Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Oct. 28, 2002 : SquaredCircle

Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Oct. 28, 2002 : SquaredCircle

Going by previous problems with the Wrestling Observer Publication and posting highlights in my very own phrases. For anybody , I extremely suggest signing up for the precise website at f4wonline and testing the complete archives.


PROGRAMMING NOTE: So, after months of making an attempt to make amends for this in my spare time, I’ve fiiiiinally completed writing up these 2002 Rewinds. So my query is: shall I proceed this each Wednesday schedule? That may drag these Rewinds out to the top of the 12 months. Or, ought to I revert again to the M/W/F schedule and be completed by the top of this month?

  • Awwwwwww yeah, it is time! It is what you’ve got all been ready for! Our prime story this week is none apart from the Katie Vick necrophilia angle! Or, as WWE government producer Kevin Dunn acknowledged in a press launch, “this was an try at darkish humor capitalizing on the recognition of applications equivalent to CSI, Six Toes Underneath and X-Information.” Or, as Dave Meltzer places it, WWE is so out of contact with its viewers that, as a result of Vince thought this was hilarious, he thought everybody else would too. It is the newest determined try to create controversy and get some buzz, simply a few weeks faraway from HLA and Billy & Chuck’s marriage ceremony. So a refresher when you’ve in some way by no means seen this: Triple H exhibits up in a funeral parlor in a Kane masks, eliminated the bra and panties of the alleged Katie Vick corpse in a casket, begins taking off his personal garments, climbs in and begins humping the lifeless physique. Then he stated, “I screwed her brains out!” as mush poured out of her head. All of us caught up now? The stay crowd in Nashville booed this loudly and an enormous “refund” chant broke out through the industrial break that adopted. Through the present, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler repeatedly pushed the narrative that the media was gonna be outraged and it was going to be controversial. The aim was completely to rile up the Phil Mushnicks and different media varieties as a result of Vince loves that form of controversial publicity. Nevertheless it’s not 1999 anymore. The media does not care about what they understand as a dying product making an attempt determined rankings ploys and this did not generate a lot of a response from the general public in any respect. Even TNN, which publicly apologized for the HLA phase a number of weeks again, did not even make a touch upon this one. Dave talks about how WWE has turn out to be a parody of itself. Jim Ross is thought for calling nice matches and now he has to attempt to get necrophilia over. Jerry Lawler has gone from hip and entertaining to getting old and creepy (man, ain’t that the reality). Vince McMahon has forgotten tips on how to do what he was nice at: taking performers with restricted expertise and discovering a strategy to make them superstars. Now in 2002, he has probably the most gifted roster he is ever had, and he cannot work out tips on how to make stars out of any of them (as soon as once more, ain’t that the reality).

  • Anyway, this angle has just about killed Kane’s character, barely a number of weeks after coming back from harm. Afterward Uncooked, they did an angle the place Kane threw Triple H within the trunk of a automobile and drove off, however as he did, the trunk lid popped open when it wasn’t speculated to, that means Triple H may have simply escaped. Proper there on digital camera. “Stuff like this solely used to occur in WCW,” Dave says, and he is proper. WWE acquired unbelievably lazy and complacent when all of the competitors was gone. Ten minutes after Uncooked ended, Paul Bearer (who simply left the corporate final week after having been there for the final 12 years) wrote a put up on-line saying, “I’m horrified. I by no means thought that I’d ever be proud to say that I don’t work for Vince McMahon any longer.” As you’ll be able to think about, the necrophilia angle did not air in plenty of locations. TSN in Canada lower away from the phase as quickly as Triple H first started fondling the “corpse.” In Australia, in addition they lower away halfway by the phase. Uncooked hasn’t aired but in Europe, however phrase is lot of the tv companions there are additionally planning to closely edit the phase, if it airs in any respect. In any other case, that is just about it. No mainstream publicity, no outraged information tales, no media shops demanding remark. Simply an more and more determined firm doing more and more determined shock techniques as a result of that is what labored three years in the past, solely to be taught that the general public cares much less and fewer each time.

WATCH: The notorious Katie Vick angle

  • Newest on the Brock Lesnar vs. Lennox Lewis rumors, as of now, absolutely the earliest that match may occur can be in late-2003. There have been plenty of discussions over the previous week with either side, discussing potential guidelines for the match and different such points. Vince McMahon referred to as the Nevada State Athletic Fee to get information about having the match sanctioned there. The thought is to carry it in Nevada in order that it will be sanctioned and thus show to the general public that it is a true shoot and never some wacky professional wrestling stunt. Dave additionally offhandedly mentions discuss of a Kurt Angle vs. Michael Moorer combat as effectively and hints that it will happen on the undercard of the identical present. Anyway, Vince wished to do Brock/Lewis in February, as a strategy to construct for Wrestlemania (the thought being Lesnar and Angle would each beat huge title boxers on the identical present, which might be enormous mainstream information, after which they may catapult that stardom into headlining towards one another at Wrestlemania the subsequent month. Big back-to-back PPV buyrates). However Lewis has a boxing match in February and he is additionally in talks for an enormous rematch with Mike Tyson in June. Due to the chance of harm in a Lesnar match, he will not danger it till after that however has stated he is excited by doing it within the fall subsequent 12 months.

  • Anyway, they’ve agreed to some sure guidelines thus far, if this combat have been to really happen. Lesnar wouldn’t put on gloves and wouldn’t be allowed to punch, whereas Lewis would put on gloves and will punch. If Lesnar takes him to the bottom, there can be a time restrict earlier than the referee would stand them again up. So Lesnar cannot simply take him down and preserve him there your complete combat. No phrase on what that point restrict is likely to be, what number of rounds, size of rounds, scoring system, and so forth. Each males would additionally must be drug examined if this happened in Nevada. Theoretically, if Lesnar may get Lewis on the bottom, he may overpower him and possibly dominate, however Lesnar additionally has no submission coaching. And relying on how brief the stand-up time restrict is, they may spend extra time on their ft than on the mat, during which case, that clearly favors Lewis. As for Angle vs. Moorer, identical state of affairs. Besides Moorer is not nearly as good a boxer as Lewis and Angle is a good higher wrestler than Lesnar. So until the foundations are extraordinarily limiting, one would anticipate Angle may tie Moorer in knots. However, in fact, these are each professional boxers and it solely takes one cut up second punch to finish issues. If these matches occur, Lesnar and Angle can be taking the largest dangers of any professional wrestler in historical past. And Dave is not positive it is fully value it. Perhaps for a short-term enhance, sure. Crossover shoot matches like these have completed monstrous enterprise in Japan. However one solely wants to have a look at NJPW to appreciate how badly happening that street is long-term.

  • WWE’s No Mercy PPV is within the books and Dave begins by just about admitting that, in hindsight, he was mistaken. Final month, Undertaker and Lesnar had a non-finish to a PPV essential occasion that most individuals, Dave included, shat throughout. However on reflection, Dave thinks it was the absolute best determination. With cut up manufacturers, WWE is making an attempt to not blow by all their potential essential occasion feuds too quick. If Undertaker had misplaced cleanly final month, who does that go away for Lesnar to feud with subsequent? They’re saving Angle for Wrestlemania. Edge is not at that degree but. Chris Benoit is the one one on Smackdown that will be a viable opponent, and it has been mentioned. However this allowed them to stretch Undertaker and Lesnar out one other month and this time, not solely did Undertaker do the appropriate factor and put over Lesnar clear, he did it in what ended up being the perfect match of Lesnar’s profession thus far.

  • Different notes from the PPV: within the opening match, Jericho went for the lionsault in what was speculated to be the end, however the rope broke and for a cut up second, it regarded like Jericho was going to Hayabusa himself, however thankfully, he did not. Dave provides him plenty of credit score for maintaining his cool and improvising the end because the match fell aside after that. Torrie Wilson’s dad Al Wilson continued his storyline, full with a Invoice Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with that girl” joke since they have been in Arkansas and figured the followers would love a nearly-5 12 months previous political joke. Torrie vs. Daybreak Marie was terrible (adverse half star). Crowd was lifeless for RVD vs. Aptitude. Triple H retained the world heavyweight title over Kane in a sloppy, no matter match that the announcers spent your complete time speaking about Katie Vick (and this was the evening earlier than Triple H fucked a corpse). They blew off the Undertaker-cheated-on-his-wife storyline in a fast throwaway backstage phase that appeared completed merely for the aim of ending this storyline asap. Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit gained the Smackdown tag titles by beating Mysterio and Edge in presumably the match of the 12 months. Dave provides it 4.75 stars. And Lesnar beat Undertaker in a massacre Hell in a Cell match the place each males and even Paul Heyman bladed. Undertaker particularly was gushing blood in every single place. Four stars and Undertaker put Lesnar over clear.

  • Martha Hart has launched a brand new guide, “Damaged Harts: The Life & Demise of Owen Hart.” Dave says there’s solely Four different wrestling books that he would classify as must-reads (the two Mick Foley books, Dynamite Child, and Lou Thesz) however he provides this one to the listing. To be truthful although, it is totally different than most wrestling books. It is extra about Martha’s life with Owen, his dying, and her efforts to deal with life with out him whereas making an attempt to get justice for him. Other than the individuals who have been straight concerned with the authorized proceedings, Dave believes he himself had extra entry to details about that case and every part surrounding it than anybody. However he says he discovered extra from this guide than he ever may have imagined. Essentially the most stunning revelation that hasn’t come out publicly till now’s that there have been nearly 2 lives misplaced that day. Initially, Mexican mini wrestler Max Mini was deliberate to descend with Owen, dressed as a mini-Blue Blazer. Nonetheless, he confirmed up late to the world (miscommunication as a result of he did not converse English) and so missed the scheduled follow time. In consequence, they wrote him out of the stunt and it ended up solely being Owen. They nonetheless deliberate to do it once more with each of them the subsequent evening on Uncooked, however in fact, that by no means occurred. Owen’s dying was clouded in such controversy and authorized drama and media protection that it was straightforward for lots of people to overlook the actual ache of the household left behind. This guide does not enable the reader to show away from that. Martha insisted that Vince McMahon attend Owen’s funeral as a result of she wished him to see up shut the ache his negligence precipitated. In the identical approach, this guide does not let the reader off the hook. For those who’re a fan of WWE, it makes you face a really ugly a part of their historical past. It is uncomfortable and uncooked and actual and the ache of a girl who misplaced the husband she deliberate to develop previous with is visceral. Naturally, it additionally goes into element on how this tore aside the Hart household and the way a few of them actively labored towards Martha.

  • That being stated, there are some elements of Martha’s guide that Dave does not agree with. Martha insists that Owen passionately hated professional wrestling and Dave has a tough time believing that. You do not get that good at one thing you hate that a lot. Did he hate that the enterprise stored him away from his household? Did he hate the politics of it? Most likely, however all people within the enterprise offers with the journey and hates the politics, so is that basically the identical factor as “hating wrestling?” There’s additionally the problem of the Owen/Austin match at Summerslam 97 that left Austin with a severe neck harm. Martha argues that she thinks Austin’s neck was tousled going into the match and argues that the Owen piledriver wasn’t the first issue. One wants solely watch the footage to understand how clearly mistaken that’s. Owen clearly botched that transfer in a very harmful approach that just about paralyzed Austin. It was one thing Austin by no means forgave Owen for as a result of he felt it was careless and presumably even intentional, regardless of how a lot others tried to persuade Austin that Owen would by no means have harm him purposely. On a number of events afterward, he refused to work applications with Owen due to it. There’s two sides to each story and Martha is, naturally, going to defend her husband’s facet. However the video does not lie, Owen spiked him. The Hart household additionally disputes Martha’s model of issues. Martha claims she all the time hated the enterprise, whereas others within the household say she was an everyday on the exhibits and it seems like they’re kinda hinting that she was a hoop rat. Martha denies that and claims she solely began going to the exhibits when she and Owen started courting in highschool, in order that she may see him. There’s a lot extra however that is 2 paragraphs already. However that is just about the definitive guide on the dying of Owen Hart and the private and authorized aftermath that adopted (I’ve by no means learn this however I am intrigued now. Anybody else ever learn it?)

  • AAA star Gronda suffered a Sid Vicious-like leg harm at their newest present, snapping his decrease leg. The footage was proven on TV in gradual movement a number of occasions, identical to Sid’s was. Right here you go, you sick freaks, get pleasure from:

WATCH: Gronda’s leg go ouchie

  • Australian wrestler Nathan Jones is fielding some provides proper now. Each WWE and NJPW have made it clear they’re excited by utilizing him. Proper now, he is working exhibits for Zero-One. Between that, NJPW, and dealing different international excursions, he may make far more cash than WWE would give him for a developmental deal. So one would assume if WWE desires him, they’d must make him a essential roster supply. However he is on no account prepared for the massive time, he is nonetheless tremendous inexperienced. Then once more, WWE wished Brock Lesnar so dangerous that they stunning a lot paid him essential roster cash and nonetheless despatched him to developmental for two years, so if they need him badly sufficient, they may try this.

  • Contemporary out of the Terrible Timing Dept., it seems AJPW prime star (and now President) Keiji Muto suffered a knee harm final week throughout a match. He was hospitalized after the present with ligament injury and was advised by docs to relaxation it for three weeks. Muto is scheduled to headline the upcoming Budokan Corridor present to problem Genichiro Tenryu for the Triple Crown title so, for sure, Muto is ignoring the docs. Actually, he already ignored them and returned to motion the very subsequent evening, although he was nonetheless utilizing crutches backstage. He was a part of an 8-man match and did not do a lot. He is additionally planning to proceed working all his scheduled home exhibits previous to the Buddokan present, as a result of Muto is insane. His physician advised him it is inevitable that he’ll want at the least one knee substitute in the end. He has no cartilage left in his proper knee, so every part he does is bone-rubbing-on-bone. The physician advised him he has the knees of a 65-year previous man. In fact, Terry Funk and Kenta Kobashi have been advised related issues they usually’re each working each evening on this tour too. AJPW is basically the strolling crippled proper now.

  • Dave worries that Japan goes to burn out Bob Sapp ahead of later. Within the subsequent 2 months, he is booked for main exhibits with AJPW, Ok-1 and PRIDE. In the meantime, NJPW is making an attempt to guide him towards Yuji Nagata for the IWGP title on the Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome present. Sapp is the highest draw in any respect these occasions they usually’re all counting on him to attract huge crowds (the NJPW match finally ends up being Nagata vs. Josh Barnett however we’ll get there).

  • Sting is being marketed for WWA’s upcoming European tour. And sure, WWA continues to be clinging to life (that is their final actual tour. They’ve a few exhibits in 2003 in Australia earlier than shutting down for good). Anyway, this might be Sting’s first matches for the reason that closing WCW Nitro in March of 2001.

  • Billy Graham underwent a profitable liver transplant final week. It was dire, with docs telling him he would not stay for much longer with out one. They acquired a liver from a 26-year-old girl who died in a automobile accident and Graham went into surgical procedure that very same evening. Within the days after the surgical procedure, Graham made a exceptional turnaround that docs have been surprised by. He is now doing higher than he has in years and is predicted to be out of the hospital quickly. Initially, docs did not need to use the liver of anybody below 225 kilos as a result of Graham is such an enormous man. However he was working out of time, in order that they lastly determined to make use of the lady’s liver as a result of that they had no different selection. Her kidneys are additionally getting used to save lots of 2 individuals who wanted new ones, so this younger woman’s tragic dying is saving three lives. Vince McMahon, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, and Jesse Ventura have all reached out to Graham in current days.

  • Tom Cole, the man who was a youngster within the early 90s and was on the heart of the WWF’s ring boy intercourse abuse scandal, has threatened a lawsuit towards Bobby Heenan over one thing in Heenan’s guide. Dave does not actually get into element on what was written, but it surely seems like Heenan could have implied that Cole was willingly having intercourse with Terry Garvin to attempt to get a foot into the corporate. Cole, who alleged that Garvin tried to drug and rape him when he was a youngster, in fact denies this. So yeah. (I’ve by no means learn Heenan’s guide so with out figuring out precisely what he stated, I’ma simply transfer on from this).

  • Over in TNA, you’ll have seen Jorge Estrada has a brand new valet named Priscilla. She beforehand appeared on the debut episode as Miss Joni within the lingerie battle royal. Anyway, in case you are questioning….she is definitely Jerry Lawler’s present real-life girlfriend. Through the present, they alluded to it when Don West requested if she was courting Estrada and Mike Tenay stated she’s courting a king.

  • Ron Killings has a brand new rap album popping out referred to as InVINCEable (and sure, it is spelled that approach on function and could be very clearly a reference to McMahon) and the one has been getting some airplay on Nashville’s rap radio station (so I am unable to discover ANYTHING from this album apart from the quilt. And even the quilt was barely on the market on-line anyplace. Not a single track or mp3 from this album appears to exist anyplace, nada. How is that attainable??)

PHOTO: Ok-Krush – InVINCEable cowl

  • The marketed lineup for WWE’s Revolt UK PPV was speculated to be headlined by Lesnar & Heyman vs. Undertaker in a handicap match. Nevertheless it’s not only a TV angle, Undertaker’s spouse Sara actually is because of give start at any second, and because of this, he is been pulled from the tour. They’re sending Booker T as an effort to make up for it, however Dave does not know if meaning it’s going to be Lesnar vs. Booker T or if they’re going to simply shuffle the cardboard round (winds up being Lesnar over Edge in what I believe would technically be Edge’s first PPV essential occasion).

  • Talking of PPV lineups, WWE hasn’t fully given up on long-term reserving but as of 2002. As a result of Dave runs down the tentative lineup for subsequent month’s Survivor Sequence, although none of it has been introduced on TV but, and has most of it lifeless on, together with some form of new multi-man gimmick match referred to as an Elimination Chamber…

  • Notes from Uncooked: Dave calls it “one of the pathetic episodes of Uncooked ever” and says it felt like watching an episode of WCW Thunder. He talks in regards to the Trish Stratus storyline, the place Victoria and others have been accusing Trish of sleeping her strategy to the highest of the wrestling enterprise. Trish is a babyface now and so in fact, we’re all speculated to be appalled and offended. However only a 12 months and a half in the past, Trish was a heel and her character was with Vince doing precisely that. So, I imply, in kayfabe….she did sleep her strategy to the highest. Anyway, Stacy Keibler is now going to be the valet for Check as a result of they’re really courting in actual life. Huge Present was traded to Smackdown, however…..they by no means stated who he was traded for. It was by no means talked about on Smackdown later within the week both. So in kayfabe, Uncooked simply gave Huge Present away. Different principle is it might be a strategy to clarify transferring Hogan to Uncooked at any time when he comes again. And naturally, the Katie Vick corpse fucking factor ending with Kane kidnapping Triple H in an open automobile trunk. Actually, the recap did not sound like this was that dangerous of a present. Perhaps a bit of boring, however simply a median Uncooked tainted by an in any other case all-time worst angle ever candidate.

  • On the tapings for subsequent week’s Smackdown, Jerry Lawler labored a darkish match because it was in Memphis. The match was taped and is predicted to air on Lawler’s native Memphis wrestling present. Additionally on the tapings, through the Velocity tapings, Chase Stevens labored as a jobber in a tag group match towards D-Von and Ron Simmons. You could bear in mind Chase Stevens from final week’s TNA episode, the place he was difficult for the tag group titles and now he is a jobber on WWE TV, which is a nasty search for TNA. There was additionally a Torrie Wilson vs. Nidia bikini match taped for Velocity. Only a common match, besides they wore bikinis for no matter motive. And earlier than the present began, that they had Matt Hardy come out and insult Elvis Presley to ensure the followers have been booing when the present began. Later within the present, Jamie Noble got here out dressed as Elvis too. And Al Wilson made an Elvis joke. So on and so forth. Dave notes that the Memphis crowd was lifeless for this. Yeah, about that. Enjoyable truth as somebody who has spent most of his life in Memphis: no one there provides a fuck about Elvis. We do not go to Graceland. There isn’t any Elvis pleasure amongst individuals who really stay within the metropolis. Please cease utilizing it to attempt to get warmth at EVERY goddamn wrestling present that comes there. There’s different issues you’ll be able to reference! Not even simply the sports activities groups. You need to get warmth slicing a promo in Memphis? Insult the BBQ.

  • There’s some drama on Hulk Hogan’s upcoming guide. Through the enhancing course of, copies of it have been despatched to Vince and Linda McMahon, together with Jim Ross, to approve. Linda complained that it was boring and advised the editors she wished Hogan to handle extra controversial subjects, like his drug use and marital infidelities. She additionally complained that Hogan did not give Vince sufficient credit score for his success. This acquired again to Hogan, who referred to as Vince and principally stated, “fuck you, I do not need to inform these tales. If y’all need that form of guide so badly, write your personal. You have acquired loads of skeletons in your closet too.” That was kind of the gist. So anyway, the guide does not have any of that stuff in it, at the least within the present manuscript Dave has seen however as a compromise, Hogan did return and write much more glowingly about Vince and credited him extra for his success. Hogan was additionally upset that the McMahons and JR acquired to learn and recommend adjustments to the edited manuscript earlier than he did (remember, Hogan had plenty of assist from a ghostwriter on this, so he did not actually know what the completed product was going to appear to be both or how his phrases could have been twisted or modified by the creator). That being stated, Dave says he has learn the present model of the manuscript and says it is really fairly good. It has the anticipated Hogan spin on a number of issues, in fact, however nonetheless. It does blow by plenty of fascinating historical past approach too quick, however in any other case, the unpublished model Dave has learn is respectable. Full evaluate when it comes out I am positive.

  • There’s rumors that The Rock is up for the starring position in a live-action model of the Johnny Bravo cartoon (this was true, but it surely acquired caught in developmental hell and by no means occurred).

  • WWE is signing a feminine Toronto indie wrestler named Felina and he or she’s anticipated to go straight to Smackdown. Her actual title is Gail Kim. They’re additionally bringing in Nathan Jones quickly for a 10-day tryout. He’ll work some home exhibits and darkish matches and from there, they’re going to determine in the event that they need to signal him and what to do with him. He is acquired the look and charisma however he is terrible within the ring. So time will inform. In an enormous swing and a miss, Dave outright says, “he is acquired way more potential than Batista.” Oh effectively, cannot win em’ all.

  • So, uh….Stephanie McMahon went on the Howard Stern present. She talked in regards to the Chyna/Triple H/Stephanie love triangle and the way Vince initially forbid them so far. She stated that if Triple H requested her to marry him, she would say sure. Stern then joked that if Triple H screwed up this relationship, it will in all probability mess up his profession, to which Stephanie just about agreed. These 2 questions positive put plenty of strain on Triple H. She blamed the declining enterprise on the economic system. Dave notes there’s in all probability a dozen arguments towards that being the explanation, however what else is she speculated to do? She will’t go on TV and admit that it is all collapsing due to their very own failures, so there ya go. And that….is all Dave actually says. He does not even acknowledge that Stephanie spent half the interview speaking about her intercourse life and all the standard Howard Stern-type questions. Additionally, Dave Chappelle is sitting there the entire time chiming in.

WATCH: Stephanie McMahon on the Howard Stern Present

  • There’s been discuss that possibly Triple H should not be concerned in artistic conferences anymore. Even when he is not in there burying folks, that is nonetheless the impression the remainder of the locker room will get and it is inflicting a bunch of warmth with him amongst different wrestlers, a few of which is justified and a few of which is simply rumour as a result of they see him because the instructor’s pet.

  • Triple H did commentary for the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest. Dave noticed it and thinks Triple H was actually good. A significantly better commentator than Goldberg was at PRIDE. You could possibly inform he had an in-depth data of bodybuilding and introduced that to the desk. It was humorous seeing Triple H look so small subsequent to those guys.

  • Letters part this week is chock filled with letters from people who find themselves completed with WWE after this Katie Vick angle. Simply letter after letter of individuals saying “I am by no means watching once more” and “this firm has misplaced a viewer” and yada yada.

NEXT WEEK: Uncooked rankings plummet within the wake of Katie Vick, Scott Steiner indicators with WWE, NWA-TNA strikes cope with Panda Vitality, and extra…

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