Are "good friends" really friends forever?
Hello to my wonderful fans, weekly readers, new readers, bosses, and whoever else is reading my column this week! Lets of things happened in the world of wrestling this week. WWF changed stations, WCW tried to catch the viewers attention, and Raven finally debuted in the WWF! Austin return, Austin stunned STEVEN WILLIAM REGAL! The nerve of that man! This week, I had planned on bringing back trivia, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Possible next week! First I have to dig into my wrestling trivia to find a nice hard question. Also, I do plan to work on my website SOMETIME this week, or next week. I will hopefully be adding modeling pictures (yes, I've modeled ) in the near future. As always, the address is http://www.the-fishers.com/sheerah Well, that's it, on to my column!
Ratings, they're almost always the first subject of every column I do. Well, maybe I'll change things around next week, but for now I'll just stick to the normal schedule. Ratings are in, and are as normal as ever. Last week WCW scored a 2.75, off of the hours of 3.2 for the first, and 2.3 for the second. As you can see, they went down from last week's little spike that they had. WWF's Raw did a 5.7 composite, off of the hours of 5.5 for the first, and 5.9 for the second. If I may make one prediction, I predict that the WWF will have a hard time in the ratings next week. After all, they've moved from USA, to TNN, and they didn't get to have any advertising time for the move. The average wrestling fan that doesn't have the internet, and switches from Nitro to Raw on Mondays, may have a problem with the change. And then others might just forget. So I expect for there to be a big blow to the WWF in the ratings next week, no matter how good of a show they put on. Well, at least WCW will like it, because they will probably reap the benefits of it for a couple of weeks. Where does ECW end up in all of this? Well, they don't have a Ratings War on Monday Nights, but they do have shows on TNN. It looks like Vince McMahon has waived the exclusive wrestling rights to TNN, which means that ECW will probably still be on until the end of the year, or until they find another network. Which is exceedingly good for ECW.
It's time once again for the PWI to announce their top 500 list. Personally, I don't think it really means anything. It's not an official listing, and sometimes I really don't know how they judge it. In fact, while looking at the list I sometimes wonder if they just randomly pick the names out of a hat, or just put them down in the order they first think of. Obviously, I'm not going to write the entire 500 list in my column, but I will give you the top twenty. This is in order from 1-20: Triple H, The Rock, Chris Benoit, Kenta Kobashi, Jeff Jarrett, Justin Credible, Mike Awesome, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Chris Jericho, Kensuke Sasaki, Vader, Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Mitsuharu Misawa, El Hijo del Santo, The Big Show, Diamond Dallas Page, Sid Vicious, Rhino, Eddie Guerrero. Well, there you have it, their list of the top twenty. My first thought was "Hey, Triple H is at the top, it can't be all that bad". I know you're probably thinking of me as a Triple H Mark, but when Hunter is champion, he is never afraid to put the title on the line for a match, and in dong so there are always wonderful bouts for the belt. The Rock for #2, well, I can argue that one. Sure, he can hold the crowd in the palm of his hand, but he's not the second best WRESTLER I've seen. Then there is Benoit, who deserves to be high on the list, followed by Kenta, who is also good. Then, out of no where, Jeff Jarrett appears! Then we go down and see DDP, and Sid Vicious, who hardly had any matches in the year 2000. And who the heck is Rhino anyway? I think that that for this list they just go mostly go by popularity. But then every once in a while they come out with something good. But way down on the list this year, Stephen Richards was #215, and he's only really wrestled one match this year! Sure, he's great, but I don't think having to wrestle one match should get you that high up.
Wanna hear something that I found rather amusing? It's news on the ever-popular Mick Foley. Well, it's probably old news, and I just heard about it now. It seems that Mick owns a Gym, appropriately name "Foley's Gym". I find that rather funny because Mick isn't very muscular, and is a bit (or a lot) on the heavy side, and he owns a gym? Of course, it has a website. I would go to it just to see the funny pictures of Mankind with Mr. Socko. Not only that they mention that they're soon going to be selling WWF merchandise. If you wish to check it out, all you have to do is go to this address: http://www.navarreflexappeal.com/
There has been some bad news for Bret "The Hitman" Hart. It's been said that he may never wrestle again, because the Doctors are already telling him that should retire. He's suffered many concussions, and evidently that kick by Goldberg did him in. Well, that just goes to show how bad of a wrestler Goldberg is. The point of a wrestling match is to put on a good show, and to NOT injure your opponent, and a good wrestler (like Bret Hart), can do such things. Where as Goldberg can't wrestle, and he ends up putting one of the greatest wrestlers in this sport in retirement. However, I did not start this subject to express my hate for Goldberg. I should hope all of you already know that I picture Goldberg as parasite that is eating away at WCW. I started it to inform you of the situation Bret is said to have, give me opinion on it, and heck, why not express my displeasure with Goldie while I'm at it. If Bret Hart were to retire, I know that I, for one, would miss him. The rest of my Hitman Fan Clan would as well. But I guess when some overgrown dust mite kicks you in the head with all the stupid force he can, there isn't much you can do about it.
I can't believe it, the Rock is STILL WWF Champion! This just isn't right! I had a fit last PPV, so I'm going to have a fit about it now. In fact, if you're an over-protective Rock fan, I suggest that you skip this paragraph and go to the next one, which will hopefully be a bit more happy. Rocky has had that belt way too long, and it's time that someone else gets a shot at it. Alright, I know that the Rock fans have to have their time with him being champion, this is getting a bit silly. Sure, Triple H held on to the belt for a long time, but at least he defended it more, and didn't constantly repeat the same catch phrases over and over again. I know you've all put up with my complaining about the Rock, so I don't plan on writing about him that much longer. But Vince, please, give the belt to someone else. For the record, don't make that "someone else" be Stone Cold Steve Austin, I don't think I could live watching the WWF if that ever happened.
Another upset at WWF Unforgiven was the Triple H vs. Kurt Angle match, when Stephanie showed her alliance to her husband. I was looking forward to seeing Kurt and Steph together, but I guess it's not going to happen. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that Triple H won, but I think Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley-Angle would be pretty interesting. But I guess you never know, it could happen yet. Since she seemed to be pretty unhappy with what she had done at the end. Hopefully this angle will continue on for at least a little while longer, because I find it interesting. Since it involved two great athlete, and three masters of the interview, I'm sure others find it interesting as well.
Goldberg comes to ruin WCW even more. First, Jeff Jarrett comes out and does a wonderful interview, and then it's followed up by a disappointment from Scott Steiner. But then the highlight came, and Vince Russo come to the ring to save the day with an interview! Welcome Home, Russo! NY has missed you! My hometown hero has return, and it almost led me to forget the upset in the WWF with Rock retaining the title. In Russo's uplifting interview, he blasted Atlanta, and even better, he made disparaging remarks about John Rocker! Actually, I like Atlanta, and I like Georgia, but I can't say that I like John Rocker. In fact, I would love to see him get in the middle of ring and get the stuffing beat out of him. That's what I love about Hometown Heros, they uplift your wonderful start, and diss degenerates like John Rocker.
You know, I do like Nash, but why is he with the Power Plant guys? I'm not complaining, I'm just very puzzled. I like the fact that he's taken them under his wing, but why? Last week, all of a sudden he was behind them, for no real reason whatsoever. Of course, they could've explained it on Thunder, and I just didn't get to see it. Well, nonetheless, I do like seeing Nash using his wrestling knowledge that can only come with time, and sharing it with the upcoming Power Plant wrestlers. In fact, I'm impressed with the power plant wrestlers. Especially Jindrack and O'Haire with their recent winning of the tag team titles. They really do deserve them. Then there is that Mike Sanders guy, who's very good on the mic, and you can't not help but love to listen to him. But why is Shawn Stasiack with them? He's wrestled in the WWF for a couple years, and then for a bit in WCW, and who knows where he was before that. So why is he considered a Power Plant "newcomer"?
I can't believe I forgot. I forgot how much I hate Stone Cold Steve Austin. I'll even go as far as to say that when I look at Austin, and then think of the Rock, I actually would prefer Rocky being World Champion. What makes Austin think he can come back, and give a stupid interview, and then get the usually air time when the WWF now has actual talent? As Kurt very well said, Benoit and Angle's careers shouldn't go down the drain just because Austin was too slow to move out of the way of a car. But speaking of Kurt, it was very nice of him to forgive Stephanie for that lethal kick she gave him. It was a sign of true friendship!
Nitro and Raw have ended, and there were some very good moments. First off, what exactly happened at the end of Nitro that Schiavone was screaming "Who is the champion?" ? I saw the match, but the ending seemed pretty clear to me. Oh well, maybe I missed some stipulation they added or something. Over on Raw, they put on a great show. They definitely made an impression for their first TNN show. They included Raven, they had a killer Main Event, a Ladder match, and some puzzling things happened with Stephanie, Angle, and even Trish Stratus! Trish evidently knows her stuff, since she seems to be interested in our Olympic Hero. However, I'm still hoping, wishing, and looking forward to seeing Kurt and Steph together. Maybe this Trish thing is ment to make Stephanie jealous of her. Hey, you never know! Then there was Chyna's appearance on Playboy, which I really don't want to even mention, or write about any longer. One of the highlights was a small part, but it was when Raven debuted on Raw! Figures, he gets out of a federation that's shown on TNN, and goes to another one just to be on TNN again (as you well know, I've never been impressed with that station). Welcome to the WWF, Raven, but one word of advice. SHAVE! With that, and my Closing Remarks, I will end my column for this week.
~Mike Sanders is cool
~In my opinion, I really don't care about Kronic
~Rey Misterio Jr. STILL looks stupid with his horns
~Ya gotta love Mick Foley's offices, especially his little bathroom one