|Wednesday, August 23, 2000||
Volume 66, Issue 3
Album Review: Jean Wyclef
|Fleecing of WCW's
top talent continues; Stone Cold still injured
The Wrestling Report
Ed De La Garza
Explain something to me. How can Booker T be pushed as a legitimate champion when The Cat has to help him retain the World Championship Wrestling Title against Chuck Palumbo?
Oh, and if the Vince Russo/Goldberg opening segment from Nitro seemed familiar to you, that's probably because it was done two years ago, only then it was a Vince McMahon/Stone Cold Steve Austin and it was in the World Wrestling Federation.
Anyway, WCW continues releasing talent in an effort to cutback on revenue losses. The Artist, Lenny Lane, La Parka, El Dandy, Scott Armstrong, Silver King and recently acquired and never-used independent circuit star Chris Daniels were the latest casualties.
There have been rumors that Diamond Dallas Page, Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell could be next. Page is a senior citizen, Luger can't work and Bagwell keeps getting into trouble backstage.
In WWF news, Stone Cold Steve Austin struck down rumors that he would be appearing at the Summerslam pay-per-view. In a WWF.com interview, he also stated that his Backlash return was probably a bit premature, saying he won't be able to make a full in-ring return until the October PPV.
Additionally, he announced plans to tie the knot with Debra within the month. It'll be a Las Vegas affair.
'Summer, summer, havin' a blast ...'
WWF World Title, Triple Threat Match: The Rock (champion) vs. Triple
H vs. Kurt Angle
The Rock has been waiting.
The general consensus around the WWF is that it wants to let a
face hold the title for a long run. It hasn't really done that since Austin
was healthy. Eventually, all roads will lead to a Triple H/Austin match
at Wrestlemania 2001 to be held at the Astrodome. Prediction: The Rock
... for now.
WWF Tag Team Titles, Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match: Edge and Christian
(champions) vs. the Dudley Boyz vs. the Hardy Boyz
WWF Intercontinental Title, Mixed Tag Match: Val Venis (champion)
and Trish Stratus vs. Eddie Guerrero and Chyna
The rest of the card will have the Undertaker facing Kane, Tazz against Jerry Lawler and Right To Censor, comprised of Steve Richards, the Goodfather and Bull Buchanan facing Rikishi and Too Cool.
The card may be rounded out by Hardcore Champion Shane McMahon defending his hard-won belt against former Champion Steve Blackman, a Women's Title match between Champion Lita and Stephanie McMahon and X-Pac taking on fellow D-Generation X member Road Dogg.
If you've been watching the WWF over the last three years, you
know Kane will never side with the Undertaker for any extended amount of
time. The "Brothers Grimm" have family issues to hash out before the healing
process can begin. When it's all said and done, Kane may get a nice tough-biker/Stone
Cold type of gimmick change.
Lawler gets a huge pop anytime he wrestles, but there is no way Tazz is going to lose to the King without some help from good old Jim Ross.
On a closing note, I'd like to take this moment to give all credit
due to Lance Storm, current WCW Canadian Champion. Storm continues the
fine tradition laid down by Bret Hart, Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.
Storm will be WCW World Champion -- once the senseless prejudice against
Canadians comes to an end.
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