The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin -
Steiner to XWF
The XWF has signed Rick Steiner to work their first three house shows
after the first of the year. I reported last week that Curt Hennig
and Greg Valentine mentioned on a radio show that "Steiner" was going
to join XWF. How foolish of us all to believe that they meant the
better Steiner, Scott. Also, the XWF have had informal talks with
Sting, who is still under contract with AOL Time Warner until the
end of this year. It's possible that Sting could sign, especially
given their favorable schedule which would not require him to be on
the road every week. They are also still working on signing Hulk Hogan
to a long term deal but negotiations are slow. As is Hulk Hogan.
Stone Cold Larry
Zbyszko vs. McMahon
Chris Jericho has recently started calling himself "The Living Legend",
and Larry Zbyszko is furious about it. Zbyszko, who wrestled as "The
Living Legend" for practically his entire career is blaming Vince
McMahon for the violation.
"He's (Jericho) just doing what he's
told. This goes back 20 years to something personal between me and
the McMahon's. I had no intention of ever working for them again,
but I don't appreciate the fact that Vince McMahon is taking someone's
image and using it in this way. It would be like me billing myself
as Stone Cold Larry Zbyszko or Larry The Rock or Triple Z" (which
would be funny since his name is Larry.)
"This is a personal thing with me and
Vince going back 20 years. It's personal. Vince knows what happened
and I'll never forgive him for what happened." Zbyszko won't say what
caused the bad blood between he and the McMahon's, he does have a
suggestion on how to settle it. "If he wants to settle it like a man,
I'm calling him out. I want him to step up and settle something that
should have been settled years ago. Maybe then he'll have some respect
for wrestlers...something he should have had years ago."
I happen to have it on good authority
that the whole issue between McMahon and Zbyszko stems from an incident
20 years ago involving 3 ounces of pot and the last Twinkie.
Bob Holly: Living Dangerously
Against doctor's orders, Bob "Hardcore" Holly returned to action at
RAW tapings on Monday. Because of his arm, he is still months away
from receiving medical clearance. However as part of the presently
on-going Tough Enough 2 competition, he decided to get in the ring
while his students were watching from ringside. Hardcore teamed with
Crash against two developmental talents from UPW, which allowed him
to limit his physicality. It's all fun and games until someone's arm
falls off. Then it's just fun.
The WWF is advertising the "return of HHH" for the 1/13/02 house show
in Houston, TX. They have been running ads mentioning his return on
local radio stations. HHH is also being advertised for the 1/12/02
house show in Lubbock. Are they just teasing us again or is The Game
ready to continue?
Bischoff's New Promotion
The current issue of Sports Business Journal reports that Eric Bischoff
has started a new mixed martial arts group called Battle Entertainment.
The group will be represented by CAA, who will be promoting ultimate
fighting both in the US and internationally. Someone needs to tell
FanboyPlanet writer and amateur fighter Matt Sedore about this.
Rikishi Attacks Wrestler
Rikishi attacked departing WWF developmental wrestler Russ McCollough
Wednesday night during a Heartland Wrestling Association six-man match
at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Ohio. According to an HWA
source, McCollough accidentally "potatoed" Rikishi with a punch. Rikishi
got upset and eventually hit McCollough with several stiff chairshots
The referee stopped the match as McCollough
ran backstage. Once Rikishi returned to the locker room, wrestlers
struggled to keep him away from McCollough. Rikishi is said to have
hollered that McCollough deserved to be cut from the developmental
roster. While wrestlers aren't making excuses for Rikishi's behavior,
several report that McCollough has a reputation for sloppy ring work.
Others point out that Rikishi has been
complaining to friends about having to work WWF TV tapings while also
having to appear at HWA events. Sources report that Rikishi was under
the impression that he would only be working HWA events until January,
when he was originally scheduled to return to the WWF along with the
Shawn Michaels Reminder and Possible
Don't forget that Shawn Michaels is the in studio guest on WWF Excess
tomorrow night. It's the first real reason to tune in to the show
since it started. No, Trish's breasts aren't real. Michaels hosted
a Smackdown party last night and told the crowd that he was meeting
with Vince McMahon today to discuss his future in the WWF. Michaels
was a key figure in the ratings turn around for the WWF back when
WCW was kicking their asses. Hopefully McMahon and Michaels can reach
an agreement that gets Shawn back on WWF television soon.
He's the "T"
Each week in Book It we help the struggling WWF creative team with
a few ideas on how to get talent that has been stuck in a rut over
with the WWF fans.
Andrew "Test" Martin was a wrestling
fan and bodyguard for such bands as Motley Crue. When he wanted to
get in to the wrestling biz, he turned to Bret Hart who in turn trained
him. Vince McMahon took notice of the big guy and hired him. When
Motley Crue played a live gig on Raw, Test was there to tackle a fan
rushing the stage. The next week, Test was there again to attack HHH
(baby face at the time) and Test joined Shane McMahon and The Rock
as part of Vince McMahon's evil "Corporation."
Test came close to breaking in to the
main event when he was put in a storyline with Stephanie McMahon.
Test and Steph fell in love, got engaged and were set to be married
until HHH (now a heel), spoiled the nuptials when he showed video
tape footage of him "drugging" Stephanie McMahon and taking her to
Vegas to be married at a drive thru church. But rather than build
a Test vs. HHH feud, HHH beat Test easily and Test sunk back down
in to his mid card status where he has remained. Since then he's been
an Intercontinental Champ, WWF Tag Champ, WCW Tag Champ, WWF European
Champ, WWF Hardcore Champ (2 times), but he's never been as popular
as he was the night HHH stole his bride.
Most recently Test was a member of the
Alliance and when he lost his Intercontinental belt to Edge at Survivor
Series, Test entered himself in the Immunity Battle Royal and won.
According to the stipulation of that match Test can not be fired from
the WWF regardless of his actions. The writers have played that gimmick
up a little as we've recently seen Test hitting a ref and hitting
on Lita, but Test remains as unpopular as ever. So, how do we get
Test over with the fans?
For starters, the writers really need
to take the "immunity" gimmick to the extreme. If you could do anything
you wanted at work and not be fired for it, what would you do?
Assuming I was a bad guy, in my office
I'd start by stealing some computers. Test needs to start stealing
things. In my office, I'd grab the ass and tits of every hot chick
getting a pay check. If the WWF wants its "Attitude" back, Test needs
to start doing that. In my office, I don't think I'd want to sit at
my cubicle. I think I'd want to sit in my bosses office. How pissed
off would Ric Flair be if Test started using Flair's office as his
personal locker room.
In fact, if I couldn't be fired, why
should I work at all? Test needs to stop wrestling or at least stop
caring about winning. Test can bring a bat to his matches. Test doesn't
have to wrestle if he doesn't want to. Test can steal J.R.'s head
set and do commentary. Test can spit in Ric Flair's face. Test can
crap on the hood of Stone Cold's truck. Test has immunity and he needs
to take that to the extreme.
Rather than watching what Vince McMahon
is doing in his office at the start of every commercial break, we
should see what havoc Test is getting in to. Hey, it's better than
watching a Hardy Boys break up skit.
Spitting in Ric Flair's face and defecating
on Stone Cold's truck is going to win Test a powerful ally in Vince
McMahon. Forget about Booker T; Test is Vince's new right hand man.
By doing favors for Vince, Test earns title shots and quickly becomes
the Intercontinental champ again.But
rather than defend the title every week, Test goes to the WWF rule book
which says a champion only has to defend the title every 30 days. Test
continues to test the boundaries of his immunity by attacking wrestlers
during their matches and backstage. Ric Flair hates Test for his arrogance
and brashness, so he begins sending wrestlers out to beat the snot out
of Test. Not in the ring, but in the parking lot, in the grocery store,
at the gas station. Test is now a marked man in the eyes of Ric Flair.
Test is also the pawn on Vince McMahon, so he becomes a key figure in
the McMahon/Flair feud. He's also getting a lot of television time.
This should carry us to mid January when HHH returns.
It's better than
being the "A" in T&A.
When HHH comes back, no one knows if
he will be a heel or a baby face. I say start him out as a baby face
since the fans are going to go nuts when he returns anyway. Stephanie
will remain at his side, but she'll keep quiet. During a Raw, Test
catches Stephaine alone back stage and they exchange some hostile
words. She calls him an asshole, he calls her a bitch. She's says
she's glad she didn't marry him, he says she doesn't know what she's
missing. Test grabs Steph and forces her to kiss him. HHH arrives
just in time to catch the two kissing. HHH wigs out and attacks Test,
who runs off. Steph explains that Test forced her to kiss him, but
HHH isn't fully convinced.
Over the course of the next few weeks,
Test becomes obsessed with stealing Steph away from HHH, much like
Kurt Angle did a few years back. HHH challenges Test to a match. Test
wants to add the stipulation that if he wins the match, then he gets
to have Stephanie for 30 days. Ric Flair agrees to the stipulation
but only if Test agrees that if he loses, then Test will quit the
This match should take place at No Way
Out. Test wins by cheating, of course, and Steph has to remain at
his side for the next 30 days. 30 days after No Way out is Wrestlemania
X-8 and HHH challenges Test to a return match, but this time the match
will be Hell in a Cell. At Wrestlemania, Steph turns on HHH, but HHH
still manages to win the match. The next night on Raw, HHH tells Test
that he can have her and, well…he does.
Giving Test a feud with HHH and having
Steph as his valet is Test's golden ticket to heel heat and stardom.
Since Stephanie always makes herself the center of WWF storylines,
it's only going to benefit Test by the two of them being together.
After a strong showing in his Hell in the Cell match, Test should
have earned the respect of the WWF fans and he can begin wetting his
toes in the main event waters. In just three and a half months, Test
could finally live up to his billing as "The Next Big Thing."
That's it for today. Catch you all on