Issue # 444
Wednesday December 22nd, 1999 11:01 am
The Wrestling Booking Sheet
SMACKDOWN & THUNDER SPOILERS
At the conclusion of this
issue we have the spoilers for the 12/23
editions of Smackdown &
Thunder (both taped 12/21). As always, if you
would rather be surprised be
sure to skip that section…
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Written by reader: Jay
Just a few thoughts here in
case anyone might care. First of all, I'd
like to say that I was very
excited when I heard that Russo & Ferrara
were going to WCW. After all,
anything had to be an improvement from
the last days of the Bischoff
Sadly, it looks as though
that is far from the case here. I'm
convinced that Russo is
clueless without someone like Vince McMahon to
hold him in check when it
comes to over the top, unbelievable nonsense.
Not that Vinnie Mac isn't
capable of some crap too, but Nitro is
getting out of hand.
Need examples? Here are just
a few: the Maestro, Oklahoma, Hacksaw Jim
Duggan getting a push in
1999, taking a group like the Revolution &
making them into
anti-American clowns, the
whole NWO rehash, the Brian Knobbs/Fit Finley
training films, the Misfits,
David Flair, need I continue?
Granted, there are a few
bright spots, but they are very few & far
between. With the roster that
WCW has, why not give us a show that
concentrates on wrestling,
instead of bad comedy skits & rehashes of
old WWF angles that weren't
that great in the first place? Don't get
me wrong, I love angles &
promos when they are done right, but what
could the point possibly be
with Hugh Morris & "pop"? Or David Flair &
his psycho girlfriend? And
why are the Filthy Animals defending Jim
Duggan? Last time we saw
them, weren't they heels?
If the two guys chasing Disco
Inferno are really mob hit
men, why are they allowed in
a wrestling ring? And why in the name of
Eddie Gilbert is Madusa
allowed within 10 feet of a live microphone?
What would be so wrong with a
solid 3 hour WRESTLING program? Am I the
only one that would enjoy
seeing match ups like Kanyon vs Benoit,
Psychosis vs Kidman, Hart vs
Douglas, etc. without all of the lame
run-ins & screw job endings?
Seriously thinking of getting
a job Monday nights,
Written by reader:
While WWF is my favorite
Federation I do watch the first hour of Nitro
from 8:00-9:00 just to kill
some time before Raw comes on. After
watching it this week I must
say that I am extremely upset with the
bookers of WCW, mainly Russo
and Ferrara, I'm assuming.
The whole Bret Hart angle is
what I am talking about. It makes me so
angry that he is still
dwelling on this incident that happened two
Dwelling on it so much that
he agreed to create an angle about it?
Bret Hart is not the only
person to have ever been screwed in the
business. It's time for him
to realize that. Sure, it wasn't right
what happened, but he
seriously needs to get over it and stop bringing
it up every place he goes and
every interview he does. If it bothered
him so much why is he
involved in an angle about it? Doesn't that just
shove it into his face even
Wrestlers such as Sean
"X-Pac" Waltman and Triple H have been screwed
in the business, too. X-Pac
was fired via mail while he was in
rehabilitation. How low is
that? Triple H was forced to job other
wrestlers and given crappy
matches because he showed affection to his
Triple H and X-Pac both talk
about it, but they talk about it to the
point where we're still
interested in hearing about it.
They're both able to get on
with their lives and strive for the best
while Bret Hart seems to be
working on that part. No disrespect to
Bret Hart nor his fans, but I
for one am a little tired of the whole
Written by reader: Danielle (WsltrSpc)
I'm a teenage high school
student. I've been watching wrestling with my
mother since I was three.
Now, my mother has watched it since she was
my age, and she pretty much
explained to me what was bad and what was
good. So, when I turned seven
and suggested that she watch the WWF
instead of WCW, she gave it a
try and instantly had a liking for The
Undertaker. Now, while this
was all well a good, she explained to me
that I couldn't carry around
an urn and have a fat spokesperson for me
(and, let's face it, Paul
Bearer is FAT).
She also explained to me that
I couldn't act like GoldDust. When the
whole DX "Break It Down" era
arrived, my Mom became through with Vinny
Mac and decided not to watch
it any longer with regularity. By this
point, I was thirteen and
could hold my own bearings. I know the
difference between reality
and fiction. I'm sure that any kid over 5
knows that you can't
sacrifice Jane Randomgirl on a symbol or get a
beer truck and spray beer on
John, James, and Jacob Randomguys.
Everyone knows that, in the
real world, we'd get arrested for over HALF
the things Austin has done to
Vince McMahon (using a cement truck in a
convertible, driving a
16-wheeler truck into an ambulance, hijacking
the ambulance, ect.).
I don't really see why the
PTC is downing on Titan Sports, Inc. and
Vince McMahon. They're not
necessarily responsible for what Kenny
Knuckle-Head does to Kara
Knuckle-Head in impersonation of The Rock. If
you're going to let your kid
watch the show explain to him or her what
you can and cannot do (Rock
Bottom, Stunner, Choke Slam, ect.), not to
mention the fact that the WWF
has done public service announcements
that have told kids not to do
these moves as the performers had been
trained. Really, the fault
lies at the feet of Mr. and Mrs.
Now, I admit that some of
those storylines get extreme, but COME ON,
PEOPLE!!! Do you really think
that a guy (Kane) would barter his
girlfriend (Tori) for a job
promotion (WWF Title)? Don't tell me you
believe that a 6'5" guy (The
Rock) can Rock Bottom and 7'2" guy (The
Big Show). It's common
sense!! Even a five-year-old knows that a little
guy can't pick up a big guy!!
In closing (I can hear the cheers now),
the fault lies at the parents
who don't teach their children the
difference between reality
and fiction. End of self-important soapbox
SMACKDOWN & HEAT SPOILERS
(SKIP IF YOU WOULD RATHER BE
Reported by Wade Keller at:
WWF Smackdown and Heat
Tapings Taped Dec. 21 in Dallas, Tex.
Sunday Night Heat Taping
Val Venis defeated Joey Abs
(w/Mean Street Posse) to retain the
D-Lo Brown and Prince Albert
fought to a Double Countout. There
appeared to be No-DQ
stipulations; D-Lo used a chair on Albert. Both
were counted out after
brawling on outside. It appeared D-Lo had made
it back in the ring on time,
but that wasn't the case. He argued with
the referee over the
Too Cool defeated The
Christopher executed his
guillotine legdrop (formerly the Tennessee
Jam) and placed Scotty's arm
over Thrasher's for the pinfall.
Gangrel defeated The
The Godfather said he didn't
have any 'hos to offer Gangrel, but wanted
him to take a look at his
newest ho, Luna. The Godfather went for the
Ho Train but he ended up
running into red mist that Luna had spit at
him. Gangrel then hit the
Implant DDT for the win.
The show opened with a
backstage segment where Mankind was in front of
a podium, speaking to the
wrestlers. It was hard to make out all what
was said, since the crowd was
so loud. Mankind tried to convince
wrestlers that the
"Helmsley-McMahon era" wasn't
worth it, pointing out things that have
happened to several wrestlers
as a result of it.
All in unison they said, "We
aren't going to take it anymore."
Stephanie McMahon walked in
with a mean look on her face. She said it
was her company and she
needed to explain a certain issue. She said it
was her era, not Triple H's,
and it was all about business. She
announced that Test would
take on Road Dogg, The Rock would take on Al
Snow in a steel cage match,
and Mankind would receive a WWF Title shot
against The Big Show.
In the title match Triple H
would be suspended 15 feet above the ring
in a cage so that he would
not interfere. She said that Edge,
Christian, Test, and Jeff
Hardy would have roles in the match as well.
Chris Jericho defeated
Hardcore Holly by DQ.
Jericho nailed Crash with a
baseball slide and then strapped Hardcore
in the Walls of Jericho.
Crash ran-in and nailed Jericho for the belt
for the DQ. Chyna, along with
Miss Kitty, entered the ring to destroy
Crash while Jericho took out
Backstage, Road Dogg and
Billy Gunn consulted Triple H about his spot
in a small steel cage during
the main event. They said he should be the
one getting the title shot,
since he is married to Stephanie. Triple H
said it's not about marriage,
it's about business. He said he would
think of something.
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon
asked Kane to protect her from
D-Generation X. She promised
Kane he could get his hands on any DX
member and encouraged him
even more by picturing what X-Pac and Tori
were doing together for the
holidays. Kane wound up as the bodyguard of
Stephanie as the show
Rikishi Phatu defeated
The Taz logo appeared as
Rikishi made his entrance. After kicking out
of Viscera's pin attempt, he
nailed Viscera with a superkick, and
followed up with the Banzai
for the victory. Afterwards, Too Cool made
their ways out. Scotty Too
Hotty was wearing a Santa Claus hat, with
his hair sticking out of it.
He and Grand Master Sexy convinced Rikishi
to dance to the crowd's
Backstage, Jonathan Coachman
interviewed The Rock. The Rock immediately
told Coachman to shut up. The
crowd was immediately chanting, "Rocky."
He let us know he had finally
came back to Dallas. He brought up that
electricity, Neil Armstrong was the first man on
the moon, and the day The
Rock raised the People's Eyebrow. He said he
was the People's Champ. He
brought up "the dreaded night when Mrs. Snow
gave birth to Al Snow." He
said it took "three jabronies" to beat him
the previous Monday on Raw,
but we were now on Smackdown, The Rock's
show. He said he would lay
the smackdown on Snow's candy-ass. He
promised that we would see
the People's Elbow. He wished Snow, calling
him a jabroni, a Merry
Christmas. He finished off with "If you smell
..." (you know the rest).
Test defeated Road Dogg
Test hit RD with his face
mask, and he followed up with the pumphandle
powerslam and Elbow Drop for
the victory. Afterwards, Test wanted more.
He went for a chair, but the
referee took it away. He beat on RD up the
rampway, until he was held
back by officials.
Backstage, Triple H told
Billy Gunn he was going to confront Stephanie
McMahon. He, along with Gunn
and Road Dogg, arrived in Stephanie's
locker room. Stephanie held
Kane back from attacking D-Generation X.
She said she would hold her
end of the bargain, as long as Kane held
onto his. She promised Kane a
match with Gunn later in the night.
Triple H asked Stephanie if
she really had to put him in a cage above
the ring. He said he may have
went too far before in their
relationship, and definitely
made mistakes. Stephanie said the sex was
great, but business was
business. She said it was the McMahon era now.
Triple H said he wasn't
leaving the locker room, at which point
Stephanie brought police
officers in to the room. She said they would
ensure Triple H went back to
his locker room, didn't leave the arena,
and went to the cage he was
to be locked in. The cops escorted an
aggressive Triple H to his
Kurt Angle defeated Edge
Steve Blackman ran-in and
nailed Edge with a kendo stick, although the
shot could have been meant
for Angle. Angle hit his DVD/samoan
drop-type finisher for
another win in his "undefeated streak."
Backstage, Al Snow spoke with
Stephanie McMahon. He said he should face
the champion, The Big Show,
but he had to take on The Rock again. He
questioned why Mick Foley got
the Heavyweight Title shot and not him.
Stephanie first told Snow to
lower his voice, and then said if Snow
could beat The Rock later in
the night, he would receive a title shot
the following week on Raw.
Snow then explained what he would do to The
Rock. Stephanie said,
"You do that, Al."
The Rock defeated Al Snow in
a cage match. You could win this match by
pinfall, submission, or by
exiting the cage. Both immediately brawled
on the outside. Both went for
Snow went for a dive on The Rock, using
the chair as a lift, but The
Rock caught up with a lariat. Low-blow on
The Rock. The Rock came back
by giving Snow a spinebuster on the chair.
He followed up with the
People's Elbow for the win. The Rock received a
huge ovation on his way back.
Miss Kitty beat Ivory when
Before the match, Ivory said
Miss Kitty went too far at the Armageddon
PPV. She said it was
sports-entertainment, not adult-entertainment.
Kitty told Ivory she would do
match, as long as there were
no disqualifications, no countouts, etc.
Ivory agreed. Kitty went to
the outside. Chyna whispered in her ear.
The next thing you knew,
Chyna was doing the match for Kitty. She took
Ivory down with a test of
strength. She then nailed her with the
Pedigree. Kitty then entered
the ring and made the easy pinfall.
Christian and Jeff Hardy
(w/Terri Runnels) defeated Kaientai (w/Mean
After the Impaler by
Christian and the Flipping Senton Bomb by Hardy on
Funaki, the faces took the
win. The Posse was disappointed in Kaientai.
They walked off, at which
point Taka and Funaki dropkicked them from
behind and ran off.
Kane defeated Billy Gunn.
Gunn got in little offense
and in a matter of a minute or two, Kane hit
the Chokeslam for the win.
Afterward, Kane set up Gunn for the
Tombstone on the outside of
the ring, but Gunn escaped, and rammed Kane
into the ringpost. Both
brawled through the crowd and into the back.
Kane was met by a scared Road
Dogg, who said he knew where Tori was.
Not sure if he told Kane. The
crowd couldn't understand.
Mark Henry (w/Mae Young & The
Fabulous Moolah) beat Buh Buh Ray Dudley
Before the match, Henry tried
to read a love poem to Young. Buh Buh Ray
Dudley, along with D-Von,
entered. Buh Buh told Henry to shut his
mouth, calling him big idiot.
Buh buh went to assist a fallen D-Von,
but ended up getting a Big
Splash from Henry. Henry made the pinfall
and celebrated with Young
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon,
along with the police officers, let
Triple H know it was time to
get inside the cage. The officers once
again had to forcefully
escort Triple H to the ring. Triple H said it
wasn't funny. Stephanie
responded by saying it wasn't supposed to be
The Big Show fought Mankind
to a No-Contest with Triple H
hanging above the ring in a
cage. Stephanie sat in on color commentary.
The small cage Triple H was
in was magically lowered down to the ring.
Stephanie acted surprised.
She entered the ring, at which point Test,
Edge, Christian, and Jeff
Hardy began to come back down the rampway. A
load of wrestlers ran out and
brawled with them to the back, so they
were out of the picture. Big
Show and Mankind brawled on the outside,
while Stephanie tried to hold
Triple H from getting out of the cage.
Triple H got the chain off
the door and got out.
Mankind went after him, but
he (Triple H) quickly grabbed Stephanie and
put her in from of him.
Stephanie "accidentally" kicked Mankind. Triple
H then knocked out the
referee with the chain and beat Mankind down
At this point, Stephanie and
Triple H hugged and smiled, meaning
everything was a set-up from
the start. Triple H said he and Stephanie
had two words for everyone.
The crowd said, "suck it." Triple H said
that wasn't it, as he and
Stephanie wished everyone a
(SKIP IF YOU WOULD RATHER BE
Reported by Todd Winder &
Wade Keller at:
WCW Thunder Tapings, Taped
Dec. 21 in Salisbury, Md.
at Wicominco Youth Civic
First out for the show was
the NWO to deliver an interview. As Hart,
Nash, Hall, and Jarrett make
their way to the ring I realized they
really did do a good job
setting the NWO up to be an elite group since
they hold all the major
titles in WCW already. Nash, Hall, and Jarrett
come to the ring with
baseball bats (a sign for what was to come later
in the night). Jarrett gets
on the mic and said this NWO won't have
"B" team members, only the
elite. Goldberg came out and said he is
"going to eliminate them one
at a time and when he is done they won't
be asking who is next? They
will be asking who is left?"
Backstage, Gene Okerlund
interviewed Chris Benoit. Benoit said that he
loved Bret Hart like a
brother. He said what Bret did the night before
ripped his heart out, but he
would rip Bret's out later in the show.
PG-13 fought Rick Steiner &
Mike Rotunda to an apparent
The match ended strangely. I
thought the Varsity Club lost by DQ, but
their music was played for
some reason, and no winner was announced.
Backstage, Vince Russo told
Curt Hennig how bad the Shane and Creative
Control gimmicks are. He
basically said he used them. Creative Control
overheard the conversation
and turned on Hennig and Russo.
The Filthy Animals and Jim
Duggan came out for an interview, but were
interrupted by the
Revolution. Shane Douglas took the mic and told
Duggan that he will renounce
the United States one way or another.
Tank Abbot beat La Parka when
the referee stopped the match. Tank
basically destroyed La Parka
with punches. Tank pretty much beat
LaParka senseless outside the
ring until the referee stopped the match.
Norman Smiley beat Fit Finlay
to retain the WCW Hardcore Title.
Brian Knobs joined Finlay in
beating on Norman. They try to close the
garage door on his head, but
Meng stopped them. Meng knocked out both
heels, pulled Norman out from
underneath the door, and placed him on
top of Finlay for the pin.
Backstage, Goldberg grabbed
Jeff Jarrett and told him to tell the rest
of the NWO that he plans on
taking them out one at a time.
Creative Control beat Curt
Hennig in a two-on-one match. Creative
Control came to the ring
wearing biker outfits. They grabbed a mic and
said that they are no longer
Creative Control, they are Ron and Don,
the Harris Boys. Curt Hennig
came out for the match. Jarrett's music
began playing, but he never
came out. Hennig had to fight the entire
match on his own. The Harris
twins got a quick win after one of them
hit Hennig with a sidewalk
NWO came to the ring,
attacked the Harris twins, and painted NWO on
them. Hennig just rolled out
of the ring and laid there during the NWO
attack. The Harris Boys were
stretchered to the back.
The Maestro (w/Symphony) beat
Bam Bam Bigelow when Kanyon interfered.
Kanyon attacked Bigelow with
what appeared to be a belt and placed
Maestro on top of him, giving
Maestro the pin.
Jim Duggan & Kidman & Konnan
(w/Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio Jr.) beat
Dean Malenko & Saturn & Asya
(w/Shane Douglas). The match was mostly
Billy Kidman taking
punishment from Malenko and Saturn. Duggan got a
hot tag and everyone bumped
for him. While the ref was distracted by
action outside the ring,
Mysterio ran in and nailed Saturn and Malenko
with his crutches. A short
time later, Konnan and Kidman each hit a
sunset flip for the double
The Wall beat Kevin Nash by
DQ when the NWO interfered. Nash replaced
Page, who refused to wrestle
until he gets his match against Bagwell.
The match consisted of the
usual punches and kicks until the NWO ran in
and beat up the Wall.
Backstage, Kevin Nash was
preparing to take a shower and told Scott
Hall to tell the girls to get
the car warmed up. Suddenly, Goldberg
attacked Hall and left him
lying. Nash was in the shower with shampoo
in his eyes. Nash began
talking to Goldberg, believing it was Hall.
Goldberg beat up Nash and
left him lying in the shower.
Chris Benoit beat Bret Hart
by DQ when Jeff Jarrett interfered. Hart
and Benoit had a nice match,
but not as good as some of their past
efforts. Just as Benoit
appeared to be taking the advantage, Jarrett
ran in and hit Benoit with a
guitar shot. Goldberg ran in and attacked
Jarrett and Bret, and left
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