Volume 1, Issue 121
February 2, 1997
WCW Main Event
The top story this morning is the Giant's challange to Hollywood Hogan on Monday night. Lex Lugar ran in at the end to help the Giant - apparently, after the show went off the air, they cleaned house. Lugar and the Giant have consequently teamed up to face the Outsiders at SuperBrawl.
The rest of the program consisted of reviews of what happened on Nitro including the firing of Randy Anderson and the stripping of the Tag Team belts from the Steiners. I thought it was interesting that Hall kept talking about the PPV as having happened "last night" even though this was on Monday and the PPV had been broadcast on Saturday.
There was a silly match at the end between Mark Starr and Ice Train - guess who won...
Doc Hendrix and Jim Ross are hosting this week. Again this week they are eschewing the fan's call-ins. I guess this program has been changed permanently. Too bad - they were just starting make a pretty good show out of it...now it looks like it will just be another "rehash" program...
Of course they gave us a review of the "triple-interview" from RAW. I thought it was pretty disrespectful the way they shortchanged Vader in that exchange. Its clear they are going to continue to underuse this great star...such a waste.
Next they reviewed (and showed most of) the Vader/Mankind tag team match against the Godwins. Funny they don't mention that Vader was the guy who did the damage to Cactus Jack's ear (back when they were both in WCW)...no wonder Mankind wants nothing to do with Vader as a partner...
Did anyone else notice that when Vader/Mankind were doubleteaming Phineous on the floor that Henry stomped right on his partner's head in his rush to get into the frey...?
After the review, JR and Doc discussed the ending of the match where Mankind brained Vader with the chair. Doc maintains that it was deliberate (duh...), Ross speculates that there is "...something personal" going on - yeah JR - Vader once powerbombed Mankind on a concrete floor and put him out of wrestling for months...
The Undertaker will face Marc Mero tomorrow on SuperStars.
They show Tiger Ali Singh being introduced at a WWF press conference this week. They are referring to the 2-hour broadcast of RAW this coming week as being a Special Broadcast (I guess because they plan to show either highlights, or the entire Royal Rumble - depends on who you get the report from). My sources tell me that RAW will be a two-hour show from now on.
Next they show the Crush/Ahmed match.
Bret Hart's Weekly Column for the Calgary Sun
As he has for several months now, Solie's Calgary correspondent, Rudy Van Koll brings us his summary of the weekly column written by Bret Hart for the Calgary Sun. I've noticed that another wrestling site has started to run Hart's column in its entirety lately. However, it is a delayed posting consisting of columns that are usually more than a week old. Rest assured that Solie's will continue to bring you the Hitman's column, in summary form, in a timely manner.
Today's column is titled Score to settle with Shawn It comes from Quebec City, Quebec. There is also a big picture of Shawn alongside the article, with the caption "WANTED...Hitman Hart has a score to settle with self-professed jerk Shawn Micheals. He hopes to get his chance at Wrestlemania 13."
Todays column starts with Bret saying he wishes he could answer all his fan mail, but he can't. If he did answer his mail day and night, he just wouldn't put a dent in it. "That bothers me, because I want you to know how much I appreciate your feedback. Each week I like to think of this column as an open letter to my fans in which I get to answer your questions and tell you what's on my mind." He then thanks everyone who wrote him after his appearance on RAW when he quit. "I was relieved to know that most of you understood where I was coming from. Just because I quit, it doesn't make me a quitter since I did it to protest injustices."
Apparantly, a lot of his readers said he should have walked out sooner. He says that no matter what happens to him in the future in the WWF, his family and friends will back whatever decision he makes. He says he agreed to be in the Final Four match at In Your House February 16. But, he thinks it should be a Final Three match. "There is no question I eliminated Stone Cold, so I don't think he should be in the Final Four." He says Austin also thinks that way, but that's cause Stone Cold thinks he won the Rumble, and deserves his title shot at WMXIII.
Bret says that they will show the entire Rumble match this Monday on RAW. He says he'd like to "...ask Tod Pettengil and certain wrestling reporters to watch it, because they've been saying that Stone Cold eliminated Diesel after he came back into the ring illegally. It's easy to see that I was the one who threw Diesel over the top!"
"In some ways, I regret some of my loud and obviously confrontational comments directed at Shawn Micheals because I don't want to bring this down to a name calling contest." He goes on to say that Shawn has more guts than brainsand that the HBK "likes to be projected as a jerk because he thinks that's cool. Sometimes I just want to grab Shawn and shake him and tell him that he doesn't need to be such a jerk all the time."
Bret says Micheals hasn't realized it yet, but whether Shawn likes it or not, he's a role model. "Yet he freely admits he acts like a degenerate sometimes-in fact, he seems proud of it!"
"I never claimed to be perfect, nobody is. But I can at least try to exemplify a good and strong character when I am on TV and in public. I think it's fair to say I'm respected by most of the people in my profession as someone who has been honest and straight forward."
He then laments how the HBK acted during Bret's absense from the WWF. And how recently Shawn behaved during his match with Sid, by getting involved and costing Bret the title, and says "it is very hard to forgive him." He says it is ironic that he has to root for Micheals when he defends the title at IYH on Feb 16th. He doesn't want Shawn to get hurt. "I don't want any excuses. I want Shawn Micheals at 100% at WM XIII."
He says that if Shawn loses the belt before WM XIII, or if Bret doesn't win the Final Four match, that he'd like a match with Micheals anyway. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Shawn as a wrestler, but I anxiously look forward to settling our score. And I almost feel sorry for him when I do!"
And that's it Earl. See you next week.
Rudy in Calgary
Thanks Rudy - keep up the good work.
Since I am going to be out this evening attending a charity event, I will leave my WCW Saturday Night report for the Sunday edition. I will be back tomorrow evening with the rest of the weekend news including our Shotgun Saturday Night report from Garland Chan in Seattle. Until then...
Anyway, that's the way I see it...
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