Beaver County Times – December 3, 2000
News and gossip from the wrestling world:
- Stephanie McMahon has been added to the creative team that writes WWF television.
- Since returning to WCW after suffering third-degree burns, Bam Bam Bigelow has reported no problems.
- Jim Neidhart and the British Bulldog will be released shortly by the WWF.
- Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman said he has no interest in bringing back Sabu.
- Rob Van Dam will finally be looking to add the ECW world title to his resume when he returns to the company full time.
- WWF officials are very impressed with Molly Holly, especially after “Smackdown.” Not only can she hit the high spots, but the WWF also considers her a good worker of matches. A WWF Women’s Title run will probably be in the near future.
- There were a lot of rumors circulating last week about Eric Bischoff taking steps toward developing a start-up promotion. Sources say Bischoff has already contacted Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior to be part of the group. He also has a WCW employee recruiting talent from within WCW, according to one source who says he was propositioned. Bischoff is said to have had high-level meetings with Fox about airing the promotion.
- The Dudley Boyz will compete at an upcoming ECW event on Dec. 21 in Queens, N.Y.
- Kurt Angle’s brother, Eric, could sign a development contract with the WWF, and if he does, he will be assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling.
- Brad Siegel is hoping to cut $16 million off WCW’s budget, say sources, by reworking the contracts of several “mid-card and lower” wrestlers. According to sources within the WCW office, Siegel is planning to exercise the 90-day review clauses in as many contracts as possible. He plans to release those wrestlers, and then attempt to re-sign them to cheaper day-to-day contracts.