Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we give you the scoop on what's
happening in and out of the wrestling ring. As the kids would say,
With only two more
shows before King of the Ring the WWF should be in full swing tonight
on Raw. We can expect to see two of the four King of the Ring quarter
final matches. Those matches are currently Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy,
Big Show vs. Christian, Rhyno vs. Tajiri and Edge vs. Saturn. Kurt Angle
and Shane McMahon have a match on Sunday. I imagine that feud will continue
to brew tonight with the added possibility of another WCW invasion.
The Undertaker's stalker said it was time to come forward (just in time
for the WWF to make a match for Sunday; how convenient.) Will the mystery
be solved tonight? The Dudleys and the Hollys don't have matches at
King of the Ring yet. Will the Spike and Molly romance continue to ignite
this family feud? It's so devilishly scandalous. Also expect
the finishing touches to be put on the Austin/Jericho/Benoit main event.
Rhyno made his main
event debut Sunday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He and Steve Austin
teamed together to fight Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit in a steel cage.
Maybe it's my love of dumb guys, but I really think Rhyno has the potential
to be a huge star in the WWF.
From the Ross
Jim Ross made his
weekly Ross Report on Friday. Here are some highlights.
Billy Gunn's Father
died last week which is why Gunn did not appear at this week's TV tapings.
-The King of the
Ring quarter-finals will be held on this week's Raw and Smackdown. Only
three tournament matches are scheduled for the PPV.
-Said those predicting
a September relaunch for WCW "should think again," implying that it
will happen sooner than that.
-Jim also called
the Smackdown debut of Stacy Keibler "outstanding." (I agree. Hubba,
-Ross gave a short
update on Triple H, saying that he "continues to rehab like a crazy
man in Birmingham, Ala." Ross also said that Triple H will "most probably
be a huge fan favorite" once he returns.
-Ross put over Tajiri's
Smackdown debut by saying he "could be a real sleeper."
-Ross didn't' say
who the Undertaker's wife's stalker is, but did say that the mystery
person "is not Ole Anderson."
-Put over Paul Heyman
as a color commentator by saying "it just keeps getting better." Ross
also asked that readers not send him negative e-mails on the matter.
The final broadcast
rating for Smackdown last week was a 3.2 with a 6 share, which would
make it the lowest number the show has ever done. Despite several weeks
of strong WWF shows, the ratings have continued to decline. This is
a clear sign that casual wrestling fans that jumped on the bandwagon
during the peak years are starting to find better ways to spend their
Monday and Thursday nights. Personally, no matter how good or bad the
WWF gets, I refuse to watch Ally McBeal.
Former WCW star Vampiro suffered a knee injury last night working the
main event of EMLL's Arena Mexico event, his first EMLL main event since
returning to the promotion. Dr. Wagner, Jr. dropkicked Vampiro in the
side of the knee instead of the front of it as planned, blowing out Vampiro's
knee. Vampiro went to the hospital after the event and should be seeing
his doctor today in order to determine the extent of the injury. He will
need time out of the ring, but the amount of time needed has yet to be
determined. So, remember kids: if you're being chased by a vampire and
there are no wooden stakes around, go for the knees. What a slow news
day. I really hope someone does something stupid tonight at Raw so I can
talk about it on Wednesday. Until then...
Shots by Michael Goodson
(Updated 6-15-01, 6:36 PM PST)
The Grand opening
and yet it's my second column.
Shots by Michael Goodson
(Updated 6-13-01, 6:36 PM PST)
the XFL is gone, what will we make fun of?