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.
Posted in 2000
Tagged Bam Bam Bigelow, British Bulldog, Dudley Boyz, ECW, Eric Bischoff, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Hulk Hogan, Jim Neidhart, Paul Heyman, Randy Savage, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Stephanie McMahon, Ultimate Warrior, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, WWF
TV Guide – December 5-11, 1998
By Bruce Newman
Pro Wrestling’s Outrageous Superstars Are Pinning Down The Sport’s Biggest Audiences And Ratings Ever! Here’s Why.
Before you see him on-screen, you hear him coming with the thunderously amplified sound of glass shattering into a thousand jagged pieces. It’s as if Stone Cold Steve Austin had just kicked in the front of your television set. And in a way he has. Striding into the ring for Raw Is War (USA Network, Mondays, 9 P.M./ET), the feared dreadnought of the World Wrestling Federation glowers at the red light on the top of the television camera. But rather than rushing to drop his opponent into that orthopedic hell known as the Stone Cold Stunner, he responds to the crowd’s plea to once again preach the gospel according to him, Austin 3:16. “I just whupped your ass!” he bellows and triumphantly raises his huge biceps into the air. Like Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who at this moment is doing virtually the same routine on TNT’s WCW Monday Nitro (Mondays, 8 P.M./ET), Austin’s greatest strength as a wrestler is his mouth. “I don’t read from a script out there,” Austin says. “Everything from me is ad-lib. You turn a camera on, put that little red light on me, I’m gonna go.” So turn a little red light on TV’s hottest form of entertainment, because as Austin himself might say: Hell, yeah! Professional wrestling is ready for its close-up. Continue reading
Posted in 1998
Tagged Bill Goldberg, Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, New World Order, nWo, Steve Austin, Undertaker, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, WWF
Sunday Star-News – June 16, 1985
By Ray Belew
It takes all kinds to make a professional wrestling crowd.
The recent bout at Legion Stadium had them all – teeny-boppers, bikers, farmers, rock ‘n’ rollers, blacks, whites, grandmothers, grandfathers… you name it. And then some. Continue reading
Boca Raton News – March 9, 1997
CHICAGO – Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman might finally find out just how bad he truly is.
The cross-dressing pro basketball star who wrote a book called “As Bad As I Wanna Be” has signed a deal to be professional wrestler Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner this summer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday. Continue reading
The Ledger – February 1, 2002
By Matt Tracker/Gregory Dickens
The WWF continues its run of no-nonsense serial drama, and why not – wrestling is a TV entity nowadays. As much as people may decry the label of “male soap opera,” let’s be frank, it is just that.
Vince McMahon, Victor Numan. They ain’t that different. They’re the same type of characters: super-rich, dressed to the nines, larger-than-life and wielding significant power. And, of course, both overact like you wouldn’t believe. Continue reading
Posted in 2002
Tagged Big Show, Hulk Hogan, Kane, Kevin Nash, New World Order, nWo, Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Federation, WWF, X-Pac
Valparaiso IN Times – November 12, 1996
You might expect that acting would be a natural progression for the world’s most popular professional wrestler. After all, whether you consider pro wrestling a total sham, a completely legitimate sport or something in-between, you can’t deny the obvious showmanship involved. Continue reading
Posted in 1996
Tagged Hulk Hogan
Associated Press – June 7, 1994
ATLANTA — Ringside excitement hit a fever pitch this weekend when long-standing rumors were confirmed — Hulk Hogan has returned to wrestling!
The world-renowned Hogan signed a deal with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) that would bring him back into the ring early this summer. The historic signing, the biggest acquisition in the history of the wrestling industry, was announced on WCW Saturday Night, seen weekly on TBS Superstation. Continue reading
Cincinnati Post – March 23, 1999
By William Weathers
‘So close. So close.’
I remember those words going through my head as I watched live professional wrestling on the old Zenith. The show came from a studio at a station in Nashville, about 60 miles away. Continue reading
Posted in 1999
Tagged Bill Goldberg, Billy Kidman, Don Fargo, Hulk Hogan, Jackie Fargo, Kevin Nash, Mr. Tojo, Nick Gulas, Rey Mysterio Jr., Ric Flair, WCW, World Championship Wrestling
Cedar Rapids IA Gazette – May 26, 1999
By Suzanne Barnes
Professional wrestling has had a headlock on Tim Burrow since he was a youngster.
And the wrestler who put the hold on him was Andre the Giant, the 7-foot 4- inch 540-pound professional wrestler Tim first spied from the fourth row of Chase Arena in St. Louis. Tim had gone to the match with his father. Continue reading
St. Louis Post-Dispatch – July 14, 1991
By Jeff Gordon
By stressing muscle size and definition over old-fashioned grappling skills, the major promoter of professional wrestling may have encouraged rampant abuse of anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Continue reading
Posted in 1991
Tagged B. Brian Blair, Billy Graham, Bruno Sammartino, Dan Spivey, Hulk Hogan, IRS, Lord Alfred Hayes, Mike Rotunda, Rick Martel, Roddy Piper, Ultimate Warrior, Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Federation, WWF