I was at Toys 'R Us on Saturday shopping for a birthday present. While browsing the model car aisle, I noticed some very peculiar items next to the larger cars. Hot Wheels (well, Racing Champions) WCW Nitro-Streetrods!
There were half a dozen different wrestlers and different cars. The ones that were at my store were:
I picked up Jericho, Misterio and Glacier (but only for the Lead Sled, I swear!). What seemed really odd to me is the Public Enemy Low Rider. The copyright date is 1998, and I haven't seem them for a while.
- Booker T w/ what seemed to be a '76 Buick Skylark
- Diamond Dallas Page w/ an unidentified sedan
- Scott Norton w/ an nWo Super Bee
- Public Enemy(?!) w/ a Ford Ranger of some type, lowrider, of course
- Rey Misterio, Jr. w/ a '50 Mercury
- Chris Jericho w/ a '57 Chevy
- Glacier (Of all people) w/ a Lead Sled (1949 Mercury)!
Each of the cars has the logo of a different PPV, for what reason, I don't know. Perhaps this signifies their greatest WCW achievement match.
Oh well, at least they didn't have Chip Minton in his NASCAR...
Why is WCW calling Torrie Wilson "Sam" and "Samantha" on their web page? Worse yet, some parts of their web page call her Sam, while others call her Torrie. The link that says "Samantha Photo Gallery" leads to a page titled, you guessed it, "Torrie Wilson Photo Gallery." What a bunch of f***-ups. Pardon my language, but it infuriates me that they waste our time with nWo segments in crappy black and white and Konnan's rap videos. You would think with all the free time they're creating for themselves, they could at least get one simple story line straight.
Did you notice Konnan's camouflage on Monday? It's not working, cause I can still see him.
Did someone in the legal community decide that the attempted poisoning of Ric Flair was not a serious enough event to warrant further investigation, or is Bischoff actually in Europe fleeing prosecution, not visiting his daughter as they would have us believe?!
Besides the fact that the near falls in the Rey/Kidman match occurred practically simultaneously with the match on RAW (coincidence, but I saw it with picture in picture) the best part of Monday night was when Tony said "Where else but Nitro can you see three ex-world champs and one current world champ in the ring for a tag match?" A couple channels over I was watching Stone Cold, Paul Wight, The Rock, and Mick Foley. I think that counts.
On the Nitro last night Tony mangled the name of the Student Union here at University of Florida.An interesting side note here is that some fifteen years year, when I was going to RPI, the WWF regularly had shows at the RPI Fieldhouse. During a promo when Ken Resnick was working for the WWF, he referred to RPI as "RPI University". Ugh. Actually, RPI is a university rather than a college, but it was still an incorrect name.
He attempted to pronounce the "Reitz Union." He used a long "e" sound when it should be a long "i" sound, pronounced "rights."
You'd think with all the words he's been missing lately they'd let The Brain do more talking. Go figure.
When my friends and I got to the Firstar Center we grabbed our seats and watched the place fill up. We were on pretty high up on the side with the camera, but in that place every seat was decent. We could see the entrance very well. Before Penzer came out the crew people were setting up the pyro and finishing the lights. Ralphus was down on the floor near the side of the entrance shooting the breeze with some of the other road crew. It was funny when one crew member did the Ralphus finger shake at him, and he put the guy in a headlock.
After that Penzer intro'ed the announcing crew, and they all took their bows. My friend booed Zbyszko and yelled "Larry fears Bruno!" Then there were the first two matches and that really funny Disco Karaoke thing. Most of the night's interview spots were projected for the arena to see. (granted they didn't always play the sound, but...whatever) From where we were we could see the announcers' booth well, too. Most of the night, The Brain and the others stood up while calling the matches, but I don't know why.
Then came the Flair interview and the crowd was putting off some pretty big heel heat for Flair and his escort service. Did anyone else catch Gene say "On the HEELS of last night..." ?
The third match with Rey-Dogg vs Kidman was probably the best of the night in the arena. It was fast-paced and had good spots even through the commercial break. One weird thing I noticed, and since you are a Spice fan you may find this interesting, was that Spice came out from the back during this match and stood off to the side near the announcers booth to watch this match. Every time Kidman pulled off a smooth move she clapped, and cheered. Make of that what you will.
Then came all the "Hogan made me in charge!" stuff, and we were bored. The funny thing about that Stevie Ray bit is that what they don't know is that Hollywood told me that I was the man. He gave me the go-ahead, and now I am the new leader of nWo Black-and-White. (won't that surprise Virgil?)
I went and bought a Monday Night Jericho shirt just as the new tag champs came out to a mixed reaction. When I came back, I noticed that both tag teams had some good tag-style wrestling going on, at least there were some decent tag combos. My friend Chris was weeping for joy at the sight of Benoit with a belt.
After the Buff/Steiner thing Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steroids dropped Buff out of the recliner and left. What you didn't see was Buff stand up and get a mic and mimic Steroid's bit about the fans sucking. Buff looks at the crowd, and says "I don't know about you, but I think the nWo SUCKS!!!" He tosses his nWo do-rag and leaves.
Then there was the nWo b/w fight, and Disco vs Mr. Mexico himself. And then I freaked out for Jericho and Booker T who are two of my favorite WCW youngbloods. They rock. This match is the kind of thing I would love to see in five years for the world title. This match was a little slow, but I still think these guys rule. Do you think that Jericho hurt his ribs with all those chains at Uncensored? A trainer walked him out after the match.
Then, lastly and leastly, the best bookers in history (sarcasm) faced off against Ric Flair and Goldberg. I think the show went off as Flair fled, but Goldberg and Nash stayed around to face off after the show went off. Hogan tried to help, and got beat down for his troubles. That's pretty much it.
Bret "The Hit Man" Hart signed autographs yesterday to celebrate the opening of the newest "Big K" K-Mart in Burnsville, Minnesota. The line stretched from luggage to shoes to mens to boys and finally to the girls department. He rarely looked up from his signings except if someone requested a picture. I waited over an hour. With only five minutes left to sign (just when I got to the head of the line), the store manager told everyone he would sign for an additional ten minutes, then he had a plane to catch. Hart did do his best to get everything signed, but there were about 500 people still in line when I left. I wanted to console him about his move to WCW and his recent bouts with Will Sasso, but didn't get the chance. When my wife's camera malfunctioned, he laughed and told me to just come back in line when it was working again. The 25-years-old-and-up bracket (which I represent) made up about 3% of the crowd. Of those remaining, I doubt few would remember when Hart and "The Anvil" grabbed the WWF belts for the first time back in the 1980s. All and all, he came off as a good guy, who though bored after 2 hours of "Do you like Hulk Hogan?" questions, was still pretty receptive to the fans.
From heavyweight champion to a guy signing autographs at K-Mart.
On the table around him were the Red and Black nWo shirts. Does he even know what angle he's wrestling for anymore?
I have written to you only once before, about a brush, but this one's good and you might be curious about it. My name's Dean Flores, I'm 30 years old and I work at Carraba's Restaurant, the best Italian grill in Florida, while I finish my degree in Physical Therapy. This one's in Tampa, Florida, home of many wrestlers. As I was leaving the other night, guess who walks out of the restaurant but Eddie Guerrero. I was surprised because I didn't know how his condition was after the accident. He looked a little skinny, and when I saw him, I said, "Get better, Eddie." That stopped him in his tracks, since he figures everyone who's not connected to the Internet (marks...am I stereotyping?!?) thinks he's either on vacation or making a movie.It's great to hear that Eddie's doing well, and I have to second Dean's opinion of Eddie. When I went to Halloween Havoc a year ago, I was walking through the MGM Grand and I realized I was walking beside Eddie Guerrero. I told him that when he wrestled in Fairfax, VA a month earlier, his match brought the house down (which was true). He smiled, put his arm around me, and said "Yep, they love to hate me". He shook my hand and he both continued on our respective ways. Definitely a cool guy.
But anyway, he was VERY cool and humble. I'm Puerto Rican, so of course I spoke to him in spanish, and told him that he had a lot of fans in the Tampa area, myself included. He states that he'll be back in a couple of months, and that he still is recuperating from the internal injuries. He said it was his faith in God that moved him along. I also met his mom, who's the nicest lady I ever met. He gave me a hug and thanked me for wishing him well, told me "Te cuidas mi hermano" (take care my brother) and left.
Pretty cool guy, huh? Just figured you'd be interested to hear how's he doing.