Just before you read this, I'll just bring you up to date on what this is all about. There is a show in the UK called Gamerweb on FreiendlyTV (the same station doing the wrestling channel test run) that is aimed at Gamers in the UK but is watched by many wrestling fans. Anyway back in September I emailed one of the presenters asking if I could write a wrestling article which he could read out on the air. He agreed and since then, I've done just that. Now I will be putting an extended version on their forums and this is the first one. And I just wanted to put the first one up here so you guys could tell me what you think of it. I know it's a little out of date but it is aimed at UK fans who don't get to see Raw or Smackdown until Fridays and Saturdays. Anyway feedback appreciated. And tell me if all the pics load. Thanks a million.
>>HEADLINES: ROYAL RUMBLE IN UK; AUSTIN, ANGLE RETURNS; RUMBLE NEWS AND MORE.
>>Triple H retained his World title after a fantasic match with Shawn Michaels. Eric Bischoff deemed the match a tie after he counted both mens shoulders to the mat. After the match Bischoff fired Michaels. Stone Cold Steve Austin then entered the ring, re-hired Michaels and stated that there was a new sherriff in town and that he has returned under his own terms. He then delivered a stunner to Bischoff to end the show. >>In full results from the show- >Rob Van Dam defeated Scott Steiner. >Eddie Kramer & Russell Simpson defeated the Dudley Boyz via disqualification. >Randy Orton defeated Booker T. >Trish Stratus, Lita, & Stacy Keibler defeated Molly Holly, Miss Jackie, & Victoria in a Happy Holidays Match. >Triple H was declared the winner over Shawn Michaels by referee Eric Bischoff.
>>Kurt Angle returned after a 6 week absence and gave a heart-felt speech about the sacrifice that the troops in Iraq are making. In the final match of the evening, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas defeated Eddie and Chavo Guerrero after the Guerreros had a bust up in the middle of the match which led to their loss. Afterwards Kurt Angle tried to calm the situation down and told Eddie that Chavo was right. >>In full results from the show- >Rey Mysterio defeated Tajiri to win the Cruiserweight Championship. >Bradshaw defeated Rhyno. >Chris Benoit & John Cena defeated the FBI in a Handicap Match to earn spots in the Royal Rumble. >The Big Show defeated Hardcore Holly via disqualification. >The Self-Proclaimed World’s Greatest Tag Team defeated Los Guerreros
>>Kevin Nash's contract expired on December 31 and he has been offered a management contract with WWE. WWE does not want to offer Nash a new wrestling contract because he is prone to injurys and has a serious neck injury which could end his career. >>In a recent interview with WWE.com, Kurt Angle cleared up rumours and stated that he will return to wrestling full-time in mid-January. >>Brock Lesnar will return soon after arthroscopic surgery on his knee and elbow afew weeks ago. He will likely have his first TV match back at the Royal Rumble. >>Shawn Michaels has been tipped to become the top babyface in WWE in 2004 with a title run. >>As it stands right now it is unlikely that Goldberg will renew his WWE contract when it expires just after WrestleMania XX, which could very well be his last match for WWE. >>In 2003 the top ten searches on Yahoo.com were as follows: KaZaA, Harry Potter, American Idol, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Eminem, WWE, Paris Hilton, NASCAR and Christina Aguilera.
>>It was announced recently on the official Royal Rumble website that Setanta Sport (Channel 435 on Sky EPG) will show the Royal Rumble event live in the UK on a Pay-Per-View basis. It is unknown at this time how much it will cost or if repeats will be shown. >>Chris Benoit, John Cena, Kurt Angle and Billy Gunn are the only confirmed entrants in the Royal Rumble match at this time. Smackdown GM, Paul Heyman has placed Benoit as the No. 1 entrant. >>Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly for the WWE Title was confirmed to take place at the Rumble on Smackdown. >>Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels for the World Title and Kane vs. Booker T are rumoured matches to take place.
>>WrestleMania takes place on March 14, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. >>The event is currently slated to air from 7p.m until midnight Eastern time in the US which translates from midnight to 5a.m. in the UK. It will cost around $50 in the US and be free to Sky Sports subscribers in the UK. >>Rumoured matches to take place at the annual spectacular include, the Undertaker vs. Kane, Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon, Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar and The Rock and Mick Foley vs. two members of Evolution, most likely Batista and Randy Orton.
The following are upcoming WWE shows- JANUARY- 5 Mon Nashville, Tennessee [Smackdown brand] 5 Mon Memphis, Tennessee [Raw TV] 6 Tue Huntsville, Alabama [Smackdown TV] 9 Fri Oshawa, Ontario, Canada [Raw brand] 10 Sat Kalamazoo, Michigan [Smackdown brand] 10 Sat Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [Raw brand] 11 Sun Cadillac, Michigan [Smackdown brand] 11 Sun St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada [Raw brand] 12 Mon Saginaw, Michigan [Smackdown brand] 12 Mon Uniondale, New York [Raw TV] 13 Tue Uncasville, Connecticut [Smackdown TV] 16 Fri Des Moines, Iowa [Raw brand] 17 Sat Madison, Wisconsin [Raw brand] 18 Sun Milwaukee, Wisconsin [Raw brand] 19 Mon Duluth, Minnesota [Smackdown brand] 19 Mon Green Bay, Wisconsin [Raw TV] 20 Tue Minneapolis, Minnesota [Smackdown TV] 25 Sun Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [Royal Rumble] 26 Mon Hershey, Pennsylvania [Raw TV] 27 Tue Washington, DC [Smackdown TV] 31 Sat Reading, Pennsylvania [Smackdown brand]
>>The contents for the new Mick Foley DVD were released last week on silvervision.co.uk. >Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader WCW Saturday Night - 17.4.93 >Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne vs. The Nasty Boys Chicago Street Fight - WCW Spring Stampede - 17.4.94 >Cactus Jack vs. Sabu ECW Hostile City Showdown - 24.6.94 >Cactus Jack vs. Chris Candido Smoky Mountain Wrestling - 18.11.94 >Cactus Jack vs. The Sandman Texas Death Match - ECW - 4.2.95 >Cactus Jack & Raven vs. Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer ECW November 2 Remember - 18.11.95 >Cactus Jack vs. Mikey Whipwreck ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash - 9.3.96 vMankind vs. Shawn Michaels WWE Mind Games - 22.9.96 >Cactus Jack vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley Falls Count Anywhere - WWE Raw is War - 22.9.97 >Mick Foley vs. Terry Funk WWE Raw is War - 4.5.98 >Dude Love vs. Stone Cold WWE Over the Edge - 31.5.98 >Mankind vs. The Undertaker Hell in a Cell - WWE King of the Ring - 28.6.98 >Mankind vs. The Rock WWE Raw is War - 4.1.99 >Cactus Jack vs. Triple H Street Fight - WWE Royal Rumble - 23.1.00 >90 Minutes of DVD Extras: - Cactus Jack vs. Sting - 20.6.92 - Cactus Jack vs. Sabu - 30.9.94 - "Jack" Foley & Les Thornton vs. The British Bulldogs - 13.9.86 - The Birth of Mr Socko - Vegas Vignettes with Al Snow - Classic Promos - Feature from WWE Confidential
>Release dates- US-January 20 UK-mid-February
>>DVD releases >Survivor Series 2003 - US- Out Now UK- early January >Armageddon 2003- US-mid- January UK- early February >The Rise and Fall of WCW- US-mid-February UK- mid-March >Best of Confidential 2- US- mid-February UK- mid-March >Kurt Angle- US- early-March UK- early April
>>In music news >WWE Originals featuring WWE Superstars singing original songs will be released in the UK January 12 with a US release soon afterwards.
>>January 4, 1999-Mick Foley defeats The Rock to capture his first World title with the help of DX to fend off the Corporation, and Stone Cold Steve Austin to deliver a stunner to The Rock.
I thought it was a nice news recap, and was in a good format. I'd look for mispellings and gramatical stuff. I noticed "Injurys" Now I don't know if this is different in the UK, but here in the colonies, it'd be "injuries." For just us posters, it's no big deal, but for you columnists... I actually spell-check my Blog - not that it helps sometimes
But I gotta admit I didn't see much of a problem in yours. Looked nice. Kind of like an outline of what they do on the syndicated shows. Recap Raw: Check. Recap Smackdown: Check. Shill House Shows: check. Shill merchandise: check. A couple of interesting tidbits: check.
I saw a good deal of Whitmer matches from that era as well, and he never interested me. It really is these last few months that have me singing a different tune. The problem with ROH is that Whitmer really can't contend for any of their belts.