Issue # 393
Wednesday November 10th, 1999 10:01 am
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
At the conclusion of this
issue we have the Smackdown Spoiler for
11/11/1999, taped Tuesday in
Baltimore, Maryland. If you would rather
be surprised, please be sure
to skip that section.
DUSTIN'S FLOATING STUNT
Written by reader: Patty
In response to the letter
defending Dustin Runnels' stunt, I have to
think that the writer would
have also enjoyed Owen's entrance, had it
not ended tragically. What
fans enjoy isn't necessarily safe, nor
appropriate, and while I am
sure Dustin was checked many times for
safety, accidents can, and
obviously DO, happen.
What must Bret think after
seeing THAT? If nothing else, it was in poor
taste to do something like
that with Bret Hart there, after having lost
his youngest brother in a
stunt not all that dissimilar to Dustin's.
I wonder if the Hart family
enjoyed the entrance? I guess it only
matters what this writer
enjoyed, not what is right or ethical.
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Written by reader:
In reponse to the letter in
WBS #392 (comparing the popularity of Hulk
Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior
in 1990), I just wanted to throw in my
opinion and say that the
Warrior never approached the popularity that
Hogan had in the late 80's /
early 90's. When the Warrior became champ,
the WWF's house show gates
and TV ratings plummeted.
When Warrior beat Hogan at
WM6, there was a newspaper article in
Toronto, where the event took
place, that said that half the arena was
booing the Warrior when he
won the belt. The WWF may have wanted you to
believe that the Warrior was
Hogan's successor, but he couldn't even
hold a candle to the man who
made wrestling in the 80's.
THE AL SNOW ACTION FIGURE
Written by reader:
I think that is totally
uncalled for. That reader is complaining about
the Al Snow toy saying
"Wal-Mart should take the toy off the shelves."
You say "Getting Head is
another way of saying oral sex" Yeah well;
when it says "What does
everybody want??" "Head" and so on it means
what does everybody want?
Head!! Plain and simple. THEY WANT TO SEE THE
Yes some people like you say
it means oral sex, but WWF has an easy
defense. THEY WANT TO SEE THE
DAMN MANAQUIN HEAD!! For Pete's sake why
is everyone making this such
a big deal! Oh, Al Snow sure rapes women
and decapitates them. That's
what he brings down to the ring every
week. YEP! This makes me so
mad. People GET OVER IT!! It's just a fake
head!! ITS WRESTLING. LET
KIDS LIKE ME HAVE THEIR FUN!!!
Steve Appy responds:
I'm not going to touch on
whether the ban is a good idea or not I will
say that there is nothing
subtle about the "What does everybody want?"
chant. The point of it is to
infer oral sex and use that as a way to
empathize with Al Snow. Not
to say if it is a good or bad thing but
this interpretation is pretty
clear. The argument centers around
whether you approve or
disapprove, not what it means.
MORE AL SNOW (WHAT ELSE?)
Written by reader:
You are right, the Al Snow
figure shouldn't be banned over the
"violence against women"
issue but it shouldn't be banned over the
"tongue in cheek sexual
reference" issue either. Everyone is gung-ho
these days about banning this
and censoring that but last I checked
this is still America and we
still get to choose.
Toys are not simply marketed
to children anymore, many are purchased by
adults as collectors items, I
would be surprised if even half of all
Star Wars toys end up being
played with by children. More likely they
are gathering dust in a
plastic bag somewhere increasing in value. The
bottom line is whether it is
purchased for a collector's item or a toy,
9 times out of ten an adult
is making the purchase.
As for corrupting our nations
youth. The sexual reference is a play on
words created to add to the
adult entertainment value of Raw and really
has nothing to do with the
actual characters of Al Snow & Head. Head is
merely Al's imaginary friend.
If after all of this the Al Snow toy ends
up in a child's toy box what
harm will come of it? The sexual reference
is so lighthearted and
downplayed that any kid who could pick up on it
learned it already from
As far as the severed head,
beaten women aspect, the toy "head" would
probably end up on the bottom
of the toy box with a dozen Barbie dolls
decapitated by normal
children who know the difference between a toy
and a real person.
Bottom line is this toy
should not be banned. It is in no way harmful
to children and parent's can
decide for themselves whether or not to
purchase it for them. It is
just another witch hunt and another attempt
to blame society's problems
on pro wrestling, which in the end isn't
any different from a hundred
other forms of mindless entertainment.
Steve Appy responds:
While I realize that there is
a large (and growing) collectors market
for action figures the toy
companies do still realize that children
are the target demographic
for their products. I know that collectors
buy a certain percentage of
the figures but the vast majority are
bought either for/or by
children (I'd be curious to see the percentages
THE WAL MART GUN CONNECTION
Written by reader: Bryan (Jones820)
I find it a bit hypocritical
that Wal Mart can sell guns but ban a
child's toy. Last time I
checked no one recently has been beaten to
death with a mannequin head.
Let me know what you think.
Being about as anti-gun as it
gets, I agree with you 100%. I also feel
that it's a separate issue
and the philosophical debate behind gun
ownership is not something
that we need to pursue here (I can just
imagine the passionate
letters to that one!).
RUSSO IS COPYING…RUSSO?
Written by reader: Kevin
I'm tired of people claiming
WCW is copying off of WWF. I hate to tell
you this but it isn't true.
Yes, some things may be the same, but they
aren't done by WCW or WWF,
they are done by Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara.
Nowhere did WCW copy off of
WWF. The ideas that were "copied" belong
to Vince Russo and Ed
Ferrara. It's their minds. They made the WWF
and now they are making WCW.
They can use ideas which they originally
thought of no matter who they
thought of them with.
You are both right & wrong;
the STYLE that Russo & Ferrara used in the
WWF can be emulated, but
direct ideas are the intellectual property of
the WWF. For example, putting
an almost exact copy of the Road Dogg
gimmick on Brad Armstrong
would be a violation of the WWF's trademark
regardless of the input that
Russo may have had in developing the
character in the first place.
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SMACKDOWN SPOILER (Skip if
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Reported by Kevin S. & Curt
WWF Dark Match, Heat &
SmackDown Taping Results
from Baltimore, Maryland -
November 9, 1999
-Kurt Angle def. Sean Stasiak
-Steven Bradley def. Tom
Powers. This may have been a dark match or
Heat result. Not sure.
-Julio Fantastico def. ???
Also not sure about this match
being dark or taped.
Sunday Night Heat Results to
Sunday November 14,1999
-Rikishi Fatu def. Gillberg.
-Gangrel def. Papi Chulo
after his Impaler DDT.
-Headbangers def. Mideon &
SmackDown Results to air
Thursday November 11, 1999
-Degeneration X interview to
start the show. Showed footage of Monday
night kidnapping of
Stephanie. Turns out it was not really Steph as it
was some other girl. Vince
comes out and sets the main event for the
night DX vs. Kane, Test,
Shane and The Rock. AND Stone Cold Steve
Austin will be the enforcer
of the match.
Before the end of the segment
DX puts down Steph until
Test runs out and gets
-Vince, Patterson and Brisco
are shown waiting for Arnold
Schwarzenegger to show up.
-Hardcore Holly w/Crash def.
-Arnold shown arriving.
-Dudley Boyz def. Godfather
w/ ho's & D'Lo Brown. The Boyz hit the 3D
for the win.
-Val Venis def. Bulldog by
DQ. Mean Street Posse interfered. Out for
the save was Mark Henry,
Steve Blackman, and Gangrel. After checking
out the recent
Survivor Series card this
run-in now makes sense
-The Rock is shown talking
-Farooq def. Big Bossman via
DQ when Prince Albert
interferes on the Bossman's
-Chyna is shown talking with
Miss Kitty about how Chris
Jericho will never be the IC
champ and has no chance of
beating her this Sunday.
Chris attacks her from behind, not
sure what the result is,
-Jericho now comes out and
cuts a promo building up their
match this Sunday some more.
-Brian Christopher def. Jeff
-Torrie NC Ivory. Every damn
woman the WWF has
under contract comes out.
Luna, Terri, Jacqueline, Moolah, Mae Young,
and Debra! Confused as hell
at the time but after seeing the new
Survivor Series card, hey it
-Arnold is now introduced to
come to the ring by Vince Mac. Arnold does
some mike work talking about
his favorite wrestlers from the past and
segment. Vince is beaming. Arnold takes a seat
with the announcers
-Shane McMahon, Kane, The
Rock and Test def. Degeneration X in a
Survivor Series 8 man
elimination match. No Test right away. Kane and
X-Pac keep up their angle,
both getting eliminated and fighting to the
Shane gets destroyed by DX
and is gone. The Rock vs. three now. BUT
here comes Test. Decent tag
match now as Bad Ass is out of the match.
Chair shots a plenty now from
Stone Cold trying to get HHH. Rock gets
laid out, but Rock/Test get
the win after a chair shot on HHH. Match is
over so its Arnold time. HHH
is pissed so he picks a fight with him.
Push and shove with SCSA
What would be a TV ending
with SCSA w/o beer drinking?
Austin & Arnold do some
celebrating. Arnold even gets some shots in at
HHH at some point although it
may not be on TV. To finish off the night
The Rock does a great
appearance went over very well I felt.
-I'm not sure where these
will take place in the broadcast but the Big
Show / Bossman angle is
continued. TBS is shown attending his father's
funeral several times during
the show and eventually the Bossman
arrives and things get weird
..... TBS ends up getting hit by a car and
the casket ends up getting
tied behind a car and driven off. People
around me were stunned this
angle has gone this far.
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