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
Wilmingston Morning Star – December 4, 1996
By Ronald Jordan
“They have leadership, and we have none.”
Those were the words of announcer Larry Zbyszko a few weeks ago when assessing why the New World Order had been so successful in its attempts to dominate and control World Championship Wrestling. Well, now that WCW senior executive vice president and key announcer Eric Bischoff has joined the NWO it now looks like total domination. Continue reading
Posted in 1996
Tagged Bret Hart, Eric Bischoff, Faarooq, Flash Funk, Nation of Domination, New World Order, nWo, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Ron Simmons, Shawn Michaels, Sid Vicious, Sting, Too Cold Scorpio, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, WWF
Morning Star – September 11, 1996
By Ronald Jordan
First, there was one. Then, there were two. And along with the third one came devastation as the New World Order, made up of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, wreaked havoc on World Championship Wrestling.
Now, the NWO apparently has a fourth member by way of Ted DiBiase, the millionaire man who for the last 10 or so years has used his money and influence to gain recognition, status and numerous titles in the World Wrestling Federation. 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