The Ring Report TV Update 12/24/95 Vol. 1, No. 149
(“The MadDogies Continue! It’s our Holodazed Issue!”)
WRESTLING NEWS AND COMMENTARY by DENNIS MILLER
[NOTE: These are rumors as reported by local hot-lines, on-line wrestling boards and from talking to people in the wrestling industry. As they are *rumors* and not *facts* we ask that you make up your own mind as to their validity. Also note that rumors are prone to changes from time to time so what you read here may have changed by press time.]
WCW NEWS: MADUSA returned to the WCW in a big way last Monday night by throwing her WWF women’s belt in the trash. It is not clear yet what Madusa’s role will be in WCW, but she will be wrestling some Japanese women and will also be wrestling for All Japan women . . . THE BUSHWHACKERS will be coming onto WCW under the name LUKE AND BUTCH FROM DOWN UNDER . . . PUBLIC ENEMY will be in WCW very soon . . . WCW is expected to follow the WWF and take a more violent approach to wrestling . . .
WWF NEWS: STEVE AUSTIN is now wrestling in the WWF under the name The Ring Master. He is a member of TED DIBIASE’S Million Dollar Team and has the Million Dollar belt . . . TOM PRITCHARD is wrestling in the WWF under the Name FLIP and is a member of THE BODYDONNAS . . . GORILLA MONSOON ruled that JEFF JARRETT will not be a part of THE ROYAL RUMBLE, but will have to face AHMED JOHNSON at the PPV . . . THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR, and CACTUS JACK are rumored to be in the WWF in time for the Royal Rumble . . . Blood returned to the WWF at last Sunday’s IN YOUR HOUSE with both THE BRITISH BULLDOG and BRET HART receiving stitches following their match . . . GOLDDUST continues to make sexual advances at RAZOR RAMON . . .
CWUSA 12-17-95 TV SHOW SUMMARY by MARK CARLTON
Announcer Dutch Savage(17 time PNW Champion)
Richie Magnet vs. Oly Olsen(match joined in progress)
Olsen pins Magnet after about 1 minute of TV time.
Interview with Oly Olsen:
He’s looking forward to his match later in the night versus Col. DeBeers for the TV Trophy.
Bart Sawyer vs. Buddy Wayne(Bunkhouse Match):
Sawyer and Wayne start fighting in the back on the way to the ring. Most of the match takes place outside the ring with some high spots. Definitely an ECW match. After about 10 minutes, DeBeers hands Wayne a chain but before Buddy can use it, Sawyer catches him with a Frankensteiner and gets the pin.
Comment: Sawyer appears to me to far and away the best wrestler in CWUSA.
Interview with Bart Sawyer:
“We brawled but I beat you with a WRESTLING hold!”, supposedly implying that he prefers wrestling over brawling FWIW.
Col. DeBeers vs. Oly Olsen(for the TV Trophy):
Wrestling by Olsen countered by brawling by DeBeers. Time expires after 12 minutes. DeBeers keeps the TV Trophy with the draw.
Interview with DeBeers:
“I don’t make the time but I use the time to my advantage, much like the American people have done for years. Buddy Wayne was in a Bunkhouse match. Why can’t Buddy and I get a tag match against the Tag Team Champions? Because the promotion is against us.”
Clip of Billy Jack Haynes, Jimmy Snuka, Bruiser Brian vs. The Pack(Jesse Barr, Dane Rush, Lou Andrews)
Snuka is getting pummeled, tags Haynes but the ref. doesn’t see it. Finally, Superfly tags Bruiser who powerbombs Rush. As Bruiser pins Rush, the others get in the ring and brawl. In the process, Bruiser is kicked from behind by Barr who rolls Rush on top and the *blind* ref. counts 1-2-3.
Interview with Bruiser Brian, Billy Jack Haynes, Jimmy Snuka:
Bruiser is distraught but doesn’t really remember what happened.
Snuka “Seems like somebody is always pulling some sort of dirty tactics.”
BJH “Jesse Barr doesn’t have any guts. We want an elimination match like the Survivor Series in the WWF but we will take it to the extreme. Whoever loses is out!. It can be one on one, two on one, or three on one and to top it off, I want the Police and *armed* security to enforce the rules.”
Comment: When BJH says *armed* security, maybe I should take my Glock and AK-47 up to Vancover and get some *work*. Haven’t had any target practice for a couple of weeks. -:)
Interview with “The Pack”:
Rush: “Snuka, BJH & BB are losers and the Pack always comes out on top.”
Andrews: “We fight fair, we don’t cheat and we always come out on top.”
Barr: “I told you last week what was going to happen. The future will always beat the past and that is what we did tonight. Next week, we are going to take one guy out, torture the second and the third guy will never wrestle again!”
WWE TV 12/17/95 by MICHAEL MOTLEY
WHAT YOU MISSED: I was really surprised as Raymond finally brought in some name talent that I know. I really like RANDY RHODES and TIM BROOKS for some reason. Also maybe Raymond will get SAM HOUSTON to help him train some guys here as he is/was the trainer at SLAMMERS in CA . . . Announcement that Doug McCoy is suspended for earlier actions (must be going back to AZ) . . . SKANDAR ACKBAR and TIM BROOKS interview (Ledge also announces that there is new rules) . . . CHAOS and GREAT BOLO vs. TEXAS OUTLAWS (the ring girl this time is a complete bubblehead that cant even do introductions without mispronouncing the names. Hopefully Raymond will not ever bring her back. SAM HOUSTON Commentates until his match (he mentions JAKE ROBERTS and GRIZZLY SMITH throughout show. Wouldn’t hold my breath to see Jake) . . . RENEGADE VS. CRAZY KARL . . . SHANE CORTEZ VS. AUTO VON HEFFLER . . . Sam Houston Interview (Talks about his family, and says the fans will either be with him or against him. Tells a neat story of how he ran away from home to wrestle. HE met dusty and he taught him how to wrestle. He vowed to never come home until he made it big. Guess he got to come home) . . . SAM HOUSTON vs. RANDY RHODES . . . RED EAGLE vs. TIM BROOKS (Tim Brooks wins the WWE title and then tries to injure him. Red Eagle busts his head open hardway somewhere in match). . .
WWF SUPERSTARS 12/23/95 BY TRACEY PORTER
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE SMOKIN’ GUNNS beat SKIP & RAD RADFORD . . . SLAM JAM w/DOK . . . XANTA KLAUS beat SCOTT TAYLOR w/ a camel clutch . . . “NATURE BOY” BUDDY LANDEL beat MATT HARDY w/ a corkscrew elbow drop . . . HENRY O. GODWINN beat BROOKLYN BRAWLER . . . BRITISH BULLDOG beat MARTY JANNETTY w/ a powerslam . . . SLAM JAM w/ DOK . . . VIDEO OF SHAWN MICHAELS . . . NEXT WEEK: YEAR END REVIEW . . .!
ON THE ROPES by JOE CROWE
This one’s about what I got out of wrestling this year. I should elaborate, I guess. A lot of things happened this year that I never expected — and quite a few things happened that I dreaded. That’s the nature of pro rasslin’, though. I don’t see nearly as much as I want to. I just don’t have the time. Most stuff in the big two comes and goes without me seeing more than a week or two in a row of it. I heard about a lot of neat things this year, but I saw few of them. Luckily, there’s this clever invention called videotape. I like to keep up.
I saw WCW live for the first time. Definitely not the year in which I would’ve preferred to see a WCW show. But I did get a chance to see Vader in person, and the two Nasty Boys / Harlem Heat matches I saw were the two best tag team matches I’ve ever seen live.
I saw Vader split his pants on TV after a Bollea/Savage double team. Bollea and Vader finally wrestled each other, but it was disappointing. As was everything in 1995 for Ric Flair. I saw him submit for the second and third times I have EVER seen him submit within two weeks of each other. The first time, by the way, was when Bret Hart beat him for the WWF title. In case you were wondering. And even if you weren’t.
I saw a lot of things that I did not expect. Things that made me forget about inside info, rumors, and flaming that, in my experience, tends to jade a wrestling fan. I never expected Sid to return to the WWF. I never expected him to still be there now. I never expected Lex Luger to come back to WCW. I never expected to see hot wrestlers like Benoit, Guerrero, and Sabu in WCW. I never expected an all-out PPV like Halloween Havoc. I never expected the WWF to mention another wrestling organization on their TV shows. I never expected GoldDust. But I like surprises, and I want wrestling to keep surprising me. If I get bored with it, I’ll change the channel. I’ll read a book.
I did see a lot of things coming. When I watched a WCW TV show, I would often wonder, “what will everybody on the net think of Bollea after this?” My answer was always the same. I’m of the same mind as columnists who, in the past few weeks, have managed to write columns without spewing venom at Bollea. Talking about how much one dislikes Terry Bollea is preaching to the converted. See my column from a month or so ago. He is who he is. If he jobbed to Sabu in 2 minutes live on Nitro, you’d hear lots of screaming about “Why didn’t he job in ONE minute?!”
Bret Hart and Randy Savage are two of the best wrestlers of the past 10 years. Good, good decision-making putting these two up top. Savage is the more interesting wrestler. Has anyone noticed that he has been booked very well? He loses to Flair, he beats Flair. He loses to Luger, beats Luger, then loses to Luger again. That is the definition of a good series. Remember those? When you didn’t know from match to match who would win?
I saw WCW and the WWF finally go head-to-head, straight up. Nitro beats RAW at its own game. But Vince, as always, continues to take the high road. He continues to prove that wrestling really is “WWF” and “everybody else.” Bischoff wallows in the mud trying to bring down the WWF, but that’s for 12-year-olds.
I have a lot of high expectations for the new year in wrestling. I’ll continue to try find something in there to entertain myself. Maybe it’ll turn out okay.
Oh yeah, one more thing. The closest I want to get to shoot fighting is American Gladiators.
THE MIDDLE OF THE RING by DAVID JACOBS
Well, another year is about to pass us by. Went quick, didn’t it? With the passing of every year one tends to think back about everything that happened over the year, about the things that stand out most in your mind. Well, that applies to me as well, but my mind wanders back to think about the most memorable moments in my mind of the wrestling world. This deals mostly with the WWF (because I can’t stand Hogan), but WCW left a couple of impressions as well.
1.) Royal Rumble 1995 – The Lawrence Taylor/Bam Bam Bigelow incident: I remember watching this vividly. Taylor took a really powerful shove. McMahon & Lawler played the incident out so well that I was convinced it was real. Especially when they came back from a recap of the previous Rumble, McMahon apologized on behalf of the WWF. Even the next night on RAW, where McMahon began the program stating Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow had been suspended. I was outdone! Until, that is, the following week they had Taylor’s attorney speak. Then I new I had been had, but didn’t mind it too much.
2.) WrestleMania XI – The match between Taylor and Bigelow. I don’t care what anyone says about these two individuals. You have to admit that they both put on an outstanding performance for this match. More so for Taylor. He threw some pretty devastating looking forearms, and actually did a few off-the-ropes and wrestling maneuvers. Bam Bam was very professional about it as well. He put his all into the match, and he took defeat pretty well. For a card that really wasn’t all that good (Michaels/Diesel was okay), this match made the money I spend to pay for it worthwhile!
3.) Monday Night Raw After WM11 – The beginning of the turning back of Shawn Michaels. I am a huge Shawn Michaels fan. I loved him as a heel, and now I love him more as a fan favorite. This guy has so much charisma in him. Plus, his wrestling abilities go without mentioning – he is the best worker today. I’m sure many will agree, but Michaels WILL be WWF Champion sometime in 1996. He has to be!!
4.) SummerSlam 1995: The Ladder Match – One word: Incredible. Ramon and Michaels probably put on the best show of their life this night. After the WrestleMania X match-up between these two, I didn’t think you could do anything else with a ladder. Plus, on a side note, Gorilla Monsoon. Whether you agree with him, or you don’t, he probably has turned out to be the fairest WWF President that they have had. I give monkey-man a big thumbs up!
5.) The Luger (heel) – Sting (face) friendship – As I said in one of my earlier articles, this just pleases me beyond belief. Promoters are finally realizing that heels and faces can be friends and be successful as well. I kind of doubt that this situation will stay in tact in 1996, but it was still nice to see.
6.) World War 3 – The only thing in this card that made me jump for joy was Hogan not having the belt (in fact, when the match was over, I did jump for joy)! He is a utter disgrace to the wrestling world, and didn’t deserve to hold that title as long as he did. Savage isn’t the greatest champion in the world, but anything’s better than Hogan.
Finally, a few predictions:
Mr. Perfect will return to the ring in 96 and become a 3-time IC Champion.
Eddie Guerrero will hold a title in 96, probably the TV Championship.
Look for Jannetty to turn heel sometime in 96 and battle Michaels in some more classic matches.
Sting will come to the WWF.
Bret Hart MAY end up in WCW towards the end of 96.
If they both stay in the federation, Flair WILL PIN Hogan in 96, sending Hogan into what would be the best thing for him right now – a heel (since everyone hates him already).
Well fans, that’s it for this time. I hope everyone has a good Christmas and a happy new year. I know I will, with everything that’s going on in wrestling right now. Until next time, take care, and never stop going for the 3-count.
THE RIGHT VIEW by Jim Sondergeld
Let’s talk about the World Wrestling Federation for a moment. I could use a good laugh.
One of the staple criticisms of the WCW bashers in these parts is that Eric Bischoff is attempting to recreate the WWF of about seven to ten years ago. This, of course, is an oversimplification at best, and could just as easily be described as either WCW signing away top wrestling talent, or Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Jim Duggan, et al graduating to the big time. But let us examine Vince McMahon’s top tier stars versus those in WCW; what is it that we find?
The WWF boasts the following: (1) current world champion Bret Hart, who is comparable to WCW’S Sting; (2) former world champ Diesel, who is comparable to the biggest fish Vincy ever let get away, the Hulkster; (3) Razor Ramon, who is comparable to the next WCW world titlist Lex Luger; and (4) Bret Hart’s imminent successor, Shawn Michaels, the fair-haired boy-toy of AOL wrestling fans, whose counterpart is the second biggest fish McMahon ever let slip through his fingers, current WCW world champion Randy Savage. In short, it is Vince McMahon who is the copycat, either of WCW or of the glory days of his own promotion that he has left behind through his own actions.
I’ve been writing this for months and will continue to do so: the WWF has been a shambles ever since Hulk Hogan began the exodus of its top stars. The so-called AOL wrestling community may think “PT McMahon” is a marketing genius, and he has had his moments, but if they think Hulk Hogan’s shtick has run thin, they haven’t been paying attention.
Now McMahon has appointed Jim Cornette as his talent coordinator, and everybody on-line is erupting in geysers of joy that the Big Two competition is now over, that the WWF will squash WCW like a grape and retake its “rightful” place as #1 federation. It all sounds familiar somehow — and then it hits you: the same things were said when Bill Watts assumed the same post. We were going to see some REAL wrestling competition, the cartoonish angles and characters would end, WCW was finished, etc., etc., etc. And what happened? Watts tried to actually do his job, McMahon didn’t like what he did, and quickly got rid of him. So what makes AOLers think that Cornette isn’t going to meet the same fate?
If I were Jim Cornette, this is the summarized evaluation I would give “Vincy”:
LEAVE AS IS: Bret Hart, Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Undertaker, Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Ahmed Johnson, Aldo Montoya, Savio Vega, Kama, Avatar.
REVAMP: “King” Mabel, Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett, Adam Bomb, Dustin Rhodes, Jerry Lawler, Tatanka, Headshrinkers, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, Dean Douglas.
CUT: 123 Kid, Bob Backlund, Doink, Henry Godwinn, Duke Droese, Isaac Yankem, Smokin’ Gunns, Bushwackers, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Marty Janetty, Roadie.
I’d also hit the free agent market, especially the wreckage in the wake of Smoky Mountain’s collapse. I’d raid ECW, as McMahon appears to be doing. And I would make a big-bucks offer to one or more of the following: Ric Flair, Sting, and the Ultimate Warrior.
But the most important change I would make would be philosophical. The emphasis would be on the sport, on competition, and not on buffoonery. All the crap that McMahon has been peddling for years would be left at the dump where it belongs. Critics will no doubt dismiss this as pandering to markdom, but I think there are a lot fewer marks out there than they think.
It’ll never happen, though, because Vince McMahon is who he is. And the “AOL wrestling community” will never call for it because their biases have blinded them. They look at WCW, see the 1980s WWF, and claim to despise it, when today’s WWF is its ’80s predecessor times ten with a tenth the talent, and THAT they embrace. Only in alcoholics and liberals have I seen such states of denial.
I can’t conclude without a mention of last night’s Nitro. It’s clear that Charlotte, NC fans were not bussed to Augusta, GA yesterday. Hulk Hogan saved the “Macho Man’s” bacon once again, bashing the Giant, Kevin Sullivan, the referee, Doug Dillinger, Steve McMichael (almost), William “I’m not the Secretary of Defense” Perry (almost), and, according to some reports, the first few rows of fans with another of his steel chairs (check the WCW Christmas catalog — it’s just a hunch . . . ) This he did, not out of affection for his friend Savage, but so that he could line up a title shot of his own. AND THE CROWD CHEERED HIM. Not wildly, but measurably nonetheless.
Is Hogan turning back to the “dark side?” Will his clout “save” him from suspension? Is this another yellow & red thumb to the eye of the Hulkaphobes? We hope so!
FROM THE MIND OF THE MANIAC by “Maniac” Mike Blade
There’s something I just don’t get. I watched the “In Your House” pay-per-view last week. And in honesty, I was bored. There were some bright spots, but it was by no means a great pay-per-view. You wouldn’t know that to read the on-line comments though.
“Best PPV of the year,” “It was great,” “The best IYH yet.” These are just a few of the comments I’ve seen. Almost universally, the main reason for this was the fact that Bret Hart juiced. Or did he?
As a matter of fact, no he didn’t. When you first see the blood, there’s a puddle where Hart’s forehead had been for a few seconds. Both hands were covering his forehead at the time. The puddle was huge compared to how much time he was actually there and at no time was the camera close enough to actually see a cut. That and Hart’s acting career is just getting going, adding scar tissue to his forehead isn’t a great option for him right now.
All things considered, he used a fake blood packet. Breaking it in his hair would give the illusion of bleeding, and would account for the huge puddle.
Beyond that, why does anyone want to see another person bleed? Yes, I know that blading in wrestling is a time-honored tradition. All you have to do is look at the foreheads of Harley Race or Dusty Rhodes to know how common it used to be. But it does nothing for me. I’d much rather see two athletes compete one-on-one and determine a legit victor, no blood . . . no gore . . . no funny costumes.
I enjoyed the Hart/Smith match because it was two wrestlers pulling out their best moves for the paying crowd. Not because there was fake blood everywhere. And don’t expect this practice to carry beyond the PPV circuit. McMahon doesn’t want to get into that violence issue with the government.
NOTES FROM THE MAD DOG
We’re starting off this week with an apology to everyone who attempted to e-mail the Ring Report account early in the week. Due to our large amount of new subscribers (it’s still mind blowing that almost 2000 people have gone to the Ring Report site, let alone 100 of those actually subscribing!), our mail sort of crashed. The feedback from the crash basically crashed the Ring Report account. We’re working on it now and it shouldn’t happen again.
That could probably be the dumbest moment in the year, but no, there are worse things to discuss so let’s get on to those ever continuing MADDOGIES for the year of 1995!
MOST SHOCKING MOMENT & “WAY TO GO” MADDOGIES AWARD goes to the WCW’S MONDAY NITRO last week as MEDUSA MICELLE appeared on TV and dumped the WWF Ladies’ title into a garbage can. This was just hours or days (according to the source), after VINCE MCMAHON decided to do that do his ladies division (after re-establishing it for the Survivor Series). Some people are outraged at the WCW for this, but I thought it made a statement and a clear statement — don’t mess with the ladies divisions! Now let’s see WCW establish Medusa and a belt to go with the attitude. RUNNER UP: THE BOGUS GIANT throws a drop-kick on the same show.
YOU CAN’T TOP THE ORIGINAL MADDOGIES AWARD goes to the idea of the Triangle Match. SABU vs. SHANE DOUGLAS vs. TERRY FUNK defined the triangle match. *Anyone* else attempting it is just plain dumb. RUNNER UP: The WCW bills the Bogus Giant as the “son” of ANDRE THE GIANT. Sick. Just plain sick.
A totally biased MADDOGIES award goes to THE BEST TREND of the year, which is frankly, wrestling organizations coming onto the world wide web, the Internet and popular on-line services. The good news is that they’re out here and they’re listening, the bad news is that we’ve got to hold up OUR end of the bargain and keep telling them what *works* and what *doesn’t work*. Don’t accept the party line they might spew at you and write YOUR opinion and not what someone from the wrestling organizations *want* you to think and if they ABUSE that award (listen up WWF Area), let them know what you think — and do it as loud and as often as you can.
The MADDOGIES award for WORST WRESTLING I’VE EVER SEEN goes to a tie between any match between THAT HH GUY vs. THE DoD and well, any match between the DoD and just about anyone else. HH is a gimme, but the DoD, have continually proven to be the worst wrestlers the WCW has to offer yet SOMEONE out there has decided to give them push after push after push. To think that the WCW is going to JOB THE FOUR HORSEMEN TO THESE BUFFOONS makes me point to the last MADDOGIES AWARD and remind you — TELL THEM WHERE TO GO ON THIS ONE!
A MADDOGIES award for THE OLIVER STONE “IT WAS A PLOT, A CONSPIRACY BY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOW BETTER” goes to the recent demise of the RSPWF on the Rec.Sport.Pro-Wrestling newsgroup. For years RSPW has been about the only place on the Internet where you could see newsgroup members come together and poke fun at themselves. That usually took the form of the monthly “supercard” of the Rec.Sport.Pro-Wrestling FANTASY federation. In fantasy cards for the past few years the best and brightest of RSPW were parodied in on-line battles for supremacy. It was *FUN*, plain and simple. Well folks, there are some out there who couldn’t cope with harmless fun. They got together and destroyed something that was very dear to a lot of people out of the inability to cope with that. No evidence presented, don’t need to. Just know that it was done by very selfish people, and I hope to all that’s good in the world that these same people don’t band together and vote to do the same to RSPW in the new year. Be paranoid people of RSPW, one of your cornerstones was taken away from you and you did NOTHING, cherish what you have left before they take the rest away from you. They WILL if you don’t do something.
The ALICIA SILVERSTONE “CLUELESS” MADDOGIES goes to the WWF *and* the WCW for various things this year. Both have had their ups and downs this year with things standing out that must be noticed. In the WCW the award goes for hiring a ton of tremendous talent (luring them away from the Indies), and then not pushing them in favor of HH. They haven’t learned that I watch WCW for the likes of DEAN MALENKO & CHRIS BENOIT, and change the channel whenever HH is on the screen. The WWF gets it for 1) not realizing that Diesel didn’t work as a babyface and 2) for bringing in Xanta Claus, The Dean, Avatar, and dozens of other things that aren’t working, aren’t going to work, but probably looked good on paper.
WORST POSSIBLE THING I’VE SEEN ALL YEAR, PERHAPS ALL DECADE MADDOGIES goes to DUSTIN RHODES, sans protective cup, in his GoldDust outfit propositioning RAZOR RAMON. Remember when the WWF was “family entertainment?” I guess Vince forgot. I know that most parents, accustomed to letting my kids watch the WWF because it was “safe,” will never forget.
Finally, THE MOMENT I WILL NEVER FORGET MADDOGIES goes to a night I’ll never forget. Sitting at the weekly wrestling chat on AOL when the news of EDDIE GILBERT’S death broke. It was the tensest hour of the year as no one could get confirmation of the event, but enough evidence was there to prove it legit and heart breaking. I will never forget that night and Eddie, may you rest in peace. RUNNER UP: The same chat room, the Saturday following the news of the demise of Smoky Mountain Wrestling. I called for a moment of silence and got it.
Next week we’ll have more positive things for the final edition of the MADDOGIES this year, and until then . . .
HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND A HAPPY HOLODAZED!
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