McMahon returns… but right now I bet he wishes he hadn't.
Hello Sharpshooter fans! Sure, I'd love to have one of those nice and long introductions, but today I spent a little too much time writing my column, and have about five minutes to write this little opening paragraph, and announce the Trivia Winner and give this week's trivia. So, I'll go on to the trivia! The Trivia Winner for this Bi-month is the one… the only…
Congratulations to the winner! The 1st runner up is Brian Laughling, and the 2nd is Larry Palanza, and the correct answer was Earl Hebner. Now, on to this week's trivia!
Who invented the "Shooting Star Press"?
3)The Great Sasuke
5)None of the above
(Note: As always, send answers to Sheerahs.Sharpshooter@juno.com and please give a name, or nick-name that you wish to be referred to!)
It's not time for the Quote of the Bi-month! Once again, there were man quotes that stuck out. One of them being the crowd on WCW chanting "We Want Hall". Another being Triple H's "Sucks to be you" comment towards Kurt Angle last Thursday. One more I found odd was Tony Schiavone's "Oh, I get it now", come on, how often does Tony actually understand something? All of those were fine and dandy, but my favorite for this week was one by Chris Benoit, making his comments towards "The One" Billy Gunn. So, without further ado, the quote of the Bi-month is… "The One Billy Gunn… will someone please tell me what in the hell that means? I'll tell you what it means, it means he's THE ONE I will beat for the Intercontinental Championship" - Chris Benoit
As you all know, the Holiday Season is right around the corner. Actually, we're probably smack dab in the middle of it! I don't' know about all of you, but my schedule is certainly filled up, and doesn't stop until January 1st. Lets see, what do I have on my date book? Plays… practices for plays… decorating… Christmas shopping… wrapping Christmas presents… Christmas parties… church… caroling… baby-sitting (yes, I'm surprised that got on my schedule too)… New Years parties, and that little annoyance known as "school". Basically, everyday on my calendar has something planned for me to do. I know, you're probably wondering why I'm telling you all of this. I'm telling you this so you'll understand why I'm making the following statement on the Sheerah's Sharpshooter Year of Wrestling Awards (SSYWA). Yes, they will be held. However, I'm going to have to postpone them until January of 2001. Well, look at it this way, at least now you'll have the entire year of 2000 to look over before voting! As always, there will be categories such as "Best Wrestler", "Best Champion", "Best Tag Team", "Best Mic Worker", "Most Improved Wrestler", and more. Plus I will be getting rid of some of the not-so-popular categories, and replacing them with new ones. So, you can look forward to the SSYWA in 2001! Not only that, but expect the "Official Online Home of Sheerah Fisher" to undergo some extreme revamps. True, it had some major revamps not all the long ago, but I figured it was time for another face-lift for my page.
You know, over the past couple of years, I've really noticed something. That is, no matter of good of a wrestler you are, your skills seems to go down hill when you reach the WWF. I'm not saying that they don't have good wrestlers, I'm not saying anything even close to that. For example, take Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, and Eddy Guerrero (there are many more to name, but I'll stick with them for right now). When Chris Benoit was in Japan, and WCW, he had an awesome snap suplex, and basically every other suplex he did had an amazing snap to it. Now that he's in the WWF, his suplexes are still good, but they aren't are brutal as they used to be. Chris Jericho, and his double-powerbombs. When he first started them, they were great, and his opponent met with great force when they landed on the mat. However, now that he's traveled to the World Wrestling Federation, his double-powerbombs are as low impact as you can get. Now on to one of my favorite wrestlers, Eddy Guerrero. In ECW, WCW, and Japan, he was the Master of the Air, and the Master of the Mat, and Master of Quickness, and basically everything else in between (but I must admit, I may be a bit bias when it comes to Eddy). However, now that he's in the WWF, he still puts on a great show, but he's seems to be held back in his matches. The thing is, it's that way with basically every wrestler that comes to the WWF. Why is that? I certainly don't know why. It could be because they're told to give lower impact moves, and ease up on their opponents. It could also be because they always put people like Benoit, Eddy, Jericho, and every other good wrestler they have against some of the worst "wrestlers" they have. Just once, I'd like to see Chris Benoit vs. Dean Malenko. I know, they're both Radicalz, but if they ever split up, I hope I would be able to see them against each other again. I believe it was Road Wild '96 when they put on a wonderful match. The Man of a Thousand Holds vs. The Cripple. They definitely didn't disappoint. It was filled with technical moves, and reversals that came out of no where. Just once in a while, I'd like to see the WWF put on a decent "wrestling" match, not completely revolving around angles and gimmicks. I'm not saying that they shouldn't push gimmicks and angles, they definitely should, it's what makes the wrestling world go on. But they should also be concerned with match quality every once in a while, to keep fans like myself happy every once in a while. Now, just to make myself clear, I am not anti-WWF. I am not pro-WCW. In fact, I openly admit that WCW sucks. I am not Anti-American wrestling, and Pro-American Wrestling (but I will say that the match quality is better in Japan). I'm just saying, for once could we see a technical match that's more than five minutes long! Or could we just see a match where they pull out all the stops, and just go for any move their heart desires?
Alright, now that I've complained, I guess I'm ready to say some good stuff about some wrestlers. Namely Edge, Christian, and the Hardy Boyz (not including Lita). Those two tag teams signify nothing from my complaining above. However, I can't compare their performances to other federations. But if what they're doing now is bad compared to what they regular do, than their normal ones must (if I may steal a quote) totally reek of awesomeness! The two teams feuding together have especially good matches, but they're even good when they're not against each other. They certainly deserve their kudos, you can tell that they go out there and work their butts off to make a match enjoyable for us. Their ladder matches are a pure work of art, not to mention their cage matches! Interview wise, I will say that Edge and Christian have a lot over the Hardys in that area, but that could be because Matt and Jeff haven't really been given much interview time to work on them.
Whoa, who would ever thought that Triple H would've made his return so sudden! He was the last person I expected to come out and help out Kurt Angle on his quest to beat Austin. Sure, we all knew someone was going to help out our Olympic Hero, and possibly the name "Triple H" came in our minds only to humor ourselves, but did anyone believe that The Game was going to come back so soon? I certainly didn't, but it was great to see him back. Goodness, I swear his arms grew another couple of inches since we last saw him! Once again, he has stirred up the Federation, and his performance on Smackdown was interesting indeed! It was great to see his Anniversary celebration throughout the show. Even though I am a large Triple H, Stephanie, and Vince McMahon fans, I still found it funny when Austin through in Vince to an angry Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
I've talked about the WWF for a while, so right now I'll take a nice break and touch on some WCW news and rumors. One thing I pulled up from a newboard is the following state on Bobby Heenan, "Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan was pulled from Monday Nitro and Thunder due to the company wanting to take a different route with new blood behind the announcing desk.". They credited the news to Zach Arnold and WCW live. Whichever one they got it from, I think it's completely idiotic. First, it would be idiotic for WCW to pull their best announcer just so they can add some fool that couldn't make a decent announcer if his life depended on it. Second, if they took him off just so they could play angles with the announcement position, why did they kick him off from WCW Magazine? For the past few months, I've looked, but haven't seen a column by Mr. Heenan. With those statements, you can lead to two conclusions. Number One, that news is false and WCW fired him (which could conclude that they wouldn't know a good thing if they tripped over one). Number Two, that news is true, and WCW doesn't know what the heck they're doing. Both answers seem very WCW-ish, so who knows what really happened.
Now, I've mentioned how idiotic WCW is. So now it's time for me to give them praise, but at the end I'll end up putting them down again (I'm starting to see a pattern here…). It's said that WCW had once planned for an angle that would have Eric Bischoff claim half of WCW as his, and Vince Russo doing likewise with the other half. The plan was said to have fallen through, because they could not do it at the time. In my opinion, that is a great angle. It has a power struggle, and it has a power struggle with two big names. Right now they just have this thing going on with Ric Flair, and Mike Sanders. What I don't like about that angle is that Mike Sanders just got power, and a week later it was basically taken away by Ric Flair, who was named CEO of WCW. That and the fact that it takes a new-comer, that the crowd hasn't fully taken too yet, and putting him in an angle with a big-time name like Ric Flair. As you all know, I am a big Mike Sanders fan, I just don't think he was ready to be put in an angle that big yet. However, with the Russo/Bischoff angle, it has two big names, two great actors, and two great minds that would be put to work. I think that's the kind of angle that could give WCW more interesting, and start them on their way towards being a player in the Ratings War again. However, according to the rumor, the plans fell through, and it was not possible to do that at the current time. So, at least they were planning on doing it. I wouldn't expect to see it being done anytime soon (although it would be a great angle to state in 2001), considering that fact that no one really knows if Russo and Bischoff are even in WCW anymore.
As I scan through the news for today, I see a nice little thing about WWF Magazine's "The Informer" section, along with hints for big angles for the year 2001. One thing I found interesting is it said that the "Informer" mentioned the Triple H/Stephanie marriage, and he claims they will get divorced in the new future, and the split will be over someone who hasn't even entered the federation yet. Someone who hasn't entered the federation yet? Who on earth could that be? I still think it would be more amusing to see the split take place about Kurt Angle, but everyone would be expecting that. Anything the mentioned if that Mick Foley will be forced to wrestle in order to keep his Commissioner job, and if he refuses, Shawn Michaels would be given back his old job as Commissioner. To me, that sounds like a Foley vs. Michaels match for the Commisssionership! That would certainly be a great angle (and match) to watch. Another thing mentioned was, "Four legends who you never thought you'd see again will return to the World Wrestling Federation...sooner than you think." Who could they be? Scott Hall? He's free! Bret Hart? I don't it would be him, there's still the fact that McMahon cheat Bret, and Bret blames Vince for Owens death. Hogan? I certainly hope it's not him! Savage? Well, stranger things have happened, it could be the Macho Man! Kevin Nash? I doubt it would be him, since he still has about a year left on his contract. Ultimate Warrior? He could be a possibility. Roddy Piper? The list of people goes on and on, but I think it would be interesting if that rumor happen. There were other rumors, like one that says the Main Event will for Wrestlemania will be Austin vs. The Rock, and a female will help the winner. Two WWF Divas will challenge the WWF Tag Team Champions in an Evening Gown/Tuxedo match (that would be interesting). And that Steven Richards will be committed to a mental institution (boy, do I ever hope that doesn't happen). I don't know how reliable this "Informer" is. Because, to be honest, that was the first time I've ever heard about him, or heard about anything he's written.
YAY! Chavo Guerrero Jr. is back! Yes, I know, he's been on television for a while, but he's finally broken away from the stupid MIA, and has his own character. Even better yet, his character is almost Eddy-like! I'm telling you, Chavo was really put out of the spotlight since Eddy left. It's almost as if the WCW Creative Team couldn't think of something creative to do with him without Eddy, so he put the poor guy with a bunch of talentless losers. But now that's all over, and Chavo is finally getting his chance to shine. Hey, maybe he'll even adopt the saying "Cheat To Win"! But right now it just looks like he's going to have a good time tearing apart the MIA, and I'm going to have a good time watching it!
Here's something I bet you never thought I'd say. I actually liked the Rock's interview! Actually, I said that a few months ago, but the only reason I liked it back then was because Chris Jericho carried Rock all the way through it. But this time I liked one of Rocky's interviews because he did a good job with it! I enjoyed seeing (and hearing) his impressions of the other five WWF Superstars that are in the Hell in a Cell match. His Kurt Angle one was unforgettable. His Triple H one-ahhh, was very expected-ahhh, but it doesn't really matter-ahhh, because it's always fun-ahhh, to talk like the GAME-ahhh. All the others he did were good as well. However, the one about Stone Cold had me intrigued, since he mentioned Austin listening to the Backstreet Boys. I guess the Rock might know something that we don't about that subject.
As always, Monday night has come to an end, and so will my column, but not before I make some statements. First I'll start off with WCW. I think that the idea of the "Insiders", Kevin Nash and DDP, is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Come on, give me a break! That's a slap right in the face of Scott Hall! I truly don't know why I don't just give up on WCW all together, since everyone else has. I guess it's because I still se potential for them to have a good product, all they have to do is scrape 80% of the current angles they have going, get rid of Booker T., and bring in a creative team that knows what they're going. WCW's show this week wasn't quite as boring as the other ones. In fact, I was actually interested in hearing what Oklahoma had to say. For my last comment on WCW for this week, I have a question for all of you. Have you ever just been watching TV, writing something, or doing whatever you usually do, and all of a sudden a horrific thought enters into your mind? I'm talking about a thought that would strike fear into the hearts of many! I never knew that a thought like that could exist, that is until Monday Night. It happened to me while I was watching Mike Sanders talking to the "Insiders" from the ramp. The thought entered my mind, as clear as day. What was this horrid thought? I'll tell you what it was. It was, "Whoa, that Mike Sanders is a pretty good-looking guy!". The horror! The horror! How that thought entered my mind? I'm not quite sure. Could it be because he really is pretty good-looking? Nah! My guess is that it was the perfect mixture of ice cream, and caffeinated soda that lead me to such an illogical conclusion. I guess I'll just have to wait until next week to see if it was a fluke, or if I have fallen for "Above Average" like a little school girl.
The WWF put on a great show as usual, but I'm still looking forward to the new angles they have planned for 2001. First of all, I thrilled that Vince McMahon is back! The federation has been so lonely without him! However, I wish that Austin, Rock, and 'Take hadn't been their annoying selves and made Vinnie Mac wish he had stayed home. One other angle that I am interested in is the Dean Malenko and Lita thing that's going on. Their date on Smackdown should be a very entertaining thing to watch. However, I'm not sure if it'll top the match they had. Sorry, I guess I enjoy watching annoying people, such as Lita, being beaten by one of my favorite wrestlers in the business.
Well, that'll be all for this week! Of course, before I leave, I will have my Closing Remarks (even though there are very few of them).
~Sign of the week: "Edge/Christian: 2004"
~I think this Crow Bar and Daffne thing could get interesting.