The following is quoted from the article on the PWTorch.com website entitled "Hogan's WWF return hyped on UPN New York last night," and is copyright to them:
"It's not clear whether the WWF confirmed to UPN our original reports that Hall, Hogan, and Nash won't be on TV until the PPV, or whether they picked up on our report from last week."
Am I reading that correctly? UPN9 ran with this story either because the WWF confirmed it, or because of the Torch piece???
Does anybody else find this as utterly ridiculous as I do? Am I interpreting it correctly? Are their egos really that out of control?
FWIW, I *saw* the piece on UPN9 last night, and guess what? The piece was accompanied by *clips* of old Hogan WWF matches. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think UPN9 would need permission from the WWF to use old Hogan clips. And why would those clips be needed? "Oh yeah, Vince, we want to do a piece on Hogan's movie career." I think, just maybe, the WWF confirmed the signing to UPN9.
Well, if I'm not mistaken, the Torch were the first to report that the nWo wouldn't be on WWF programming until the PPV and I'd doubt that the WWF would confirm that to anyone right now, be it the Torch or a tv station, because they want the anticipation to drive ratings and confirming the news that the nWo won't be on until the PPV won't help any.
As for the clip permissions, that's debateable. If the station calls up and asks for permission to use the footage for the piece, the WWF can't deny it for the reason that the story includes the rumor that the nWo won't debut until the PPV because that will make it an even bigger story than it was.
I believe that the Torch is using to as an example of them being right about the news, not that their newsletter is responsible for anything the WWF did. It seems like the usual bit where they (the Torch)go: "As previously reported in the Torch Newsletter #XXX, Ahmed Johnson is playing the part of Suge Knight in some movie." They would be correct about that item, but their newsletter didn't have a part in getting Ahmed the role.
Then again, it would be just like them to try to toot their own horn. HOW DARE THEY!!!!