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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Sacrifice Tonight

Just a reminder don't forget to tune in to tonights TNA PPV "Sacrifice"!! It is going to be a great PPV with the return of Sabu as Raven's tag team partner!! Talk about a shocking team! Not only do they need to watch out for the other team but they might have to watch out for each other! Plus you will get to see Jerry Lynn back in action!!

TNA Wrestling Presents: SACRIFICE
Live On Pay-Per-View
Sunday August 14th 2005 At 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Media Pack Now Online!

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Raven & Sabu Vs. Jeff Jarrett & Rhino

AJ Styles Vs. Samoa Joe

Sean Waltman Vs. Jerry Lynn

The Naturals & AMW vs. Team Canada
Abyss With James Mitchell Vs. Lance Hoyt

"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels Vs. Austin Aries

Kip James & The Alpha Male Vs. Ron Killings & Konnan

Shocker vs. Alex Shelley

Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and Shark Boy vs.Simon Diamond, David Young and Primetime Elix Skipper

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Updated Lineup For This Sunday's "Sacrifice" On Pay-Per-View

Credit: TNA

August 10th, 2005 01:08

New matches were announced on Impact for this Sunday’s “Sacrifice” live and exclusively on Pay-Per-View. The lineup is shaping up to be one of TNA Wrestling’s most action-packed to date. The current card is as follows:

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Raven and Sabu vs. Jeff Jarrett and Rhino

“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe

The TNA in-ring return of Jerry Lynn vs. Sean Waltman

X Champion The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels vs. Winner of Voting
(Thus far, Austin Aries is commanding the lead – voting ends Friday)

Lance Hoyt vs. Abyss w/Jim Mitchell

Konnan and The Truth vs. Kip James and The Alpha Male Monty Brown
Special Referee: BG James

NWA World Tag Team Champions The Naturals and America’s Most Wanted vs. Team Canada (Williams, Roode, Young and A1)

Shocker vs. Alex Shelley

In addition, one more match will be announced on Friday featuring Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt and Shark Boy. will also release the Countdown Preshow match this Friday as well.

Tune in this Sunday live and exclusively on Pay-Per-View for “Sacrifice” starting at 8PM ET / 5PM PT!

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Jimmy Hart talks about HBK vs. Hogan

By Ed Williams III
August 5, 2005

With SummerSlam just weeks away, fans everywhere are clamoring to see the Legend vs. the Icon, Shawn Michaels vs. Hulk Hogan. With two of the greatest Superstars in WWE history slated to do battle, it’s almost impossible to pick a winner. WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart, knows both Hogan and HBK very well, so he was able to provide some unique insight into the upcoming match as well as several other topics. What do you think about Hulk Hogan coming back to WWE and wrestling again?

Jimmy Hart: I think it’s awesome. Like I said, the past is still the future. It gets him back out in the public. The fans get to see him. And it helps promote the show. It brings a lot of wrestling fans over to Hogan Knows Best. And also, a lot of fans that aren’t wrestling fans that watch Hogan Knows Best will tune in to watch WWE so it’s a good deal for both companies. I keep saying the 80’s were so strong. And of course I did the song, Sexy Boy, for Shawn Michaels, so I have a double interest. I love both the guys. I think it’s great for the business. I think it’s great for the fans to see some of the stars they grew up watching. How will a match of this magnitude play out?

Jimmy Hart: The people that are there will definitely get their money’s worth. I’m sure Shawn will have a lot of fans there that love him and the same thing with the Hulkster. I think what Vince is doing, bringing some of the legends back and putting them on TV – I know Jake was on a few months ago, of course Hulk, and Piper’s been in and out – I just think it’s great. It’s a little something for everybody. It gives people their money’s worth. Last week, Shawn Michaels began poking fun at Hogan’s age and his ability in the ring. What do you think of those tactics?

Jimmy Hart: It’s like Hogan said a long time ago. He said it’s not about the best wrestler, it’s about who makes the most money. Hulkster, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair. Those are some of the stars of the past who are still able to talk the people into the seats. Of course, all of them were able to perform, too, in their own way. But I learned a long time ago you never say anyone’s old, you never say anyone’s fat and you never say anyone’s bald. Because if that fat, old, bald person beats you, it makes you look stupid. Who is your pick to win at SummerSlam?

Jimmy Hart (jokingly): Here’s what I’d like to see happen. Hulk comes out to American Made, not Real American, because American Made is Jimmy Hart’s song. Shawn Michaels comes out to Sexy Boy, another Jimmy Hart song. They have a great match, all of a sudden you hear another Jimmy Hart song and here comes Bret “Hit Man” Hart. They both look at Bret and are in shock. And then out comes Vince McMahon. Then the next match is Bret Hart teaming up with Hogan against Vince and Shawn. Then down the line we can bring Stephanie back and bring Hulk’s daughter in. She’s 17 and knows karate. So before you know it we have three PPVs and can build up to WrestleMania and of course I’d like to see Jimmy Hart as special referee. We’d have tremendous buyrates and sold out crowds. You’ve mentioned Hulk’s show Hogan Knows Best and you were even shown in the Hall of Fame episode. What do you think of Hogan’s show?

Jimmy Hart: It’s been awesome. It started out for his daughter because she has a great voice and singing and everything. And Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson seem to be getting shows and they helped kicked off their careers. I think what happened is – we went down to shoot a pilot – Hulk called me and Brian Knobbs and we went down to shoot the pilot. They just loved it and picked it up. I just wish I could have been in it more, but I’ve been traveling all over the country. I do my stuff in Memphis Wrestling every two weeks for a live show on UPN with Jerry Lawler and have been working on all of my music projects. But being on this past week, if there was one show to be on that was it. I’m still grateful for anything I can get out of the wrestling business because wrestling has been so good to me. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, who do you think would make good future inductees?

Jimmy Hart: I definitely think Bret Hart. As far as tag teams go, maybe Bret and (Jim) Neidhart together as the Hart Foundation. I’d love to see the Honky Tonk Man in there. Entertainment-wise he was a major part of WWE’s success (in the 80s). Jake “The Snake” Roberts – I think Jake was a major part of it back then (the 80s) as well. There’s just so many people that we went up and down the road with that were tremendous and did so much for the business. There’s plenty more than that, but those are three or four that I think the world of.

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By: Bob Ryder
8/6/2005 12:51:15 PM

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8/6/2005 9:20:35 AM

Jeff Hardy Suspension Lifted, "Internet Dream Match" Announced learned on Friday afternoon that TNA management has lifted their suspension on “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy, which resulted from Hardy’s failure to appear at May’s “Hard Justice” event.

According to TNA management, Hardy has been informed of the decision and that he is expected to appear at the Sunday, August 14 “Sacrifice” Pay-Per-View. Once more information is available, we will post it here on first.

In addition, we’ve learned that starting this Monday on the website there will be a special vote by fans for an “Internet Dream Match” to determine The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels’ opponent at “Sacrifice”. Fans will have the opportunity to select one of several independent wrestling stars, with the winner facing Daniels next Sunday, August 14 on Pay-Per-View in an X Division non-title match. will release the names along with the official vote this Monday afternoon on the website.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Just A WWE Rant

Ok I know I have been slacking off on this blog big time but there is nothing really worth writing about going on in wrestling! Unless you are one of the people excited because WWE had a visit from Bret Hart and Dusty Rhoades! I mean does anyone really care about either one of them?

Lets start with Bret Hart. I used to really like him. But now he is doing nothing but whining all the time about the state of wrestling and how bad everyone is treated but he doesn’t do anything about it. Plus I have totally lost any respect for him after Owen Hart got killed and he went on about how he has washed his hands of WWE but every time you turn around he is running back to them with his tail between his legs.

He is stupid and lame now. If it was my brother and he died because he got bullied into doing something he didn’t really want to do in the first place, I would never go back to work for that company. Bret you need to learn how to hold your ground and learn to work for less pay!

On to Dusty Rhoades! Where do you start with someone that has been in the wrestling business for as long as he has? Oh I know lets start with how bitter he is with his fans now. I know and I understand that some fans are just stupid and don’t understand that wrestling isn’t real so they think that even when you are not working you are in character. But when you are at a wrestling venue and a kid wants to talk to you or a photo or an autograph take 2 damn minutes out of your busy schedule to do it for a kid! Don’t be rude about it.

I don’t know why WWE would waste there time and money they are losing money hand over fist to be bothered with Dusty. I really don’t see what Dusty brings to the table for WWE’S creative staff. I mean he did nothing for TNA they are doing so much better without him. I’m sure it wont belong before he brings Dustin on and well we all know how that goes. I hope that WWE knows what they are doing their storylines are stupid enough!

Other than stupid brainstorms there is nothing worth writing about in wrestling which does give me more time for other things such as band promotions! But I hate not spending more time on my wrestling blog. I hope something happens to liven things up a bit.

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Ultimate Warrior Feelings about WWE'S Ultimate Warrior DVD


Hello warriors.
WWE is releasing an Ultimate Warrior DVD set. Two prominent rumors are on the street. One is that the title will be “The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior.” The other is this, supposedly a WWE insider’s anonymous post put up at Warrior Central:

"Hi everyone,

I know there is a great deal of BS and lies on the
internet, so I understand if you do not believe me
during this post, but I will go ahead anyway. I do not
want to disclose my name, as I know the company
monitors the internet quite tight, but I have been
working as an intern at the production department of
Titan Television (WWE's studios). I have been involved
in the making of several DVD projects these past few
months, one of which was the forthcoming Ultimate
Warrior 2 disc set.

While I can't give out too many specifics on the set,
I can tell you a few things that may upset you as
Warrior fans, and would like your feedback which I
will happily return to my supervisor, Mr Chambers.

First off, Vince McMahon and Warrior have actually
spoke several times regarding this DVD. Those of you
who have purchased WWE 'Legends' DVDs will know how
they work...there is a documentary on the wrestler,
and fellow superstars and office staff will talk about
that wrestler - memories, favorite moments, opinions,
backstage stories, etc. We recently released a DVD on
the Road Warriors, which featured Animal tracing the
roots of the characters and giving insights into their
careers as superstars, wrestlers, and men.

Vince wanted Warrior to do the same, and called him at
home. Warrior apparently has his own documentary film
coming soon and said to Vince he would like to do a
deal where they could have flyers inside each DVD to
help advertise the other one. Mr McMahon said he
didn't want to do this, as it wouldn't be a 50-50
beneficial deal(it would benefit Warrior much more
than WWE), and that the shareholders wouldn't like
advertising with a former talent.

Warrior was worried about being seen as a hypocrite if
he appeared on the DVD, and when Vince refused
advertising and a smaller fee than what Warrior
wanted, Warrior refused steadfast to participate in
it. Negotiations ended there on the phone, and I was
told by my supervisor that Vince told Warrior "Well
then, we'll see what happens."

I can reveal to you that this DVD is not going to be
one that fans will want to see. Many talents have
appeared on this disc to talk about Warrior - Bobby
Heenan, Pat Patterson, Paul London, HHH, JR, John
Cena, Batista, Hogan, Eddie, Benoit and others - and
every single one of them has painted him a negative
light. All the comments make fun of Warrior, and talk
about what an idiot, flash in the pan, and lucky guy
he was.

There are also two bonus features on disc 2. The first
is "Ultimate Impressions" in which current WWE
superstars do their best impersonation of Warrior. It
is sad to say the least - Benoit foams at the mouth
and yells at the top of his voice...HHH messes his
hair all up and pretends to be Warrior shaking the
ropes, and Batista ties some bootlaces around his arms
and talks to his hands. More insulting, there is a
"Warrior Calamaties" montage of times when Warrior has
made mistakes - slipping over, bloopers during
interviews, botched moves, etc.

Basically, the whole thing is made to have the message
that Warrior was intense and powerful, but also a bit
of an idiot. He is painted in the same light as Doink,
Repo Man and Duke Droese, rather than as a legend next
to Randy Savage, Bret Hart and André. Sad - because
the majority of people who would buy this would be UW
fans from the 80s...and once they know that this is a
giant farce, they will boycott it and the DVD will
fail to sell.

Good business sense Mr McMahon!! It looks like another
desperate attempt to bury UW."

Tellingly, and as is typical, this is a combination of small truths and fat lies. Specific advertising promotions were not discussed, money was not discussed at all -- let alone a proposed smaller fee causing disgruntlement, shareholders wouldn’t like advertising with a former talent? -- ple-e-ase, WWE is practically a f’ing nursing home for former talent, and advertising and bilking it for all its worth all the time; negotiations didn’t end on the phone -- I have more than a handful of voicemails from Kevin Dunn, and other communication, to prove it.

I do believe this was spawned in-house over at WWE, and that the writer was instructed to speciously concoct it and get it out, beginning with placing it at Warrior Central.

I did speak to Vince - one time only, not several times. He did call me at my house and left a message and I called him back. His call to me was prompted by a series of previous phone calls others had. Beginning with some phone calls Andrew Wright, a young man pursuing a film documentary on my life, made on his own to the WWE seeking 1) film footage of UW and 2) WWE personnel participation in the documentary (Vince or Linda preferably), possibly in exchange for my participation in their DVD project. Frankly, I wasn’t high on this last idea. For obvious reasons, all of them vehemently expressed over the years, I would have potentially more to lose than gain even if there was transparent, straightforward, and effective reciprocation of some promotional sort.

Yet, Andrew is free, as the producer of the documentary, to make all the phone calls and have all the conversations he wants, so I told him he to go ahead and explore any possibility, but I would ultimately have final say so. I would make no promises. My initial thoughts, knowing I would have to contemplate the idea much more seriously, were simply that my well-known beefs with WWE diminishes none of the reverence and appreciation I have for the specialness of the Ultimate Warrior persona and unique quality of my career creating and performing him while I was there. The fans of the character who’ve followed my other pursuits over the years see it the same way, and they are able to differentiate between the respect and interest they find in my views today, including my anti-WWE views, and the wonderful, exciting time while I performed Ultimate Warrior in the WWF. I was told that the DVD projects were ostensibly reminiscences of the persona’s career and I thought that if there was a way to positively participate in that, for the sake of Ultimate Warrior fans as well as achieve other business goals, then I would, at the very least, be open to exploring it.

Somewhere in the middle of Andrew’s own going back and forth with underlings at WWE, WWE’s Kevin Dunn called and left me a message informing me of the DVD project and that they were interested in having me participate in it with commentary. I called him back, thinking his call was directly prompted by discussions Andrew had instigated at WWE. Kevin denied this and said he had no idea of the documentary project, which wasn’t true of course, but I went ahead to fill him in, telling him, again without any promises, that there might be a simple, conditional way to collaborate this one time here and “bury one hatchet,” all the while realizing I had still had some very serious thinking to do before reaching a final decision.

Vince and I spoke about a week later -- for that one time only. The phone call lasted about 15 minutes. It was cordial and I got right into the reason for our talking to one another. All the details aren’t necessary and I will save telling any of them to wait and see if any more little white lies are attempted on WWE’s part. He did tell me that there would be others on the DVD who had criticisms. I didn’t have a problem with that. In fact, my idea for my own documentary was to do a controversial point/counterpoint with either him or Linda. But he said absolutely nothing about how vengeful the criticism was or anything about the ridiculing spoofs, nor did he reveal any such title for the project as has been recently made public. We simply concluded the conversation agreeing that he would instruct Kevin Dunn to follow up with me to do all they could on their end to make my involvement happen.

Four or five days later Kevin called. He began the conversation pitching a whole “Legends” thing WWE was now doing. I told him that Vince mentioned it, but not in any great detail for me to entertain it intelligibly, and I urged him to stay focused on the DVD project alone.

He told me he would fax me the basic, to-start agreement, and I placed specific, conditional inquires I would need satisfactory answers to, particularly 1) I would get to see what had been done thus far, because I was not interested in watching it and responding in commentary extemporaneously, 2) the meat of my commentary would be left unedited, 3) WWE would provide royalties on all the copyright film ventures they intended to do throughout the future, not just this DVD project, 4) I could use all my own commentary in my own documentary project.

He spoke confidently that he foresaw no difficulty in fulfilling these requests, but that he would have to check to be sure and would get back with me with concrete answers asap. In the meantime, he would go ahead and fax over the basic agreement for my immediate review.

Two or three more days passed and no fax had yet arrived of the basic agreement that I needed to review. At about that same two or three day mark Kevin called, leaving me a message saying, oddly, he could fax me the agreement if I was interested in doing the commentary on the project, acting as if he never told me he would send it right over when we first spoke. He also stressed concern that they were now working against the clock; and he left no answers to the inquires I had made. I attempted to call him at the two numbers I had. He has no office voicemail and his cell phone voicemail was always full. I reached his assistant at the office on one work day only, she attempted to call his cell and reached the same dead end, but told me that he would be in later that day. He called again, not that day, but two days later. Still no fax, still no answers -- but with a hyper warning that time was running out. I tried to call him back, with no result. A couple days later he called and said time had run out and he needed to know my decision by day’s end. All these years building a big corporate identity, and here it was all over again, typical, old-school WWF headgames. I called Beth Zazza, Vince’s secretary, and got her email address and sent this correspondence over within 24 hours:

“I am just writing to update Vince on follow up with Kevin Dunn on DVD issues. Please forward this to him. Thank you.

Vince, I spoke with Kevin 4-5 days after we talked. The conversation digressed somewhat into a whole "Legends" program type of thing, which I told him you did not bring up in any real detail and I would have to know much, much more about before I could address it intelligently as a businessman.

Getting back on track, I made a couple of specific inquires about the DVD project to help me decide whether or not I would participate in this project alone and also gave him my fax number to immediately forward potential agreement info for my review. He said he'd fax it over (last week), and get answers to my inquires. I've received neither the fax or the answers. He's called about every third day since then, but left no other message than to call him back. When I do, he has no office voicemail and his cell phone voicemail box is always full. Time concerns have been stressed, but neither of us can to do this if there isn't an agreement in place. That's not being difficult, it's being prudent and practical. I'm just writing to let you know that my own schedule, now, will make me unavailable for the next few weeks, and that, since you and I spoke, I've done all I can on my end to explore the possibility of involvement. At the end of the day, I may have ultimately decided not to be involved. I'm not sure, but I never got the info or answers I needed. Therefore, I must pass.

It's funny, I remember when you told me a long time ago that "Ultimate Warrior is a legend only in your mind, no one else's." Back then, you were probably more right than you were wrong. Today, though, all these years later, the negative, whiny criticism of others, like those to be on this DVD, only expands the legendary status of the Ultimate Warrior in millions of other minds. The proof of this is abundant everywhere. Similar enduring interest is not sustained about any other character. I'm confident, Vince, that even when all the others on the DVD talk, the viewer will still be impacted most by the guy who was Ultimate Warrior. After all, the Ultimate Warrior set his own standard, one others are still trying to shoot for whether they would admit it or not, and the persona doesn't really need anybody to say anything more for him than he says very intensely all by himself. He was definitely a classic, and will always be a legend -- in a class all his own.


Beth responded only to tell me she forwarded my email to Vince. My email was sent July 15th.

Now, about this anonymous post and other info coming out, I’m a little skeptical about the information regarding the extreme negative content of the DVD. First, if it is accurate, then I guess it is the content I would have seen if I had gotten involved -- and, what, WWE expected me to just take it all in with a grain of salt and a Grand Canyon size dose of humor when I viewed it myself to respond with my own commentary? I mean, I realize there are many who don’t want to ‘get it’ about who I really am outside the distinct impression Ultimate Warrior left, and can’t seem to grasp what I have bluntly said for many years, but did they really expect I would just forget who I am, what I’ve said, how aggressively and capably I am unafraid to say it -- that I would just leave all of the REAL ME at home when I showed up to speak for myself? No, of course not, I never expected the absence of any criticism. I knew there would be some. Please. But this recent info about the extreme negative content seems dramatically overdone.

Second, like I told a trusted acquaintance, I can’t imagine WWE would do this, I mean, the damn reality doesn't square with the radical fantasy they’d be putting forth that my personal life is in shambles, I am genuinely a kook and Ultimate Warrior's WWF career was illegitimate and worthless. In addition to that, whenever you spend that kind of time, effort and money to disparage and ridicule someone or something, you, by default, only reveal how great you truly believe it is. I mean, attempting to paint the Ultimate Warrior persona in the same light as a Doink or Repo Man or one of these meaningless characters is a desperate stretch even for a company run by liars depending on the “work.” My friend’s response, though, was spot on: “I am very very surprised, on one hand, that Vince and his company have (if is true) taken the UW DVD project and turned it into a complete farce. And on the other hand, I'm not. Vince, to me, seems like a man who doesn't always put good business sense over his own ego and stupid ideas. He is like a child who throws his toys when he doesn't get his own way, and is very malicious and vindictive. I mean, why would you throw away money you could earn from the millions of Warrior fans by turning the DVD into a joke? It seems Vince is going to make this DVD laughable so he can say ‘See, UW doesn't draw, he doesn't sell!”

About the end goal my friend believes WWE possibly intends to achieve, I’m not so sure I agree. But about Vince’s approach to things, I had to admit, he was right. Hell, I should be the first not to forget that. When you view it that way -- that it is so unimaginable -- it becomes exactly why, in Vince’s World, it is imaginable. Vince a has long standing reputation dealing with consequences after the fact, instead of thinking them through beforehand. The whole crew up there, taking their lead from Vince, moves on shitty ideas even before seeing if they stick even slightly to the wall.

Still, I don’t know. My gut tells me this. Vince got my rejection, picked up the phone and screamed an order to release this info to see how I would react, see if I would reveal any emotional concern or bother that the project was going to be a hit piece, as the info relays, and conceivably drive me to reach back out pressing hard to involve myself, thereby getting in exchange WWE’s assurance that they would produce a more positive piece. As far as I know, and would not find hard to believe, they have two versions in the can -- one negative, one positive. And they have simply waited to get one or the other promotional word out until they found out whether I would be involved or not. Now on notice that I have passed, they release this press telling that the project will be negative figuring it might cause me to crawl on my knees and agree to involvement on their lopsided terms, to prevent the dark portrayal they are threatening without my involvement.

Ah, the headgames, Vince, you can’t go without playing. It seems that you are maybe sitting on the fence. ‘If Warrior agrees to be involved, we will do this -- if not, we will do that.’ You know, whenever I sit on the fence my balls hurt. You, Vince, used to brag, back in your more independent and more creative days, that you were a guy with three balls. After all these years, though, it’s really disappointing to see that you’ve only become more juvenile and childlike. It’s quite obvious, shrivel by shrivel, you’ve lost your balls altogether. So I know you can’t be in any pain straddling that fence. But maybe you do have some anxiety about what to do here. Let me make your decision easier for you.

I think you should, Vince, how do you say it, bring it on. Frankly, for all the “push” Ultimate Warrior got in sports entertainment, the constant negative criticism and ridicule, by you and the parasites in the industry who only survive by sucking your blood, has been an even bigger “push” for everything I’ve gone on to do outside the ring. It’s promotion I could never afford -- and for it, I thank you. Eventually people find their way to the truth. It’s sorta how life, for it to be effective, really works -- find the truth and follow it. I don’t know why you and your sidekicks, Vince, continue to perpetuate the falsehoods about me and my life -- it hasn’t worked and it won’t. Maybe, it's just because you are always doing a "work" and can no longer separate reality from fantasy. Of course, you benefit from the fact that we are living in times where truth and reality don’t matter much. But eventually everyone is subject to reality checks, and once they have the truth here, the lies you spread about me say more about the malicious and vindictive kook you are than they do about any personal flaws I may have. For those who fall for the bullshit, there are just as many who don’t. You, your sycophants and the audience you cater to right now, Vince, maybe don’t want to get it about me and who I am today -- but plenty of others do. And I’ve been proving this for quite some time. Whoever is doing your investigative work is doing a very sloppy job. You believe the fantasies you want, Vince, but it’s been a really long time since I subsidized my living using any of the dimes I earned working for you. I’m certainly an advocate of having a strong ego, but this idea of yours that I am somehow indebted to you or need you to ‘do my life’ is way over the top.

You, Vince, are the one living in a bubble and I simply don’t have one you can pop. There are almost 300 million people just in United States, hundreds of millions more in the world. Every week your TV draws in, what, 5-6 million viewers? Just how many millions, scratch that, thousands, hundreds, do you think I need to get it about who I am and what I am about today outside the ring for me to provide a substantive and prosperous life for myself, be productive and happy in what I do? Your game, Vince, even for me who succeeded wildly at it, isn’t the only game in town. What is so difficult to understand about my getting on doing other things happily and successfully? You think a negative, destructive portrayal will sever my lifeline, or that I will be traumatized by it in a way that I won’t be able to go on and have to come crawling back to you to rescue me, like everyone else has done? You are wrong, Vince. Your head is really up your ass. Mine has long been on my shoulders.

You want to title the Ultimate Warrior DVD “The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior”? Great idea. Whoever came up with it deserves a promotion. The way I see it, a way that your sycophants obviously do not, if thinking for yourself, being independent and self-sufficient, discovering celebrity and materiality, just for their own sake, are success defined in the shallowest, most indecent and self-loathing terms; standing up for yourself, refusing to tolerate unethical, unprofessional treatment by the ones you work with; fighting to right wrongs done to you; having the confidence, courage, discipline and self-respect to move on and evolve into something more mature and greater at each successive stage of your life; being unashamed to be proud of new accomplishments beyond even what you’ve previously done that were great and successful -- if all these actions are self destructive in your book, then, I think, being labeled self-destructive by you is is a badge of honor and I wear it with pride. Frankly, the world would be a much safer, saner place if more people were brave enough to pursue like-destructive courses.

The greater distance I can create between myself and those other Legend talent you evidently consider having lead constructive courses is exactly what I am looking for. I guess I’m just not cut out to be constructive in the way you define it. Whore out yourself and your family for an unimportant, superficial cheap-ass celebrity long after you’ve had enough; blame drugs, other abuses and addictions and just simple life responsibilities for failing at life time and time again; bring kids into the world and then desert them entirely or raise them to be ‘useful idiots’; frequent rehab visits or OD in a budget hotel room over a vile, sorry-ass bag of dirty street drugs; be an unequivocal hypocrite, be on the record saying one thing but always rationalize doing another; let your body, mind and spirit go to hell; become a born again Christian, hock it until no one buys the con anymore, and then crawl back to you and hypocritically participate in WWE’s debauched, carnal storylines; talk tough but never take a stand and back it up; despise McMahon when you don’t have a contract, lick his ass when you do; know no principles and have no integrity; refuse to behave grown up even when you are; be afraid to challenge yourself to do other things than what you’ve already succeeded at; accept that you are only a pro-wrestler and it’s all you'll ever be able to do, and any success in the business you have is never because of anything you contribute and earn, but only something that McMahon has the power to grant; and finally, most of all, crawl back to you, King McMahon, for a final bout of self-degradation. Hell, Vince, that’s a lot of feebleminded, lazy work to be constructive. I’d just rather do the harder thing. I think the reward is greater. Call me a kook. That’s right, I guess you intend to. Vince, your adulterated brand of approval and respect I cannot find the self-disgust to lower myself to. I make no apologies.

A few years ago you publicly boasted about how you loved confrontation and competition. You do -- but only with those who are intimidated by you to begin with or you already know you can beat. The facade of the company you’ve built says success, but reality is that, today, it’s like all other big, stuffy, overcrowded corporate warehouses -- sluggish, boring and complacent. You piggybacked on the degenerative cultural turn, you didn’t create it. And you rode that jackass hard, but like all that comes and goes in cycles, the provocative and risqué you so depended on has reached its spent end. Literally, there are no more tiny, little adolescent boners to exploit. All the loads have been blown. Enough "soap opera" and "porn" and "gangsta hip-hop and rap" everyone says -- people just want to take a bath, feel decent and have their wrestling be fun again. Yes, cutting edge -- but fun. High spirited and positive. Why does every single storyline in entertainment today have to be about what is the worst in people, like you're taking a 3 am walk in the foulest, most criminal alley on this planet while the sewer system is backed up flooding the streets and human-size rats are pissing and spitting upon you from both sides? You once told great stories, Vince. What happened to you? WWE's creative direction today simply tells people that it is a company filled with perverts and exhibitionists who are derangingly starved for genuine human interaction. Social misfits stimulated and inspired only by ideas they can see through peepholes. The only thing really left to do to push your overmasturbated, seedy creative envelope more open, since you obviously intend to keep beating limp meat, would be for you to actually televise the fucking you’ve been doing to so many over just as many years. Just as you worked so hard to do, you are now surrounded by ass-licking sycophants and mostly slavish, non-thinking, sunken chest talent, but the consequence is that you are burnt out, slow and stuck, have no new ideas and would have a heart attack if true passion, real manliness and legitimate challenge walked into one of the pyrogenic-laden arenas you use to entertain your equally passionless, mindless and sycophantic audiences.

Whether or not you put out a negative portrayal, Vince, the evidence is in -- you failed. I beat you. I broke the silence you’ve been harboring all these years. I drove your insecurities to break out in a rage and reveal to the world your greatest regret and failure.

Your greatest regret, Vince, is that you weren’t secure enough with yourself and your own accomplishments to handle both the Ultimate Warrior, as a gimmick, and Warrior, as the person. It could have been the biggest thing you ever achieved. You knew it years ago and you know it now and it eats away at you day after day. Linda knew it, too, but she couldn’t keep you from screwing it up. Even your son Shane knew it. The best nut you ever got, Vince, was from the Ultimate Warrior character. I know it. You know it. Linda knew that, too -- she wrote notes about it on notes to me all the time in 1996.

Ever since the Ultimate Warrior, every talent there has ever been has tried to replicate the one trait that made the Ultimate Warrior the Ultimate Warrior, makes the Ultimate Warrior standout from all other personas even today. A hint? It’s not the wrestling technique and technical ring work, stupid. It’s the real intensity, the obvious inner energy and passion I held personally. Making people feel alive and that giving it your all is worth doing. Even your own son-in-law tried his best to create his own intense image using Ultimate Warrior as a model. Batista doesn't wildly, physically explode and shake the ropes because it is something Batista would do-- he does it because IT IS WHAT ULTIMATE WARRIOR DOES. None of them though, Vince, have captured the professional enduring appeal like The Ultimate Warrior persona or the personal staying power like the person, Warrior. They don’t because their intensity is part-time, only half-ass and skin deep. Whereas mine runs all the way through, right down to the bone -- it never goes off or away. Out of the ring, no gear, no facepaint, entirely out of the business -- it remains the same in everything I do. Even now as I write this -- that intensity, MY INTENSITY, is coming right through the computer screen and the reader feels it.

Ultimate Warrior was simply a gimmick that made me realize Warrior, as a person, wasn't one. The Warrior intensity-for-life element of Ultimate Warrior was real. You got that and it inspired you, it really jacked you up -- until I became more than the young, initially naive kid who first came to work for you. Until my mind started becoming as powerful as my physical presence. Then, both Warriors together became a potential success too intimidating for you to handle. Always on the hunt for challenge, it was the inevitable next level for me. But you, Vince, didn’t have the guts to go there. As big as a man and success you were in some ways, in others that counted so importantly, you simply wanted to stay safe remaining the scared little kid who could throw his toys.

You and your wife Linda have been telling everyone for years that you only give your fans what they want. Why didn’t you then? Tell the fans who pop bigger for Ultimate Warrior than anybody else when he appears on that big monster screen at the arenas, Vince, why you didn’t then? You didn’t because you didn’t have the courage to rise up to the complete Warrior challenge.

The failure that eats away at you the most, Vince? Sadly, it’s not the missed opportunity as it should be. No, it is that you don’t OWN me like you do all the others. That you never emasculated me, turned my balls into squirrel nuts like you’ve done to all the others.

And, Vince -- you never will. This Warrior won’t crawl.

Look, Vince, let me end by telling you that I forgive you. I’m serious. I know you’ll read this and I just want you to know. I am not bitter about how things ended up. My life has moved on, and ultimately it is better and more challenging. What we were as people back then, you and I -- hey, it’s what made it work. So, I would advise you to give your own regret a rest. A lot of time has passed, for one of us a lot of growing has been done. One can’t be gotten back and the other can’t be changed.

I will always appreciate the opportunity WWF provided. I will never forget the experiences I had while I was there (or all the work, sacrifices and effort made). Thank you for those. I mean it.

All of us are bits and pieces of all things good, bad and ugly. Big as both of our egos are, you and I aren’t immune to being a mixture of all three either. Forgetting this makes it really difficult for strong personalities in disagreement to give credit where credit is due. When it comes to our opinions of one another, we both judge harshly. Maybe we should take a moment though to recognize what we forget. I don’t think you can find an instance of me on the record dismissing your company’s contribution. If I have, or if you believe I have, let me be clear right now -- Ultimate Warrior never would have had the incredible existence that he did if it wasn’t that you had your own dream to build the company that you did. But neither, Vince, would HE if there had not been ME.

You and I, Vince, once had too many explosive personality traits in common. It was inevitable that the intensity of those would cause us to one day clash, just like we did. In fact, it is the intensity of the clash that causes both us to likely not hear the unspoken respect for the good things we did together, but only the bad and ugly. We should both be proud of The Ultimate Warrior persona. I am. You should step back and be proud, too.

In this DVD you should just let Ultimate Warrior be what he, in truth, was. Incredibly positive and one of a kind. He captured something unique in people and the bond that was built is unbreakable. Pursuing the negative will never, ever change that. Of course, if this wisdom doesn’t work for you, Vince, we can just stick with you making an ass of yourself, and kissing mine. While you are down there notice, again, the real balls.

Good Bye, Vince


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WrestleReunion2: The Dudleys Boys face Matt Hardy & Rhyno in a show where “10 matches could make history” @ 6:07 pm
Thanks to the guys promoting WrestleReunion 2 for sending in the following:

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, July 30 2005 - A spectacular 10-match wrestling card, featuring many of the most famous and inspirational athletes in the world of professional wrestling, will shake the foundations of the Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia, PA., at 8 p.m. on Saturday Aug 27. The card is the showcase event of WrestleReunion 2, the world’s biggest and best pro-wrestling fan convention, at the convention center from Friday Aug. 26 through Sunday Aug. 28.

Two main events will satisfy the appetites of all wrestling fans. The first, which could bring closure to a historic grudge match between the legendary Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko, features former AWA Heavyweight Champion Zbyszko against former three-time WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page. If Zbyszko defeats Page, he will get five minutes in the ring with Sammartino alone.

The other main event, a Six-Man Tag Team Match, will feature the return to the ring of “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley and the two Funk Brothers (Terry and Dory, Jr.), with Bobby “The Brain” Hennan in their corner, vs. Jim Cornette and The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) and “Sweet” Stan Lane.

In a Tag Team Match between current superstars, Matt Hardy and Rhino will face the Dudleys, Bubba Ray and D-Von. In a Mixed Tag Team Match, former WWF Lady’s Champion Wendi Richter, George South, Jr. and The Patriot will challenge Amy Love, D.C. Drake and “Gorgeous” Gary Royal. An Eight-Man Elimination Tag Team Match will feature team captain “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Missing Link, D-Lo Brown, Dr. Tom Prichard vs. team captain “The King of Old School” Steve Corino, Andrew Martin (formerly known as Test), The Original Evil Clown and The Masked Superstar.

In a Father and Son Tag Team Match, Don and Joe Muraco vs. Bob and Brad Armstrong.; IWA Heavyweight Champion Greg “The Hammer” Valentine will defend his title against the very popular Tito Santana; in a Special Legends Match/Russian Chain Match, former WWF Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff, accompanied by Nikolai Volkoff, goes head-to-head with Domenic DiNucci.

In a Four Corners Tag Team Match, the Samoan Island Tribe (Samu and Alofa) with Sika, the Wild Samoan, vs. the Fantastics vs. the Backseat Boyz vs. the Thunderfoots. Returning to the ring for the first time after a bout with cancer, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams goes against King Kaluha. Nick Bockwinkel, former AWA World Champion, will serve as acting commissioner. Bret “The Hitman” Hart will be in a special in-ring interview segment with Jimmy Hart and Bill Apter. The referees are Dick Whoerle ,Tiger Hattori, Billy Caputo and John Finegan.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased now at or at the box office on the night of the event. Weekend VIP tickets are $149 for all autograph sessions, all Q&A sessions and the 10-match card. Single day passes are $75 per day and include all autograph and Q&A sessions on the day of purchase. Information: 941-358-6825.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Telling It Likt It Is....By John-Michael Newton

Telling It Like It Is....By John-Michael Newton.

This Week: The ABORTION that is WWE.

I am not going to go in-depth in this column. That is because I watched RAW for only 4 minutes. FOUR FREAKING MINUTES!!!! Why you ask? Because The show was pure unadulterated crap!!! Starting off the show, we have the bona-fide retard Eugene winning the gold medal from Kurt Angle. Then the stupid tag match with two gay guys and one gay midget against Viscera and Cholaris....which I think means "I am part of a stupid storyline". I did not even waste my time watching the Cena-Jericho concert.

The bottom line is that WWE has reached the bottom of the barrel. I thought last week was the new low when Chavo Guerrero comes out as a racist character named Kieran White. Nice job Vince. Nice to stir a little racism into your shows.....You pig!! WWE cannot pull a good SEGMENT out of their asses anymore.

You know what? I take back every bad thing I ever said about Jeff Jarrett. Forget what I said about him being a horrible champ. Forget anything I said about him being lame. Forget whatever I said about TNA needing to forget it is 1996. At LEAST Jarrett would never stoop to having his company put out drivel like this. I would rather go through 5 hours of Trinity's screaming and Jarrett's promos than have to watch crap like the WWE put on this past week. Vince, we get your freaking point. You are the only major company now, and have been for 4 years. We have gotten it through our collective thick skulls. Now can you stop putting crap like this week's show on? I am shuddering to think how bad Crapdown will be. I will not be surprised if I hear Eddie's secret was "Miller Lite DOES have Less carbs then Bud Light"

WWE should be absolutely ashamed of the horrible shows they have been putting out as of late. That is all I have to say. I am sure a lot of you agree. Take Care and Be Well


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Monday, July 25, 2005

WWE'S Battle of the Band

Just when you thought that the sports entertainment company WWE couldn’t get any gayer with it’s lame story lines they have to do Battle of the Bands!! Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy will face off against John Cena and crew!

What the hell is wrong with their writers!! First off Fozzy is a rock band and John Cena is a rapper! Like there isn’t enough animosity between rockers and rappers lets have a competition on national TV. I mean the whole idea is ridiculous!

Do they just sit around and go hey I have an idea lets see if we can really get the fans fighting with one another by segregating them! There is no way for anyone to decide who is the better musician.

You either like rock or you don’t. So if you don’t like rock your not going to vote for Fozzy no matter what Jericho does up on that stage! He can have the best stage show or get up there in the nude and perform! If you don’t like that genera your not going to care. The same goes for John.

One would have to wonder if WWE spent more time focusing their time and energy on what is going on inside the ring instead of all the stupid story lines if maybe they might have a small piece of respect they had in their glory days!

If they did they might not be losing money hand over fist because they are losing it in a mediocre product that people just don’t want to waste their time or intelligence on!

I am debating wether or not I’m going to flip back and forth between Raw tonight and something else! Just so I can watch Fozzy’s performance! They are a great band but of course I could careless about John Cena’s performance! If I wanted to watch crap I would tune in to MTV!

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By: Press Release
7/25/2005 9:10:01 AM

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cirillo World, John Cirillo, 212-972-5337,


New York, July 25—Professional Wrestling’s Most Energetic and Electric Play-by-Play Man, Joey Styles, returns to the wrestling airwaves with Joey Styles’ Extremely Hardcore debuting on Friday, September 9, at 11:30 PM/ET/8:30 PM/PT on Events In Demand Pay-Per-View. The program is priced is $9.95.

“All of the matches on JOEY STYLES’ EXTREMELY HARDCORE will give extreme wrestling fans the chance to experience the unique and over the top environment that was the signature of this genre when it was invented in the early nineties,” says Styles. “The talent that participates will both demonstrate the wrestling skills and the violence of extreme wrestling, and those wrestlers (NOT SPORTS ENTERTAINERS) will be announced shortly.”

The first live taping of Joey Styles’ Extremely Hardcore will be on Saturday Night, August 20. Bell time 8 pm at Earthlink Live, formerly known as Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster,

No longer content to be solely an announcer, Joey Styles now steps out from behind the announcer's table to produce his own vision of anti-sports entertainment pro wrestling that can only be described as EXTREMELY HARDCORE!

Joey Styles was the only play-by-play announcer for the now defunct, ECW (EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING) for its entire revolutionary existence from 1993 through 2001 on syndicated television, TNN (now Spike TV) and pay-per-view television. The name Joey Styles is synonymous with and as recognizable and marketable as ECW itself!

Styles made pay-per-view television history and professional wrestling history in 1997 when he became the only play-by-play announcer ever to host a live wrestling, boxing or mixed martial arts pay-per-view event alone, with no color commentator. He went on to host live pay-per-view events solo for many years.

Unlike all other ECW talents, Joey Styles chose to retire from the national professional wrestling scene when ECW filed for bankruptcy in 2001.

Last month, Joey Styles returned to live pay-per-view television to host ECW ONE NIGHT STAND for WWE which now owns the ECW trademarks and video library.

Click here for showtimes

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