Issue # 436
Wednesday December 15th, 1999 8:51 am
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
SMACKDOWN & THUNDER SPOILERS
At the conclusion of this
issue we have the results for Thursday's WWF
Smackdown, taped Tuesday
(12/14) in Tallahassee, FL., and Thunder,
taped in Mobile, AL. As
always, if you would rather be surprised
please skip this section…
By: Fritz Capp
December 15, 1999
PWBTS 2000/Wrestling Fans
Quick Definition - "Slapnuts"
- The feeling that Turner's organization,
WCW, has every time they
think about Vince McMahon. (In other words,
they can feel Vince's nuts
slapping off their chins when it comes to
the ratings and production
The Ratings Are In (and it is
not a pretty sight)
Vince Russo/Ed Ferrerra -
definition - the supposed saviors of WCW as
far as ratings are concerned.
Or are they? Not according to the weekly
ratings. These two touted
themselves as being the two people who could
save the failing ratings of
this once ratings leader. But what have
they done in actuality?
Absolutely nothing. Each and every week the
WCW's ratings drop just a
little more while the WWF's are starting to
go back on the upswing. What
does this mean to WCW? It should mean that
they paid an awful lot of
money to buy into Russo's lip service. While
it is true that Russo did
have his hand in a lot of the WWF's booking
it is becoming more and more
apparent that he was not the "end all" of
This can best be illustrated
with WCW's recent Nitro broadcast. The
show opened with Jeff Jarrett
and Chris Benoit battling it out in the
back. But where did they go
next? To "The Artist" (formerly known as
Prince Iakea) vs. The
Maestro? Give me a break...this was pathetic and
that is being generous to say
the least. I saw a sign in the crowd that
read, "Hey change the channel
to RAW" and I believe that half the
people in the audience wished
they could. Let's not forget that great
match between Madusa and
Spice. 5 stars in any given wrestling venue.
And as much as I hate to say
it, even in the Benoit/Jarrett match you
could see Chris putting the
rope around himself while he was up on the
ladder. Whether people
realize this or not, that kind of thing does
matter if you are trying to
present a credible product.
I will agree with Russo on
one topic, with the current product that WCW
is putting out the show is
way too long. It may even be in their best
interest to go down to an
hour and a half as opposed to two hours that
are being proposed, but
anything is better than 3 hours of this. That
would be the decent thing to
do at the moment.
Vince Gives The Censors The
I have sat back and watched
to see the holier than thou WCW mouthpieces
go off on what happened
Sunday night at the pay-per-view. Boy can these
hypocrites try to drum up
support or what? Check out what one so called
"real" wrestling journalist
had to say, "Forget the nonsensical
argument that parents are
responsible for what their children
watch....no parent could have
fathomed that Vince McMahon would allow
something like that to
happen." Is this guy just out to show how stupid
he is or is he that far out
of the realm of reality? For those of you
who have been on a sabbatical
in India, Miss Kitty exposed her breasts
to the live audience Sunday
night at the Armageddon PPV. I have been
waiting for a year for that
to happen. It's not like it should have
come as a shock to anyone.
Vince has been headed in this direction for
awhile now. And even though
another so-called journalist tried to say
that ECW started this trend 5
years ago, two times in 5 years does not
make a trend so my advice to
him is to just cash his little paycheck
and shut up.
Anyway I totally loved it.
Not because I got to see a pair of 34 "B"
breasts, but because of what
it symbolized. Vince just told everyone
who had something to say
about him to get screwed! He said it to the
PTC, to the sponsors who
pulled their ads and to every Internet
moralist who thinks they know
better how to run his company then he
Let's look at another out
take of one ("ahem"...I use the term loosely)
journalists viewpoint: "that
even his staunchest supporters must be
wondering exactly what his
motives are." I swear this guy must have had
some bad crawfish. Motives
are really simple.....ratings.....money.....
heat. For someone who is
supposed to be "on the inside" this person
doesn't even begin to have a
clue. In all honesty he does, but he has
to write what his bosses tell
him to write or he'll get spanked. I
wonder what it's like to not
be able to have your own opinion? (Does
this mean I'll be getting a
letter saying I'm going to be sued now?)
Let me tell you people
something, if you had your 6-12 year old child
up watching the PPV live when
the next day was a school day then the
people who need some
attention are not the people affiliated with the
WWF, it is YOU! I shouldn't
even have to touch on children younger than
that, do I? Everyone has
known for well over a year now that the WWF
has been marketing their
product to a more adult audience. If you allow
your child to watch then go
berserk because there is something on it
you do not like you have no
one to blame but yourselves. You know
better. If you don't you need
some psychiatric therapy because you are
not reality based. For those
of you screaming about the teenagers get
real. These kids see more
than that in school and if you do not think
they do you are only fooling
yourself. I remember high school and it
had a plethora of things that
was not supposed to be there and that was
in 1974. Do you really think
it has gotten any better?
So I applaud Vince and his
stand. Vince is reselling the spots he lost
at twice the premium they
used to go for. If I was Vince I would get
all the advertisers who do
spots on Howard Stern. You know damned well
they won't pull out because
of content and they are willing to pay the
bucks to get their product
out there. In a world where Internet based
companies have pushed a 30
second commercial for the Super Bowl to over
$2,000,000.00 there are
plenty of them who will pick up spots lost by
Coke and the Army.
Even Raw was a shot at
everyone. I got a kick out of that too. Once
again, if you had your kids
up watching only you are to blame. One
person at the PTC mocked the
statement that the parents should just put
their kids to bed. This
person acted like that was unheard of. What the
hell is that all about? Do
not the parents control the kids anymore?
Obviously not. I am glad that
rule DOES NOT apply in my house. But then
again I am one of the few who
like to deal in reality aren't I?
The pudding match was great.
No, it wasn't a wrestling purists dream.
No, it won't go down in the
history books as a 5 star match. (I don't
really think it rated a 1,
did it?) But it was another way of telling
everyone that Vince has two
words for ya...and that nothing is going to
change the way he does his
show. Sure he'll tone it down on Smackdown.
It's broadcast television and
Thunder needs all the help it can get
right now. But when the smoke
clears Vince will be standing on top of
the heap and the rest will be
ummm...smelling was Vince is cooking.
While either not being here
to update or as I have been battling a
nasty bug lately, the
Wrestling Fans Against Censorship campaign still
goes on as Corey Hickman is
getting ready to mail out the first round
of letters to the sponsors.
Here is the letter I received:
The interview I did on
Wrestling Radio Review is now online at
Piledriver Press in the
interviews section. You can plug it if you
want, since there's some good
information being put out, IMO.
Also, I'm just about ready to
fire out the first copies of the
e-petition messages to
sponsors. It wouldn't hurt to have some more to
send, which brings me to my
next point: we really need to get folks to
write and thank those who've
stuck by the wrestling programs and those
who've come on board.
Let me know what you think,
So if you haven't written any
sponsors and would like to you still have
a chance. Go to the
Piledriver Press site and tell the sponsors that
you appreciate their support.
And with that I am outta
here. Remember wrestling is nothing more than
it appears to be.
STILL A PLACE FOR TRADITIONAL
Written by reader: Ralph
In response to Glenn Binder's
comments on the sex appeal in the guise
of wrestling...There are
organizations out there which believe in the
traditionalism which brought
the current rage to the dance.
I am a ring announcer on the
independent circuit in the Carolina's.
Fortunately, I have been able
to align myself with some groups which
observe this traditionalism.
This statement is a testimony
that fans want some of the past
resurrected. Also a good
tribute to the indy's!
ASIAN ATHLETES BEING PUSHED
BY THE WWF
Written by reader:
While I agreed with some of
the comments in Steve's sheet, I have to
ask you what 3 stars in the
WWF that are Asian do you feel have been
pushed since Russo's and Ed.
F.'s WWF departure? Surely not Taka
Michinuoku or Funaki.
The only one that seems to
being doing slightly well is Rashiki Fatu.
As for Vince and Ed and their
lack of appreciation for the Japanese
style or wrestling, you can
hardly state that for Terry Taylor, who is
a big fan, and who is also
employed by WCW
Written by reader: Shannon
I just wanted to make a few
comments about people complaining about the
impact of Ms. Kitty and her
"flash" on the Pay Per View. Are these
people so absent-minded/blind
to realize that there was a "TV14" symbol
shown before the PPV even
kicked off? If they think it's wrong for
kids, they are right, but,
kids under 14 aren't SUPPOSED to watch it.
That's what ratings are for,
kind of like movies. I would consider a
parent ignorant to take their
10-year-old kid to a PG-13 and then
complain that it was
unsuitable for them. That's the whole point with
ratings, to provide the
opportunity of parents to turn the show away
from their young kids.
I think the outpour of people
upset is ridiculous. I am 22 years old
myself and was surprised to
see that happen, and was a bit disappointed
that my friend had allowed
his little sister to see it, but to us, it
was unexpected, and
irresponsible to let her watch it considering the
rating. I consider that our
fault, I don't blame it on the WWF. They
warned us, we didn't heed.
Written by reader: Chuck
When I was working in the NWA
at one point, I believe it was early this
year, Stacy Carter, then just
known as Stacy, was with Jerry Lawler.
She just had her breast
implants in and she was on the apron and she
exposed herself then as well.
This was for a Bill Behenrs show in Tenn.
I hope you don't think this
was the first time she did it. I haven't
seen anyone make mention of
it, so I figured someone should say
something about it, plus your
newsletter seems to be boiling with
debate over this issue.
Well honestly, the exposure
is good exposure for the business, and with
angles rushed and HOT SHOTTED
left and right every week to get that all
important 6.0 or better
rating, this is just another good idea wasted
on a non-meaningful show.
HOT SHOTTING is what made
Nitro hot , and 2 years later they are fresh
out of ideas. I see the WWF
heading in that same direction sadly, and
that is what will spell the
end of the business' hot run at such
levels. NOT someone dying or
whatever , over hot shotting.
NUDITY IN GENERAL
Written by reader:
I think the whole issue of
partial nudity being censored is ridiculous.
It would be one thing if
Kitty engaged in hardcore sex in front of the
camera, but to merely show
something that all mammals have should not
be an issue.
Only the stupid humans,
better yet, only us stupid Americans have
declared these certain body
parts to be objectionable and not
appropriate for children
under age 18. This whole country should
lighten up and step back and
think about what exactly it is what we are
trying to hide.
WWF HEAT & SMACKDOWN SPOILERS
(SKIP IF YOU WOULD RATHER BE
Reported by Bob-O & Curt
WWF Sunday Night Heat and
SmackDown Taping Results from Tallahassee,
Florida - December 14, 1999
Sunday Night Heat Results to
air December 19, 1999
- Val Venis d. Steve Blackman
- D'Lo Brown d. TAKA
Michinoku w/ Sho Funaki
- Headbangers d. Gangrel w/
Luna & Mideon
- Dudley Boyz d. Godfather &
Mark Henry w/ Mae Young
SmackDown Taping Results to
air Thursday December 16, 1999
- Triple H & Steph are having
a board meeting. Vince & Shane will not
be there tonight, they are in
charge and they announce matches for the
night at the meeting and
throughout the show, but here are the
Chris Jericho d. Prince
Chris came out during a
Bossman segment, which led to the match up.
Chyna & The Kat watched the
Kurt Angle DQ Test.
Steph does announcing for the
match. DX ends up destroying Test.
- Matt Hardy d. Jeff Hardy
X-Pac d. Tori
Supposed to be Steph v. Tori
but you know how that
goes..... Kane gets beat up
in the back by the Posse and
comes out after to carry Tori
- Mankind d. Al Snow
- Acolytes d. Mean Street
- Too Cool & Rikishi Phatu d.
Holly Cousins & Viscera.
- New Age Outlaws d. Pat
Patterson & Gerald Brisco.
The Rock NC Big Show.
Lumberjack match that has a
lot of involvement from DX but the Rock and
Sock connection prevail, with
Steph holding back Triple H at the end.
WCW THUNDER SPOILER
(SKIP IF YOU WOULD RATHER BE
Reported by Allen T & Curt
WCW Thunder Taping Results
from the Civic Center in
Mobile, Alabama - December
Buff Bagwell d. Vampiro
AFKA Prince Iaukea w/ Paisley
d. Evan Karageous w/
Spice. Madusa helped Prince.
Jim Duggan & Midnight w/
Booker T DQ Saturn & Asya
w/ Malenko & Douglas. Aaron
Neville (the pop singer), with a 2X4, ends
up making the save when the
Revolution gets the upper hand.
Norman Smiley NC. David
Flair. Meng got involved.
Sting vs. The Total Package.
Ending comes with the Package
having the bat about to hit
Sting and Liz gets in the way
to stop it from happening.
'Dr. Death' Steve Williams d.
Berlyn mistakenly hits the
Wall allowing Williams to get the
pin. Oklahoma announces.
Dustin Rhodes DQ Curt Hennig.
Jeff Jarrett guitar shot on
Kanyon d. DDP.
Post-match Bam Bam Bigelow &
Sid & Benoit in a handicapped
match vs. Creative Control, Curt Hennig,
Shane & LaParka. No contest,
big mess, Sid and Chris left in the ring.
Kevin Nash vs. Bret Hart &
Goldberg in a House of Pain Match. Roddy
Piper is the outside ref for
the match. Scott
Hall was not in the match
because he was knocked out in the back. All
three men go at it BUT Jeff
Jarrett and all of
the Creative Control run out
soon after the match starts,
Jarrett has guitar shots for
Goldberg and Hart. Eventually Goldberg and
Hart are cuffed to the cage
and everyone leaves.
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