Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Nov. 11, 2002 : SquaredCircle

Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Nov. 11, 2002 : SquaredCircle

Going by means of outdated problems with the Wrestling Observer Publication and posting highlights in my very own phrases. For anybody , I extremely advocate signing up for the precise website at f4wonline and testing the total archives.

  • Points between Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon have reportedly reached an deadlock and it seems as if Hogan could also be gone from the corporate, simply as his autobiography that WWE is releasing is scheduled to hit shops. There have been disagreements over the guide, however the greater situation is because of reserving issues. Hogan had initially agreed to return again just a few weeks in the past and work a program with Lesnar, resulting in a match between them at Survivor Sequence. However simply days earlier than Hogan was scheduled to return, he backed out, apparently over not wanting to place Lesnar over once more. Hogan’s picture has since been faraway from the Smackdown opening credit. Vince is alleged to be dealing with this the identical manner he dealt with Austin’s departure, which is basically, “Fuck him. Maintain transferring ahead, on to the following” and probably not promoting it. Hogan will proceed to make just a few beforehand scheduled media appearances to advertise the guide, which WWE booked for him, however in any other case, most of that promotional tour has been scrapped. The long-term plan was for Hogan to lose to Lesnar and that someway results in Vince vs. Hogan at Royal Rumble. That looks as if it ought to be an apparent Wrestlemania match, however Hogan’s contract expires earlier than WM, in order that they weren’t relying on that. Thus, Rumble. In order that’s kinda the place issues stand proper now. Very like Austin, Hogan has determined to go house and WWE is now out one other large star. Even the explanations are technically the identical (refusal to job to Lesnar, though the circumstances are clearly completely different). Hogan’s contract expires in February and he is focused on working some large cash matches in Japan and doing a farewell tour within the U.S. that he would guide and promote himself. AJPW and Okay-1 are doing a joint present subsequent week and Goldberg shall be there. They’re focused on bringing in Hogan for it additionally and phrase is that Hogan’s WWE contract may truly enable him to do it. There’s discuss that he has a novel contract that might enable him to work matches in Japan beneath sure circumstances, so WWE may not be capable of cease him from doing the present subsequent week. Hogan has been telling folks this week that he is contemplating it, however he retains wavering backwards and forwards. And that is the place issues stand for now.

  • It was formally introduced that Panda Vitality has bought a majority curiosity in Jerry Jarrett’s NWA-TNA. This buy has additionally settled the controversy over who shall be in cost creatively. Vince Russo had gone behind Jarrett’s again and made a robust case to the Panda homeowners that he was the correct man to guide the corporate. Jarrett himself had conceded that it seemed like Panda was going to go together with Russo. However this week, Bob Ryder and Jeremy Borash met with the Panda execs and made their case for holding Jarrett in cost and it labored. As of this second, Jerry Jarrett will stay answerable for inventive. In consequence, Russo no-showed this week’s occasion and, in the meanwhile no less than, seems to be out of the corporate. TNA will not formally touch upon Russo’s standing however did launch an announcement noting that Jarrett will stay “firmly in cost.” Nonetheless, very similar to WCW, the brand new homeowners can change whoever’s in cost on a whim at any given second. There’s lots of people who consider Russo will nonetheless find yourself in energy if/when Jarrett fails to show the ship round.

  • Extra particulars on the TNA sale: Dixie Carter, the daughter of Panda CEO Robert Carter, introduced the possession change to the workers and wrestlers at an enormous company-wide assembly. Jerry and Jeff Jarrett will stay minority homeowners however they primarily work for Panda now if we’re being lifelike. This deal is basically similar to WCW: a wrestling firm owned by a big company with no wrestling expertise. However WCW had the advantage of being owned by a tv community. TNA is owned by an power firm that runs energy crops (not the WCW sort). Underneath the brand new possession, TNA made its first large transfer this week, buying commercials throughout WWE’s Uncooked in additional than 30 main markets. ECW and different minor promotions have tried this up to now and often discovered it was a waste of cash that did not appear to yield outcomes. This new deal retains TNA alive for a short time longer, however they’re nonetheless dealing with the identical challenges: they’re making an attempt to get followers to pay cash weekly to look at a second-rate product with plenty of unknowns and WWE cast-offs. And so they nonetheless desperately want a TV deal as a result of this sale would not change the truth that making an attempt to run solely on weekly PPV is not sustainable.

  • However make no mistake: this sale has saved the corporate. Bear in mind again in late-Aug/early-Sept. when two episodes in a row had been nothing however compilations of earlier exhibits? That is as a result of Jarrett had determined to fold the corporate. They had been already finished so far as he was involved. However at that precise second, the Panda negotiations began they usually had been optimistic sufficient that Jarrett determined to maintain the corporate working a bit of bit longer to see if he might make the sale occur. And he did. But when the deal had fallen aside, Jarrett deliberate to shut the corporate instantly. So this was the textbook definition of saved on the final second. This is how dangerous issues had gotten. TNA’s unique investor, HealthSouth, earmarked $1.6 million to assist launch the corporate. However TNA blew by means of that cash rapidly and HealthSouth would not make investments extra, and so Jarrett was holding the corporate afloat along with his personal life financial savings for about 2 months. That is when he was about to throw within the towel after which Panda got here alongside. TNA nonetheless would not have correct numbers for what any of its PPVs have finished, so it is arduous to say what the true buyrates have been. However estimates are that they had been dropping $25-40ok per present. The corporate had no tv and a advertising and marketing price range of just about nothing, which made it not possible to draw new followers. So that they had been dying quick.

  • Lengthy obituary for Edward “Yukon Moose” Cholak, who died at age 72 from a stroke. He was an enormous star in the course of the 50s-80s. Large 400+ pound dude, again when that was uncommon within the enterprise, and it made him an enormous star in many of the territories he went to. He additionally wrestled Rikidozan in Japan in what’s certainly one of Rikidozan’s most well-known matches ever as a result of they did an harm angle the place Cholak injured his shoulder. It was the primary harm angle Rikidozan had ever finished and followers had been horrified. It led to a few large rematches. Bunch of different stuff as a result of Dave someway is aware of every little thing about wrestlers I’ve by no means even heard of.

  • Former wrestler Brian Blair, of the Killer Bees, got here simply 4,000 or so votes shy of profitable a nasty political race for county commissioner someplace in Florida. Blair’s marketing campaign featured baseball star Wade Boggs (could he relaxation in peace) and Hulk Hogan in a number of of his marketing campaign commercials. Blair pushed himself as a household man. His opponents pushed again, noting that Blair testified within the 1991 steroid trial about buying unlawful steroids, amongst different issues from his years in wrestling. His opponents additionally cited Blair’s failed marriage to former WWF ring announcer Mike McGuirk and Blair allegedly assaulting fellow wrestler Doug Somers over his perception that Somers was having an affair with McGuirk. All this was used to primarily argue that Blair is not the household values man he claims to be. Anyway, Blair misplaced, however simply barely (I am unable to discover any of those commercials).

  • “This has completely nothing to do with wrestling, however I really feel the necessity to say just a few phrases about my grandmother,” Dave writes, earlier than happening to present a short, however candy tribute to his grandmother who handed away only a few months earlier than her 100th birthday. Awwww. Dave’s mother remains to be alive too and in her 90s. Them Meltzers stay a very long time.

  • AJPW is anticipated to carry a Tokyo Dome present in January. The unique plan had been for Goldberg to beat Genichiro Tenryu for the AJPW Triple Crown title, after which defend it on the Tokyo Dome towards Keiji Muto. However Tenryu did not wish to do the Goldberg match (little interest in dropping his title in a 5-minute squash) in order that they modified plans and had Muto beat Tenryu for the title. So now Muto is the champion and he could defend towards Goldberg on the Dome as an alternative (not fairly what occurs).

  • Dave noticed the current AJPW Budokan Corridor present, which was primarily the top of the Big Baba period of AJPW. Regardless that he died practically Four years in the past, the corporate has remained synonymous with Baba. His image nonetheless on the doorway curtain, consultant of how he used to take a seat backstage and watch all of the matches at each present (so is that this known as the Baba Place in Japan?). However with Motoko Baba totally out of the corporate now, this was a tragic present that symbolized the true finish of the Baba period and step one in AJPW turning into a brand new, extra fashionable promotion. In the course of the present, they’d a listing of the highest 10 matches in AJPW historical past. And simply so you know the way deep the hatred for NOAH nonetheless runs, not a single match within the high 10 featured any of the previous AJPW wrestlers who left to type NOAH. That is proper. Not a single Misawa or Kobashi match made the listing. In case you are curious, here is the highest 10 AJPW matches ever, based on AJPW in 2002:

  • Baba vs. Bruno Sammartino (1972)

  • Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Funks (1973)

  • Tsuruta vs. Mil Mascaras (1977)

  • Funks vs. Abdullah & Sheik (1977)

  • Baba vs. Verne Gagne (1981)

  • Baba vs. Stan Hansen (1982)

  • Hiroshi Wajima vs. Tiger Jeet Singh (1986)

  • Tsuruta vs. Tenryu (1987)

  • Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada (1993)

  • A six-man tag on Baba’s birthday (1998) – Dave says this match truly did characteristic NOAH wrestlers, however they weren’t talked about or proven in any respect within the spotlight video and it was solely there as a result of Baba was in it and this was Baba’s final nice match

  • AJPW’s annual tag match is arising quickly. Reportedly, Muto was making an attempt to usher in Sting to be his associate, however Sting was already booked for the WWA tour in Europe. Man, Sting and Muta teaming up in a match would have been superior to me. These 2 are what acquired me into WCW as a child.

  • The man enjoying the faux Nice Muta in NJPW blew out his knee and desires reconstructive surgical procedure. He is anticipated to be out no less than 6 months. And that was the top of that dumb ass experiment.

  • Dave critiques a current NJPW present and has a few attention-grabbing notes. American Dragon wrestled in a 6-man match and seemed good however lacked charisma. Some folks there are making comparisons to Chris Benoit when he wrestled in NJPW. Dave ain’t going that far simply but however the child has actual potential. Additionally, Dragon was reportedly requested to chop his hair however refused. After which there was one other tag match with Chyna and it was by far the most effective match she’s had in NJPW and doubtless the most effective wrestling match Dave has ever seen her have. She did some nice mat wrestling with Tanahashi and Dave says she’s been coaching with Sean Waltman (they’re courting round this time after all). However she was shockingly good on this match.

  • IWA-Mid South held a 2-night Ted Petty Memorial match that featured some notable names, together with Colt Cabana, AJ Types, Christopher Daniels, Ken Anderson, Ace Steele, Chris Hero, MDogg20, CM Punk, and BJ Whitmer, amongst others. The match was gained by Whitmer who beat Punk within the finals (what a rattling lineup on reflection).

  • WWE’s CFO and two of its high advertising and marketing execs are out of the corporate. The small print are being stored hush, however Selection journal reported that they’d been fired, not that they stop. Agusut Liquori, the CFO, was thought of the #three individual within the firm, behind Vince and Linda McMahon. These choices had been made so all of a sudden and unexpectedly that WWE did not but have replacements lined up. So proper now, a few different WWE execs are filling these roles quickly. Gee, this certain sounds acquainted. These are the very same roles that George Barrios and Michelle Wilson held. And earlier this 12 months, they had been additionally fired with out warning, so all of a sudden that WWE did not even have replacements lined up. When enterprise begins to fall, that job is not secure.

  • When speaking about future opponents for Brock Lesnar as a babyface, Dave lists Large Present, Kurt Angle, and Eddie Guerrero as potentialities. They’re already doing the Large Present match, which is how they’re turning Lesnar babyface. They’re holding off on Angle most likely till Wrestlemania. And Eddie Guerrero, Dave says “I am unable to ever see that as a PPV match.” Boy oh boy, these phrases style aren’t gonna style good taking place in a pair years.

  • Dave recaps all of the appearances of WWE wrestlers on the TV present Blind Date. Chris Nowinski, Linda Miles, Maven, Nidia, and Jackie Gayda. Yow will discover most of those on Youtube if you happen to search. They’re entertaining. Nidia specifically simply cuts proper to the chase.

  • Notes from Uncooked: Nathan Jones labored a darkish match and regardless that his in-ring work sucked, he acquired over large with the group. They appear to have reeled again large time on the Katie Vick angle, with just one point out of it the whole present, and that was only a throwaway Goldust joke. Appears Vince lastly caved on this one and it seems they’re dropping the angle. Jeff Hardy is dropping pounds and appears extra burned out than ever. Batista is now being known as Dave Batista. Check acquired a haircut. And that is principally it.

  • Goldberg gave one other interview and talked about WWE. First, he questioned whether or not Scott Steiner’s physique would maintain as much as their schedule, however wished him luck. As for the Katie Vick angle, he mentioned stuff like that’s principally a part of why he isn’t with WWE and he would not wish to be related to that.

  • NEXT WEDNESDAY: Survivor Sequence preview and the state of WWE, Observer Awards preview, ROH and CZW working collectively, extra on Hogan/AJPW, and extra…

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