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Solie's Tuesday Morning Report: EXTRA!

ECW: Not Ready for Prime Time?

by Len B

IronMan: The Legend of the Road Warriors

Part 11: The Book of Lists

by Ervin Griffin Jr.

Volume 2, Issue 182 - June 12, 1997

In this issue, Ervin Grifin concludes his epic series on the history of the greatest tag team of them all.

IronMan: The Legend of the Road Warriors

by Ervin Griffin Jr.

Part 11: The Road Warriors Book Of Lists

We have now come to the end of the series. As I had done with the Four Horsemen series and the Midnight Express series, I now will present a "Book Of Lists" for those "IronMen" known as the Road Warriors.

BIG OPPONENTS (Just simply a list of all of the big men the Roadies have fought. The average weight will be about 350lbs. or more!!!)

POWER OPPONENTS (These men will weigh on average, at least, 250lbs.)

FAMOUS TAG TEAMS (These are all of the famous or infamous teams that the Warriors have fought over their 14 years of existance)

MEN WHO HAVE FELT THE DOOMSDAY DEVICE (aka The Windy City Blaster in the AWF and The Human Sacrifice by yours truly, this list is comprised of the men unfortunate enough to be caught in the Warriors' finishing hold)

MEN WHO I WISH WOULD GET PUT IN THE DOOMSDAY DEVICE!!! (This is simply a wish list of men who I wish would get put in the Warriors' finishing hold)

You can add Chyna and The Ultimate Warrior as "honorable" mentions to that last list as well.

Well, this is my last article for awhile. You will see an occasional article from me but you won't see nothing on a regular basis until August. Still, I would like to hear from you. If you have a question, comment, criticism or just want to talk pro wrestling, e-mail me at

Have a great summer wrestling fans!!!

Editor's Note: Actually, I will have the first installment of Griffin's series on Stone Cold Steve Austin beginning next week

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ECW: Not Ready for Prime Time?

by Len B

After getting a taste of ECW in their "invasion" of the WWF, I decided to get a closer look to see what many wrestling fans on the internet find so fascinating. I videotaped two of the last three shows which are shown in the Boston area at 1:00 AM Saturday mornings. One of the first things I saw was Paul Heyman exclaiming that ECW is not for everyone. Unfortunately, I found out that it's not for me.

ECW is marketing shock. That's fine in and of itself. Howard Stern has done this very well through the years and it pretty entertaining. However, while ECW delivers shock, it also delivers shlock. The wrestling isn't bad. The violence is a bit over the top. If you like chair bashing and foreign objects as a main focus to your wrestling, than ECW should sit well with you. My main objection to ECW is not the wrestling. It's the ultra-juvenile behavior of Rick Rude (I actually liked his WWF gimmick) and a guy named Joel Gertner. Rude is constantly making hand and mouth gestures simulating oral sex. While I'm no prude, for someone reason I don't think it mixes well with wrestling. Most of the gestures are made in reference to an attractive valet/manager named Buelah. Gertner is a real piece of work who is constantly commenting on his male prowess. Gertner is an overweight obnoxious New Yorker with seemingly no talent at all. He must be a friend of Heyman's. His presence is not needed. The wrestlers themselves also join in with the sexual innuendos and the lucky fans at ringside sometimes get a chance to see Buelah's clothes get torn off (edited on TV).

If you look at the crowd at these TV tapings, it's a bit scary. It's made up of a lot of guys in their lower to mid twenties who get off on the cheap sexual references an over-the-top violence of the show. To that effect, I must commend Heyman for finding his niche in the market. This audience probably watches Beavis & Butt-Head and refers to Butt-Head as the smart one. Sorry for that remark. Jerry Lawler's remarks relating to the ECW crowd are funnier and just as true.

I'm sure that somewhere in between the cheap sexual references and violence some good wrestling takes place. Rob Van Dam, an ECW star, has quicky become a favorite of mine. Many of the other wrestlers from this organization have done well in the Big Two. However, to see some good wrestling from ECW, you have to put up with the shlock. Heyman says ECW isn't for everyone. He's right about that. I found out it's not for me.

Never one to shy away from controversey, Len B is known as "Blasse (fan) on the Solie's Readers' Forum and has been a friend of the site since last summer. He is a tax lawyer and married. He was a fan of the old WWWF cheering for Pedro Morales, Andre T Giant, and Chief Jay Strongbow. He lives in the Boston area.

Well, that's it for this edition (and probably enough...boy are we going to get flamed!). I will be back with my in-depth coverage of the Great American Bash on Sunday night. There will be no Monday Night Wars Edition this coming week because I will be traveling to Houston that day and will very likely not get a chance to see the programs. I will continue to monitor the Forums and hope to publish a mid-week edition on Thursday next. Untill Sunday...

Anyway, that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver,
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