Issue # 342
Thursday October 7th, 1999 2:11 pm
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
that the current prognosis on Droz is that he was
paralyzed from the
waist down after suffering a fractured neck in a
match at Tuesday
night's SmackDown! tapings. Doctors say its too
early to tell if he'll
be able to use his legs again, but that Droz was
in good spirits when
he arrived at the hospital. He is recovering from
three hours of surgery
Even putting aside
thoughts of his career, we all have to hope that
full mobility will be
in his future.
RUSSO & FERRARA YAHOO
Tuesday night, WCW
writers Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara took part in an
online chat on Yahoo.
While the transcript is far too long to reprint
here, we do have
several excerpts. To read the complete chat, go to
Will Chris Benoit get
the push he deserves?
Russo: No question
about it! There will be no WCW super stars stuck in
the middle. its going
to be an even playing field and it will be up
to the individuals to
rise to the top. I have to believe that Chris
Benoit will be one of
Will you bring Lenny
Russo: We're not
familiar with that situation.
Ferrara: But we will be
looking into it. As far as we know, it is a
situation, so read into that what you will.
Who do you think is
the most under-used wrestler in WCW?
Russo: If you said
"under rated" one guy that really stands out and is
really ready to have
some impact would be Buff Badwell. I think Buff
has all the tools and
he just needs the opportunity and now he will get
Vince, what is your
relationship towards Bret Hart?
Russo: Well I always
personally liked Bret Hart, I have a great deal of
respect for Bret Hart,
I look forward to working with Bret Hart.
Honestly I don't know
what Bret's feelings are toward me at this point.
I guess that since I
worked so closely with Vince McMahan I may be
guilty by association
in Bret's mind. Bret Hart will be one of the
first people I speak
to when I get to Nitro next week.
What about the ICP?
Russo: I don't know
what their situation is with WCW, I don't know if
they have a contract.
I know their manager can't look you in the eye.
I don't know what
they're situation is with WCW. I don't know if they
have a contract, I
don't know if they don't have a contract. I know
their manager can't
look you in the eye. Lets just say that they
entertained me when
they did their little stint for the WWF.
Who is the top
wrestler in wrestling today?
Russo: If I had to
give my honest opinion, right now I would probably
say the Rock.
Ferrara: I would have to
agree with him.
What was Steve Austin
Russo: If I commented,
I'd only get myself in trouble.
Who will you guys miss
the most in the WWF?
Russo: I'd have to say
a couple people, the talent that I was the
closest to would have
to be Mick Foley, The Rock, Triple H, and
I'll miss everybody
but I'll probably miss those four more than anybody
Ferrara: I would agree with
all five of those, but I would also go on
and say I'm definitely
going to be missing X-Pac, Kane, D-Lo and
Hardcore Holly. I
mean, when you work so closely with these guys, you
develop a closeness
with all of them, and its really hard to single
certain ones out.
There's very few people that I won't miss. There's a
few, but very few.
Who do you see as one
of the most promising wrestler in WCW?
Russo: I'd have to
say, up and coming because he hasn't been around
that long, Billy
Ferrara: I'd have to say
Buff, if we're going to go that way...
TELL US PLANS FOR
CHRIS BENOIT PLEASE?
Russo: Big plans, he
will go as far as his talent will carry him.
Ferrara: He will be given the
opportunity to run with the ball, and
knowing him, he will
not drop it.
Written by reader:
A shifting in the
balance of clowns. So Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara are
in WCW. Now I could
look at this in two different ways. I could elude
myself in to thinking
that for the first time in wrestling history that
wrestling fans would
have a balanced product, for you would basically
be combining the goofy
storylines of the WWF
with the already exceptional wrestling of the
I could dream that the
quality of matches would stay the same or the
workrate could even
improve.....I could dream, or I could tell the
truth. So I will. I
don't like either Ed Ferrera or Vince Russo, I
consider them two
thirds of the clown triad from Titan and hold them
as much responsible
for the non-wrestling oriented circus that is
today's WWF as I hold
Will they be
successful? Probably, I can already hear the bandwagon
full of marks shifting
gears fully prepared to abandon
the WWF again. I could
stomach the crap that these two pulled up North
because of the lack of
skilled athletes they had to work with during
their regime. The WWF
was and is still made of actors and sideshow
freaks instead of
athletes, so all they really did is exploit the only
talent that the roster
had, and it wasn't wrestling.
I fear that the this
dynamic duo will bring along with them the "sports
they made famous back in their circus days with
the WWF, and this
would truly sicken me. Sure it'll be great, the
inflated ratings and
over-inflated success the WWF has known could
very soon become
But at what cost? You
still have about 3 million viewers who
don't give a damn
about the WWF, their shows, or whatever the hell they
may be doing, they
watch Nitro because of the wrestling, what about
them? Do you alienate
a loyal following that is with you even now in
the so called
"doomsday" of WCW in exchange for WWF type fans that
aren't even loyal to
the sport, let alone to a fed?
What of the wrestlers?
Ferrara have a reputation for
watering down of
wrestling quality to fit the attention spans of fans
instead of bringing
the fans up to the level of the wrestling. That
being said, then why
even employ such competitors as Chris Benoit,
Perry Saturn. Juventud
Guerrera, Billy Kidman and other skilled
professionals if all
your going to do is have them ac? Jerry Springer
type angles that built
up to two minute matches? Why not just hire bums
of the street?.
I pray that I am wrong
but I know that I am closer to reality than not
on this one. Another
thing that this does is exposes Bill Busches lack
of knowledge and
regard for the WCW product and its current following.
Instead of finding new
ways to build on a solid foundation of wrestling
fans who are already
watching...he opts for the quick fix: lets make
WCW like WWF solution.
WCW needed a new President to do this? Soon
there won't be
anything left to
watch, and if WCW becomes another WWF it may not be
worth it to watch
Go ahead and give the
fans what they want...just don't give WCW fans
what WWF fans fell
for. They aren't the same people so don't try the
same old act. They can
write as many retarded
storylines as they
want but when and if the start screwing up the
matches and cutting
corners with the wrestling: .Monday Night
Football will start
looking real good right about then.
While the WWF doesn't
have a deep roster of talented workers, I also
think that your review
was overly harsh. Steve Austin and
X-Pac are tremendous
workers. Edge, Christian, Jeff Jarrett, Road
Dogg, The Hardys, &
Chris Jericho are impressive undercard performers.
The Rock & Triple H
are all capable of strong matches. Despite the injuries
and the weight, Mick
Foley can still make your heart stop. Ken
underrated, and The Undertaker can be carried by the right
opponent (Austin, HBK,
Of course, there
really is very little depth to the WWF's roster. I'm
hoping that Russo &
Ferrara won't totally abandon the in-ring product
when it comes to WCW.
As Hart & Benoit reminded us Monday night, two
strong workers can
create a compelling segment without transvestites,
animals, T & A,
outside interference, even grudges.
While I do have my
doubts, I am willing to give Russo & Ferrara a
chance. Their first
show will be the October 25th Nito, and that's
where many of our
questions will be answered. Let's hope that WCW
doesn't become 'WWF
Lite' and will stamp their own unique identity onto
Written by reader:
I really enjoyed
Gorilla Monsoons work as an announcer, especially when
he would talk about
the wrestlers that were fat and out of shape. He
would never let them
lie about their weight, like the time the ring
King Kong Bundy's weight at 250 lbs, Gorilla said
"He must've had one
foot on the scale." Then he said " This guy needs
to be weighed along
the rest of the
livestock". I liked it when he would say "Get the
hot shower ready"
after a wrestler got pinned. He will be missed
P.S Someone once tried
to tell me that the old man that played Chris
Ralphus was really Gorilla Monsoon.
G vs. E WITH FOLEY &
Written by reader:
Maddog Mike Bell (ImFilthy)
Hey, this is Maddog
Mike Bell of
California's UPW. I used to
do a lot
of WWF TV as an extra
from 1992 to 1996. I recently had the honor of
USA's G vs E as the stunt
double for The Big Schwagg (Brett
Wagner). I spent
the1st day working w/a few of our students from
Ultimate University. Former
Pro Bodybuilder Aaron Baker, The German
Pretty Boy Stefan
Gamlin, Psycho Matt Hall, Big Time Tom Howard
Ult U.) Bad Boy Basil,
Smelly, Sylvester the Escapee,
and even Lou Ferrigno.
The 2nd day I had the
privilege of working w/Mick Foley all day long.
I also got to spend
time w/Mick and chat about everything from current
events, to his family,
to his book and to the business in general.
What a great, down to
earth guy Mick truly is. Well, I truly believe
WWF fans and G vs E
fans alike will truly enjoy this unique episode.
And yes, I DID have to
"mark out" and have Mick sign a piece of the
table I powerslammed
him through. One more thing, on a sad
note, I would like to
wish Darren "DROZ" Drozdov a healthy, speedy
Contact Maddog Mike
Bell for bokings, wrestling school info,
Wrestling will be returning to Thomavsille, NC this Sat.
night Oct. 9th, at the
National Guard Armory (off of National Highway),
In the main event,
Jimmy "The Boogie Woogie Man" Valiant returns to
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
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
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
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