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After the Bell

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.

WWF Struggles As Wrestling’s One Super Power

Galveston County Daily News – December 20, 2001
By Scott Williams

It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum, but the wrestling industry has been making what Ross Perot might call “giant sucking sounds” for months. A couple of would-be players are scrambling to fill the void, but scrambles often turn to stumbles. Continue reading

It’s TNN Vs. ECW

Orlando Sentinel – July 7, 2000
By Ric Russo

Behind-the-scenes Grappling Makes Extreme’s Media Battle As Exciting As Its Ring Action

Extreme Championship Wrestling prides itself on delivering the most “hard-core” product in the sports entertainment industry – one that features some of most violent, innovative matches seen in pro wrestling. Continue reading

Pro Wrestling Takes Bite Out Of ABC

Ocala Star-Banner – January 17, 1999
By Richard Burton

For those of you who need more proof of how well pro wrestling has caught on, just look at the bite it took into Monday Night Football’s viewership this past year.

Thanks to the 9.2 million viewers who watched Nitro and Raw on Monday nights during the fourth quarter of 1998, Monday Night Football had to endure the lowest ratings in its 29-year history. Continue reading

Wrestling’s Rude Will Be Remembered

Park City Daily News – May 14, 1999

Rick Rood, known in wrestling as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, started his career with the U.S. Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tenn.

His feud with Austin Idol is legendary. Continue reading

All Of Pro Wrestling Is Now Owned By The WWF – Deal With It

Salt Lake City Weekly – July 26, 2001
By Bill Frost

You know professional wrestling is in dire straits when City Weekly honcho and rasslin’ aficionado John Saltas couldn’t care less about what’s going on anymore. Continue reading

Ready To Rumble

New York Post – July 1, 1999
By Don Kaplan

Now it’s going to get really ugly.

CBS has thrown itself into the pro-wrestling ring and will begin airing “Extreme Championship Wrestling” – the most hard-core wrestling federation of all – on its cable channel, The Nashville Network. Continue reading

‘Survivor’ Foes May Wrestle In Rematch

New York Post – August 31, 2000
By Joe Rubi and Bill Hoffmann

The lady “Survivor” losers who hate each other’s guts could be coming back to TV – in a no-holds-barred wrestling match. Continue reading