Issue # 395
Friday November 12th, 1999 10:18 am
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
Written by reader: Kevin
I read in the newsletter
about people enjoying wrestling for what it is
and not for the storylines. I
am one of the few who appreciate
wrestling for the wrestling
and not the storylines.
However while reading the
argument I came across two names of guys we
could appreciate for their
ability who have no real wrestling ability.
Those two men are none other
than the Rock and Steve Austin. Yeah these
two are good on the mike (if
you enjoy the same 10 phrases over and
over again) but they have no
skill in the ring. Austin had
some, then he hurt his knees
and went to the WWF, The Rock couldn't
sell a move to a blind man.
The Rock and Austin's arsenal consists of
10 moves at the most and
The Rock has the most
ridiculous finisher in wrestling history (The
It's a bout time that those
who can wrestle got pushes they deserve. I
will be a happy man when
people like Edge, Brian Christopher, Chris
Benoit, Dean Malenko, Saturn,
Jerry Lynn and Gangrel get the respect
that they deserve.
I'll share with you my
opinion on what makes a good PROFESSIONAL
wrestler: a performer who
puts together a match that is compelling,
keeps my interest, and tells
One of the main knocks that
Austin often receives is that his offensive
arsenal isn't varied; I can
overlook that because what he does do is so
good. He doesn't use a wide
variety of suplexes (like Taz) or
submission moves (like Ken
Shamrock), he is a brawler.
Austin's marquee matches are
generally long & almost always exciting,
which is a description of a
top worker. Technical mat wrestling is
great when done correctly
(Jushin Liger & Dean Malenko come to mind)
but it's not the only
qualification to be a good "wrestler" (or worker,
entertainer, choose your label).
If a wrestler performs his
chosen style well he is a good worker,
whether it's aerial,
brawling, or mat work. Before his untimely murder
in 1988 Bruiser Brody was
considered one of the best workers in the
world. Brody was a brawler in
the classic sense and he also could put
together a classic encounter.
That's all we can really ask for.
As for The Rock, I think you
may be underestimating him. While I
wouldn't call him great in
the ring he has shown the ability to have a
good match against the right
opponent. My thought (hope) is that he
will only get better with
VARIOUS WWF ANGLES
Written by reader:
On Raw when DX KIDNAPPED
Stephanie, where did you get the idea that
they raped her? They
kidnapped Stephanie. I mean, Vince would not
sink that low.
As for Al Snow and the Head
thing, what comes to mind when I hear the
word head? It depends on what
state of mind you in. Kids under 13
shouldn't even know what head
is unless someone has told them. Also, if
you are watching the WWF and
you hear over the PA, "WHAT DOES EVERYBODY
WANT" and the crowd chants
"HEAD", you actually see a Mannequin Head on
the Titan Tron. Some people
just tend to make things more serious them
they already are. Plus, the
WWF didn't come up with the Al Snow with
Head Gimmick. Al had that
gimmick in ECW.
Steve Appy responds:
When DX kidnapped Stephanie
the implication (and it wasn't a subtle
one) was that X-Pac & The
Outlaws were going to gang-rape Stephanie.
While the storyline (and I'm
not going to reveal any spoilers for
Smackdown tonight) will
reveal something entirely different, that was
the cliffhanger we were
intentionally left with on Monday.
When you say that Vince
McMahon would not "sink that low" I
respectfully disagree. I
think the next several years will reveal just
how low McMahon is willing to
sink (and he will do so gleefully).
The WWF creative team (I'm
not sure if it is Vince, Shane, Pritchard,
Patterson, take your pick)
has shown a fondness for skits/angles that
sometimes are downright
bizarre without even the expectation that they
will draw money.
Does anybody remember the
Harvey Whippleman/Howard Finkle Tuxedo match?
Mark Henry receiving oral sex
from a transvestite? Someone in Titan
Tower feels the need to bring
their personal fetishes to the air, with
no expectation that they will
produce tickets/buyrates sold, ratings
or any of the other sacred
While a debatably sick angle
that draws money is still awful at least
we can understand the
motivations. This is a cutthroat business and
while greed is a poor excuse
it is some sort of justification. I have
a bad feeling that we haven't
seen anything yet (and I'm hoping that
Time Warner will keep WCW
from going down the exact same road).
AUSTIN, DX, HARDY'S
Written by reader: Paul
I won't bore everyone with a
long drawn out letter (which by the way is
happing way too much). Just
some random thoughts.......
Stone Cold Steve Austin: Take
some time off, you have lost your
momentum. Rest those bad
knees for a while. Come back and run an
assault on the WWF like only
The Rattlesnake can.
Chris Jericho: Go to the WWF
"Powers That Be" and tell them they are
misusing you, just like they
did in WCW. Having a match with Chyna at
Survivor Series is a complete
DX: Glad to see you guys
back, and kicking ass. Now go get The
Heartbreak Kid to be your
manager, and rule the federation.
A side note: Hey X-Pac!!! You
look like an idiot with that DX hat on
Mick Foley: I am on chapter
five right now. Can't seem to put it down.
Some of the best reading I've
enjoyed in a long time!!!!
Hardy Boys: By far the best
tag team in the WWF. Period. Some of the
stuff they are doing now is
Finally, I would like to
address the phenomenon known as The Rock: The
world is yours. Step up and
claim your throne, and serve notice to all
the jabroni's in the WWF.....
In closing I would like to
quote a good friend by saying
A JUVI DETRACTOR
Written by reader: Jonah
I just want to say that I am
sick of everybody saying that the removal
of Juventud Guerrera Jr. from
WCW would be so terrible. I know I will
get hate mail for saying this
but frankly I don't care. There is a lot
of Luchador talent in WCW but
I don't think that Juventud is a big part
I think that the best
Luchadors are Chavo, Eddie , Psychosis, Mysterio,
Ultimo and many others. I
have never liked Juventud and when he is on
TV I usually flip to the WWF,
and in the past year, I think he has done
nothing for WCW.
WEEEEELL, WELL ITS THE BIG
Written by reader:
Ok, I know this had been
talked about enough in the past few weeks, but
this past Monday was
ridiculous. What makes me even more mad are the
responses I read in this
newsletter about how the angle is no big deal,
RAW is a television show and
we would see the same thing on ER or Party
Yes, RAW is a show, BUT, its
different than a drama or sitcom or any
other show on TV. It's NOT a
television show like ER. Its a live event
that puts on a show, with a
live crowd and live announcers. Does RAW
have opening credits that
read "RAW is WAR"...Staring.... Duane Johnson
as "the Rock", Mick Foley as
"Mankind", Jean Paul Levique (sp?) as
"Triple H", etc? A wrestling
show is just the real guys turned up, who
When Mick Foley does a guest
spot on G vs E, or appears on a talk show,
he is Mick Foley. If you meet
Mick Foley, your meeting Mick Foley.
Where as if you meet Goerge
Clooney, your not meeting Dr. Doug Ross,
your meeting George Clooney.
See what I'm saying? When Arnold showed
up on Smackdown!, he wasn't
his character from "End Of Days", he was
Then you have the announcers.
The announcers sell the storylines.
That's what they do for the
most part. But they also fill us in about
REAL happenings and events.
Foley's book making the best seller list,
Al Snow's doll being pulled,
D-Lo Brown being an accountant, etc. So
when we have the announcers
and others talk about the Big Shows father
dying, people are going to
believe that. They think it's a real thing.
A wrestling show is different
than an ordinary TV show.
The ten bell salute is
something that is always legit, and they used it
in a storyline which is just
WCW & NJPW
Written by reader: Kevin
Who does WCW think they are?
They way they treat NJPW is beyond a
joke. How can they say
Goldberg has to wrestle the awful Rick Steiner?
No one in Japan wants to see
that, they want to see Goldberg vs. Chono,
or Goldberg vs. Mutoh.
NJPW would lend WCW their
best talent, but WCW is so stupid that they
would rather use Luger,
Hogan, Flair, Bagwell, DDP, Nash, Sid etc,
instead of Liger, Chono,
Mutoh, Kanemoto, Ohtani, Sasake, El Samurai
The worst thing, WCW is
afraid that Chono or Mutoh will "Shoot" on
Goldberg. That is an
insult!!! Chono and Mutoh are a lot more
professional than that, and
WCW have no right to think that.
NJPW should now cut off all
links with WCW, and ink a deal with ECW.
ECW has better talent, so
acquiring good workers will not be a problem,
and I know Heyman would love
to use Liger and Co.
I know this would mean we
wouldn't see Chris 'Wild Pegasus' Benoit,
Dean Malenko, and Eddie
'Black Tiger' Guererro touring NJPW again, but
it has to be done.
Anyway, Malenko and Beniot
have said though they will end their careers
in Japan, so as soon as their
contracts end they will be back in their
-Kevin Bryce, London
A COMBINATION OF STORYLINES &
Written by reader: Eric (Hogefan)
Replying to the well-written
James Greene commentary, I wonder if the
WWF (frankly, I find WCW a
lost cause and a circus right now as long as
R&F are running things) can
improve things by putting more focus on
believable storylines and
choreographed, longer matches. James is
correct: the WWF does have
the wrestling talent and interesting
characters that could carry
some good, long matches. And it isn't
necessary for Matt Hardy to
only wrestle Christian, Edge, or a member
of Too Much. Put a Hardy
against Jericho. Put one against the Rock in a
long match (they did
Rock/Edge a little while back, but that was a
ridiculous squash, which made
no sense at all). Who wouldn't want to
see the Senton Splash on
Austin or HHH? Who wouldn't want to see Austin
Perhaps the best way for WWF
to start is to cut down on the PPV's.
Cutting PPVs down to 4 per
year would give the WWF creative team extra
time to plan out angles and
long storylines, and would de-emphasize the
need to always come up with
something special for the upcoming PPV.
PPV's would be more special
since there would be fewer, and angles
would have a chance to
develop with the extra time. And again, with the
extra time not spent on
planning the monthly PPV, that time could be
spent working on creative
matches and angles.
The first place to start
should be with the wrestlers that you'd want
to see wrestle in a long,
exciting match. Take, for instance, Edge and
HHH. These two would make a
very entertaining match, and the
contrasting styles would make
for interesting viewing. Once you have
your wrestlers, work on the
angle. Why would they hate each other? Work
a good storyline into this.
Good, as in believable, intelligent, and
Follow this formula for
several wrestlers that would pair nicely
together in wrestling
matches, and you'd have yourself a helluva Monday
and PPV show. Mix and match
them in tag matches, three way matches, and
other gimmick matches that
would eventually build to a crescendo on a
PPV, and you really have the
formula for a winning show that EVERYONE
Steve Appy responds:
One thing that I can
guarantee is that the WWF will not be cutting back
on the number of PPV's. They
produce way too much revenue for the idea
to even be pursued. I agree
that a reduced schedule would improve
their quality but the WWF
doesn't appear to have any fear of
over-saturation (we will
eventually see the television schedule cut
back before the PPV
FANTASY BOOKING (This will
Written by reader:
After a crushing victory over
Chyna at the Survivor Series, Chris
Jericho goes on a tear
through everyone he faces for the IC belt.
On the RAW before The Royal
Rumble, he says he has an open contract and
it doesn't matter who he
faces, cause the IC Belt will
around his sexy waist.
Vince McMahon comes out and
states that Jericho already has an opponent
for the Rumble and that the
contract is signed, sealed and delivered.
When Jericho questions Vince
about his opponent, Vince states, "I
thought it didn't matter who
you faced. Since it doesn't matter who you
face, I'll let your
imagination go wild for a while, but not too long,
because in that very ring
tonight, you'll face another mystery opponent
for the IC Belt." Jericho
goes nuts and RAW goes to a commercial.
RAW Jericho VS. ?????
Jericho came to the ring
awaiting his opponent. About six guys wearing
masks and the same ring
attire stand on the ramp way and one of them
makes their way to the ring.
Before he could get into the
ring, Jericho hits a plancha on the
outside. He rolls his
opponent in the ring and hits his Lionsault and
covers for a two count.
Jericho is thrown to the ropes and belly to
bellied for a two count.
Seeing red and possibly his title slipping
away, Jericho gets his
opponent to make a mistake off the top rope.
Jericho hits a top rope
superplex, a missle dropkick for a two count, a
double powerbomb and then
makes his opponent submit to The Walls Of
After playing with the mask,
Jericho reveals his opponent to be Kurt
Angle and begins to stomp on
Smackdown, the next Thursday
Jericho comes to the ring in
street clothes. He says that he's tired of
being played with and that
was why he left WCW. He demands that Vince
comes to the ring and tell
him who his opponent is.
"No Chance In Hell" plays
over the loud speaker, but Shane comes out
instead. He says the his
father is out on the town with your mystery
opponent and that he'll have
to wait until Sunday like everyone else.
As Jericho throws a tantrum,
Shane says that he should save his
strength, because his father
booked another match with another mystery
opponent. Jericho goes
ballistic and says he won't do it. Shane says do
it or he'll be stripped of
the belt. Jericho goes nuts in the ring and
Shane goes in the back.
As Smackdown comes back from
various commercials, cameras show Shane,
Al Snow, Blue Meanie, Sean
Stasiak and Edge laid out in the back,
compliments of Jericho.
Smackdown Jericho VS. ???????
Jericho comes to the ring and
says that he didn't know who his opponent
was, but he was sure he was
dealt with. As The King pointed out,
everyone else in the building
wrestled tonight and those who didn't
were unfortunate and felt the
wrath of Jericho. Suddenly, someone said
over the loudspeaker, "You
didn't get all of us"
Six men wearing the same
black tights and a mask once again stand on
the ramp. As Jericho calls
one of them down, one of them makes their
way to the ring. Jericho
slides out and meets him half way and they
begin to fight on the ramp.
The match doesn't even get to the ring and
the ref throws it out.
Jericho finally gets his opponent to the ring
and after hitting him several
times with a chair and
Jericho is interviewed and
says that the belt came with him and that
the belt is leaving with him.
He says that he's tired of playing games
and grabs Michael Cole,
demanding to know who his opponent is and then
throws him down.
Royal Rumble Jericho VS.
Jericho makes his way down
and said that the time for games is over.
Bring out his opponent. The
lights dim and 10 wrestlers dressed the
same, but without masks this
time, stand at the entrance. As Jericho is
screaming for his opponent, a
masked man comes out from under the ring
and gets behind Jericho.
Jericho shrugs him off
thinking it's a ref, but he soon finds out it is
not as he's belly to back
suplexed out of his boots. His opponent then
hits a Northern Lights Suplex
for a two count. Jericho tries to slow
his more than worthy
adversary down by pleading, but is suplexed once
again for his efforts.
Jericho tries a clothesline,
but his opponent hits a T-Bone suplex. He
rips off his mask......"It's
TAZ!! It's TAZ!!" JR screams. Taz stands
over his fallen foe and ends
the match by submision with his Katajame,
and gets both the win and the
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XPW World Heavyweight
Champion : "The Real Deal" Damien Steele w/ The
Hierarchy, Nicole Bass *
"Queen of Xtreme", Jasmin St. Claire, "The
Tall Cool One" Jake Lawless *
Michael Modest in his first XPW World
Title Defense -plus-Nicole
Bass vs. The Blunatic
"White Trash" Johnny Webb vs.
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Morgan vs. Michael Modest, "Mr. 80's"
Dynamite D vs. Shooting Star
Carlito Montana vs. Dollaz vs. Cybil,
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