The Rock is at the top of the game! But that doesn't make him THE Game…
Welcome ya-all, to this week's edition of Sheerah's Sharpshooter! So much happened this week, with WWF's PPV Backlash, David Aquette becoming the WCW World Champion, and everything that happened on Raw and Nitro. First, I would like to announce that this week I'm bringing trivia back! Since this is the first week I'm having it since, well, a while ago, I'll start off with an extremely easy question! So, here goes!
Who held the WCW Heavyweight Championship for the shortest time?
5)None of the Above
That's it! To enter, just e-mail me (email@example.com) with the answer, and if you're the first person to answer it correctly, you're the winner! I will also mention your name in my next column! Well, now that that's out of the way, I'll get on to the rest of my column!
Nitro has done it! They finally made somewhat of a comeback in the ratings! Actually, last week both shows did great ratings, but as usual, Raw won. As I've said before, we're going to see Raw winning the ratings for many weeks to come, before the wrestling Marks realize that WCW is getting better. Anyway, on to the ratings! WWF's Raw did a 6.3 for the first hour, and a huge 7.9 for the second hour. Overall, Raw did a 7.1 with a 10.8 share. Nitro can't boast such a large rating, but on the WCW scale, they did very well. Nitro did a 3.7 for the first hour, and follows that up with a 2.4 for the second hour. That means overall they did a 3.1 in the rating, and 4.6 share. Head to head Raw beat Nitro, 6.3 to 2.4. Now, for the weekend ratings, WWF Live Wire did a 1.5, and WWF Superstars did a 1.6. WCW Saturday Night actually did beat Live wire, but tied with Superstars with a 1.6. I'm proud to announce that WCW Nitro has done what seemed to be the impossible! They have beaten WWF Sunday Night Heat in the ratings! Because SNH only did a 3.0! Hey, that seemed to have been a major battle for them. Something interesting in the ratings is that Raw pulled the 5th highest rating ever in the history of wrestling programs on cable television. Not only that, HHH/Benoit vs. Rocky/Jericho is the 3rd most watched match ever.
Here's a bit of new on David Aquetter! He was on Entertainment Tonight last Tuesday, and he talked about meeting the wrestlers, and filming Ready to Rumble. He also said that he would be wrestling at the WCW PPV, Slamboree! Slamboree has always been one of my favorite pay-per-views, ever since Eric Bischoff challenged Vince McMahon to a match a couple years back, for that specific PPV. I just recently looked at the card for Slamboree, and it looks like it's going to be a very good one. Later on in my column, I will be giving you predictions, as I always do. Some things rumored for the PPV is a Bischoff/Russo split. I think Bischoff is more likely to leave the New Blood than Russo, but who knows what they have in mind. A split will happen, there's no doubt about that, but the question is when it will happen.
Why does everything happen on Thunder anymore? Quite frankly, I liked it better when it was a nothing show, and no one cared what happened on it! You know why? Because I don't get stink'n TBS! Reading reports aren't like watching the real deal. So now (Sunday Night) David Aquette is the WCW World Champion? Oh my goodness, this isn't good for the New Blood. Heck, I don't think it would even be good for WCW! Well, they're taking a chance, and taking chances it what made the WWF great. But, I don't think this is a chance they should be taking. Another thing that happened on Thunder that I wish I had seen was the Bret Hart interview. I read the results, and it said that he said he could have other jobs if he could no longer wrestle. I truly would hate to see the Hitman go, because he really is (in my opinion), the best there is, was, and ever will be. What he said about Hogan never passing the torch is correct. The Hulkster should've learned from Andre the Giant, who passed the torch on to him. Andre knew when to quit, and Hogan should too! Well, "quite" may not be the right word. Andre knew when he couldn't offer much more to the wrestling business, and passed the "Big Man of Wrestling" Torch to Hogan.
Here's a little interesting note on what's going on in the life of Vincent K. McMahon. The reason why we saw a big advertisement on Raw about Vinnie's Steakhouse is because Vince put up a lot of the much needed moolah to start the Steakhouse. Dusty Anderson is the owner, and he and Vince were in the same college in East Carolina. So, as you've probably guessed, the Steakhouse is named after Vince McMahon. Although, it is kind of strange that someone named Dusty would own a restaurant named "Vinnie's Steakhouse", but I guess anything is possible in the WWF, and the cooking industry. Also, the walls of the restaurant are covered with WWF memorabilia, which I think is interesting. Heck, if I lived down there, and could actually tolerate the flavor of steak, I'd go there!
It's time for the WCW PPV Predictions! The PPV: Slamboree. The card: A Big one. I can tell you, after watching Nitro, I'm surprised that David Aquette is in the Main Event. He was going to be in a match, but I didn't know he was going to be a main eventer for a PPV! Now, on to my predictions for the PPV! For Jeff Jarrett vs. DDP vs. David Aquette, I hope that Page wins it. I really have no clue who will win it, but I'll still go for Page. Then again, I would like to see Aquette as champion again, but I don't think that will happen. Hulk Hogan vs. Billy Kidman, with Eric Bischoff as the special guest referee. Well, it's rumored Bischoff and Russo will split, and there isn't any better time to do it than now! Unfortunately, I have a feeling Hogan will win this one. Sting vs. Vampiro, My Pick: Sting! The Franchise (Shane Douglas) vs. Ric Flair, the stipulation is, if Russo interferes, Flair gets five minutes alone with Vinnie Ru after the match. My guess is Shane will win, with the help of Russo, and then Russo will feel the fury of the Nature Boy! Scott Steiner vs. Booker, My Pick: I don't care, so I'll just say Steiner. Now to Buff Bagwell vs. The Total Package, haven't we seen so many of these matches before? Well, Buffy have a 3 and 0 record again Luger, so I'll go with the Buff One this time! Chris Candido vs. The Artist, my pick has to be Candido, after all, he has Sunny on his side! Hardcore Championship match, Terry Funk vs. Screamin' Norman Smiley and a Mystery Opponent. I wish the mystery opponent would be Raven, but I know that will never happen. My guess for this is the Funker will come out on top for this one!
The Rock is the WWF Champion? What the heck! This can't be! As you can tell, I'm not too thrilled with Rocky being the new WWF Heavyweight Champion of the World. I'm sure I'll eventually get used to the idea, but I still think Triple H makes a better champion. I guess I should've known The Game wasn't going to win when Shane McMahon became the special guest referee. I mean, when something like that happens at a PPV, you know it's somehow going to backfire, and either they're turn on them, or get hurt and someone else will take over. But don't expect the Rock to be champion for long, he does have to film the Mummy after all. Although, for all I know he starts filming two months from now.
We're Not Gonna Take It! I just now realized I kind of like that song, but that really isn't the point. What I'm writing about at the moment is the Aquette/Bischoff/Jarrett/Page/everybody else interview. It was very well done, of course, they did have a professional actor doing part of it. What was interesting was when Russo was driven out of the ring with Elizabeth, and then Bischoff started hiding behind none other than Kimberly! You know, now that I think about Vince Russo, I just realized something. He wears Ric Flair's Rolex on a necklace, and he brings a bat to the ring with him. I believe that bat is something he took from Sting. So he's obvious doing a Chris Jericho thing, and keeping trophies from all the people he's humiliated. I just found that interesting, but I'm sure 75% of you don't.
Ouch, it looks like Triple H got hurt in his match last night. How dare the Rock do that! It could all just be a work, but I guess you never know. The McMahon-Helmsley Regime interview was a beautiful one. Vince McMahon actually threatening his own wife. I guess that the McMahon family isn't dysfunctional, only Linda is. More on the interview is that Stephanie and Triple H yet again did a great job on it. But back to Vince McMahon, he seemed to have shined more throughout the night when he gave referee Earl Hebner the little "talk". Man, that was kind of scary, and yet still entertaining. Than again, when Triple H came down to scare good 'ole Earlie, that was entertaining too!
The WWF Women's division is back! Well, kind of, sort of, almost back. Terri and Ivory vs. Jackie and the Kat was a Women's match, so maybe the WWF plans to bring it back, hopefully. Do you know the one way you can tell a real woman's wrestler, one that has trained, from a women's wrestler who doesn't have all the training, and just got into it? REAL woman's wrestlers don't wear heels in the ring, where as the rest do. Just take Jackie and Ivory, they go for flats. Then there's Terri and Kat, who wear those nice 5 inch heels. Interesting, isn't it?
Yikes! The Rock vs. Shane McMahon in the main event on Raw, that was a match I didn't expect. Vince did a pretty smart thing by making pinfalls, and submissions not count, because Shane is very good at getting out of the cage. Actually, that's probably the only thing he's good at, besides high flying. Vince became WWF Champion, so right there he proved that anything can happen in the WWF. I'm writing this before the main event, so I don't know whats going to happen. So my prediction is that Shane will not emerge the WWF Champion. Maybe someday, but I don't think today is that day.
Edge and Christian are great tag champions! I'm glad that Vinnie Mac didn't have DX win the titles, because they really don't deserve them at the moment. The Tag Team Champions did great commentary in the opening match, especially when they said the dictionary meaning of "shoot". I tell you, when they made the open challenge, I never expected Rikishi and Big… er… hmm… Showkishi to come out to answer their challenge. My father and I had a hunch that Big Show and Rikishi were going to tag, but I never expect Wight to actually dress like Rikishi!
Both Nitro, and Raw put on great shows this week! You know, they seem to do that every week anymore, don't they? I hate to say it, but I'm not quite sure what happened in the Main Event for WCW. I knew it was Mike Awesome vs. Hulk Hogan, and a match with those two wrestlers doesn't really spark my interest. So I watched it for a couple minutes, and then changed to see Vince tell the Rock he's facing his son in a cage match. WWF's main event was good, and I did enjoy it when Triple H kept poking Rocky with a stick. As I said before, I didn't think Shane would win it, and I was right! The big problem is that there are really only two main eventers left in the WWF, them being Triple H and the Rock, the rest are injured. I guess we'll be seeing what Vince does about that in the future. Well, I guess I should end my column, so here are my Closing Remarks.
~Go Courtney Cox! Keep your husband in line!
~When will Jericho get it, the more you diss Stephanie, the more punishment you get.
~Rikishi and the Big Show are together! Now, the perfect tag team name for them is Big and Tall.