The Ring Report TV Update 1/29/95 Vol. 1, No. 102

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The Ring Report TV Update 1/29/95 Vol. 1, No. 102
(“BINGO MOOSE! BINGO MOOSE! EVERYONE CHOKESLAM THE BINGO MOOSE!”)
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WRESTLING NEWS AND COMMENTARY by DENNIS MILLER
CRUSHER JERRY BLACKWELL died late last month from complications from diabetes, he was forty-five. Blackwell was a former AWA tag team champion and one of the greatest big men in wrestling history . . .

WCW NEWS: HARLEY RACE was in a car accident just hours before Clash of the Champions. Race received a severe hip injury and will probably be out about a year and he will most likely be replaced in the corner by Rick Flair . . . THE STEINER BROTHERS are apparently returning to WCW in a few weeks  but they will continue to work for New Japan . . . TITO SANTANA may be coming in for the WCW Cruiser weight tournament . . . LORD SEVEN REGAL and BOBBY EATON may be forming a tag team . . . How much power does HH have in WCW? Don’t look for VADER to do his patented power bomb on February 19 against HH. HH refuses to sell the hold and is putting other limits on what Vader can do in their match . . .

WWF NEWS: LAWRENCE TAYLOR will be facing BAM BAM BIGELOW at WRESTLEMANIA . . . RODDY PIPER may be in DIESEL’S corner at WrestleMania . . . SID VICIOUS may be coming in to be SHAWN MICHAEL’S bodyguard . . .

SMW NEWS: EDDIE GILBERT has left SMW for Puerto Rico . . . NEW JACK was arrested for allegedly hitting a fan at a recent TV and resisting arrest at a recent TV taping . . .

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING 1/31/95 by DENNIS MILLER
WHAT YOU MISSED: An interview with BOB ARMSTRONG . . . A look back at THE GANGSTAS injuring STEVE ARMSTRONG . . . Comments from TRACY SMOTHERS and SCOTT ARMSTRONG, who will be taking on the Gangstas . . . The Gangstas beat two prelims and then New Jack yelled at us . . . A look back at last week’s match between CHRIS CANDIDO and BOO BRADLEY . . . An interview with Chris Candido, which was interrupted by Boo Bradley who attacked Candido with a chain . . . Comments from Boo Bradley . . . BUDDY LANDELL beat THE DIRTY WHITE BOY with the help of a foreign object . . . EDDIE GILBERT and UNIBOMB won a battle royal and split five thousand dollars . . . An interview with Eddie Gilbert ended the show . . .

Extreme Championship Wrestling 1/31/95 by Dennis Miller
WHAT YOU MISSED: I missed the first ten Minutes of the show, but the last fifty minutes more than made up for that . . . PUBLIC ENEMY beat SABU and THE TAZMANIAC when 911 attacked the Public Enemy . . . Comments from PAUL E. DANGEROUSLY . . . Comments from RAVEN . . . CACTUS JACK beat THE SANDMAN in a match where falls counted anywhere . . . Following the match, Sandman and WOMAN caned Cactus Jack with a Singapore cane and Sandman tried to blind Cactus with a lighted cigarette . . . Comments from Sandman and Woman . . . Woman sounded like she might have a cold, I hope she’s feeling better . . . Comments from Cactus Jack ended the show . . .

WWF AT THE MONTREAL FORUM on Feb. 3, 1995 by RYAN KERZNER
First of all, I must say that I am a huge fan of the WWF. I never, ever complained about their shows. But this time I must. This house show was the worst that I have ever seen. The matches were all short and boring as hell. The last two cards that came to the Forum were amazing. So this time, they sold many seats, which left many disappointed people! Here are the results.

Opening match, the Portuguese Man of War, Aldo Montoya beat Kwang by pin. After the match was over, Rick Martel was given an interview in the ring. He told us that when he makes a full comeback into the WWF, he’s going to start right in Montreal. He told us that he loved us and thanked us for our support. I’d expect to see him as a face. (I guess Jim Ross is starting already by bringing back a great wrestler and changing him from heel to face.)

The next match was Bob Backlund vs. the British Bulldog. This could have been an excellent match, but Bob Backlund spent about ten minutes trying to shake hands with the Bulldog, who of course refused. Finally, as soon as they started wrestling, The Bulldog rolled him up for the pin.

Next up was Bull Nakano vs. Alundra Blayze. This had the crowd sleeping. Bull Nakano won by pinfall.

The next match was suppose to be the Undertaker vs. IRS. However, our newspaper reported that Undertaker was injured, so the match was changed to Shawn Michaels vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet (The former Quebecer). Both wrestlers received 50/50 cheers and boos from the crowd. I guess this was sort of the best match of the night. It ended by Shawn Michaels pinning Pierre while his feet were on the ropes. Pierre started to argue with the ref., who obviously didn’t see Shawn’s feet. While Pierre was arguing, Shawn started to attack him. He kept on kicking him in the head until Rick Martel, a Quebecer himself, came to his rescue. That got the crowd going, but it was all down hill from here.

After an intermission, Shawn Michaels came back out to challenge Martel to a fight. Unfortunately, Martel didn’t come out.

Next up was Bret vs. Owen Hart in a no holds barred match. Again, this could have been an excellent match, but it ended after about four minutes. Bret got the Sharpshooter on his brother Owen, but wouldn’t release it. A bunch of officials came out and threatened to fine Bret unless he released it: $500 . . . $1000 . . . $5000 . . . $10000. After ten grand, he stopped. (I’m sure he wishes that it’s in Canadian funds and not American<g>).

After that, Adam Bomb pinned Henry Godwinn.

Next up was Diesel vs. King Kong Bundy. Bundy was accompanied by the druids.(I have no idea why). The match was okay, but near the end, after Diesel knocked down Bundy, the druids interfered. Bundy was, of course, disqualified. As soon as Bundy ran away, Diesel jackknifed both druids. Then, there was another intermission.

I decided to head down to the dressing room area to see what was going on. I was able to see Ray Rougeau’s wife and kid go into the dressing room. Aldo Montoya came out in street clothes. I find he looks like 1-2-3 Kid, but with short hair. I also got to see Bret Hart talking to a bunch of women that were invited in. I got to say hi to him. He was nice about it. Also back there was George Steele. (You mean to tell me that he’s not retarded and really talks? (GGG>)

Back to the card. Razor Ramon beat Jeff Jarrett by countout because Jarrett just walked away in the middle. I hate when match end like that. The match only lasted a few minutes anyway. At the end, Razor beat up on the roadie. Afterwards, 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly beat the Heavenly Bodies.

The last match was Tatanka vs. Lex Luger, and of course, Luger won.

To recap, it was the worst card I have ever seen. Being a huge WWF fan, I’ll be back, but many others won’t. All they did tonight was give us ten short matches to show off their Superstars. I still prefer seven good matches any day!

WCW PRO WRESTLING 2/4/95 by RYAN CUNNINGHAM
WHAT YOU MISSED:  “HACKSAW” JIM DUGGAN beat BERT STYLES . . . THE BLACKTOP BULLY clobbered SCOTT SANDLIN . . . Gene gave a SuperBrawl Control Center . . . Another special look at FLYIN’ BRIAN PILLMAN . . . TONY VINCENT did the job for ALEX WRIGHT . . . “DIAMOND” DALLAS PAGE destroyed BARRY HOUSTON in the Arm Wrestling Challenge; after the match EVAD NAVILLUS challenged PAGE to a match next week and DDP accepted . . . “PRETTY” PAUL ROMA defeated DAVEY RICH . . . Gene said he’d talk about a big tag team rumored to be coming to the company as well as the tragic death of a former World Champion, on the hotline . . . DUSTIN RHODES vs. ARN ANDERSON ended with a run in by BUNKHOUSE BUCK & BLACKTOP BULLY giving DUSTIN the DQ victory . . .

WCW WORLD WIDE WRESTLING 2/4/95 by BRYAN FISHER
WHAT YOU MISSED: BLACKTOP BULLY killed BARRY HOUSTON . . . STARS AND STRIPES over TONY MELLA and DEREK LAMBURT . . . Gene did a SuperBrawl Control Center . . . We looked at the turn of THE GUARDIAN ANGEL at the Clash . . . DUSTIN RHODES over JIMMY LOGAN . . . A look at the HH/Vader feud . . .  HACKSAW DUGGAN and STING beat ARN ANDERSON and BUNKHOUSE BUCK . . . and VADER finished the show with some comments . . .

WWF SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING 2/4/95 by NICK WILLOX:
WHAT YOU MISSED: The “urnless” UNDERTAKER pinned HENRY GODWINN . . . Live Event News with STEPHANIE WIAND . . . MANTAUR beat up GARY SCOTT . . . THE BUSHWACKERS defeated RENO RIGGINS & ADAM CROOM . . . a MAN MOUNTAIN ROCK promo . . . KING KONG BUNDY had a hard time with BILL WEAVER . . . SHAWN MICHAELS had a DIESEL made of cardboard on Heartbreak Hotel . . . DUKE “TOOK A DUMP” DROESE beat THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER . . . JACOB & ELI BLU (That’s spelled right), beat two guys . . . NEXT WEEK: SHAWN MICHAELS vs. ADAM BOMB . . .!

WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 2/4/95 by RYAN CUNNINGHAM
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE NASTY BOYS defeated THE STATE PATROL and gave an interview . . . “LORD” STEVEN REGAL over AL PHILLIPS . . . Yet another BRIAN PILLMAN promo . . . “PRETTY” PAUL ROMA pounded LARRY SANTO . . . Gene gave a SuperBrawl update . . . VADER demolished TODD MORTON & BRIAN LOGAN (powerbombing MORTON on the mat outside the ring), in a handicap match, VADER & RACE gave an interview . . . A replay of VADER crashing THAT HH GUY’S locker room after Starrcade . . . A talk with “MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE in which he mentioned his days with the WWF . . . A look back at THE GUARDIAN ANGEL’S turn to BIG BUBBA at the Clash . . . Gene talked with the MACHO MAN & STING . . . A look at S’NAVILLUS EVAD challenge to DALLAS PAGE from WCW Pro . . . BOBBY HAYES fell to “HACKSAW” JIM DUGGAN . . . JOHNNY B. BADD slugged RICK MATRIX . . . Gene O spoke with NAVILLUS NIVEK & REHCTUB . . . The team of STING, DUSTIN RHODES & “MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE defeated BLACKTOP BULLY, BUNKHOUSE BUCK & “DIRTY” DICK SLATER when SAVAGE pinned BUNKHOUSE after an elbow off the top . . . Finally, things ended with a very long and very sickening HH GUY promo, followed by an interview of the same quality . . .

WWF WRESTLING SPOTLIGHT 2/4/95 by CHRIS YETMAN
WHAT YOU MISSED: A weak UNDERTAKER over HENRY GODWIN . . . Live Event News with TAMMY FYTCH . . . A replay for the entire BAM BAM BIGELOW and LT incident . . . MR. BOB attacked someone . . . THE HEAD SHRINKERS over two children . . . THE HEARTBREAK HOTEL w/SHAWN talking to a cardboard cutout of DIESEL . . . LEN w/Tammy . . . THE DUMPSTER defeated a trash bag . . . And finally HAKUSHI beat up some guy . . .  pretty dull week apparently they may push a BRET HART racist angle on us . . .

WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE 2/5/95 by RICKY KAYE
WHAT YOU MISSED: BOB BACKLUND beat RAVEN CLARK . . . Live Event News . . . THE HEADSHRINKERS beat LEE TOBIN & SONNY PRUITT . . . MAN MOUNTAIN ROCK Promo . . . TATANKA pinned MATT HARDY . . . SMOKING GUNNS interview . . . HAKUSHI pinned SHAWN DAKOTA . . . DUKE DROESE pinned BARRY HOROWITZ . . . Live Event News . . . KAMA beat CHARLIE HUNTER . . . Next week: LEX LOSER, BROTHERS BLU, KING KONG BUNDY, MOM, MAN O WAR . . .

STATE OF WRESTLING ADDRESS by Rob AKA Laret@aol.com
A bit late after the Presidents assessment of the country comes my assessment of wrestling.

First cast your mind back 4 years to a time when WWF was considered a circus. WCW/NWA was a haven for serious wrestling. WCW had young fans of Sting but still kept a good reputation for a more serious wrestling. WWF had just come out of a great period of the 80’s where they made a fortune. Things looked good for them That HH Guy was running around and they were booming in England. Soon they would sell out Wembley Stadium in a day. That’s 80,000 seats. Not much had changed from the 80’s, but it would.

HH jumped ship taking some buddies with him. WCW began a slow transformation into a WWF carbon copy, without the huge amounts of money coming in. WWF also changed and now seems to provide better wrestling than WCW. I know this is a basic description but stick with me. The WWF keeps its clowns around but they stay Middle-Low card. WCW’S’ clowns are all in the World Title picture. The exciting WCW wrestlers are pushed down. Flair was retired by a joke. I fail to see how this can be forgiven, and as for recent Superman like HH performances (Reviving Elbow/No Sell Powerbomb), they will go without mention.

So where do we turn?

ECW many would say, and I would agree in some ways but there are problems. Mainly most cannot receive ECW programming in their area. The same goes for USWA and SMW which I used to enjoy until it vanished from my television. For most the “Big Two” remain on TV as the only wrestling and House Shows come into their areas. So what is the state of the “Big Two”?

WWF – For years a circus it now seems to be improving vastly. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett are all at the top and technically based. They aren’t muscle monsters. True the champ is a monster but he is likely dropping the belt to Michaels. The whole picture is looking up. True we may see LT get in the ring and Doink runs around but they need MONEY. Doink sells shirts that’s why he’s there. I can suffer him to watch Hart, Michaels etc. I can’t sit through a dancing Nazi to see HH and his balding cronies. Which brings me to . . .

WCW – Oh how times have changed. THIS is now the circus. A once proud organization now reduced to a cheap imitation of a product that won’t sell in the 90’s. The WWF knows that so why doesn’t WCW? Soon HH will be forced to retire as will his buddies. WCW will be left alone and may change back. But will anybody be there to watch? How long will Ted Turner continue to sink money into this federation?

Flair IS dead. His style, his moves, his era. For WCW this is not a good thing.

ECW – Based in Philadelphia for those who don’t know. It provides what I can only describe as “hardcore” wrestling. Blood flows freely and the wrestlers take risks. Not just for the PPV but for a small High-School gym full of 150 people. It will never turn mainstream. Kids wouldn’t be allowed to watch it and won’t buy the T-shirts. For ECW fans this is good, it means they can keep it real. It also means they have a limited amount of wrestlers. Angles are in danger of becoming tired and finding more wrestlers that will take the risks might be tough. Don’t get me wrong I love ECW and at the moment they do a fantastic job with the existing wrestlers but you must admit that soon new blood will be necessary to keep it interesting. Al Snow entering is a good sign that they can provide this and that they may continue as now which would truly be a great achievement.

But for most the Independents exist only on the their computer and they have only WCW or WWF to turn to. At the present in my opinion WWF is more interesting.

WCW is in a ditch and I have continued my boycott of WCW whilst HH remains in the federation. I see Flair being retired by the very person who he fought against for 10 years and cannot stomach it. USWA and SMW are really never in consideration to take over the spotlight. But for many they are a great alternative.

For now I look to WWF and ECW for my wrestling entertainment. Will things change? YES.

For the better? Who knows, only time will tell if everybody makes the correct decisions to keep wrestling alive.

I’m optimistic. Look at the changes the WWF is making and be assured that things will improve. Then again look at the changes WCW is making.

RSPW CONVENTION FOLLOW-UP by TOM MISNIK
Hello once again and let me thank all of you out there that braved the first snow storm of the season to make it to Philadelphia and be a part of a weekend I’ll long remember, the RSPW Convention “To the Extreme- RSPW goes to Philly ’95!” From the promoter Tod Gordon and events coordinator Ed Zohn to the workers, fans, Martz bus driver Dan Stowell and the people of Jim Thorpe, PA I give sincere thanks and lifelong gratitude for your help and also of two guys named Finch and Scherer who helped a bit too.

Since this is a special edition for the Ring Report, I just want to go over briefly what happened with the shows and the event itself. The weather wasn’t a factor as everyone got back to Philly as the Flagstaff show ended. That show was great, including the bus ride which was delayed slightly due to a slight problem with some stones and climbing a steep incline which in turn blocked the bus getting up this hill and also blocked some traffic on Route 209, the most interesting of which being the then ECW tag team champions Public Enemy. Thanks to the diligence of our driver and some of the town folks we got on our way.

Upon arriving at the Flagstaff, which is a bar, the bus rides and those that joined us there were ribbed most of the night by the wrestlers including Chris Benoit, who went so far as to call us “F* heads” which drew the biggest pop of the night. It was also a great night which was like we all threw a party and the ECW was our entertainment. People were schmoozing, drinking, having a great old time. Matches like Benoit vs. the Tazmaniac, Sabu vs. Al Snow, Mikey Whipwreck vs. Shane Douglas that were really great may not get the documentation they deserve because of the fact all of the RSPW reporting staff including this one were too shot in the butt to keep notes, but I’m sure some will suffice.

Then from there as the snow began we all headed back to Philly and rest up for the next day of the actual convention itself. I arrived at the Arena at around 1 with MadDog and others to see no one else was there so snowmen were built with the 8″ accumulation already there, soon all of the other “Bingo Mutts” arrived and then the fun began as these snowmen were getting moonsaulted and planchaed off the roof of MadDog’s car. Amazing.

The arrival of Tod Gordon and Sandman signaled the beginning of the festivities. We all went inside, took our spots in the bleachers, Sandman and Tod graciously posed for pictures, answered questions and later almost caned this reporter. That was due to something I mentioned about the “blinding of Sandman angle”. Later, Public Enemy arrived and took their spots with Sandman and the 3 interacted with exchanges not meant for the family atmosphere of this report.

Rocco and Johnny posed for pictures by putting the fans in various holds and answered questions many posed by Dave Scherer which were answered quite honestly and candidly. I think it says a lot about the way the promotion feels about the fans when they speak like that for you.

Johnny Grunge was kind enough to get the tag belts for us to let everyone look at and take pictures with. It was an amazing time and I know a good time was had by all and the wrestling for this night didn’t even start yet. Later on Tommy Dreamer arrived and “held court” and answered some questions and had some fun also arriving and spending some time were Chris Benoit, Mikey Whipwreck and our lurker friend Steve Richards. The genuine interest they showed in our group and how we knew each other was amazing and again I can’t enough about the class of these fine men. I also found out what 911 thinks of my reports as I paid my regards and was lifted about 10 feet off the ground by the neck. Good thing he got called to the back.

The card itself was one of the best in along time as in an early match of the year candidate Chris Benoit vs. Al Snow put on a show of spot over spot over spot. Great stuff. Al was later seen with a neck brace thanks to the Crippler Chris Benoit. We also met an new person in Jason’s group. Another Jason – this is the one from Japan with the goalie mask. They took on the Shah Hack Myers and the Young Dragons one of which flipped his wig and it was uncovered as Joel Hartgood. As mentioned, Tully Blanchard and Shane Douglas certainly made up for Jan 7th in their match and we have new ECW tag champs in Sabu and Tazmaniac as they put Public Enemy through tables to win the match.

For those of you that were there or see ECW television, you may see these red T-shirts. They are our official convention shirt and some extras were designed by fellow mutant- Dom Macika who did a great job with them. We presented the wrestlers with them and Tommy Dreamer went so far as to where his during the match he had. What a better compliment than knowing it was used as a weapon. Also later in the night, when Mikey’s opponent Paul Lauria was in the ring telling us he is a bigger giant than 911, he was out and got himself 2 chokeslams. Paul was going to leave after 2, but for the 90 or so computer people that were here, 911 was told to kick the crap out of Lauria.

It was a great weekend, better than I can imagined and need to thank a few people of course Tod Gordon and a special thank you to a man that I’ve been and will be working with in the near future, Ed Zohn who’s help was invaluable over this weekend in making it all work. After the show, I had the opportunity to present Shane Douglas with the shirt and he was genuinely thankful of my efforts and those that came in for all of this.

To everyone who made the trip, I thank you. Thanks for making this a great weekend for me and all of those involved.

ok, all together now

ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW!

MOVE OF THE WEEK BY THE MASTER OF ALL HOLDS 2/4/95
[Note: The Ring Report does not condone the use of holds discussed in RadioS’s column, and is NOT RESPONSIBLE for injuries/death/etc. caused by the holds discussed in the column.]

This week’s move of the week is . . . the “THAT’S A RAP” the trademark move of ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin.
1)the opponent must be on their back. stand between their legs facing away from them.
2)lift up their left leg, bend it around your left.
3)place your right leg on the right side of their right leg.
4)put their left ankle below their right kneecap.
5)lift up their right leg so their left ankle touches your (bended), right leg.
6)pull up for excruciating pain!

Only use this hold and all other holds you find in this article either with adult supervision, if your are a trained professional, or if you are over 18. This has been the MASTER OF ALL HOLDS RadioS1001 and the MOVE OF THE WEEK. Stay cool and learn the cool moves! See ‘ya!

COUNTING THE RING LIGHTS with MICHAEL TESTA
Things have change. Monday, as my roommate (a non-wrestling fan), and I watched Raw, he said “Backlund was going to put Lawler in the CFCW”. I said “What are you nuts, you just don’t know wrestling do you?” And seconds later there Lawler yelling “I quit Mr. Backlund.” The angle doesn’t gel right now, seeing they are both heels, and I need further explanation. Where they go with this is a big question mark.

The Kids injury looked really, as on slow motion, his head snapped back quick and hard. However the selling job he did was in question. The eye rolling just didn’t do it. He did look like Pamela Anderson at the RR, when in the ring with Michaels. I hope the Gunns face the Kid/Holly again. I also hope one of then turn heel.

Hakushi turns me on with his good moves, but his last two TV matches have been all chops. The only highlight was his finisher: The somersault into a back flip splash. Let’s see Bundy do that. He needs to go back to his high spots. The Hart prejustice thing, is not to turn him heel, but rather to setup a great match between him and Hakushi.

Although LT has never been in the ring, I still look forward to a match between him and Bam Bam. The interviews by Bam Bam have been great so far. However, I question the outcome. Someone has to job. Is Bam Bam the man you want jobbing, he could be a great heel under Ross. However how do you get LT to take the fall?
FROM THE MIND OF A MARK by “FAST BLADE” CHRISTOPHER LAVIE
[WARNING: If you are a so-called smart, you may not want to read this editorial.]

Okay, I am sitting down on my computer on a Thursday night after downloading the 101st issue of the Ring Report, a newsletter that I am a regular reader of.  I read the results of the TV shows except for the ECW and SMW results and all is completely well until I come to Maniac Mike’s column. Before I begin my rebuttal, I want to go on record to say that I did not bring this subject up this time.

There is a lot of coincidence in professional sports, such as the Saint’s ex-quarterback Bobby Hebert singing with the arch-rival Atlanta Falcons to the fact that ex-Saints played against each other in the Super Bowl (Stan Brock with the Chargers and Ricky Jackson & Toi Cook with the Niners.) Professional wrestling is no different. Shawn Michaels won the Royal Rumble purely because of his fantastic wrestling ability. Owen Hart won the King of the Ring because he is one heck of a wrestler even though I think he is a complete moron. Okay, so he wouldn’t have beaten Razor Ramon if it wasn’t for the Anvil.

Also, if wrestling is choreographed, why would Vince McMahon have Shawn Michaels win the Rumble to battle Diesel at WrestleMania XI when he can just assign those two to a series of title matches?

Maniac Mike, if you won’t rest until us marks know the “truth,” you have a long wait. Take the abortion debate. I may be pro-life but you don’t see me going out there and shooting down the abortion rights activists.  Two people may have different religious beliefs, but that’s all right because everyone has a right to believe what they want according to the Constitution. This debate over the authenticity of professional wrestling is no different. Let me believe what I want and I’ll be more than happy to let you believe what you want.

And that’s the way it is whether you like it or not.

FROM THE MIND OF THE MANIAC by “MANIAC” MIKE BLADE
There’s been some speculation as to the SHAWN MICHAELS/RODDY PIPER angle that the WWF is on the verge of introducing. Most of it seems to point toward Roddy in DIESEL’S corner at WMXI. But what if . . .

Will “Hot Rod” lace up the boots one more time? Let’s hope so. Unlike the WWF refuse that has resurfaced in Atlanta, The Rowdy One is a true classic.

He was there at WMXI when Vinnie anointed THAT HH GUY as the savior of wrestling. He was there a year later making a fool out of MR. T (pity that fool). And, a year later he was fighting “ADORABLE” ADRIAN ADONIS in a his “retirement” match. When he returned three years later, he had only gotten better. Culminating in the classic WM8 Intercontinental match against BRET HART. (Hardcores like this because of the blood-letting.)

Piper has always demanded attention. From the opening strains of “Scotland the Brave”, to his Three Stooges eye gouge, to his kilts — ignoring Roddy Piper was one thing you could not do.

He always seemed genuinely surprised that the crowd cheered him as he entered the arena. He’d smile from ear-to-ear until it got down to business in the ring. Then, he was a man possessed. He’s more of a clown than DOINK. He’s more of a showman than JEFF JARRETT. He’s a better heel than OWEN HART. And a better face than Bret. All without the benefit of face paint, stupid outfits, or family pride.

“Piper’s Pit” remains one of the best interview segments in wrestling history. Who can forget Piper cracking a coconut over JIMMY SNUKA’S head? Or when Morton Downey Jr. got his cigarette put out with a fire extinguisher. It was in the Pit that ANDRE THE GIANT challenged HH to the match at WM3.

Ultimately, had it not been for HH, Roddy Piper may have been the hottest commodity in the wrestling world. Maybe now is the time for the bagpipes to flair up again.

NOTES FROM THE MAD DOG
I do not like having to start off a column like this, especially after such a great weekend, but I am outraged this week and forgive me for this rant.

Several reports this week indicate that Gene Okerlund crossed the lines of good taste this week by announcing a death of a former World Champion on his promo slot for the WCW Hotline this week on WCW Saturday night.  He did not name the wrestler, and made it seem like the only way you could learn of this death was on the WCW Hotline.

For the record two weeks ago the death of former AWA Tag Team Champion Jerry Blackwell became publicly known.  Last week I did not report it because I did not have confirmation on it and did not want to report it without confirmation.  On behalf of the Ring Report I would like to express our condolences to the family of Mr. Blackwell, he was one of the best big men in the sport and for a time he was the only reason I watched the AWA.  He will be missed.

On the subject of Gene Okerlund’s hotline, this just shows how far the WCW has sunk.  With so many former AWA stars in the front office of the WCW some sort of video montage or special moment of silence to honor this lost superstar.  Instead what they aired was tasteless (“Call 1-900 . . . at $5 a minute to see who died!), and I am outraged at this, it was the lowest moment in WCW history.

If I could drop all coverage of the WCW from the Ring Report I would do it until they make some sort of on-air apology to the family of Jerry Blackwell and to the fans of the WCW.  You don’t make people pay to learn of someone’s death, it’s just plain wrong.  I urge you to FLOOD the WCW offices with complaints on this subject, it’s utterly tasteless and it may be the last straw for the WCW in my book.

You can contact them directly at:

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
ONE CNN Center
Box 105366
Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5366

ATTN.: Eric Bischoff
or if you want the head booker:
ATTN.: Richard Fliehr (AKA: Ric Flair)

PHONE: 1-404-827-2066

FAX: 1-404-827-2931

Again, please, flood their offices.  This is the lowest moment in the history of the WCW and I can not express in words what I feel about the WCW right now.  This was just plain wrong.

Now, onto the weekend.  I’ll have a full report next week — I owe that much you all especially after the great time that was had by all.  Special thanks go out to Tom Misnik and Ed Zohn for everything this weekend, and to Dave Scherer for being a good sport about an announcement I can’t make here due to the guidelines on the on-line services we appear on.  Let it be known that it’s major ECW & On-Line related news, and I can fill in those who haven’t seen my Internet post on it if they e-mail me directly (go check the Internet if you can!!!!).

I’m off to get some more sleep, and to get the footprints off of my roof from the moonsaults (yes, it’s *my car* they did the aerial moves off of at the convention), so wake me in time for next week’s issue and don’t tell my mom about the dents! <g> Oh, CHEETAH you still owe me a cheesesteak! 😛

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

MADDOGJMF & Company!

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