandman to rest. "
On Shane Douglas:
"I have no clue, but I
have heard some rumors. I talked to Denise, and her rumor
was that he signed for
$400. I talked to Tod, and he said he hasn't heard
yet. He tried to talk to Shane, and the phone number he has
for him isn't working
right now, so he's probably keeping himself in a cocoon
right now, until he
can figure out the best plan of action for him, and to tell
you the truth, its
probably not a bad idea."
On his old entrance
(with beer, cigarettes and cane):
"Well, they told me
"no you can't" so I said okay. And that ain't going to
change. I wish I could
do it, because I think I could then relate to the
audience much more,
but there's no chance of that happening. So I bring out a
trashcan full of stuff
now, and have tables under the ring. There's no
gimmick's a gimmick, no matter what it is.
ECW HARDCORE HEAVEN
Written by reader:
Its funny how everyone
is blirting out rumors of Paul Heyman and how ECW is
slowly fading away due
to the money problems. I'm pretty sure ECW does have
these problems, but
still with all these problems, Heyman continues to book some
of the best shows a
wrestling fan has ever seen.
ECW returns to Pay Per
View on Sunday night for Hardcore Heaven 99. The event
is shaping up to be
one heck of a show. The card compares to what we saw at
Cyberslam 99, which
may have been ECW's best show ever from ECW Arena.
Taijiri vs. Little
Guido - We start off with this very entertaining battle
between the two. Guido
has really become a wrestler in the past few months and
his effort has been
amazing. Taijiri is one of ECW's best talents and most
This one should be a solid match, with Taijiri pinning
Guido in the end.
Super Crazy vs. Taka
Michinoku - This may very well be the best match on the
card. Two wrestlers
who have tons of talent square off. I was so excited to see
Taka back in ECW at
Cyberslam. He certainly is an amazing addition to the
roster. Super Crazy is
becoming a top star in ECW. The fans love this guy, and I
do too. Personally, I
hope to see Taka stealing one from Crazy in the end.
Lance Storm vs. Tommy
Dreamer - The most hateful rivalry in ECW today. Storm is
one heck of a
wrestler, and I'm praying ECW holds on to him. Tommy Dreamer
improvment in the last months and I am looking forward to
match. I think Dreamer
wins it in the end, and maybe we'll see the return of the
Justin Creadible vs.
??? - It doesn't seem like Shane Douglas is going to show
this, so I guess we'll
see Creadible declaring himself the new Franchise. I know
that Credible is going
to fight, so I see Sabu coming down to give him a match.
Back at the Arena,
Creadible said he banned Sabu from all wrestling arenas.
Hopefully, Sabu will
get the pin and the feud won't end there.
Dudley Boyz vs. ??? -
Since D-Von and Buh Buh Ray pinned Axl and Balls at ECW
Arena on Saturday,
they are no longer the number one contenders. I see them
coming out and making
a challenge to anyone. Thus brings out New Jack and
eventually Balls and Axl. The 3 Way Dance is Hardcore to the
and New Jack comes
away with the Tag Titles.
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry
Lynn - This should be the best match of the night,
hopefully 5 stars too.
RVD and Lynn are both two of ECW's best workers and most
loved by the fans.
Lynn has been gaining so much respect lately, and is even
called the "New FN
Show". I see a wonderful match with Lynn pulling the upset
and ending the title
reign of RVD.
Taz vs. Chris Candido
- Taz and Candido have been going back and forth with a
sort of macho man
fued. At the Arena, Candido injured Chetti and then Taz
to the injury of
Chetti. Its going to be an ok match,... I don't think its
event though. I'd
rather put RVD and Lynn in the Main Event spot. Taz wins it.
All in all, it should
be an enjoyable Pay Per View,... and about a B+ show on my
Dangerously was a B- and Cyberslam was an A+). Its certainly
worth the money
though. Long live EC FN W.
*** FINAL PRESS
Wrestling Association (HWA) and the elite people in the
will gather for a night of tribute, auction, and
wrestling at the
Cincinnati Gardens on Wednesday, May 19th.
Wrestling Champion of the World “Nature Boy” Ric Flair will
join former ring
adversary Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as V.I.P. hosts for
Pillman ‘99 (the
second annual HWA Brian Pillman Memorial). Flair is
by many to be the
greatest performer in the history of professional wrestling.
Steamboat has not
appeared at a major wrestling event in four years and will
doubt receive a hero’s
welcome from the Cincinnati crowd.
Pillman ‘99 will
feature live wrestling from both the World Wrestling
(WWF) and World
Championship Wrestling (WCW) on the same show. There is very
little chance that
fans will have an opportunity to see wrestlers from both of
the two major U.S.
wrestling companies on the same show at any other time this
The triple main event
consists of one WCW tag team match and two WWF singles
matches. The WCW tag
match pits Konnan and WCW Cruiserweight Champion
Rey Mysterio, Jr.
against Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko of the Four Horsemen.
The WWF has promised
Mick Foley (A.K.A. “Mankind” with Mr. Socko) vs.D-lo
Brown, and in
addition, Al Snow (w/Head and the WWF Hardcore Title) vs.
Dogg Jesse Jammes.
Ten matches total will
take place, including a “legends” match between former
NWA North American
Champion Terry Taylor and former WWF Tag Team Champion Dr.
(accompanied by the beautiful Missy Hyatt).
In addition, former
National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) star Tim Horner will team
with Ohio Valley
Wrestling (OVW) star Rob Conway to face OVW’s Flash Flanagan
and HWA wrestler Bull
tournament featuring HWA wrestlers (Chip Fairway, Terik the
Great, Shark Boy, Chad
Collyer, Matt Stryker, & Jeramy Jett) rounds out the card
with the winner to be
crowned the Pillman ‘99 Cruiserweight Champion. Belltime
is set for 7pm.
Other special guests
scheduled to appear include former WCW valet Woman and WCW
referees Mark Curtis
and Scott Dickinson. Mark Curtis has been sidelined for
several months due to
a bout with cancer and will make his return at Pillman
Just like last year,
all money raised at Pillman ‘99 will go to the Brian
Pillman Memorial Fund.
Pillman, a former professional wrestler and Cincinnati
Bengal, passed away on
October 5th, 1997, at the age of 35. He is survived by
wife Melanie and six
children. A graduate of Norwood High School and Miami
University (OH), Brian
battled adversity throughout his life, including 36
during his infancy and a potentially fatal automobile
which left him with a
fused ankle near the end of his life.
festivities start at 4pm with “Photos with the Stars.”
have an opportunity to have their picture taken with any of
the wrestlers in
attendance for only $10 from 4 to 6pm.
Additional funds will
be raised at a celebrity auction where silent bids will be
accepted on each item
starting at 4pm and continuing throughout the evening. The
top bidders for the
first few items will then be called to the ring at 6:30pm
for a final bidding
process. The final bidding for the remaining items will
occur during the two
intermissions scheduled during the event.
Auction items donated
(most of which will be autographed) will include:
including a satin “Steamboat’s Gym” jacket; (Diamond
Dallas Page) leather
vest; (Woman) a gown; (Benoit) boots; (Malenko) ring
jacket; (Mysterio) a
mask and T-shirt; (Konnan) camouflage pants and T-shirt;
protector; (Road Dogg) shin guards and T-shirt; (Snow) Head
mini-dress; and (Jim Ross) Stetson. An event T-shirt
autographed by all of
the wrestlers on the card will also be auctioned.
Two different raffles
will also take place to aid the Pillman Memorial Fund. A
duplicate NWA World TV
Title belt donated by J-Mar (Reynoldsburg, OH) will be
raffled off. Likewise,
a poster-sized painting of Brian Pillman (autographed by
the wrestlers) painted
by David Tisdale (Charlotte, NC) will be raffled off as
Tickets are on sale
now at all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices are $50
(first six rows,
includes a free event T-shirt illustrated by Jeremy Roll of
Lebanon, OH), $30
remaining floor seats), & $25 (box seats). For further
details about the
event, call the new HWA Hotline at (513)71-YO-HWA [(513)
719-6492] or check out
the website at
Members of the news media should contact Marc Hopkins at
Reported by Josh
Written by reader:
It seems everyone
thought Chris Benoit was the most underrated wrestler in the
business, and indeed
he was. It seems he can step down from that crown now that
he is finally getting
a title push.
I would have to
nominate Bradshaw as the msot underrated wrestler. You can
at his build and tell
he's in great shape. He has got to be at least 6'5" or so.
On the rare occasion
the WWF lets him talk, he has appeared to have average to
above average mic
skills. He's played several different gimmicks all very
(The redneck Texan,
the big crazy Texan, the Acolyte, etc.). Right now, I
consider the Acolytes
the best tag team in the WWF. But instead, WWF lets Mark
Henry and D-lo Brown
get shots and they allow Kane and X-Pac to have the titles.
X-Pac is very
deserving in my opinion of titles, but Kane works for a year
half and is a World
Champ and a 3-time Tag Champ? Kane has no mic skills at all
and has used about 4
different moves in his entire career, Tombstone, Chokeslam,
boot, punch. Faarooq
has received his push before, but he also is deserving. If
I were a WWF Booker,
the Acolytes would get the tag titles. Doing that would
allow X-Pac and Kane
to enter the Corp Min/Union angle. Just my opinion.
THUNDER SPOILER (If
you want to be surprised, skip this section)
Shawn Goetzinger sent
in Thunder results from 5/13 in Wichita, Kansas.
Taped 5/13 for air
5/20 Thunder results
1. Hak d. Mike Enos in
hardcore match. Items used tables, trash cans, a ladder,
kendo stick, and fire
2. Ernest Miller d.
Super Calo. Good heel heat for Cat. Sonny Ono interference
led to kick to chin
3. Vampiro d. Silver
King via reverse Frankensteiner from top rope.
4. Konnan d. Hugh
Morrus with face smash after being controlled almost entire
5. La Parka d. El
dandy in squash.
6. TV Title: Rick
Steiner d. Scott Putski with bulldog from ropes. Steiner
heel. New look.
7. Kidman d. Juventud
Guerrera by reversing Juvi driver into roll up. GREAT high
flying match with tons
of near falls for both.
8. Rey Mysterio d. Kaz
Hayashi with Frankensteiner from top rope. During match,
Macho Man w/Ho's
(sorry wrong federation) came to ringside. After the match,
Macho asked Rey to
join him in "master plan" to deal with Big Sexy Kevin Nash.
When Rey said no, he
got beat down. Save attempts by first Kidman, then Konnan
were not successful.
9. World Tag champions
Raven/Saturn w/Kanyon d. NWO black & white Jobber Squad
in Freebird style.
DVD on Vince, while Horace
was occupied with Raven.
10. David Flair d.
Barry Horowitz by submission with figure four. Clean win
exception of one save
11. Disco v Curt
Hennig ended in no contest; when Macho Man ran in. Buff in
12. Main event: Buff
v. Savage ended in double count out, after back and forth
continued to pummel Bagwell after bell. Security had to stop
Savage. During the
mayhem, Nick Patrick was hurt. He was taken out on gurney.
After show was over,
we saw Nick Patrick put into ambulance as we left the arena
(no cameras around).
Good show overall.
Should be better show than recent Thunder broadcasts. The
biggest pop was when,
during Rey beat down, Gorgeous George's straps broke on
her top. She fell out
of her top and had to hold up the top with her hands. The
audience had a good
view of her assets.
Reported by Shawn
Goetzinger & Dave Scherer at:
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