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Solie's Tuesday Morning Report: EXTRA!

Diary of a "Hitman": Part 7

by Ervin Griffin Jr.

Mid-Week Ramblings...


Volume 3, Issue 255 - December 18, 1997
From the Ryder News Service

JACQUELYN GONE FROM WCW

Miss Jacquelyn is apparently gone from WCW, reportedly being dropped for refusing to go through with instructions on a planned angle.

Ironically, Disco Inferno had been fired several months ago for refusing to do an angle with Jacquelyn. Disco was subsequently brought back to the company, but one of the conditions was that he would lose a match to Jacquelyn.

Jacquelyn, the former Miss Texas, has been working with Harlem Heat in recent months, filling the role left open when Sherri Martel left the company.


Diary of a "Hitman"

by Ervin Griffin Jr.

Hello Readers,

Thanks to Matt Benaka, I have discovered that some information in pt. 1 of the Bret Hart series was slightly inaccurate. While he did win the North American title in 1980, it was not from the Junkyard Dog as I originally printed. Apparently, the source that I got this information out of confused this title with the Mid-South (UWF) North American belt. The man that Bret defeated to win the Stampede N.A. title was fellow Canadian Leo Burke.

Also, as a semi-regular feature, I would like to pose a "question(s) of the month" series.

With the positive response that I received for my Magnum TA VS. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin story, I would like to pose the following questions:

If you choose to answer, then send in your responses to griffiev@hotmail.com If I like your responses, then I will print them in a future article. By the way, the voting for "Out Of Time '97" will close December 15 at midnight so if you are interested in the voting but haven't done so, hurry because time is running out. The results (and various responses about the matches) will be printed not long after that. Thank you.

Part 7: Demolition

In January 1990, The Harts were in an unusual and rare feud (in those days) with the Rockers (Marty Jannetty/Shawn Michaels). I call it rare because, back then, you seldom saw two fan favorites collide. In any event, they made for some competative match ups. Looking back on them, I often wonder if some friction wasn't developed between Shawn and Bret from those days because the exchange between those two when they were in the ring together was especially intense.

Also in January, the Harts were part of one of the four best Royal Rumble matches of all time (IMO, this and the Rumbles from 1988, '89, and '92 were the best). Both Bret and Jim made a good accounting of themselves in this match against the other 28 competitors (this Rumble was won by Hulk Hogan).

In the next seven months, the Harts would engage in more matches with the Rougeaous, the Rockers and other teams. They also achieved a quick pinfall victory over The Bolsheviks at WrestleMania VI. On this same card, Demolition regained the WWF Tag Team Titles from the Colossial Connection (Andre The Giant/Haku) and The Ultimate Warrior defended his WWF Intercontiental Title against Hulk Hogan (in doing so, UW also gained the WWF World Heavyweight Title from Hogan which was also on the line). The Harts immediately challenged The Demos to a series of matches. The Demos, meanwhile, added Crush to their ranks and gained permission to choose any two members to defend the title. This obviously did not set well with the Harts (or any of the other WWF Tag Teams for that matter).

At SummerSlam '90, The Harts got another title match against The Demos under two out of three fall rules. Another added stipulation to this match was that only two of Demolition would be allowed at ringside. The two chosen were Smash and Crush. The Demos actually dominated most of this match, including the fall in which the Harts won. In the final fall, Ax came down and hid under the ring (feeling that the WWF Tag gold was slipping away). After some illegal exchanges for about 5 minutes, The Road Warriors showed up to expose the plot!!! During the chaos, Crush was left alone in the ring. "The Anvil" and Bret took advantage by using a slingshot shoulder-tackle/school-yard trip combination to pin Crush for the win and, because of new rule changes, the titles. Now, in previous years, a challenger would have to win two falls by pin or submission to gain a title. If their was a DQ or countout in any of the falls against the champ (or champs), then the title wouldn't change hands. Since 1989, however, a challenger need only get a pinfall or submission in one fall to gain the titles. From there, the champion can't afford to lose a fall under any decision because the title would change hands. This precident was set due to a WWF Tag Team Title Match in 1989 between Demolition and The Brain Busters (Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson).

In any event, the Harts had regained the gold!!!

NEXT TARGET: New Horizons

Later Attraction: Stylin' And Profilin': The Legend Of Ric Flair

If you have a question, comment, criticism, or just want to talk pro wrestling, e-mail me at mailto:griffiev@hotmail.com

Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian and also contributes to the Ringside Insider on a regular basis. Many of his previous articles are available in the Articles section of the Solie's web site.


Mid-Week Ramblings...

Just a few personal notes.

First I want to thank all of you who expressed condolences concerning the death of my cat. I mentioned it in an off-hand way on the Readers' Forum on Saturday and was deluged with messages of sympathy. She was very old (21 years!) and had a full life before being stricken with feline leukemia. We had her put down because she was in a lot of pain. She was a cherished pet and the sweetest animal I ever owned. Thank you again.


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Second, I am proud to announce that I have been invited to become a contibuter to the TBR (The Bagpipe Report) Wrestling Hotline. I will be hosting one of the options as TBR's Wrestling History reporter. My Hotline option will be called "Oliver's Time Machine" and in my first report I will be talking about what many (myself included) consider to be the "Match of the Century" which took place on September 30, 1972 between Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales at Shea Stadium in New York city. It debuts this coming Saturday. They have also asked me to be a regular guest on their "Professionals" RealAudio broadcasts.

On another note, I am still taking entries for the "Wrestlers' Christmas Presents" feature which will run in this coming Monday Night Wars Edition. Get you entries in soon!

I've gotten a lot of flack the last few weeks because some people feel that I have been harping on Vince McMahon's perfidy concerning the Bret Hart situation. I am used to this kind of flame mail but will say that I am making a concerted effort to lighten up. Just about the time I make this pledge, of course, Vince comes on and makes a ridiculous statement such as his editorial on the last RAW broadcast. I won't bore you with my thoughts on that subject here but check out my latest editorial on the Bad Boys site if you would like to know what my feelings about that subject are.

I am really looking forward to the Starrcade PPV. Hogan vs. Sting should be very interesting. When I first heard about that match I was convinced that Sting would win and that it would mark the beginning of Hulk Hogan's return to his face personna. Since Bret Hart has jumped feds I am no longer so sure. I still expect Sting to win the Title, and I think he will be allowed to hold it longer then Lex Luger's one-week wonder (maybe two) - but I now expect that Hogan will stay with the nWo at least until he gets a chance to face Hart. Probably he will have a rematch with Sting down the road and will regain the Championship so that Hart can eventually take it away from him. I don't have any inside knowledge to base this on, just a gut feeling.

The talk I've heard about Hall and Nash both having clauses in their contracts which guarantees each of them the Title before the end of 1997 is just that...talk. It ain't gonna happen, folks. I expect Scott Hall to face Sting for the Title after the first of the year...and lose.

A little bird told me that the Road Warriors are currently wrestling in the WWF without a contract. No wonder they're suffering screwjobs at the hands of the those thoroughly unworthy jobbers who now hold the Titles. Actually Billy has some talent but the Road Dog is suffering from "Armstrong Syndrome" and always has. Someone put him out of his misery...please!!

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

Earl Oliver,
editor Solie's Wrestling Newsletter


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