XFL closes it's doors, WCW in trouble… and much, much more!
As you've probably guessed, it's that time again, it's Sharpshooter Time! This was a somewhat exciting week in the wrestling world, and I plan to get to that part in my column pretty soon. But first, there are a few things I would like to mention. As you all know, I have a column the first, and third Tuesday of each month, which basically boils down to every-other week. However, this month, from the way it's set up, there will be two weeks until my next column (until the 1st week in June). So, it's going to be a little different, but still following the same pattern. So, with that out of the way, I'll go on to Trivia! Believe it or not, no one answered last week's question correctly! Nope, not a one! So, I've made an executive decision, and I've decided to run it one last time with the hope that someone will make a lucky guess (but actually knowing the answer would be better). So, here we go, this edition's Trivia!
Who invented the Jackhammer?
5)None of the above
(Note: Send all of your answers to Sheerahs.Sharpshooter@juno.com)
It's once again time for WWF's pay-per-view, Judgment Day! As usual, I like to give my predictions for the upcoming pay-per-views. Although, when I went to the Judgment Day website, I saw that there was an incredibly small line-up of matches. Luckily, they address some matches on Raw, so I'll be giving predictions for both the match I found on the website, and the ones just recently made. First, the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Heavyweight Title. Honestly, I think that that Austin has a good shot at retaining the title, but, I also think that the Undertaker has a good chance at regaining the title. However, I'm going to make a wild prediction, and say that the Undertaker walks away with a win, but Austin will walk away with the belt. Next up, is Kurt Angle vs. Christ Benoit in a "Medals Match". Considering the angle surrounding it, I wouldn't be surprised if Kurt Angle won, so I guess that'll be my prediction. Although, I really do hope that Benoit wins. Next is Chyna vs. Lita for the Women's Championship. As you all know, I'm not particularly fond of either of them, but I would love to see little Lita beat the stuffing out of the monster Chyna, so that will be my prediction for that match. The match that interests me the most has to be the Triple H vs. Kane bout in a Chain Match. I'll be the first to say, I'm not quite sure what a Chain Match is, but anything that involved Hunter and Kane should be good no matter what type of match it is. My prediction for it, well, thats a hard one. It's really a toss up, but I think that Triple H will emerge victorious. The next match on the list is Test vs. Big Show. Honestly, I don't see how Test could beat the Show. Show is so much bigger than him, so much more cruel, and even gimmick wise he'd kill him in the ring, therefore, my conclusion is that Paul "Big Show" Wight will win the match.
I've got sad news, WWF and XFL fans alike. I've sure you've all heard by now, but for those who haven't, well, I'm writing this for you. It saddens me to say this, but the XFL is gone. I hate to see it go, especially since it was the only football league that I was halfway interested in. Here's a little bit of what Vince McMahon had to say about the entire thing: "While we believe that it is an extraordinary accomplishment to have created a new professional football league in what amounts to less than a year's time, we feel that it is in the best interests of our shareholders and our partners to discontinue the XFL,'' Vinnie Mac then goes on to say, ."I would personally like to thank the employees of the XFL and WWFE, the XFL fans, our partner NBC and especially Dick Ebersol and his team for their perseverance, support and enthusiasm that did not waiver throughout the season. We are all proud of the creative innovations that we introduced in the production of the game as well as in the rule changes that were implemented to increase the excitement and enjoyment of the game and provide a fan-friendly brand of football." Also, here are some comments that a Mr. Dick Ebersol made: "Launching a new football league in such a short period of time was a daunting and exciting challenge, but we gave it our best shot in what clearly is a difficult and challenging sports marketplace. I especially want to salute our partners at the WWF, the fans, players and coaches who created a fun and entertaining XFL in-stadium experience.''
It looks like sadder days are headed for WCW. I recently just read a little piece of news (most likely based on a rumor, but it's the news that's been spreading nonetheless), and it made some pretty sad comments about the condition of World Championship Wrestling. It's said that the WWF bit off more than they could chew with relauching WCW. Then there's the fact that the re-debut date has continued to be pushed back, which doesn't look like for WCW at all. Hopefully, all these rumors are just, well, rumors, and there isn't much truth backing them up. One idea I heard flying around seemed interesting, it sounded like WCW would be like the NWO, and do a little "take-over" angle with the WWF. That would be interesting, but I still would prefer to see WCW as a separate organization, with it's own show. These really are sad days for the wrestling business. Not only it is down for WCW, but I personally think it's down for the WWF. The XFL was a failure, but I'm sure they can recover from that. But the problem is, their shows as of late. I've liked them, but there are things missing from it. Where are the big surprises that we used to have when WCW was their competition? The last big happening I can remember was when Triple H joined up with Austin and Vince McMahon. That was one BIG surprise, and I personally think it's time for another one. We need something new and exciting. I just hope that Shawn Michaels comes back soon. What I've learned from watching the WWF is that when all else fails, Shawn can make everything better.
Raw begins, as usual, with the normal stuff. An interview. You know, I've noticed something. Even when Raw doesn't start with the "big stars" giving an interview, the night still doesn't seem to start until they do. Actually, there's another thing I've noticed. All Raw is Wars and Smackdowns that are right before a pay-per-view are the same. All the storylines for the PPV are in place, they push them, and have some weird match that puts opponents on the same team for one match before the big day. But anyway, the opening interview happened, and that started the show and set things in motion for the night. Hey, I even got to hear what happened on Smackdown, since I haven't the Thursday show in a couple of months due to being bored out of my mind. Well, now I'm just ranting on about nothing, so I'll get to the subject that I first started to start on. That is the Undertaker's wife, Sara, who got in a car accident. I'm not quite sure what to make of the angle yet. Obviously, it's not a real happening, because if it were, even Vince McMahon has more dignity than to make an angle out of it. It's pretty obvious that Austin had something to do with it. In fact, I'm may even decide to watch Smackdown to see how involved he really was.
Eddy Guerrero simple amazes me. I know I've written about this before, but he's just so incredible that I can't help but write about him! How on earth does he do it? How does he manage to get so much heat? He gets Heel Heat, Face Heat, whatever type of heat he wants. Not only that, but he gets it when he wants it. Last week, he was heel, then all of a sudden on Monday all he does is hit Dean and Saturn over the head, and the crowd automatically starts chanting "Eddy" over, and over again. If Dean Malenko had turned on Saturn, he wouldn't have gotten as big a reaction. Heck, if Linda joined with Vince, she wouldn't even have gotten such a big reaction (probably because people wouldn't know what to do out of pure shock). Yes, Eddy Guerrero is definitely a talented athlete. He has the gift of being able to hold the crowd in the palm of his hand. Chris Jericho, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Triple H, The Rock, and Guerrero are the only ones I can think of that can control the crowd to that extent. With Eddy being grouped with such great athletes, wouldn't you think that he'd be at a higher star status in the WWF?
WWF Divas, you love'm, or you hate'm. Unless of course you're me, then you tolerate them when they don't dress like street walkers, but hate them when they participate in WWF home videos which feature them in scantily clad clothing. Goodness, where's Stephen Richards when you need him! Speaking of Richards, that reminds me of another thing that has been bugging me about the WWF, and that's the way they broke apart the RTC. Well, I guess that they technically didn't break up, but they might as well have. From what I've gathered (correct me if I'm wrong), Richards got very unhappy with his followers, and since JR said that RTC is leaderless, I assume that he walked out on them. So it looks like the group may still have a chance, and hopefully Stephen will come back to help them. But wouldn't it be interesting if Stephen came back, but as his old "Dance'n" Stevie Richards persona?
Raw had one major redeeming segment, and it included William Regal and Grandmaster Sex-ay. It was simply hysterical when Brian Christopher came up to try to get Regal to go to the pharmacy and take a "chiiiiiiill piiiiiill". The best part of that segment was either when Grandmaster "randomly" selected fans from the audience, or should I say plants. All you had to do is take one look at them and you could tell that they were planted. Come on, if you want to make it look like he really picked fans out of no where, make them look like real people and not enhanced Barbie dolls. The other part that competes for the best part of the segment is the look on Regal's face when the scantily clad women danced around him! That is definitely a look that I won't forget anytime soon. The segment was kind of ruined when Regal started beating on Grandmaster, but nonetheless, that part still totally rocked.
Well, that's basically it for this week's column. But before I go I do want to mention a few things about the end of Raw. That was the wackiest ending I have ever seen! Well, yeah, we all expected Kane to get hurt considering the fact that he had a broken arm, and had two opponents, so that part wasn't so weird. It's the part that Stone Cold said at the end about the Undertaker's wife being okay. Yep, Austin definitely had something to do with it. Well, I guess that'll be it for this edition of Sheerah's Sharpshooter… c-ya on the 1st Tuesday in June!
~Why isn't Stephanie considered a Diva?
~I still love William Regal!
~Ya gotta love Kurt Anlge when he whines!