Have Triple H and Austin met their match?
It's everybody's favorite time again! Sheerah's Sharpshooter time! This week in wrestling brought about a few new things, which I will later mention. For the final week I will be giving the results to the SSYW Awards, and as usual I will touch on last week's Raw, as well as this week's. But first, I will start out with Trivia. Believe it or not, no one answered the question correctly! Normally I'd give the answer, and just move on to another question, but I think I may use the question again at a later date. So, this week we're having an all new question, so here we go!
"The Model" Rick Martel used to carry a cologne to the ring with him, what was the name of it?
5) None of the above
(Note: Send all answers to Sheerahs.Sharpshooter@juno.com )
As you probably guest, now it's time for the Quote of the Bi-month part of my column! I found this time to be quite hard. I couldn't remember any good quotes from last week, and on top of that there weren't many good ones from this week. But then Christian casually coughed something to Kurt Angle, unfortunately, I missed most of it and couldn't accurately quote it, therefore I couldn't use that one. So, I decided to go with my backup quote. "WCW is sublime, it's just a matter of time" - Shane McMahon to Grandmaster Sex-ay.
As always, it's time for the Ratings Update that has become a tradition in my columns. However, since there really isn't going to be a ratings war anymore, I won't be doing ratings as much unless they're interesting. However, these are the ratings from the first Raw is War without the competition of WCW Nitro, and they are a bit interesting. WWF Raw got a 5.4 composite, form a 5.1 for the first hour, and a 5.7 for the second hour. I hate to say this, but I didn't think that their ratings would go up that much with WCW gone. I guess there were some loyal WCW fans out there that really didn't watch the WWF much. Last time I reported on ratings, Raw got a 4.9, which is .5 less than they got this week. When I read about the ratings, there was an interesting note that said the Vince McMahon/Linda McMahon segment did a 6.2 rating, and the Hardys/Lita vs. SCSA/Triple H/Stephanie match did a 6.0.
Well, last week I gave all of you the results for the Sheerah's Sharpshooter Year of Wrestling awards. But don't worry, if for some reason you missed last week's column, I'm going to give the results out one more time. Keep in mind, these are the people that YOU voted for. The first award coming up is Best Wrestler, and the winner is the only, the only, the GAME, TRIPLE H! Next award goes the Best Light Weight wrestler, and that lucky wrestler is Jeff Hardy! Next, the Best Champion of the year '00, Triple H comes out on top once again and wins in this category as well. Now it's time for the Best Tag Team award, which was won by those guys that sooo totally reek of awesomeness, Edge and Christian! The Award for the Best Mic Worker goes to none other than… THE ROCK! The award for Best Heel is a rather interesting one, because once again, Triple H comes out on top in another category and wins by a landslide. Now for Best Face, which is yet another interesting category, because the person who won was only face for a few months, that right, Triple H once again takes away another award. Whats this? Here's an award that Hunter Hearst Helmsley didn't win, it is Favorite Federation, which goes to the World Wrestling Federation. Those are all the awards, and I find it amazing that THE GAME, Triple H, won a total of four awards. And here I thought I was the only person on the planet that actually liked the guy. To be quite honest, I wasn't exactly sure why the majority of people put him for Best Face since he was only a face for a few weeks, but hey, if that's who you want, that's who you got!
I guess it's about time I mention some of the things that happened last week on Raw. First of all, I thought it was a pretty good show. Although, I wish that Shawn Michaels would have been on it. Don't you just hate it when rumors get your hopes up? As you've probably guessed, one of my favorite segments was the Vince McMahon/Linda McMahon interview. However, even though it was my favorite, it left something to be desired. I think it was pretty obvious that Linda was going to ask for a divorce, and I was quite disappointed when I was right. I was looking forward to some sort of surprise Linda had in mind for her husband, which she did, just not a shocking one. I think they could have come up with something better, but that's just my opinion. Another thing that was interesting was when Vince brought JR to his dressing room and showed him the Austin/Ross interview from Smackdown. I think that was a good idea on that part of the WWF, it will remind the fans that occasionally interesting things do happen on Thursday nights. To be quite honest, I can't even remember the last Smackdown I saw. I normally just check out the spoilers, and end up watching Whose Line is it Anyway and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Their show just hasn't been the same lately, it's basically just a compliment to WWF Raw. If you don't get TNN and are unable to get Raw, you probably think it's the greatest thing (in fact, I know someone in that situation). But after seeing Raw, Smackdown just seems like everyone is complaining about what happened on Raw, and won't settle anything until the next Monday Night. But as I started to say before I went on this little rabbit trail, the Austin/Ross segment was a good idea, and it brought some excitement back to their Thursday Night Show.
There was one happening that during the week that really got me upset. That was when I read in the Smackdown spoilers that Triple H lost his Intercontinental Title to Jeff Hardy. That's just not right! But that shows one good thing about Triple H, he doesn't mind jobber to the little guys and helping them get over. That's more than I can say for most of the big stars anymore. There's another reason why The Game is one of my favorite wrestlers. But in this case, it's quite annoying because I really, really wish that he hadn't lost his belt. Because he didn't just lose, but it looks like it helped spark a feud between Austin, Triple H and Matt and Jeff Hardy. That's really something I don't want to see, because I honestly am not interested in a match that is Matt Hardy vs. Steve Austin for the World Heavyweight Title.
Things took an interesting turn. After just watching the opening interview on Raw, I'm happy with the way they're using Debra. She was kind of left out of the spotlight for a while, and this is a good angle to bring her back in. Honestly, I can't say I've missed her all that much. I never did think much about her scantily clad outfits. But the "divorce" talk left something to be desired yet again. I don't think it will be the last we hear of it though. Linda wants a divorce, Vince won't grant it. I mean, where can they take that angle from there? Wouldn't it be interesting if Linda decided to follow in the rest of her family's footsteps and finally turn heel? If Austin can turn heel, I'm convinced that anyone can. Anyway, the highlight of the interview had to be the slap from Debra which was planted right on the cheek of Vinnie Mac. It made an interesting turn of events, and it looks like both Vince and Stone Cold could be having marriage problems in the future.
I'm sorry, I've tried. I really have, but I really don't like X-pac and his little posse. He has the stupidest theme, it's like rap with a pop feel. He does this stupid little dance, that makes you either want to yell at the TV screen, or start cracking up. Then we have Albert. Yet again, I'm sorry, but even when he was in T & A I didn't like him much, the only reason I tolerated him is because he was with me hero, Trish Stratus. Then there's Justin Credible, and I just have one question about him. Why, when he comes out to the ring with X-pac, does he always touch Xey's waist? Honestly, I'd like to know, because it's starting to get pretty freaky. I try to think of some good things about X-pac and his posse, but I can't think of anything. Well, one good thing is that they're not Main Eventers, and don't get a lot of interview time, so I guess I should be grateful for that. I guess I hate their little team so much because it's full of people that I've never liked, and chances are that I never will.
Yet another thing is happening in the WWF that I'm not happy about. That is the Right to Censor problems that are going on. Okay, I know the PTC thing has kind of died down lately, but you don't need to kill the RTC over that! I love their gimmick, and their leader is awesome. Stephen is one of those wrestlers that I've always liked, and probably always will. He was awesome as "Dance'n" Stevie Richards, and he was especially great in ECW. I can remember some of the skits he did, like the BWO, and Barron Von Stevie with Bluedust. Stephen is definitely a keeper in this business, and I hope that the WWF sees that. If you have to kill RTC, don't get rid of Stephen. Although, the match with Richards and Kane did seem to bring the group together, so maybe things aren't totally out of hand for them yet.
You know, I've decided that the Radicals are underrated talent. As you all probably know, Eddie Guerrero is one of my favorite wrestlers. The Radicals vs. Test/Gunn/Raven was actually a pretty good match. They were all fairly good wrestlers, and I enjoyed watching it very much. Another wrestler I'm impressed with is Raven. He's on freaky guy, and he always seems to have something weird to say. On top of that, he is a great athlete. So basically, I really did enjoy that segment on Raw. I'm really hoping that they're going to start pushing Raven and Eddie Guerrero more. Yes, Eddie is the European champion, but he hasn't been on TV quite that much, and I can't remember the last time he did one of his signature Guerrero interviews. So I'm hoping to see Eddie used that was too, as well as Raven.
Well, it's almost time for me to end my column. Raw was interesting to say the least. They haven't put on one of their signature great shows in a while, but the ending to last night's certainly brought about something different. It looks like the Hardy Boys may now be pushed to the side in the Austin/Triple H angle in order to make room for Kane and 'Taker. I personally would like to see that type of feud more than something that involved Austin and Hunter beating up on the little Hardys. Well, I guess that will be it for this week, so here are my Closing Remarks!
~Yay! Shane is back!
~As I've said in the past, RTC, don't give up!
~I'm happy just as long as Edge and Christian remain tag team champions.
~Do people realize that when they're chanting "USA" in an Angle vs. Jericho match that they're rooting for Kurt, and going against Jericho?
~You know, we haven't seen Rikishi in a while… not that I'm complaining, I'm quite happy that I haven't seen him.