- Trivia Question: Which country had the largest live crowd ever for a pro wrestling event? (answer at the end of the report)
- The mailbag:
- Charles L. at Southwest Texas State University writes:
I have a trivia question you might be interested in. I recently saw that New Turner Classic "Paradise Alley" on TBS recently. I believe it was Sylvester Stallone's first movie after "Rocky." Anyhow, Terry Funk plays a wrestler (what a surprise) in the movie and probably gives the best performance,
since all the other major players loaded up on ham.
There's a scene set at a Christmas Eve party in a sleazy bar, complete with Tom Waits (?!?) croaking out "Merry Christmas, Sucker." Terry Funk gets a Christmas present and is very happy. What, knee replacements? No, a nice new set of upper false teeth!
In other Turner related stuff, I saw Andy Kindler, the Artist formerly Known as Jamison, hosting a "Dinner & A Movie" type of deal between commercial breaks called "Road Trip". He's as annoying as ever.
- Nick from Pennsylvania writes:
In response to Joey D.'s letter, I heard on some wrestling board that the reason the Misfits In Action has two Majors is because originally, Major Stash was to be called Private Stash, but he didn't like the original name.
Apparently, he thought the rank of Private was too low. Oh and by the way, what exactly is the elite military group known as the Misfits actually fighting? If it's goofy storylines and angles, it sure isn't working.
- Stefan from Sweden sends us an opposing viewpoint on last week's candidates for the big announcement:
About the candidates for Eric Bischoff's announcement, specifically "A new time slot for WCW Wednesday Thunder: 3:00 - 5:00 a.m."
You know, that might seem like a big joke to you who are used to watching wrestling on prime time, but as a Swedish wrestling fan, that's almost exactly what happened here.
Our only wrestling show of the week, which was a one-hour-show, a mix of Worldwide, Saturday Night and Nitro, was moved into a time slot around 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. every Friday night. (This of course resulted in bad ratings and soon after it was taken off the air which left us completely without a wrestling show.)
So I think I speak for many of my countrymen (at least those who are into wrestling) when I say that we would kill for having Thunder on at 3:00 - 5:00 a.m. ;-)
- Big Poppa Pat from The Patcave writes:
You pointed out in the Mid-Week Report that WCW.com no longer recognizes the lineage of the TV Title. HOWEVER, it is still on the site. Because WCW.com
officials, for whatever reason, did not get rid of the page, it can still be viewed at...
According to them, there is "No Current Champion". If you really dig around in the "Superstars" section, you can find some interesting stuff, including the profiles for Benoit, Malenko, Saturn, and Guerrero, as
well as an old profile of former WCW Cruiserweight Blitzkrieg. It's sort of like a trip through WCW.com's attic. I just thought it would be worth pointing out.
- Regarding "Handsome" Harley Race, Chris J. writes:
Back in the old AWA days where I cut my teeth as a fan, we had the World Tag Team Champs: "Handsome" Harley Race and "Pretty Boy" Larry Hennig.
That was in the pre-Larry "The Axe" Hennig era. When Race left the AWA for greener pastures, he was replaced as Hennig's partner with "Luscious" Lars Anderson. It's amazing what you'll swallow as an 8-year-old mark.
- The Game writes:
I have noticed that no one seems to be able to make sense out of Pops, regarding his name not being "funny". We can assume his last name is also Rection. Maybe Pops' middle initial is "E". So that would mean that Pops' full name is Pops E. Rection. As in, pops an erection?
Of course this would only be funny in Russo's world, but it was just a thought.
- Drew K. writes:
During The Demon vs. Vampiro match last night, my brother came downstairs to
talk to me just as Vamp was climbing the little scaffolding-like thing.
Showing how naive I remain as to the state of WCW, I turned to my brother and
"Shut up, this is going to be cool".
Of course, instead we saw a flying axehandle, which apparently was grounds for
DQ or something, because the bell rang.
To quote Easy E, the man behind the
sucking, BITE ME!
- For a refreshing change of pace, I've actually got some big news for this report. Assuming nothing goes wrong, I will be doing an exclusive interview with Rene Goulet. For those of you who may not know, Rene Goulet is a wrestling legend, having spent 44 years in the wrestling business! Most notably, he spent the latter part of his career in the WWF, winning the World Tag Team Titles with Karl Gotch in 1971. After retiring as an active wrestler in the 1980s, he spent several years as a road agent with the WWF.
I will be doing my research this weekend and trying to come up with some initial questions. If you have any ideas for questions or have any historical information on Rene Goulet, please pass it along.
- Another note about last week's trivia question. I feel my answer was correct, in that Harley Race wasn't primarily promoted as "Handsome" in his WWF tenure. However, a number of e-mails did correctly point out that he was referred to as "Handsome" at least a few times in his WWF tenure, specifically when he first arrived.
Actually, I remember it happening in a promo that JYD did for his upcoming match with Harley Race at Wrestlemania III. However, I'm guessing it wasn't really part of the script, rather JYD had been calling him "Handsome" for so many years, it was out of habit.
- Xavier Doom sent in an interesting link for any of you who are serious collectors of wrestling memorabilia and would be interested in purchasing the actual AWA World Heavyweight Belt used from 1974 to 1986.
Like Xavier said in his e-mail, the decimal point has to be in the wrong place.
- W.W. at Clemson University sent along a link you might enjoy.
- My fianceť did her first mini-triathlon this past weekend. Now, while I certainly do not have a body like Rick Rude, I couldn't help but notice a lot of people competing were wearing outfits that really should not have been wearing. Granted, doing three sports in one event and having to transition as quickly was possible will make you wear some wacky things. But, some of those outfits...just way too tight.
I kept thinking "You look like ten pounds of monkey crap in a five pound bag..."
- It seems everyone is really down on Bischoff's big surprise, that being Bill Goldberg's heel turn.
I guess I have to differ with everyone, as I thought it lived up to the hype. I mean, let's break it down piece by piece:
- Goldberg's turning heel was a first for him. Oh, wait, well, actually, he started out as a heel. He even stole Mongo's Superbowl ring.
- It was totally unexpected. Well, uh, except for the fact that everyone was predicting it.
- Serious legal hurdles needed to be cleared to make it happen. Well, uh, really there was no legalities involved.
- It's turned the world of pro wrestling on its ear. Look at how different...well, actually, nothing's different.
Ahhh...to hell with it!
- Trivia Answer: North Korea