The Ring Report TV Update 8/29/95 Vol. 1, No. 131

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The Ring Report TV Update 8/29/95 Vol. 1, No. 131
(“Trouble, Toil, Dumb things . . .”)
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PCW Kutztown Fairgrounds August 16, 1995 by Carrie Messantonio
Whatta crowd!!! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to fraternize with wrestling fans like this. I forgot how much fun they are! ūüôā

Our first match was The Black Angel vs. Blue Collar Kevin King. Angel dominated this match like a FIEND!! I never saw this guy¬† wrestle before but he certainly showed Kevin a thing or two. The Black Angel wins after executing his patented “power drop” on Kevin King. I saw Kevin after the match. He didn’t seem in the best of¬† spirits. Gee, I wonder why. ūüôā

Next was the Family Feud. “Battle Of The Brothers” with Mark Mest vs. Troy Mest. Mark, of course, had his other half by his side — Judd The Stud (God, this guy gives me the creeps!), While the ref. was checking Mark out to assure that he was clean, Mark pulled some silly string out of his pocket and proceeded to shoot the ref. with it. Of course, the ref. wasn’t paying any attention at first (what ref. does?), so Mark took advantage of it and almost unloaded the entire can. I think the ref. finally got the hint. The match got underway with several MASSIVE squashes to Troy from Mark. You can ONLY call them massive when they’re coming from a man who is 399¬† lb.!! Troy began to make his come back and he was getting some good¬† licks in until Judd decided to go get Jimmy B. Good (oh god!), to¬† be at ringside as well. From here, all h3ll broke loose. Mark¬† powerbombed the ref. and he had to be stretchered out. Even our own PCW Official, Stanley Stinkowicz couldn’t stop them. They ran after Stanley but luckily, small men tend to be fast on their feet and¬† Stanley got away just in time. Troy won by a DQ but I don’t think he knew that when they stretchered him out as well. Stanley had gone¬† back to the locker room and grabbed Assault Battery and they came¬† out and attacked Jimmy B. and Mark Mest. Jimmy and Mark took off¬† like SHOTS and hid in the locker room for a VERY long time. Finally, A&B went back INTO the locker room and pulled them out into the ring for a D@MN good thrashing!! Unfortunately, PCW Prez — Blaine¬† Desantis wouldn’t sanction the match for that night so Assault & Battery will be taking on The Dark Forces (Jimmy B. Good and Mark Mest), at LABOR DAY INVASION ’95. THAT will prove to be a Helluva show!! Of course, none other than Captain Lou Albano will be there guiding them along to victory.

Next, Jimmy B. Good took on The Outlaw, Maxx Crimson. Maxx wasn’t having a very good night that night because Jimmy got the best of¬† him (several times, as a matter of fact), after Maxx attempted to suplex Jimmy into the ring and Mark tripped Maxx. Poor Maxx fell with a very LOUD thud and Jimmy got the pinfall to win the match. (I’m really starting to not like these two guys very much . . . I can’t WAIT until LABOR DAY INVASION!!),

Ah, the match a lot of the hungry fans had been waiting for. The Cookie Match between Vinnie “Sweetheart” Biondo and Chef DZ¬† Gillespie. Vinnie attempted to shoulder tackle the Chef SEVERAL¬† times but he wouldn’t go down (this guy is HUGE at 401 lb. You may have seen him at an ECW show breaking a chair that he sat down on). Finally, the lovely Juliet got up on the apron and asked the Chef¬† for a cookie. The chef obliged and handed her a cookie. Wrong move because that gave Vinnie the opportunity to crack the Chef in the back of the head with the cookie tray, roll him up (boy, what a¬† roll!!), for the pin and then humiliate him by crumbling up the¬† Chef’s remaining cookies and throwing them on him. This is Vinnie’s 9th straight victory!! He’s certainly on a winning streak!! However, watch for a couple of return matches between these two because this feud ain’t over yet!

Next, the Jr. Heavyweight Title Match between Steve Corino, our¬† champion and The Midnight Rocker. Honestly, I’m a little tired of seeing these two go at it and I’ll be glad when the PCW finds some other talent for these guys to play with. Nonetheless, it was a¬† relatively fast paced match with some good aerial moves and Steve emerged the PCW Jr. Heavyweight Champion once again.

Last but certainly not least was “The Maniac” Jimmy Deo vs. The¬† Cremator in our Main Event. The Cremator was escorted by (eyeroll), Judd The Stud. (This guy REALLY needs a lesson in wardrobe¬† control!!), “The Maniac” Jimmy Deo was accompanied to the ring by Captain Lou’s Niece, Carrie Albano. Judd got on the mic and told¬† Jimmy that he really didn’t believe that he would get Captain Lou’s Niece here but he did it. He said that she certainly looks like¬† Captain Lou because she has the hair like him, she has the body¬† like him (wrong), and the mustache and beard are coming in nicely. Funny thing was, Judd was hitting on her after the show but he got turned down cold. ūüôā Besides, her heart is with The Maniac. ūüôā Anyway, after Judd finished mouthing off, Deo went after him in a frenzy and Judd took off like a little girl (Why not? He dresses¬† like one). Deo then unloaded on The Cremator in the ring and out of the ring. Deo had some INCREDIBLE moves which put The Cremator at a major disadvantage. They took the match OUTSIDE of the ring then and Miss Carrie Albano was yelling at the ref. because he wasn’t¬† watching them . . . Judd hit Deo in the head with a chair but the best part of that was that it bounced back and hit himself in the¬† head. ūüôā The Cremator and Deo used chairs, steps and everything else they could get their hands on. Finally, they brought the match back into the ring and Deo won after pinning The Cremator. Carrie Albano got in the ring to help celebrate Deo’s victory when she felt a tap on her shoulder. As she turned around, there stood Judd ready to¬† clock her. She ducked and Deo came from behind her and CLOCKED Judd and he ran out of the ring. He then knocked the Cremator out of the ring as well to the roar of the crowd!!

All in all, this was a GREAT show! Watch upcoming posts for LABOR¬† DAY INVASION ’95 and CHAOS AT THE CASTLE ’95. We will be announcing talent that will be there within the next couple of days. Hope to¬† see you at our upcoming shows. They are NOT to be missed!!

WCW MAIN EVENT 8/20/95 KEVIN SABOL
WHAT YOU MISSED: DD clip . . . JOHNNY B. BADD beat a Prelim¬† with the Badd Mood . . . WARGAMES control center . . . Highlights from RIC FLAIR ALEX WRIGHT where AA wouldn’t help Flair . . . DD clip where they announce MENG as there new member . . . FLYIN BRIAN beat RICK MANTRIX with a flying clothesline . . . BIG BUBBA beat EVAD NAVILLUS with a boot to the head even though Bubba was allergic to Phlar (Ralph), . . . !

NWC HOUSE SHOW in LAS VEGAS 8/25/95 by ED HANECAK
For those of us who were there, it was the BEST NWC show ever. For those who watched the play by play live here in the Grandstand on  AOL, I hope we lived up to expectations. Here is a recap of all of the action . . .

SILVER WINGS & KERRY LOVE vs. POWERS OF PAIN
This match started out the first round of the Tag Team Tourney to crown the first NWC Tag Team Champs. It was a squash. POP were  awesome, and they got the quick win.

AERIAL ASSAULT vs. MERCENARIES
ROB VAN DAM and BOBBY BRADLEY were just too much for the masked men. Big win for AA.

NATIVE WARRIORS vs. DREADED PAINE
Native Warriors are a good team, but they were destroyed by JUDGE DREDD and JOHNNY “PSYCHO” PAINE. It wasn’t even close. NAVAJO KID was taken out on a stretcher after having the ring bell rammed into his skull 5 or 6 times by PAINE.

POWER TWINS vs. BUSHWACKERS
LARRY and DAVID POWERS with a big win over LUKE and BUTCH.

LIL HAYSTACKS vs. LITTLE TOKYO & COWBOY LANG
This was a special handicap match with 2 midgets against 1 jobber. The midgets won.

POWER OF PAIN vs. AERIAL ASSAULT
This was the start of the Semi’s in the tag tourney. POP dominated this match. They looked better than I think they ever had before.¬† Unfortunately, ref. DAVID HOGG got in the way and POP were DQ’d.¬† Lucky break for AA.

DREADED PAINE vs. POWER TWINS
This was a pier 6 brawl! Both team in and out of the ring and into  the first row. POWER TWINS win when PAINE and DREDD start arguing  and the Twins roll up Larry for the win. DREADED PAINE are a good, rough team. I hope this is not the end of them together.

VIRGIL vs. THE THUG
INSANE MATCH! 2 people in KKK attire come in the ring. One appeared to be THE THUG, but he kept his hood on the whole time. The other  ended up being JIM NEIDHART. Both Klansmen attacked VIRGIL before the match started, and beat him to a pulp. To top it all off, they hung him over the top rope.

AERIAL ASSAULT vs. POWER TWINS
This was the finals of the tourney. Good match with Larry and David controlling most of it. Robbie V. and Bobby B. hand on to win and become the first NWC Tag Team Champs.

CACTUS JACK vs. SABU in a LUMBERJACK MATCH
Cactus had 3rd degree burns all over his right arm he suffered in Japan fighting TERRY FUNK, and Sabu had a separated shoulder. It¬† didn’t seem to hinder either of them as tables, chairs, and¬† Lumberjacks were used as weapons on each other. Eventually, the¬† match had to be thrown out due to chaos. All of the Lumberjacks¬† eventually made it in the ring and beat the heck out of each other.

To summarize the weekend, I must thank Sabu and Cactus Jack for¬† spending time on line with us. They truly appreciate the fans and went above and beyond to talk to all of us, even with their¬† schedules and injuries. Thanks also to NWC promoter TC Martin for giving me a chance to bring the NWC to AOL (“Those people scare¬† me”). Finally thanks to MadDog and everyone else who came on-line to spend a weekend with the NWC.

If you thought this was fun, it’s not over yet! In the next several days, we will announce a date and time for a special Press¬† Conference to be held concerning the NWC. The Press Conference will be carried LIVE on AOL and TC among others will take your questions concerning the NWC and the blockbuster announcements coming this¬† week! Check the NWC board for details!

NWC SLAMMIN’ 8/26/95 by ED HANECAK
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE THUG beat KERRY LOVE with the legdrop from the second rope . . . an interview with JOHNNY “PSYCHO” PAINE . . . highlights of THE WARRIOR beating THE HONKY TONK MAN from 7/22/95¬† . . . JOHNNY “PSYCHO” PAINE lost by DQ to CARLOS MATA when he kicked ref. JESSE HERNANDEZ and rammed Mata’s head into the ring bell . . . an interview with DON JUAN . . . LIL HAYSTACKS demanded a match in¬† the Doctor’s office interview segment and got one . . . HAYSTACKS¬† was pinned by impressive newcomer SILVER WINGS . . . in the Main¬† Event (5* match!!), AERIAL ASSAULT defeated Mexican stars SUPERBOY and PRINCIPE HINDU . . . an interview with THE WARRIOR . . . NEXT WEEK: DON JUAN vs. ZUMA . . .

WCW in LAS VEGAS 8/26/95 by ED HANECAK
Well, let’s see. I interviewed Sabu on Thursday, Cactus on Friday, and witness new NWC tag champs. I knew ahead on time not to expect much from this show. I did go in with an opened mind. Here is what I saw . . .

RENEGADE vs. ARN ANDERSON
I walked in right as Anderson was pinned by Renegade. I didn’t miss much.

DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE vs. EVAD SULLIVAN
We got a really good “kill the rabbit” chant going, but evaD didn’t notice. We gave Page a good pop, but he then grabbed the mic and¬† said to us “I don’t need you bunch of fagots cheering for me”. We cheered him anyway. Dallas wins with a handful of tights.

HARLEM HEAT vs. MARCUS BAGWELL & DAS WUNDERTHROUGHATABLEWHENSABUGETSHISHANDSONHIM
Marcus got beat up pretty good. Harlem Heat had no Sherri, and also had no win. Marcus wins with a splash from the top.

KAMALA vs. JIM DUGGAN
BEER RUN! — Kamala got some wood to the back giving Hacksaw the win.

BLUEBLOODS VS. NASTY BOYS
Well, this one started good with a table and chair in the ring  within in the first minute, but as expected, no blood. No action either. I think Bobby saw us giving him the Midnight Express sign. Nasty Boys win.

STING vs. MENG for the US TITLE
BIG pop for Sting. Not much of a match unfortunately. Meng was DQ’d for throwing Sting over the top rope, although if it had been on TV, the match would have gone on. Screw ending.

RIC FLAIR vs. RANDY SAVAGE
This was the one we came to see. As low as it has been for Flair, he will always have my respect. We gave him the Horseman sign and dug it. The actual match wasn’t much except for Flair jawing with the crowd. Flair gets the pin, but the ref. then found a foreign object under Flair’s armpit. The match was restarted and Savage got the¬† roll up for the pin.

The best part about this show was the marquee in the arena was¬† plugging the next NWC show in October. Every time it flashed Sabu’s name, we gave it a big pop. I will not rip the WCw for this show, but my only comment is, I can see more action and/or surprises¬† watching any wrestling show from any fed. on TV, than what I saw at this show. I feel as though I wasted my $10. Sorry.

WCW PRO WRESTLING 8/27/95 BY DANNY PORTER
WHAT YOU MISSED: BRIAN PILLMAN beat STEVE ARMSTRONG . . . The Dungeon of Doom adds MENG . . . SHARK and TASKMASTER destroyed some jobbers . . . A Fall Brawl update with “Obscene” Gene . . . ARN¬† ANDERSON handled TIM HORNER . . . Anderson was interviewed. While talking about RIC FLAIR, he made a subtle reference to the incident in England with him and SID . . . A Fall Brawl promo with the¬† HHamaniacs in fatigues blowing up the Dungeon of Doom . . . CRAIG PITTMAN ripped ITALIAN “SPAGHETTI” STALLION’S arm off . . . BIG¬† BUBBA pinned HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN with his feet on the ropes . . . While EVAD NAVILLUS argued with the referee, Duggan wrapped his¬† hands in tape and then cold-cocked Bubba . . . Afterwards, Duggan¬† delivered a strange interview about how his great-great-grandmother was taped-fist champion in Ireland many years ago and he’s going to follow the tradition . . . I am NOT making this up . . . As stupid as this was, it was kind of funny . . .

WWF SUPERSTARS 8/26/95 BY TRACEY PORTER
WHAT YOU MISSED: SKIP lost to the 123 KID by countout . . . SS INSIDER w/TODD . . . SID beat BRIAN WALSH with a powerbomb . . . GOLDUST Promo . . . DOK HENDRIX interview the UNDERTAKER . . . Look back at DAVEY BOY SMITH turning on DIESEL . . . MABEL & DIESEL spoke . . . HENRY O. GODWINN beat the BROOKLYN BRAWLER . . . RAD RADFORD lost to BRET HART . . . SS INSIDER w/ TODD . . . A Montage of clips promoting SummerSlam ended the show . . . NEXT WEEK: WAYLON MERCY vs. BRET HART . . . !

WCW MAIN EVENT 8/27/95 by KEVIN SABOL
WHAT YOU MISSED: DD clip . . . TASKMASTER beat a prelim with his stomp in the corner . . . FALL BRAWL Control Center . . . SHERRI and COL. PARKER saga . . . BLUEBLOODS beat THE STUD STABLE by DQ¬† when Sherri interfered . . . CRAIG PITTMAN beat a jobber with code red . . . FLYIN BRIAN beat ALEX WRIGHT by reversing Wright’s¬† bodypress . . . Sorry I didn’t get the Jobbers names . . . !

USWA TV SHOW, 27 August 1995, by CRUNGE
WHAT YOU MISSED: DAVE BROWN and LANCE RUSSELL announced that BRIAN CHRISTOPHER was coming back . . . a Christopher video . . . BRANDON BAXTER came out all happy, saying he will manage the HEAVENLY BODIES in the USWA for JIM CORNETTE, saying how he beat RANDY HALES, and then he brought out his stable: BRIAN LEE, PAT  TANAKA, and AXL ROTTEN; Axl grunted into the mic, and then Lee made fun of DOUG GILBERT . . . Lee and Rotten destroyed TD STEEL and  BLACKJACK DANIELS . . . GORGEOUS GEORGE III w/KAREN lost to Gilbert when Gilbert used a chain; Doug then jumped out of the ring and nailed Baxter; Gilbert was then attacked by Lee and Rotten until TOMMY RICH made the save . . . PG-13 video . . . comments from  Baxter and the Heavenly Bodies . . . PG-13 beat REGGIE B. FINE and YELLOWJACKET . . . BILLY JACK HAYNES made unkind comments about Christopher, then got in the ring and killed CHARLIE LAIRD; after the match, Christopher ran in and beat up Haynes . . . BILL DUNDEE and MISS TEXAS beat Tanaka and Karen in two straight falls . . .

SUMMERSLAM PRE-GAME SHOW 8/26/95 by JOE CROWE
I’ve followed SummerSlam since the very first one. It’s the only “supercard” that I’ve been able to do that with. Usually the card is pretty good — it has to be, since it’s the only straight no-gimmick¬† wrestling card besides Wrestlemania that the WWF puts on. We’ll all know what happened this year by the time you read this, but let’s¬† take a brief look back at SummerSlams past. For some reason, I’ve¬† kept track of stuff like this. ūüôā

In the 7 SS’s so far:
# of times the world title has changed: 0
# of times the tag belts have changed: 2
# of times the I-C belt has changed:  6

Except for 1993, SummerSlam has been certain doom for the I-C champ. Ultimate Warrior won it twice at SS (over Honky Tonk Man and Rick  Rude). Mr. Perfect lost it twice (Kerry Von Erich and Bret Hart), and Bret Hart won and lost it (Mr. Perfect and Davey Boy Smith).

I remember a rumor that Mr. Perfect first got ticked at the WWF  because he was promised the I-C belt at that SS in 1993. Instead, Shawn bailed out of the ring, got counted out, and the streak was broken.

Best SS (tie): 91 and 92. Multiple title changes and the Mountie was sent to jail for one night in 91. This included the Legion of Doom finally becoming the only tag team to ever hold belts in the AWA,¬† the NWA, and the WWF — and Bret Hart’s classic win over Mr. Perfect for the I-C.

92 was at Wembley Stadium. This turned out to be the LOD’S last¬† match together. It also included Davey Boy’s I-C win in his home¬† country. It was the first big card without HH, and it was good.

Worst SS: No one really bad SS, except the first. All the matches except the main event and Ultimate winning the I-C were glorified jobber matches — and the I-C match only lasted about half a minute. Usually one undercard match totally outshines the main event. This year looks to be no different.

Best Tag Team Match: Steiners / Heavenly Bodies was four-star, but to start with, the SS looked like the Hart Foundation’s yearly trip to the toilet. They got beat 2 years in a row vs. the champs, before winning the belts from Demolition in a 2-out-of 3 match thanks to the LOD. Don’t get me started about the current WWF tag situation.

Best Match Overall: Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect, 1991. Nobody¬† considered Bret to be a singles wrestler at all. Whenever a tag¬† wrestler went solo, he would definitely do the job, I thought. In Bret’s first PPV singles match, he wins the I-C and goes on to be¬† “the best there is,” etc.

Number of Appearances by Baron Von Rashke: 1, at the first¬† SummerSlam as the Powers of Pain’s manager. It was his only WWF appearance.

ON THE ROPES by JOE CROWE
So, how about Gold Dust? My eyes are still burning. But that segues right into my topic this week.

All of us have some wrestlers whom we really enjoy watching, but who never get the big push, or never go over like we think they deserve. It could be because the guy is really talented or has great personality — or it could be because we’ve seen them work their¬† shorts off for years with nothing to show for it. It’s disappointing to see a wrestler get to a certain point, and always know that there were wrestlers with bigger pushes who were going to get over them, no matter what. Of course, we don’t always know the inside reasons¬† why some of our favorites never went over — what the heck could¬† Junkyard Dog have done? :), It often, in my opinion, came down to¬† bookers not knowing how to write for those characters.

I watched the WWF first, then discovered the NWA. I liked the NWA better, but that’s not my point. The WWF, simply because they were the WWF, has always meant “the big time” to me. At least AT¬† FIRST most wrestlers who came into the WWF were given a chance to¬† shine. Because the WWF wrestlers were on Johnny Carson. They were¬† on MTV, they were in cartoons and on Entertainment Tonight. Nearly every month they were on NBC’s Friday Night Videos and Saturday¬† Night’s Main Event. And there was the merchandising.

Unfortunately, this usually meant name and costume changes. Every wrestler who came in was unrecognizable from his previous  work. I really hated when Kerry Von Erich and Ricky Steamboat became Texas Tornado and The Dragon. The WWF Magazine never referred to  their previous careers, as every single other wrestling magazine  did. A brief reference was the most we could hope for, a crumb  thrown to dedicated fans.

Eventually that changed. When Ric Flair hit the WWF, he even brought the NWA belt with him. That was the absolute height for me. I couldn’t wait to see the WWF every week. I thought it was so great that Flair had been called up to the majors. Eventually that went to the crapper, but it was fun while it lasted.

I still enjoy when one of my favorites gets called up to the majors. Seeing Mean Mark Callous, Scott Hall, and Vinnie Vegas in¬† the WWF was cool. I thought, finally, these three guys will get what they deserve. And they all have — but they had to become new¬† characters. In their cases, not a big deal. They all seem to really enjoy what they do, even though I wonder if Hall ever gets sick of doing that accent.

Anyway, I don’t think there are many stars big enough left that command enough of an audience to merit mention of their past, or¬† continuations of current characters. I doubt some guys worry about their reputations anyway; they’d probably take the WWF’s money and¬† potential for fame and be happy to say and wear whatever the WWF¬† wants them to.

The WWF has improved in their history some. Their Hall of Fame and the WWF Magazine are prime examples. Just this month, the USWA, the Fabulous Ones, and the Midnight Express were mentioned in  regards to Stan Lane.

I thought it was great when Sid came in. I think Michael Hayes and Danny Spivey DESERVE to be in the WWF after all these years.¬† (By the way, it’s DOK Hendrix, a combination of Hayes’ favorite¬† musicians, Dokken and Jimi Hendrix. Says so in the new WWF¬† magazine.), “Dean” Douglas seems okay so far, and I’ll even give¬† Dustin a chance, because I think Dustin has worked hard enough to be where he is.

Bottom line is I have to hold out hope. These wrestlers are talented, and I think they deserve the WWF. Maybe it’ll be fun. I don’t think Vince was holding a revolver to their heads. Rather¬† than have these guys waste away under weak booking with no future, I’d rather see them wrestle in drag.

Whoa–sorry. Bad example.

A Dose of Reality by Josh Willner
This conflict between ECW and the Sunshine Network has me very¬† angry. The other day I phoned them to express my feelings on the matter. My call was answered by the usual flunky, who the read to me the party line about how ECW is “not compatible with the¬† programming standards of the Sunshine Network” This is CABLE that¬† were talking about!!

I was always under the impression that cable was the place where you could see all the programs that were not suitable for the¬† broadcast airways. I then informed the flunky that I would boycott their station until ECW is returned to the schedule in it’s entirety (is that a word?). I also fired off a letter to them stating the¬† same. I urge all fans to do the same, whether or not you live in¬† the viewing area.

On to other things.

Lets face it, HH is the best thing to happen to wrestling. No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. As i recall, before HH became popular, the WWF was mired down and was kind of dull. Love him or¬† hate him, he brought the sport to the general public, increasing¬† it’s popularity to the level where it could afford to bring in the to big name grapplers. This in turn helped the other federations. I don’t ever recall of seeing the NWA in New York until after HH arrived on the scene.

Love him or hate him, If it wasn’t for him there would not be such
diversity in wrestling.

There has been a lot of talk about how ridiculous things are getting, have already been, in many federations. I would be interested to  find out what everyone thinks was the worst move that any federation has made, be it an individual wrestler (i.e. Doink or Son Of Andre), or an angle (i.e. Dumbgeon (spelling intended), of Doom, etc.)

One last item.

I was at a bar the other night and happened to see the travesty that they called a boxing match (Tyson/McNeely). Don’t worry, this isn’t a review of boxing. My problem is with the reviews of the fight.¬† Just about every review of the fight that I have read or heard was comparing it to wrestling. Specifically the WWF. While VinnieMac may foist on us very bad PPV shows, at least we are allotted a 2 or 3¬† hour time period in which to get everything done. Boxing, which is supposed to be “REAL”, has just shown that just like baseball,¬† everything is for the money.

DAVE’S WORLD by DAVE WHITAKER
Let me first start of by announcing that this column will be on hiatus until the week of September 19. That is due to the fact¬† that summer school ends today and I probably will not be back on campus until the week of September 11. Now, fasten your seatbelts, I’ve got a lot on my mind.

First, a summary of a conversation I had this past Monday with Bill Andrews. Mr. Andrews works for the Sunshine Network. I called and expressed my displeasure at their decision to drop ECW. I gave him the reason I’d read for the move. He said that while that was a small part of the matter, other things had happened that he couldn’t talk about because of contracts. He claims SN had no choice and didn’t want to drop ECW. I interpreted his answer as to mean there were contract problems between themselves and ECW. Anyway, if you¬† want to call and express your opinion about the matter, the¬† telephone number for Liberty Sports Communications is¬† (713)-661-0078.

Now, on to other matters. Last night, while watching USWA wrestling, I saw something that made me sick to my core. Doug Gilbert gave a very emotional interview in which he dedicated his next match¬† against “Slime Time” Brian Lee to his deceased brother Eddie. Later in the show, Brandon Baxter comes out and annoys Lance Russell and Dave Brown into calling Brian Lee for him. During their¬† conversation, Baxter tells Lee about how Gilbert was “crying” about Eddie’s death. Lee responds by saying that perhaps Doug Gilbert¬† should dig Eddie up and prop him in the corner for their match.¬† After their conversation, Baxter repeated those comments. That’s¬† what made me sick.

There is no reason for anyone to mock the death of a man’s brother. The comments made by Brian Lee are way out of line, even in pro¬† wrestling. It is one thing to criticize living family members. But to mock the sadness felt by a wrestler due to the loss of a¬† brother is going too far. I hope Doug Gilbert takes Brian Lee out, and then decides to use Brandon Baxter for a mop. That’s about the only thing that nitwit is good for.

Finally, some quick thoughts on the recent interview with Cactus¬† Jack, in which Jack explained his reasons for joining Raven. While I know you shouldn’t take everything you see in wrestling literally, that interview gave me the creeps. I’ve had the chance to follow¬† much of Cactus’s career, and that had to be the sickest frame of mind I’ve ever seen him in. I don’t know why Cactus is hanging out with Raven and his loony bin crew, but I honestly hope he doesn’t¬† stay with them. I don’t mind Cactus Jack as a heel, I just don’t¬† like him associating himself with trash like Raven and Steve “the male airhead” Richards. Well that’s all for this week. Until I¬† return, keep the faith and fight the power.

FROM THE MIND OF THE MANIAC by “MANIAC” MIKE BLADE
This is the column I never though I’d write. Beyond the fact that I retired last month . . . .

Some interesting things are happening in wrestling. Of all places, they’re happening in WCW. Who’d have thought? Regardless of the methods they may have used to sign them, Guerrero, Malenko,¬† Benoit, Sabu, Liger, et al . . . are going to make for an exciting¬† addition to the federation.

These are some of the most talented young wrestlers in the  sport. When you add Austin, Badd, Pillman and a few others into  the mix, it could easily make WCW the place to be. With one glaring exception, WCW Monday Nite Row.

Yes, they’ll be pushing some exciting matches. (Who hasn’t¬† wanted to see “Bollea/Orndorff: The Next Decade”), But I, for one, will avoid this foolishness like the plague. And lets face it,¬† they’ll probably manage to show all the matches their TBS weekend shows anyway. Thanx but no thanx.

NOTES FROM THE MAD DOG
I’m sitting here at home from work sick for the first time on my new job. Another ear infection which has lead to a lot of things I need to deal with — and surgery either in early September or early October to rebuild my right eardrum. Waiting for a date is the hard part and when the left ear is currently infected with the right ear being funny to begin with — well, the world is kind of crazy.

School starts tomorrow and that’s going to be interesting — two classes this semester rather than the normal 3, and for some reason I’m going to have to end up driving *on campus* for one night a week.

Wilson college, Chambersburg PA.

Went co-ed a few years back.

Girl to guy ratio still 17 to 1.

It’s a very happy thought right now. ūüôā

In other thoughts I’m sending out *big* apologies to the Backyard Wrestling guys who sent me tickets to the Backyard Brawl last week. Unfortunately I had to work late and missed the event — but guys — I’m here routing for ya! Next event, I’m going to try to be there!

Also big thanks to everyone in the NWC especially ED HANECAK — who busted his butt to get SABU on-line and provided the first opportunity *ever* on-line in order to carry live play by play from a wrestling event. I’m hoping we can work together again — and please know that it was a ton of fun and all of your work is much appreciated! (Transcripts of both events will be available if you e-mail me)

Thanks go out to everyone in the ECW for making Saturday night’s ECW event so remarkable. Sitting ringside for once put a whole new perspective on things and I was glad — even though I was doped up on my sinus medicine — to be there to witness the classy farewells (hopefully only for now), of Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrerro.

And, finally, thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Ring Report in the last couple of years. We wouldn’t be here without you! Now if you’d like to take part in the Ring Report jobs *are* open now — we’re looking for an ECW House Show in Philly/Flagstaff reporter (Rob Newland has the Florida job), a new reporter for the ECW weekly TV shows, and a new WCW World Wide reporter. If you’re interested e-mail me and I’ll send you guidelines.

Remember *ALL* submissions to the Ring Report should go to RINGREPORT@AOL.COM and *NOT* the MADDOGJMF@aol.com address. I’ve been having too much trouble lately with mail at the Maddog address so please start sending it to the RR account in order to insure that it will go in for publication . . .

Thanks in advance and . . .

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

HOW TO CONTACT THE RING REPORT:
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“MAD DOG” JAMES M. FINCH, Editor in Chief, Flashback:
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RYAN CUNNINGHAM, Managing Editor, WWF ACTION ZONE Reporter:
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BRYAN FISHER, WCW SAT NITE & WWF RAW Reporter:
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DENNIS MILLER, NEWS, DEEP SOUTH, ECW & SMW Reporter:
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“CRUNGE” CRAIG UTLEY, USWA & PRO WRESTLING INTERNATIONAL HOUSE SHOW
Reporter: cdutley@iglou.com

CHRIS YETMAN, WWF SPOTLIGHT, WWF & WCW PPV Reporter:
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“MANIAC” MIKE BLADE, FROM THE MIND OF THE MANIAC columnist:
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TRACEY PORTER, WWF SUPERSTARS & USWA HOUSE SHOW Reporter:
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RICKY KAYE, WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE Reporter:
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DAVID TAUB, WCW ON PRIME Reporter: g-man@bbs.tsoft.net

ROB NEWLAND, STATE OF WRESTLING COLUMNIST: Laret@aol.com

DEAN BURBAGE, WCW WORLD WIDE Reporter: Piledrive9@aol.com

MIKE SUDAC, WHAT’S GONNA BE Columnist: mikes@cartotech.com

JOE CROWE, ON THE ROPES Columnist: j.crowe4@genie.geis.com

KEVIN SABOL, WCW MAIN EVENT Reporter: ksabol@postoffice.ptd.net

DAVE WHITAKER, DAVE’S WORLD Columnist:
dwhitake@cody.gac.peachnet.edu

DANNY PORTER, WCW PRO WRESTLING Reporter:dannyp@solar.sky.net

Carrie Messantonio, PCW Reporter: ILOVEPCW@AOL.COM