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Issue # 348

Date:  Monday October 11th, 1999  2:17 pm

The Wrestling Booking Sheet

Reported by Scott Teal & Bob Ryder at:
"The Dean of Wrestling Announcers", Gordon Solie, did not do the
play-by-play for 'The Heroes of Wrestling' PPV because of a growth on
his vocal cords so big that it has displaced his heart and lungs,
leading to his hospitalization. Cards and letters can be sent to him
1428 Stroud Ct, New Port Richey FL 34655 or c/o Don and Dotty
Curtis at
1222 Clock St, Jacksonville FL 32211.

Speaking as somebody who always enjoyed his work, Mr. Solie will be in
my thoughts. Let's all hope for a positive resolution to this one.

October 11th, 1999, 58,500 paid in attendance
Reported by Zach Arnold at:
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Tatsutoshi Goto in 11:01
* Kazuyuki Fujita defeated Sean McCully in 2:35
* IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions Shinjiro Ohtani & Tatsuhito

Takaiwa defeated
Minoru Tanaka & Koji Kanemoto in 18:32
* Jushin Liger defeated KendoKa Shin in 16:08 to capture the IWGP
Junior Heavyweight Championship
* Tatsumi Fujinami & Shiro Koshinaka defeated Takashi Iizuka & Osamu
Kidoh in 9:31
* Kimo defeated Yuji Nagata in 3:54 with a choke sleeper.
* Masahiro Chono & Don Frye defeated Scott Norton & Satoshi Kojima in
* Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeated Kensuke Sasaki in
* IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Keiji Mutoh successfully retained his
title by defeated Manabu Nakanishi in 20 minutes with a juji-gatame
(cross-arm scissors.)
* In the NWA World Title Match main event, Naoya Ogawa TKO'd Shin'ya
Hashimoto in
13:10 seconds with the STO finisher.

We forgot to include the address to contact Universal Studios regarding
the 'Beyond The Mat' documentary. Go to
to lobby for the nationwide release of the film.
By Steve Appy
With the internet on fire with rumors concerning Hulk Hogan's future
with WCW, there are very valid arguments for and against Hogan's role
in a possible WCW recovery. Despite being the biggest American
wrestling star of his generation, Hogan has not been drawing the
numbers/money for over a year. Name recognition does not translate
into dollars, the only real yardstick in this business.

September's Fall Brawl had the lowest buyrate in WCW's history (a
dismal 0.3). While the lack of general interest in WCW's product was
the main cause, the Hogan/Sting headline match still generated zero
interest. Hogan programs with The Warrior & Kevin Nash were huge
disappointments as well; his only relatively successful program of the
past year involved his Superbrawl match against Ric Flair (I'll skip
the ironies in that one).

Fans no longer want to see
Hollywood, and while the yellow & red clad
Hulkster is good for nostalgia, this character no longer has the legs
to keep Hogan the franchise star in a profitable promotion.

Does Hogan have any future value to WCW? Yes, but not on his own
terms. Keep Hogan strong; if you make him a complete job boy a victory
over him will be meaningless. Put over Goldberg again strong. After
that, work a program with Benoit that sees them trade victories, with
Benoit the ultimate victor. If not Benoit, make it Bagwell. Or
Kidman. Although he will not enjoy putting over a performer who is
under 6' feet tall, demand it. If he refuses, let him leave. Don't
book him at all, and learn a valuable lesson. Never give creative
control to anybody; they will abuse the privilege, as well they should
if they are dealing with management spineless enough to parcel it out.

I don't know what Russo & Ferrara feel about Hogan; my hunch is that he
doesn't figure prominently into their plans. If that is true, we will
probably see a flare up of Hogan's knee injury, or maybe he'll just
walk. The true test of Hogan's character (and we all have our own
judgment of it so far) will be if his ego allows him to elevate the
future of this industry. We should be in for an interesting few months
either way.
Written by reader: Bruce Mitchell (bmitchel)

For the record, there was a day when ol' Kosrow (Iron Sheik) was a good
worker who threw a great suplex. Of course that was around '79 or so.
-Old Man Bruce
Written by reader: The Big Schwag (TastyBear)

First off The Big Schwag was wonderful last night portraying
Testicules on GvsE.. That guy I beat up wasn't that bad either..What
was his name ooohh yeah Mankind. Let me tell you something, until you
have had Mr. Socco Down Your Throat and experienced that pain....You
are not in the same class as the Schwag.

Hopefully the WWF will realize that Big Schwag is the next great thing
in the wrestling world since puppies. Now back to the Heroes Of
Wrestling. It was slow slow slow slow slow slow slow
slow..Thats all I gotta say..OOOHH. Did anybody notice that Jake The
Snake didn't look like he was there. Too bad for the fans. Well, you
already have had too much of the Schwag for one week..Seeyah and thanks
for making The Big Schwag the best and biggest pro wrestling manager
Written by reader: William (madspector)

A call for a smarter world of wrestling

For those of you who are always waving the "sports entertainment" fraud
or using the term "giving fans want they want" this ones for you.

Instead of constantly calling today's fans phony bandwagon jumpers or
exposing the Clown King of
Connecticut (Vince McMahon for those who
still worship him) I though I would give some valid reasons on why
these things bother me and if you are a fan, why they should bother
you. Here it goes…

"Giving fans what they want" This term has been twisted around to mean
whatever the promoters want it to. They'll tell you that 2
minute matches, retarded long drawn out story lines, mud wrestling,
grown men talking to their "socked" hands, and a host of other
goofiness associated with today's wrestling is "what the fans want"
Why do I disagree with this? Its simple, its called NOT LOWERING THE

If you have cater to what they have already admitted is the short
attention spans of the fan base, then you targeted the wrong audience.
If you have to exclude all but about a half hour of
Wrestling to please your fans than you haven't really done anything
genuine as far as wrestling fans are concerned. Tthe only thing that
they have really succeeded in doing is distracting people who don't
care about matches, who don't care about seeing the type of clinic that
Hart and Benoit put on last Monday into watching their show.

You see, if you have to change the sport so much that its not even
remotely close to the product you started with, and in fact it ends up
being something of a joke of itself, then everyone who calls themselves
a fan needs to reevaluate just what they are a fan of. Don't lower the
sport to the fan, bring the fan up to the sport, it has been and will
be around a lot longer than we are.
Written by reader: Derek (TBirdy2)

I just have a short little blurb in rebuttal to the small article
written by JKASMULDER on Austin.

Why is it that when some people always complain about Austin's in-ring
work and ability they seem to forget that the man suffered an almost
career ending injury in the ring courtesy of the late Owen Hart.
People need to catch a glimpse of how devastating that piledriver was,
and to see how much heart Austin put forth in order to go on in that
match. People also should watch Austin's first year of matches in the
WWF, even go a little back to his ECW and WCW days to see that in fact
this man is a good technical wrestler. His matches with Bret Hart were

I am betting that these days, with Austin being the top draw in the
WWF, that senior management instructs him to take it a little easy in
the ring. It is not very often that a man like him comes around who can
be partially credited with the resurgance of the popularity of
wrestling in the 90s. Too keep moaning about Austin being one of the
worst in the ring when we all know he suffered that neck injury just
doesn't make sense.
Derek (TBirdy2)
Written by reader: Nick "the Stick" Delmenico (COaker12)

Since everyone has been bashing every single wrestler's actual
wrestling ability, I think its time to throw my two cents in. Steve
Austin USED to be a good wrestler. Just watch his 1996 King of the
Ring match against Marc Mero. It wasn't spectacular, but it was a good
match. Since his character has changed since then, so has his in-ring
product. In '96 JR called him "cold and calculating" and said Austin
was a great technical wrestler, yada yada yada. But now he's just a
tough SOB who kicks ass.

As for the Undertaker, he was never spectacular, either, but I do think
that he is capable of putting on a decent match. Four guys who could
always put on a stellar match are Bret and Owen Hart, Chris Benoit, and
Shawn Michaels. Bret vs. Owen at WrestleMania X was excellent, as was
Bret vs. Benoit on Nitro, and HBK's ladder matches with Razor Ramon
were classics, too. To end with Austin, his wrestling style changed
with his character, plain and simple.
-Nick "the Stick" Delmenico
Written by reader: anvil

Hi, I live in Canada and we have a real problem here with our wrestling
programming and I was hoping to get help from you and your readers.

The problem is by the time we see RAW, usually on Monday night we have
already received the newsletter so we do not have the opportunity to
see it live. If something more "important" comes up IE golf, baseball
etc. we may or may not get to see it at all or they put it on so late
nobody in there right mind will stay up to watch it.

Now onto NITRO. The situation with Nitro is ten times worse..... If we
are lucky we get to see it Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 for the 3-hour
broadcast or Thursday morning from 1:00am to 3:00am for a two hour
broadcast and with the baseball playoffs. Nitro was a no-show last week
as it was on once Thursday morning between 5:30am to 7:30am. That is

TSN (The Sports Network) is the network that carries WWF and WCW
programming in Canada and I feel that they think wrestling has no fans
writing the network. It does no good as all you get back is a standard
form letter; I'm am not sure if a human even reads the e-mail

I have put up a website at or or with a quick explanation of my
personal frustration with
TSN and a message-board that I would like
everybody to sign, Canadians, Americans wherever you are from we need
all the support we can get.

All I ask is if you can mention the problem we are having and hopefully
post the url's so people can show there support for the Canadian
wrestling fan. I appreciate your time.
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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