I recently read that Steve Austin has been refusing certain programs suggested by the WWF brain trust (like one with Jeff Jarrett) and that he also has missed some house shows. That coupled with the fact that his bad knee has slowed him in the ring means that he's completed 75% of the WCW entrance exam, and he should be all set to return on his 40th birthday.
I don't have "proof", but I do have a photographic memory. The guy was definitely Shane (same body type, same face shape, same hair). I'm not so sure the woman was Stephanie. That woman was rather thin, especially in the face, unlike Stephanie's rounder face.
I can't speak for Shane, but on a recent edition of TSN's "Off The Record" here in Canada they had a "factoid" screen as they went into a commercial break. This stated that Stephanie's first on-screen role with the company was as one of the Undertaker's "Creatures of the Night" or whatever they were called at the time.
TSN usually does their homework for this type of thing - "Off The Record" is their showcase interview show, and they quite often feature wrestlers (as I'm sure you've heard) They also mentioned that Vince McMahon's first promotional gig was Evil Kneivel's jump over Snake River Canyon.
I was watching Nitro with my friend who speaks fluent German. During the Berlyn promo where Alex says something in German, he says "Defeat is unacceptable.", just in case you were wondering.
You know, if I didn't know better, I'd swear that WCW bookers had a pool going to see who could do the silliest thing to Brian Adams.
"Oh, you thought being in the second-string of the second-string of the nWo was bad? Oh, cousin, you ain't seen *nuthin'* yet."
Hey, I just thought I'd let you know that at Nitro there were three people in the center of the second row who I believe are all involved in an independent Las Vegas fed called the Buffalo Wrestling Federation.
On the left, was a guy dressed in a pink vest who was the champ when I caught a show while in Las Vegas earlier in the month. He goes by the name of Superstar Mike Lane. Next to him was a big black guy who I think was former boxer Michael Dokes. He was somehow involved with the BWF as well. And to the right of him was the promoter. His name is Buffalo Jim and he was the guy dressed in a big black hat and other weird sh*t. Now I am not 100% sure, but am about 99%.
Anyway, this little independent show I went to was definitely more entertaining than watching Nitro this week. Here's a link to the BWF web site: http://www.bwf-wrestling.com/
Jesse's portrait now hangs on the wall with the portrait's of the rest of the alumni: Creed, Ben J. and Steve R.
Chan and Charlie and Matt don't count as alumni because, just like a bad check, they keep coming back. :-)
With Jesse's departure, Dan, who's been our lead sub for awhile, will be taking over the regular WCWSN duties. Mel, a regular DDT Digest correspondent, who started his DDT Digest career with a kick-ass house show report, will be stepping into Dan's shoes as "first man on the bench".