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Tasteless TV at its best; Jericho nears WWF debut

The Wrestling Report
Ed De La Garza

WCW's Road Wild pay-per-view is just around the corner. Anyone who knows Road Wild knows this biker extravaganza just wouldn't be the same without misplaced celebrity involvement. This year it's Dennis Rodman.

Ask yourself this: What does the Worm add to WCW? More importantly, what does he detract? It certainly doesn't make much sense for Rodman to suddenly show up and begin a short-lived, yet over-hyped, feud with the Macho Man.

Insane Clown Posse, currently involved in an angle with Raven and El Vampiro, is rapping its way into the hearts of WCW fans.

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He comes in one week and steals Savage's valet/girlfriend. We can't be too upset about that, considering Savage's penchant for beating women. Then we remember Rodman's the one who saved Gorgeous George. Not exactly a knight in shining armor, is he?

Then, witness this past MondayÕs Nitro, where the two traded verbal blows that would've put Steve Austin to shame. Eric Bischoff's on-air complaints were real, folks.

What was Rodman's attempt to get over as a face? "What -- you mad 'cause I had sex with your girl?" Why, that's so sweet. One berates, humiliates and beats the woman, and the other one kidnaps her so he can say he slept with her. It must be hard for Gorgeous George to have to choose between two princes.

Oh, but all of this insanity is leading up to something, right? It must be leading up to one of the worst wrestling matches of all time. What will happen when these two mat technicians lock up in the squared circle? Complete unadulterated crap. At least this won't be the main event. Wait a minute -- Hogan's in the main event.

Do you know what that sound was? It was the sound of any future PPV buy-rates with Hogan in the main event being flushed down the toilet. 

And now the news ...

Chris Jericho, now with the WWF, is expected to make his debut on the live August 10 RAW, supposedly leading to a match at SummerSlam '99 on the 23rd. Jericho will still be known as "Chris Jericho," since WCW does not own the rights to his name. Previous plans to have Jericho behind the "G-TV" hidden cameras have been scrapped.

Hulk Hogan will still be competing at Road Wild, despite a re-aggravated knee injury. After the event, he'll be taking some time off so that he can come back at full strength. No jokes please.

WCW and the WWF seem intent on killing ECW before its weekly show begins on the Nashville Network later this month. Rob Van Dam and ECW World Champion Taz are being courted by Turner. Van Dam is reportedly close to signing. Meanwhile, the WWF is attempting to sign the Dudley Boys, ECW's tag team champions.

Make-up wearing, nonskilled, rap/hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, currently aligned with El Vampiro and Raven, will be featured artists on WCW's music compilation. One can only hope the rumored tag match against Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero will become a reality at Road Wild.

Mick Foley made his return to the WWF at a house show July 29, and should be returning to WWF television shortly, possibly in time for a match at SummerSlam.

And in what is perhaps the best news of all, WCW is seriously considering re-forming the ever-popular nWo. Eric Bischoff, after Sting hands him the presidency, will turn heel again. It just never ends, does it?

Maybe WCW can do something where they have Hogan, as the company figurehead, go into Halloween Havoc wearing the old red and yellow. Then, teamed with Sting, he can begin a feud with this new nWo, taking on the evil Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

Then, during the match, as Sting is trying to tag Hogan in, the Hulkster can turn heel again and begin a new war against WCW.

Think about it. It'll revitalize wrestling. It'll ... ugh. 

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