...am I the only one who sees Benoit repeating himself?
It seems to me that Benoit having to fight flock members to get to Raven is an exact repeat of his path through the Dungeon of Doom to get to Kevin Sullivan. I guess we'll know for sure if Benoit and Raven end up in the bathrooms at Starrcade.
I agree with your comment about Hall and Nash's ability looking angry in the ring, Nash can look pretty damned intimidating when he wants to.
I am officially frightened of Perry Saturn. I crouch behind the sofa and peer nervously over the top at the television during his matches.
In PWI's top 500 of 1993, number 384 was Disco Inferno. It goes on to say "Entered USWA claiming to be the 'intergender champ' (shades of Andy Kaufman), but has usually lost to Miss Texas". Seeing as Miss Texas and Jacqueline are one in the same, so perhaps Disco's jobbing to Jacqueline is nothing new? (The only thing against this is that it lists his stats as 5'8", 187 - then again, maybe he's grown a bit?)
Tyler was 'Confidant', Friend to many people
by Gordon Paulus, News Journal Sports Editor
Pensacola News Journal, 12/5/97
In the ring, pro wrestler Rip Tyler was a "bad guy". But not out of the ring.
Tyler, whose real name is Wallace Dean Vaughn, died Wednesday. He was 57.
He wrestled in Pensacola and surrounding areas in the 1960's and 1970's.
"He was one of those wrestlers all the fans loved to hate", said Joan Griffin of Pensacola, who was his fan club president in the 1960's. "He was mean as a devil inside the ring, but gentle as a lamb outside it. He was my best friend in the whole wide world".
Retired wrestler Terry Lathan of Mobile said Tyler is one of the top ten wrestlers of all time.
"When I first started wrestling, he taught me the ropes", Lathan said. "That big leg drop that Hulk Hogan (New World Order) uses, he got it from Rip Tyler".
When Tyler and other local wrestlers were returning from out-of-town matches, they would often stop by Jean Barker's house in Pensacola after midnight for coffee.
Her daughter, Kathy, wrestled with Tyler, under the name of Kathy Masters.
"Rip was my confidant", Jean Barker said. "We all just looked up to Rip. He was like the brother I never had. It didn't matter if you had a dime or a hundred million dollars, Rip looked at our heart. That's the kind of guy he was".
Vaughn lived in Flomation, Al for the last five years with his wife, Ann. He had two daughters.
He was a former member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Pensacola.
He was a board member of the Gulf Coast Wrestling Reunion and a former coach with the Brent Baseball Senior League.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel in Pensacola and burial will be at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.
Since you said something about fans being encouraged to jump in the ring by seeing stuff like Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith get involved from the crowd, I wanted to tell you this:
During the break before the Hall-Page match, after Hall did his little survey, a fan jumped the railing and entered the ring. He started jumping around like a moron, 'til Randy Anderson spotted him. Anderson dismantled the guy, landing two punches before wrestling him to the ground. Security then grabbed him.
Evidently Rick Rude got in some trouble after the card on Monday...Here's a transcript of a news story from the local NBC affiliate.
Anchor: "Another sports story tonight you'll hear only on channel 2. World Championship Wrestling. About 19,000 fans jammed into Marine Midland Arena monday night, for a match, but they missed the real action. Wrestler Ravishing Rick Rude is charged after a bar fight at the Amherst Marriott. James Calder of Amherst says he's got a black eye, chipped teeth, and bruised ribs, after Rude and other wrestlers blocked his path in front of the bar."
Calder: "They thought it was going to be a game I guess, playing pinball with me or something, and I said, 'OK, musclemen'. And when I said that somebody grabbed me from behind, turned me around, spit in my face, and started punching me."
Anchor: "Calder faces second degree assault charges. Rick Rude is charged for resisting arrest. He could not be reached for comment. Both men are scheduled to be back in court on Tuesday."
During the piece, they showed a crowd shot from Nitro, and some old WWF footage of Rude wrestling, against Jimmy Snuka of all people. Also, they had close ups of that guy's bruises. The whole thing took about 30 seconds to air.
I was hoping that The Buffalo News would have an article about it, but they didn't.