Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, don't they just make a lovely couple?
Hello all you wonderful wrestling fans out there! First, before I go on to the rest of my column, I'd like to take a moment for trivia! This week, we have yet another winner! For the second week in a row, the winner it…
Mr. Brian Laughling!
Congratulations once again! The correct answer was "Ric Flair". Also, as I have said in the past, the winner of the trivia contest is the FIRST person to answer it correctly. So if you answered the question correctly, but didn't win this week, the reason why is because you weren't the first one. However, sometime I still plan on having a 2nd, and 3rd place winner. Sorry, but there will be no trivia this week. But it will come back next week, so don't fret!
It's time, once again, for everybody's favorite subject, ratings! How did WCW do with their Australian Tour Show in ratings? Well, not too good because they got a 2.5 composite, off of a 3.1 for the first hour, and a 1.9 for the second. Ouch, that 1.9 has got to hurt! Then we travel on over to the WWF, which got a 5.4 composite, off of a 5.0 for the first hour, and a 5.7 for the second. Surprisingly enough, they didn't get as high of a rating as I thought they would. After all, it was the night that we found out who ran over Austin during last year's Survivor Series. The on WCW they're showing their shows from their Australian tour. I liked the show, and no matter what anybody else says, I liked seeing Jeff Jarrett dressed up like Surfer Dude Sting.
Well, isn't this time interesting news? The Loss Angeles Times reported that the World Wrestling Federation has offered Rulon Gardner a large amount of money to appear in the WWF. In case you didn't know, Rulon Gardner is an amateur wrestler who was in the Olympics. Heck, I would've known that unless I asked my Dad. Who could ever keep all of those Olympic wrestlers straight anyway? Here is what Mr. Gardner said in the article: "They call almost every day. They've offered me anywhere from $250,000 for one [pay-per-view] show to $1 million for a one-year contract," Then Gardner goes on to say, "Believe me, that's a lot more money than I made last year in amateur. But I believe I can help put Greco-Roman wrestling on the map. . . . We all have to stand up for what we believe in, and I still believe in amateur wrestling." Oh well, at least Kurt Angle saw the light and headed over to the WWF. Although amateur wrestling is a great sport, but it's also a dying sport. I hate to say it, but it's true (it's true). Rulon, I wish you the best of luck on making amateur wrestling popular again, because you're going to need it.
Here's some news that I found not-so-surprising. The WWF is concerned with the lack of heel hear that good 'ole Rikishi Phatu has been receiving since he was revealed as the "mysterious driver". What did you expect? Rikishi has the charisma of a log! I mean, in the interview he gave you almost felt sorry for the pathetic loser. Okay, he hit the #1 fan favorite in the WWF (Austin) with a car, he'll get some heat with that. But then you put it with the fact that he did it for the #2 fan favorite in the WWF (The Rock), and you get one messed up storyline. With the way they're having things go, you're either going to like Rikishi for giving the Rock a chance at the World Title (with Austin out of the picture), or you'll hate him for running over the one, and only, Stone Cold Steve Austin. But that's not all, you also add on to that the fact Rikishi's interviews make a Brooklyn Brawler match look fun and entertaining. So, it's no surprise that the crowd isn't reacting to the WWF's new "top heel" the way they want them two. Since they can't rely on Rikishi's interview skills to get him over as a heel, expect to see some major bad happenings from Rikishi in the weeks to come.
Once again, Vince McMahon seems to be sitting back, and watching the money roll in. Last Friday, the WWF signed a distribution deal with Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian television companies, in an attempt to expand their Asian and Eastern European audiences. It's amazing how business seems to be booming with the PTC, in a vampire like way, it trying to suck the life out of the World Wrestling Federation. But I don't feel like writing about the PTC today, so I'll just continue on with the subject I first started with. Now, for the WWF fans in Japan, you can tune into JSKY Sports, and see programs such as Smackdown, and Raw is War. Honestly, I'm not quite sure how well they're going to do in Japan. Yes, wrestling is a big thing over there, but it's a different type of wrestling. It's still the same old Pro-Wrestling, but they push people according to their wrestling skill and ability, unlike over here in the US. They also don't push angles, and gimmicks as much, it's primarily just wrestling. So would expect that either the people would love the new angle-oriented show, or that they'd hate it. But still, congratulations to the WWF on their impressive business deal.
Here's something that I found pretty cool. It's an article talking about pay-per-views, which are popular, and they've got some pretty interesting numbers in there. It seem that wrestling PPVs make up for a good amount of PPV revenue. In fact, wrestling and boxing shows are in the first and second lead position. I'd take the time to give you more info, but you can find it right on the web. Just go to the following address: http://content.entrypoint.com/cgi-modperl/content.pl?feed=prnews&catkey=ind_ent&uniqueID=971701685602045&bid=1 Also, if you don't have the internet, just drop me an e-mail and I'll send you the report if you're really interested in it.
Is it just me, or does WCW have the worst entrance themes? Stings is great, but the rest of them aren't so hot. There's Booker T's, which has been around forever. But what about Shane Douglas? That has to be the lamest things I've ever heard! There are some that are tolerable, but the rest of them need to be put out of their misery. Vince Russo, Ric Flair, and Kevin Nash's are alright, and tolerable. But then there's the Kidman's, David Flairs, Jeff Jarrett, and just about everyone else in WCW has to come out to horrible music. The WWF certainly is better in the music department. At the moment I can't think of a theme that is quite as bad as any of the WCW themes. Even ECW has the sense to have good themes (although, I wouldn't classify all of them as "good" either). So, here's a hint to WCW. To avoid making cheap looking, and sounding programs, at least have some good music.
Well, Nitro has officially started, and Lance Storm has caught my eye. He is simply amazing. He comes out, week after week, and continually gives one of the most boring interviews in the sports-entertainment world. He has no charisma, no mic talent to speak of, but somehow he still gets heat from the crowd. Then somehow he makes it interesting, how on earth is that possible? I guess you could say he's either really great at giving bad interviews, or he's really bad at giving good interviews. But nonetheless, his wrestling talent and ability makes up for it. But there's still just something about his interviews that always seem to get my attention. Maybe it's because his total lack of expression can be hilarious at times.
It's finally happened! Eddy Guerrero is his old self again! At last, he ditched that floozy (AKA Chyna), and is getting on with his wrestling career. Once again, it's amazing how much heat Eddy can get from the crowd, just by walking down the ramp. I love his heel interviews, they're so refreshing and entertaining. Although, I still wish that the WWF would turn Chris Jericho heel, and have them team up. But instead, he has to face Latino Heat himself. Now that I think about it, Jericho was the one that Eddy took Chyna from. I almost forgot about that, since they had no feud, which was a bit surprising. But Eddy now faces a challenge in the form of Billy Gunn. I must say, Gunn is as ugly as a dog, even though he's one pumped up dude. But I have no doubt that Eddy will come out on top. After all, Eddy was the originator of the saying "Cheat to Win". Although, I've always been partial to "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat".
I can't believe that Stephanie has finally done it. She's shown her alliance to her Olympic hero, and mine, Kurt Angle! I think that they both make a great team, and a lovely couple at that! I make a prediction that things will get interesting when another Kurt Angle vs. Triple H match comes up. Sure, Stephanie said she's permanently be in Angle's corner, but what happens when he fights her husband? But until that happens, it looks like we'll be enjoying some nice Stephanie/Kurt Angle interviews. What I would like to know is where Steph got that shirt she was wearing, it was totally awesome. What she needs to do is have a girl section on her website, for the other 'gals out there like me her admire her wonderful sense of style.
Monday Night has ended, and I can't for the life of me remember what happened on the Main Event on Nitro. I remember watching it, but the ending escapes my mind. Evidently nothing too good happened. What I do remember was David Flair vs. Goldberg, Spear, Jackhammer, Ding, ding, ding, the boring segments over. Then the WWF had a good show, and even included more of the Los Conquistidores! I'm not sure which one I like better, Numero Uno has wonderful mic skills, but Numero Dos has got wrestling down perfectly. Or was it Numero Dos with the mic skills, and Numbero Uno with the wrestling skill? Oh well, who could ever tell the difference anyway. The Main Event was impressive. I just love it when Kurt Angle teams up with the Los Con…. Hmm… I mean, Edge and Christian. I also liked Jeff Hardy's hair, it was especially colorful this week. I think I will end there for this edition of Sheerah's Sharpshooter. Have a great week, and feel free to e-mail me. So, off to my Closing Remarks.
~You'd think that since WCW's shows were taped, they'd get better a "bleeping" out the curse words, and not "bleeping" the entire statement.
~Poor Trish, she was forced to play strip poker with ruffians such as the APA.
~I may not like WCW themes, but they have awesome entrances with their light work (especially Sting's).