Strange things happen to the wrestling world when someone who has a signature move where they rub their backside in someone else's face, gets in a leading angle with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Welcome once again to Sheerah's Sharpshooter! Finally! The secret to who hit Austin with a car has been told! Not only that, but there was also a rather interesting segment on Nitro which included the Stinger, and Jeff Jarrett. Before I go on to the rest of my column, I have a trivia winner to announce! The winner to last week's trivia contest was….
Congratulations to the winner! The correct answer was Rikki Choysu. Now, for this week's trivia, I'll give an question that is a little bit more easy. As always, send your answers to Sheerahs.Sharpshooter@juno.com, now, on to the question!
Who was the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion?
5)None of the above
As always, it's Ratings News time! First off, Nitro didn't do so good. Personally, I like their shows. Sure, they have weird gimmicks and angles, and continue to push one, and only one wrestler (although, the same could be said about the WWF and the Rock), but it's still interesting. WCW came off with a 2.65 composite, with a 3.1 for the first hour, and a 2.2 for the second. With a look at those ratings, you'd almost think it was WCW switching channels, and not the WWF. The World Wrestling Federation is still pulling pretty strong ratings. Last week they had a 5.35 composite, from a 4.8 for the first hour, and a 5.9 for the second. As you can tell, the channel change hasn't effected them too much in the ratings, because they're still pulling numbers in the 5.0 area and higher. Some interesting news about the ratings. TNN was up 150% in adult viewership, from ages 18-49, than the same week last year. Also, USA Network was down 37% in the same adult region from last year. Those are pretty big numbers, if I do say so myself. While the WWF is thriving, I still don't understand WCW bad ratings. Well, actually, they're not bad at all. But when you compare them to the competition, they're definitely someone missing from WCW.
Rumors are still flying everywhere about the buyout of WCW. The more I hear, the more I believe them. First off, on tvguide.com you'll find that they're reporting that Mr. Peter Guber (the head of Mandalay Sports), is in "serious negotiations" to buy World Championship Wrestling. Then we head of over to another thing that has been reported about Hulk Hogan. It's reported that Hogan was on the Bubba Love Radio show, and said that he had 17 message on his answering machine that said the deal with WCW and Mandalay sports is done. I think that something big is going to happen, but I'm not quite sure what. As everyone is saying, chances are that WCW will not announce anything until after the Australian tour, which makes perfect sense. Where would this leave Vince Russo? I hate to say it, but it doesn't look good for Vinnie Ru. As it's been said, is Mandalay Sports does buy WCW, then Eric Bischoff could very well be the President once again. I personally thought that Russo and Bischoff worked well together, and I do hope that Vince will be on the booking committee. One thing is for sure, I can't wait until WCW announces what has been happening. As always, these are just rumors, and speculations. Because it's evident that WCW is hiding something, or else they would've made an official statement about it now. I'm sure they're not hiding the fact that the WWF is buying them out, because that's just a silly little comment that was made by Antonio Inoki. Yes, that's where that rumor started from, the infamous Japanese wrestler.
The Smackdown Challenge now looks like a pathetic attempt at ratings. We all know that really isn't what it is, but I'm tired of seeing the WWF begging and pleading just to get a second of the Presidential Candidate's time. Fifty-five WWF Superstars have signed, and sent letter to the Commission on Presidential Debate, which Bush and Gore urged them to do. Vince McMahon, Linda McMahon, Steve Austin, the Rock, Mick Foley, Chyna, Kane, and many others were among the list to sign. I don't know, maybe Bush and Gore really are serious about this, even though it looks like they couldn't care less. One good thing about coming on Smackdown, they'll not only be reaching the eligible voters of today, but also the ones of tomorrow. I'm sure there are people like me out there, who are missing the privilege to vote because of a couple short months until a birthday arrives. But those people like me will be voting in the next election, so why not get a head start on reaching the voters of tomorrow? If they don't accept the Smackdown Challenge, it will look like the Presidential Candidates don't care about the youth of America (like the Rock stated). Although, I am sure they care a great deal, but do they care enough to do something to reach us?
Poor Juventud, he seems to be suffering the ultimate punishment. Jail in American must be something terrible, but jail in another country is even worse. As you've heard by now, Juventud pleaded guilty to assaulting police, causing bodily harm, disorderly behavior, willful exposure and possessing a dangerous drug. Just think, all of this happened on the first week of WCW touring Australia. From what I've gathered from various reports, he had been celebrating with other wrestlers the night before, where he accepted the drug ecstasy. He was ordered to pay nearly $1,800 in fines and compensation on Monday. I don't particularly want to put many details in. I know if I were Juvi, I certainly wouldn't want any of this stuff posted all over the internet. But the court was told he was yelling and violently swinging his arms and legs at three police officers that were send to detain him on Saturday morning. Juventud's lawyer, Peter Shields, said "The events which followed were as a result of what can only be described as a severe reaction to the drug,". WCW also told the court that Juvi was going to be sent home this past Monday, and he was going to lose his income from this tour. As of now, I don't believe WCW knows what they're going to do with the Juice. They just signed him to a contract, and it would be a shame to fire such a great athlete. The WWF might pick him up, but I don't find it likely that he'd make it big there. Only because they already have such a full roster, and combined with the fact that they've never picked him up before when he contract was running out.
I just took a look at my calendar, and one of my favorite wrestlers had a birthday yesterday! So, I'd just like to take a couple seconds to say, Happy Birthday, Steven Richards! As I've said before, it's great to see good 'ole Stevie back on TV. Now that I think about it, the RTC gimmick he has going is different that anything else he's ever done. He's been Dance'n Stevie Richard, the one and only King of Swing, but I can't think of him ever playing a character so evil like the one he is now. He's always been the good funny guy. I'd like to make a nice little prediction. We all know that the RTC isn't going to be around forever (although I would probably like it if it would). I think that when Vince McMahon decides to pull the plug on it, it will end up that the RTC falls apart when Stephen starts acting like his old self, and dissipate when they don't have anyone to lead them. That's just one theory, but I do believe that Stephen will be involved in the break-up somehow. But for now, I guess we'll all just have to enjoy Richards' wonderful mic skills. I can think of very few people who can attract heat from a crowd just by saying the word "unacceptable".
You know, I really am starting to like WCW. I would personally like to give all the credit to Mr. Russo, but I'm sure that there are a lot of other guys in the back that are helping out. Like Johnny Ace, who is pushing for longer matches (Thank God they brought in a Japanese booker). One thing I especially like is the Mike Sander/The Cat feud. There's nothing like a good old fashion power struggle. I like both the Cat, and Mike Sanders, so the feud should be pretty good. As we've all heard, the Cat doesn't want to lose his commissioner powers to Sanders in a match. I don't see how they'd be able to work around that, but hopefully Mike will get the full commissioner power. Come on guys, Mike is great! Sure, he may be new, and you may not be able to picture him in such a large role for being so new. But think back to a couple years ago, back then would you have pictured the Cat being a commissioner. Back then he just came out to the ring, and just challenged anyone he could, including the people in the crowd. So, just give Mike a chance at proving how good he'd be! Even I'm giving him a second chance. Yes, I mean second chance. After he made Boogie Knights lose the tag titles that they won, I decided to give him a second chance. Besides, you've got to admit, even though Boogie Knights rule, that segment was a bit funny.
The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, has returned to the WWF! Sure, it may be just a "one night only" deal , but heck, it's great to see him anyway. He still has as much charisma as he ever did, and he even got a nice hair cut. Although, I speculate that the reason he was wearing that hat is because he's getting a bit thin on the top of his head. It's a shame to see such nice hair go to waste, but that's not what makes HBK the most charismatic Superstar in the WWF. Of course, Michaels wasn't the driver, and I don't think that anyone would've ever thought he'd do that. Although I found it interesting that he was ashamed to say that he wasn't the one who ran over Stone Cold. His interview quality hasn't gone down at all, that's for sure. I wish that the WWF would bring Shawn back more often. Sure, he can't wrestle, but he can still hold the crowd in the palm of his hand.
I've decided that I'm going to go out on a limb and show my appreciation to a wrestler that few love, and many despise. Of course, I pretty much do that every week, so nothing much is new. But this time, I'm going to praise a different wrestler! That one lucky guy is… STING! No, wait, it's not Sting, it's the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chosen One, Jeff Jarrett! You have to admit, it took at least a little creativity for him to dress like Sting, and act like a complete goof. His Credit Card plug was hysterical, and the smile he gave at the end of it was priceless. One thing I wish that would've happened is that they played Sting's old Surfer Dude theme, instead of his new one. Well, I guess you can't have everything.
Raw and Nitro both came to an end. Once again, Booker T and company came out on top, but on Raw we finally found out who the mysterious driver was who ran over Stone Cold Steve Austin. I know that I for one was exceedingly surprised to find out that Rikishi did the dirty deed. Now the WWF has this big race angle that they haven't had since the Nation of Domination. By the look on the Rock's face, it didn't look like he condoned what Rikishi did. I personally think there could've been better people to chose to have run down Austin, but I hope that the WWF bookers know what they're doing. Maybe this could play out to be a good angle, but I've never enjoyed angles that have to do with race or religion, so I don't expect to be on the edge of my seat every week to see whats happening for that particular storyline. Well, that's all I have for this week, so I'll end with my Closing Remarks.
~Whatever happened to the ramp that WCW used to have going to the ring?
~Raven is certainly starting to freak me out, his beard looks like he has two horns coming out of his chin.
~I find it a bit interesting that just before Stephen Richards went off TV the last time, he was in an angle where he was infatuated with Chyna, but now he despises her.
~Ya gotta love Al Snow! Who else would've ever thought to represent Greece by representing Grease!
~Eddy, you're better off without Chyna.