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Talk Wrestling Online Newsletter - Issue #59 - 25th April 2004

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Hey Pabster,

 

Welcome to edition 59 of the TWO Newsletter! It’s been a busy week in the wrestling world and we are here to tell you all about it. Goldy brings you the UK News, HSM is on hiatus so I’m covering the US News, Chris is here with the EWR WWE Corner, Trinity pops in with a kick ass article and Steve Ashfield delivers another Main Event column.

 

All the other usual features are included also. Let’s start things off then

folks…

 

-Pabster

TWO Newsletter Editor

 

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Wrestling Directory

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The Week in History

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20 years ago this week – The WWE held a show in SoCal and here are the results :

 

Los Angeles, CA - Sports Arena - April 28, 1984

Alexis Smirnoff over Ric Drasin

Dick Murdoch over Tony Rocco

Mil Mascars over Tiger Chung Lee

WWF IC Champion Tito Santana over Paul Orndorff

Sgt. Slaughter fought the Iron Sheik to a double disqualification

Adrian Adonis over Al Madril

Big John Studd over Salvatore Bellomo

 

10 years ago this week – RAW results from this week :

 

Razor Ramon defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification

Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Tony DeVito

The Heavenly Bodies defeated John Paul and Jason Headings

The 1-2-3 Kid pinned Duane Gill

Owen Hart defeated Rich Myers.

 

1 year ago this week – WWE's Backlash occurred in Worcester, Massachusetts. The

results were :

 

SmackDown! World Heavyweight Title Match: Brock Lesnar pinned John Cena (15:15)

to retain the title

(RAW Match) Six-Man Tag Team Match: Triple H, Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho

defeated Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Shawn Michaels (17:45) when Triple H pinned

Kevin Nash

RAW Match: Bill Goldberg pinned The Rock (15:00).

 

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Forum Focus Special

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This week RhinoRock was asking about Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) and the pick of the

replies were:

 

“Nope he is Nick Dinsmore, an OVW wrestler who has just been called up to raw in

order in offend people all over the world.” – WalshyBoy getting straight to the

point!

 

“I think the Eugene character is pretty entertaining thus far. Only problem is

that it will be difficult for Dinsmore to shake off the gimmick later on.” – The

man of wise words, Crippler, is right again.

 

“Dinsmore is a fantastic technical wrestler, almost in the leagues of the

Benoits, the Angles and the Eddies. He's only 26, which makes it even more of a

shame that this gimmick will kill him.” – Chris2K mourning the loss of a

potentially great career.

 

“Eugene one minute, "Eu-have-no-career" the next minute. Nick Dinsmore will

follow the oh so career busting gimmicks set forth years before with Terry

Taylor and "The Red Rooster". It's a shame, at least Taylor actually had a

career to kill in the first place, Dinsmores days are winding down already as

they just begun, sad.” – Lil’ Naitch agreeing with QuizMaster Chris2k.

 

“Entertaining - Yes.

Gonna get a push after novelty wears off? - Doubt it.

Shame - Yes.” – darkstar summing up what most people think about the Eugene

gimmick.

 

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Forum Threads of the Week

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WRESTLING THREAD OF THE WEEK

 

Boyo, who has been an impressive newbie to the forums posted a thread this week about the state of the women’s division in the WWE. It received a lot of good solid replies and stood out above the rest this week. Well done to Boyo!

 

THE WOMEN’S DIVISION -

http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11179 - Boyo

 

NON WRESTLING THREAD OF THE WEEK

 

Sorry to be biased again but I started a thread this week called “Which TWO Member…” and it was asking the people of TWO which person from TWO would they like to meet the most. It received a mammoth amount of replies within a day or two and it made for a really enjoyable read.

 

WHICH TWO MEMBER… -

http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11666 - Pabster

 

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TWO Member of the Week

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Who is this week’s TWO member of the week?

 

This week has seen a very busy TWO! TWO has many quality posters but one stood out this week and that was MillionLiraMan! He made a range of awesome posts this week, in typical MLM style, both possessing quality and quantity. This guy gets better and better.

 

Well done to MillionLiraMan on becoming the TWO member of the week!

 

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New at Wrestling 101

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Another week, and more new additions to Wrestling101. The following are all high quality reads so I urge you to check them out:

 

> UKScene # 119 - http://www.wrestling101.com/101/article/AdamS/349/ - Mr Sibley

brings the 119th edition of this fine UK wrestling news column~!

 

> Ted DiBiase Book Review - http://www.wrestling101.com/101/article/Book/348/ -

Simon reviews the book of a true wrestling legend, Ted DiBiase.

 

> TLW: WWE Backlash 2004 Review -

http://www.wrestling101.com/101/article/TonyC/347/ - Tony Cottam looks over the

Backlash PPV in true LiveWire fashion!

 

> WWF Backlash 1999 Classic Review -

http://www.wrestling101.com/101/article/FTV/345/ - Dan reviews a classic WWF PPV, this week being Backlash from 1999.

 

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TWO Judgment Day Chat

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WWE Judgment Day Quiz and Chat - Sunday 16th May 2004

 

The Quiz will take place from 8-9pm in the Quiz Room, for more info see the Quiz

Page:

 

http://www.talkwrestlingonline.com/wrestling-quiz.php (includes current leaderboard)

 

This is just the 5th QUIZ of the new season - so you still have a chance to reach high up on the leaderboard.

 

Anyone can take part in the quiz, you do not need to register, just turn up in the Quiz Room at 8pm (UK Time).

 

WWE Judgment Day PPV Chat - The PPV Chat will follow on after the quiz from 9pm

to 1am (UK Time).

 

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US News - By Pabster

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WWE News:

 

Sources are saying the new Vice President of WWE talent relations, John

Laurinaitis has a shortlist of names that are to be released. After a number of departures this year, more are on the way to make space for the new talents that have just arrived on TV or that are about to debut on TV.

 

Chris Benoit has filmed a vignette in the famous Hart dungeon that wrestlers such as himself, the Hart family, Billy Graham, Jim Neidhart, Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Dynamite Kid, Chris Jericho and Lance Storm were trained.

 

WWE.com put up an interview with Chuck Palumbo and how determined he is on

appearing back on TV. He and A-Train were traded to RAW after the recent draft

lottery. Palumbo said, “When I found out that I had been traded, I was excited

because I’ve always wanted to go on my own as a singles competitor.” He went on

to say, “And I feel that now is the time for me to break out on my own. I’m

hungry for it, and definitely ready for it.”

 

It was rumoured that Bret Hart met up with Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon after

this past week’s RAW to discuss some details over his upcoming DVD set that will

be released by the WWE.

 

WWE RAW recorded a 3.8 rating for this week’s show. The first hour generated a

3.5 rating and the second did a solid 4.0 rating. Sunday Night Heat bagged a 0.8

rating, whilst Velocity received a 0.8 as well. Meanwhile, Confidential received

a 0.6 number. This week’s SmackDown recorded a 3.1 rating.

 

WWE referee veteran, Tim White was working as an agent at Monday’s SmackDown

house show. He has struggled with a serious shoulder injury for the last few

years, this could be the indication of a permanent move for White.

 

The WWE announced a future tour of Japan this week. They will be making its

debut at historic Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Friday, July 16 and on Saturday,

July 17. Both shows will begin at 6:00 p.m. local time. Tickets for both events

go on-sale Saturday, May 22. The Undertaker is being hyped to show up.

 

Upcoming WWE DVDs are “Bleeps, Bloopers & Bodyslams” DVD as well as a 1-hour

Shawn Michaels DVD titled “Boyhood Dream”. A special 2-disc Chris Benoit DVD set

will be released and a Eddie Guerrero release which will be a 1-disc DVD.

 

The Wrestlemania XX DVD will be on the shelves in the US in the next few days. Other

DVDs in production are a special 2-disc DVD titled “Undertaker: From the Vault”

and a DVD called “The Rock’s Greatest Hits”. Release dates for the two DVDs have

yet to be announced.

 

The Big Show underwent surgery this past week and will be out of action for a

few months.

 

 

Other:

 

 

Sources say Ted Turner is interested in returning in returning to the wrestling

industry. Wrestling put his station, TBS into the limelight 25 years ago and

Turner is rumoured to have already sent feelers out to Steve Austin and Bill

Goldberg about them being the two big stars to build the promotion around.

 

Scott Hudson was involved in a car accident this week but thankfully, he

walked away injury free and was taken to the hospital only as a precautionary

measure. His car was totaled.

 

The potential TV deal between NWA-TNA and Fox Sports looks like it has been

finalized and a start date of June looks to have been set.

 

That’s it for this week, HSM will be back next week bringing you all the

wrestling news from the US. Thanks for reading!

 

Pabster

 

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UK News - By Goldy

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Hi everyone, welcome to this weeks edition of the UK Scene news and results.

 

RBW - Enfield - 17/04/04

Rich 'n' Famous def Kid Cool

Sammy Ray def Tex Benedict

Chris Wyld def JC Thunder

Robbie Brookside def Keith Myatt

Stixx won a Battle Royal.

 

FCW - Collision Course - 17/04/04

Dragon Phoenix def A-Star Athlete

The Judge/Marc Hogan def Spud/BB Steele

Jack Storm def Celt Kennedy

Morales def Kev O'Neil

GBH def Devils Advocate

Jonny Storm def Laken Xander.

 

Premier Promotions - Worthing 15/04/04

Paul Birchall & Doug Williams def Masked Emporer & Hade Vanson

Robbie Brookside def Phil Powers

Mal Sanders def Duke Of Danger

Paul Tyrell def Baxter Burridge.

 

Premier promotions - Burgess Hill - 16/04/04

Mal Sanders & Paul Tyrell def Masked Emporer & Phil Powers 2-1

Doug Williams def Baxter Burridge 2-1

Andy Simmonz def Phil Lea 2-1

Masked Emporer won a Battle Royal.

 

Premier Promotions - Weston Super Mare - 17/04/04

UK Pitbulls def Thunder Dragon 2-1

Mal Sanders def Kris Kay 2-1

Steve Grey def Baxter Burridge 2-1

Aviv Maayan def Mark Sloan 2-1.

 

EWF - Trowbridge - 17/04/04

Scott Frazier def Shar Samuels 2-1

Charles Rees def The Luitenant 2-1

Paul Robinson def Tony Sefton & Ashley Reed.

The Oddity, Phil Lea & Phil Hyde def The Relic, Craig Matthews & James Baker

Charles Rees won a 20 man Rumble.

 

SCW - Golden Harvest - 17/04/04

Ice XVII def Lance Thunder

CJ Hunter def Shane

Eric 'The First' Canyon def CJ Hunter

The Lowlanders def Karl Harker by DQ

Sabotage def Majik

'The Pigman' Andy Hogg def Paul Parisio

The Nattrass Boyz def Total Annihilation & Chris Charisma

Billy Grange vs Flight was a no contest.

Conscience def Drew McDonald to become the new SCW Heavyweight Champion.

 

Two matches have been announced for the upcoming RBW event taking place on

Saturday 8th May 2004 at the Euro Sports Bar, Sneinton, Nottingham. In singles

action, long-time rivals Mark Mignot and Johnny Midnight will meet. Also in tag

team competition, the team of Rainz and "MTX" Jem Brown take on the debuting

Shabbaz who is partnered by Keith Myatt.

As the “Path to Destruction Tour 2004” Continues across the North of England,

wZw make a scheduled stop to the Starlight Suite, High Pit Rd, Cramlington on

Saturday 1st May 2004, for a massive evening of Pro Wrestling Entertainment as

seen on TV.

For more information on the show please check out our official website at

http://www.wzwuk.com or call 07986 431206 (Virgin Network)

 

Details:

 

Venue: Starlight Suite, High Pit Rd, Cramlington (01670 733740)

Date: Saturday 1st May 2004 (Doors Open 6.15 – Show Time 7.00)

 

Tickets: Ring Side - £8 Adult, £6 Kids or £25 Family (2 Adults & 2 Kids)

Tiers - £6 Adult, £4 Kids or £18 Family (2 Adults & 2 Kids)

 

Ticket are available from the venue now, or you can purchase them on the door on

the night. You can also purchase them online at

http://www.wzwuk.com/catalog/default.php.

 

FWA Stars Alex Shane and Aviv Mayaan are heading up to Scotland later on this

month for BCW in what promises to be an action packed weekend tour. First stop

on April 29th is BCW Live at the Kimarnock Grand Hall followed by another show

on the 30th of April at the Ballerup Hall, East Kilbride. As well as Alex Shane

and Aviv Mayaan, FWA Star Stevie Knight is also billed. Tickets for both shows

are listed as £10 or £25 for a family ticket.

 

This past Sunday at the NPWA training School an unscheduled match took place

between the Champion Danny Hope and long time NPWA Wrestler Major Pain. Danny Hope started to get cocky and was showing off to the trainees when Pain

locked him in a modified Cobra Clutch and followed up with his trademark Armed

Force Elbow to get the win. This lead to Danny Hope assaulting Pain and then NPWA officials who tried to stop the brawl and Danny has been removed from all upcoming NPWA shows and the active roster as a whole.

 

This has affected the card for NPWA High Octane which will take place on May

7th. For full details visit http://www.geocities.com/npwauk

 

FCW, “Road to the Gold – The Final Battle” - Baggeridge Social Welfare Centre,

Lower Gornal, West Midlands

Sunday April 25th 2004

Doors Open - 7:00pm

Show Starts - 7:45pm

Tickets - £5 or a family ticket (4) - £17

Matches have been announced -

 

FCW Heavyweight Title Tournament Final

Laken Xander vs Celt Kennedy

Morales vs Jorge Castano

"Tomcat" Kevin O'Neil/"SOTN" Rob Hunter vs The British Connection

X-Dream vs Jonny Storm

A-Star Athlete vs Cameron Knite

Marc Hogan vs Spud

Devils Advocate vs Jack Storm/Dragon Phoenix vs Swift Justice

http://www.futurewrestling.co.uk

*subject to change*

 

That’s all for this week – for more UKScene goodness check out Adam Sibley’s

latest column over at W101, take care and see you next week.

 

Goldy

 

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EWR WWE Corner by Chris2K

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Howdy everyone, and welcome to the Backlash installment of the WWE EWR Corner, with me, Chris2K, the person who scored 100% in the TWO Prediction League for this event! The observant amongst you will have noticed that 'Chris Dewing' of TWO was in the WrestleCrap.com mailbag this week, and that is indeed my good self ;). Backlash has split the board in reviews so far, with some liking it, and others disliking it. Let's see what EWR thinks...

 

Real star ratings from Scott Keith of 411Mania.com.

 

<Match One: Shelton Benjamin vs. Ric Flair>

 

Booked As: Match, 1vs1, Singles, Shelton wins cleanly

 

Crowd: 90%

 

Match: 66%

 

Overall: 78%

 

Stars: **3/4

 

Real Stars: **

 

Shelton's continued push continues, but it seemed to have a small hurdle when he was nowhere to be seen on the Raw after Backlash. The match itself suffered a few blown spots, but Ric isn't getting any younger. Maybe Batista would've been a better choice for the match.

 

<Match Two: Jonathan Coachman vs. Tajiri>

 

Booked As: Booked As: Match, 1vs1, Singles,Coach wins by Garrison Cade interference.

 

Crowd: 54%

 

Match: 60%

 

Overall: 57%

 

Stars: *1/2

 

Real Stars: *1/4

 

A very accurate rating of the match compared to real life, as it was expected to be a comedy match, but Coach's wrestling seemed to confuse people. Still Coach is good, as Colin will no doubt verify.

 

<Match Three: Chris Jericho vs. Christian and Trish>

 

Booked As: Match, Handicap, 1vs2, Jericho wins cleanly

 

Crowd: 90%

 

Match: 77%

 

Overall: 83%

 

Stars: ***

 

Real Stars: ***

 

The first ever perfect comparison between real life and EWR is here, and it comes in a match which was about as good as was expected. I myself expected Trish to turn, but it shows what I know. Christian bring in Tyson Tomko as his protection might be a good move, and maybe even a stable could form between the three of them.

 

<Match Four: Victoria vs. Lita>

 

Booked As: Match, 1vs1, Singles, Victoria wins cleanly

 

Crowd: 74%

 

Match: 61%

 

Overall: 68%

 

Stars: **

 

Real Stars: 1/2*

 

I was incredibly relieved when Victoria won this, as Lita with the Women's title almost makes me want to vomit. The face turn of Matt on Raw scares me just as much, as it might mean the return of the drugged up hippy brother of his.

 

<Match Five: Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley>

 

Booked As: Match, 1vs1, Hardcore, Orton wins cleanly

 

Crowd: 82%

 

Match: 74%

 

Overall: 78%

 

Stars: ***

 

Match: ****

 

I think Orton surprised almost everyone by taking some rather extreme bumps throughout this match, and because it happens so little these days, the bumps meant more. I doubt anyone expected him to lose though.

 

<Match Six: Hurricane & Rosey vs. La Resistance Tres>

 

Booked As: Match, 2vs2, Tag, Hurricane wins by interference from Eugene

 

Crowd: 49%

 

Match: 74%

 

Overall: 61%

 

Stars: **1/2

 

Real Stars: DUD

 

This filler match was completely random, seeing as none of them have any issues. Still, Eugene's presence is enough to make anyone like it a bit. To be fair to the WWE, they have booked Eugene superbly... so far.

 

<Match Seven: Edge vs. Kane>

 

Booked As: Match, 1vs1, Singles, Edge wins cleanly

 

Crowd: 85%

 

Match: 75%

 

Overall: 80%

 

Stars: ***

 

Real Stars: 3/4*

 

The real match was a complete train-wreck, and didn't do much to show Edge's real talent, or Kane's monsterous nature. Not quite sure how the EWR match was given such incredible ratings, but miracles must happen.

 

<Match Eight: Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels>

 

Booked As: Match, 1vs1vs1, Singles, Benoit wins cleanly

 

Crowd: 90%

 

Match: 80%

 

Overall: 85%

 

Stars: ***1/2

 

Real Stars: ****3/4

 

Like WrestleMania, EWR doesn't quite seem to get the idea of how well these three work together. The best thing is, Chris Benoit retained his title, and smarks everywhere celebrated that his push was for real. The Earl Hebner moment when Benoit was in HBK's Sharpshooter was brilliant, made better by King's commentary. Hopefully we can get some Benoit vs. Michaels matches soon.

 

OVERALL SHOW: 74%

 

WWE PPV Rankings:

 

1. WrestleMania XX - 75%

 

2. Backlash - 74%

 

Next week, I'll be doing the 2004 Royal Rumble, and adding that into the PPV rankings table. Until then, have a safe week.

 

Cheers,

 

Chris2K

 

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Just Because You’re Small… by Trinity

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Just because your small, doesn’t mean you don’t have the punch.

 

Corny title, yes I know, but it has its purpose when the rest of this is

finished. For the English you have the one thing Americans covet more than

anything, well this American specifically. Not a lot of rain or David Beckham,

but the Wrestling Channel. With that channel you get the chance to watch some of

the best wrestling from the puro of Japan to the Indies of America, in addition

to feds like FWA. Problem is that if it’s a wrestling channel wouldn’t they try

their hardest to find tapes of different feds to help make the station more

rounded? I’m sure the repeats do get old.

 

With that...now I can get to what I want to get into. Recently TWC has made a

decision to purchase shows from Pro Pain Pro Wrestling, otherwise known as 3PW

instead of IWA MS. This normally wouldn’t have been a problem, but the attitude

of the heads is what is insulting to me, mainly because I want to see feds

flourish. But to say that one fed is sub par because the casual fan wouldn’t be

interested in it is an entirely different story. Because IWA is smaller crowds,

fans won’t be interested. Do they think the casual wrestling fan is that

ignorant? IWA MS doesn’t have as good of a production value, or sound quality

as 3pw?

 

Wasn’t it originally about the wrestling?

 

Trying to compare the two feds on an aesthetic value is like comparing apples to

oranges. 3PW is held in the Mecca of independent wrestling in the East Coast, in

Philly. Being there, you have to cater to the Philly fan which can sometimes be

considered the spoiled Philly fan. Jasmin St. Clair, Todd Gordon and the Blue

Meanie managed to fashion a fed that basically became an offshoot of ECW in a

way. Blood, Broads and Booze is the credo. I might be off on the Booze, it might

be Blood Brawls and Broads but that’s an minute detail. Stationed at places such

as the Electric Factory in Philly, which really is a giant nightclub, wouldn’t

you expect to look better?

 

Now compare that to IWA. They recently have been touring in three major places,

Highland, Ootlic and Salem Indiana, basically right in the middle of the

Midwest. A lot of these places are old gyms and community centers, nothing like

the atmosphere that the Electric factory could produce. There are two different

worlds, for IWA, to draw a crowd that’s in the 200s would be perfect for them,

because they don’t hold shows in a heavily populated place. The closest to them

would be Highland, which is about twenty minutes from Chicago, which is where

they draw their biggest crowds for them. To most that’s pathetic, to them it’s a

great day.

 

But back to my point I was trying to get to. I recently ordered Simply the Best

5 from IWA, and if your concerned about WRESTLING, it is one of those shows that

you must get as a fan. For those that believe the words that come out of Jim

Cornette’s mouth, you are complete and utter morons. In the recent years it

hasn’t been about deathmatches and hardcore wrestling.. they save that for very

specific circumstances, instead its about trying to mix the old with the new.

Guys like Jerry Lynn make regular appearances along with AJ Styles, B-Boy,

Homicide, and the return of the franchise of that federation, Chris Hero. Add

into that the young ones that have been making their mark like Delirious and

Matt Sydal, you have a fed that is still interesting and putting some of the

best matches up in recent memory. At Simply the Best 5 there was

 

AJ Styles vs. Matt Sydal

 

Delirious vs. Jerry Lynn

 

Chris Hero vs. B-Boy

 

BJ Whitmer vs. Samoa Joe

 

Coming up there will be appearances by the Havana Pitbulls who are probably the

second best tag team in the U.S. next to the Briscoe Brothers, and the Amazing

Red. Pretty good for a fed that only houses death match workers huh? Wouldn’t

the caliber of those matches offset the smallness of the audience?

 

Even the small audiences make for a more close knit experience. Take the

entrance of Nate Webb. To see his entrance into the IWA is almost a Zen like

experience of crowd participation. Or to see the Ole Kick of Samoa Joe is

another one. One forgets the size and worries about what’s going on, causal or

hardcore fan. And the bigwig bosses at TWC believe you shouldn’t have the

chance to experience EVERYTHING wrestling has to offer. You all are getting 3PW,

shouldn’t you be allowed to get IWA MS? Shouldn’t you be allowed to get feds

like PWG or RevPro, or NWA Wildside? Shouldn’t these feds get a chance to shine?

Variety is the spice of life, and unfortunately the people of TWC believe you

shouldn’t get that opportunity.

 

Trinity

 

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TWO Newsletter Main Event –

“WHAT SHOULD A GM DO?” by Stephen Ashfield

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WHAT SHOULD A GM DO?

 

It's nothing new is it really? When Vince finally announced that WWE would be

split into two separate brands of Raw and Smackdown it was with himself and Ric

Flair in charge of each brand. Hat didn't last very long and as soon as Flair

was downgraded to just another everyday wrestler, the age of the General Manager

was born. Eric Bischoff made the comeback of the century to become GM of Raw and

Stephanie McMahon's previous sins were forgiven and she became GM of Smackdown.

But what would they do and how would the role develop over the coming years?

 

As I've already mentioned, this is nothing new. Remember the days of Tunney,

the powerless President of the WWF? Then there was the Commissioner spot

destined to be filled by injured or retired wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels,

Sgt.Slaughter and Mick Foley. Oh and course there was the time Steve Austin

became CEO of the WWF as his battle against Mr McMahon continued on for forever

and a day. Yeah it's nothing new but what do the GM's do now?

 

Initially it all looked very promising with Bischoff doing his best to start an

inter-brand war with Smackdown. Talent was raided, Bischoff appeared on

Smackdown in that legendary gay wedding and of course there was the night

Stephanie stole Brock Lesnar from Raw. But that all disappeared almost as soon

as it started. There was even the tentative idea of Steph and Eric getting

together but that died a death.

 

With Raw and Smackdown continuing to exist alongside each other, the role of the

GM took on another angle. Bischoff used his powers to make faces lives hell,

then he suddenly had to deal with Austin as co-GM and it simply became a double

act sitcom. Over on Smackdown, there was a variation on the theme. Steph was a

face (and quite a pretty but expanding one) and Vince was back to make her life

a misery before finally ridding us of her. That gave us Heyman, so we had the

strange situation where the two WWE brands were being 'run' by the former bosses

of ECW and WCW! How Vince must have loved that.

 

And so the situation continued, week after week it was 'how shall we embarrass

Bischoff?' as Austin was given a few minutes of air-time. Over on Smackdown

Heyman was the evil boss feuding with Benoit and Guerrero.

 

All a bit predictable really isn't it? It's the 'we all hate our boss' scenario.

Oh there was the ridiculous Austin Sheriff storyline and now it's Angle being

attacked by Big Show and a total mess on Smackdown.

 

It's all gone a bit wrong really and a great chance has been lost. Remember the

draft lottery ending with a mass brawl between the stars of Smackdown and Raw?

Why on earth didn't Vince decide to have a war between the two brands? Now that

would be a PPV: Benoit v Guerrero, HHH v Cena, Kane v Undertaker etc. But no, if

anything there's total love between the two brands unless your name is Booker T

of course. We even get updates from the other brand on the rival's shows.

 

Something has to be done to liven up the situation regarding General Managers.

Should it be a job that merely has a boss who hates his employees or should it

be used simply to set up matches and settle arguments? What do you think?

 

Stephen

 

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Contributors

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US News – By Pabster (Pabster@talkwrestlingonline.com)

UK News - By Goldy (Goldy@Wrestling101.com)

EWR WWE Corner - By Chris2k (Chris2k@Wrestling101.com)

Just Because You’re Small … - By Trinity (Trinity@Wrestling101.com)

TWO Newsletter Main Event - By Stephen (Stephen@Wrestling101.com)

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That's it for this week, I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of the

Newsletter. Thanks to Trinity, Goldy, Stephen and Chris2K for their awesome

input. Congratulations to Boyo on winning the Best Thread Badge for this week,

and also MillianLiraMan on winning the TWO Member of the Week award. Thanks to

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Seeing as I tried sending this out twice tonight and the server packed in whilst sending it out, it looks like it's forum only this week. A fair few of you may have received it but the majority didn't.

 

Sorry guys but hopefully you'll enjoy the NL.

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Awwwwww! Cheers for making me member of the week guys, I'm not sure being a 'member' is a good thing but thanks! I half expected an inanimate carbon rod to beat me to it but there you go!

 

Pab called the thread of the week right as well, that's been a great read this week. Nice one Pablito!

 

Good work again folks on the newsletter. :xyx

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