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Issue # 288

Date:  Saturday August 28th, 1999  8:29 pm

The Wrestling Booking Sheet

Reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
There is still absolutely nothing on the drawing board for the 9/12
Fall Brawl WCW PPV. WCW was supposed to cut its first PPV channel
promotional piece for the show this past week but cancelled filming
because nothing had been decided.

its expected that the main event will be Hulk Hogan defending the WCW
World Heavyweight Championship against either Sting or Sid Vicious;
there will not be a War Games this year (which may be a good thing,
considering the way WCW has damaged a once can't-miss concept).

Reported by Dave Scherer at: http://www.1Wrestling.Com
The debut of WWF Smackdown on the UPN network was a smashing success,
and actually allowed UPN to beat CBS and WB for the night. UPN scored a
rare fourth place for the evening powered by Smackdown.

Complete ratings released Friday afternoon had Smackdown with a 4.2
rating and a 7.2 share. By comparison, Thunder had a 2.0 rating and
3.3 share. The TBS numbers are based on the show's performance within
the TBS coverage universe (roughly 70% of US TV households), while the
UPN figures are measured against all US TV households since UPN is a
broadcast network.

Psychosis UNMASKED
Reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter & Dave
Scherer & Mike Johnson at:
In what may be the biggest mask lost in
Mexico this year, Rey Mysterio
Sr. (Mysterio Jr.'s uncle) put up his hair against the mask of WCW
Cruiserweight Psychosis. The match took place 8/26 in
Tijuana and was
billed as a teacher vs. student match and promoted as the "event of the

The plan was for Psychosis to lose his mask in the match and to
voluntarily remove the mask for good over the next few weeks on Nitro.
History has shown that Eric Bischoff seems to have a natural dislike
for the masks that are integral to the Lucha Libra concept; his
"protection" of Juventud Guerrera Jr. after being unmasked shows us
that a push is far from certain even if Psychosis does unmask. With the
masks design (inspired by Jushin Liger) actually very striking, I would
not think this to be a wise move on WCW's part…

Psychosis lost his mask to Rey Mysterio, Sr. in a best of three falls
match at the Auditorio de Tijuana. Mysterio Sr. played heel and had
help from Damien 666, Halloween, & Juventud Guerrera.

Reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
The Insane Clown Posse worked a Future Alliance show 8/21 in
Pottsville, PA. At the 3:00 PM that day, who were performing the
previous night in Scranton, PA, called the building and said that they
saw about the show scanning the internet and wanted to wrestle on it.

The promotion, thinking it was just a prank and it wasn't ICP, gave
them directions. ICP called two more times; when the promoters *69'd
the call they got a Detroit area code and figured it was a practical
joke, not realizing that ICP was calling on a cell phone with a Detroit
area code. An hour before the show their tour bus arrived in the
parking lot…

Written by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
In reference to Jerry Lawler acting like he didn't know Miss Kitty
(Stacy Carter) when Jarrett introduced her on RAW:
"She's the 16-year-old you were picking up at the softball game when
your were only pushing 40. All I could think about was how weird the
world has become when she's got a shot at being the First Lady of

The Wrestling Observer is usually cited as the most top source anywhere
when it comes to the wrestling media. As a diehard subscriber of many
years, I would give The Observer my highest recommendation. To
subscribe, send $11 for 4 issues to:
The Wrestling Observer
P.O. Box 1228
Campbell, CA 95009-1228

Reported by Dave Scherer at: http://www.1Wrestling.Com
Scherer confirms that the Dudley's have signed three year deals with
the WWF and will start on Tuesday night at the Smackdown tapings in
Worcester, MA. No word yet on whether Sign Guy Dudley will be a part
of the team or not.

Our very own Fritz Capp is the guiding light behind Pro Wrestling
Between the Sheets, and has a new feature that you
should all check out.

The new PWBTS message board is up and running. It is very easy to
use...only takes seconds to sign up and the topics are already starting
to grow. If you cannot take a minute to come over, can you at least
take a second to tell a friend because the hardest part is getting
everyone to know that an interactive message board is actually up and
running. Hopefully I will see everyone there because I know that we
could all have some great debates.
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Debra will be appearing at a Monster Truck
Show at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday,
September 24. For ticket information, call (270) 782-1138.

The AWF is open for business. The AWF is the American Wrestling
Federation. We are looking for original wrestlers who have some
previous experience in the world of E-Wrestling. If you are interested
please email the staff at awfprez61 or go check out the
site at Hope to see you in the ring soon!

Ultimate Pro Wrestling has two upcoming shows in the
See them Friday, September 3rd at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in
(For ticket info call (714) 957-0600) and September 17 at The Coach
House in
San Juan Capistrano (For ticket info call (949) 496-8930).

ULTIMATE PRO WRESTLING shows are nothing short of an assault on your
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Some of the sick and twisted individuals appearing on these shows are:
Hard Core Kid, "LoverBoy" Aaron Baker, The Ballard Brothers, "Smelly"
Mark Bell, "Mad Dog" Mike Bell, Jobbers-r-us, The Fallen Angel, Bad Boy
Basil, "Who's Your Daddy?" Dempsey, Psycho Matt Hall, Suicide Kid,
Staz, "Bad Bones" Hill & Howard, Justin Sane, Rebel Without a Cause,
Bonecrusher Mukes, Sylvester The Escapee, Rio Storm, Caryn "Carnage"
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Below we present Chris Jericho's latest commentary to his fans,
courtesy of the official website of Chris Jericho:


NP:Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society-Sonic Brew

Hello Jerichoholics!

Well, I just came off of another road trip and everything is still
going smashingly! I love the WWF so far! I just had my first
appearance in my hometown Winnipeg Arena and it was a memorable one for

Due to a problem in Miami, The Rock wasn't able to make his flight into
the Peg. The only man who could save the show was your party host

Once announced that I would be taking the Rock's place in the main
event, refunds were offered, but much to my relief, only 75 of the
11,500 in attendance did so. I told you Y2J is the saviour of the

Speaking of the Peg, I had a great visit there as well, seeing friends
and family and making a guest vocal appearance at a
THC show. The band
is so awesome, they just need a break. Check out their website and if
you own a record label, sign em up!! We did a blazing version of Iron
Maiden's The Trooper and I can't wait for another Fozzy gig, which is
in the works right now!

Good luck to ECW with their new show.

Zakk Wylde, guitarist extraordinaire, was at Summerslam. We had a
great conversation about his days with Ozzy and he was a great guy.
I'm a big fan of his and he even made a cameo during the hardcore match!

The movie of the week is Groundhog Day. Bill Murray is outstanding in
this one.

Just a quick note, I gotta split! Be good to one another and God Bless

~Chris Jericho
Straight Shooting
By: Fritz Capp (pwbts)
August 28, 1999
PWBTS 2000

Well I have to say it...for the first time in a long long long time I
sat down with an open mind looking forward to seeing what Paul Heyman's
ECW had to offer up for its first national broadcast. I must say that
even though it was more an introductory for the people who never had
the pleasure of seeing ECW before, it was still not half bad. I loved
the opening intro for the show. It was the most professional piece I
have ever seen ECW do. The match with Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn, while
being a little drawn out and maybe had a few to many hype blurbs
through it, did give the people a taste of the extreme style of
wrestling that ECW does offer. I still cannot believe they have that
damn whistle blowing throughout the match but I am sure Fonzie serves
some purpose although I am hard pressed to figure out what that could
possibly be.

The one thing I have to say is TAZ has improved so much on the mic
since the last time I saw him do a promo. Remember now, it has been
over 2 years since I last watched ECW, except for the one Hardcore
Heaven PPV I believe it was which was Sandman's last one. So while many
of you have seen Taz's improvement I didn't so it was refreshing to
see. All in all to honestly rate a show you have to see a couple shows
but I have to be honest, I can't wait until the next one.

And with that I'm outta here. Remember wrestling is nothing more than
what it appears to be.
"ECW, ECW, ECW ...... EC-F'N-W"


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Judging by the amount of mail I've received in the past 22 hours, TNN
made one heck of a decision to give ECW national TV exposure. I have
received a lot of mail from people who have never before had the
pleasure of watching ECW. Many people commented about the crowd
cheering for the promotion ... "ECW, ECW, ECW." They wanted to know if
that's a common occurrence. I told then ut certainly is. ECW fans are
loyal and they let the wrestlers know they appreciate the show they are

A lot of people said that this was their first exposure to Rob "Mr.
PPV" Van Dam and already he is one of their favorite wrestlers. I
consider him to be the best wrestler in the world. Others wondered
about Sabu, "The Most Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal Wrestler In The
World" and why he is "banned" from every arena in the country. Against
doctors orders, Sabu kept getting involved in matches while healing
from a fractured jaw. Justin Credible, along with Lance Storm and
Jason, engineered the ban. Not to worry, Sabu is presently on tour in
Japan. When he returns, you are in for a show. When Sabu and RVD teamed
up and were ECW Tag Team Champions, the moves they performed were
nothing short of A-F'N-Mazing,

Another question related to what TNN will and won allow. TNN will allow
blood (Note to WCW, people do bleed), however, have banned cursing and
barbed wire. Those that saw what Taz did to Yoshohiro Tajiri with
barbed wire will understand why. TNN executives were at the PPV where
Taz stuffed it down Tajiri's throat and wrapped his face in it. Tajiri
wasn't winning too many beauty contests before it happened, imagine
what he looked like afterward.

Then there were those that asked about the ECW Champion Taz. Taz may be
the only wrestler that doesn't need a gimmick. As Joey Styles says, he
is just a nasty SOB. If I had to pick one man I wouldn't want to meet
in a dark alley, or get PO'd at me, it would be Taz. You saw a sample
of the Suplexes he uses last night. he is known as "The Human Suplex
Machine" because of the wide variety he uses.

Stay tuned, it promises to be one hell of a ride. Add ECW on TNN to the
list of migraines Good King Eric and WCW are going to be experiencing.
Vince McMahon and The WWF also better pay attention. "ECW, ECW, ECW."

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This was ECW's debut on TNN. The original plan was for the debut
program to be a show taped in Toledo, Ohio. ECW Owner Paul Heyman was
unhappy with how the show looked, so changed it to an "Introduction to
ECW," showcasing ECW's talent. Announcer Joey Styles was at the
announcers position.

The show began with The Dudley Boyz Power Bombing Balls Mahoney thru a
flaming table. Joey said "This is not WCW, this is not the WWF, this is
ECW on TNN," and lead us into the ECW opening.

Joey talked named people who have held the ECW TV Title, including
Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, 2 Cold Scorpio, Bam Bam
Bigelow and Taz, but Rob "Mr. PPV Van Dam (RVD) is perhaps the greatest
TV Champion.

The first match was from the Hardcore Heaven '99 PPV, held in Toledo,
Ohio. It pitted RVD (C) v, Jerry Lynn, for the ECW TV Title, that RVD
has held since April 4, 1998, the longest reigning TV Champion in
history. RVD got a major pop and played to the crowd. The match was a
highlight reel of fast and furious action, with many aerial and high
risk moves by both men. RVD broke Lynn's nose when e hit him with a
VanDaminator early in the match. There were all kinds of Springboard
moves off the ropes. Lynn survived several VanDaminator's, and even hit
one of his own. He got up from a RVD Five Star Frog Splash, something
that is never done. Lynn nailed RVD with a Sunset Flip, into a Power
Bomb off the apron and put him thru a table at ringside. RVD's manager
Bill Alfonso got involved in the action and took a big chair shot from
Lynn. Lynn took Van Dam to the absolute limit and almost defeated him.
He shook off a Split Leg Moonsault. The crowd chanted "RVD" many times
during the match. In the end, Van Dam won after hitting a Corkscrew Leg
Drop and a second Five Star Frog Splash.

Winner - Rob "Mr. PPV" Van Dam - Retained the ECW TV Title
Winner - Jerry Lynn - He took RVD to the limit
Winners - The fans and viewers. This was a hell of a match

Styles did a promo for Roller Jam. It follows ECW on TNN and hyped ECW
tapes and merchandise. Those new to ECW better get used to hearing
promos for every tape ECW ever made.

Styles talked about the ECW Championship and all that tried and failed
to win it. He mentioned Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mic Foley, Chris
Benoit, Saturn, Farooq and Konnan.

We saw a clip of Shane "The Franchise" Douglas winning the NWA
Championship on August 27, 1994, throwing the Belt away and declaring
himself the first ECW Champion. The title has been held by Raven, Hak,
Terry Funk, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sabu (who is currently banned from
participating in any arena in the USA) and the current champion, Taz.

The next match was for the ECW Championship pitting Taz (C) v. Rhino,
accompanied by Steve Corino. Taz warned Rhino prior to the match that
he was going to choke him out and make him bleed. He said his trademark
"Beat me if you can, survive if I let you." Rhino began fast with a
Power Bomb. Unfortunately that was about the only move he got in. Taz
got immediately up and tore him apart. He hit him with a Head and Arm
TazPlex, and Overhead Belly-to-Belly TazPlex and then brought a table
in and leaned it against a corner. He then demolished Rhino with a
Hardway TazPlex that put Rhino thru the table. From there it was into
the TazMission and case closed on Rhino. Joey said sooner or later Taz
will get his hands on Corino. Corino would be well advised to leave the

Winner - Taz - Retained the ECW Championship
Loser - Rhino - He is lucky to have walked away

Next up was a short highlight reel of Sabu, The most suicidal,
Homicidal, Genocidal wrestler in the world. There is no risk too great
for Sabu.

We met Little Spike Dudley (LSD) as we saw the end of a match v. Big
Sal E. Graziano, a 600 pound hunk of flab with legs. LSD hit The Acid
Drop and won the match. He is known as The Giant Killer.

We then saw Jason, Justin Credible, Dawn Marie and Cyrus backstage.
They each told us how wonderful they are.

Joey gave ECW's schedule for most of September.

We then saw a music video "Bawitdaba" by Kid Rock. As it ran we saw
short clips of most of ECW's roster. Included were: Tommy Dreamer,
Francine, Balls Mahoney, Super Crazy, Little Guido, Chris Chetti, New
Jack, Uganda, LSD, Axl Rotten, Nova, Danny Doring, Roadkill, Lance
Storm, Dawn Marie, Justin Credible, Jerry Lynn, RVD, Sabu, Taz and
Steve Corino.

The show closed with Taz somewhere in the dark talking about how ECW is
known for barbed wire, bats, flaming tables and other weapons, all of
which are manufactured by various Divisions of The Acme Corporation,
but his hands are his weapons. As he spoke, we saw clips of him
defeating Shane Douglas, Bam Bam Bigelow, Chris Jericho, 2 Cold
Scorpio, Chris Candido and Jerry Lawler, who he called an "idiot" and a
"schmuck." He said he is the guy your parents warned you about and is
no role model. He lives by the rule "Kill or be Killed." He closed with
his trademark line "Beat me if you can, survive if I let you."
The Hardcore Truth
By Josh Hewitt (San316born)

That was the end of it. My girlfriend, Kristina, after the WWF week on
MTV, was sick and tired of wrestling. She had, in a way, had enough.
So, she took me on the town, to escape the wrestling monster.

First, we went out to eat at a local establishment....but a number of
the people there were wearing Austin 3:16 shirts and other
paraphanalia. Then we went to the mall, but all the clothing stores
had wrestling tee shirts (including one Life Size
cardboard cutout of Austin himself), and the music store was
playing"WWF the
Music vol 3". So then we cruised to the Video Store, where numerous
wrestling videos were not only available to rent, but also for sale (I
got my copy of DX's video previously viewed for 4 bucks....ha, S*CK
that, Capitalistic Stooge McMahon!).

Finally, we headed to the grocery store, where we not only picked up
some beer, red wine, and croissants--but I got two cases of
"BackBreaker Blue" BodySlam drinks.
Now, the point of this story isn't to tell you its futile to try to
escape will all be assimilated....BUT its caused me
to think of the people critizing wrestling as a "fad".

Let me ask you this, what other fad (besides the New Kids on the Block,
who had EVERYTHING with their names on ex-girlfriend those
days was using NKOTB tampons, I'm sure) has had soooo much merchandise?
And secondly, back in the early to middle 80's, when wrestling was
more popular than the prettiest girl at the dance, were there so many
people buying this stuff? I mean, sure, Hulk Hogan had T-shirts,
bandannas, and an album, and other such stuff, but did you know anyone
who owned any of it? Sure, I had a Hulkster action figure (they are
dolls), but beyond that?

Wrestling's success in this age has stemmed from its marketability,
and as long as that marketability is there, then wrestling will be as

Now, the point of all this is not just to address critics. Sure, the
Evening News with Dan Rather will tell you that buying stock in the WWF
is a bad idea. Sure, ESPN will still joke about wrestling not being a
real sport. And yes, Sally Jesse Rapheal will still refuse to do a
show "Wrestlers reunite with long lost family members". But, the
wrestling fans of the world take heart: simply put, Austin is as big
as he is today because he's not just a person, he's a T-shirt selling
machine. The Rock will continue to give you the "People's Sunglasses".
Goldberg will wonder "Who's Next" to buy his statues, and the
Undertaker will continue selling comic books. Now, I
gotta go back to my real job, or I'm NEVER gonna be able to afford that
collection set of WrestleMania videos.
Being Hated Is An Art...
Written by reader: Matt Waller (wally)
I woud like to respond to the guy that said they need to get rid of
wrestlers in WCW to help them out. He used the Cat as an example.. I
believe if he thinks the Cat is expandable he wouldn't have used him as
an example. If you use him as an example its obvious what he is doing
is important.
The staff of The Wrestling Booking Sheet
Editor: Steve Appy
Columnist: Mark George
Columnist: SamJerry
Columnist: Fritz Capp
Columnist: Rick Phelps
Columnist: Cindy Barnes
Columnist: Josh Hewitt
Columnist: Swami
Columnist: Tom Misnik
Columnist: Nate Pelley
Columnist: Robert Troy (Osiris)
Tom Kirkbride
Columnist: Ryan S. Oaks
Columnist: Darren Kramer

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