Triple H revealed as the man with the master plan? I guess anything really can happen in the WWF…
Hello, Sharpshooter Fans! Last week, I made the comments on Triple H being a sly, slippery snake, and how couldn't you like a guy like that? Well, this week Hunter is also the man with the master plan. However, I'm going to be writing about that later on in my column. First, I have some official Sheerah's Sharpshooter News! I know it doesn't happen that often that I have something even remotely interesting to say about my column, but things have happened this month that has changed that! No, it's nothing big, like I'm going to write column for the WWF (don't I wish). Ever since I started my column, it has come out every week on Tuesdays. That, my friends, has changed. The Sheerah's Sharpshooter Column has now turned into a Bi-Monthly column! It will be sent out every 1st, and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Hopefully with more time to write it, it will help me to make a better product for all of my Sharpshooter fans out there. Things may change down the road and Sheerah's Sharpshooter will turn back to a weekly column, but for now it will be in the "ever-popular" Bi-Month format. On a happier note, Trivia returns this week (or should I say Bi-Month). As always, the first person to answer it correctly will be the winner. On to the question!
What wrestler once went under the name Scotty Flamingo?
3)Scott "Bam Bam" Bigalow
4)Scott Taylor (Scotty Too Hottie)
5)None of the Above
(Note: Send all answers to Sheerahs.Sharpshooter@juno.com)
You know, I've opened up my column with ratings news for a while now, so I think I'm going to have a chance. So I this week I'm going to start out by giving you my Quote of the Week! Actually, in light of recent news, I guess I should call it the Quote of the Bi-Month. As always, there are some wonderful quotes on Nitro and Raw. However, there is one quote that I truly enjoyed hearing. So here goes, your first Quote of the Bi-month. "You're going to have to rewrite your scripted ad-libs" - WCW announcers talking about Mark Madden's annoying sayings. Truer words were never spoken! As I've said, Mark Madden is no Bobby Heenan, and will never be able to replace The Brain. Kudos to whatever announcer made that wonderful remark about Madden. Unfortunately, I don't know which one of you said it. But this wrestling fan is greatful you said it!
It's Ratings News time! Nothing too spectacular happened last week, but ratings did come in and I plan to write about them. WCW, as always, pulled a rating in the 2.5 area. In fact, this week their composite rating was a 2.5, which they got from a 2.9 for the first hour, and a 2.1 for the second. The World Wrestling Federation came off with a 4.9 composite, from a 4.6 for the first hour, and a 5.3 for the second. I know I probably mention this every week, but the WWF got better ratings on USA. Of course, what do you expect when you move a show to a network that has the slogan "We've got pop". I thought that maybe it would take a couple weeks for the WWF to get the 6.0 ratings that they used to, but I guess I was wrong. Well, at least they're getting attention from a new audience, which is always good for a company.
I found out something rather interesting today. I just happened to look at the television today, and the Jenny Jone's Show was on. Trust me, I don't like to make a habit of watching talk shows, but I tuned into it at just the right time to hear some interesting news. They were having one of those "Social outcast to total Knockout" shows, and Jenny said that they're next guest was picked on in high school by two guys for being a dork, and now she's a professional wrestler. So, I broke my "anti-talks show" rule, and watched for a few minutes. For some reason I was expecting to see Chyna come out, but instead some girl named Mickie did. I was a bit disappointed, because I never, in my entire life, had EVER seen her on WWF television. Although, they said that she "wrestles WWF Smackdown Style", which doesn't exactly mean she's an employee of the WWF. She didn't seem to be anyone from WCW, so my guess is that she was part of ECW. I could be wrong, and she could just be some girl that I don't care for watch in two of the major promotions. However, back to the story. She went from a nerd, so someone slutty. In other words, I would put her in the category of Sable, and Chyna, especially since they had to censor part of her outfit. Oh well, at least Stephen Richards would've been happy with the censoring job.
After over a year, we've finally heard some news about the Hart/WWF lawsuit. For all of you who forgot, let me refresh you memory. Lets go back to Over the Edge, 1999, where Owen Hart met an untimely death when he fell from the rafters into the WWF ring. Martha Hart began a lawsuit towards the World Wrestling Federation for wrongful death. Since then, there hasn't been much news about it. And if there was, I certainly didn't hear of it. But now, it appears the they have made a settlement, and the WWF announced last Thursday is would take a Seven Million Dollar charge to meet it. Here is a little excerpt from the article I read on it: "The Stamford, Conn.-based WWF said it will take a general administrative charge of $7 million which is net of its insurance recoveries. It will retain the right to pursue contribution and indemnity from the companies that manufactured and sold the equipment involved in the accident.
Under the terms of the agreement, the World Wrestling Federation will receive a full release from any further liability in the case." That basically sums up the entire deal. I'm not really into lawsuits. I mean, suing the WWF didn't bring Owen back, but I'm sure it certainly taught them a lesson. So I'm glad to see that the WWF is in turn going after the companies that made the faulty products that played a role in the death of Owen Hart.
You know, the more I hear about L. Brent Bozell (chairman of the PTC), the more I hate his guts. Sure, I know that's an immature statement to make, but it sums up my feelings towards him quite nicely. Now he's making comments back towards the WWF on their possible threats of a lawsuit. As always, Mr. "It's my way, or the highway", AKA Bozell, is bragging about how many advertisers he's got to drop their sponsorship from WWF television (specifically WWF's Smackdown). However, you have to give the devil his due, he's doing a great job on getting people to stop advertising on WWF programming. Right now he has a rather impressive list of people and companies he's manipulated, and now Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee can be added to that list. I personally don't think that losing Slim Jim was that bad, because they spend most of their time with WCW. However, losing Chef Boyardee isn't going to be an easy sponsor to replace. Not only do they advertise during WWF shows, but they also make commercials using wrestlers. In fact, they're rather good commercials too. Big Show's was hilarious, Mankind's was funny as well. Although, Chris Jericho's left something to be desired, but I guess you can't win them all. But that's totally beside the point. The point is that Bozell's mouth may be writing checks that his non-profit organization can't check.
Why on earth did WCW bring Lex Luger back? Last week I totally missed his interview, and I was blessed. Actually, I did switch the channel to see what was on WCW, but I heard that signature Lex Luger voice, and turned the channel as quickly as I possibly could. I don't understand how people can say he has good interview skills (at least not 100% of the time, heck, not even 50% of the time). He's a horrible wrestler, he can't do one move without making a horrible shriek. But even with his horrible wrestling and mic skill, he does pretty good putting himself over as a heel. I don't know if it's because he's annoying, untalented, or just good at playing an annoying and untalented fool. One comment about his rants on "I'm a multi-time world champion", those were the darkest booking days of professional wrestling. Actually, Goldberg being champion was the darkest days in pro-wrestling booking, Lugar come in on a close second.
DDP returns to WCW! Vince McMahon returns to the WWF! Now matter how much I like DDP, he can't top Vince McMahon. I never expected him to return. But anyway, Welcome Back, Vince McMahon! Another thing I didn't expect was hearing him talk about politics. All I have to say is that no good WWF fan would vote for Gore, just because of the fact that Lieberman is his running mate, and he's a PTC lackey. But nonetheless, Vince was right and everyone should get their say in the voting polls. Hey, if our vote is held in such high an honor as Al Snow's, Stephen Richards, and all of the rest of the WWF stars, why not participate? That and the fact that we're going to have to live with this new president for four years. Of course, the interview couldn't just be about politics, or else people would probably turn to WCW. So Austin comes out, does his normal ranting, and accuses Vince of being the Master Mind. Now that I think about it, Austin is right. Rikishi isn't the brightest guy in the world, so there must have been a Mastermind behind that deed. However the actual culprit was the last person I expected.
Whoa, a lot happened on the WWF this week! First, The Radicals reform, and the DX reforms (hopefully for one night only). Hey, I like DX as much as the next person, but you have to be careful with resurrecting ideas so frequently. I think it would be best if they went back to the old DX, which basically just consisted of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Chyna (although I wouldn't mind is she wasn't in it). The Radicals reforming was a big surprising, at least for me anyway. It looked like all members have gone their separate ways. But just as you think that, BOOM, they're back together again. If the WWF uses them correctly, they really could be a force to be reckoned with. This time I hope they don't make a mistake and give all the interview time to the guys lacking in mic skills. Sure, they need practice, but I think Eddy Guerrero should get his time too! At least he knows how to work the crowd. But these two things weren't the biggest shock good 'ole Vinnie Mac had for us. What was?
TRIPLE H TURNING ON STONE COLD! That's what it was! I can think back and remember when Hunter stood nose to nose with Austin, and told him he had no part is running him over. Then Stone Cold himself said that he didn't know why, but he believed him. What a fool! No matter how much I dislike the fact that Helmsley is being associated with Rikishi, I can't help but love the fact that Triple H obviously manipulated him into doing his dirty work. I have a feeling that strange things may come about with this storyline. I just have one of those feelings that Vince McMahon may have something to do with this afterall.
Monday has come to an end, and so has the first issue of Bi-Monthly Sheerah's Sharpshooter column. One things that I enjoyed was all of the subliminal messages the WWF was giving to tell you to vote for George Bush. Then right after that, Jerry Lawler just came right out and said that he was voting for Bush, because Leiberman could be a card-carrying member of the Right To Censor. Nothing much caught my eye on Nitro, but one other thing did on Raw. That was Edge and Christian. Of course, they always seem to get my attention. Now that the Right to Censor are tag team champion, hopefully Edge and Christian will finally get their titles shots. Well, I guess I will end with that for this Bi-Month. You'll be having from me again in two weeks! Until then, there are my Closing Remarks!
~How many times does DDP have to say "It's a shoot" in his interview?
~WWF No Mercy: Rated "T" for Trish.
~HaHa… The WWF blasted Lieberman!