SWEET JUDY BROWN EYES
Why don't people say good-bye anymore?
Hi! Let's do it to it.
CARL, GET OFF THE
David writes in with:
MABEL, GET INTO THE
"When will you come back and do updates??? I don't like the
Shapiros updates, he skips over everything. Who cares about NWA news, he
says?? It's the #2 promotion right now and a lot of people who read like
myself enjoy hearing about it."
Yeah, you tell it. ALSO this Shapiros fellow makes up lies like that
certain people attend certain universities that they do not actually attend!
As I haven't done an update for several weeks, here's some thoughts that are
fairly outdated and useless. SummerSlam ruled, yes it did. How about that
Shawn Michaels? How about that Angle/Rey match? How about the crowd in the
main event? How about moving on? Okay.
Hey folks, is it just me or does Smackdown seem to be good all the time
while Raw isn't? This is, of course, the type of biting observations you've
come to expect from /Tuesday. And wouldn't Smackdown be a lot better
without Stephanie McMahon? She just sucks, are you with me?
Actually, I don't much mind her, but something here lately is bothering me
about Stephanie, or perhaps I should instead refer to her as Chesty
McHooter. What happened to the business type stuff she was wearing? These
shirts with no blazer or anything on top do nothing to cover up her
ridiculously oversized boobies. Don't get me wrong, I like boobs! I'm not
one of those no good booby haters. But she was around for so long without
'em that they kinda scare me. I hope she goes back to dressing more
professionally. In fact, didn't she say such a thing to Dawn Marie? What a
Also, the Undertaker. Boy, did some people get their proverbial panties in
a twist about him coming to Smackdown. "No! He will singlehandedly ruin
the good wrestling!" But I think it's a good move for him, and here's why.
He's worthless on Raw. His days as a main event player are behind him...
well, in theory, anyway. It doesn't seem like he'll be in some side angle
anytime soon, like with a Giant Gonzales or a long lost brother, that will
keep him out of the usual hunt. So he should be fighting guys underneath
him to help them get established. That doesn't mean jobbing to everyone
like his name is Hulk Hogan, but losses should be part of it.
I just don't like the idea of anyone on Raw beating Taker. Maybe Jericho.
But I think getting a clean win over Taker, as it doesn't happen often, is
something a guy should get once he already has some "cred", if you will.
Like Brock Lesnar. Brock beating Taker is good. But look at, for example,
Test. Test has no cred. Who has Test beaten? Having Test try to get some
cred by beating Undertaker just makes beating Taker less important cause a
guy with no cred is doing it.
But who does have cred? Angle! Benoit! Brock I already mentioned. And
where are they? On Smackdown. So while Taker would be useless on Raw, over
on Smackdown there are guys who would be shot to the top level with a win
over him (in a perfect clean world where he cleanly loses clean). The sucky
part is that I think as a heel Taker would be really valuable to Raw, cause
there's guys like RVD and Booker he could work with in that case. But such
A special farewell to a beloved friend. On Tuesday, September 3rd, I took
my sweetie's cat Natasha to be put to sleep. Natasha had an impressive 16
years on this Earth and she lived every moment to it's fullest. Good bye,
old chum. ::mumbles in Latin about death like Paul Heyman
Let's hit the news!
NEWS FROM VARIOUS OTHER PLACES:
NEWS ABOUT WORLD WRESTLING
- WWE released their latest quarterly report. It wasn't a good one.
Without the PTC settlement the numbers would have been even lower, but they
were still making money even in a shitty quarter. PPV revenue declined 24%,
1.1 million domestic buys compared to 1.6 this time last year. Hooray for
Hogan and Undertaker! Merchandising went up to $20.3 million from 18.3
million last year, which is good by itself plus it happened during the
period that "merchandising juggernaut" Steve Austin left. DVD's went from
18% of home video sales to 50%.
- EX-PAC. He's gone. He considered himself in a no-win situation after
having backstage clashes with the writers for both shows. Combined with
family issues that needed his attention, he sought a release. WWE
considered him expendable in part due to the nWo falling apart. Pac is
expected to work part-time in Japan and probably with TNA, as he's built a
strong relationship with Jerry over the years. WWE gave him the rights to
use the "Syxx Pac" name, which WWE bought the rights to when they bought
WCW, but not "X-Pac" while he's working wherever.
- Tiger Ali Singh filed a $7 million lawsuit for harassment, claiming among
other things that his "sacred turban" was filled with cigarette butts and
garbage. He says he suffered a career-ending injury while being asked to
wrestle outside during a rain storm, but WWE says the event wasn't a WWE
sanctioned show. His dad Tiger Beat Singh also filed a suit saying he
wasn't paid money he was owed. There's comments from Jerry McDevitt saying
suits like this against WWE are rarely proven to be true. Tiger was really
unpopular in the locker room and carried himself as being "above others"
because of his privileged background.
- Rosie of "3 Minutes With Rosie & Jamal" fame was injured while working out
in the ring prior to Raw. JR said in the Ross Report that it's a hip flexor
injury. They were scheduled to work tag matches at house shows, but they've
been changed to singles matches with Jamal.
- Wrestlers who don't work PPV's get payoffs for the show, even if they
don't appear at the building in some cases. Wrestlers who weren't part of
Backlash got checks for roughly $2000.
- Tony Schiavone was backstage at the August 20th Smackdown taping in
Fayetteville. Sources say Tony contacts TNA on a regular basis, hoping to
- Austin has been telling friends that he hasn't spoken with anyone from the
WWE office recently. He's keeping in shape but hasn't given an indication
as to whether he'd be willing to return. His friends say he seemed to be in
good spirits and also seemed oblivious or unconcerned with how he's been
portrayed since he left.
- HBK was in great spirits after his match and considered it a big success.
No word on how he felt the next morning, though, once the adrenaline was
gone and the bumps and bruises were there.
- Rock didn't show any signs of being upset with the crowd reaction he got,
but colleagues say if he was upset he wouldn't have let on. One guy
described him as very image-conscious and that he doesn't like to show
- WWE and In Demand weren't able to agree to terms on a new contract for the
Fanatix series. In Demand had apparently been expecting for months that the
deal wouldn't be renewed and had told TNA that they'd be able to air
immediate replays of their shows once the Fanatix deal expires.
- Scott Steiner did a radio show and said "there is no status" regarding
himself and WWE, despite his passing 2 physicals at their request.
- Metal-Sludge.com did an interview with Breaking Point, and when asked
about RVD their response was "good weed".
NEWS ABOUT NWA TOTAL NONSTOP
- There won't be a live show until the 18th. The show on the 4th will focus
on the X Division, which should be an attractive purchase for people who
haven't seen the shows before, but skippable if you've seen all the shows.
They'd always planned on not running a show on September 11th.
Doing the taped shows was primarily a cost-cutting measure, but there were
also legit scheduling conflicts with the arena. TNA officials expect that
the buyrates for the taped shows will drop, but they can still turn a profit
on them since they won't be paying talent for those weeks.
TNA contracts are apparently worded so that wrestlers are paid for actual
in-ring appearances, not just for appearing on the PPV. Some guys were said
to be disappointed that they won't get a check for a few weeks, but most
understood. They should be back running weekly live shows as of the 18th,
and by then they should have a strong indication of how the early events
drew so they can budget accordingly.
There's no indications that any consideration is being given to quitting
anytime soon, since doing so would mean they'd have to forfeit all PPV
revenues to date. Even once they hit the magic 13 shows, meaning In Demand
doesn't automatically get all the revenues, there's still the clause that
says they have to produce a year's worth of shows or take a 13 week penalty.
So if they did their 13 shows and quit, they still wouldn't get anything
cause of the penalty... meaning they'll surely try to run lots of shows past
- Don Harris' controversial shirt had the symbol worn by the "SS" unit of
the Nazi army. It could be written off as a potentially innocent mistake if
the Harris brothers' past admissions of being part of groups that would use
the symbol for hateful purposes, not to mention that the symbol used to be
tattooed on their arms.
The official word on the shirt is that TNA officials didn't know what it
meant. Because Harris is such a good pal with the Jarretts and works hard
behind the scenes, many doubt that there will be any obvious ramifications.
Other sources say the company decided not to mention the situation on-air
because they didn't want to draw attention to it again. "We all feel like
idiots," said someone else. "We saw the shirt but it just didn't jump out
- Scott Hall isn't set for any future dates. TNA is on an extremely tight
budget and Hall probably won't be back until they can afford to spend a
little more. If they get X-Pac that might coax Hall into coming back, but
he's trying to spend time with his kids and keep his personal life in
- Cable industry sources estimate the average show as doing between 20,000
and 25,000 buys. Analysts think they can survive on that number given the
cutbacks that have been made, but they need to maintain the numbers or
increase them or else they risk becoming unprofitable.
- TNA announced a few weeks ago that they'd reached a deal with a satellite
group that would air the shows in sports bars. But that agreement was in
violation of TNA's deal with In Demand, which has the rights to make all
second party PPV deals, and mention of this has been removed from TNA's
- Jerry Lynn has told people that he suggested the idea of Bruce becoming
Miss TNA to Russo.
- Ed Ferrara is history. A source said a number of factors likely
contributed to his leaving the company, like that "12 people are doing the
job of 29", meaning that most of the office staff is putting in long hours
despite no guarantee that they'll be rewarded financially.
- Most observers think the New Church will have a scaled back role. Jim
Mitchell wasn't flown in for a few straight weeks, despite signing a new
short-term contract the week before his last appearance. Mitchell has been
complimentary of Russo in recent radio appearances, but sources say he
hasn't been shy about questioning some of Russo's storyline ideas for his
Malice's push has also been scaled back and the other week he wasn't flown
in for the first time ever. People think his push was hurt by Shamrock's
situation, as the company wanted to build up strong monster heels for Ken to
fight, but not so much for The Truth. Slash AKA Wolfie D lives in the area
and may still be used, but he's considered more of a sidekick to
- Shamrock still has dates left on his contract. The company may attempt to
buy him out. Shamrock has admitted to friends that he was worried about
being injured while wrestling for TNA with his big money UFC fight coming up
- A source deep inside the TNA production meetings says that Jerry Jarrett
came up with the idea for the Dupp Cup. After hearing the idea Russo said
"you know everyone is going to blame me for this".
- Brian Christopher was irate about not being able to pull the chair away
from the fan at the August 14th show. Most people have described the fan as
a guy, but it was actually a girl. More than one person in TNA was thanking
their lucky stars that Brian didn't lash out at the fan, which is apparently
what he is apt to do in those situations.
Remember the person who was gonna call out Jeremy Borash for something he
said on a radio show? That was Christopher. He ended up not being booked
for the next show, which had nothing to do with Borash, but when Brian came
back the next week he never said anything about it. People say Brian also
shot his mouth off about wanting to fight Bob Ryder over something that was
described as a trivial matter.
- Ricky Steamboat hasn't been used to save on travel. Buyrate numbers will
determine whether they bring him back or not.
- Jerry still sets the parameters of the show. He lists the matches and the
finishes, then Russo writes the actual show. Russo submits a first draft of
the show for editing, which people say jerry edits heavily resulting in
Russo doing 3 or 4 drafts by the time the production meetings happen on
Wednesday. At the meetings the production staff offers their opinions,
which results in more final tweaking on the day of the show.
Russo has gained a rep for turning over the in-ring stuff to Jeff Jarrett,
who continues double-duty as a wrestler and an agent. Jerry is known for
being very specific when it comes to how Jeff will be booked. Word going
around is that people in the production meetings are scared to offer their
opinions unless they know there's someone there who will agree with
- The general opinion of the office is that TNA's breakout stars have been
The Truth, Low Ki, AJ Styles, the SAT's, and Jerry Lynn. More than one
office guy agrees that Lynn has been the company's MVP from his solid work
to the job he does as the X Division agent.
- Stan Dupp is on tour in Japan with Zero One, so that's why the Dupps
weren't around. He'll be mainly teaming with Steve Corino. Borash did his
column on the TNA website and threw in a line about "old school" making a
return, so people suspect Corino will be back with TNA. Corino is under
contract to Zero One and needs their permission to appear, but a TNA
official says they gave Corino their blessing.
- At the August 21st show the company made a conscious decision to cut back
on the comedy stuff. Jerry told the production meeting that the company
needs to focus on pleasing it's audience, which they think consists mainly
of hardcore wrestling fans who heard about the shows from the internet.
Jerry thinks those fans will be the most likely to reject the comedy
- Steve Armstrong has been the guy under the Bullet mask. Most wrestlers
think the angle is a set up for Road Dogg's debut.
- Kobain is former WWE development guy Flash Flannigan. His no-compete
clause ended earlier than the other workers who were cut, as was previously
mentioned right here in the Torch.
CLOSING OF THE
- Ken Shamrock will fight Tito Ortiz in the main event of UFC 40 in
November. It's Shamrock's first UFC fight in several years.
- Bret made his first public appearance since his stroke at a Jacques
Rougeau show in Montreal. He cut a brief in-ring promo before breaking
- Goldberg returned to wrestling this past weekend in All Japan.
- Joanie Laurer will be wrestling in New Japan in September. In one match
she'll be in a 6-man tag against Jushin Liger, Tanaka, and Masa
- The XWF TV show did an 8.6 rating for it's first airing in Puerto Rico and
an 8.8 for it's second. They're airing shows to set up an invasion angle
with Carlos Colon's promotion.
- A source reports that a major name backed out of upcoming XPW appearances
due to the rumor that Rob Black had something to do with the attack on
Messiah. The Truth, Shane Douglas, and Terry Funk are among the major names
still scheduled to appear at XPW's debut at ECW arena.
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