Here are a couple of news reports from Bob Ryder's Prodigy mailing list.
LANCE RUSSELL SURGERY
Steve Beverly is reporting that Lance Russell will undergo quadruple bypass surgery on Wednesday morning at 7:30 am in Memphis.
Russell, the longtime voice of USWA, had complained of what he thought was indigestion for the past month. After tests this morning, doctors informed Russell the bypass would be needed.
Our thoughts are with Lance Russell and his family as he goes through this surgery. We will update his condition as soon as possible.
We at Solie's second that sentiment.
STEVE AUSTIN UPDATE
According to hotline reports, Steve Austin met with doctors last week regarding his neck injury and was told that he should retire. The doctors told Austin he risks permanent paralysis if he continues to wrestle.
Austin was scheduled to see more doctors this week before making a decision on his future.
First Person Report from Nitro
Solie's reader Erick Stragand sent me this first person account of some of the things we didn't see on the last Nitro broadcast. Thanks Erick!
Rather than rehash the action, I just wanted to send you some interesting things I noticed about the show. Anyway, a few things you might like:
-During the weekly Sting Bungee Drop... there were actually THREE Stings up in the rafters! This wasn't shown on the TV broadcast, so I don't know WHY this happened or what purpose it served. The other two Stingers were also dressed in "crow" gear and just helped the real Sting strap his harness on. At first glance, everybody thought the three Stingers were the Wolfpack, disguised as Sting. I don't know if WCW regularly has two helper-clones to help Sting into his harness or if this was just a brainfart.
-The "police officers" (who hung out with the Giant backstage) were all wearing TAN shirts. Interesting, considering that NO cops in or around Denver wear TAN shirts. Denver cops all wear black uniforms. Believe me... I know what each Metro area precinct wears! All are dark blue or black... no tan.
-The two "bonus matches" were Syxx/Konan v. Cyclope/ Super Calo and Ric Flair/Chris Benoit v. Harlem Heat. Cyclope accidentally lost his mask on a backdrop. After keeping his head down for a few minutes, he faced the music and went maskless. I didn't recognize the guy, though. The nWo contingent wins after Konan slaps his Tequila Sunrise on Calo.
-The Horsemen/ Heat match was pretty lame. A few fans in the front row were calling the Heat the "n" word. Stevie Ray replied by hawking a HUGE loogie into their face! Way to go! Not much action, as all they did was punch and kick (ohh..it's Ric Flair, that's all he does nowadays!). Benoit landed a suplex as the only real wrestling move. Booker T missed his flying leg-splash in the corner and looked like he may have mesed his leg up for real. Flair goes for the figure four, but Jackie runs in and starts pounding on Flair, causing a DQ.
- Leaving the arena, we walk by the Stage entrance, where the wrestlers are pulling out in there cars. We notice that the Giant drives by in a compact Toyota rental car!!! Hilarious! That big dude in a little Toyota?!
-Also, at the last Denver WCW show (Clash of the Champions last August), the wrestlers all looked lethargic and short of breath (altitude?). They didn't seem that way tonight and put on a pretty good show.
Part 2: By Garland Chan
First of all, I'd like to thank all of you that wrote. It feels good to write something that people will read. I would like to inform you that I will try to respond to each and every e-mail, but they may be a little tardy. Sorry about that.
After doing the best finishing move for the singles wrestlers, I guess I have to do the best double team finisher. I do have to say this though. It seems as though more and more teams are getting away from finishing with a double team move and going to a one-man finisher. So sad.
Ok, here we go: The best finishing moves for a tag team.
1. Doomsday Device
Yeah, I know. They aren't even half the team they once were. But this move remains in the top of the finishers for a duo. When Animal sets up his opponent by hoisting him in the air, he'd better pray that Hawk somehow gets knocked down. It's still a painfully ruthless move (ask Henry Godwinn). OH WHAT A RUSH!
2. Harlem Hangover
The Harlem Heat has remained in the top of the tag team rankings using their athleticism and quickness, but their finisher is the thing of beauty that impresses me the most.
3. Scott Steiner DDT from the top with Rick Steiner set-up
No name for this finisher, but it's one of the more painful ones in the game. I will grant that this combo is not nearly as good as what they once were, but their finisher warrants ranking. The Steiners also employ a similar move with Scott setting it up and Rick bulldogging from the top, but it's not nearly as effective.
4. Harlem Heat Seeker
It does a team good to have two finishing moves to add variety to their endings. The Harlem Heat has the distinction of being the only team to do this effectively.
5. Amazing French Canadian's move
You know, it's getting harder and harder to find tag teams that do good double team finishers in either the WWF and the WCW. And now I have to strain to find even 5 decent ones! Carl and Jacque execute that Cannonball drop very nicely. Now if only WCW would let them execute it on more tag teamsÉ
All right, I probably didn't do that great of a job this week. But tag team finishers are getting to be a drag lately. In fact, I can't list any honorable mentions this week! Remember the days of the Hart Foundation's Hart Attack? Demolition's Decapitation? The Rocker Dropper? Midnight Express's move with that leg drop thing? (if anybody knows this, please let me know). Those were the days.
Agree? Disagree? Suggestions for future articles? Go ahead make my day.
Until next time, this is Garland riding shotgunÉ
Run, Blade Runner, Run: The Story Of Sting
by Ervin Griffin Jr.
Part 4 : Muta
In 1989, Sting was one of the hottest stars in wrestling. His win of Mike Rotunda for the NWA World TV belt only cemented his status even more. But, in March of '89, another man showed up that would prove to be just as hot. That man was The Great Muta.
Muta, under the management of Gary Hart, was wowing American fans with his martial arts skills and high-flying tactics!!! His talent and undefeated streak practically demanded a match with a top NWA star. So, on July 23, he met Sting at The Great American Bash in Baltimore, MD for the TV title. Sting, to counter Gary Hart, brought former rival Eddie Gilbert to second him.
The match was practically fought over two rings as well as outside the ring!!! Sting was practically the first real test that Muta had in the NWA and he rose to that challenge. He battered Sting with karate kicks and chops. Sting counterd with his strenghth and high-flying moves of his own!!! After about 20 minutes of good action, Sting ducked the green mist of Muta. Unfortunately, it hit the eyes of referee Nick Patrick. Sting then went for the "Stinger" splash but Muta moved out of the way. Muta then connected with a moonsault for a certain pin but Sting kicked out.
By the way, Tommy Young had replaced Nick as the ref at this point. Sting then connected with a back suplex and bridge for the pin. As it turns out however, Muta had gotten his shoulder up before three but was counted out. As a result, the TV title was held up (which was a bullsh*t decision in my opinion. They should've just let the match continue).
That was not the last of the action Sting and Muta would see. Later that night, they got involved in the Ric Flair/Terry Funk NWA World Title match and touched off one of the best post match brawls ever!!! It also saw Sting and Flair, out of respect, form an alliance against Terry Funk and Muta that would heat up the summer of 1989.
Next: A Flairfull Alliance
If you have a question, comments, criticism, or just want to talk pro wrestling, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Irvin Griffin Jr. is a regular contributor to Solie's as well as the Ringside Insider and other publications.
That's it for this edition. I will try and do a report on the ECW PPV this weekend (I haven't checked yet to see if it is available on my cable - it should be because I got the last one). So until next time...
Anyway, that's the way I see it...
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