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Issue # 338

Date:  Tuesday October 5th, 1999  11:32 pm

The Wrestling Booking Sheet

Reported by Kevin Langbaum and Bill Apter at:
Joining Vince Russo in WCW will be Ed Ferrara, who along with Russo has
been credited with being the main creative force behind the WWF's
recent dominance.

Explaining his decision, Russo told Bill Apter Monday: "You know, both
personally and professionally over the past three years, I felt that I
did everything I could possibly do in the WWF. I reached all my
professional goals and I felt there was no place else to go. I saw an
opportunity at WCW and I am the type of person who thrives on
challenge. I contacted WCW to find out if there was any interest in me.
Once I found out there was an interest, the decision was easy."

Those of you who watched Nitro were in for a shock with the new
Cruiserweight Champion Psychosis was introduced. The problem: Psychosis
never won the championship.

Was WCW that unhappy with
Lenny Lane's character that they refused to
allow him on the air to drop the title? While I personally think
Psychosis would make a terrific long term champion, I hate to see the
lineage of the championship broken for no good reason. I know, hardly
anybody cares. The titles have been switched so often that they don't
have any credibility anyway. Still, it bothered this "purist".

Disco Inferno is an interesting choice; with his weight advantage, will
he play the Cruiserweight bully? He's a better worker than many give
him credit for, though his style clashes with the Luchadors who dominate
the division.
Goldberg was shown arriving at the arena. Sid then came out of the
shadows and looked at the number 22 spot where "The Man" parked. Later
in the evening, Sid called a tow company to come get Goldberg's car.

Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko
Shane Douglas took the referee out in this match. Saturn came out to
Douglas, but in a swerve, hit Mysterio with the chain. They then
threw Malenko in the ring who put Rey Jr.(who was out cold) in the
Texas Cloverleaf for the win. After the bell, Malenko was infuriated as
he watched on the big screen what his Revolution comrades had done.
Winner: Dean Malenko

--The tribute video to Bret Hart from months ago was re-aired.

Psychosis (c) versus Disco Inferno *Cruiserweight Championship*
The chartbuster not only gave Disco the win, but also the Cruiserweight
Winner: Disco Inferno via pinfall (New Cruiserweight Champion)

--Making a long awaited return, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall (each with a
lady in tow) took front row seats and told Bobby Heenan that they were
"putting the band back together."

Sid Vicious versus Brian Adams *U.S. Title*
With the help of Rick Steiner and referee Charles Robinson, Sid won the
with a powerbomb.
Winner: Sid Vicious via pinfall

Jerry Flynn w/Jimmy Hart versus Goldberg
As Goldberg was walking to the ring, he was taunted by Sid, but kept
walking to the ring. Despite interference by other first family
members, Goldberg came back to win with the Jackhammer.
Winner: Goldberg via pinfall

--As Brad Armstrong was walking down a hallway in the back, Berlyn said
something in German to him. Armstrong responded by pinning Berlyn
the wall and told him if he had something to say to say it in English.

--As Harlem Heat were telling Mene Gene that they would fight anyone,
including the First Family and the Outsiders, Brian Knobbs and Hugh
Morrus attacked. A fight went all the way to the ring with the Family
laying out Harlem Heat with chairs.

--Nitro girls Kimberly and Spice introduced the two finalists from
Kansas City.

Curt Hennig w/Kendall
Windham/Curly Bill versus Brad Armstrong
Berlyn and his bodyguard provided a distraction which allowed the
bodyguard to nail Armstrong, who fell right into the Hennigplex. Berlyn
continued to attack after the bell.
Winner: Curt Hennig via pinfall

--Rey Mysterio Jr. told Kidman (who was coming out of the shower with
Torrie Wilson) to hurry up because he had a match.

--A WCW crew member and Doug Dellinger informed Sid that he needed to
his car, per the police. Sid told the crew member to move it for him.

Juventud Guerrera versus Kidman
With the help of Psychosis, and the attention of the referee being
diverted by Mysterio (who was trying to let the ref know of the double
teaming), Guerrera took the match with the Juvi Driver. After the bell,
Kidman and Mysterio cleared the ring.
Winner: Juventud Guerrera via pinfall

--The WCW crew member moved Sid's car to spot number 22, the same spot
Sid told the tow company to come to. As the crew member left, the
wrecker truck arrived.

Bret Hart versus Chris Benoit
This match in memory of Owen Hart was introduced by Harley Race as the
in the Kemper Arena chanted the name of Owen. After a long match where
men gave 200%, The "Hitman" took the match with the Sharpshooter.
After the
match, both men exchanged hugs and Bret looked up at the ceiling that
took his brothers life.
Winner: Bret Hart via submission

--Mene Gene interviewed Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. The two said that
history was being made with the two being on the same team and that
they would take care of Sting and the Total Package. The Nature Boy
said he was joining Hulkamania, while Hogan said that Flair taught him
how to put the figure four on someone and break bones. On a sidenote,
Flair said he was going to take his prayers, say his vitamins and not
go into a bar until after Halloween Havoc.

--In the back, Sid saw that space number 22 was empty, and assumed that
the tow company had taken Goldberg's car, not knowing that it was
actually his car that had been taken.

Diamond Dallas Page versus Buff Bagwell
The Diamond Cutter was all she wrote for Bagwell.
Winner: Buff Bagwell via pinfall

--A short video of a young man approaching the "window" was aired as a
voice was heard saying that the Pale Horse was the grim reaper of all
souls as a man was in the window wearing all black (Dustin Runnels?).

Ric Flair/Hulk Hogan versus Sting/Total Package
The Package who was temporarily blinded mistakingly put an interfering
DDP in the torture rack. As this was going on, the Hulkster hit the
Stinger with the leg drop to secure the win for his team.
Winners: Ric Flair/Hulk Hogan via pinfall

--The show went off the air with Sid realizing (and seeing) that his
car was the one that had been smashed again.

Ricks Comments:
--I receive alot of email from you great wrestling fans telling me how
much you like my comments at the end of my reports. However, this week,
I only have one thing to say. The beginning of that great match between
the Crippler and the Hitman saw the crowd in the Kemper arena chanting
Owen's name. It takes a lot for me to be upset to the point of tears,
but hearing that and seeing what I honestly believe was closure for
Bret Hart and it brought tears to my eyes. I think both men gave
everything they had, not for themselves but for Owen. To the Hart
family, I say God Bless You, and to Owen, I say, I still miss you more
than I thought. Rest in Peace.
Written by reader: orangebelly

As a wrestling fan of over 20 years to see the decline of WCW's
Saturday Night program is quite disappointing. Many years of seeing
such stars as a younger Ric Flair, Tommy Rich, Roddy Piper, Buzz Sawyer
etc. seems a million years ago. Plus the commentary of the legend
Gordon Solie. Now the show is just pathetic. It is just a shadow of a
once great program. To treat the show this way is showing total
disrespect for the past. Please WCW, either revamp it and make it a
great show again or give it a proper farewell.
Written by reader: Rocck420

Reading the letter, "Taz's Role In The WWF" and reading that readers
opinion about how he thinks Austin won't sell a Tazplex made me think
of something. Taz vs. Austin, no matter how much Taz could get over,
might never happen due to a veto from Austin. Let me explain...

I recently read about Austin refusing to work with Billy Gunn and one
of the main reasons behind that might be that Austin would not be
willing to take the Famouser finisher, given Austin's concern of taking
bumps on his already bad neck. If this is true, there would be no way
Austin would willingly go into a match with Taz, who's arsenal
consists of what seems like a million variations of suplexes that dump
his opponents on their heads, more specifically, their neck.

Also, with Austin thinking he's "above" everybody in the WWF roster,
he'd probably come up with some phony excuse for not working with Taz
(such as the one he used with Jarrett and Gunn). Personally, I would
love to see Taz choke Austin out in 3 minutes. (However I highly doubt
that would ever happen) Just thought I'd point that out.
Steve Appy responds:
While Austin would have very legit, understandable reasons to want to
avoid a Taz's suplexes, he also would have one very strong reason to
want Taz to get over. Austin needs strong opponents.

Austin's reasons for not working with Jarrett & Gunn are very
reasonable: they were both "mid-carders for life" who will arguably
never get over as main eventers. Instead of elevating Jarrett & Gunn,
Austin would be diminishing his own character by getting into an
extended feud with either man.

The WWF has come to the same realization about Gunn and has already
shifted him back into the tag team scene; despite the lengths the WWF
resorted to for the purpose of finally getting Jarrett any heat, he
will not break into the upper echelon.

If Taz can be built into an opponent that can draw money against
Austin, he will cooperate.
Written by reader: Glenn Giangrande (Trots30187)

Fan Reaction to Jeff Jarrett-
I'd like to respond to Joseph Cassidy's remarks regarding the career of
Jeff Jarrett. He claims that the whole "beating up women" angle has
RUINED Jarrett's career? JJ's current angle is the BEST singles angle
he's had since returning to the WWF. In case Joseph has forgotten, lets
see what the others were-

1. A disgruntled star who claimed he was bigger than he was being
treated. That lasted about 2 months.

2. His participation in a true nWo ripoff, The "NWA North American
Heavyweight Champion" angle, which led to his brief yet OH SO
illustrious feud with Bradshaw and grouping him with such stars of
yesteryear as the Rock n' Roll Express and Barry Windham.

3. The "old" JJ act with Tennesee Lee (Col.Parker) as his manager. One
brief feud with Steve Blackman didn't help his career much either.

4. The whole gig with Southern Justice... could have worked, but
injuries to Henry O. killed their momentum. Led to
ONE good match at
Summerslam, and even that was probably only because the WWF finally
realized that he needed a new look.

Don't forget that they even tried to get JJ over by having him sing
with Sawyer Brown, and JJ still couldn't get over until the puppies
came over, and still SHE was more the over one than him. Jarrett's
angle does evoke disgust from the fans... which brings out boo's...
which is exactly what Jarrett is supposed to be- a heel.

In today's shades of gray wrestling world, Jarrett is clearly, bar-none
one of the true heels of the WWF. Due to my status as a JJ mark, I
still cheer whenever JJ is up to his tricks or grabs his guitar. JJ
evokes boos from the fans with his actions towards
women... exactly what a heel is supposed to do. My support to the WWF
for coming up with this angle which has not only sparked debate and
discussion, but has also gotten one of the one most non-over heels in
wrestling, one of my favorites, over in a big way.
-Glenn Giangrande (Trots30187)
Written by reader: Muttley97

Well, I think this is an interesting turn on the fans. It will be
fascinating to watch and see if the WCW marks, who have been railing
against the WWF storylines and plots, to see if they accept what Vince
Russo brings down from Conn. . Vince will probably bring the Outsiders
as heels, turn Sting back to a face, bring Lex Lugar "back to life".
Yep, it certainly will be interesting to see the reunion of Bret Hart,
who hated what the WWF was becoming, partly thanks to Russo, with good
ole Vince.

I wonder if this will FINALLY shut up these morons who have been
complaing about what the WCW offers vs. the WWF. From this moment on,
its a level playing field. Except that the WCW may expose the one
weakness the WWF has: a lack of a depth talent-wise. With Turner's deep
pockets, one might think that Russo could influence talent (HBK and Triple H
?) to come south and reunite the clique. That is the possibilty that
has McMahon on his heels. So, lets hear it for the WCW, who finally got
smart (with a guy who LOVES Raw) and realized the only way to beat 'em
is to join 'em.
Written by reader: DrawBoom

Regarding stereotypical angles: Just about every Japanese wrestler to
ever appear in the WWF. They all come off like typical USA hating, WWII
era charicatures. With very few exceptions, they're either emotionless
or devious or they simply aren't taken
seriously no matter how talented (for reference see Kaientai.).
Otherwise, wrestling rocks. :) "...Nobody else is crazy enough to take
this gig!" ---HBK.
TV Taping This Thursday. SSW returns to Johnson City,TN for the first
time in 3 years this Thurs. at The Carver Rec. Building (West Watugua
St.) with a special 7:45 PM bell time. Five big matches will be taped
for UPN 30 WAPK.

In addition there will be two huge Main Events that will not air on
WAPK. "Handsome" Beau James will challange Chuck Jones for the
Appalachian Title and Ricky Harrison will battle P.J. Sharp's newest

Who is it? P.J. Sharp has signed a new man and he will make his SSW
debut this Thursday night. Sharp is keeping the identity of this man a
secret and this is the only thing he will tell us about his new man.

* He is a former tag champion with Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner
* He has wrestled in WWF, WCCW, USWA and many other places
* He holds victories over The Rock N Roll Express, Jerry Lawler,
Brian Christopher, and many others

Up Coming Events
Thurs. Oct. 7th, Johnson City, TN, Carver Rec. **** TV TAPING ****
Sat. Oct. 16th, Newport TN, Nat'l Guard
Sat. Oct. 30th, Kingsport, TN, Civic Auditorium
Thurs. Nov. 4th, Johnson City, TN, Carver Rec. **** TV TAPING ****
Sat. Nov. 20th, Big Stone Gap, VA, Carnes Gym
Sat. Nov. 27th, Kingsport TN

SSW Heavyweight Champion: Iron Cross
1.Wayne Rogers / 2.Ricky Harrison / 3.WarMachine / 4.Chuck Jones
(Appalachian Champion) / 5.Beau James / 6.Steve Flynn / 7.Jimmy Valiant
/ 8.Bam Bam Christian / 9.Joe Fillers / 10.Roger Anderson

SSW Tag Team Champions: held up
1.Steve Flynn & Bam Bam Christian / 2.Death & Destruction / 3.Ricky
Harrison & Jimmy Valiant / 4.Joe Fillers and Slammin' Sam / 5.The
Memphis Body Guards
New Dimension Wrestling will be returning to Thomavsille, NC this Sat.,
night Oct. 9th, at the National Guard Armory (off of National Highway),
7:30p.m. belltime.

In the main event, Jimmy "The Boogie Woogie Man" Valiant returns to
Thomasville against the The Masked Assassin. In other matches, "For
Total Control of New Dimension Wrestling", The Dirty White Boy with
managers Chris Cruise & John Hitchcock will lock up one on one with a
hardcore mystery wrestler to be determined by Executive Committee
Member Chris Plano. The original scheduled opponent Beastmaster Rick
Link was suspended indefinitely from New Dimension Wrestling this past
weekend and will be replaced in Thomasville this Saturday night.

Plus you will see, Otto Schwanz, Cham Pain, King, Nite-Stic Eddie
Brown, Chilly Willy, Toad, Mike Gunner, Brute Shooter, Fuego Dimente,
Tim Sells, over 20 NDW Wrestling superstars to appear.

Jimmy Valiant will be holding autograph sessions this week throughout
Thomasville at the following locations; Thursday at Ingles Supermarket,
Friday at Winn-Dixie Supermarket, and Saturday at Westchester Flea

Advance tickets are available at Southwest Expressions (Archdale), Hix
Insurance Center (High Point), or at the armory the day of the show.
For information, call the New Dimension Wrestling hotline at
336-882-4921 or on the worldwide web at Be
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Columnist: Tom Misnik
Columnist: Nate Pelley
Columnist: Robert Troy (Osiris)
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Columnist: Darren Kramer

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