I am writing because I have some interesting news regarding an up-and-coming wrestler in WCW.
Lenny Lane is a relatively new wrestler who has been jobbing a few months now. I'd say he has potential, even as a Shane Douglas look-alike.
After midnight on New Years Day, I was up late and while surfing channels I came across a cable access local wrestling show. There are at least three minor promotions in the Twin Cities area. I lump them together as the CWA--Crappy Wrestling Association. Most of the matches are a mixture of rookies right out of wrestling school and old guys not too far from collecting Social Security.
Anyway, the show I had tuned to was a show devoted entirely to Lenny Lane, whom the announcers referred to as "The One-Night Stand, Luscious Lenny Lane" (I'm not joking). The announcers were saying that their decision to highlight the career of Lane was the recent hiring of him in WCW. They said that many callers had phoned in to the promotion's "hotline"--hope they didn't have to pay $1.69 a minute!--and had asked why Lane, a star and former champion in the independent promotion, was always losing in WCW. The announcers said that Lane's promotion to the big time was akin to getting a job at the best company in the country; the example they might have used was 3M, which is based here in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I thought it interesting that the announcers compared Lane's "doing the job" to "getting a job."
According to them, Lane was the biggest local star to go national since Sean Waltman did so years ago in the Global Wrestling Federation. I would disagree: Charlie Norris was a local, genuine native-American wrestler who was hired by WCW a couple of years ago during the Greg Gagne-era as kind of the WCW equivalent of Tatanka. I guess you heard what happened to Norris: Gagne apparently asked Norris to create a savage-like ring persona (you know, the old stereotype). Norris refused and was fired. Gagne, by the way, did eventually "get what was coming to him": WCW soon canned him, I hear. The last time I heard, he was selling used cars. A local company announced the hiring of Gagne and suggested that potential car buyers rely on the guidance of a trustworthy professional such as the former wrestling star. I certainly hope that Lane does much better!
I don't know if this is much of an example of foreshadowing, but I'll let you be the judge. I was channel surfing Friday night when my remote stopped on TNN (The Nashville Network). I saw the entire set of Motorsports destroyed and the word "Madness" spraypainted on the wall! I was thinking this is just one big coincidence, there is no way Savage is gonna show up. To my suprise it was none other than Dusty Rhodes! He came out and did color commentary during the monster truck races. This show actually aired the night before Souled Out II. I thought this was odd at the time, but now I guess it makes sense after Dusty's heel turn.
Really, the only things you missed from TV would be that during every commercial break, Lodi and Kidman were in the ring taunting. Lodi had about 10 different signs. The big cheer you heard during Booker T's match as it went to commercial was for Lodi getting the Harlem Sidekick. I sat behind some drunk frat guys who were racking each other the entire night. I brought my "Oilers need Golberg" sign. A group of girls had shirts made that said "Thunder Girls." A sign that got confiscated was "Hogan still breast feeds." The biggest cheer of the night was a tie between Goldberg and Buff. That surprised me. The video clips on the big screen were finally working. As usual, Michael Buffer has avoided coming to Memphis. Afterwards, I met Lee Marshall, I said, "Isn't this better than those 'Nitro Parties' you were calling collect from?" He said, "Sure." We got in trouble for being too close to DiBiase's big black truck. It's a very nice truck. I guess he rented it. Konan, and Scott Hall were in the same Jeep as last time (Nitro in Memphis). The Flock left the Coliseum after Saturn's match. A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE wanted those seats. Nobody got them. That's about it. I wanted to heard Dusty say "Pretzelizin'." Oh well.
Also, Nick Patrick was booed the entire time he was out. I couldn't hear what he was saying. And I didn't know what he said until I went home and watched the replay. Same for Dillon.