Beaver County Times – July 25, 2002
1. The Undertaker
2. Rob Van Dam
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Kurt Angle
5. Jamie Noble
6. Eddie Guerrero
8. Booker T
9. Ken Shamrock, NWA-TNA
10. Jeff Hardy
Look for: Eric Bischoff to recruit many “Smackdown!” superstars and feud with some of his old WCW wrestlers.
Tell us what you think about professional wrestling, its stars, trends and story lines.
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Dear Squared Circle,
I may be overreacting, but I was rather offended with the July 4th edition of “Smackdown!” At the opening of the show, the ring announcer was beautifully singing “America the Beautiful” and toward the last verse, three of the Canadian wrestlers burst onto ringside, interrupting the song and proceeded to initiate a lengthy “America sucks” speech.
I know that throughout the WWF/WWE history, we have had the America versus (insert country) story lines, but I think it was in very poor taste on the part of Vince and the writers to add this stunt to the July 4th script. Again, I may be making more of it than it was, but I was so ticked off that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the rest of the show.
Dear Squared Circle,
After all the comings and goings of these wrestlers, I still think Triple H is the best wrestler out there right now, with The Rock coming in close at second.
There is something about Triple H that makes me think he can be as big as Hogan ever was, if not bigger. He is just awesome to watch.
I also think it would be a good thing if Triple H would be a part of the NOW. That would be a good story to watch with Shawn Michaels, Nash and the others. Thanks!
– Danyell Watts
Dear Squared Circle,
Brock Lesnar may be one of the best, but he needs to fight bigger people, not wimps. He needs to be wrestling people like Hulk Hogan, Kane, Undertaker, Big Show and Kevin Nash. He’s not getting anywhere fighting wimps.
– Bart Bowman
FEUD OF THE WEEK
Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker
Johnny the Bull Stamboli
Birthday: April 20, 1977
Pro debut: 1999
A look back at memorable moments in pro wrestling history:
- May 11, 1987: Kevin Von Erich collapses in the middle of the ring during an eight-man bout pitting him, The Fantastics and Bruiser Brody against Brian Adias, Black Bart, Al Madril and Al Perez. Fantastic Tommy Rogers, seeing Von Erich turning blue, administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- 7, 1988: TitanSports promotes its first-ever non-wrestling PPV, a boxing match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Donny Lalonde.
WHO’S HOT/WHO’S NOT
Johnny the Bull: After an up-and-down WCW career and numerous injuries, the youngster finally made it to the big show, winning the hardcore title from Bradshaw. Look for big things from him in the future.
Kevin Nash: Yet another injury has sent Nash to the sidelines. The former WCW and WWE champion will be out for at least six months. When he is healthy, Nash should think about retiring.
AFTER THE BELL
- Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was released from the hospital Friday, July 12, after he was admitted with a blood clot in his lung.
- With the now being pronounced as over, Shawn Michaels will still have some sort of role in the WWE, most likely an on-air role.
- Goldberg in an interview with KPRC-TV in Houston, said he is returning to wrestling within the next three to four months, but with what program has yet to be decided.
- There is talk that WWE may be looking to reduce its roster. Apparently 10 to 20 names, whether they be developmental talent or low-card main roster talent, are in risk of being released from the company, as Ron Waterman and Chad Collyer were in early July.
- Triple H has worked his way back into production meetings with the higher-ups in WWE. Before Austin walked out on the company, Austin had dug into Triple H’s power by having him barred from the meetings. Austin’s theory was that wrestlers have no business being involved in production meetings.
- Rick Steiner took a pretty bad bump at the debut NWA-TNA pay-per-view almost a month ago. When he was tossed over the top rope during the “Gauntlet for the Gold” match, he landed awkwardly and suffered internal bleeding. He spent five days in the hospital and the injury was considered pretty serious. He is now recovered and will be working tag-matches with his brother Scott in Japan soon.
IN YOUR TOWN
Upcoming wrestling shows across the U.S.:
Greensboro, N.C., “RAW”
Charlotte, N.C., “Smackdown!”
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