- Trivia Question: What is Scott Hall's middle name? (answer at the end of the report)
- The mailbag:
- David N. writes about the AWA World Heavyweight belt that is for sale:
$750,000?? Perhaps the owner of these belts is DDP's benefactor.
However, even at that price, it is still only 3/4 of the value of the Million Dollar Belt. However, thinking back over the years, with the exception of Otto Wanz, this belt was never cheapened until a very old Verne Gagne kept
winning it for himself.
Comparing Verne to Vince McMahon, though, is probably a wash, since Verne did have some respect as champ. If you think about it though, Bockwinkel, Martel, Lawler, Hansen, Saito, Hennig, Zybsko...a somewhat better lineup historically than recent WCW holders, I mean, at least the holders were all wrestlers.
Imagine Russo running the AWA in the 70s and 80s. Would The Fonz or Gary Coleman be given the belt
like David Arquette? The possibilities are endless.
- From Bob R., more on the AWA World Heavyweight belt that is for sale:
After checking out Xavier's link, I decided against buying the AWA championship belt. Instead, I'm just gonna buy the promotion and save some money. Just thought you should know.
- William W. gives us the 411 on the psychological game that Vampiro is playing:
Just wanted to drop you a quick note about tonight's Thunder for the mailbag or something. The psychological game between Vampiro and Dale Torborg is taken from the 1988 Swedish film Spoorlos (aka The Vanishing) by George Sluizer.
Undoubtedly, the bookers in WCW are probably more familiar with the 1993 American remake The Vanishing starring Jeff Bridges (Vampiro's part) and Kiefer Sutherland (Torberg's part) from the same director. In both versions, the male protagonist is forced by his fianceť's kidnapper to "experience everything she experienced" which resulted in him ending up in a grave.
- If you'd like to read an article about how pro wrestling is tops in the cable ratings, click here.
- Here's an interesting factoid I found in Fonzo's Title Wave on Wrestleline that I haven't seen anywhere else. The best way to pass it along is just to quote him, and I just find this really interesting. Above and beyond this fact, the column is an interesting discussion of the Mamalukes that's worth a read:
"When Russo first came aboard WCW last fall, he quickly made several
moves to create a roster chock full of his buddies. Few fans may
know this, but about seven years ago, Vince Russo used to host a
radio show out here in Long Island on the same station I have a show
on, 1240 WGBB. Who was his regular co-host there? Big Vito. It was
no surprise the big Italian made the move to WCW so soon after
Russo took the reigns."
- I talked to Rene Goulet on Tuesday night for about 45 minutes. It was a fun conversation and I should have it transcribed in a week or so.
- Big changes are coming at The Slayground. Specifically, Xavier is running a special one-week feature with daily updates starting this Sunday night.
I've seen a sneak preview of it and it's something you don't want to miss.
- Wrestleline had a really funny column this week. The irony is that the part of the column that was really funny was a letter from a reader. Click here to see it and scroll down to the last big paragraph for the Terry Bailey letter. I was chuckling for quite a while after reading that.
- Non-Wrestling-Related Comment of the Week: Remember last week when I mentioned by fianceť completing a sprint-distance triathlon? Well, we got some pictures back.
I am certainly not an expert in triathlons...in fact, my expertise has been as a spectator at all of one. But, I do have one piece of advice for you amateurs. I'd suggest that you take the extra five seconds to carefully get on your bike rather than jump on it and into your already-clipped-in shoes and take off. Why? Click here.
And, no, she wasn't hurt. And, no, I didn't go out of my way to take the picture of that moment...I was taking a picture of my fianceť...she's the one looking down at her hapless foe.
- Trivia Answer: Oliver