No Way Out is just around the corner!
Yes, it's that time of month again. Time to hear from your Hostess with the Mostess, Sheerah L. Fisher! Although some of you may know me as the Paragon of Purple, Jet-Ski Queen, The First Lady of Wrestling Journalism, the Queen of Hearts, and any other nick-name that I have picked up on my 18 year journey I like to call "life".
It's once again time to start with the Quote of the Bi-month (don't worry, someday I'll think of a snappy title for it). I found it to be quite hard to pick one out. There wasn't one that stuck out in my mind more than the rest. There were a lot of actions that happened that certainly deserve to be mentioned (like the Stunner on Stephanie… how dare he!). However, a quote brought a bit of a problem. Then I realized one quote that it always in the mind of wrestling fans everywhere. In fact, it's one of the most over-used lines in wrestling, behind all of Rock's quotes of course. So, here it is, the saying that is said by every member of the McMahon family, "Tonight, in this very ring…". Just pick a McMahon, Vince, Linda, Stephanie, Shane, they've all said it!
I know all of you know the following information, but I do occasionally like to repeat myself for any new readers I might have. Sheerah's Sharpshooter is not only a unique way to get into the mind of moi, Sheerah L. Fisher, but it's written differently as well. I write part of my column before the Monday Night shows, and the part during, and part after. Which is why I like to give my views on last week's wrestling happenings, and then write my thoughts on the Monday shows while they're happening. Also, as for the past few months, my column comes out twice a month, on the first, and third Tuesday. For those of you who didn't know, now you know. And for those of you who did, you just had a nice refresher course!
First, I want to make mention to the entire "luck of the draw"-Rikishi vs. Rock-Stipulation scenario. To be quite honest, even though it featured Austin through most of it, I still found it enjoyable. The lottery turned out to have some interesting results, and quite frankly I'm glad they changed. Of course, that could go back to the fact that I don't like Billy Gunn, and since Jericho came to the WWF I haven't been very impressed with him either. Although, I don't particularly find Rikishi and the Rock more interesting, but at least their bigger names, and have some past bad blood. Then we get to the stipulation, which I believe left something to be desired. Triple H put together a great match, but when I think of stipulations, I think more of "if I win, you have to wear a dress for five months" type of thing. For the match itself, it should be pretty good. The first round will probably be a great match, the second a great brawl, and in the third someone will get the stuffing beaten out of them. But I'll talk more about that match later, in my predictions for the upcoming WWF PPV.
I recently just looked at a newsboard, and saw a rumor that I hope is true. It is about Eric Bischoff taking a trip to Japan, and talking with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and Toryumon. It's said that he's interested in having some of their lightweight talent on WCW shows. If he does go to Japan, and bring back some talent on loan, I would be ever so happy! I would love to see talent like Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Tokyo Magnum, Gran Naniwa, and the rest of their wonderful athletes. However, the one I'm most interested in seeing in WCW is Spel Delfin. I'm sure many of you don't know of him, so let me give you a little introduction. He's the one, and only, Super Dolphin! Alright, you may think that's an odd name, but he's a great wrestler. I'll even go as far as to say that he's the most entertaining wrestling I've ever seen. True, I can't understand a work he says in interviews, but just his actions in the ring, and his cheating techniques are amusing to watch. However, I doubt that he will be coming over, since he started his own wrestling federation and will probably be busy running it. But there's still hope!
Yes, it's that time in my column where I talk about the Sheerah's Sharpshooter Year of Wrestling Awards. As I said in my last column, they have been extended until the end of February. So for those of you who haven't put in your vote, time is running out! This is the LAST column that you will be able to vote in. So, you know the rules, you may only vote once, and send your votes to Sheerah.Sharpshooter@juno.com and here are the categories!
Best Lightweight Wrestler
Best Tag Team
Best Mic Worker
Everywhere you look, wrestlers are making appearances in movies, and TV shows. One of the more recent ones is a show featuring Bret Hart. Unfortunately, I don't know all of the details about it. All I know is that it's some show in Canada, and it's about sports. Of course, now that I think about it, the reason I probably didn't read more on it is because I wouldn't be able to get the show anyway. It's said that Bret was working on getting an acting job ever since he left wrestling. Hopefully next time he'll land on one that is shown in America. Another wrestler appearance I've heard of was Stone Cold Steve Austin hosting Saturday Night Live. That is only a rumor, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. After all, the Rock's show was a big success, and SNL might think that another WWF Super Star could do the same. Still, I wish that the Big Show would make an appearance, but I guess you can't get everything you want. But if Austin does make an appearance on the show, it will certainly be a great one. My guess is that there would be more wrestlers as well, like when Rock brought Triple H, Mick Foley, and Big Show along with him. But keep in mind, this is only a rumor!
I'm incredibly tired of seeing Scott Steiner being the World Champion. But I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing all of the funerals! I seem to have the same love/hate relationship with Kevin Nash that I have with Stone Cold Steve Austin, except I lean more towards the "love" part with Nash. You know, before Nitro started, I forgot that they even had a pay-per-view. Anyway, one thing I noticed in all the funerals is that Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner just can't wear a suit, why is that? Steiner can wear stupid chain mesh thing, but he can't even dress up for the requiem of his opponent's career. Then we have Jeff Jarrett who can't go to the ring without his guitar, and I guess a suit would clash with that.
One thing that I'm really disappointed in the WCW pay-per-view was when I heard that The Cat won back his commissionership from Lance Storm. At last, I thought that the heels would finally have full reign of WCW for a little while. Little did I know, WCW bookers had other plans in mind. Just once, I wish the Cat would lose his commissioner job for a while, and a heel would take his place. Maybe Mike Sanders again, or even Buff Bagwell could be a good replacement. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I also wish that Scott Steiner would lose the title. But in my expert opinion, it doesn't look like he's going to lose it anytime soon. My guess it that Steiner will retire his only opponent left, DDP. After that, his first victim will make a victorious comeback (Sting), and with the help of the other people Steiner abolished, he will climb to the top of WCW.
I've come to the conclusion that the only good thing about Lita is Dean Malenko. With the recent actions on Raw, I am quite confused. How on earth could Lita not like Dean Machine-o, and yet there was that part with her, and Matt Hardy, and… yuck. I guess Lita will be known as the woman with either extremely bad taste, or horribly low standards. I just don't get it, but it does make for a good angle. I can see the entire Matt vs. Malenko feud starting now. JR did make the comment that this may be the last time we see Dean go after Lita, but I hope that's not the case.
Right now I think I'll take a break from the normal Monday night stuff, and talk a bit about WWF's No Way Out, and give my predictions! First off, my prediction is that it's going to be a great show. They've got some seriously good matches planned, and I am looking forward to hearing the results. One of the ones I'm most interested in is the Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley vs. Trish Stratus match. The match may not be very technical, or even good for that matter, but the angle surrounding it certainly is great. My prediction is that it will be thrown out because of multiple interferences. As I've previously mentioned, I expect great things to come of the Triple H vs. Stone Cold match. I'm not quite sure who my pick is to win. It's obvious that Triple H is going to win the first round, and Stone Cold win the second, but who will win the third? I'm going to take a stab at it, and my pick will be the one and only Stone Cold Steve Austin. It pains me to say that, because I am hoping that Hunter is going to win, but the chances look slim. Next is Edge and Christian vs. Undertaker & Kane vs. The Dudley Boys. I fear that 'Taker and Kane will come out of the match victorious, no matter how much I wish that Edge and Christian would. Then we have Steven Richards vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler, and that should be an interesting match. Alas, I have a feeling that Jerry Lawler will be the winner, and the Kat will begin acting like her slutty self. Since every time Lawler gets himself involved in a match, he wins, so I don't expect this one to be any different. Although, I would like to see the Kat become property of the Right to Censor. For the Main Event, The Rock vs. Kurt Angle, my guess is that the Rock will win. Angle has been champion for a long time now, and the WWF keeps hinting at Austin vs. Rock at Wrestlemania, so I wouldn't be surprised if Kurt drops the belt.
Well, I guess it's about time I did my little wrap-up. First, I'll comment on WCW. They put on a good show, but it's still not drawing my attention away from the WWF. One good idea that I like is the Cruiser Weight Tag Team division. I don't know if it will draw mounds of attention to WCW, but their Cruiser Weights are a lot more entertaining than watching another Scott Steiner match. Of course, they also don't have the best Cruiser Weights at the moments either, but I'm sure they'll get better. That's basically all I can think of to mention about WCW, so I guess it's on to the WWF!
WWF put on a good show. I especially loved the part where Trish showed up in the Limo, and Stephanie went on top of it and chased after her. Even Triple H was having a hard time not smiling during that segment! I was very disappointed when the tag team match with Hunter, Stephanie, Trish and Regal was canceled. If only Stone Cold could just stop being such a creep, maybe he'd stop ruining all of the good matches. One other thing I've been wanting to mention is the entire Jericho/Guerrero/X-pac feud. I can sum it all up in one word, "stupid". Eddy is the only good one in the entire match (although his hair looks rather weird lately, he's still the best wrestler). Jericho's character is so incredibly annoying, and no one likes X-pac. The only thing I can think of that will make it interesting, is it Jericho turns heel (or Eddy turns face), and teams Jericho teams up with Eddy and take on X-pac and Justin Credible.
Well, it looks like that will be it for this week. Just a reminder, this is your last chance to vote in the SSYW Awards! Also, if you want to sign up to receive my column through my official mailing list, send an e-mail to SheerahsSharpshooterfirstname.lastname@example.org. That'll be all for this week, here are my Closing Remarks!
~If Chris Jericho says "Shut the hell up" one more time, I'm going to go crazy!
~WCW may be getting better, but it's still not quite as captivating as the WWF.
~I'm a proud supporter of the Al Snow for Commissioner campaign!