TELL ME A LIE
And say that you won't go
When CRZ told me that my next update was the last one I needed to do, I
figured I was finally getting put on that slow boat to Shanghai. Let's be
honest. The ratings had slipped. The crowds weren't as vocal as they once
were. The glory days were gone. /Tuesday had certainly seen better
But then I found out the actual reason and I was hit with a veritable
plethora of emotions. I was happy for CRZ and for Kim. They're good
people. Doing those intensely detailed recaps we had come to love had to be
a burden on it's own, not to mention when just watching the shows could be
painful. And he certainly didn't owe us anything. As for me, in all
likelihood I was going to have to stop doing updates anyway due to some
changes in my schedule, so the timing was pretty good in that
But regardless, I didn't like it. Reading CRZ on Tuesdays and then on more
days later on became a routine for many of us. He was a kind voice in a
room full of strangers, a light in the darkness. Like a good neighbor, CRZ
was there. Where would we turn without him? Why do things have to change?
It wouldn't be the same anymore. I didn't want him to go. But he
Those of us who knew him best talk about him often. I swear, the stuff he
pulled. Sometimes it makes me sad though, CRZ being gone. I have to remind
myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just
too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin
to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much
more drab and empty that they are gone. I guess I just miss my
Say, let's check the news.
NEWS FROM WORLD WRESTLING
NEWS FROM NWA TOTAL NONSTOP
- Last weekend Lennox Lewis officially passed on WWE's offer to fight Brock
Lesnar in a shoot fight. Talks began about a month ago, primarily over the
phone but it got serious enough that Vince, Shane, Lewis, and his agent
Adrian Ogden met face to face in New York. Shane is being credited with
this idea and getting things going with Lewis and his people. It's believed
that WWE offered Lewis over $7.5 million and a cut of the PPV profits. A
key source says Lewis was close to doing the fight, but had to back out once
he learned that HBO had booked him for more fights in 2003 than he'd
They would have held the show in Las Vegas, with sanctioning by the Nevada
State Athletic Commission to prove that it was legit, and they apparently
wanted to get Butterbean in the spot against Kurt Angle (then presumably
setting up Brock/Angle at WrestleMania). It would have been Lesnar's fight,
Angle's fight, and 3 undercard boxing matches, meaning it would have been
separate from a typical WWE PPV.
Lewis is scheduled to box three times in 2003, but he'd been under the
impression that a June rematch with Tyson was his only fight. As
negotiations went on he realized he had more fights, including one in
February that killed the chances of fighting Lesnar then. With the $60
million he'll get from the 3 fights, WWE's offer wasn't enough to justify
backing out of one of them. The chances that he'd lose to Brock apparently
had nothing to do with his backing out, as Lewis told Vince and Shane that
he thought he could win.
The rules were never finalized but the plan was to come up with a mix of
boxing and mixed martial arts rules. Lewis wanted a rule to prevent Brock
from attacking his knees. It wasn't known if Lewis would wear boxing gloves
or UFC style gloves.
WWE and Lewis ended negotiations on good terms and the door is open to do
something in 2004, but informed sources doubt the fight will happen and
Lewis probably won't make any WWE related appearances as not to give the
impression that he's hanging with the phony wrestlers in case the fight does
take place. Having Brock fight Mike Tyson instead was considered, but it
was decided against since Mike had been involved with wrestling angles in
At this point they aren't looking for a replacement to fight Brock and they
aren't continuing with plans for Angle to face anyone.
- The plans to start separate Raw and Smackdown PPV's in February has been
canceled. It would have been pushed back anyway if the Lewis/Lesnar fight
had happened, since that would have been in February also. But even though
that's not going to happen, they're holding off on doing separate shows
anyway based on the belief that ratings and PPV buys aren't strong enough to
do it now. A cable industry source estimated the Unforgiven buyrate at
250,000 buys. SummerSlam did under 500,000, which is it's lowest in
- Smackdown has gotten praise in some mainstream media publications for
being able to keep steady ratings against the stiff network competition.
The October 10th show went up against the National League championship game
and Smackdown won in kids and teens, while older guys watched
- Most wrestlers are strongly against the direction Raw has taken in recent
weeks, but Vince has set the tone that criticism should be held back. Kevin
Dunn is the genius being credited with inspiring the "soap opera"
- It could be jealousy or a legit claim, but wrestlers are saying that
Brock's ego has been out of control lately.
- After reading last week's Torch blurb about Brian Gewirtz being the least
popular person in the Raw locker room, some wrestlers insisted that William
Regal actually holds that title. Wrestlers are leery of him because he's
seen as an "office stooge" but tries to present himself as "one of the
boys". He's known for critiquing other wrestlers' work and it's not taken
well because of the way he does it, and because most wrestlers think Regal
has become lazy. He's considered moody and nobody knows what mood he'll
show up in. One guy mentioned that the locker room atmosphere dramatically
improved a few weeks ago when Regal wasn't on the road during a house show
- Test still has heat on him for refusing to cut his hair back in the
UnAmericans. Christian was also asked but wasn't as vocal as Test and thus
doesn't have as much heat. Test also didn't want to change his ring gear,
but eventually agreed to bail on the Nash type tights. He also got his hair
cut, but not nearly as short as he'd been asked previously.
- At first it didn't look like there was any heat on Rosey and Jamal for
what happened to Pat Patterson, but Jamal doing the 3-on-1 job to Big Show
has some people reconsidering that.
- Rey will be having his knee scoped in December. Because of the holidays
and the time off, he shouldn't miss much time. His knees are bad enough
that doctors have said he'll need them replaced at some point.
- Bret Hart is said to be more open to returning to WWE than ever. Using
Bret in the Anthology ads is part of Vince trying to mend fences. Vince
would see Bret coming back as a big vindication for a lot of things.
- The rumors of a Horsemen group with Triple H, Flair, Batista, and Orton
has upset some mid carders, as almost anything HHH is involved with seems to
do these days. Some worry that these will be the only heels that get
pushed, and others think HHH just wants to align himself with guys who are
in for big pushes.
CLOSING OF THE
- Numerous sources say that Panda Energy is the company investing in TNA.
It was thought several weeks ago that the rumors of the Jarretts selling to
a Texas based oil company were inaccurate, but now Panda Energy (a Texas
based energy company) has been named as the group investing. A TNA source
confirmed that Panda Energy has had a presence backstage, but declined on
saying whether they were just investing or trying to purchase TNA.
- There are rumors of a struggle for power between Jerry Jarrett and Russo.
There's talk that Russo has convinced Jeff that his dad's ideas are too
out-dated to work today, and that Jeff is trying to convince Jerry to stick
to his strengths of "identifying talent and getting the best out of them".
One source says Jerry is frustrated enough that he may go along with that if
it speeds up the process with the investors. But the investors are said to
think very highly of Jerry and would likely side with him if he fought to
keep his booking power. That hasn't stopped Russo or one of his stooges
from telling the investors about his resume (the good parts,
Meanwhile, sources say Russo's role in the writing has been reduced
drastically the past few weeks and that he's frustrated by every idea that's
vetoed and when words are changed in promos.
- TNA is trying to raise money for Charity. There's a silent auction on the
website for various things you can bid on, like "be a valet for The
It didn't take long for those darn cynics to make fun of the auctions. When
it was seen the company was covering travel, lodging, and meals for the
winners, somebody remarked that this was more than some TNA staff gets for
coming to shows. Someone else wondered when TNA itself would be up for
- Jerry is behind the Mr. Wrestling III character. Scott Armstrong has been
the guy under the mask, but like with the Bullet it won't be him once the
character is unmasked (if he is unmasked).
- One cable industry source says that buys have slipped to 15,000 - 18,000 a
week, down from the 20,000 - 25,000 the early shows were drawing.
- A Time Warner source says Jerry had a conversation with Brad Seigel about
a possible TV deal for TNA, but Brad was against the idea. There's still
talk that the Jarretts are trying to backdoor their way onto TBS or TNT
through Bill Shaw, who has long been Ted Turner's right hand man.
- The Jarretts are said to be much more relaxed now that the financial
pressure appears to be off thanks to the investors.
- Lawyers for Phase 3 have amended their lawsuit against TNA to include
Cablevision and TVN, which have started airing the shows. There's talk that
the investors want the Jarretts to settle their lawsuits out of
- He finished first in the time trials, but Hermie Sadler's TNA car didn't
finish the October 12th race. The car is completely new and NASCAR people
say it's rare that a new car performs well in it's first race.
- "Priscilla" is Joanie, Jerry Lawler's girlfriend.
- Jerry is known for being a stickler over time cues. The Briscoe Brothers
haven't been used because they went long during a dark match. Jerry has
finally booked the Lost Boyz, who he was once very high on, again after
their timing mistake at one of the first TNA shows. Jerry was said to be
happy with their latest match, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them on
one of the upcoming shows.
- TNA would like to use Chris Daniels more often, but his Japanese
commitments have led to several scheduling conflicts.
- One TNA official estimated their average crowd at around 500-700 fans,
with some of that coming from comp tickets.
I'd just like to thank anyone who happened to read /Tuesday these past 9 or
so months or /Weekend before that and sent me e-mail, commented at
Wienerville, or any such thing. And a special thanks to all the people I
stole news from. Like Wade for the above stuff, hey thanks Wade.
It's been a thin slice of heaven.
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