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- I enjoyed Raw quite a bit, yes I did. For two weeks in a row I have
come out of the show thinking better about the split than I did before. At
least for Raw, I don't get to see Smackdown... until next week! Finally the
UPN has come to my television set.
The opening business with Flair and Taker and Austin was good. I thought
the hardcore match was "eh", but I do like how Buh Buh is getting off to a
good start. You dance that funky dance, boy. The Kane/X-Pac stuff was
solid and for some reason I've always been a fan of the stuff they do
together. Nash's suspension was a nice way to write him out since it gave
Flair some cred after the weeks of poor drafting and whatnot.
Spike beating Regal I just loved. Loved! Hopefully it won't lead to a
boring Regal PPV match, although I'm sure it will. Taker/RVD I loved even
more. In fact, I'd like to marry it. Taker was great with the facials,
Eddie is devious, and RVD looked grand in defeat. I still want to hear
Eddie talk, though.
The Trish match was like women's wrestling being built on rivalries and
wrestling and it was kinda neat. The Jeff Hardy chairshot to Brock's head
was CRAZY, like Rock/Shamrock crazy, and he just TOOK it and went "GRR".
Awesome. Then when Perfect fought Big Show I was like "well, into every
life a little rain must fall", and then I thought about how Perfect actually
gave Show the Perfect Plex back on Nitro ages ago... but that Show is
probably 300 pounds heavier now. But seconds later Perfect DID IT AGAIN and
it saved the whole match for me.
And the main event was a lot of run-ins and whatnot, and Bradshaw kicking
ass and Flair getting a stunner, and that's a nice little cliffhanger for
next week. What is Flair gonna DO about it? Good show!
- The biggest news is that the Rock will be gone a while to promote his
movie and whatnot. D. Meltzer says he won't be back until June, while D.
Scherer says he'll be gone about a month. That's pretty close to the same
thing if "June" refers to early in the month.
Rock is hosting SNL this week and then The Scorpion King opens the week
after that. And it's been confirmed in various articles that Rock will
start filming a movie called "Helldorado" in the Fall. I would assume that
to mean that if Rock comes back in June, he'll be around for the summer and
then he'll leave again. Boy, I don't see that being a good idea at
I like that Rock is always saying "I'll do both movies and wrestling" and
whatever, but I just don't see that working over the long haul. The months
off last year to film was one thing. He came back and stayed a while, but
now he's leaving again. He'll be back for the summer, but then he'll likely
be leaving AGAIN for who knows how long. I don't think wrestling fans are
going to accept it.
When a pattern starts to develop in which Rock is around for a little while
and then disappears, people are going to catch on. The Rock is about the
most awesome guy ever, but if his comebacks start getting a "well he'll just
be gone in a few months again" type reaction... it's not gonna be good. And
when Rock left last year, there was a major void that was never filled.
That whole time he was gone was like "when is Rock coming back?". Compare
that to 2000 when Austin was gone but Rock and HHH and guys stepped up to
fill the void. If, and that's a serious if, new guys are elevated from the
split... guys like RVD, Lesnar, Edge, Benoit, whoever... that "no Rock" void
might not be as big.
And plus, regardless of any angles they may do to explain why Rock leaves,
people will know that he's off to make movies. And for every 1 person who's
happy for the Rock getting to broaden his horizons or whatever, I bet
there's 2 diehard fans who will be pissy about it and who will go "yeah
thanks for fitting us into your schedule" when he comes back. Maybe the
people I know are just fickle bastards with no loyalty, but surely SOME
people will have that sort of reaction. And it could be grounds for a big
heel turn someday or something, who knows.
But the point is, whether people get annoyed at Rock for leaving or whether
they just don't get into him like they used to because of the expectation
that he'll be leaving again, it's gonna hurt. If the Scorpion King does
really well, I'll bet a lot of it will be credited to Rock's loyal audience
of wrestling fans. But what happens if that audience starts to shrink?
Unless Rock takes off as a major action hero and develops a whole new fan
base, his wrestling appeal may be what sells him. "Well hell, Rock will
bring in all those rasslin' fans, let's get him for this part".
And what IF that audience shrinks away, Rock isn't a player in the movie
industry anymore, he comes back to wrestling... but due to one or all of the
reasons I've mentioned, the people have moved on and the era of the Rock is
over? I don't even want to THINK about it. WHY AM I WRITING ALL THIS, I'm
going to go home and cry myself to sleep now.
I guess I just miss my friend.
- The main event for Backlash has changed from Triple H vs. Undertaker to
Triple H vs. Hogan.
- In what may be directly related to the above story, Kevin Nash had
surgery on a torn bicep last Tuesday and will be out of action for a while.
I don't know if anyone has said that Nash's injury was the cause of the
change, but it would sure make sense. They were sold on HHH/Taker since
even before WrestleMania, but suddenly it changed last Tuesday... which is
also when the availability of Nash changed.
So figure Austin was going to fight Nash in some way, now he can't, Taker is
freed up, now Austin's fighting Taker, and Hulk gets put into the mix to
milk what they can out of him before he dries up. Except for the fact that
Austin/Taker and HHH/HHH will probably not be the best matches, it works for
- The WWA has a PPV this Sunday! In some SHOCKING news, Nathan Jones... a
big guy who was on their first PPV and stunk the joint up... won the WWA
championship this past weekend. He'll be defending against Scott Steiner at
the PPV, Sabu and Devon Storm will go at it in a cage, and I think there's
an evening gown match with Midajah.
- Charles Robinson's wife Amy died of cancer over the weekend. That is
most unfortunate. I noticed in the Ross Report that JR closed with a
mention of saying a prayer for her, and I remembered thinking that he'd done
the same for Brian Hildebrand just before he died. So I guess if someone
makes it into the Ross Report, you know it's bad news.
- Dawn Marie is rumored to debut at the Smackdown tapings this week. It
is assumed that she'll be paired with Lance Storm again, which maybe signals
a push coming for him. I say why not get Storm's old ECW music, too? The
WWF is pals with Rob Zombie.
- Remember Gorgeous George? Not the guy from the 50's, the blonde girl
with big boobs who diddled herself on a web video? Well, she's got a new
website, and she's apparently going by the name George Frankenstein now.
Yeah, cause when I think of "Frankenstein" I think of SEX and HOT CHICKS.
You can see what she's up to at http://www.GeorgeFrankinstein.com.
- ABC is doing a special called "Contact: Talking to the Dead" that will
feature, among other things, Bret Hart trying to communicate with his mother
and Owen through some medium who claims he talks to famous dead people. God
help us all.
The following scoops are courtesy of the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter!
It's a gas, man.
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- Vince was all ready to bring Shawn Michaels back and put him with the
nWo, but Hall and Nash weren't down with it. They didn't think it made
sense for Shawn to come back and be with the nWo right away, thinking he
should instead be a babyface at first and then join them later. There is
also debate about whether Shawn would even fit into the group with that
pro-Texas look he's been sporting at every appearance the past few
- Wade says that stories floating around about the Austin/nWo situation
have been oversimplified and even twisted around by anti-nWo people inside
the WWF to make those guys look bad. I can only assume that he's talking
about the story that Scott Hall got drunk at WrestleMania, but since he gave
no specifics I can only guess.
- Another reason Austin may have been in a bad mood lately is because he's
been having some stiffness and whatnot in his neck for the past few months.
Austin is said to be the most difficult to work with when he's concerned
about his neck and his overall health.
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