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Friday Morning Edition

The Battle of Champions

Dream Card by Ervin Griffin, Jr.

Weekend Rumblings...

by Earl Oliver


Volume 3, Issue 311 - May 8, 1998
INTERNET FANS VOTE FOR FLAIR

Thousands of Internet fans have cast votes for Ric Flair in the online version of People's 3rd Annual Beautiful People Poll.

Flair is currently ranked 2nd on the list, and is pulling away from of Leonardo DiCaprio, who is ranked 3rd.

Flair was not listed on the ballot, and is being entered as a write in candidate.

Fans wishing to vote for Flair can do so at:

http://www.pathfinder.com/people/50most/1998/vote

Caution: Only one vote is allowed. Multiple votes will result in votes being thrown out. Voting is case sensitive. Enter vote as: Ric Flair


Here's a letter from Ervin Griffin:

Hello readers,

What you see in today's edition is a new vote-by e-mail dream card called "Battle Of Champions". What I would like with your votes is which bout on this card would you like to see made into a "what-if" story!!! You can add that choice with your votes and/or comments. I am also running a similar card on my web site called "BattleBowl II". If you wish to vote on that one as well, the URL is: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Labyrinth/5647/

Also, check out my new fan writings section on my page as well as the complete "what-if" storyline thus far!!! I have also dressed up the page with some lovely and (at times) brutal photos. See ya with your votes as I gotta get back to work on studying, the Flair series and a new story which is part of the "what-if" family but will appear in Solie's. I'll keep it a secret for now!!!


The Battle Of Champions

By Ervin Griffin, Jr.

Once again, I am taking a trip to a dream world where time, injury, and reality means nothing!!! I call this one "The Battle Of Champions." It'll feature champs from various organizations (mostly NWA, WCW and WWF) and (just to make it a bit easier) I'll limit it to champions of the 80's and of this decade. Most of these will be straight matches with only a few being a specialty match. Like other previous dream cards, it'll be done by e-mail vote. Here is the line up:

Rick & Scott Steiner (1990) VS. "Ravishing" Rick Rude/Manny "Ragin' Bull" Fernandez (1987) (Steel Cage Match)

Bret "HitMan" Hart (1992) VS. The Ultimate Warrior (1990)

Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig (1990) VS. Nikita Koloff (1986)

Dusty Rhodes (1986) VS. The Great Muta (1993)

Antonio Inoki (1984) VS. Shingi Hashimoto (1997)

Tully Blanchard (1987) VS. Ultimo Dragon (1997)

Arn "Enforcer" Anderson (1991) VS. Owen Hart (1997)

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin (1997) VS. Ric Flair (1987) ("I Quit" Match)

Barry Windham/Dustin Rhodes (1992) VS. Strike Force (Rick Martel/Tito Santana) (1987)

The British Bulldogs (1986) VS. The Midnight Express (1988) (Steel Cage Match)

Lex Luger (1990) VS. Scott Hall (1994)

Shawn Michaels (1995) VS. Sting (1989)

Kevin Nash (1995) VS. Vader (1993)(Steel Cage Match)

Well, that's the card. Now, send in your votes. If possible, add your opinion to why you think a match would end this way. When I print the results, I might add print your quote in the article. You don't have to add opinions to every match but I would prefer it. My e-mail is 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 website. Check out Ervin's Pro-Wrestling Fan Fiction web site.


Weekend Rumblings...

No Interactive Report for the May 31st PPV

Before I get into the editorial portion I just wanted to make an announcement. I have been presenting Interactive PPV reports lately and they have been very successfull. I have pledged to do all of my Special Event reports in this fashion from now on. I have to tell you that I will not be able to do so for the May 31st PPV program. I am working as a musician from noon until 6 PM that day so that PPV will be reported in normal way, that is to say, after the event is over.

The Jerry Brisco Controversey

I know, I know...I seem to be obsessing on this subject...

Just to set the record straight I have gathered the following statistics on the Brisco Brothers:

My reason for stating the above is to make a point about wrestling promoters and their assessments of the intellegence of the wrestling fans.

In his introductory speech concerning Jerry Brisco on RAW the night that McMahon was scheduled to wrestle Steve Austin, McMahon referred to Brisco as a "...former WWF Tag Team Champion". At some point after that he was evidently informed that he had mispoken because, in fact, neither of the Brisco's ever held any Titles in the WWF. So, on this weeks RAW, a tribute video to Jerry Brisco was aired in which Vince intoned in voice-over that Brisco had, "...earned WWF Tag Team Champion status..." A very subtle difference to be sure but clearly, rather than admit a mistake, he chose to muddy the original assertion enough to cover his tail. Saying that Brisco "earned WWF Tag Team Champion status" is not quite the same thing as saying that he is, "...a former WWF Tag Team Champion" - but it comes awfully close.

Of course McMahon isn't the only promoter guilty of this kind of distortion. As a correspondent to my Readers' Forum pointed out, WCW makes the same kind of dubious claim when they refer to Ric Flair as, "the 13 time World Heavyweight Champion" without mentioning that two of those reigns happened during his tour of the WWF.

A while back I complained that the WWF was in the habit of implying that their RAW broadcasts were live when they were actually on tape. As I recall they even went as far to claim a card taped at the Toronto Skydome on a Friday evening represented "...the largest crowd ever to attend a Monday night event at the Skydome..." As a result of that outrage I made it a policy to always state up front in my reports whether the Monday night shows are live or pre-recorded. I am happy to say that the WWF has since stopped being so blatent in their attempts to convince us that the shows are live.

Of course, WCW recently pulled the same stunt by talking about the recent Tuesday Nitro broadcast as taking place on "Tuesday night" and having Bret Hart say that he would "come back tomorrow" for his confrontation with Hulk Hogan during his rant on the Monday broadcast. Clearly, since both of these shows came to us from the Norfolk Scope, they actually both took place on the same night.

Now I'm sure that there are people reading this who are saying to themselves, "What's his problem? Doesn't he know that wrestling is just theater?" - and of course I do. I just have a problem with the promoters assuming that they can pull the wool over our eyes. The "suspension of disbelief" which is essential for any kind of theater to be effective, requires that the deception be grounded in reality in some fashion. Such obvious attempts to deceive us imply that the promoters don't think we are smart enough to see through the deception.

Some such deceptions are even malicious. Take the use of the Norfolk Scope's electronic sign during the DX skit on last week's RAW broadcast. Clips of the sign in action seemed to imply that WCW was giving away tickets on a massive scale in order to fill the arena for their Nitro card. In fact, the video of the sign was altered to show the WCW announcement followed by the offer of free tickets. The free ticket offer was referring to another event altogether. The WWF then compounded the deception over the weekend by showing the doctored footage several times on LiveWire and Supoerstars and each time actually stating that WCW was giving away tickets. Of course technically the statement was true, since both promotions make it a regular practice to give away a limited number of free passes to their TV programs. The deception was in the implication of how many free seats were being offered.

The WWF seems particularly prone to cast aspersions on the competition at every opportunity. Take the interview with McMahon during the A&E Wrestling documentary that aired last week. During part of that talk he was heard to make a statement about Ted Turner calling him to say, "Guess what? I'm in the rasslin' business..." to which Vince responded "Good for you, I'm in the entertainment business." McMahon just had to get in his little dig, even in the context of a supposedly non-partisan documentary.

I guess what I am saying is that I just wish both sides would back off and just do their own things for a while. I remember fondly when it was possible to have an inter-promotional match such as when Bob Backlund faced Ric Flair to supposedly unify the NWA and WWF World Titles (yes, it did happen at least 4 times that I know of). Of course the match ended in a time limit draw, effectively nullifying the unification. That was a deception, the outcome was pre-determined, but it showed two promotions cooperating to give the fans something they wanted to see. Both promotions...and the fans, won on that occasion.

At least that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver
Editor, Solie's Wrestling Newsletter


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